BCW Supplies provides many affordable Magic: The Gathering card storage solutions. In this article we’ll be taking a critical in-depth look at the BCW Deck Case for standard size cards. Available in White, blue, black, red, and green, this acid-free and archival safe polypropylene based deck box comes with a matching card divider to separate your deck from your sideboard. Is it worth buying though?
The BCW Deck Case holds 80 single sleeved cards and is available in solid five colors: White, blue, black, red, and green. The included card divider feature’s the company’s logo: A white dragon. The BCW logo is also found on the front of the deck box’s lid. To us the logo’s much more aesthetically pleasing then printing big blocky letters like some of BCW’s rivals do. The top of the BCW Deck Case, along with the bottom right and left sides, boast ample white space for you to write down your name and contact info with a permanent marker. This helps make your deck box easily identifiable amongst friends or if the unthinkable happens: Forgetting your deck at the card shop or even worse somewhere else. Because there’s three spots, there’s plenty of room if you want to label names to your many varied deck archetypes.
If you’ve been playing Magic: The Gathering or any other trading card game for a while, you’ll notice that the lid design is similar to one of the company’s competitor’s products: The Ultra Pro Deck Box. It opens and closes via a fold in the plastic about an inch down from the back of the box. The cover extends diagonally down to the front, so that your cards are completely encapsulated from sticky situations. After examining the interior of the lid, we noticed one distinguishable difference between the BCW Deck Case and the Ultra Pro Deck Box: BCW welds the box lid together at five points which make an X shape pattern whereas Ultra Pro utilizes six spots. In our expert opinion it’s not a huge difference as the part of the BCW Deck Case that’s most likely to break first would be the part of the lid that bends back and forth after the fatigue of thousands of openings and closings.
The both the front and rear interior of the BCW Deck Case has a cut out which allows your fingers to slide in and remove your deck from the box. Because the rear end’s backside cut is is diagonal from the corners it’s actually easier to take your deck out to play with then than the rival product which BCW is clearly competing with.
Another positive advantage the BCW Deck Case has over its competition is the feel of the box itself. All plastic deck boxes can bend and the BCW Deck Case is no exception, however it is clearly less malleable than the Ultra Pro Deck Box. To our eye it doesn’t look like it’s any more thick. After applying pressure to the sides and front of the box we noticed that it didn’t give in as much as its rival.
There’s only one downside to the BCW Deck Case, which combined has the potential to make you receive a game loss in a tournament.
The most glaring drawback to the BCW Deck Case is that it appears to be constructed for use with BCW’s Double Matte Deck Guard card sleeves. After a close examination we discovered that other brands of sleeves pop up higher than the sides of the BCW Deck Case itself. That means when you close the cover, the deck box is pressing directly onto your sleeves and not onto the case. Over time this could bend not only the tops of your card sleeves but the cards themselves, degrading their worth.
UPDATE: The cover of the box itself is raised higher than the walls and won’t actually damage cards. To illustrate, see this picture provided to us by BCW Supplies. We’ve updated our review score appropriately.
Our only complaint about this product is that due to the nature of the folding lid you’ll sometimes rub a card against against it as you insert or remove your deck for play. This could hypothetically scratch the back of your card sleeve, and in a worst case scenario result in what’s considered a “marked card” and game loss in a sanctioned tournament. Let us stress that this is a bit of paranoia on our part, and steps can be taken to prevent such an imagined situation by removing your deck with care and/or turning the deck so the front face of your cards and not the back side would be the side which rubs up against the plastic.
- Price. It’s of the most inexpensive deck boxes to buy.
- Secure closing cover that won’t open when spun or dropped.
- Plenty of white space for your name, contact information, and other notes.
- Lid cover can catch onto cards as you remove them if you’re not careful.
Our Rating: Five out of five.
The inexpensive nature of the BCW Deck Case, combined with its secure closing lid and plenty of white space for your contact information, make this particular product our current number once choice for those who need to buy multiple deck boxes and are on a limited budget, especially when combined with BCW Double Matt Deck Guards.
In fact, BCW offers a discount when purchasing in bulk directly from them. As of this article’s publication, you’re currently able to snag 10 BCW Deck Cases for $12.60 and it’s eligible for free shipping on purchases totaling $100 or over. Of course we always advocate buying directly from your local game store.
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Please note that this article was based off a free BCW Deck Case provided to us courtesy of BCW Supplies for the purpose of this review.
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