Month: December 2013

All Magic Has a Price – #3 – Accounting for MTG

True Cost: The lowest amount of real cash needed to acquire a card. All Magic Has a Price   J. Graves Tampa, FL Let me know your thoughts at jwgravesFL@live.com Follow @jwgravesFL   About AMHaP All Magic Has a Price focuses on Magic: The Gathering finance from the player’s point of view. AMHaP discusses the…

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Sander van der Zee – The Value of an Opened Box

Hello and welcome everyone! This is Sander and today we are going to take a look at the viability of turning a box of product into a profitable venture. Or rather, what you have to do to not make it a straight-up loss of value. The price of a sealed box is often more than…

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MtG After Hours #7 – Jason’s a Dick!

This week’s episode goes all the way be to episode 48 of Brainstorm Brewery.  Jason is in an extra salty mood and is mad at everyone, even the people he likes.  Will Corbin figure out how to post the show notes or w the cast fail without any direction.  When does the After Hours stop…

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Andrew Colman- Serum Visions: Wassailing the Holiday Cube

Hello everyone and welcome back to Serum Visions!   It’s Christmas, it’s Christmas! Well, actually, at the time of this writing it’s still Advent, but I went to the Royal Winnipeg ballet doing Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker last night and it sure is starting to feel like Christmas. And since I am writing for the future, Merry Christmas!!…

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Brainstorm Brewery #81 – Armchair Speculation

What do you do when a Travis Woo brew does the voodoo that a Woo brew do? That’s one of the questions on everyone’s minds this week as a card in Modern quintuples up overnight. Who’s buying these cards between $2 and $10? Is it a good buy at $10 anticipating $20? Should those of…

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Kirsin Koch – When Nukes Hit the Commander Playgroup: The Standard Commander Challenge

It is entirely likely that many a Commander playgroup is approaching the final stretch of the arms race to build increasingly powerful decks full of format staples. And why not? Thanks to Eternal players and speculators seeking to offload extra pieces of the Mind Seize deck, there is a massive influx of Commander 2013 product….

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Anthony Capece – Rare is the New Uncommon

Editor’s note: We here at Brainstorm Brewery are taking the holiday off. Enjoy the below article from earlier this year and have a great holiday!   I’d like to discuss the rise in price of Modern staples over the past few years and why I believe that more recently printed Modern staples – [card]Deathrite Shaman[/card]…

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Corbin Hosler – Building a Brand

Editor’s note: We here at Brainstorm Brewery are taking the holiday off. Enjoy the below article from earlier this year and have a great holiday!   Today I want to do something a little different. With a Standard metagame that’s offering fewer and fewer opportunities for the next month or two and Modern still a…

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Jazon – PucaPrelude

Here is the introduction about me. And there it goes! If you’re reading this, you’re reading to learn more about PucaTrade. During my time as a silent observer of the MTG finance community, I’ve noticed that the site seems either misunderstood or has been wholly misrepresented as a trading tool. Hopefully I’m able to finish…

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MtG After Hours #6 – Twitter Pissing Contest

This week’s episode is from episode 82 of Brainstorm Brewery.  The Brew Crew discusses the merits of Twitter and dive into the nitty gritty like how much is a fake Russian follower worth?  Jason name-drops Jeff Hoogland again in hopes to ride his coattails.  Ryan comes up with a new hashtag destined to go viral;…

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Andrew Colman – The Puzzle Box: The Elegance of Gruul

Welcome back to The Puzzle Box! This week we’re going to be digging into the red and green sections of our cube. Referring to the Gruul clan as elegant is certainly counter-intuitive, if not counter-cultural. But when you break it apart into red and green, and then break those two colors down into what they…

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Holiday Cube Original Art Swap

Change the art for MODO Holiday Cube back to the original artwork, see the Power 9 in their true glory. This file reverts all “modernized” artwork back to it’s first printing. Truly a beautiful thing. Included as well is a skin to convert modern card frame into older border.

