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Hammie’s The State of the Program for June 8th

This series is an ongoing tribute to Erik “Hamtastic” Friborg.
 

News and Discussion Items:

The MTGO 10th Anniversary Bash: It’s not Chuck’s Virtual Party, but Wizards is throwing us some perks and specials for the celebration. Sweet! Details here
 
First up, players will be getting some free cards, based on lifetime Player Reward points. I looked at my lifetime points, and I am eligible for a foil Hymn to Tourach. If I had fewer points, I’d qualify for a foil Unhinged land. I wonder if I could downgrade – the Unhinged lands are sweet ( and also worth quite a bit more.) I have always wanted enough to build with, but I can’t afford it. On the plus side – almost everyone should be able to qualify for a non-foil Unhinged land, if they either spend money at the store or play sanctioned events even occasionally, so the supply of Unhinged lands may rise and price may fall. A bit.
 
Second, Wizards is offering everyone double Player Rewards for the duration of the celebration (June 20th to July 5th.
 
Third, Wizards is upping the prize support for all Constructed 8 player Single Elimination events (making them 6-3-2-2s), and offering 2 player Gold Queues in all constructed formats. 
 
Fourth, Wizards will offer some additional “Spotlight” events, in Pauper, Legacy, phantom AR Sealed and Standard. These will be weekend events.
 
Finally, Wizards is bringing back Invasion drafts! Cost will be 15 TIX or 3 TIX plus product, and pay out in Invasion block packs. Invasion was a fun set to draft (sort of – mana screwing your opponent was a big part of the format), and the packs include some very valuable cards. The prices of Invasion commons have dropped some, but the average Invasion block draft set, if opened, holds about 10 TIX worth of cards, so even if you only manage to win one round of the draft, you make money, and you clean up if you win two or if you open well.  Non-foil Vindicates are north of $60, and have been there a long time. Better yet, the prize payouts are balanced, so each draft will add three complete draft sets to the pool, instead of providing a surplus of one particular pack. Nice!
 
Weekly Blog: The blog this week announced the 10th Anniversary Celebration (see above), and MOCS season 7.   The participation foil is the paper Judge Foil Phyrexian Dreadnought. Sweet card – and non-foil copies of the Dreadnought have been north of $20 for a long time. The blog also reminded us that the Return to Ravnica PTQs continue. Standard format. If you have time to play one, cool. No chance I could get that many hours free at one sitting.
 
Planechase Coming to MTGO June 29th The multiplayer set is coming to online play. These decks should be interestingTodd Anderson made the Top 8 of a recent SCG Legacy Open playing six Planechase cards. The set shows promise. Details on the Planechase release here. 
 
M13 Spoilers season is warming up: The spoilers are coming out. The official card gallery is here
 
Decklists on the Wizards Tournament Results pages now include links to download a .txt version of the deck, which can be easily loaded into MTGO. This is a lot easier than copying the decklist off the web page into Notepad, then trying to delete all the extra stuff (e.g. “12 creatures.”) 
 
HammyBot: HammyBot is still up, and still has 30k+ cards left. The folks over at MTGO Traders have set up Hammybot to handle the selling of Erik's MTGO collection. All proceeds from the sale of Erik's cards on Hammybot will go directly to Erik's family. If you have some spare TIX, and need a justification to buy some cards you have always wanted, this would be it. You support a good cause, and you get cards at a reasonable price. 
 

Investment Project:

Time for an update. What this is: I’m testing the common wisdom / often repeated mantra that it is “easy” to make TIX buying and selling cards online. I “spent” 300 TIX buying a mix of cards recommended by the people most vocal about how this can be done. Details here, here and here. I will sell cards when they make a significant profit, or when it is obvious I have backed a loser and need to cut my losses. I have some longer-term investments (meaning they should be good this fall, etc.) some cheap cards bought on spec., (e.g. I spent pennies each on some rares that might reasonably see play someday, as formats evolve.)
 
So far, I have sold out of a few cards, and bought others. The significant sales:
1)    I bought a Tarmogoyf on the advice of people who said I could do well buying a card that fluctuated when the price was low, and selling shortly thereafter. Those folks strongly recommended Tarmogoyf. I bought in at $69.80 and sold out two months later at $63.36. The price had fallen ever since I bought it – it never rose above purchase price.
2)    I bought a few (Clifftop Retreats) and (Seachrome Coasts) and sold them when they had risen about 50% over purchase. 
3)    I bought some Sun Titans when Restoration Angel was spoiled – I expected Solar Flare or UW control to make a comeback. They climbed a couple TIX before I sold them.  
4)    I bought a bunch of Mythics – a pair of each card that was priced at $3 or less. Most have done very little, but the Falkenrath Aristocrats made me 5 TIX each. However, as you can see below, that was the only time those things paid off.
 
