I decided the first thing to do was cut Scrap Trawler from our portfolio. While it’s a nice long-term card to hold onto, and it has lost us nothing, I decided to break even so that I could free up 0.2 tix of bot credit. Also I was able to cash in my four copies of Essence Extraction for a 0.102 tix profit, which definitely helped our cause, as well as four copies of Thopter Arrest at a break-even price.
So what are today’s specs? We’ll start with the little one.
I love this card. At 0.19 tix each, it’s a whopping 0.76 investment made possible by our arbitrage trades. While this purchase leaves us with only about 0.2 tix left to spend, I am very confident in this buy for several reasons.
First, this card does already see standard play in a couple of different Standard archetypes: Esper Gifts and Blue/Black Control. However, so far they have been mostly relegated to the sideboard. But as a card that hit 0.6 tix per copy not that long ago, it’s not unrealistic to expect this card to at least double if not triple in price. Our target here is probably that 0.6 tix per copy. That would get us 2.4 tix, with a net profit of 1.64 tix. That would be an enormous boost and allow us to buy into other specs in the 0.1 to 0.25 tix range.
As with any specs, there’s a waiting game. But I bought in a bit too early on Lannery. With Deadeye Tracker, there’s an extremely low inventory everywhere. It’s also a one-drop with a wide range of playability. Any deck can use a 1/1 that can explore and exile cards from an opponent’s graveyard. This guy can be a 2/2 very easily, if not a 3/3. And recall our friend Herald of Secret Streams, who makes creatures with +1/+1 counters unblockable. If we get enough explore creatures in Rivals of Ixalan, not only will this be a good card, but so will the Herald.
Since we are banking on Deadeye Tracker to make big gains and Captain Lannery Storm to at least rebound, we may be a bit quiet on the 1 Ticket portfolio for a bit. After a week, let’s see where our portfolio stands:
Deadeye Tracker XLN 0.19 x 4 = 0.76
Captain Lannery Storm XLN 0.14 x 4 = 0.56
Entrancing Melody XLN 0.01 x 4 = 0.04
Arcane Adaptation XLN 0.01 x 4 = 0.04
Old-Growth Dryads XLN 0.01 x 4 = 0.04
Shadowed Caravel XLN 0.01 x 4 = 0.04
Servant of the Conduit KLD 0.01 x 4 = 0.04
Walk the Plank XLN 0.01 x 4 = 0.04
Herald of Secret Streams XLN 0.01 x 4 = 0.04
Everflowing Chalice WWK 0.006 x 4 = 0.024
Ponder LRW 0.006 x 4 = 0.024
Nature's Claim WWK 0.005 x 4 = 0.02
Search for Tomorrow MMA 0.002 x 4 = 0.008
Tainted Sigil ARB 0.002 x 4 = 0.008
Disfigure ZEN 0.001 x 2 = 0.002
With 1.686 tix invested, we’ve already grown our portfolio almost 70 percent, entirely on the strength of arbitrage plays! Even if our two big plays fail badly, we can still recover thanks to our penny stocks and remaining arbitrage targets. I particularly like Servant of the Conduit, due to the success of Sultai Energy. I also like Walk the Plank long-term.
Our penny stocks could go nowhere or make us tidy little gains. There’s also a lot of unrealized profit in our remaining arbitrage targets, since I already have bots I could sell them, too, but that would spread us too thin. So we’re actually doing really well, which is why I can justify a huge outlay into a potential Standard breakout. That’s also why I’m willing to risk my 0.56 tix on Lannery Storm, even as we’re staring a 50 percent loss in the face.
Yes, we could play it safe, but that would make for a rather boring series, wouldn’t it?
Have you started your own little collection challenge with a small number of event tickets. Or have you may a bigger investment to hopefully make bigger gains more quickly? Let us know in the comments!