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MTG - How To Buy, Sell, and Trade Cards on Magic: The Gathering Online

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Part 1 in this series is here: How To Start Playing On Magic: The Gathering Online https://youtu.be/j4acqXA6iWU Part 2 - A Guide To Building Decks And Gameplay On MTGO: https://youtu.be/mpD6R9VyD9M Watch me play MTGO on my 2nd channel here: Tolarian Public Library: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-O2qxBwYIQ3uuOu8Xz5HQA This video is heavily based on the following article by MTGOTraders: http://www.mtgotraders.com/mtgo-guide/ I would like to thank MTGOTraders for allowing me to use their article as a rough outline for this series, and for being generally awesome people. Is it worth it to play Magic: Online? A Critical Review: https://youtu.be/ieUeqXtSSn0 TCC Shirts! Playmats! - http://www.tolariancommunitycollege.com/ Come hang out and play Magic with me on Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/tolariancommunitycollege Support The Professor - Patreon -https://www.patreon.com/tolariancommunitycollege Twitter: https://twitter.com/TolarianCollege FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/TolarianCommunityCollege Music Courtesy Of: "Vintage Education" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Airport Longue" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "The Machine Thinks" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Sunshine" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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tornadojoe87 (17 days ago)
i got 9 cards for my Slimefoot Commander deck today from free bots :) just bought into mtgo today ;)
Tiago Choairy (2 months ago)
this is a 2016 video. Does it work like this now?
Nani Yates (3 months ago)
Thanks a lot buddy! This helped quite a bit
Jimmy Phat Tits (8 months ago)
Thax bra
Steven Rodriguez (8 months ago)
Thank sooo much
Eva D (1 year ago)
How do I turn my karn scion of urza into tickets
Iban Soto (1 year ago)
Great content
Musicjax (1 year ago)
cool video
Gen Lucero (1 year ago)
Thanks, it's been helpful to me. :)
Zérodaim (1 year ago)
Is there anything I can do to get cards (other than bulk commons) and build a decent deck without having to spend at least $100? I want to re-build my EDH on mtgo, but even if I cut every non-essential card It's still quite expensive. 30 tix just for a scapeshift, 20 more for a maze's end... but the bots won't give more than 0.01 tix even for my foil mythics. I can't just drop a hundred bucks for a shitty version of an already non-competitive deck.
drew w (1 year ago)
Thanks man!!
chris bryant (1 year ago)
If i import a commander deck from lets say tappedout and i dont have the cards in my collection can i still play commander?
richy kaech (1 year ago)
Arthur Kimes (1 year ago)
Wow! The don't-crack-a-pack tip is a big deal. Thanks.
NurvykSix (2 years ago)
This has been a life saver! Thank you
Mark Jeffs (2 years ago)
Thanks for this video. I was starting with magic online and was wondering why a lot of sources were recommending not to open packs and then not saying why. Always informative. Thanks Professor.
Christopher Velasquez (2 years ago)
your an awesome dude Professor, just recently started watching your content, and I'm hooked! great advice for mgto as well, just started playing the online version
Andy Jr (2 years ago)
Thanks for the video, just coming back to MTGO and your information was neatly presented. Much appreciated. P.S. I don't know if this was a ploy to get me to purchase more packs, but I've only opened 2 online packs and obtained Gideon in one and Ob Nixilis in the other 😈 Have a good day and keep making clear precious videos pls! Bye bye
BFinFlavin (2 years ago)
didn't tcg player use to sell online cards?
MTGOTraders (2 years ago)
They never have as far as I'm aware.
Daniel (2 years ago)
Thanks prof! Very helpful!!!
marcuszobnoer (2 years ago)
I wished that Mtgo was more like heartstone in the sense that it was possible to get more cards without having to spent immense amounts of money..
henry bleisch (2 years ago)
sounds like you csn get really good cards even playing online for rlm thats so cool!
henry bleisch (2 years ago)
Thanks for leting me know about free cards...
Michael Summa (2 years ago)
MTGO has the worst interface I've seen in years, and buying cards is an absolute joke. Worst $10 I ever spent.
Cristian Ambaek (2 years ago)
I really wish you would have shown an actual transaction for buying a card on MTGO
William Stanton (2 years ago)
how do I redeem those packs I haven't cracked?
Andy Jr (2 years ago)
You have to put them in your a trade binder and contact either a bot or use a website. It is explained in the video if you watch it to completion
MaleMediaMind (2 years ago)
Thank you so much for the videos you make. It's been very helpful.
