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The World of Kamigawa
  • posted a message on Sealed Leagues are coming March 2!


    The payout looks really weak but that's because I'm not used to looking at Play points as value when they really are probably better than straight packs if you are trying to change events.

    I played in my first MTGO event in over a year last night. I can't comment on the price structure but the unlimited time to make my deck, the ability to change my deck, and ability to play 1-2 games and take a break without worrying when the round is over was really nice.
    Posted in: Other Formats
  • posted a message on Sealed Leagues are coming March 2!


    The payout looks really weak but that's because I'm not used to looking at Play points as value when they really are probably better than straight packs if you are trying to change events.

    I played in my first MTGO event in over a year last night. I can't comment on the price structure but the unlimited time to make my deck, the ability to change my deck, and ability to play 1-2 games and take a break without worrying when the round is over was really nice.
    Posted in: Other Formats
  • posted a message on Collecting cards on MTGO question
    Quote from StoneRyno »
    Anyone out there collect sets of cards in MTGO? I was thinking it would be neat to have all the cards. But then I also was thinking just how likely is that aside from spending a ton of money? I mean it would be kind of neat having all those old cards I used to have physical cards for back in the day. Do people sell their whole collections like people do with their physical cards. I obtained nearly every card for other TCGs by buying bulk collections people don't care if they get much for them. Does this sort of thing go on with MTGO? Like I could buy someones collection of say 1,000 cards for pennies a card.


    Yes people do it, but since it's more labor intensive than forking over a box of cards and people are more aware of the values most collection buying is done by chains.
    Posted in: Other Formats
  • posted a message on Redemption
    Quote from Radar73 »
    *After a redeemable set's Redemption Guarantee Date has passed, such set will be available while supplies last or until its Cutoff Date, whichever comes first*
    This is from redemption policy of wizards.
    So how can I have to know about which come first? For example if I want to redeem born of the gods now, after garantee date is passed, how can I have to know my request will fail or not?
    Sorry for english


    If the redemption is available in the store they should have it in stock.
    Posted in: Other Formats
  • posted a message on [Community] Beginner’s Guide to MTGO
    Quote from Countermage »
    Hi guys, I feel completely off on this. So I have to pay ten bucks to play a shortened version of Magic where I'd have to pay more if I want to get good cards? Is there just a free database of cards where I can make my own decks and practice with them to see if I actually want to buy them?


    I'm not sure what you mean by shortened version. MTGO is a complete play environment that contains a collection interface, casual and tournament play space and market. It simulates the paper card game but you can't proxy. Are you coming from paper Magic or some other magic themed game?
    Posted in: Other Formats
  • posted a message on Are there any plans for a major update to Magic Online?
    Yes and no. MTGO just launched a major client upgrade to modernize the interface et. Unfortunately the design process took so long that it feels 10 years old already.

    The big challenge with MTGO is capturing the seamless feel of something like duels without losing the complexity of Magic The Gathering. Duels does it by omitting steps and phases.

    I think wizards is brainstorming a new digital product. Considering how weak the market was to paying for upgrades in the last set of duels it has to capture the spending demand of players who play MTGO right now which is much higher on a $/player basis than duels patrons. The new digital game has to have ladder/tournament prize support from somewhere to capture more than a casual market.
    Posted in: Third Party Products
  • posted a message on Mishra's Bauble Buyout: $10 -> $20
    It's also very unlikely to see a reprint.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on USPS Price Increases make it hard on small sellers and Puca traders who want tracking.
    This may have been brought up, but I didn't see a thread in the last 2 months so I thought I would put it here.

    http://blog.stamps.com/2015/10/22/usps-announces-postage-rate-increase-starts-january-17-2016/

    I noticed while I was pumping out eBay auctions for my wife's toy business that her plush dolls were costing the same price to ship as TCG auctions and pins so I did a little research.

    Several years ago USPS made a change to charge the same rate for all parcel business (tracking) between 1-3 oz. As more and more buyers demanded tracking and "I didn't get it" fraud increased the small bubble mailer w/ toploaders became the default upgrade from the plain envelope (PWE).

    This latest upgrade makes all packages up to 8oz $2.60. This is a boon for people who want to ship out full decks and lots up to about 100 cards, but hurts people wanting tracking in the $10-20 range for singles.

    From the USPS standpoint it makes perfect sense. The bulk of the cost of handling these packages is in scanning them not weight or volume.