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Brainstorm Brewery #80 – Sticking Your Neck Out

The cast turns eighty, which is old enough to drive a car into a farmer’s market and blame it on the floor mat. This episode starts with a bang—do financiers tend to hedge their bets because they’re afraid to be wrong? It doesn’t let up, as the gang goes down a laundry list of finance…

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Josh Milliken – Jund: The Villain is Now the Hero

I knew my fascination with Jund was more than just my unwillingness to move on from Innistrad Standard, but over the course of a month I couldn’t even get a winning record at an FNM with it. And then I realized that I was playing terribly because I was simply burned out on Magic and…

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Marc DeArmond – Casually Infinite: 10 Rules for Profit, Part Two

Today, we’re picking up where we left off last time, with rules six through ten of my 10 rules for profit. Check out last week’s post for rules one through five. Rule #6 – Understand Estimated Value (Don’t Play 4-3-2-2) When it comes to prizes, the 4-3-2-2 format has the very worst payout for the…

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DJ Johnson – Trading to Your Outs

Hello again! For those of you who took the time to read my last article and still bothered to click on the link to my second piece, I thank you. I hope I was able to share enough information to make it worth your while. If you’re just jumping on this article series (if you…

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Michael Cuevas – Weekend Recap 12/13-12/15

  My name is Michael Cuevas, and like many other players, I remember playing Magic: the Gathering, as a young kid.  I also remember giving my collection away around the age of 14 because cool kids weren’t supposed to play magic; wow do I regret that decision. I am 27 now, and a couple of…

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Houston Whitehead – The Financial Five: Mono-Colored Devotion

When you were younger, did you and your friends ever race up the stairwell at school? “Race you to the top, Jimmy!”  Well, I was the freakishly tall kid that could climb two stairs per step and could beat even the fastest one-step-at-a-time friends. That freakishly tall kid is devotion.  This new Theros mechanic has…

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MtG After Hours #5 – Technologically Inept

This weeks episode is from episode 81 of Brainstorm Brewery.  Listen to Ryan moan and groan his way to publishing his first article on BrainstormBrewery.com. See he has submitted articles before, but doesn’t understand the work involve on the next step.  It doesn’t sound like much, but it is quite the hilarious experience. MtG After…

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Andrew Colman – Serum Visions: Pro Tour – Brews of the Gods

Welcome back to Serum Visions everyone! It’s been a busy time in the craft beer/home brew world of my home town, Winnipeg. We recently had the inaugural Half Pints Pro-Am Brew Challenge  (both professional and amateur brewers can enter), hosted by our local home-brew club, the Winnipeg Brew Bombers (WBB), named after our CFL football team, the Winnipeg Blue…

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Ryan Bushard – Toronto: A Story of Charity and Chill

At the beginning of this month I took a road trip with my fellow co-host, Jason Alt, to the great land of Canada for Grand Prix Toronto.  Both of us went into the weekend planning on hanging out with friends rather than concentrating on selling and trading.  Overall, that goal was achieved and I was…

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Marc DeArmond – Casually Infinite: 10 Rules for Profit, Part One

Below are the 10 rules that I follow to be able to play infinitely on Magic Online. Many of these rules will probably garner their own articles to fully explain the reasoning behind them and how I enact them. But the first step is to give tips that will help you to stop making decisions…

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Enmou Gao – Intermediate Speculation

I’ve been getting lucky with specs lately, calling both [card]Threads of Disloyalty[/card] and [card]Splinter Twin[/card], but maybe, just maybe, I’ve figured something out. Many speculators will already know the information in this article, but since information tends to be asymmetrical (in that people don’t always know the same information), I think it will be helpful…

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Sander van der Zee – Setting Your Goals, Part 2 (Electric Boogaloo)

Last week, I started discussing the importance of goals in your life. These principles apply to almost everything, even the act of playing and trading Magic: The Gathering. I talked about determining what is important to you in life, basing your long-term goals around it, and how to formulate them in a SMART way (Specific,…

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MtG After Hours #4 – Foot in the Mouth

This weeks episode is a throwback from episode 39 of Brainstorm Brewery.  As usual a whole podcast was recorded before they recorded the actual podcast.  Only this time some of the pregame made the cut, while the rest can never be released to the public. :P  You also get to hear about the infamous Fogo…

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