MTG deck box buying guide
When you’re buying an MTG deck box, the following are the top things that you need to keep in mind:
1. Box capacity
How many cards can you fit in an MTG deck box is something you should always consider. While most basic decks can take 100 double-sleeve cards, you only fit like 80 in other models.
Since you need 100 cards for a commander deck, you’ll have to either put the cards in single sleeves or store your deck in two separate boxes (which isn’t really an option!)
If you’re buying a deck box to an MTG deck that you use with you, we recommend you get a box with a capacity of 100 double-sleeved cards.
2. Interior and exterior materials
The materials of the deck box that you’re using for MTG cards isn’t a cosmetic feature. These materials play a key role in protecting your cards. For the outside material, eXo-Tec and XenoSkin are your best options. Both are super-durable materials with a premium look and feel.
Microfiber is the standard finish for high-end MTG deck boxes. This is what all premium boxes use, and it’s one of the key differences between budget and premium options.
3. Separate compartments
While some deck boxes have a single compartment, others have multiple compartments that can be used for carrying an extra set, or for dice and counters. While a separate dice compartment isn’t a big deal for many people, we find it convenient, as the alternative will be putting the dice in your pocket or bag.
If you carry two MTG decks with you, getting a double-compartment deck box is a more convenient option than buying two separate boxes.
4. Locking mechanism
Since you’ll be carrying these boxes with you and moving them around a lot, a good locking mechanism is essential. Without a good locking mechanism, the box might open by accident which will suck…big time!
The best MTG deck boxes often use magnets in their locking mechanism. This will keep the box securely closed, and you can still open it with ease.
If it’s not a magnet, the deck boxes will usually sort of snap together, which can make it hard to open and the closing mechanism will become weaker with continuous use.
Pro tip: Even when you’re using one of the best MTG deck boxes, never place your cards in the box without double-sleeving them.
This will keep the cards in excellent condition, even when you use them. This will also prevent the cards from rubbing against each other in the box, which can damage them.