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By: Raddman, Graig W
Jan 16 2012 7:49am
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So a few weeks ago I wrote an article showing exactly which staples one would wish to purchase to have the ultimate Legacy collection.  That article can be found

here

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 This week I wanted to compare each card and its' price to the paper counterpart.

So overall, which is more expensive?

 Paper                                                                                        

 

Or

 

Plastic?

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To make life a little easier, I only compared the price of a single copy of each card.  If you wish to get the maximum total, you would just simply multiply by the number of required copies in the checklist.  I also used NM cards for paper, so you could reduce the overall cost by purchasing Slightly played cards or even Moderately played cards.

Let's take a look at the Land comparison.

Lands      
Heavily Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
4 Arid Mesa  $           4.03  $        9.95  $    5.92
4 Ancient Tomb  $           5.74  $         7.95  $    2.21
4 Badlands  $           7.86  $      44.95  $  37.09
4 Bayou  $         10.88  $      59.80  $  48.92
4 Bloodstained Mire  $           1.99  $      15.95  $  13.96
4 Cephalid Coliseum  $           1.57  $         3.95  $    2.38
4 City of Traitors  $         26.55  $      24.95  $  (1.60)
4 City of Brass  $           2.12  $         3.75  $    1.63
2 Dryad Arbor  $           0.26  $         3.45  $    3.19
4 Flooded Strand  $           6.19  $      34.95  $  28.76
X Forest  $              -    $            -    $       -  
1 Gaea's Cradle  $         20.11  $      62.95  $  42.84
4 Grove of the Burnwillows  $         10.51  $         9.95  $  (0.56)
4 Horizon Canopy  $           2.27  $         7.95  $    5.68
X Island  $              -    $            -    $       -  
2 Karakas  $           0.29  $      54.95  $  54.66
4 Marsh Flats  $           3.44  $         7.95  $    4.51
2 Maze of Ith -4 if you play 43 Lands  $           9.55  $      34.95  $  25.40
4 Mishra's Factory  $           0.60  $         2.45  $    1.85
4 Misty Rainforest  $           6.33  $      12.95  $    6.62
X Mountain  $              -    $            -    $       -  
4 Mutavault  $         12.68  $      29.95  $  17.27
X Plains  $              -    $            -    $       -  
4 Plateau  $           6.56  $      49.95  $  43.39
4 Polluted Delta  $           7.31  $      39.95  $  32.64
2 Riptide Laboratory  $           2.68  $      12.95  $  10.27
4 Savannah  $         15.82  $      69.95  $  54.13
4 Scalding Tarn  $           5.59  $      12.95  $    7.36
4 Scrubland  $         10.65  $      61.70  $  51.05
X Swamp  $              -    $            -    $       -  
X Snow-Covered Basic Lands  $              -    $            -    $       -  
4 Taiga  $         10.49  $      68.95  $  58.46
4 Tropical Island  $         17.77  $      99.95  $  82.18
4 Tundra  $         22.37  $    119.95  $  97.58
4 Underground Sea  $         27.49  $    129.99  $102.50
4 Verdant Catacombs  $           4.28  $         7.95  $    3.67
4 Volcanic Island  $         12.77  $      79.95  $  67.18
4 Wasteland  $         36.98  $      39.99  $    3.01
4 Wooded Foothills  $           4.06  $      21.95  $  17.89
4 Windswept Heath  $           7.03  $      34.95  $  27.92
Total  $       324.82  $ 1,284.78  $959.96

 

A pretty big difference in this category.  Buying single copies of the paper lands would run you about $1000 more than their digital counterparts.  I'd be curious to see the difference before MED 3 saw all 10 duals reprinted.  Even then, I know for a fact the lands would be more for paper.  Only two lands were cheaper for paper, City of Traitors and the better half of the Punishing Fire duo.

 

Lands      
Fringe Cards/Slightly Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
2 Academy Ruins  $           0.59  $         7.99  $      7.40
4 Ancient Den  $           0.25  $         1.45  $      1.20
1 Barbarian Ring  $           0.16  $         0.75  $      0.59
4 Barren Moor  $           0.10  $         0.25  $      0.15
4 Blinkmoth Nexus  $           6.04  $         7.95  $      1.91
1 Bojuka Bog  $           0.05  $         0.25  $      0.20
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All  $           0.74  $         4.95  $      4.21
1 Creeping Tar Pit  $           2.67  $         2.45  $     (0.22)
2 Dakmor Salvage  $           0.26  $         0.55  $      0.29
4 Dark Depths  $           6.17  $       17.99  $     11.82
4 Darksteel Citadel  $           0.25  $         1.45  $      1.20
1 Dust Bowl  $           6.50  $         4.95  $     (1.55)
4 Flagstones of Trokair  $           0.07  $         3.95  $      3.88
4 Forgotten Cave  $           0.12  $         0.25  $      0.13
4 Gemstone Mine  $           1.50  $         2.95  $      1.45
1 Glacial Chasm  $           0.39  $         0.79  $      0.40
4 Great Furnace  $           0.25  $         0.85  $      0.60
4 Inkmoth Nexus  $         11.85  $       17.95  $      6.10
1 Kor Haven  $           6.00  $         5.99  $     (0.01)
4 Lonely Sandbar  $           0.08  $         0.25  $      0.17
1 Nantuko Monastery  $           0.20  $         0.45  $      0.25
1 Nomad Stadium  $           0.04  $         0.25  $      0.21
1 Phyrexian Tower  $           1.68  $         7.95  $      6.27
1 Riftstone Portal  $           0.10  $         0.45  $      0.35
4 Rishadan Port  $         62.00  $       29.95  $   (32.05)
4 Scrying Sheets  $           0.41  $         3.45  $      3.04
4 Seat of the Synod  $           0.25  $         1.45  $      1.20
4 Secluded Steppe  $           0.03  $         0.25  $      0.22
2 Serra's Sanctum  $           4.75  $       16.95  $     12.20
4 Shelldock Isle  $           0.07  $         0.70  $      0.63
2 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale  $           1.90  $    299.95  $   298.05
2 Tolaria West  $           0.34  $         1.45  $      1.11
1 Tomb of Urami  $           0.07  $         0.49  $      0.42
1 Tower of the Magistrate  $           7.00  $         7.95  $      0.95
4 Tranquil Thicket  $           0.08  $         0.25  $      0.17
4 Tree of Tales  $           0.25  $         0.49  $      0.24
1 Treetop Village  $           0.05  $         0.49  $      0.44
4 Undiscovered Paradise  $         13.04  $         5.95  $     (7.09)
2 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth  $           3.96  $       11.95  $      7.99
4 Vault of Whispers  $           0.25  $         0.95  $      0.70
1 Volrath's Stronghold  $           7.50  $       19.95  $     12.45
Total  $       148.01  $     495.68  $   347.67
Grand Total  $       472.83  $  1,780.46  $1,307.63

