You are the only online card game in existence that still shafts its paying customers with non-trade-able digital duplicates.
you do realize that the locked cards are just freebies the game gives you. they can just say no more freebies and everything has to be loaded in via card codes. imagine that.
Once more, it's exactly as XK9 says. Everything in this game that is tradelocked is either 100% free, or gets bought with in-game currency (which is also free). Anything you actually PAY for with real money is TRADABLE. So, no, paying customers are not getting shafted with non-tradable stuff because paying customers receive their money's worth in tradable items.
In fact, the game is kind enough to provide you with tradable packs even if you don't invest a single cent into it. You can use your freely obtained tickets (if you're buying tickets with real money, we need to have a conversation. Around these parts it's considered general knowledge that they're not worth the price) in order to participate in tournaments and earn TRADABLE packs.
If you're like me and prefer seeing the glass half-full, you could even say you're "earning money" (or at least saving money) by earning tradable packs at 0 cost. The conversion really only goes codes-->packs and not the other way around, but consider that IRL a code is worth aproximately 30 cents. If across several months you've earned 100+ packs, you've technically saved yourself 30 USD that you would have otherwise needed to spend in codes. If you don't buy codes and only buy actual booster packs, you're actually saving yourself around 5 USD for each free tradable pack you earn. (Although to be fair to you, this would be a rather optimistic point of view and I don't expect everyone to share it).
Either way, the bottom line is that you, as a paying customer, will always get your money's worth, and not any less. All physical products have a code (AFAIK at least) that will give you a tradable virtual copy. Everything that's tradelocked was free to begin with.
I hope this can change your perspective in this subject of matter.
Edited by Sakura150612, 25 October 2018 - 12:15 PM.