Here is the investment portfolio at the moment. The number owned is obvious. The purchase price is the weighted average of what I bought them for (meaning that if I bought three at $0.35 and two at $0.50, the weighted average purchase price is $0.41) The Price 6/11 was the sale price as of 6/11. The delta is the difference in current price minus purchase price, time the number owned.
 
Card
# Owned
Purchase Price
Price 6/11
Delta
Blackcleave Cliffs
3
$ 2.77
$ 2.09
$ (2.04)
Blasphemous Act
6
$ 0.06
$ 0.05
$ (0.06)
Bloodline Keeper
6
$ 0.66
$ 0.59
$ (0.42)
Bloodstained Mire
2
$ 2.54
$ 2.18
$ (0.72)
Call of the Kindred
6
$ 0.05
$ 0.05
$ -
Cavern of Souls
2
$ 8.69
$ 8.69
$ -
Clifftop Retreat
2
$ 1.19
$ 2.23
$ 2.08
Copperline Gorge
3
$ 2.78
$ 1.55
$ (3.69)
Curse of Death's Hold
6
$ 0.48
$ 0.15
$ (1.98)
Curse of Misfortunes
4
$ 0.05
$ 0.05
$ -
Darkslick Shores
3
$ 6.29
$ 2.39
$ (11.70)
Elbrus, the Binding Blade
2
$ 0.66
$ 0.63
$ (0.06)
Evil Twin
4
$ 0.05
$ 0.05
$ -
Flooded Strand
4
$ 6.32
$ 7.69
$ 5.48
Gavony Township
4
$ 0.51
$ 0.18
$ (1.32)
Geist-Honored Monk
4
$ 0.11
$ 0.10
$ (0.04)
Grafdiggers Cage
1
$ 1.00
$ 1.21
$ 0.21
Griselbrand
2
$ 6.52
$ 6.52
$ -
Havengul Lich
2
$ 6.83
$ 4.86
$ (3.94)
Hinterland Harbor
6
$ 1.74
$ 1.72
$ (0.12)
Increasing Savagery
4
$ 0.22
$ 0.51
$ 1.16
Isolated Chapel
2
$ 2.58
$ 2.90
$ 0.64
Kitchen Finks
5
$ 3.94
$ 2.98
$ (4.80)
Lingering Souls
13
$ 0.82
$ 0.50
$ (4.16)
Mikaeus the Unhallowed
2
$ 3.37
$ 2.35
$ (2.04)
Mirror Mad Phantasm
2
$ 0.89
$ 0.76
$ (0.26)
Misthollow Griffin
3
$ 1.20
$ 1.20
$ -
Moorland Haunt
6
$ 0.49
$ 0.21
$ (1.68)
Nephilia Drownyard
4
$ 0.07
$ 0.05
$ (0.08)
Past in Flames
4
$ 2.25
$ 3.31
$ 4.24
Runechanter's Pike
4
$ 0.20
$ 0.24
$ 0.16
Seachrome Coast
1
$ 5.97
$ 5.90
$ (0.07)
Snapcaster Mage
3
$ 6.95
$ 6.33
$ (1.86)
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
1
$ 19.80
$ 16.74
$ (3.06)
Sudden Disappearance
4
$ 0.08
$ 0.05
$ (0.12)
Sulfur Falls
9
$ 2.18
$ 1.71
$ (4.23)
Vorapede
2
$ 5.57
$ 3.82
$ (3.50)
Woodland Cemetery
8
$ 1.41
$ 1.53
$ 0.96
           
A few reminders. First, I am buying at retail from MTGOTraders, and assuming I can sell for 80% of MTGO Traders retail price. The point of this experiment is to test the idea that you can speculate in card prices, not that you can arbitrage bots or find better prices if you hunt. Those are different experiments, and we’ve done most of them. This experiment is just testing the “buy cards and watch their value climb” concept. 
 
So far, it’s failing.  
 