 

 The difference in the fringe lands isn't quite as eye gouging, but still $348 more for the paper cards isn't chump change.  All in all, it would cost you $1308 more for single copies of all the paper lands vs. online ones.  The only cards more expensive in this segment were Creeping Tar Pit, Dust Bowl, Kor Haven, Rishadan Port and Undiscovered Paradise.

 

Where next you say?

Let's follow the money trail

 

 

Colorless      
Heavily Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
4 Aether Vial  $            1.82  $       12.95  $  11.13
1 Batterskull  $          17.29  $       13.95  $  (3.34)
4 Chalice of the Void  $            3.51  $       10.95  $    7.44
4 Chrome Mox  $            4.05  $       14.95  $  10.90
4 Crucible of Worlds  $            6.53  $       27.95  $  21.42
4 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn  $            3.72  $       11.95  $    8.23
3 Engineered Explosives  $          14.98  $       14.95  $  (0.03)
4 Grindstone  $          12.89  $       22.99  $  10.10
4 Lion's Eye Diamond  $        102.60  $       34.95  $(67.65)
4 Mox Diamond  $          12.00  $       29.95  $  17.95
4 Painter's Servant  $            1.00  $         5.95  $    4.95
4 Pithing Needle  $            0.33  $         2.45  $    2.12
4 Relic of Progenitus  $            0.08  $         0.45  $    0.37
4 Sensei's Divining Top  $            0.56  $       10.95  $  10.39
1 Sword of Body and Mind  $            9.03  $         8.45  $  (0.58)
1 Sword of Feast and Famine  $          27.26  $       38.95  $  11.69
1 Sword of Fire and Ice  $          11.95  $       34.95  $  23.00
1 Sword of Light and Shadow  $            8.45  $       27.95  $  19.50
3 Sword of the Meek  $            0.19  $         1.95  $    1.76
1 Sword of War and Peace  $          21.27  $       19.95  $  (1.32)
4 Tormod's Crypt  $            1.44  $         0.85  $  (0.59)
2 Umezawa's Jitte  $            1.55  $       17.95  $  16.40
Total  $        262.50  $    366.34  $103.84

 

So the damage isn't quite as severe as the Lands category.  An additional increase of $104 to hold the precious doesn't seem all that bad.  Cheaper paper cards here are Batterskull, Engineered Explosives, Lion's Eye Diamond, Sword of Body and Mind, Sword of War and Peace and Tormod's Crypt.

If I had to make assumptions, (we all know what happens when you assume) I'd say pick up those Swords now.  The other popular swords are now $28 +, so I'm betting these swords increase in price overtime as well. 

For you combo players, looks like building ANT just got much cheaper offline when comparing the cost of Lion's Eye Diamond.

 

