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CardShark Content - Darik Dvorshak (2/21/2005)

Last week I wrote a quick article on what to do and not do when trading on MTGO, Magic the Gathering Online. This week I'd like to go into some detail on where to go when trading/buying on MTGO and how the online auction works.


First off where to go, from the main menu of MTGO click on the Trading icon that will take you to a choice of Message board and Marketplace. Of those two only the message board is of any use. The second, Marketplace, is really of no use at all because it is flooded with bots, automatic trading programs that scroll through the window continuously. The message board lets you post a message, be it, ´´I have a Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
that I desperately want to trade´´ or ´´Could someone please hook me up with a Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's CoreSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Put a charge counter on Mirrodin's Core T, Remove a charge counter from Mirrodin's Core: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
.´´ You will see numerous listings of people Buying or Selling cards.

Two sample listings:



´´4462DAVE BUY {2}Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
,Glimmervoid
Glimmervoid
GlimmervoidSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
At end of turn, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
,Sword of light,Minds'Desire,Siege-Gang,Visara,Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.
,Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin PiledriverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blue. Whenever Goblin Piledriver attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn for each. other attacking Goblin.
,Windswept Heath
Windswept Heath
Windswept HeathSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
328
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a forest or plains card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
,Mephidross Vampire
Mephidross Vampire
Mephidross VampireSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
53
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying. Each creature you control is a Vampire in addition to other creature types and has ´´Whenever this creature deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on it´´.
,Moriok Rigger
Moriok Rigger
Moriok RiggerSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
54
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Moriok Rigger.
,Unrest,Blue Dawn,Auriok Champion
Auriok Champion
Auriok ChampionSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black and from red. Whenever another creature comes into play, you gain 1 life.
,Crucible of Worlds
Crucible of Worlds
Crucible of WorldsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play lands from your graveyard as though they were in your hand.
,Engineered Explosives
Engineered Explosives
Engineered ExplosivesSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a charge counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) 2, Sacrifice Engineered Explosives: Destroy each nonland permanent with a converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Engineered Explosives.
,Meloku,Shortfang{2}´´



The user, 4462DAVE is advertising to buy the listed cards at 2 tickets. The actual message on the board had the 2 in a circle which is how most people list their buy and sell prices.



´´wcfilipino {s} SELLING -> {R} SWORD BROTHER {1} / FOIL: {W}8ed SACRED GROUND {4} / {R} KIKI-JIKI {5} / 4X{1} COMMONS: TRIBE-ELDER, KODAMA'S REACH, REND FLESH / 48 CHK COMMONS {1} / ´´



User wcfilipino is selling the Sword Brother, Brothers Yamizaki for 1 ticket, 8th Edition Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.
for 4, Kiki-Jiki for 5, and 4 of the listed commons for 1 ticket. As a side note, the Brothers Yamizaki Sword was worth more because due to a programming glitch the Swords version is only available in an online sealed deck, while the pike version is available through boosters. Wizards is currently trading any Brothers Yamazaki
Brothers Yamazaki
Brothers YamazakiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Number:
160
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) If there are exactly two permanents named Brothers Yamazaki in play, the “legend rule” doesn't apply to them. Each other creature named Brothers Yamazaki gets +2/+2 and has haste.
online card for the other one through the Support and moderators section.


The prices used throughout MTGO are tickets. Tickets are available from the MTGO online store for $1. Or you can purchase tickets from sellers through paypal. When I need tickets I usually get them for .92 or .93 using non credit card funds.


A second use of the Message board is to browse the board for the best prices to sell your cards or to buy them. When I have an extra Eternal Witness
Eternal Witness
Eternal WitnessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Eternal Witness comes into play, return target card from your graveayrd to your hand.
or Bribery
Bribery
BriberySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a creature card and put that card into play under your control. That player then shuffles his or her library.
from drafting and I need some quick tickets I type in Witness and push enter. You automatically scroll down to the first word witness and it is usually someone either buying or selling the Eternal Witness
Eternal Witness
Eternal WitnessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Eternal Witness comes into play, return target card from your graveayrd to your hand.
card. As of this writing people are selling that card for 7 or 8 and buying that card for 5 or 6.


There are the limited numbers of posting of people trading for specific cards or even posting casual trading.


