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  • posted a message on [SCD] Will City of Traitors continue to fall?
    Quote from KnickM »
    will never be sold.

    Well if they'll "never" be sold then there's literally no point paying a high price for them in the first place, you can't make money selling something you never sell, so there is definitely a price where even someone with cards in a deck will say "it's worth it" to sell which seems to be how most or all the Moats available to the market were acquired by one person.
    And, if people keep a card for literally "years", then they not only have to worry about it getting damaged but also have to worry about inflation because there is a point over a given interval of time where the devaluation of currency will exceed the profit made from the raised price of a card along with paying for increased shipping costs. Though, if Wizards doesn't pay attention then there are also equally manipulative ways to devalue such cards, with a little more work.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on [SCD] Will City of Traitors continue to fall?
    Okay, so Wizards somehow doesn't think the arbitrarily manipulation of a market by an individual other than themselves is unhealthy for the sustainability their business? If it's only one card, it doesn't seem like a big deal, but if it's a precedent for all usable cards, then format by format the game will simply become obsolete, it would be the inverse way that baseball cards collapsed.
    But, I suppose that's a good point in showing why the price wouldn't dramatically fall in the near future, though I still think it will fall some before rising again. Since however these cards are used for so many different styles of decks whereas moat is not, I also do not foresee that it will be easy for someone to buy out the stock, it would likely be more gradual as it's been with smaller spikes.
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  • posted a message on [SCD] Will City of Traitors continue to fall?
    Okay this is dramatically slower than in the general section, can this be moved there? I'm not necessarily looking for quality I'm looking more for the numbers of factors.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Peeps who sleeve, do you double sleeve or single?
    Quote from SavannahLion »

    I feel you didn't actually read the PDF file there. I referred to the blue medical gloves because that is what most people would be familiar with. If I thought people would be familiar with the archive gloves, I would have pointed them out.No mention of "latex-free" otherwise I would have commented differently about it.

    I've never once ever in any capacity seen anyone ever use blue medical gloves outside of a medical facility, ever. "Latex" is more of a colloquial term nowadays, the average person does not care to waste time learning every polymer name when such detail is wholly insignificant to their endeavors, it's similar to when people say "kleenex" interchangeably with "tissue". All at matters is whether a glove has residue or not, there aren't commonly accessible polymers that will do anything like burn or corrode a card on contact.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [SCD] Will City of Traitors continue to fall?
    How do you tell if a particular card is "bought out", whatever that means? There's been multiple price spikes for City though, did it get bought out 4 times?
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on [SCD] Will City of Traitors continue to fall?
    Hello few who ever read/post here,

    I am on the fence over the price of City of Traitors, because I have currently have 2. I could get 2 more in order to optimize a deck with them later on, or, I could sell them while they're higher now to build something else.

    From what I've seen, the price has been falling at a slow but predictably steady rate. Many players are already aware of this card as various stompy decks have gotten more popular and have already been seen in nearly every Legacy tournament over the last year which means the discovery bubble has already passed. On the other hand, it likely has not met its price cap yet which would allow the two factors to cancel out, leaving only a constant rate of growth/decay that explains its linear price decay currently.

    Looking at the most recent sets, they do not seem to provide much utility for stompy or sneak/tell/breach decks and in fact offer more sideboard options against them when looking at cards like Damping Sphere and Mistcaller.

    After looking through Guilds of Ravnica, I still don't see many cards that provide utility to these kinds of decks, so I predict the price will further fall at a mostly linear rate.
    It will finally start to logistically decay to probably $100-$200 two or three months from now after we start to see new sideboard options implemented into tournament decks. I imagine however this trend is only until at least the printing of the next set which will probably include one or two new stompy cards after Wizards starts to print new cards ensure so many archetypes reliant on double lands don't become obsolete and also don't leave investors too short-changed.

    But, I don't do any kind of mtg analysis often and this isn't anything formal, I'm not completely sure of what explains the previous price hikes, so are there other factors to be considered or cards that will make the archetypes more popular in Legacy/Vintage? If one more player wins a tournament with a stompy/aggro deck is it really going to make that much of a difference at this point?
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Peeps who sleeve, do you double sleeve or single?
    Quote from SavannahLion »

    Latex gloves are generally at the bottom of the totem pole of preferred "barriers" on paper handling. If one must use gloves on paper (it isn't always recommended but that's not here or there), then powder free nitrile gloves is a better choice. This is commonly the blue glove you see in doctor offices or in the food service industry, though I do have a box of "clear" ones that are very nice. Not surprisingly, the National Park Service has a very nice, condensed, PDF on the subject.


    Whenever I buy any gloves I buy whatever says "powder free" on clear gloves or "latex free" so that's not really a concern of mine. I don't know why anyone would need the thick medical ones you're referring to just for handling cards.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Does a modular creature come into play with an extra counter?
    Alright, thanks.
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Does a modular creature come into play with an extra counter?
    So then why don't state-based actions destroy worker as a 0/0 if the counters are "placed" after it comes into play?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Does a modular creature come into play with an extra counter?
    When a creature with modular like Arcbound Worker enters the battlefield while Hardened Scales is out, does it actually *enter* play with an additional counter?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on Can a destruct spell target something that is pre-indestructible?
    Can someone cast Nature's Claim on Darksteel Citadel and have the controller of Darksteel Citadel gain 4 life?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on What "kind" of jeweler's loupe is best?
    Okay so somehow a post 1 hour old got many posts, but a post 3 hours old got none, which I myself have never seen on this site before especially when I know there are traders, tournament players and store employees/owners around here, but w/e. I'll try the variable one from 10x-30x and report if it's crap.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Peeps who sleeve, do you double sleeve or single?
    Inner sleeves + regular sleeves are definitely worth it for any card you plan to keep for a long time or if you have any valuable/old cards. Even with regular sleeves, it's more than possible for moisture and dust to accrue, especially over a long period, so the best IMO are the sealable inner sleeves.

    If you're building up a collection or handling expensive cards, MTG is "collectible" first, a game second, so I use latex gloves when transferring between sleeves to prevent oil from smudging on the sides and face of the cards which is further than most people go, but it's easy to notice a giant smudge once it happens.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on What "kind" of jeweler's loupe is best?
    Some fakes have gotten pretty good recently so to be sure about high end cards, I'd like to verify them by comparing their half-tone pattern. It's not too much of an issue, but to avoid an annoying inconvenience, exactly what kind of loupe is best for MTG cards? Is 20x enough? 30x? 60x? Goggles? You don't want too great a magnification either because then you'd have to hold it too close or too far away to observe the detail.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Creature with counters vs damage
    If Walking Ballista has 2 +1/+1 counters on it, then takes 1 point of damage, can they remove both counters to deal both damage or does it die as soon as it uses up one counter?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
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