This week we demystify how vendors and LGS's alike determine how many packs of each set to open! The art of determining the number of packs to open to meet presale numbers isn't something that gets talked about a lot in the industry. It's not flashy, or sexy, but it truly is interesting as it can change with every set and shows immediate returns. We cover the elements of a standard set and what unfolds during the process of determining your variables and eventually opening those packs! Additionally, we recommend reading Ben Bleiweiss' article on pricing Magic preorders as it starts with some very basic pack cracking math: https://articles.starcitygames.com/magic-the-gathering/how-to-price-magic-card-preorders/ As well as what we like to term the "Welcome to Variant Hell" Twitter thread about how variations impacts pack opening: https://twitter.com/starcityben/status/1494690343610195974?s=21

MtG Cabal Cast
00:46:51 3/27/2022

Past Episodes

MtG Cabal Cast
It was the best of times, it was the blerst of times. Working in the trading and collectible card industry is as unique an experience as they come and while we've both been lucky to operate within this industry, we've been here for a while and it's time to reflect. We picked a few key markers, parts of this industry that best represent the overall experiences shared at the vendor level and the LGS level and discuss our current feelings about them. What's changed, what we miss, and what we like. Just two old fogeys waxing poetic about an industry they've been working in since they became legal adults.
01:07:52 7/3/2022
MtG Cabal Cast
Several Command Fests and Origins later, we decided it was time to bring our knowledge and experience to a compare and contrast style episode. Not every vendor has the luxury to vend one or both of these, once or multiple times so while this discussion and comparison isn't all encompasing, we only have so much time, it's a great springboard for those looking to go. more general questions comparing Magic Fests, Command Fests, and larger gaming conventions like Origins.
00:35:34 6/26/2022
MtG Cabal Cast
Several Command Fests and Origins later, we decided it was time to bring our knowledge and experience to a compare and contrast style episode. Not every vendor has the luxury to vend one or both of these, once or multiple times so while this discussion and comparison isn't all encompasing, we only have so much time, it's a great springboard for those looking to go. In this episode we discuss the three days at each event, their unique feel, turnout, drivers, and expectation setters to get you ready to handle your first Command Fest as a vendor.
00:43:25 6/19/2022
MtG Cabal Cast
Continuing our conversation from the week prior, we put into context our findings about the DOW and cryptocurrency market and how they stack up to the Reserved List. Based on our findings we also discuss the merits of investing money into these markets and which, if any, we would feel the most comfortable with and why. https://www.macrotrends.net/1358/dow-jones-industrial-average-last-10-years https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/bitcoin/ https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/ethereum/ https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/litecoin/ https://en.cryptonomist.ch/2020/07/23/manipulated-cryptocurrency-crash-march-2020/ https://www.blocknative.com/blog/mempool-forensics https://cryptoholics.com/crypto-news/bitcoin-crash https://www.tradingview.com/chart/BTCUSD/Rd8UA0NQ-Bitcoin-Crash-2021/
00:50:06 6/12/2022
MtG Cabal Cast
It's that time of year! When we look back fondly on the Reserved List as method to park money and let it ride! This time, however, instead of dissecting various parts of the Reserved List to point out trends and things to look out for, we are comparing the last 2+ years of Reserved List prices to DOW and Cryptocurrency markets. Drawing parallels between each to demonstrate how they may, or may not be... related. https://www.macrotrends.net/1358/dow-jones-industrial-average-last-10-years https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/bitcoin/ https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/ethereum/ https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/litecoin/ https://en.cryptonomist.ch/2020/07/23/manipulated-cryptocurrency-crash-march-2020/ https://www.blocknative.com/blog/mempool-forensics https://cryptoholics.com/crypto-news/bitcoin-crash https://www.tradingview.com/chart/BTCUSD/Rd8UA0NQ-Bitcoin-Crash-2021/
00:36:50 6/5/2022
MtG Cabal Cast
This week we cover Modern Horizons 2 and the glut of variants contained within. Retro, showcase, extended border, etched... the gang's all here. Taking a look at some of these variants we breakdown what we're seeing from the set financially and discuss where, based on current numbers, the value in sealed lies. Also the rather stagnant prices. As we've said before, please spend time with two old men yelling at clouds.
00:44:53 5/29/2022
MtG Cabal Cast
Every set now contains its own unique type of card variant and it's about time to discuss this! With the start of the these "in set" variants being the Battle for Zendikar Expeditions, we drew a clear line and, looking forward, picked two type of variants to discuss, some key takeaways about them from all aspects, and then a bit of a financial breakdown for some of the individual cards we liked (or didn't) in that type. As we've said before, please spend time with two old men yelling at clouds.
00:37:42 5/22/2022
MtG Cabal Cast
With the upcoming push for Pioneer at the OP level it seems that there's a fracture in the community at all levels about whether or not Pioneer will overtake Modern at the OP level, becoming the de facto non-rotating format supported by WotC. So we decided to discuss that and then, from a vendor standpoint, having time to adjust to player demand, discuss what supporting Pioneer means. Everything from in-store events to case layouts, we discuss what it means to truly support Pioneer, what the markers were that means our players support it, and how we have responded as a business.
00:55:08 5/15/2022
MtG Cabal Cast
With each set, we look at cards that we think are underrated or overrated during the prerelease period. Taking into account what we've seen from the cards over their three month period we cut through what happened between set releases. Utilizing the notes we took from that episode we reflect on where we went wrong, where we went right, and evaluate why that was the case to help improve our abilities in making correct picks during prerelease.
00:55:33 5/10/2022
MtG Cabal Cast
With the pre-release for Streets of New Capenna in the rear view and release weekend and the accompanying price drops in front of us, we had a sit down with friend of the cast ChiStyleGaming to discuss some cards! From Luxor to Triomes, we discuss card playability, wax about comparisons, and give out thoughts on what an appropriate price is. As an added bonus at the end, instead of picks we cover three cards we feel are overrated and not worth the hype nor the cost and three cards we think are currently underrated and worth discussion. You can find Chicago Style Gaming at their website: https://convictiongaming.com/ Their Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ConvictionGaming And on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChiStyleGaming
00:54:04 5/1/2022

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