Second, while I welcome advice about what to buy or sell, I really don’t need advice about what I should or should not have bought a couple months ago. Hindsight is easy, and everything I bought (except the Sun Titans) have been on the advice of the community.
 
Right now, I have made about 10 TIX total profit (that’s net – I made a fair amount, but it was offset by the loses on Tarmogoyf and a few minor cards.) 
 
Right now my biggest gamble is Griselbrand. He is insane in limited, and I bought three in my last purchase from MTGOTraders.com, along with two (Entombs). He should continue to be hot, unless Legacy dies or he gets banned. 
 
I bought Cavern of Souls on the advice of this article. Just two, though – although Chris’ numbers look good, I am not yet convinced that stock market analysis works with a commodity that is so driven by externalities. On the other hand, Chris’s econ background is a lot more current than mine. I haven’t done any serious econometrics since late last century.      
 
Right now, I could sell a couple Flooded Strands for value, and invest in something else. Any advice on what?
 
Here’s a bit of M13 speculation for everyone. Some people have been predicting that the friendly colored Ravnica dual lands will be in the core set. Maybe. I’m wondering when Wizards will reprint the allied colored fetchlands. They are not yet in Modern, and Modern could use them. They also work well with the Ravnica duals, and those duals may well be in Return to Ravnica. What odds would you give that the fetches are in M13, and should I dump the Flooded Strands, etc., in advance, just in case?
 
To recap – right now the 300 TIX I invested has shrunk to about $265. So how do I recoup?
 
Another note: I am not a trade, investor or speculator. I am a writer, economist and player. I am just testing this concept. In my online play, I do not buy anything as an investment or for speculation.  (I invest in various mutual funds, bonds, etc.)  I follow these rules for online collecting:
 
1)    In drafts, never pass a money card or Mythic unless the draft is really important (e.g. a Top 8), or unless the Mythic is trash and I already have enough.
2)    Collect playsets of everything – preferably playsets for both Ingrid and me. Never trade or sell anything unless it is redundant. Put all redundant copies in my storage account.
3)    Sell any foils as soon as I have a personal playset of non-foil copies. 
4)    Buy two of each Mythic from MTGOTraders.com shortly after the new set comes out, when the prices are at their lowest. Pick up the rest playing limited (if I’m lucky) or buy them from MTGOTradersBot when I need them for a deck. 
5)    Periodically, let MTGOTradersBuyBot loose on my storage account, and sell it whatever it wants.
 
I understand that I can probably make more TIX if I sell everything myself, or if I spend time comparing prices at various bots. However, I have been buying and selling Magic cards in paper since 1997, and online for about 8 years. I’ve tried all the alternatives, including running my own eBay store. The savings and profits never equal the value of the time I waste doing it. Long ago, I learned that paying a very small premium to buy from a trader with a strong reputation means that the cards I want will be there, that I will have no trouble with the transaction, and that if I order online, the order will be shipped promptly and be complete. By dealing exclusively with strong dealers, I no longer get ripped off, have orders messed up, etc. That’s true dealing with websites – and I do a fair amount of buying through the MTGOTraders web store. I work on decklists during lunch at work.   When I get something l want to try, I check it against my collection (I email myself a CSV of my collection periodically, so I can check anywhere, even if I cannot run MTGO.) Then I order what I want. When I get home, I log on and I get my cards promptly. Another advantage to buying from the online store – for me, TIX are often in short supply. I can order online from MTGOTraders.com with PayPal or a credit card in less time, and with less effort, than buying TIX through the MTGO store, then going to a BOT. On the other hand, I often buy from the online MTGOTradersBots. For small purchases, that can often be the fastest option. 
 
Anyway, that’s what I do. YMMV – most particularly, if your time is less valuable, then price shopping may work for you. Even while I’m waiting for the round to end, I have more cost-effective things to do.
 

Tournaments:

Thursday Night Magic Online (TNMO) for the upcoming week (June 21st):  Avacyn Restored 6 pack sealed. New Cards! Hot fresh New Cards! Git your new cards – and alternative art (Sakura Tribe Elder) – here! Cheap sealed events are always fun.   
 
Let’s look at the Constructed Tournaments breakdown for the week of June 5th through June 11th (the last full week up and listed as I wrote this.)   126 constructed events fired this week – that’s about average for before the schedule change. We will see how this develops.  The big formats look okay, but Classic and Legacy have not fired more than a time or two since the change-over. Come on players – dip a toe in, the formats are fine.
 
