Hello, and welcome to the first installment of a new mini-series that I hope will be very informative. Without getting too cutesy in trying to build it up, I want to talk about what it genuinely takes to get ahead financially playing Magic. So many people talk about Magic Finance as just making their hobby more affordable, but then make choices and actions that are against that better interest. This series would probably best be termed “Grinder Finance” were that title not currently used by fellow writer and potential mustachioed organ grinder Jim Casale.
Our first lesson may be the most important, as it will set the tenor for the rest of the articles. The goal is to breakdown everything that you currently do, figure out what you need to be doing differently (if you actually want to change), and then make informed decisions based on our analysis. Subsequent topics in this series will include what decks and formats you should play if you actually want to get ahead, what tournaments to play in, Magic Online, and more. We may briefly touch on some of these in passing today, but for now, let’s just begin by talking about all the things you do wrong and why they are destroying your dreams and aspirations.