Colorless      
Fringe Cards/Slightly Played  Online Price    Paper Price   Total 
2 Aether Spellbomb  $             0.09  $         0.25  $      0.16
2 All is Dust  $             5.23  $         5.95  $      0.72
4 Arcbound Ravager  $           15.28  $       23.95  $      8.67
4 Arcbound Worker  $             0.10  $         0.45  $      0.35
4 Basalt Monolith  $             0.08  $         0.95  $      0.87
1 Basilisk Collar  $             1.10  $         2.95  $      1.85
4 Candelabra of Tawnos  $             5.29  $    299.99  $  294.70
4 Cranial Plating  $             0.25  $         1.45  $      1.20
1 Cursed Scroll  $             5.58  $         5.99  $      0.41
4 Defense Grid  $             0.07  $         0.95  $      0.88
2 Duplicant  $             0.83  $         4.95  $      4.12
3 Ensnaring Bridge  $             1.21  $         3.95  $      2.74
4 Etched Champion  $             0.92  $         2.95  $      2.03
4 Frogmite  $             0.20  $         0.49  $      0.29
4 Goblin Charbelcher  $             0.34  $         2.99  $      2.65
4 Grim Monolith  $           13.00  $       20.95  $      7.95
4 Helm of Obedience  $             2.15  $         3.95  $      1.80
4 Isochron Scepter  $             0.50  $         4.95  $      4.45
2 Karn Liberated  $           20.99  $       11.95  $    (9.04)
4 Lodestone Golem  $             0.54  $         0.55  $      0.01
4 Lotus Petal  $             8.25  $         3.95  $    (4.30)
1 Manriki-Gusari  $             0.21  $         0.89  $      0.68
1 Meekstone  $             3.00  $         0.95  $    (2.05)
4 Memnite  $             0.12  $         1.45  $      1.33
4 Mesmeric Orb  $             0.33  $         2.95  $      2.62
4 Metalworker  $           25.04  $         9.95  $   (15.09)
3 Mox Opal  $           17.73  $       19.95  $      2.22
4 Myr Enforcer  $             0.25  $         0.49  $      0.24
2 Nevinyrral's Disk  $             4.39  $         4.95  $      0.56
4 Nihil Spellbomb  $             0.08  $         0.10  $      0.02
4 Null Rod  $           40.22  $         8.95  $   (31.27)
2 Oblivion Stone  $             1.30  $         3.95  $      2.65
4 Ornithopter  $             0.06  $         0.45  $      0.39
4 Phyrexian Dreadnought  $           21.36  $       14.95  $     (6.41)
4 Phyrexian Revoker  $             0.17  $         0.79  $      0.62
1 Platinum Angel  $             0.38  $         1.95  $      1.57
3 Powder Keg  $             1.53  $         2.45  $      0.92
4 Ratchet Bomb  $             1.70  $         3.95  $      2.25
4 Scroll Rack  $             8.09  $       11.95  $      3.86
4 Smokestack  $             5.00  $         7.95  $      2.95
4 Sphere of Resistance  $             8.63  $         3.95  $     (4.68)
4 Springleaf Drum  $             0.08  $         0.49  $      0.41
1 Staff of Domination  $             3.40  $         5.95  $      2.55
1 Sundering Titan  $             0.75  $         1.75  $      1.00
4 Thorn of Amethyst  $             0.28  $         1.45  $      1.17
4 Torpor Orb  $             0.52  $         0.45  $     (0.07)
4 Trinisphere  $             0.67  $         2.45  $      1.78
3 Vedalken Shackles  $           10.37  $       14.95  $      4.58
2 Wurmcoil Engine  $             6.61  $       19.95  $     13.34
4 Zuran Orb  $             0.09  $         1.95  $      1.86
Total  $          244.36  $     556.87  $   312.51
Grand Total  $          506.86  $     923.21  $   416.35

 

This $313 increase can be a little misleading as Candelabra of Tawnos counts for $295 of it.  Some of the cheaper paper cards here are Karn Liberated, Meekstone, Metalworker, Null Rod, Phyrexian Dreadnought, Sphere of Resistance, Torpor Orb and Lotus Petal.  Speaking of Lotus Petal, does anyone else feel sick to their stomach at the $8 price tag of this card online?  News Flash, it's a common!

Guess we shouldn't get to worked up about it.  Afte rall, Wasteland is a $37 dollar card online and it's merely an uncommon.

 

In my opinion the extremely high price of the Candelabra is one of the reasons High Tide decks have seen much more play online than offline.  Let's see here, I can pay $1200 for 4 cards that only see play in one fringe combo deck........or.........I can just buy an entire completed competitive Legacy deck.  Hum, decisions, decisions.

Onto the next path we go..........

 

 

 

White      
Heavily Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
3 Aven Mindcensor  $               0.40  $             2.45  $    2.05
1 Blazing Archon  $               0.07  $             1.45  $    1.38
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite  $             21.00  $           17.95  $  (3.05)
4 Ethersworn Canonist  $               0.12  $             4.95  $    4.83
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria  $               8.40  $             6.95  $  (1.45)
4 Mother of Runes  $               1.47  $             3.45  $    1.98
4 Path to Exile  $               1.24  $             3.45  $    2.21
4 Stoneforge Mystic  $               1.86  $             4.95  $    3.09
4 Swords to Plowshares  $               0.25  $             3.75  $    3.50
Total  $             34.81  $           49.35  $  14.54

 

 Only two cards here are cheaper for paper and Elesh Norn has actually gone up a few dollars since I started writing this article.  In typical Legacy fashion, White is the color also known as, "Nothing to see here, moving right along".

 