Format
Fired
Format
Fired
Standard
44
Modern
21
Pauper
18
Classic
0
Innistrad Block Const.
42
Legacy
0
         
FYI: I got the number fired from the list of results, here.    
 

Cutting Edge Tech:

Standard: Last week, I wrote “Last week, everyone was talking about how dominant Delver was. Everyone was packing their sideboards with answers to Delver - and cutting answers to other decks. That can often left older strategies have another day in the sun. This week, we had both an SCG Standard Open and a TCG Maxpoint Series Event. Both of these events featured 4 Delver decks in the Top 8, but both were won by Solar Flare.” That same statement applies again this week.
 
Solar Flare won the SCG Open again, in a Top 8 with 6 UW Delver lists and a single Wolf Run Ramp deck. Varied format this is not. Bannings?? – I could see it happening, but it is not a given. We will see next week.  
 
 
Innistrad Block Constructed: We have another Block Constructed GP coming up, so the format is seeing some play. Here’s the .   
 
4 Color Aggro Control
Bushviper, 4-0, ISD Block Constructed Daily #3974431 on 06/14/2012
Creatures
4 Avacyn's Pilgrim
2 Bloodgift Demon
4 Falkenrath Aristocrat
4 Huntmaster of the Fells
14 cards

Other Spells
4 Borderland Ranger
3 Wolfir Silverheart
1 Zealous Conscripts
3 Abundant Growth
3 Bonfire of the Damned
2 Devil's Play
1 Garruk Relentless
1 Sever the Bloodline
4 Tragic Slip
22 cards
Lands
4 Evolving Wilds
9 Forest
1 Kessig Wolf Run
4 Mountain
2 Swamp
4 Woodland Cemetery
24 cards

Falkenrath Aristocrat
Modern: The big Spotlight on Modern tournament fired last weekend. Unfortunately, I could not play. I spent the day digging up what I thought was a pile of dirt in the corner of the field, but which proved to be a mix of broken concrete, rocks and the remains of a manure spreader. Cleaning that up was not more fun than a Modern tournament, but that’s life. Whatever – just explaining why I can’t even tell you exactly how many players showed up. The top-ranked deck, though, had 21 points, which indicates 7 rounds. That means somewhere between 65 and 128 players showed up. The winner played Jund – here’s that list.  

 

 
Legacy: Another weekend, another SCG Legacy Open. The Worchester event was big, and the format continues to be fairly wide open. That said, Griselbrand and Show and Tell are potent stuff. People are talking bannings, but I doubt that will happen. The Top 16 had ten different archetypes. Seems pretty sweet.   

 

 

Card Prices:  

Notes: All my prices come from MTGOTraders.com. For cards that are available in multiple sets, I am quoting the most recent set’s price. Thus, the price I’m quoting for Primeval Titan is from M12. If I list a card as out of stock, don’t assume you can’t buy it.  MTGOTraders stocks their Bots first, so the MTGOTradersBot1, MTGOTradersBot2, MTGOTradersBot3, or MTGOTradersBot4 (and now 5 and 6, and MTGOTradersBuyBot1 and 2) often have the cards in stock even when the online store is out. Now, on to prices.
 
Standard prices are basically moving around a bit, but nothing significant. I suspect that the format is partly on hold, waiting to see if anything gets banned.
 
Standard & Block Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 18.82
Y
$ 18.82
---
$ 17.04
Y
$ 15.05
+ $ 1.99
$ 27.58
Y
$ 28.33
- $ 0.75
 $ 7.87
Y
 $ 8.38
- $ 0.51
$ 25.84
Y
$ 29.15
- $ 3.31
$ 23.00
Y
$ 21.48
+ $ 1.52
$ 8.58
Y
$ 8.51
+ $ 0.07
 $ 6.52
Y
 $ 6.71
- $ 0.19
 $ 16.37
Y
 $ 15.46
+ $ 0.91
$ 16.99
Y
$ 16.15
+ $ 0.84
$ 6.98
Y
$ 7.17
- $ 0.19
$ 26.51
Y
$ 24.66
+ $ 1.85
$ 11.73
Y
$ 10.58
+ $ 1.15
$ 7.17
Y
$ 7.42
- $ 0.25
$ 15.80
Y
$ 14.26
+ $ 1.54
$ 11.79
Y
$ 13.95
- $ 2.16
$ 7.99
Y
$ 8.31
- $ 0.32
$ 10.12
Y
n/a
n/a
$ 5.87
Y
$ 6.83
- $ 0.95
$ 11.07
Y
$ 11.11
- $ 0.04
$ 23.15
Y
$ 26.39
- $ 3.24
$ 37.24
Y
$ 34.36
+ $ 2.88
$ 10.58
Y
$ 11.87
- $ 1.29
$ 12.40
Y
$ 12.04
+ $ 0.36
$ 10.04
Y
$ 8.72
+ $ 1.32
$ 13.67
Y
$ 13.67
---
Modern prices are oscillating, but the trend is back up. 
 
