I guess I have to apologize first for the lack of updates in the recent weeks, but my administrative duties have been monopolizing my time! I do have however some exciting news regarding the continuation of the column and a “new” strategy to reach my goal faster….
In one of the earliest “Rags for Riches” I said that I will consider using tournaments to improve the value of my collection- if I think it’s worth the time investment. Â Well, we have reached a point where I need to use the available resources (cards and tickets) to leverage another of my addictions, ahem, skills- drafting! Â Most of you probably don’t know, but I peaked at a 1974 limited rating here on MTGO and consider myself a decent limited player. Â Today we will find out how good…. I have invested all 13 of my remaining tickets in a draft set of Scars of Mirrodin and the entrance fee to draft and then immediately jumped into an 8-4. Â Please do not expect a draft report- we are still focusing on the economic implications. Â But more of that later; first I took my standard trading hour in an attempt to buy/sell some cards.
First, I visited a bot to sell my Sylvan Librarys which have spent to much time in my binder without attracting any buyers.
As already mentioned, I joined an 8-4 draft queue, and it fired after I had dumped the Sylvans.Â I lost in the finals, but had I successfully leveraged my skills for minor profit (and the ability to relax)!Â Fortunately, that is still a very good result for Rags, considering that we also got a few decent rares with it (value mostly centered around the Mimic Vat).
So that little endeavor upped us to 4 boosters for a possible future draft and additional cards to sell on the open market.Â Feeling like I needed to recover the lost 2 tix, I went ahead and sold some cards to a bot to bolster my liquid assets.
Finally, I bought a promo Day of Judgment for 4 tickets. Hopefully, I can sell it for more…Â (I’m a sucker for promos and foils…)
A few hours later, I found some more time to spare (and my hunger for Limited Magic demanded more attention), so I jumped into another 8-4 queue.Â Fast forward another couple of hours (after a mulled to 6 by both my opponent and me), I was offered a split in the finals. Â I accepted (mainly because of my extremely awkward hand of 6) and added another 3 boosters and a random assortment of cards to our collection. Â Two finals out of two drafts is pretty good for our portfolio!
That’s it for today!Â My tentative goal for the next article will be to again supplement trading with a draft, and hopefully, we will do well again.Â I realize that drafting is a risky way to increase value unless you are a really good drafter, but I am looking to accumulate value quickly so we can reach our goal- foil Force of Will. Â Let me know if you think I should utilize this option in the future or not. Â Maybe by combining it with a draft report?!
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Take care everyone,