What Makes a Great MtG Proxy Card?

While it’s true that all Magic: The Gathering proxies are welcome in the game, it’s also true that not all MtG proxies are created equal. There are a few key factors that go into making an MtG proxy ideal for gameplay and set great proxies apart from the rest. For more on what an MtG proxy card actually is, click here.

Durability & Longevity

Magic: The Gathering cards are for playing, not just for collecting, which means you want to invest in MtG cards that will last. The material used to produce proxies matters; you don’t want cards that are flimsy and won’t stand up to repeated game play. It’s important to purchase proxies that are made from high-quality materials and printed with professional grade ink so that the proxies you pay for are bound to last for as long as you continue to play the game.

Another thing to consider is that real Magic: The Gathering foils have issues with curling. This is a serious problem the card makers have never addressed. Foils from Abyss Proxy Shop will never curl, making for a more durable and beautiful deck. Many older MtG cards don’t come in foil versions and the ones that do have huge price tags. Proxies hold a distinct advantage here.


The way an MtG proxy looks is just as important as the quality with which it’s made. The point of proxy cards is not to make them look identical to their original MtG counterparts; the end goal is not forgery. The purpose of MtG proxies is to try out a card in your deck and play the game with friends for fun. So have fun with the designs! Different proxy shops will put their own unique spin on the way their proxies look, so when choosing proxies you’ll be able to spot the great ones because they’re the ones with thoughtful, well executed aesthetics.

Fits Perfectly in the Deck

It may seem like a given, but you want to keep an eye the way your proxies fit into the deck. This means both literally and figuratively. From a literal standpoint, a high-quality proxy is the right size and fits seamlessly into your deck for game play. It should not have any mismatched edges and should be precisely the same shape as your authentic MtG cards.

Additionally, the other interpretation of having a proxy fit perfectly into your deck has more to do with how well it works with the cards you already have when you play the game. This is the most important aspect of finding a great proxy, and it means that what makes a great proxy for one person may not always be a great proxy for another. A proxy should enhance the deck that you already have and work in conjunction with your other cards. A proxy that improves your game play is truly a great proxy.

Reasonably Priced

One of the biggest reasons that MtG players opt to purchase proxy cards instead of their authentic counterparts is cost. With thousands of MtG cards in circulation, there are some rare ones that cost upwards of a hundred thousand dollars, but even those that are cheaper are still absurdly expensive as far as most MtG players are concerned. The overwhelming majority of players can’t afford to spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars on a single card. Instead, they opt for proxies. For that reason, a great proxy card should be affordable. Reasonably priced proxy cards can make friendly gameplay so much more fun, and isn’t that supposed to be the point? When shopping around for proxy cards, the best ones should also be some of the most affordable.

Abyss Proxy Shop Makes High Quality MtG Proxies

At Abyss Proxy Shop, we pride ourselves on making some of the best Magic: The Gathering proxy cards you’ll come across. We use durable, high-quality materials that ensure countless hours of gameplay and will withstand the test of time. We craft all of our designs in-house and we try to have as much fun creating our proxies as you will playing with them.

We’re confident that within the lineup of proxy cards we offer, you’ll find some that fit perfectly into the decks you already own, enhancing casual play and keeping the game fresh. Most importantly, all of our cards are affordable and very reasonably priced. We believe that there’s no reason to spend as much on proxy cards as you would if you were purchasing authentic MtG cards, and we want the game to be inclusive for everyone, not cost prohibitive.

If you’re looking to expand your deck with top-notch, high-quality proxies, look no further than Abyss Proxy Shop.

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