Last updated on May 14, 2024

Spellbook Vendor | Illustration by Scott Murphy

Spellbook Vendor | Illustration by Scott Murphy

Magic cards can come with a hefty price tag these days. Completely-tuned mana bases in formats like Modern and Legacy can run $1000 or more, to say nothing of the emotional toll you’ll pay while actually playing the game.

Lucky for you, a whole mess of online retailers have made their money selling cheaply-printed proxies of the Magic: The Gathering cards you know and love. These proxied Magic cards are the best ways to play casually with the powerful and rare cards you’ve always dreamed about, but never had the cash to purchase: while not legal for tournaments, WotC is okay with proxies for playtesting and casual play.

While most proxy sites sell their cards at about $2-$4 a pop, several offer bundles you can purchase to complete an entire cycle of cards at once, usually at a discount. Let’s look at the best MTG proxy bundle deals on the web!

What Are Proxy Bundles?

Merchant of the Vale - Illustration by David Gaillet

Merchant of the Vale | Illustration by David Gaillet

Proxy bundles are sets of proxy MTG cards sold as a set, usually for a discount. Proxy websites do this to help move inventory while still turning a small profit on cards they’d otherwise have trouble moving on their own. Alternatively, companies may have noticed customers were frequently purchasing one each of the Moxen cards and decided to sell them as a group deal.

#9. Etsy (Diamond Dragon Games)

DiamondDragonGames on Etsy

DiamondDragonGames on Etsy.com

Etsy MTG proxy retailers are typically locked in to producing only custom-art MTG proxies. That said, they do offer some very handsome alternative arts. They sell a bundle of five mana rocks in The Brothers’ War schematic-style for $17. The price increases to $30 for a set of 10, and they don’t offer singles. I like this bundle of proxies the most; this is a fair price for what’s objectively some gorgeous artwork, especially when you consider you’re saving over $100 on the cheapest (and ugliest) printings of the actual cards. I only wish they had a larger selection, rather than only these 10 mana rocks and a couple other proxy packs.

Set of 10 proxies from DiamondDragonGames on Etsy

Set of 10 proxies from DiamondDragonGames on Etsy.com

#8. Abyss Proxy Shop

Abyss Proxy Shop homepage

Abyss Proxy Shop homepage

Abyss Proxy Shop’s singles run $3.85 for nonfoils and up to $6 for foils. However, they have more than a few bundle options available to help you save big. The best deal they have is to proxy a full Commander deck (100 cards) for $275. That saves you about $110 from ordering the cards individually. They also offer 10-card sets of the dual lands, fetch lands, shock lands, triomes, etc. for $29.50 each (or $50 for foils). That’s about a $10 discount per bundle, but still higher than the average cost we’ve seen online. That said, I really like Abyss Proxy Shop’s borderless dual lands, and I bet they look great in foil.

Abyss Proxy Shop checkout page

Abyss Proxy Shop checkout page

#7. Etsy (AjanisArt)

AjanisArt on Etsy.com

AjanisArt makes custom MTG proxies and sells them via Etsy. They sell both small bundles of card cycles (like 18 different mana rocks for $23) and a few entirely custom Commander decks (the latest being an Atraxa, Praetors' Voice deck for $80). All their cards have custom art, making them easily recognizable as proxied cards, but the art is at least visually exciting, and it’ll match an entire deck.

AjanisArt proxy bundle on Etsy

AjanisArt proxy bundle on Etsy.com

For about $23, AjanisArt has one of the better prices for proxy bundles on the web. Just don’t expect any specific singles on sale from this retailer.

AjanisArt "Atraxa Bundle" on Etsy

AjanisArt “Atraxa Bundle” on Etsy.com

#6. Proxy Ninja

Proxy Ninja (located at mtgproxies.biz) has an honest-to-God hideous website. The home page is an assault on the eyes, the navigation bar is hidden behind a right-hand side drop-down, and their product descriptions need some editing.

Proxy Ninja seller page

Proxy Ninja seller page (part of mtgproxies.biz)

They do at least include some videos of their proxy cards to help display the quality of their prints.

That said, once you navigate through to their shop, they have some deals on purchasing entire sets of proxies. You can snag all 10 surveil lands from Proxy Ninja for just $18, or an entire set of the retro-bordered Ravnica Remastered shock lands for $24. This is comparable to other websites' prices, and they have the same selection you’ve come to expect from other sites. They also offer a first-time customer discount!

