I think I'm having a senior moment... I've just bought everything, and just can't see the use of the official sleeves unless you have a WHOLE set each. I've just opened the cards / the box and there seem to be a whole bunch of universal cards for either player to choose from? I noticed C's that there are *some* clear sleeves in between the packs of themed sleeves, but there's only a few.
Is there two sets of all universal cards?
Or would you be forever removing cards from sleeves and into different Warband sleeves?
You don't want to tell the difference between common and warband-specific ploy cards when they are shuffled either (obviously). All the cards need to look the same. The warband sleeves seem to be intended to construct a deck of 20 ploy cards + 12 objective cards + the transparent character cards. Essentially, a single deck for the warband.
I'm not planning on creating a single tournament deck and would rather play with friends/family casually. I decided they needed to be sleeved, but didn't want to be constantly swapping cards out like you alluded to. There's a chance I might play with 1 or 2 extra ploy too.
I decided to use blue and yellow Dragon Shields for ploys and objectives and ordered enough to sleeve everything - I included some pictures on another thread. So far so good.
But that doesn't really help you - It depends what you're planning on producing with you decks. You could buy a lot more packs of a single warband to sleeve all your cards, but that will be expensive!