Modern Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 12.81
Y
$ 13.33
- $ 0.48
$ 4.61
Y
$ 4.00
+ $ 0.61
$ 15.19
Y
$ 15.20
- $ 0.01
$ 20.51
Y
$ 20.51
---
$ 5.29
Y
$ 3.46
+ $ 1.82
$ 3.70
Y
$ 3.70
---
$ 6.48
Y
$ 6.17
+ $ 0.31
$ 13.30
Y
$ 13.67
- $ 0.37
$ 45.18
Y
$ 43.75
+ $ 1.43
$ 9.60
Y
$ 9.89
- $ 0.29
$ 4.28
Y
$ 4.28
---
$ 10.77
Y
$ 10.44
+ $ 0.33
$ 18.22
Y
$ 17.82
+ $ 0.40
$ 6.74
Y
$ 5.89
+ $ 0.85
$ 16.98
Y
$ 16.98
---
           

Legacy / Classic prices are pretty much static. So far, the new daily schedule has not done much to stimulate events. On the plus side – Force of Will is down. We are close to a world with no cards selling for over $ 100.

 
Legacy / Classic Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 100.77
Y
$ 102.09
- $ 1.32
$ 26.47
Y
$ 27.79
- $ 1.32
$ 39.27
Y
$ 39.27
---
$ 30.75
Y
$ 34.05
- $ 3.30
$ 63.83
Y
$ 63.83
---
$ 21.66
Y
$ 21.66
---
$ 24.54
Y
$ 27.45
- $ 2.81
$ 23.96
Y
$ 23.10
+ $ 0.86
$ 12.25
Y
$ 12.25
---
$ 34.29
Y
$ 34.29
---
$ 37.05
Y
$ 40.36
- $ 3.31
$ 19.65
Y
$ 19.65
---
$ 99.94
Y
$ 99.94
---
$ 29.59
Y
$ 29.59
---
$ 7.75
Y
$ 8.30
- $ 0.55
$ 5.00
Y
$ 5.00
---
$ 13.70
Y
$ 13.70
---
$ 18.96
Y
$ 18.96
---
$ 9.78
Y
$ 9.78
---
$ 11.80
Y
$ 10.82
+ $ 0.98
$ 44.47
Y
$ 42.39
+ $ 2.08
$ 38.63
Y
$ 38.63
---
$ 25.28
Y
$ 25.28
---
$ 23.91
Y
$ 22.22
+ $ 1.69
$ 17.99
Y
$ 17.99
---
$ 32.90
Y
$ 32.90
---
$ 8.18
Y
$ 8.18
---
           

Pauper prices are doing what they do.     

Pauper Cards
Price
In Stock?
Last Week
Change
$ 2.58
Y
$ 2.26
+ $ 0.32
$ 1.18
Y
$ 1.18
---
$ 0.95
Y
$ 0.67
+ $ 0.28
$ 2.39
Y
$ 2.09
+ $ 0.30
$ 1.99
Y
$ 1.99
---
$ 2.31
Y
$ 2.60
- $0.29
$ 2.77
Y
$ 2.77
---
$ 5.87
Y
$ 5.45
+ $ 0.42
$ 3.86
Y
$ 3.96
- $ 0.10
Daze [NE]
$ 7.38
Y
$ 7.38
---
$ 1.84
Y
$ 1.77
+ $ 0.07
$ 3.05
Y
$ 3.05
---
$ 4.36
Y
$ 4.36
---
$ 2.24
Y
$ 2.45
- $ 0.21
$ 2.03
Y
$ 1.94
+ $ 0.09
$ 1.09
Y
$ 1.20
- $ 0.11
Fireblast [Visions]
$ 2.21
Y
$ 2.55
- $ 0.34
$ 0.91
Y
$ 0.91
---
           

