Let’s talk about decks, baby!

It’s been two and a half months since I last posted about Wowcards.info, so it’s about time I talk a little bit about what I’ve been working on.

  • Cards: With the addition of the Caverns of Time Raid Deck, all printed cards are in the database now! With no backlog anymore, I’m more than ready for when Reign of Fire releases in July.
  • Scans: Scanning went much quicker than I expected, and I am happy to tell you that images for most cards from Worldbreaker onwards have been added already. Icecrown is mostly complete as well and I’m currently working on scanning Wrathgate.That being said: I have gone away from the idea of adding images only from cards I own. Right now, I simply cannot afford to buy super expensive cards like Edwin VanCleef, Thrall the World Shaman, Archimonde, Hand of Sargeras or Legacy of the Legion simply for the sake of scanning them and putting them in a binder. Since the images are needed, though, I have resorted to taking them from the CZE website instead. They will be replaced once I get a hold of the original cards, but for the time being, this has to suffice. I only do that for expensive cards, though – I know Throne is still missing some Commons and Uncommons, but they have been ordered and should be added within the next week or so.
  • Deck Lists: Last time, I talked about adding deck lists for starter decks to the site. I can report that this feature has been completely implemented now. All starter decks from Class 2010 onwards have been added and are browseable. But that’s not all – I’ve also added Tournament Deck Lists. Think mtgdecks.net, but with less features (so far). Data for a few tournaments (~250 decks) has been added already with more to come over the next few weeks.
  • Rules Booklets: This was also something I talked about last time, but I do not think this is a good idea right now. The idea has been shelved indefinitely.
  • Other stuff: Some website usage stats (April 1st till today): 1125 unique visitors, most of them from the USA and Hong Kong. Returning users were mostly from Hong Kong. About 50% of visits came from Google or other search engines. Smart phone users are about 10% of the total.Pretty disappointing numbers overall, but then, I did not actively spread the word about the site either, so that’s that.

What’s next? More card images, of course, as well as more deck lists. No new features are currently planned, but I intend on refining the deck list browser as well as giving the mobile site another pass. Also, I might want to create some kind of Android app – I have a developer account anyway, and even if it’s just an encapsulated web app, having it on the Play store would at least increase the site’s presence on the net.

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