Month: March 2014

Episode 25 – Xenagos, God of Formats

Our 25th episode is chockablock full as we uncover Conspiracy, speculate on the potential cards in FTV: Annihilation, and do our own fantasy Pro Tour Born of the Gods draft. Cameron also spends a bit of time evaluating [card]Xenagos, God of Revels[/card]. He likes it. He likes it a lot. Your hosts: Dustin Gore Cameron…

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Funning For Your Playgroup: Silver-Bordered Cards in White Appropriate for Commander

In an interview on CommanderCast #137, during a rapid-fire question-and-answer session, the hosts asked Sheldon Menery, “Would [the Rules Committee] ever consider making the Un- sets legal?” Sheldon’s answer was an expectedly simple, “No.” Sheldon’s justification behind the answer was not explored, but it can be easily intuited. Mainly, many of the silver-bordered cards require…

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Casually Infinite – Understanding Bots

On MTGO, interacting with bots ends up being a mandatory endeavor at some point. While trading between players is often the most profitable, sometimes you need to interact with a vendor with a large number of cards in order to pick up what you need. Bots drive the MTGO economy in very significant ways. We…

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Weekend Review March 7-9

“Leave the last 10 percent for the next guy.”  This sound line of reasoning has been promoted by the guys from the Brainstorm Podcast and I tend to agree, although it may seem counter-intuitive initially -“Why give up profit margins on my speculation targets that hit?”  Because cards are ultimately only worth what someone is…

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C(ube)+C(ommander) Magic Factory #5 – Nature of the Beast Review

For the last installment in this series of C+C Magic Factory, we’ll be reviewing the Commander 2013 deck, Nature of the Beast. Here’s a review of the grading system we’ll be using.  The first grade for each card is a Cube grade, the second is a Commander grade. Cube: [A+]: First-pick card on power level alone…

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Pitt Imps Podcast #59 – Still No Playmat

In this weeks episode of the Imps we argue about how fun Sealed is then we go over GP Barcelona. After that rant we go into GP Melborne and SCG ATL. We decide weather or not to buy the Jace vs Vraska deck coming out, complain about being snubbed, and the new FNM Card. Then…

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Great Expectations

This is a headline that makes me chuckle every single time I read it: “Apple posted quarterly results that beat estimates Monday … shares dropped more than 5%.” For those who don’t follow non-Magic finance, the reason this happens (and it happens all the time to all kinds of companies) has to do with expectations….

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Serum Visions – Tarmogoyf and Saaz: Kindred Spirits

Welcome back to Serum Visions, everyone! I am writing a finance article this week! After a couple of months of process articles that weren’t particularly inspired by MTG, I think it’s time to take it back a little. With our favorite green creature reaching a very upsetting $200, and [card]Misty Rainforest[/card]s and [card]Scalding Tarn[/card]s both…

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Brainstorm Brewery #90 – Dreams Denied

It’s a new finance landscape than it was a year ago and the gang is left with as many questions as answers as we watch cards that spiked to unprecedented levels are beginning to normalize. Pro Tour Born of the Gods made some people a lot of money, but who really benefitted? Was it a…

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Pro Tour Born of the Gods: Modern Meta Analysis

Hello, fellow speculators! It’s the week of Grand Prix Richmond, destined to be the most-attended Constructed tournament ever, and the format is Modern. Registration is already shattering previous records for every past event except Grand Prix Las Vegas, the Modern Masters Limited GP. I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that Modern…

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Going Bigger and Attacking the Format

After introducing my Naya Midrange deck, I promised to go over changes I felt were optimal and that is exactly what we are going to do today. First, we’ll explore what changes I made for a local grand prix trial for GP Richmond. Afterward, we’ll get to how we can go bigger and effectively dismantle…

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Getting L.U.C.K.y: Leaving Money On The Table

Recently I was conversing with a friend of mine on Standard. My opinion on Standard used to be: absolutely not. I couldn’t imagine spending $500 on something that was going to rotate out in a year. My argument was that Standard changes too much to try to keep up. On the other hand, Legacy seemed…

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Weekend of February 28-March 2 Review

You see, I’m a bit of a cynic.   While many if not most players believe that Wizards has been looking for the proverbial, “Sweet Spot,” with the banning and un-banning process in Modern, I believe that what is and will continue to actually happen is that Wizards will ban and un-ban cards as they…

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All Magic Has a Price #5 – Is It Time to Get Out?

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

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