Hi guys! Its been a long time since we've been posting anything. Thats because we've been working on a couple of new things for you that we know you'll be excited over! Visit us HERE and find our what we've been cooking up! See you on the other side! :)
Its been a while since our last post. We just wanted to announce that if you're a contest winner, your Mana deck is finally on the way to your doorstep! We're sorry it took a while. We're just happy to finally send off these long awaited decks! Thank you all for your patience!
There are exciting times still ahead for all our Manila friends!! All the Cutting Edge branches will be launching the Mana deck on March 31 and April 1 and we've got some very cool promos for everyone. We hope to see you all there!
Within a day of our pre-order window opening, the Mana deck has sold out through our online pre-order sale - thanks to our very supportive online community that has stuck by us!! You know who you are!!
On behalf of my team, I'd like to thank everyone who has been with us since the beginning and our new friends that have joined us recently. Thank you for making the Mana deck part of your magic and your valued collection.
With deepest gratitude,
Hi everyone. Just giving you guys an update on the decks. We were expecting our shipment to arrive this week and we have just been notified by the shipping company that it has been delayed another week, which means our release date will be pushed to first or second week of March. We're very sorry for the delay, but its totally out of our hands right now. Believe me, if we had the power to ship these decks faster, we would have done it months ago. I hate waiting just as much as the next guy. We'll keep you updated as information become available to us. Thank you for your patience! -EM
We all know that most of the decks of recent months have focused on the finish. Nowadays, opening a brand new deck comes out slippery and smooth and many reviews will stop right there. But what happens when you break it in?
In my opinion, the only way to truly give a fair review of the performance of a deck is after a couple of weeks of breaking it in. That means springs, pressure fans, Le Pauls, thumb fans, dribbles etc. and then doing everything 'deck up' - DAILY! This also includes proper care for a deck as well. That means, keeping it in a cool dry place and stored with a Porper clip. This is how you protect and maintain the quality of a deck of cards.
Believe it or not after two weeks of breaking in a deck, the true test to finish and quality is a simple spring followed by a proper thumb fan. By proper thumb fan, I mean moving ONLY your thumb in a circular motion and not the rest of your hand (common mistake by a lot of people). This allows the deck to flow on its own without too much pressure and control by the hands. This simple test has proven to be the best gauge as to the quality of finish and performance for any deck of cards for me.
After over two weeks breaking in the Mana deck I'm happy and proud to say that the finish and handling is absolutely beautiful!! I'm not just saying this either! This is my honest review of the Mana deck. The deck fans out smoothly and evenly all the way around. The stock maintains its crispness, but is soft to the spring. Pressure fans are a breeze and because of the cut, anacondas dribbles are perfect.
The cut of the Mana deck is from back to face. According to USPCC, this is the traditional cut, but others will say it is the reverse to Richard Turners traditional cut of "face to back". Either way, you can tell the cut of a deck by slightly beveling the deck with the bottom protruding a little and running your thumb on the side from top to bottom. If the side is smooth from top to bottom, then it was cut back to face. Most decks nowadays are cut in this fashion.
For me, I prefer the back to face cut, because it allows for beautiful straight dribbles, perfect single hand faros and table faros, not to mention more accurate riffles, pinky counts and thumb counts. The Mana deck passes in all categories.
Everything else about the Mana deck you already know and have seen. And while you've all seen only pictures of this deck, I promise you that this deck is nothing short of magical when its in your hands. This is truly a beautiful deck which I am proud of and confident that you will love as well. Exciting times ahead of us my friends! Thank you for all your support!
We have finally drawn 12 random names from the list of contest winners. These 12 names will receive the Mana Deck early before anyone else!! These 12 early release decks represent the 2nd brick that was released and we will number each of these decks from 13-24 and certified by me with my signature, making these 12 decks very rare!!
And here are our 12 lucky winners... CONGRATULATIONS!!! :)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
MAY YOUR 2012 FLOURISH!!
Out of 174 entries here are the 8 lucky winners for the remaining 8 Mana decks!! Please look for your email names to see if you're on this list.
Congratulations to our winners!! You will be entered into the raffle draw next week along with all the past contest winners for a chance to get your signed Mana deck in advance before the rest of the world!
Thank you everyone for playing and for your support!! :)