But the other semi-private chat rooms are where most of the trading of cards happens. I've been using 3 over the past few months. They are casual, 1:1, and auction. Casual and 1:1 are trading the auction is a whole different kind of area that I'll try to explain later in this article.


To get to these semi-private rooms you must type: /join casual from any normal chat line. A window will open up with a blank portion on the left and the names of all the users on the right. In the casual room there are usually about 20 to 50 users on at a time. Here more than anywhere else many users are actively trying to do casual trades. My best trades have all started from the casual room. You will also see many people typing casual for x or y card. These cards range from the common such as cranial plating to the ultra rare Invasion Legend Dragons. I was able to finish off a 7th edition set, and my Mirrodin block set in the course of 3 or 4 evenings of trading through the casual room.


Another trading room that I've been to is the 1:1 again type: /join 1:1 to get to this room. There are a couple neat bots located here that let you trade commons for commons and even basic lands for other basic lands. I haven't conducted any other trades through this room.


The biggest room that transactions are actually occurring in, though, is the auction room. Type /join auction to get to this room. Here normally 24 hours a day lots of cards are sold by auction to the highest bidder. I've seen lots of 48 IPA rares, playsets of 4 shackles, Avatars, unopened packs, and even piles of commons successfully bid on and sold through this room. Here is a sample listing of just the auction traffic for a couple avatars:



12:19 Kelm: AVATARS VIRIDIAN ZEALOT, RAKSHA GOLDEN CUB MIN 2 #71

12:19 TheLeader: .tg I did bid 3

12:19 Meleka_MIB: 2

12:19 Magic.tg: 2

12:19 Kelm: C 2

12:19 TheSadBlueDoll: 2

12:20 Kelm: AVATARS VIRIDIAN ZEALOT, RAKSHA GOLDEN CUB MIN 2 #71 @2

12:20 Kelm: OK

12:20 Kelm: ONCE

12:20 Kelm: TWICE

12:20 Kelm: AVATARS VIRIDIAN ZEALOT, RAKSHA GOLDEN CUB MIN 2 #71 @2

12:20 Kelm: AND

12:20 Kelm: SOLD

12:20 Kelm: C GIBBERISHSPOON



Okay some explanation, Kelm is the lister. He posts the lots in all CAPS and as he ´´sees´´ bids he acknowledges them. He does relist the lot with the current high bidder and when there are no more bids he does the ONCE TWICE SOLD thing, and then directs the buyer to the seller. In this case the buyer is Meleka_MIB at 2 and the seller is GIBBERISHSOON. I've stripped out a bunch of unnecessary traffic like people selling random cards or wanting to buy random cards. The only one allowed to use CAPS in the room is the lister. This makes it easier for those buying to follow the auction as it happens. There is also a neer who acts as the administrative assistant to the lister. He or she is the person who you send your lots to sell to through a private message. He will reply to you the seller with what lot number your lot will be.


To test the auction system, I put up 4 Gilded Lotus
Gilded Lotus
Gilded LotusSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
175
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool.
es. I private message the neer with the following:



4X GILDED LOTUS NO MIN



He replied, LOT #355.



They were currently on 351 so had to wait for 4 lots to go off. It took about 8 or 10 minutes and my lot came up. Bidding went up to 6, but the high bidder typed, ret. Which mean retract my bid. So the 4 gilded lotuses sold for 5. Not the best of prices, but it was about 3 AM Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
time on a Wednesday morning, so I really couldn't expect much. The better times to sell are probably during the peak times for users Friday nights and weekends.


You can keep multiple room windows open. I often have casual, auction and the message board open at the same time. Then when another user is seeking a card that I have a number of on casual I can contact them and make a trade while at the same time looking for that outstanding auction value. For the casual traders you can also gain some insight into the knowledge of who you are trading with. If that user who types casual for magma jet is also in the auction room he is probably a pretty savvy trader.


I've found that all of these methods of trading or auctioning take time. You'll have to d your own cost value analysis on what your time is worth. I've been having fun over the past few weeks exploring this other facet of my Magic the Gathering game. I still get daily draft and my at least once a week sealed deck in, but now I feel fairly confident when I REALLY NEED that mind's desire I can get the best price with the least amount of time.


Good luck in your trades and your other MTGO dealings. Next week, I'll try a single card strategy article. Til then.


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