The core deck is quite small in essence: 4 sets of 35 different cards plus an abundance of basic lands; and if you are wondering if you’ve read this correctly… yes, I just implied that the number of Moxes in my deck is 8.
But bare in mind that I started playing before Unlimited came out and, if you pardon my pun, as rare as Moxes were, it wasn’t uncommon to have friends, or friends of friends, who had one; not to mention that back then, small cities or stores tournaments often offered them as prizes.
The cards that aren’t core to the deck are there to help me calibrate and optimize it based on what type of deck my opponent is using.
Here’s a basic summary of the 200 cards that can compose my deck which on average is around 80: 48 red cards, 36 white ones, 4 multi-colored oddities, 28 artifacts which tally to 36 instants, 24 creatures, 20 sorceries, and of course 8 enchantments. When it comes to lands, it boasts: 12 special ones, another 12 composing the Urzatron, 26 plains, 4 snow-covered ones, 26 mountains, and 4 snow-covered ones.