I've been playing this game since beta and have participated in each expansion: Buying packs here and there; probably enough for each expansion to have all the cards.
I wonder however if people have had a similar experience to this: The expansion comes out; you decide to try a deck and craft the cards from your dust for them, You decide the to try a few new cards in the deck, but don't have them in your collection so you get rid of cards epics and legendries that you can't see playing that you've acquired. You decide some legendries might be in order, so you get rid of golden cards, rares you won't use, or cards from classes that you wouldn't play. That legendary you thought you wouldn't need becomes meta; so you get rid of more of your collection to craft a legendary you got from a pack a week or so ago. The deck you're playing no longer wins near as often so you think about other ways to better your deck.
So, from the above example: Does anyone else have a woeful collection compared to the packs that they've bought and earned?
So above are two links that kind of suggest that my point of purchasing and replacing cards is kind of built into the system. How do you feel about losing games or begin placed into matches you will not win for the benefit of buying more packs?
Is this new to you? Is what I'm saying not true? Am I just bad and impatient at building a collection? Let me know your thoughts.
P.S. Despite buying the pre-order bundles for the last 3 or so expansions, my current collection of both Standard and Wild cards is woeful!
If you have ever looked at the dust you get for disenchanting compared to the dust you pay for crafting, you know that dusting cards is ALWAYS a bad idea.
So simply don't dust cards. Problem solved.
That way when the meta changes you still have those previously weak cards that are now defining the meta.
Just dust only duplicates and perhaps golden cards if you don;t care for them or have a lack of dust.
Anything else is just voluntarily throwing money down the drain.
This is the advice that I wish I followed since day 1 of playing HS.
Basically, never DE cards unless they get nerfed and offer a full dust refund. You often have more than 2 copies of a card if you've been getting recent packs. Then I'll sometimes just dust all of them if its cards that I am not personally interested in or currently using.
I mean, you could say that the system is built to manipulate people - but honestly, if we go back to the days of physically collecting cards, you never had the luxury of "disenchanting" a card to make a new one. You got what you got. And if you wanted to play "that deck" you had to have connections or open a lot of packs. A lot of packs... there is no duplicate protection in real life.
Yes, you could "trade" them to someone else, but that required you to actually know someone that had the card you wanted AND they wanted your extra cards.
The digital system here is way nicer in a lot of ways as long as you try to be as efficient as possible.
Never disenchanted Wild cards, stopped disenchanting useless cards in GvG and then stopped disenchanting duplicates by Un'Goro. I have every single metadeck in every single season. I buy 1 pre-order per expansion.