Godzillian wrote:EPCC YESSSSS. Hopefully with the same quality as the NOC V3s. Those are frigging amazing. I used to hate the NOCs, but the V3s just handle really really well. Better than anything than USPCC has come up with. I've handled my NOC V3s for days and weeks, but they still handle beautifully. On the other hand, a Virtuoso Summer/Spring becomes unfannable after 2 days.
I agree with you. The NOC v3's are what I use as my staple deck. I use them pretty much for everything these day. Throwing, cardistry, and practicing because they hold up and handle very well. I hope they actually use the same stock as the Gnostic deck though. The diamond finish feels great.
Yes, the latest paper stock upgrade for Expert PCC is quite good, as is the finish, of course. MPC has done a similar upgrade, and their decks handle quite nicely right out of the box. USPCC also made an upgrade to their 'base' paper stock recently, the result is that everybody gets better grade and better feeling cards all around.
It's no longer a question of if they will be competitive any more, all of them have great products, all of them have their own specific niche markets, except of course USPCC is the big dog and everybody tries to keep up. Right now I don't think anyone that has one of each of these latest paper stock decks close at hand can argue that they are all doing great things, and we (cardists, magicians and collectors) all benefit!