How to Inventory Your Magic: The Gathering Cards

Magic: The Gathering has been around for more than a decade. I remember playing MTG in the back room of a local comic shop in Victoria when I was younger. I’d ride my bike down to the shop each Saturday, pay $1 to get access to the game room, and play until the early evening. It was a weekly ritual, and one that comic shops are still making available to customers today.

When playing MTG, it’s easy to lose track of exactly what cards you actually have. For some, the number goes well into the thousands. Building a new deck means having to figure out what you have before you do. How do you keep these things organized? What if you’d like to get a rough estimate on the value of your collection? There’s an app for that, and it works on OS X, iOS, and Android.

Decked Builder is an extraordinary application that combines basic inventory and data export features with updated pricing information from a number of vendors that rate your cards’ value from low to high so you aren’t caught off guard during your next trade.

How to Inventory Your Magic: The Gathering Cards

Inventory, Pricing, and Data Exports

You can use the program to build your entire collection and form decks from within that collection. Exporting the data is also really simple. You can export to a spreadsheet with or without prices to share and contemplate as you build your next deck. I’d recommend a service such as this for folks attempting to take inventory before selling their cards. The price estimates are useful in this case so you don’t miss out on setting the right price. Pricing isn’t available for all cards, but it is generally found fairly quickly for the vast majority of them. I had issues getting prices on land cards from a few obscure sets.

Adding cards to inventory is really simple. Just start typing the name of the card and it’ll go through the entire MTG card database searching for matches. You can refine the search by card type, color, set, and subset. It took me about three hours to catalog just over 550 cards.

Deck Builder

Building a deck is a big deal for a player. Your deck becomes your trademark and primary tool for success. It reflects your play style and gives you the best possible chance to take down your competition. Many players opt to build a series of decks to use to combat a number of different opponents. Often, victory and loss comes down to matching the right deck to your opponent.

The deck builder also gives you a wide resource including almost a dozen of the top MTG sites to research your decks from. What deck is the winner of that big tournament using? This app could help you not only find out, but build your deck.

It’ll even tell you what cards you don’t have, so you can find the ones you need to complete the deck.

HD Art

This is a feature I really liked. You can search for any card ever published in MTG and see the card in HD. This is useful while setting up your inventory, but also while planning out a deck. Being able to see the card makes a big difference, especially for collectors who specifically go for the art rather than the actual utility of the card itself.

Final Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of the app on the desktop. It ran about $8 on the Mac App Store. There is a bit of a learning curve to figuring out how the thing works, and I wouldn’t recommend it to passive players. If you know a thing or two about MTG and need an inventory program that does more than create a glorified spreadsheet, though, this is the one for you.

Being synced through iCloud and available on iOS or Android means that it’s there for you when you need it, wherever you need it. For players who trade and play on a regular basis, this could be quite useful. Setting up a trade is always easier when you actually know what you have going into it.

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  • Todd Nystrom

    I actually have a TON of MTG cards…

  • SlatzG

    If only there was a PC version.

    • PunkEMS (find me on YouTube)

      There is a universal web-based deck builder which is just as good IMO.
      http://tappedout.net/
      You can also get deck advice from it too.
      For: Gnu/Linux, FreeBSD, Wimdows, mac and other operating systems.

    • limdulpal

      MTG Studio is for PC