White      
Fringe Cards/Slightly Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
1 Academy Rector  $              6.76  $            9.95  $    3.19
1 Akroma, Angel of Wrath  $              0.29  $            7.45  $    7.16
1 Ancestor's Chosen  $              0.04  $            0.10  $    0.06
3 Angel's Grace  $              0.90  $            3.95  $    3.05
4 Armageddon  $              1.15  $            2.95  $    1.80
4 Aura of Silence  $              0.07  $            0.75  $    0.68
2 Auriok Salvagers  $              0.04  $            0.45  $    0.41
1 Circle of Protection: Red  $              0.02  $            0.10  $    0.08
1 Day of Judgment  $              1.37  $            1.95  $    0.58
3 Decree of Justice  $              0.88  $            2.95  $    2.07
3 Disenchant  $              0.06  $            0.25  $    0.19
2 Elspeth, Knight-Errant  $            22.20  $          13.95  $  (8.25)
4 Enlightened Tutor  $            13.49  $            9.95  $  (3.54)
1 Eternal Dragon  $              3.03  $            4.45  $    1.42
3 Fiend Hunter  $              0.13  $            0.45  $    0.32
4 Flickerwisp  $              0.13  $            0.45  $    0.32
4 Ghostly Prison  $              0.50  $            2.95  $    2.45
4 Grand Abolisher  $              1.89  $            4.95  $    3.06
2 Humility  $              5.28  $            6.95  $    1.67
4 Jotun Grunt  $              0.15  $            1.25  $    1.10
2 Karmic Justice  $              4.89  $            3.45  $  (1.44)
2 Kataki, War's Wage  $              6.99  $            2.95  $  (4.04)
4 Leonin Relic-Warder  $              0.15  $            0.20  $    0.05
4 Leyline of Sanctity  $              0.55  $            2.45  $    1.90
4 Loam Lion  $              0.05  $            0.15  $    0.10
4 Magus of the Tabernacle  $              0.05  $            0.75  $    0.70
3 Mangara of Corondor  $              0.05  $            1.45  $    1.40
4 Mirran Crusader  $              3.36  $            7.95  $    4.59
2 Moat  $              2.32  $       289.95  $287.63
4 Oblivion Ring  $              0.08  $            0.95  $    0.87
4 Orim's Chant  $            14.25  $          14.95  $    0.70
4 Peacekeeper  $              7.50  $            7.95  $    0.45
4 Purify the Grave  $              0.05  $            0.25  $    0.20
2 Ranger of Eos  $              2.08  $            3.45  $    1.37
4 Ravages of War  $              0.70  $        149.95  $149.25
2 Ray of Revelation  $              0.04  $            0.25  $    0.21
4 Replenish  $              6.76  $            9.95  $    3.19
1 Reveillark  $              2.66  $            3.95  $    1.29
4 Rule of Law  $              0.10  $            0.49  $    0.39
4 Runed Halo  $              0.61  $            1.95  $    1.34
1 Sacred Ground  $              0.05  $            0.45  $    0.40
4 Samurai of the Pale Curtain  $              0.09  $            0.49  $    0.40
4 Seal of Cleansing  $              0.30  $            0.25  $  (0.05)
1 Serenity  $              5.00  $            1.95  $  (3.05)
4 Serra Avenger  $              0.05  $            5.95  $    5.90
1 Sigil of the Empty Throne  $              0.63  $            1.95  $    1.32
4 Solitary Confinement  $              2.64  $            4.99  $    2.35
4 Spectral Lynx  $              0.38  $            0.45  $    0.07
4 Sphere of Law  $              0.20  $            0.49  $    0.29
4 Steppe Lynx  $              0.03  $            0.20  $    0.17
4 Stony Silence  $              0.05  $            0.45  $    0.40
3 Suppression Field  $              0.06  $            0.49  $    0.43
4 Tireless Tribe  $              0.07  $            0.49  $    0.42
4 True Believer  $              0.20  $            1.45  $    1.25
4 Weathered Wayfarer  $              0.28  $            1.95  $    1.67
4 Wispmare  $              0.02  $            0.10  $    0.08
4 Wrath of God  $              2.79  $            4.95  $    2.16
Total  $          124.46  $        606.64  $482.18
Grand Total  $          159.27  $        655.99  $496.72

 Another staggering difference skewed by overly priced cards.  Of the $497 difference, Moat takes up $288 and Ravages of War takes up $149.  Removing those two cards shows only a difference of $60 of the paper vs. plastic argument. The cards that are cheaper is the beloved Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Enlightened Tutor, Karmic Justice, Kataki, War's Wage, Seal of Cleansing and Serenity.  Oh how I love Serenity.

 

 So where the heck do we go next?

Green      
Heavily Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
4 Choke  $            0.08  $         0.75  $   0.67
4 Green Sun's Zenith  $            2.93  $         5.45  $    2.52
4 Krosan Grip  $            0.46  $         2.45  $    1.99
4 Life from the Loam  $            4.18  $         9.95  $    5.77
4 Natural Order  $         38.99  $      39.95  $    0.96
4 Nimble Mongoose  $            0.30  $         0.95  $    0.65
4 Noble Hierarch  $            9.62  $       19.95  $ 10.33
2 Scavenging Ooze  $          22.55  $       17.95  $  (4.60)
2 Scryb Ranger  $            0.28  $         0.55  $    0.27
2 Sylvan Library  $            6.85  $         9.95  $    3.10
4 Tarmogoyf  $          84.74  $       89.99  $    5.25
3 Terravore  $          14.00  $         9.95  $  (4.05)
1 Thrun, the Last Troll  $          19.40  $       14.95  $  (4.45)
4 Wild Nacatl  $            0.06  $         0.25  $    0.19
Total  $        204.44  $     223.04  $  18.60

 

 Not a huge difference here as the money card, Tarmogoyf is pretty comparable in both realms.  The cheaper paper cards here are Scavenging Ooze, which has gone up in price online since I wrote the original piece, Terravore and Thrun, the Last Troll.

