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I will lose 100% of the time against players with a bigger budget, no matter what my skill level is.
The so-called "Sligh Deck" by Paul Sligh and Jay Schneider in the late-90s disproves your point. That deck came from folks that were frustrated by the complex and expensive decks they were running up against, so they built a cheaper, faster deck to compete with. It dominated the magic scene for years.
3. It's not sexy.
You're doing it wrong.
"the poor fellow who walks away with the greatest number of letters, proud of his extensive correspondence, has not heard from himself this long while."
Reminds me of someone who has 500 facebook friends but is depressed and lonely.