Nick Spears (2 years ago)
correct answer, don't. just play xmage or cockatrice......... unless you are playing magic online for the communities (GO PAUPER!)
Jordan Murdock (2 years ago)
Ugh. What a mess to buy cards. I'm sure I can get used to it but this is such a bs way of allowing buying of cards. Also, MTGO needs a massive overhaul. It reeks of the early 2000's or earlier in terms of UI and sound design. Not a pleasant experience using this.
MrKflicks (2 years ago)
Feel free to sell to my bot, VegasBulkBot.
ytkob (2 years ago)
Hey professor, every single bulk buybot gives me the message "I don't see any cards. Please mark all cards tradable and reopen trade." All the other normal buybots see my cards just fine and pick a few to get, but the bulk bots don't, despite me having thousands of cards in my trade binder. What bulk buybot do you recommend?
farid mahnad (2 years ago)
Thank you Professor.
Kitsune Legion (2 years ago)
just had a great trade w/ MTGO traders
HeliconPath (2 years ago)
Such a terrible, terrible system. Blizzard really put them to shame with hearthstone.
Shawn Mahoney (2 years ago)
Love your videos I just recently started playing after watching your videos and I am having a blast!
Condemned D (2 years ago)
This may sound weird, but is it cheaper to finish sets on MTGO, then convert them to real cards via paying cash to the vendors? Or I buying straight up singles better?
Oracle of Kruphix (2 years ago)
Portuguese subtitles now available!
TronDragon (2 years ago)
Cardhoarder.com is really good. and I have found that it's a little cheaper than MTGO by $10-20.
Rob Joe (2 years ago)
I tried to buy mtgo yesterday but it didn't work. Pls help.
Pedro Figueiredo (2 years ago)
+Tolarian Community College Hi Professor, how expensive is MTGO in comparison to paper (percentually)? Also, I love drafting cube (but don't care about rewards). Is it possible to play cube drafts without prizes without paying? Cheers!
MrRancid1988 (2 years ago)
Is anyone creating a pauper league or something similar ? I am very interested in playing more !
Bill Lee (2 years ago)
is Magic Online available on Mac yet?
Adam Fox (2 years ago)
No it is not. I have a Mac. I have to use bootcamp. Just boot into Windows.
N S (2 years ago)
Thanks Prof. I may get into MTGO soon, so this was actually quite helpful. i'm inspired by CSL totry streaming my own content with some friends. :)
Alva Roberts (2 years ago)
I liked MTGO traders, and had some good experiences online with them. Then I thought I would sell them some paper cards so that I could play some drafts. I thought about it a little and decided to just send enough to get a Gideon to finish off my BFZ set and try out the service before sending a few hundred dollars in cards. I sent them $25 worth of unplayed cards, fresh from some packs I won at prerelease. They gave me $15 instead of $25 due to the "condition" of these brand new cards. Then I had to purchase "bot credit" with the money. 1 bot credit cost 95 cents. I thought this was a good deal until I found out that, at the time, tickets cost 1.25 bot credits. All said and done I got $12 in tickets for $25 in paper cards. That is not even counting postage and the trip to the post office. All around a bad experience. I am glad I tried the service out with a smaller amount of cards. I no longer use any of their services.
Foxie Neikun (2 years ago)
I love jammy dodgers. holy shit.
Ben Armstrong (2 years ago)
This is such a great tutorial, I wish when I started playing MTGO, 3-4 years ago, that I had this video series. I came to very much the same conclusions, I even use MTGOTraders Bots lol. Excellent Job !
Cameron Anderson (2 years ago)
please do a deck tech on your conflux deck for community super league it looks like a lot of fun. :) :) :) :)
ben guilfoyle (2 years ago)
I hope to see you online professor, I'm defiantly interested in mtgo
Bryan Sanders (2 years ago)
Hey Professor! Are you going to be reviewing the new Dragon Shield Matte Sleeve colors? (Purple, Clear, and Pink) I'd be interested to know if they are of the same quality as the other matte Dragon Shields.
Gamerzilla2012 (2 years ago)
Eerily similar to the shivers you get when having to do any sort of TF2 (Team Fortress 2) trading!
Iván Giordano (2 years ago)
Can you please please please made a Blue-Black Deck Destruction Commander Deck??? (Deckeo in my contry) Pleaaaaase xD!! And Thanks for all your videos!! AWESOME!