 

Green      
Fringe Cards/Slightly Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
4 Aluren  $          8.06  $         4.95  $  (3.11)
4 Argothian Enchantress  $          7.00  $       14.95  $    7.95
4 Basking Rootwalla  $          0.27  $         0.45  $    0.18
4 Beast Within  $          1.18  $         1.95  $    0.77
4 Berserk  $          2.09  $       39.95  $  37.86
4 Birds of Paradise  $          0.82  $         2.45  $    1.63
4 Carpet of Flowers  $          0.08  $         0.79  $    0.71
2 City of Solitude  $          5.29  $         3.95  $  (1.34)
4 Crop Rotation  $          0.25  $         0.45  $    0.20
4 Elephant Grass  $          0.25  $         1.95  $    1.70
4 Elvish Archdruid  $          0.05  $         0.95  $    0.90
4 Elvish Spirit Guide  $          0.50  $         3.45  $    2.95
4 Elvish Visionary  $          0.03  $         0.25  $    0.22
4 Enchantress's Presence  $          1.30  $         3.45  $    2.15
2 Eternal Witness  $          3.56  $         4.45  $    0.89
4 Exploration  $          9.63  $       21.95  $  12.32
4 Fauna Shaman  $          1.10  $         2.45  $    1.35
1 Genesis  $          2.80  $       12.95  $  10.15
4 Glimpse of Nature  $          1.42  $       12.95  $  11.53
4 Golgari Grave-Troll  $          0.15  $         3.45  $    3.30
4 Ground Seal  $          1.00  $         0.49  $  (0.51)
4 Heritage Druid  $          0.29  $         1.95  $    1.66
4 Invigorate  $          1.25  $         0.95  $  (0.30)
4 Kavu Predator  $          0.36  $         1.95  $    1.59
4 Land Grant  $          0.75  $         0.49  $  (0.26)
4 Living Wish  $          2.61  $         3.95  $    1.34
4 Llanowar Elves  $          0.02  $         0.25  $    0.23
4 Manabond  $          5.25  $         2.95  $  (2.30)
4 Nature's Claim  $          0.05  $         0.25  $    0.20
4 Nettle Sentinel  $          0.22  $         0.25  $    0.03
4 Pattern of Rebirth  $          2.00  $         3.95  $    1.95
4 Priest of Titania  $          0.05  $         2.95  $    2.90
4 Protean Hulk  $          0.87  $         1.95  $    1.08
4 Quirion Dryad  $          0.42  $         0.49  $    0.07
3 Quirion Ranger  $          2.57  $         0.45  $  (2.12)
4 Rancor  $          2.10  $         1.75  $  (0.35)
1 Regal Force  $          5.16  $         3.95  $  (1.21)
4 Regrowth  $          2.00  $         1.45  $  (0.55)
2 Reverent Silence  $          0.20  $         0.49  $    0.29
4 Seal of Primordium  $          0.08  $         0.25  $    0.17
1 Spike Feeder  $          0.05  $         0.10  $    0.05
4 Summoner's Pact  $          2.49  $         7.95  $    5.46
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1 Sylvan Safekeeper  $          0.10  $         0.45  $    0.35
1 Terastodon  $          0.16  $         0.45  $    0.29
4 Tinder Wall  $          0.08  $         0.25  $    0.17
4 Utopia Sprawl  $          0.08  $         0.25  $    0.17
4 Vengevine  $          9.84  $         7.95  $  (1.89)
4 Veteran Explorer  $          0.22  $         0.75  $    0.53
4 Wall of Blossoms  $          0.44  $         1.45  $    1.01
4 Wall of Roots  $          0.13  $         0.45  $    0.32
4 Wild Growth  $          0.08  $         0.10  $    0.02
4 Wild Mongrel  $          0.03  $         0.45  $    0.42
4 Wirewood Symbiote  $          0.46  $         0.99  $    0.53
1 Woodfall Primus  $          3.04  $         9.95  $    6.91
4 Xantid Swarm  $          1.46  $         2.95  $    1.49
Total  $      100.69  $    226.74  $126.05
Grand Total  $      305.13  $     449.78  $144.65

 So in the overall Green category, we see a difference of only $145.  Paper cards that are cheaper here are Aluren, City of Solitude, Ground Seal, Invigorate, Land Grant, Manabond, Quirion Ranger, Rancor, Regal Force, Regrowth and Vengevine

 

Onward we march!

 

Red      
Heavily Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
4 Chain Lightning  $            1.20  $         9.95  $      8.75
4 Fireblast  $            2.04  $         0.95  $    (1.09)
4 Goblin Guide  $            1.45  $         2.45  $      1.00
4 Grim Lavamancer  $            2.27  $         2.95  $      0.68
4 Kird Ape  $            0.28  $         0.45  $      0.17
4 Lightning Bolt  $            0.06  $         0.45  $      0.39
4 Price of Progress  $            0.88  $         2.95  $      2.07
4 Punishing Fire  $            0.06  $         0.49  $      0.43
4 Pyroblast  $            1.78  $         0.75  $    (1.03)
4 Red Elemental Blast  $            0.28  $         0.25  $    (0.03)
Total  $          10.30  $       21.64  $    11.34

 Red suffers from the same anxiety as White in the fact that vs. the other colors it just doesn't cut the mustard.  The three cheaper cards here are Fireblast, Pyroblast and Red Elemental Blast.

I wonder if WOTC will take notice of the obvious lack of power in White and Red and print some better cards.  I know, how about they print a card called Delver of Secrets and then red will have to see more play as a way to deal with the blue menace!

