Let’s review where we are:
- Bought 3x Spark Elemental for 0.09 tix, sold for 0.225 tix
- Bought 4x Spark Trawler for 0.2, 0.05 each as investment
This left us slightly in the red in our 1 event ticket challenge so far. But I would make that right back! How did I do that? With some arbitrage, of course!
The first move I made in arbitrage today was Shock from 7th Edition.
(If you happen to find copies of 7E Shock on bulk bots, they are worth collecting since they are very often needed by bots!)
There’s also one other thing I need to point out. Just because a card is on a bot chain’s hotlist does not mean that you will necessarily be able to sell it once you actually hit up the bot. There have been a number of times where I bought a card to immediately flip to a hotlist and the bot was no longer accepting copies. You may think… uh-oh, I wasted credit! Fortunately, there are cards that come up on hotlists almost all of the time, and I’ll be sure to point out which ones those are!.There are some that if you can’t immediately flip them, you may as well hold them and see how they pan out! (This can actually work out quite well with Standard-legal commons and uncommons.)
Because I was just setting the tone of the overall series, I didn’t really dive too deep into how I decide on choosing my “penny stocks” on MTGO. While I haven’t been successful with all of them (who is), I’ve been wildly successful on a few. Some I actually sold out of too early! But as we’ll learn in the course of this series, it’s better to sell for guaranteed profit nine times out of ten, especially when you’re doubling or tripling up on your investment!
Then sometimes, you have to take a big risk!
This is a huge chunk of our portfolio now and it’s a huge gamble. Or is it? I couldn’t find another card in Standard that had such a low spread between sell price and buy price that was also this affordable. Storm reminds me of Kari Zev, Skyship Raider, once herself worth only a penny before spiking to over 1 ticket a piece. I sold her far too early, but even then, I made a healthy profit.
The difference with Captain Lannery Storm is that she creates a Treasure token whenever she attacks. While Kari Zev brings a 2/1 Monkey into play, the potential mana the Treasures create can be similarly valuable. Unlike Kari Zev, Storm has haste, and also even though she’s just a 2/2, whenever you sacrifice a Treasure, Storm gains +1/+0. They’re similar cards, but since Kari Zev is 2 mana and Storm is 3, they can be in the same deck. Kari Zev is still over 0.6 tix each, so it seems fair to think that Storm could carry a similar price point.
The thing is, Storm hasn’t found a real deck yet. She’s too good to not have a home, though. All it takes on MTGO is for a deck to 4-0 a competitive event with 2 or more copies in the mainboard for her price to jump. That’s what we’re looking for.
Between her and Scrap Trawler, plus the hotlist duds, we have 0.792 tix tied up. But thanks to some quick profits, we still have 0.423 tix to spend. For now, though, we’ll hold off and see how the big gamble pays off.
Stay tuned for our next installment of the the MTGO 1 Event Ticket Collection Challenge!