All the Good News — August


Hey traders!

I'm Chris Powell and I'm back with more good news!

I thought I'd start off talking about what I've been playing lately. Well, mostly Modern. I've been tweaking my Naya Eldritch Evolution, playing a little Hollow One, and working on a weird UW control brew running Sage of Epityr and Familiar's Ruse. It's been pretty fun. 

I've also started working on UW Spirits and building most of it through PucaTrade. I had a number of the Spirit cards already, but so far have received 4 Supreme Phantom, 1 Aether Vial, 3 Seachrome Coast, a Cavern of Souls, and 2 [[Phantasmal Images]]. It's not a top tier deck (yet), but looks like fun and I had 3 Aether Vials that I've never used. Time to dust them off.

Puca News

Product Releases

Core 2019 was released on July 13th and everything is tradeable on PucaTrade! For a core set, it's been pretty fun and there are some sweet reprints.
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Upcoming Releases

Guilds of Ravnica: Releases October 5th
I hope we are all ready to Return to Ravnica... again. I do have a soft spot for RTR as it's what got me back into Magic after a 15-year haitus. I'm eager to learn about the new set and spoilers should start next week, let's see what's in store for us for the next eight months.

New Development

We've been chatting about the new promoted trades feature for some time. If you're not familiar with this feature you can read some more about it here. I'm glad to report that we are in the final stages of testing and are hoping to get this launched very soon. It's been running on FLUX for a month or so and despite finding some bugs during our testing phases we are close.

The new percentage feature is something that members have been clamoring for, for a very long time. The biggest thing for me is that I don't want to have to be updating my promotion prices all the time and this removes any time I would have to spend doing so—unless of course, I want to increase the percentage a bit to get my card faster.

One other thing that has been really awesome is seeing the percentage members are offering on the "Send a Card" page. This is a game changer and saves tons of clicks trying to find out that percentage. I've strictly been only using FLUX for both seeing this new information and doing additional testing on the feature.

A common question has been coming up about this feature:
Q: When this feature does go live what happens with the promotions I've already paid for? Will I get charged again?
A: The answer is no. Each individual promotion knows whether or not the fees have been paid and the site will take care of the accounting or in this case, no accounting. 

Top Trades

There were some powerful trades over the last couple months and I'm excited to share. The Old School section is the most interesting to me, as there was an Unlimited Time Vault and a number of dual lands (even with the large price spikes on them). Awesome traders!

Old School
Time Vault Unlimited Edition — 200,000 points
2 Tropical Island Revised Edition — 110,000 and 37,079 points
Bayou Revised Edition — 100,725 points
2 Chains of Mephistopheles Legends — 75,446 points
3 Underground Sea Revised Edition — 75,189 and 61,799 points
Moat Legends — 62,376 points
Sol Ring Limited Edition Beta — 60,000 points
2 Volcanic Island Revised Edition — 56,814 and 50,000 points
Lightning Bolt Limited Edition Alpha — 44,803 points
Smoke Limited Edition Beta — 39,950 points
Bayou Revised Edition — 37,079 points
Wheel of Fortune Revised Edition — 34,345 points

Masterpieces (all foil)
Sol Ring Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions — 102,434 points
Mana Crypt Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions — 92,428 points
Force of Will Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations — 75,000 points
Verdant Catacombs Zendikar Expedition — 66,000 points
Wasteland Zendikar Expedition — 44,608 points
Chrome Mox Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions — 39,683 points
Wurmcoil Engine Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions — 37,602 points
Lotus Petal Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions — 37,492 points
2 Wooded Foothills Zendikar Expedition — 40,000 and 36,510 points

3 Scalding Tarn Foil Zendikar Expedition — 34,246 points

Booster boxes and FTV
Eternal Masters Booster Box Eternal Masters — 55,000 points
From the Vault: Legends - Box Set From the Vault: Legends — 41,440 points
2 Battlebond - Booster Box Battlebond — 40,000 and 35,000 points
Iconic Masters - Booster Box Iconic Masters — 36,000 points

Mox Diamond Foil From the Vault: Relics — 100,000 points
2 Mox Diamond Stronghold — 73,383 and 60,000 points
3 Liliana of the Veil Modern Masters 2017 Edition — 66,624, 66,000 and 58,000 points
Liliana of the Veil Foil Pro Tour Promos — 66,000 points
Liliana of the Veil Foil Innistrad — 65,000 points
Cavern of Souls Foil Modern Masters 2017 Edition — 60,000 points
Snapcaster Mage Foil Modern Masters 2017 Edition — 45,000 points
Mana Drain Foil Judge Promos — 44,500 points
Snapcaster Mage Foil Innistrad — 42,000 points
Mana Crypt Eternal Masters — 40,000 points
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon Foil Fate Reforged — 35,000 points

Since we have a couple months worth of data, here are the top traded highlights by rarity. Typically when I look up this info each time around I'm not really looking at MTGO trades. I took a quick look into those trades and found that we had 5,672 Event Tickets traded in June/July! These are by far the most traded items on PucaTrade.

Rat Colony Dominaria — 329 trades
Voltaic Servant Dominaria — 111 trades
Gurmag Angler Fate Reforged — 87 trades
Faerie Miscreant Magic Origins — 82 trades
Wastes (183 Full Art) Oath of the Gatewatch — 75 trades
Wastes (184 Full Art) Oath of the Gatewatch — 68 trades

Steelform Sliver Magic 2014 Core Set — 84 trades
Damping Sphere Dominaria — 83 trades
Wizard's Retort Dominaria — 79 trades
Goblin Warchief Dominaria — 77 trades
Wizard's Lightning Dominaria — 73 trades
Danitha Capashen, Paragon Dominaria — 71 trades
Song of Freyalise Dominaria — 69 trades
Longtusk Cub Kaladesh — 68 trades

Zendikar Resurgent Oath of the Gatewatch — 86 trades
Gonti, Lord of Luxury Kaladesh — 81 trades
Fall of the Titans Oath of the Gatewatch — 81 trades
Kamahl's Druidic Vow Dominaria — 73 trades
From Beyond Battle for Zendikar — 71 trades
Marwyn, the Nurturer Dominaria — 68 trades
Goblin Chainwhirler Dominaria — 66 trades
Sylvan Awakening Dominaria — 65 trades
Karn's Temporal Sundering Dominaria — 64 trades
Aetherflux Reservoir Kaladesh — 64 trades

Bug Fixes 

In the early stages of the new Promotion features a bug was found where promo prices on the production site were getting locked at the current price. This was resolved very quickly and should no longer be an issue. Please let us know if that is not that case.

Most of the other bugs we've been working on lately are related to the new feature. We really want to iron it out and make sure we don't have any hiccups in production.

The most recent updates to the site can always be seen here. This link is on the version number in the footer of the site (currently v3.5.7.2). I agree this is a tad hidden on the site and most people don't know about it, so I will do my best to give updates in these posts going forward.

Wrap Up

I'm excited about the new feature and additional development we are able to put in on into 2019. Keep the sends coming, I know I'm feeling like I never have enough points in my account.

Let's talk soon, and as always, give and let give!

Chris Powell is one of the Founders of PucaTrade and now serves as an Advisor. He started playing Magic in 1994–1995, but took a 17-year hiatus. Fellow developer Mitch Trale got him back into the game in 2012 with Return to Ravnica. Shortly after that, they teamed up to build PucaTrade.

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