Actually I retract the last sentence.  As a Blue Mage and an avid RUG player, Delver of Secrets was necessary to help bring Blue to the Masters table.  I mean blue has been struggling for far too long in the Legacy metagame!  Dear WOTC, please print a card similar to Delver, but with shroud like my old pal Nimble Mongoose!

 

Red      
Fringe Cards/Slightly Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
4 Ancient Grudge  $           0.05  $         0.25  $    0.20
1 Anger  $           0.20  $         0.45  $    0.25
4 Arc-Slogger  $           0.05  $         0.30  $    0.25
4 Blood Moon  $           4.93  $         3.95  $  (0.98)
4 Burning Wish  $           5.29  $         5.95  $    0.66
4 Countryside Crusher  $           0.94  $         1.49  $    0.55
4 Desperate Ritual  $           0.12  $         0.95  $    0.83
4 Devastating Dreams  $           0.58  $         0.95  $    0.37
4 Empty the Warrens  $           0.11  $         0.95  $    0.84
4 Figure of Destiny  $         12.42  $         3.95  $  (8.47)
4 Firespout  $           0.37  $         1.45  $    1.08
4 Firestorm  $         17.21  $         7.95  $  (9.26)
4 Galvanic Blast  $           0.08  $         0.25  $    0.17
4 Gamble  $           2.87  $         4.95  $    2.08
4 Gathan Raiders  $           0.07  $         0.10  $    0.03
4 Gempalm Incinerator  $           0.21  $         1.45  $    1.24
4 Goblin Chieftain  $           0.05  $         0.69  $    0.64
4 Goblin Lackey  $           1.13  $         7.95  $    6.82
4 Goblin Matron  $           0.28  $         0.45  $    0.17
4 Goblin Piledriver  $           4.18  $       14.95  $  10.77
4 Goblin Ringleader  $           3.00  $         1.95  $  (1.05)
2 Goblin Sharpshooter  $           1.92  $         7.45  $    5.53
1 Goblin Tinkerer  $           0.07  $         0.45  $    0.38
4 Goblin Warchief  $           0.33  $         2.95  $    2.62
4 Goblin Welder  $         12.14  $         6.95  $  (5.19)
2 Grapeshot  $           0.08  $         0.95  $    0.87
4 Hellspark Elemental  $           0.22  $         0.95  $    0.73
4 Imperial Recruiter  $           2.17  $    209.95  $207.78
2 (Jaya, Ballard Task Mage)  $           0.05  $         0.45  $    0.40
4 Keldon Marauders  $           0.08  $         0.25  $    0.17
1 (Kiki-Jiki, Mirror-Breaker)  $           2.90  $         7.95  $    5.05
4 Lava Spike  $           0.08  $         1.95  $    1.87
4 Magma Jet  $           0.38  $         2.25  $    1.87
4 Magus of the Moon  $           2.86  $         4.95  $    2.09
1 Meltdown  $           0.20  $         0.49  $    0.29
4 Mogg Fanatic  $           0.29  $         0.25  $  (0.04)
4 (Mogg War Marshall)  $           0.08  $         0.49  $    0.41
2 Pact of the Titan  $           0.56  $         2.49  $    1.93
1 Past in Flames  $           3.06  $         7.95  $    4.89
1 Pulverize  $           0.50  $         0.49  $  (0.01)
4 Pyrokinesis  $           0.59  $         0.95  $    0.36
4 Pyrostatic Pillar  $           0.20  $         0.85  $    0.65
4 Rakdos Pit Dragon  $           0.06  $         1.45  $    1.39
4 Reckless Charge  $           0.08  $         0.25  $    0.17
4 Rift Bolt  $           0.08  $         0.95  $    0.87
4 Rite of Flame  $           0.25  $         2.95  $    2.70
4 Seething Song  $           0.08  $         1.45  $    1.37
4 Seismic Assault  $           0.23  $         0.75  $    0.52
4 Shattering Spree  $           0.50  $         2.45  $    1.95
2 Siege-Gang Commander  $           0.11  $         0.95  $    0.84
4 Simian Spirit Guide  $           0.08  $         0.45  $    0.37
4 Smash to Smithereens  $           0.08  $         0.25  $    0.17
4 Sneak Attack  $           6.47  $       23.95  $  17.48
4 Stingscourger  $           0.04  $         0.25  $    0.21
4 Sulfuric Vortex  $           1.31  $         1.95  $    0.64
4 (Tin-Street Hooligan)  $           0.02  $         0.25  $    0.23
4 Warren Instigator  $           5.53  $         2.25  $  (3.28)
1 Words of War  $           0.05  $         0.45  $    0.40
Total  $         97.87  $     363.74  $265.87
Grand Total  $       108.17  $     385.38  $277.21

So the total damage in Red was $277.  I guess I should give White more credit as it almost doubles the total of Red, especially when you take into the consideration that of the $277, Imperial Recruiter takes up $208 worth.  This is another reason IMO that Grindstone has seen more play online than offline. 

The cheaper cards here were Blood Moon, Figure of Destiny, Firestorm, Goblin Ringleader, Goblin Welder, Mogg Fanatic, Pulverize and Warren Instigator.

 

 Where one goes........

