while the pricing of MTG is a ******* joke.. and a bad one at that. The game itself is still, even after the introduction of mythics and hexproof and the changes to how combat damage stacks and all that.. it is still a good game. The only thing that is really wrong with it is the pricing structure. It is easy to teach, fast to play and has neat effects on the cards.. there is a reason everyone loves it and it is NOT because they do not know alternatives. It is because new players try it and enjoy it. It is the simple.
While I gave up all TCG games long, long ago to this day I still buy the occasional duel deck pack for MTG. These are much like LCGs as you know what is in them and for a few bucks you get 2 decks that can play off each other nicely for dueling @ 120 cards. After a few years I have about 8 (of 12) of these decks now and can even start deck building inside the pool I own. There is no need to spend a fortune on Magic if you do not want to. In fact have fun coffee table games of mtg and it costs LESS than a LCG...
LCGs might tell you what is in the packs but they are designed to force yo to buy ALL of them. Most LCG players own entire collection or aim to own entire collections. There is a reason FFG uses so many factions.. and it is not to make the game cool.. it is so each individual pack only has 1 or 2 cards in it for the faction you are trying to build a deck for. So to get any increase in your pool you need to buy entire cycles.. and even then your only looking at maybe 18 cards or so per faction. Any new player looking to net deck or reading articles will so see that cards in the good decks are drawn from the entire pool and they need to buy 100s of dollars to make even a simple deck.
You do not need to buy hundreds of dollars worth of NetRunner cards to build a simple deck. In fact for the price of one of the big expansions you get two pre-built decks. From just one core you can build more than just one simple deck so what the hell are you talking about?? You are seriously willing to say the the Mtg marketing method is BETTER?? I've encountered a great deal of ingratitude here, true, but thus far not much ignorance. Until now. That is if your post is saying what I think it's saying, admittedly there's a lot of guesswork becuase I would have to visit grade schools to find worse sentance structure and inability to just state simple ideas. You should maybe work on that more than your gaming eh? Seriously the last time I "heard" a gamer so inarticulate and muddled was when I lost a bet and had to play call of Duty on XBOX Live!
Hey maybe you should give it a shot!
Also you're not forced to buy anything it's a choice. Don't like it, don't buy it, simple.