Proxy Ninja surveil lands bundle

Proxy Ninja surveil lands bundle

#5. The Proxy Forge

The Proxy Forge proxy precon upgrades

The Proxy Forge proxy precon upgrades

The Proxy Forge actually has this neat section of bundles built specifically as upgrades to recent Commander precon products. For $20, you can acquire 10 powerful upgrades for your Blood Rites deck from The Lost Caverns of Ixalan Commander series. While you might not be looking for a predetermined selection of upgrades, it's worth noting that all of Proxy Forge’s proxies use custom art. You won’t be able to pass them off as actual Magic cards (and why would you want to? For shame!), and their art might not be to your liking. I prefer the cards in my decks keep an obvious visual theme, but to each their own.

The Proxy Forge "Blood Rites" proxy precon upgrades

The Proxy Forge “Blood Rites” proxy precon upgrades

#4. Etsy (ManaFlameShop)

ManaFlameShop product listings on Etsy.com (UK)

ManaFlameShop product listings on Etsy.com (UK)

ManaFlameShop has one of the largest selections of complete custom Commander deck bundles I’ve ever seen.

ManaFlameShop custom Commander deck bundles on Etsy.com (UK)

ManaFlameShop custom Commander deck bundles on Etsy.com (UK)

Its impressive shop of custom artwork MTG proxies extends to include essentials bundles for sliver and zombie typal decks, to beautiful and unique sets of nine Nazgûl.

ManaFlameShop proxy bundles on Etsy.com (UK)

ManaFlameShop proxy bundles on Etsy.com (UK)

A set of the Power 9 for $21 is the cheapest we’ve seen yet. Despite their library of solely custom card art, ManaFlameShop has managed to offer some of the best prices for proxy bundles.

#3. Printingproxies.com

Printing Proxies order page

Printing Proxies order page

Printing Proxies uses the same pricing scale as MTG Proxy – cards start at $2 each and scale down to $0.75 each as your order increases in size. They don’t offer any specific bundles on the cycle of Moxen, or the entire Masterpiece Edition: Invocations set, but their price and quality are still fair choices.

#2. mtgproxy.com

MTG Proxy homepage

MTG Proxy homepage

MTG Proxy sells proxy cards for $2/card at their base price. While they don’t offer any specific bundles (their cards are made-to-order), they do offer a discount based on how many cards you purchase. If you purchase 10 or more, the price goes down to $1.50 per card. 50 or more and it’s down to $1 per card. And at 200 or more cards, you’re only paying $0.75 per card.

MTG Proxy example deck

MTG Proxy example deck

MTG Proxy also offers custom card designs. You, the customer, can upload your custom card images or use their card designer to make your own, or select from the actual printings of the cards. Foiling options are available, and they also scale from $2-$3 per card, depending on the size of your order.

Overall, MTG Proxy’s prices are a fair deal on fake Magic cards. I’d recommend them to anyone who wants 60 or more cards that are the closest approximations to the real deal as you can get.

MTG Proxy example Plains art

MTG Proxy example Plains art

#1. Proxyking.biz

Proxy King Power 9 proxy bundle

Proxy King Power 9 proxy bundle

Proxy King has some great bundles available, and at a discounted price. The one that caught my eye was their Power 9 Set, just $24 for one each of the most powerful cards ever printed in Magic: The Gathering. The cards are in their Unlimited printing – white borders with no copyright date, and the smallest bit of extra space between the artist credit and border lines.

Compared to their average of $4-$5 per single card, nine of the most powerful cards in Magic for $24 is a steal! Proxy King also sells bundles with cycles of several different lands; fetches, shocks, and more are all available for similar price points. Proxy King’s selection of bundles covers most of the popular expensive cards, and at a better price than you’ll see at many other sites.

Proxy King dual land proxy bundle

Proxy King dual land proxy bundle

Wrap Up

Trading Post - Illustration by Adam Paquette

Trading Post | Illustration by Adam Paquette

$60 for a Legacy-playable deck is no joke! By far the largest hurdle to playing competitive, high-power Magic is the cost in dollars alone. There’s an entire world of gameplay that opens up when you can suddenly count on a perfect mana base every game. So go on, swap out your Wheel of Fate for a Wheel of Fortune. Start running the Edgar Markov deck you’ve always dreamed about. Frame a set of proxy Power Nine cards for a laugh. It's your world, and Wizards of the Coast doesn’t make the rules.

What are you planning to proxy up? Should we, as a community, just get over the proxy debate and allow them in competitive play? Wouldn’t that make the game that much more accessible to everyone? Let me know what you think in the comments, or over on Draftsim’s X.

Thanks for reading, and remember not to give WotC any more of your money than they deserve!

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