I'm not completely sure that Steem Monsters is that Expensive. And this is purely because I am comparing it to Magic the Gathering.
This is Crypto, so the values are already crazy, But I genuinely feel steem monsters is affordable to get into. Comparing it to a game like God's Unchained and even Artifact.
What I like about Steem Monsters is its Earn while you play system.
Now granted, I am quite new, and I did push $250 into this, But my value is a bit more, mainly due to some luck.
This does not factor in the decks needed to play higher where every level matters.
Regardless, I do feel a player can get quite far with Steem Monsters if they are patient. I just wanted to make up some of my disadvantage for not being here for the last few months to play.