The GeekCyborg team has put together this guide to help you choose the best MTG deck boxes for storing your card collection.
If you’re a serious about your MTG card collection, there is no better way to protect it than deck boxes. What makes these boxes a much better option for players when compared to trading card binders that work with all standard TCG is that they’re more play-friendly.
In other words, they protect the decks you regularly use. All you have to do is sleeve your MTG cards and put them in one of those deck boxes, and they’ll last for as long as you want them to.
Since some of the rare Magic: The Gathering cards are worth a lot of money, keeping them well-protected is a no brainer. And that’s why we’ve created this guide, to help you pick the best deck boxes to keep your MTG decks safe.
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The following are the best MTG deck boxes that you can get:
This is hands down the best MTG deck box that you can get right now. On the outside, the Ultimate Guard deck box has the rigid XenoSkin material that’ll protect the cards from accidental damage, while providing a great-looking exterior. It’s also scratch-resistant so you won’t have to worry about this box getting ruined by scratches.
On the inside, this deck box is lined with a microfiber material that’s super-gentle on the cards, in addition to giving the box a premium look. In terms of capacity, this MTG deck box can fit up to 200 double-sleeved cards, or 240+ single sleeved cards.
Asides from the premium material and high capacity, what makes this deck box truly stand out is how it’s divided on the inside. You have a dedicated section for dice and counters, in addition to two seperate sections that can hold two double-sleeved commander decks (one in each).
The exterior cover of this deck snaps closed with magnet, and you can open each section separately. Also, each section has a tray (made from XenoSkin and microfiber as well) so you can take out the cards/dice without risking them fall out, which is pretty smart.
Despite not being the oldest brand in the TCG accessories scene, Vault X is hands down one of our all-time favorite brands. Every single one of their products that we’ve tested is outstanding in terms of quality, and the signature Vault X aesthetics.
As with most Vault X products, the exterior of this deck box is made from eXo-Tec. In addition to being water-resistant and providing maximum protection for your cards, this material is slip-resistant, feels awesome in the hand, and has a durable feel to it.
As you’d expect from such a high-end model, the interior is lined with microfiber to protect your card from accidental scratches. Since this deck box is closed by four powerful magnets, there is no chance it would open by accident. Even if you turn the box upside down or throw at the bottom of your bag, it’ll stay tightly shut.
And like all Vault X products, this deck box is made from PVC-free material, so it won’t damage your valuable cards collection, no matter how long you store them there.
While not looking as attractive as some of the other models on our list, the LX Deck Case is a solid choice that offers great value for money. It’s made from non-PVC material and has a magnetic closure system. However, to keep the deck at this low price point, the manufacturers had to cut some corners.
First of all, the interior of this case is not lined with microfiber. While it’s not a big issue because the material of the case is PVC-free, the microfiber does provide an added level of protection. Never skip that if own a valuable deck.
Another thing to keep in mind before purchasing this deck box is the capacity. Since it fits 80 card sleeves, this deck case is NOT compatible with commander decks. So, if you’re looking for a deck case to carry your commander deck around, this model won’t do the trick. Asides from that, it’s a pretty decent option for storing some of your sleeved MTG cards.
Another great choice in the premium MTG deck box category is the Sidewinder box. With a capacity of 100 double-sleeved cards, this box is compatible with commander decks. If you use single sleeves for your cards, this box can fit up to 120 of them.
The exterior of the box is made from XenoSkin, which gives it a premium, non-slippery feeling. Thanks to the texture of the box, you won’t have to worry about it getting any types of smudges either. Unless you subject it to super-harsh treatment, it should keep its pristine look for a very long time.
On the inside —as you’d expect from such a high-end model, you have microfiber lining that’ll give your cards an extra layer of protection. Since the cover of the box can fold all the way down, placing your cards inside the box or taking them out shouldn’t be a problem. Once you close it, it has four powerful magnets that’ll keep the cover tightly shut.
If you’re into any kind of TCG, Ultra Pro is a name that you’ve probably heard of. These guys make some of the best memorabilia and collectible accessories, and this deck box is no different. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly deck box, this one is a solid choice that you won’t regret.
In terms of build quality, this Ultra Pro deck box is super-solid with a satin finish that feels way too premium for its price range. Instead of the magnet-based locking mechanism, the box kind of “snaps” together. While it’s less convenient than magnets —you can struggle to open it sometimes, it’s still pretty decent for this price range.
As you’ve probably guessed, the interior of this deck isn’t lined with microfiber. However, the interior finish is really smooth so you shouldn’t worry about it damaging your cards. With a capacity of 100 double-sleeved cards, you can easily fit a commander deck in this box.
What makes this deck box own that price range though is the fact that it has a separate compartment for dice and counters. For the budget category, this is big!
We personally prefer this to the Gamegenic deck box, which is another great MTG Commander Deck box. Keep in mind though that this Gamegenic box will barely fit the commander herself.
MTG deck box buying guide
When you’re buying an MTG deck box, the following are the top things that you need to keep in mind:
1. Box capacity
How many cards can you fit in an MTG deck box is something you should always consider. While most basic decks can take 100 double-sleeve cards, you only fit like 80 in other models.
Since you need 100 cards for a commander deck, you’ll have to either put the cards in single sleeves or store your deck in two separate boxes (which isn’t really an option!)
If you’re buying a deck box to an MTG deck that you use with you, we recommend you get a box with a capacity of 100 double-sleeved cards.
2. Interior and exterior materials
The materials of the deck box that you’re using for MTG cards isn’t a cosmetic feature. These materials play a key role in protecting your cards. For the outside material, eXo-Tec and XenoSkin are your best options. Both are super-durable materials with a premium look and feel.
Microfiber is the standard finish for high-end MTG deck boxes. This is what all premium boxes use, and it’s one of the key differences between budget and premium options.
3. Separate compartments
While some deck boxes have a single compartment, others have multiple compartments that can be used for carrying an extra set, or for dice and counters. While a separate dice compartment isn’t a big deal for many people, we find it convenient, as the alternative will be putting the dice in your pocket or bag.
If you carry two MTG decks with you, getting a double-compartment deck box is a more convenient option than buying two separate boxes.
4. Locking mechanism
Since you’ll be carrying these boxes with you and moving them around a lot, a good locking mechanism is essential. Without a good locking mechanism, the box might open by accident which will suck…big time!
The best MTG deck boxes often use magnets in their locking mechanism. This will keep the box securely closed, and you can still open it with ease.
If it’s not a magnet, the deck boxes will usually sort of snap together, which can make it hard to open and the closing mechanism will become weaker with continuous use.
Pro tip: Even when you’re using one of the best MTG deck boxes, never place your cards in the box without double-sleeving them.
This will keep the cards in excellent condition, even when you use them. This will also prevent the cards from rubbing against each other in the box, which can damage them.