Theory11 deckONE :: Review Part 1

This is the first part to my review for Theory11′s newest custom cards, deckONE by Homer Liwag. These are going to be my initial thoughts and first impressions; a couple months from now I’ll write the second part. I’ll talk about how the deck feels after it’s fully broken in, how it goes in performances, and my final thoughts on it. deckONE can be purchased at Theory11 or Dan and Dave.

Feel: Theory11 never fails to impress; deckONE continues with the high-quality standard we’ve come to know and love. These cards mix durability and luxury without missing a beat. The finish is the same used on other Theory 11 decks. The fans and spreads come out smooth and even, and the cards have just enough grip as to not slide everywhere. Aerials are surprisingly good for the deck not being broken in. The cards seem thicker than the Sentinels, but not quite as thick as any Ellusionist deck. It’s a happy medium.

Card Backs

Design: I think Homer Liwag accomplished his goal. “”I wanted the back design to appear heavy…” he said. The back design looks like a piece of an intricate, complex machine, following along with the Industrial theme of the cards. The shades of black, gray, and white give the deck an original look, instead of another “black” custom pack. Theory 11 did a nice job of giving the deck a new look without going overboard.

Court Cards

Court Cards: The picture cards go along perfectly with the feel of the deck. Gone are all the gaudy oranges, yellows, and blues. They have been replaced with shades of brown and black, creating a rustic image. The cards have an almost gritty look to them, as if they are worn or worked. Definitely going to catch the eyes of spectators.


Spot cards: It’s always nice to see a more subdued red on playing cards. Just like previous custom decks, all the faces utilize a deeper red on the pips and indexes. This fits with the industrial style of the cards as well. A bright, popping-out red would have definitely clashed. The pips are all sized the same as a regular deck of Bicycles.


Ace of Spades: Hands down my favorite part of the deck. The Ace is split in half right down the middle, with what looks like a large bolt connecting the two sides. The coloring reminds me of concrete or steel. The Ace seems to be a small part of something bigger; a vital piece of the machine running around it. Even the font used for the “U.S. Playing Card Company” text has a straight-lined, factory look about it. The attention to detail on these cards is incredible.


Jokers: Most certainly not the usual style of Jokers. Just like the Ace and the back design, the picture on the jokers looks like a snap shot of the inner workings of some enormous machine. The straight edged font is used here too, and fits in seamlessly. All the little details are what really make this deck. There’s a light color fade out from the edge of the Jokers’ picture out into the white of the card, adding to the worn, factory image.


Box: In my review for the Sentinels, I said something about how good the box looks, but doesn’t actually do anything for the cards. Now I’m not sure if the T11 Staff took that comment personally, but they sure stepped up. This box doesn’t just surround the cards, it’s made to protect them. As soon as you open it, you can feel how thick the sides are and how firm the whole thing is. It’s a beast. The multi-level embossing all over the box is just the icing on the cake. The detailed ridges of the back design feel and look amazing, while the enlarged ace on the front demands attention.

So here are the ratings:
Feel- 8.5/10
Design- 9.5/10
Overall- 9/10

I’ve heard that these cards are going to be a limited production. If that’s the case, I definitely recommended buying a few packs while you still can. The cards have the Theory11 standard of quality, along with a well thought out and designed theme. This is one of the more “orignial” decks we’ve seen lately. And the box is just awesome. The first box that I can actually say keeps my cards safe rather than just holds them. You can buy this deck over at Dan and Dave’s Store or at Theory11. And no matter which place you buy them, you’ll be entered into a cool Holiday Contest.

After a couple weeks I’ll be writing the second piece to this review. It’ll cover feel after the deck has been completely broken in, and I’ll also talk about performance pros and cons, how the cards go with certain card tricks, and anything else that comes to mind.

Posted: December 19th, 2010
at 10:49pm by Robin Carey

Categories: Cards - Reviews

Comments: 3 comments


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  1. Awesome review! Very much appreciated. Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoy the deck. Homer has a lot of plans for the next edition and we’re already hard at work to push the envelope. Happy Holidays!

    Jonathan Bayme

    19 Dec 10 at 11:01 pm


  2. Thanks JB! My pleasure, the deck is great. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next run.

    Robin Carey

    Robin Carey

    19 Dec 10 at 11:18 pm


  3. So looking forward to V2 tomorrow!


    21 Apr 11 at 3:27 pm



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