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Matthew Mazzarese, Reporter

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Card games! What do you think of when somebody says that? A few might say poker or solitaire, but what we’re talking about here is a whole realm away from 52 card games, in the fantasy realms of Magic: The Gathering and the sci-fi world of Yu-Gi-Oh. They’ve got their own card games as well, and a wide array of different cards, with their own prices, from a few pennies up to $50,000! In fact, some of our students here play them, and how they deal with the economy of the games may surprise and intrigue you.

 

These games are not only fun, but they’ve got their own economies. Similar to money, supply dictates price, but unlike it, so does usefulness.  Take Essence of the Wild for example. In Magic it’s a mythic rare card, meaning it’s very hard to find. It’s worth about 40 cents, according to coolstuffinc.com, an online card shop. The reason is that it’s from an old release, which cannot be used in official tournaments or sponsored local games.

 

For insight, we talked to 11th grader Arthur Dodd, a player of both games. He plays for competition, because he gets to play against “fun and cool new decks.” He sometimes attends tournaments at The Deck Box, a Fletcher card shop, at Smiley’s off the highway. They hold games every Saturday afternoon, starting at 2pm. Prices of cards there also vary, and shift with the prices of every card in circulation.

 

“Sometimes, cost is everything in the power of a deck” he told me, “But it also has to do with the player. You could have a guy playing a really expensive deck, and have him lose to someone playing a cheap one. Economy isn’t everything, but it makes a lot of difference.”

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