Looks like someone should have used a sleeve.
Magic: The Gathering players panicked earlier this week after a user on Reddit posted an image of some scratched cards that had apparently been damaged by the recently released Infinity stickers. The conversation quickly turned to the use of sleeves, with dozens of users on the social media platform noting how they would never play the popular card game without them, regardless of the circumstances. However, the whole thing was nothing more than a tempest in a teapot.
The cause of all the confusion seems to have been the fact that Wizards of the Coast made the stickers to be used with actual cards instead of the cardboard inserts shown in the image, but the cat at this point was already out of the bag and the community was in a state of chaos.
“There’s a lot of people yelling below the original poster for not using a sleeve, but guys, come on,” the user known as Dante2k4 somewhat reasonably explained. “While I agree, I don’t think it’s entirely unreasonable to expect that this card game company that has been making this very popular card game for decades will do their due diligence and make sure they don’t release a self-harming product of. I think most people would realize that putting stickers on cards is bad, but what if the card company has designed the damn things for that specific purpose? I think it’s quite understandable for someone to expect some degree of compatibility.”
The controversy ended when some enterprising players engaged in an experiment. “I don’t know if it works on regular engraved cards or not, but the engraved insert for Commander decks aren’t actually cards, just cardboard plates,” noted a person named Zephyr. “So who among us will sacrifice an actual scratched leaf for the cause,” asked the user who goes by the name Nvenom8. “I do now,” replied one Boo-Booh-Bacon. “It came out clean. No damage to the card,” the same user explained shortly after, posting a photo.
“If it makes you feel better, people who have actually put the stickers on the regular cards we play with say the sticker doesn’t seem to be able to do any damage,” a user named Sentrovasi summed up the situation. in a reply to Dante2k4’s post, referencing the Buh-Buh-Bacon experiment. “This means that unless you’re using the thick cardboard insert that the original poster here pictures, you’ll have to put stickers on cards you currently have.”
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