    What do you think about these changes?
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on MTG: Puzzle Quest
    I'm surprised there isn't a bigger thread for this app. It is relatively addicting. I haven't figured out how to play with any other planeswalkers than Nissa even though I have them unlocked. Do the origin stories unlock with them?
    Posted in: Mobile Apps
  • posted a message on Block is dead - can it be revived?
    I would look at some of the draft archetypes (if it's only DTK and FRF) and then try to see if they fill out to 60 cards. IE what makes this deck tick. Sometimes that means in draft a build around me uncommon, but since in constructed you have access to playsets of the rares they fill those spots instead.
    Posted in: Block Constructed
  • posted a message on Block is dead - can it be revived?
    Quote from Teysa_Karlov »
    Quote from rickster_ »
    Well psychobabble's article touches on why it did poorly, they removed a lot of events, then postponed block events till 3 weeks after the set came out. There's no confidence in the format, it never got to build an audience when they kept changing the schedule. No one knew when the format would be a DE format unless they closely followed their terrible website. The format was fine during ISD, RTR and THS blocks. They made it do poorly.


    This. They killed the dailys. We thought Lee Sharpe would be good for MTGO. So far everything that matters to the players is on deaf ears and everything that matters to WotC's bottom line is what's up.

    First they came for the Singleton Players and I said nothing. Then they came for the Momir Players and I said nothing. Then they came for the Pauper players and I said nothing. Now they came for me. (Actually I did complain about Pauper. It's the gateway to Eternal that doesn't cost $500.)

    Apparently standard is rotating so fast now that we're expected to keep up. The payout on 2 Mans is so bad now that it's not worth it. I bet if they got rid of 2 mans and actually brought back leagues the marginalized formats would fire. The only people playing 8 mans are qp grinders and they want the queue that fires fastest. Standard.


    What happened to Momir Basic?


    Their official answer was the variance was too high to be a competitive format. Basically they didn't like having to give out QPs for it and the 8 mans didn't really fire. At least Pauper requires some new cards. Momir requires nothing but entry fees so it gets regulated to the 2 man queues.

    WotC isn't acknowledging the real problem which is that the client change plus $25 redemption fee have had major economic impacts. AKA people are quitting. That's why the queues aren't firing. Grinders will play whatever fires fastest. Standard. There used to be enough other people to give those of us who don't want to play only standard a choice, but now they aren't around.
    Posted in: Block Constructed
  • posted a message on FRF boosters selling for 4.4 and bots buying for 4.2
    Quote from DrewL217 »
    Quote from sirgog »
    ... well that ended quickly.


    Yes, the prize support switch over is a welcome change. A bit depressing it took them this long to figure it out (MODO is such a pure supply-and-demand driven market), but this should keep pack prices reasonable for the next month.


    Wizards knows for the most part with the exception of new players (which are few and far between these days) they sell tix and redemptions in their online store. With all the cashing out that's going on there are a surplus of both tix and cards right now. The bots have absorbed it because the big chains have pretty deep pockets (and speculators have gobbled the rest).
    Posted in: Market Street MTGO Café
  • posted a message on Block is dead - can it be revived?
    Quote from turlockmike »
    The new standard is basically block. With two rotations occurring a year instead of one and blocks only having 2 sets (1 Large 1 small), block was effectively killed off.

    The problem now is that in the past you could look at block to get an early glimpse at future constructed, now it's gone.


    Don't forget your cards weren't going to rotate for a year so you could sell them at peak times.
    Posted in: Block Constructed
  • posted a message on Thoughts on the future of MTGO Constructed Events
    FRF as a whole I don't like, but those mythics you mentioned are absolute specs. The odds that one of them doesn't double next year is very low. The set paradigm for when these cards will max is really weird though. I'm guessing since the set will rotate around this time next year that it will max early say around October. That means THS cards will tank faster as people need money. I'm also thinking the reason these cards haven't spiked yet is people just don't have the cash. They are strapped thin from DTK coming out so fast.
    Posted in: Market Street MTGO Café
  • posted a message on Thoughts on the future of MTGO Constructed Events
    Welp, at least MTGO is finally changing the payouts after today's downtime (no more KTK boosters!!). Now we can actually play constructed queues without losing tons of money.

    KTK singles should be to the way up as well.


    A full set has gone up about 3 tix in the last week mostly in the fetches and mythics. Windswept Heath (thanks to Dromoka's Command) is up nearly half a tic from it's low. If you haven't got your fetches to play, do it now. Zen fetches were actually lower as a set than these. You could pull a whole playset of Zen fetches for about $45 while the set was in print.
    Posted in: Market Street MTGO Café
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