 

Black      
Heavily Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
4 Animate Dead  $            0.92  $         1.45  $    0.53
4 Cabal Therapy  $            0.68  $         3.45  $    2.77
4 Dark Confidant  $         15.11  $      35.95  $ 20.84
4 Dark Ritual  $            0.20  $         0.75  $    0.55
4 Dismember  $            4.03  $         2.95  $  (1.08)
4 Duress  $            0.03  $         0.25  $    0.22
4 Entomb  $          33.64  $       22.99  $(10.65)
4 Exhume  $            0.22  $         0.95  $    0.73
4 Hymn to Tourach  $            3.33  $         1.45  $  (1.88)
4 Leyline of the Void  $            0.13  $         0.75  $    0.62
4 Reanimate  $            4.51  $         3.95  $  (0.56)
4 Surgical Extraction  $            6.63  $         6.95  $    0.32
4 Thoughtseize  $          12.98  $       29.95  $  16.97
4 Tombstalker  $            2.08  $         8.95  $    6.87
Total  $          84.49  $     120.74  $  36.25

Not a huge difference here of only 36 bucks.  Dismember, Entomb, Hymn to Tourach and Reanimate are all the cheaper paper cards. 

 

Black      
Fringe Cards/Slightly Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
2 Ad Nauseam  $            0.16  $         1.45  $    1.29
4 Bitterblossom  $            6.17  $       14.95  $    8.78
4 Bloodghast  $            1.72  $         2.45  $    0.73
1 Body Snatcher  $            0.25  $         0.59  $    0.34
4 Bridge from Below  $            4.88  $       13.95  $    9.07
4 Cabal Ritual  $            0.40  $         0.95  $    0.55
1 Carrion Feeder  $            0.02  $         0.25  $    0.23
2 Chainer's Edict  $            0.46  $         0.95  $    0.49
1 Consuming Vapors  $            0.10  $         0.75  $    0.65
1 Crippling Fatigue  $            0.02  $         0.10  $    0.08
4 Damnation  $          10.69  $       19.95  $    9.26
4 Darkblast  $            0.44  $         0.45  $    0.01
2 Deathmark  $            0.04  $         0.10  $    0.06
4 Diabolic Edict  $            0.64  $         1.45  $    0.81
4 Disciple of the Vault  $            0.12  $         0.49  $    0.37
2 Doomsday  $          12.00  $         2.95  $  (9.05)
4 Doom Blade  $            0.02  $         0.25  $    0.23
4 Dread Return  $            0.34  $         0.95  $    0.61
3 Dystopia  $            0.05  $         0.79  $    0.74
4 Engineered Plague  $            0.32  $         0.95  $    0.63
1 Executioner's Capsule  $            0.02  $         0.10  $    0.08
4 Extirpate  $            2.07  $         4.95  $    2.88
4 Faerie Macabre  $            0.04  $         0.10  $    0.06
4 Gatekeeper of Malakir  $            0.07  $         0.95  $    0.88
4 Geth's Verdict  $            0.08  $         0.25  $    0.17
4 Ghastly Demise  $            0.20  $         0.25  $    0.05
4 Golgari Thug  $            0.50  $         1.95  $    1.45
4 Go for the Throat  $            0.32  $         1.45  $    1.13
4 Grim Discovery  $            0.02  $         0.10  $    0.08
4 Hypnotic Specter  $            0.29  $         0.95  $    0.66
4 Ichorid  $          10.11  $         7.95  $  (2.16)
2 Ill-Gotten Gains  $            0.97  $         3.99  $    3.02
4 Infernal Tutor  $            1.31  $         3.95  $    2.64
4 Innocent Blood  $            0.61  $         0.95  $    0.34
4 Inquisition of Kozilek  $            0.32  $         1.95  $    1.63
2 Liliana of the Veil  $          20.17  $       29.95  $    9.78
2 Massacre  $            0.56  $         0.49  $  (0.07)
4 Mesmeric Fiend  $            0.08  $         0.25  $    0.17
4 Nantuko Shade  $            0.05  $         0.35  $    0.30
4 Nature's Ruin N/A Online  $               -    $         5.95  $    5.95
2 Nether Spirit  $            7.50  $         2.95  $  (4.55)
4 Perish  $            0.87  $         1.95  $    1.08
4 Planar Void  $            0.20  $         0.95  $    0.75
4 Pox  $            0.61  $         3.95  $    3.34
4 Putrid Imp  $            0.20  $         0.75  $    0.55
4 Ravenous Trap  $            0.04  $         0.10  $    0.06
4 Raven's Crime  $            0.08  $         0.10  $    0.02
1 Sadistic Hypnotist  $            0.04  $         0.45  $    0.41
2 Shriekmaw  $            0.19  $         0.49  $    0.30
4 Sinkhole  $            6.30  $       29.95  $  23.65
2 Slaughter Pact  $            2.27  $         2.99  $    0.72
4 (Small Pox)  $            0.07  $         0.49  $    0.42
4 Smother  $            0.04  $         0.10  $    0.06
4 Snuff Out - Dismember trumps!  $            0.60  $         0.45  $  (0.15)
4 Stinkweed Imp  $            0.08  $         0.10  $    0.02
4 Street Wraith  $            0.50  $         0.95  $    0.45
2 Tendrils of Agony  $            0.05  $         1.45  $    1.40
2 Unearth  $            0.30  $         0.95  $    0.65
4 Unmask  $            7.75  $         3.95  $  (3.80)
4 Vampire Hexmage  $            0.06  $         0.45  $    0.39
4 Vampire Nighthawk  $            0.10  $         1.45  $    1.35
2 Virtue's Ruin N/A Online  $               -    $         7.95  $    7.95
4 Warren Weirding  $            0.08  $         0.25  $    0.17
4 Yixlid Jailer  $            0.05  $         0.25  $    0.20
Total  $        104.61  $     194.97  $  90.36
Grand Total  $        189.10  $    315.71  $126.61