The Helmsman (2 years ago)
so is set redemption a cheaper way to get a complete set if you're just looking to collect?
Stupid Maneuver (2 years ago)
5:01 Creepy Professor
Wiseley T (2 years ago)
I feel like I know the answer to this but are you gonna do a booster box game for EMA?
Ron Cosgrove (2 years ago)
I fear that Wizards of the coast/ Hasbro will phase out Mtgo eventually, with the closing of the Mtgo forums and the increased promotion of Duels of the planswalkers, instead of fixing it. I haven't touched Mtgo since they killed the game with version 3.0 through current. Version 2 was better then hearthstone is now, beautiful foils and a great interface with animated avatars that you could sit at a table with others in a room. It felt like Magic the gathering MMO. It's all gone now :(
xylophone (3 months ago)
Well it's still here
Erick Solorio (2 years ago)
Hey man I met you at GP LA it was awesome thanks for taking the time to talk to all your fans!
Steve Hanrahan (2 years ago)
I recall you were against MTGO before. I am not going to invest hundreds of dollars into something that I don't actually own and if the servers went down everything you rented is gone. it should be like Pokémon if you buy a pack in paper you get the cards online. Until it is done that way or it becomes free to play I'll just play Hearthstone. As long as people are stupid enough to spend this kind of money for an outdated software to rent cards wizards won't change their policies.
autdelux (2 years ago)
it is +1
mongomon78 (2 years ago)
I must say though, if you're willing to have JAVA on your PC then Xmage is the far better choice.
mongomon78 (2 years ago)
He has mentioned that MTGO is not worth it, unless you have no choice. He uses MTGO as a means to stream his game play.
Planeswalker Project (2 years ago)
I'm gonna work on improving my MTGO setup with this series of yours. :)
iamkrazy1 (2 years ago)
one website I'd recommend is mtgowikiprice. you search for a card and it tells you where it's being bought/ sold and for how much
RobotDCLXVI (2 years ago)
is Khans of Tarkir still up for redemption? I nearly had a full set but I can't be arsed to reinstall mtgo. That program is fuckign horrible.
Andrew Dongon (2 years ago)
Thank you so much for putting this together. Definitely helps navigate the labyrinth of card transactions online.
Glacies Frost (2 years ago)
It is thanks to you, Professor, that I started MtGO. Sadly, I have no local game store, and the people I regularly play with don't vary their decks very often. MtGO is allowing me to play against people and deck builds I'd never have the chance to see otherwise. Thank you for finally convincing me to get in on it. I'm very happy with my decision and even more happy with the Esper Alara Block deck I built using cards I bought on MtGOtraders. Thank you once again.
Logan Israel (2 years ago)
Hey professor, this doesn't really fit the topic of the video, but I've been looking around online and I can't seem to find a website that does custom art for cards? Do you know of a website that does?
That Guy In The Vest (2 years ago)
Just use unap.in
Charles Cuomo (2 years ago)
I personally prefer xmage while it does require updates it is free to join and you arent require to buy or trade cards because they are all free.
Dominik Schwindt (2 years ago)
Thanks for also covering the world of MTGO, professor! Greatly appreciated! Especially the trading segment of it - I guess I have never seen anything as unintuitive as this. Having played two matches in the beginners area against two decks that were afar from beginning (throwing paralyzing combos at me and playing cards no beginner could have a hold on to) the overall MTGO-experience I got so far is still dissapointing. Unfortunately I have too little time to attend LGS regularly, which directs me more towards MTGO. I wish they would put a solid portion of Duels into MTGO...
Stefan Parcalabescu (2 years ago)
how do i buy new cards, or tickets, can i use real money?
Raziel Taung (2 years ago)
you "buy" cards with tickets... you buy tickets with real money (either through mtgo itself at $1/ticket or third party slightly cheaper)
Damain XI (2 years ago)
I am surprised you did not mention http://www.mtggoldfish.com/ This website really helps out to get a price guide for MTGO singles. I also find it helpful to add bots to your friends list that you regularly trade with, especially buy bots than that way you can cycle between buy bots quickly to get the best rate for your cards you are trying to sell.
avery hola (2 years ago)
Pro tip When you download cockatrice or xmage you magically get all the cards in the game for free
Rob Joe (2 years ago)
U srs
Ricco S (2 years ago)
What's the advantage to redeeming the cards if you lose your digital copy?
Rash (2 years ago)
mtgo is atrocious :/
Burito Man (2 years ago)
You should upload a video on playing Magic. Like a casual game with narration explaining reasoning so we can all become better players and not just educated stuff buyers.
