In addition to general purpose tabletop game accessories such as the Legion Bones D10 Turndown Life Counter, Legion Supplies also manufactures very attractive looking storage deckboxes for use with Magic: The Gathering and other trading card games. In this article we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the company’s newest products: The Something Wicked Deckbox.
As with all non-solid colored plastic deckboxes, you’re paying a premium for the design. In this case, it’s a creepy ghoulish green and black box with monster and a famous quote. The literary astute will recognize the quote heralds from the second witch in Act 4, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.
The quote itself lives on in many other literary works since, most notably the 1962 fantasy novel Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury and the 1998 detective novel By The Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie. This author’s girlfriend is an English teacher, and she instantaneously claimed the Something Wicked Deckbox as her own.
As for the Something Wicked Deckbox itself, it opens and closes with a simple rectangle piece of plastic which has two folds, one at the rear back top and another at the front top. It secures shut via a horizontal piece of white velcro, the hooks of which are glued to the bottom middle portion of the main box and the hooks glued to the inner part of the lid.
The Something Wicked Deckbox is advertized to hold 80 cards, and it’s just big enough to hold a double sleeved 60 card deck, 15 card sideboard, and room for a few spare tokens. There’s also a divider with matching artwork inside. You’ll have much more space if you’re using just single sleeved cards, however what makes this particular product great is that there’s just enough room to squeeze in a single sleeved commander deck (although you won’t have room for any extras).
Design wise, we love how Legion Supplies keeps their logo and corporate information on the bottom of the Something Wicked Deckbox rather than on the top. Doing so doesn’t detract away from the visual appeal as we’ve seen on rival products like the Ultra Pro Khans of Tarkir Deck Box. In regards to the graphical design (aside from the artwork itself), the only improvement we’d like to see is perhaps making room on the bottom of the case for a player’s name and phone number. We should note that this is a personal preference though, and that there’s plenty of white plastic inside the cover for you to use a permanent marker on.
We should note that there’s one glaring drawback to using the Something Wicked Deckbox to store your cards which is important if you travel with your deck alot. The lid doesn’t extend over the sides as it does on say, the BCW Deck Case. That means there’s the potential for dirt or liquids to penetrate easily through to the top of your deck to where your cards are the most vulnerable (as card sleeves are typically open at the top). One way to mitigate this potential downfall is if you’re double sleeving and another is by storing the Something Wicked Deckbox inside of another box with other decks such as a Fatpack or Holiday Gift Box instead of just tossing it loosely into your backpack or purse.
After opening and closing the box several hundred times while watching a movie we’re confident that the velcro locking mechanism which is glued to the box won’t fall off anytime soon. In fact, upon closer inspection the Something Wicked Deckbox we noticed it’s the same type of deckbox that was given away at Star City Games Open events two years ago just with different imagery. We’ve used that other deckbox repeatedly since, and the glue holding the velro is still safe and secure. The only other downside is that given time, the artwork will get scratched and start to rub off. We’ve included a picture of the two year old Star City Games Open deckbox for readers to see what we’re describing in the attached slideshow.
- Fantastic artwork and quote.
- Will hold a single sleeved commander deck or double sleeved normal deck plus sideboard.
- Simple lid and velcro closure make it easy to remove or store your deck.
- Slim one-sided lid doesn’t fully encapsulate your cards.
Our Rating: Four out of five.
Combined with the Something Wicked Sleeves and The Raven Playmat, this Something Wicked Deckbox is the perfect Magic: The Gathering accessory for literary geeks. Not a literature fan? Legion Supplies also just released a Serenity themed deckbox for fans of the show Firefly and has offers many other fantastic graphic designs to choose from.
For more information regarding Legion Supplies products visit www.legionsupplies.com.
Please note that this article was based off a free Something Wicked Deck box provided to us courtesy of Legion Supplies for the purpose of this review.
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