This change is not only going to only affect just MTGO users after all. It’s going to affect Magic the Gathering overall. Here are 5 of the best reasons why PucaTrade adding MTGO support is a big deal.
#1 Ease of Trading Paper Cards into Digital MTGO Cards and Tickets
Not only is trading on PucaTrade easier than your traditional trade, but turning paper cards you really don’t need into cards directly on Magic Online is going to be extremely convenient. Since Magic Online cards are usually only worth a fraction of their paper counterparts, it’s very easy to cash out paper cards you don’t need in order to acquire pieces for a competitive deck on Magic Online. Never has it been easier to get your full market value for your paper cards, especially with how much the PucaTrade member base has grown. You can pretty much trade about any paper card in existence now, as long as you’re willing to pay the associated shipping costs.
People trading digital cards into paper is going to happen, too, of course. Not having to cash out event tickets in order to get real cash saves you about 5 to 10 percent in cash value over the long-term if you’re putting the PucaPoints directly from trading off digital cards for paper ones. So it does work both ways. But because digital cards are usually worth far less than paper ones, often by great margins, it’s usually going to be paper into digital.
#2 Turning MTGO Draft Chaff into Winning Cards, Tickets, and Packs
Drafts and sealed deck are two of the most popular formats on Magic Online. After drafts, most players are happy to just dump any cards they don’t want or need to automated bots in order to grind for more event tickets to keep getting packs. This is part of the reason why card prices are so low on Magic Online. There are just so many copies of most cards that supply is almost always many times higher than demand when compared to paper. Of course, it works the opposite way, too. Sometimes cards spike in price on Magic Online long before they do in paper, especially when sets haven’t been available on Magic Online very long.
Now with PucaTrade, there isn’t a need to have to visit a bunch of different bots in order to get the best price for trading in your draft chaff. In fact, with PucaTrade, you can turn PucaPoints directly into Event Tickets and packs. Also, since the PucaPoints reflect the market price of the cards you’re trading, you can get several points for cards that ordinarily you’d be getting fractions of a cent for from bots. For example, most Standard legal rares will usually be bought by bots for about 10 to 20 percent less than the going sell price. But over time, that 10 to 20 percent gained back in trading away the cards on PucaTrade add up.
It’s even better when you consider the cards people draft in paper. Cards that you wouldn’t usually sold on EBay will be traded on PucaTrade. Even when you consider the cost of shipping (usually just a postage stamp, plain white envelope, and toploader), people will be happy to find takers for cards they’ll never use and convert them directly into PucaPoints that they can use for online cards, packs, or event tickets.
#3 Greater Interest in Magic Online as a Platform
Let's face it. Dealing with Magic Online bots can be such a hassle, especially because of the fact that you have to deal with Event Tickets. Because you can only trade in whole Event Tickets, you often end up with "change" that is saved as "bot credit" that can only be used again on that particular bot, or bots related to it. So if those bots disappear from Magic Online forever, you lose that credit. While you're usually only losing a few cents, since many Magic Online cards can be easily acquired for pennies, over time, these lost fractions of Event Tickets add up. With PucaTrade, you never have to worry about that.
The other major advantage of PucaTrade is that you can trade for Event Tickets, and trade them away just as easily. Also, it's very easy to get packs from other PucaTraders, too. This means that you don't have to worry about buying packs from the Magic Online store, which usually saves you quite a bit of money. Since you can turn the points from your pulls directly into PucaPoints, needing to grind out Event Tickets isn't going to be nearly as difficult anymore.
The other great thing about Magic Online is the fact that you can redeem full sets. This means that players are literally looking for every single card in the more recent sets on a regular basis. So you can pretty much be guaranteed at least 1 PucaPoint (roughly 1 penny) for every card you pull. It also means it will be a lot easier to literally trade the paper versions of the cards for digital versions, then complete the set, and after paying the $25 redemption fee, get the same exact cards in paper that you traded away in order to redeem the set on Magic Online.
What this probably means in the long run is that the disparity in value between online cards and paper cards will probably shrink. This is probably a good thing for Wizards of the Coast, as more people will be interested in creating Magic Online accounts, even if it's just in order to redeem sets or build online collections. But in other ways, it will force Wizards to rethink how inefficient MTGO's economy really is.
#4 PucaTrade is an Easy to Use Middleman
Now to trade Magic Online cards, even using PucaTrade, technically you still need to use bots as middlemen. But the PucaBots basically do all the work for you. After you link your PucaTrade account to your MTGO account, all you have to do is drop cards off at a bot, and pick them up. No more worrying about bot credit and not having the right cards for trade, etc. The bots are the most frustrating part of MTGO for me, so having these innovative middlemen bots is pretty awesome.
It’s also really nice that you don’t have to spend forever searching things like MTGO Wiki Price for the bots that want your cards, only to find out they don’t want them anymore. And even though most Standard legal cards tend to sell to bots pretty easily, a lot of other valuable cards don’t. But as long as there’s someone on PucaTrade who needs a card, especially if most bots don’t carry it, you’ll always find a taker for your rarer stuff.
#5 More Fun for Commander & Casual Players to Get Cards They Need for Decks
One of the most popular casual Magic the Gathering formats, Commander, has become pretty expensive to play in paper, due to the skyrocketing costs of some of the older cards that are very strong in the format. This has meant that people that can’t afford the cards in paper turn to Magic Online in order to play. It’s very popular on Magic Online, but a lot of people who have invested a lot in their Paper Magic Commander decks find that they don’t really want to spend more to play online, too. But now that it’s easy to convert unused paper cards into PucaPoints that can go directly into building the same Commander deck online for a fraction of the cost, you’ll probably see a lot more players do so.
The other big thing is that Magic Online is confusing for a lot of casual players, who are a HUGE part of the Magic the Gathering playing base. Acquiring cards from bots can be quite bewildering, and while major MTGO card retailers such as MTGO Traders are great, most casual players are stuck with paper cards that they don’t know how to sell. Yes, places like Cape Fear Games, the paper side of MTGO Traders, do offer MTGO bot credit for paper cards, most casual players can’t be bothered with understanding the ins and outs of card prices. PucaTrade makes it quick and easy for casual players to trade away cards without worrying about being ripped off, since PucaTrade always goes by current market prices. Also, buylist prices for paper cards can be 50 to 75 percent less than the PucaPoint value, so to maximize the value of your cards, PucaTrade is the way to go.
Also, because Magic Online is now more accessible to the many casual players who frequent PucaTrade, you’ll likely see a much larger casual community building on Magic Online. This is good for the game, since players that only get to play in paper on a fairly infrequent basis now can build their online collection far easier than they would have been before.
PucaTrade has done a great service to the Magic the Gathering community by giving a way for digital and paper cards to coexist. In the long run, Magic Online cards will probably always be cheaper, simply due to the incredibly massive supply and need for zero shipping costs. But the good news is that Pucatrade is going to make trading and collecting Magic Online cards, and Magic cards in general, a lot more fun. Bots will never completely go away, I’m sure, but having a strong alternative to trade away the cards you may have been otherwise been stuck with is definitely a great thing.
Thanks, Pucatrade, for giving the MTGO community a huge boost, one that it probably really needed!
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