Come on now, you can’t go slamming the Steam Deck and then try to pitch us on D&D magic cards ;-) … think I’ll just play Baldur’s Gate II on my Steam Deck .
The Steam Deck is fine. I waste my money on buying consoles all the time. PC just isn't leading the market in well...anything really, lately. There haven't even been noteworthy Indie games coming out. Most importantly, Valve (and other companies) don't have the best track record when it comes to both launching and supporting new hardware. A few years ago we were talking about the "Steam Box" and having these same types of discussions. The Ouya, Stadia, 1up Arcade cabinets, Intel NUC, and on and on. These things come and go all the time in a heartbeat. I simply don't buy into the hype cycle anymore. Very few companies succeed at making consoles, and the ones that do, do it very competently. Valve is not going to suddenly compete with Nintendo at making a dedicated handheld. They just aren't. Do you know how many 3rd party companies have tried and failed at making controllers? People are going to get Steam Decks and then maybe the thumbsticks suck, just like some buttons did on the Steam controller. Which is why everybody uses Xbox and PS4 controllers for Steam.
Buy whatever you want. I think the Steam Deck looks cool too. But it's more like expending venture capital where you have to expect to be pissing your money away. (just like Magic cards; I'm going to buy one box and see how well I can sell 2-3 expensive singles to subsidize the purchase. That might be the end of it.)