 The Good Stuff:

This is this week’s list of the non-foil, non-premium cards on MTGO that cost more than $25 each. That’s over $100 per playset. (okay, a playset of Vampiric Tutors is technically one in any sanctioned format, but I don’t care.)  Here’s this week’s list of MTGO gold:
 
Card
Rarity
Set
Price
Force of Will
R
MED
$ 102.09
Lion's Eye Diamond
R
MI
$    99.94
Vindicate
R
AP
$    63.83
Tarmogoyf
R
FUT
$    46.07
Vampiric Tutor
R
VI
$    44.47
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
M
WWK
$    39.27
Null Rod
R
WL
$    38.63
Pernicious Deed
R
AP
$    37.05
Sword of War and Peace
M
NPH
$    35.37
Entomb
R
OD
$    34.29
Rishadan Port
R
MM
$    32.90
Wasteland
U
TE
$    30.75
Gaea's Cradle
R
UZ
$    29.59
Underground Sea
R
ME2
$    27.79
Geist of Saint Traft
M
ISD
$    27.58
Misdirection
R
MM
$    27.57
Bonfire of the Damned
M
AVR
$    27.52
Underground Sea
R
ME4
$    26.47
Scavenging Ooze
R
CMD
$    26.15
Tangle Wire
R
NE
$    25.28
Huntmaster of the Fells
M
DKA
$    25.14
 Mythics from Standard legal sets are taking hold on the list. Both Bonfire and Geist are in the list, but Tamiyo has fallen off. It is interesting that the only lands left on the list are different versions of Underground Sea, and the uncommon Wasteland
 
Wizards may want to do something to help the formats in which these cards see play. Bringing back Mirage block drafts for a bit might help. Imagine opening LED, Vampiric Tutor and Null Rod in you draft packs. Admittedly, none of them will help win your draft, but who cares? They would buy your way into the next dozen drafts.
 
And the big number: $7,460. That is what it would cost to buy one copy of every non-foil card worth $0.05 or more on MTGO, at retail, from MTGOtraders.com as of last Wednesday. This number includes duplicates – for example, the big number includes the prices of half a dozen different Jace Berelens. 
 
The big number is back up. AR has stabilized, prices are falling back to realistic levels, and the new Planechase cards are not yet here. 
 

Weekly Highlights:

I did managed to play through some drafts and sealeds, and get knocked out in the second round of Monday's Overdrive!  Lowlight of the week was probably playing Delver in a Standard event, for which I actually shelled out TIX, because I wanted to try out my new Angels.  Round one, I decide to play first, then discover I apparently loaded a decklist from March - not Restoration Angels, only 3 Geists, etc.  Ended up out of the money, but it was still fun.
 
PRJ
 
“one million words” on MTGO. 

 

19 Comments

No need to downgrade. by FierceTable at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 10:28
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No need to downgrade.

"Cards will be distributed during the downtime on Wednesday, July 11, and players will receive cards for each level they have qualified for"

promo lands unhinged by BOBBAKAKE at Wed, 06/20/2012 - 22:30
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looks like ya get an extra one anyway

Not even Payout by Kensiky at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 10:40
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There is one less Invasion pack paid out per draft. You forgot that they pay both 3rd and 4th.

It is long past time that by KaraZorEl at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 11:45
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It is long past time that they did something about standard. The format has been boring for a long while now.

Lifetime Promos by under_the_hammer at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 11:49
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Pretty sure you get the unhinged and the hymn there Pete as the leader text states "players will receive cards for each level they have qualified for"

On speculation, I'm like you. by oraymw at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 12:49
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On speculation,

I'm like you. Sure, I could probably make some "money" if I worked really hard at trading, but I value my time pretty highly, and spending hours to make a couple of tix is not my idea of a good time.

I do speculate on some cards, but I do that mostly just because I like to prove that I can make a correct guess some of the time. I did that with Birthing Pods, and some other cards, and I was rewarded, but it definitely wasn't worth my time. Just another aspect of a hobby that I do not do for the money.

For people upset about standard, consider that they are releasing this thing called M13 in about a month... that should shake things up a bit.

It doesn't take much time to by mihahitlor at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 15:56
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It doesn't take much time to buy 4x every Innistrad dual land (for example), and sell them sometimes this fall/next year. If you can make on average 1 tix profit on every rare/mythic you speculate on and it takes you 10 min to buy & sell a playset of a particular card (and it should take you *much* less), that's 24$/hour.

