All the Good News — February


Hey traders!

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

Wow, the year has started off blazingly fast. I can't believe it's already the end of February! 

I haven't decided whether it's good news yet or not, but Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf are all the chatter. You've probably all heard enough about these unbannings, but I will just say this: I've been playing Modern lately (majority of my MTG time) and I feel like it's been in a really awesome place. I just hope that doesn't change...

Puca News

Puca By the Numbers

I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight Jonathan Medina's article about platform statistics. He has gathered some pretty interesting data on everything from Points in the System, Active Users to Trading Statistics and projections for the future.

I was excited to see the increase in trading since the January announcements. Obviously, we only have one month to compare since the announcement, but as I mentioned last month I have high expectations for 2018.

For more information, you can read Medina's article.

Point Sales Terminated

PucaTrade has decided to remove the ability to purchase PucaPoints. We have talked about this change for a long time, and are happy to announce that it's a reality! 

Even though the revenue is meaningful for business expenses we want to make the gesture to further help the economy. We hope that by making positive changes in the community like this one that we can increase the revenue from subscriptions and help balance out the difference.

The original announcement was a few weeks back, here is some additional information.

Point Destruction Contest

The PucaTrade community continues to amaze me! Cryogen put on what he's calling an "ANNUAL GOLD SUBSCRIPTION CONTEST." For the month of January, every trade entered you into a drawing for a One Year Gold Subscription to PucaTrade. It did require a little work as you had to screenshot that you shielded the trade and PM the trade details to him, but that's pretty simple.

Final results: He received screenshots for 849 trades, and 53,764 points were removed via PucaShield! 

We are really honored by efforts like this from community members! There is a lot of other stuff happening on Discord as well, so if you're not on it, hop on and check it out!

Top Trades

Apparently January was Masters Box month. Half of the top trades were Iconic Masters and MM17!

Below are the top 10 most valuable cards traded on PucaTrade for January:

  1. Jayemdae Tome Limited Edition Alpha — 96,305 points
  2. Spore Frog Prophecy — 69,844 points (It's hard to list this with a straight face.)
  3. Badlands Revised Edition — 65,000 points
  4. Mox Opal Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions — 61,460 points
  5. Iconic Masters - Booster Box Iconic Masters — 60,000 points
  6. Modern Masters 2017 - Booster Box Modern Masters 2017 Edition — 55,000 points
  7. Leovold, Emissary of Trest Conspiracy: Take the Crown — 50,000 points
  8. Iconic Masters - Booster Box Iconic Masters — 50,000 points
  9. Iconic Masters - Booster Box Iconic Masters — 50,000 points
  10. Modern Masters 2017 - Booster Box Modern Masters 2017 Edition — 45,500 points

Below is the list of the 10 most traded cards for January. Last month's numbers look a little Unstable, but Slitherhead has finally been dethroned. Who doesn't love those Avon lands, huh? 

  1. Forest Unstable — 99 trades
  2. Spitting Sliver Planar Chaos — 95 trades
  3. Island Unstable — 89 trades
  4. Swamp Unstable — 82 trades
  5. Plains Unstable — 64 trades
  6. Opt Ixalan — 63 trades
  7. Dusk Legion Zealot Rivals of Ixalan — 56 trades
  8. Swamp (263 Full Art) Battle for Zendikar — 55 trades
  9. Plains (252 Full Art) Battle for Zendikar — 55 trades
  10. Island (257 Full Art) Battle for Zendikar — 54 trades

Highlighted Traders

In this section, I like to highlight a couple traders (one new trader and one veteran) who are doing awesome things on PucaTrade! This time we will only highlight one veteran trader.

Veteran Trader:

Mike AKA Cryogen is another one of the top traders on PucaTrade. He is a longtime EDH player and Cube enthusiast. His current collecting project is a singleton collection for EDH that doesn't borrow cards from his Cube and his favorite card to collect is Mana Vortex.

He's a very active member in Discord and recently put on a Contest for a Gold Membership with the whole goal being to sink PucaPoints from the economy. I've talked about this in more detail above under "Point Destruction Contest."

Bug Fixes 

We were able to put some time into a few more bug fixes and testing relating to the new features. The code is now up in production and here are the details/updates:

  • Want promotion via own want list
  • Want promotion "unlocking" of existing wants
  • Want promotion with quantity
  • Want promotion via search
  • Want promotion edit & display original card price
  • Tour Update
  • Chat window titlebar pop on new message
  • Fix chat window switching between different members
  • Fix chat window link and styles
  • Ignore cancelled trades on sending/receiving totals
  • Prevent double-click badness
  • Case email fix
  • Case pricing display fix on promoted items
  • Missing languages card script
  • Min buy edit fix
  • Logged out card language page fix
  • Different Excludes for Missing Language Cards
  • Remove Buy Points

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

Based on all this, things seem to be swinging in a positive direction with a lot of community involvement and changes in policies since January 1. I'm excited about the coming months!

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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