 Again, not a huge difference overall with Paper Black cards only costing $127 more than that digital friends till the end.  The cheap ones here are Doomsday, Ichorid, Massacre, Nether Spirit, Snuff Out and Unmask.  Hum, isn't it ironic that as I'm writing this article words like Doomsday and Massacre show up and wouldn't you know today is Friday the 13th!  I realize by the time you read this it won't be the 13th anymore, but you can't fault me for laughing at myself while typing this can you?

So next comes the fork in the road

 

 

Do you play Blue and win or do you choose Door #2, don't play Blue and get mad at Blue's dominance?

Blue      
Heavily Played  Online Price   Paper Price   Diff 
4 Ancestral Vision  $            1.48  $         6.95  $     5.47
4 Blue Elemental Blast  $            0.02  $         0.45  $     0.43
4 Brainstorm  $            0.86  $         1.95  $     1.09
4 Coralhelm Commander  $            0.24  $         2.95  $     2.71
4 Counterbalance  $            0.63  $         5.95  $     5.32
4 Counterspell  $            0.20  $         0.89  $     0.69
4 Cursecatcher  $            0.20  $         2.95  $     2.75
4 Daze  $            2.75  $         2.49  $   (0.26)
4 Delver of Secrets  $            0.08  $         0.25  $     0.17
4 Force of Will  $        104.99  $      59.95  $  (45.04)
4 Hydroblast  $            3.10  $         0.49  $    (2.61)
4 Jace, the Mind Sculptor  $          38.75  $       59.95  $    21.20
4 Lord of Atlantis  $            1.09  $         4.45  $     3.36
4 Merrow Reejerey  $            0.19  $         2.45  $     2.26
4 Ponder  $            0.08  $         0.49  $     0.41
4 Show and Tell  $          20.37  $       39.95  $    19.58
4 Silvergill Adept  $            0.18  $         0.95  $     0.77
4 Snapcaster Mage  $            9.35  $       29.95  $    20.60
4 Spellstutter Sprite  $            0.08  $         0.75  $     0.67
4 Spell Pierce  $            0.08  $         0.85  $     0.77
4 Spell Snare  $            1.98  $         6.95  $     4.97
4 Standstill  $            2.96  $         6.95  $     3.99
4 Stifle  $            9.66  $       14.95  $     5.29
3 Vendilion Clique  $          15.61  $       24.95  $     9.34
Total  $        214.93  $    278.86  $    63.93

 

 Again, not a huge price swing here as the difference of only $64 shows.  The price of Force of Will online helps the paper market in this aspect.  Aside from Da Force, only Daze and Hydroblast are cheaper paper cards.

 

I've tried and tried posting the 2nd table for Blue cards and once again it isn't letting me for whatever reason.  I had the exact same problem the last time I wrote the online article.  I'll just summarize this way about the fringe blue cards.  The total cost of owning a single copy of all the suggested blue cards online was $379.68 vs. $558.63 for a difference of $178.95.  The paper cards which were cheaper included Cloud of Faeries, Deep Analysis, Gifts Ungiven, Hurkyl's Recall, Meditate, Mindbreak Trap, Misdirection, Mystical Tutor, Phyrexian Metamorph, Submerge and Wipe away.  There weren't any huge price differences with Meditate being the highest at $5.66 more online vs. paper.

 

The totals for the multi-color cards were a little shocking to me as it was the only category where online cards were more expensive vs. paper ones.  The total of these were $223.31 online vs. $180.69 for paper, for a difference of $ -42.62.  You can thank this difference for basically two cards, Vindicate and Pernicious DeedVindicate is $71.54 online vs. $24.95 for paper, while Deed is $39.22 online vs. $14.95 for paper.

Once everything is done and all the dust settles our Grand Total of Online Cards vs. Paper Cards is..............

 

                                                                              $2905.50

 

I guess here is the million dollar question.   Is touching the cards with your hands, shuffling them, seeing them more clearly and the interaction with your opponent worth the cost of competitive Paper Legacy vs. Online Legacy?

In the end it really is much more than just a $3000 difference, because this is just based on owning one of each card and we all know that to be competitive you really need more than 1x of your decks' dual land.

 

Well I hope you enjoyed this short series.

 

As Always,

 

Thanks for Reading!

 

-Graig W. -  ImpinAintEasy on MTGO.

 

2 Comments

I truly applaud how much time by JustSin at Mon, 01/16/2012 - 21:48
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I truly applaud how much time you put into these and I at least always enjoy the numbers great stuff

and yea I don't know how you DON'T understand why the prices for paper and mtgo are different... well explained paul

I think by howlett23 at Mon, 01/16/2012 - 23:37
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you should add the monetary prize support for paper vs. online. There is no comparison at this point for prize structure of paper vs online, paper has that by a LANDSLIDE. So really in your equation at the end, should have a line of "possibility of winning money" added at least. Nice article though, good info for newer players looking to get into Legacy.