As someone who is upset with by KaraZorEl at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 16:35
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As someone who is upset with standard, the spoilers have not reassured me in the least. There's a creature that gives you 2/2 flying Drake tokens and another creature that gives all your creatures exalted. Lingering Souls is going to be THE deck to play, and I really want no part of it.

I was a bit disappointed by by Paul Leicht at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 15:15
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I was a bit disappointed by the celebration announcement this year. Last year they had gunslinging which is often as fun to watch as it is to try and play in. It was particularly fun for me because they had a few people playing Kaleidoscope, and I managed to get in a game. Also fun was the 2hg standard game that seemed so spur of the moment. The way the table was formed the players were supposed to play the WotC guys but it ended up being player/WotC guy vs player/WotC guy. I'm just saying this because I think it is a downgraded event without that. Particularly since there are no other community building events listed. (The rest are all great if you have spare tix/packs laying around.)

I agree with you here Paul. by Drbenwayy at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 16:33
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I agree with you here Paul. The gunslinging was a neat freebie to watch and to try to enter one fast enough to play. I may be mistaken here or thinking of a different celebration but I thought there were moderately discounted drafts or events during the last celebration.

I'll most likely try my hand at IPA for 15 tickets since I've never done it before but I was underwhelmed by the announcement.

And then they announced by Paul Leicht at Thu, 06/21/2012 - 00:53
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And then they announced today: Spellslinging on Saturday and again the Friday after that. So yay! :D Keep in mind the prizes are being restricted to one per player per session but still the competition should be pretty fun to watch/be in.

The idea behind speculating by ChardOne at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 17:36
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The idea behind speculating on Tarmogoyf was sound, but your timing was awful. It's price range bounces from $40 to $80 for the most part in the modern era. I got a playset two weeks ago for $38 each... back up to $46 today.

Your less than $3 mythics are a decent investment but I caution you not to give up and sell out early on them. Really you are counting on set redemption driving the price up on those not playability. So now is the time to be selling Zendikar block mythics. I just dumped 2 Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet at 7.25 each and a Dragonmaster Oustcast at 6.30. I had picked them all up a long time ago for a ticket or less. Maybe they'll rise a little more, but I wanted the tickets now.

Keep the fetch lands until you know for sure if they get reprinted (which I doubt). People like playing with original versions of cards when they become legal again and will pay a premium to do so. The Mirrodin Solemn Simulacrum jumped from $5 to $14 when that was spoiled in M12. The price fell off pretty quickly though.

I like Cryptic Command, Thoughtseize, and Dark Confidant right now.

When were Kalitas or by Paul Leicht at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 17:44
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When were Kalitas or Dragonmaster ever under a ticket?

I bought 4x Kalitas on by ChardOne at Fri, 06/15/2012 - 18:08
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I bought 4x Kalitas on 11.17.2009 and 2x Outcasts on 2.24.2011, but from bots not MTGO Traders.

EDIT: The lowest point for Kalitas was 0.50 around 3.02.2010. I don't think Outcast was ever below a ticket but it dropped down to a ticket right around when I bought it on some bots.

I'll vouch for Outcasts being by FierceTable at Sat, 06/16/2012 - 18:49
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I'll vouch for Outcasts being 1.11 at one point. I bought quite a few from one bot and sold to another for 1.50 in less than a minute. Looks like I could have held on to them and made quite a bit more, but I made a few tickets out of thin air in less than a few minutes...hard to argue with a sure thing.

Spec by Kha at Sat, 06/16/2012 - 03:34
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Now's a pretty good time to be picking up Modern Cards.
for example: Pyromancers Swath is currently 0.16 tixs and has historically hit the 3tixs mark at times during modern season(or more if featured in a BOAB article on the mothership).

Lifetime Player Rewards Points by victorBike at Mon, 06/18/2012 - 04:15
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Hi all.

It is always fun to read you, Pete. Congrats.

One question on the other hand, where we could see our life Player Rewards Points? Thx.

The Monthly report is sent by by Paul Leicht at Mon, 06/18/2012 - 11:37
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The Monthly report is sent by the email set in your account and gives you your currently lifetime mopr rewards.

The price differences don't by jetun at Sat, 06/23/2012 - 17:46
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The price differences don't seem that big, maybe the request is low.. masini