Damain XI (2 years ago)
There definitely is a lot on this topic, the comprehensive rules is about the size of a college text book, and that doesn't cover tournament rules like the REL or common cheating behaviors.
siegfried greding (2 years ago)
can you make a step by step on how to buy cards on mtgo traders because i still cant figure it out .
Azninja (2 years ago)
why do they refuse to redo the entire mtgo system? my friends tell me its why i shouldnt play mtgo
iamkrazy1 (2 years ago)
+iamkrazy1 wtf autocorrect. it's not as bad as people say
iamkrazy1 (2 years ago)
imo it's m as he as people say. It isn't great, but it's not THAT bad
Quinten Crook (2 years ago)
Because Wizards doesn't want to shut it all down for X amount of time, losing that much money, and hope that it will continue to make a profit. Paper is better than mtgo, but mtgo is better than nothing.
John Howard (2 years ago)
I'm afraid to invest into an MTGO modern deck because I'm always fearful that the game or the program will cease to be one day. With paper, I'll have my cards no matter what happens to Wizards. I want to play MTGO because the idea of getting in games whenever I want sounds amazing.
Gnome (2 years ago)
Pedro Dorileo (2 years ago)
Mtgo sucks
SpyridonTheWonderWkr (2 years ago)
I want to play on mtgo for more practice.... but everything about it is so damned awful.
SpyridonTheWonderWkr (2 years ago)
I have seen those but I am on the fence about it. I have tried cockatrice.
Anthony Ferguson (2 years ago)
I've been toying with the idea of starting a M:tGO account for a little bit, and three points you made here were of high interest to me.... The redeeming a digital set for paper, which probably won't work out for me, but the possibility helps... The tip about not cracking packs, which I WOULD have absolutely done otherwise.... And, finally, the Flashback Drafts. I hadn't heard of those before and that sounds worth it to some degree. Anyway, thanks for the video, Prof. Informative as always. Keep up the good work.
Dimitri Kopansky (2 years ago)
Do you know of any websites with a list of keyboard shortcuts for mtgo?
jasondcramer (2 years ago)
Free bots are sometimes good to find cards for pauper decks
Brandly Tokx (2 years ago)
this dude is so awesome love watching his stuff
Nemitri (2 years ago)
MTGO should take notes from heartstone, sometimes less is more, if there's one thing I hate about MTGO is the UI MESS!
Solitice (2 years ago)
I've gotta admit Prof, not a fan of all these MTGO videos... Please come back to paper!
Michael Wilson (2 years ago)
Very informative video. Awesome!
bartholomewfargo (2 years ago)
I'm not nearly competitive enough to succeed at my LGS, so I tend to prefer MTGO so that when I make one of my inevitable disastrous punts they don't know who I am. :(
Nick Callis (2 years ago)
Mtggoldfish.com is a good site to view and track MtGO card prices as well as order them from either Cardhoarders or MtGOTraders bots. I personally use Cardhoarders, as they allow me to "optimize" my shopping cart by replacing cards in my cart with the cheapest versions. Also keep in mind that foil cards are typically a bit cheaper that regular copies on MtGO, due to how ugly the client represents the foil.
Levente Doleviczényi (2 years ago)
Step 1: dont
chad (2 years ago)
like the good professor says, if that's all you got and are willing to put your hard earned money into it, with no return monetary wise, then go for it. I just hate seeing people get nothing back for something they work really hard for. entertainment has a value I guess, I just never understood it when it comes to MTGO
Skyarrowable (2 years ago)
I don't find MTGO as appealing as paper MTG due to my play-style. Constant combos would require me literally repeating the steps over and over, which is quite irritating. On paper, you can just shortcut those. But you, Professor, have proven via streams that decks without multiple repetitive combos can be quite fun, such as Sisters and Bogles.
Brian Wise (2 years ago)
with eternal masters hitting shelves tomorrow, will we be getting a booster box game of it, even if its not the typical one where you go into multiple boxes due to limitations on price for a box and availability?
avery hola (2 years ago)
+Nikmid Clayton mine was doing it for 60 and u get another ema pack for every win with 5 rounds
Nikmid Clayton (2 years ago)
I'm doing a 6 pack sealed event at my LGS Sunday of EMA.  $75 entry fee.  That is probably going to be the extent on my EMA experience.  Hopefully hit the lottery and build a sweet deck.
Brian Wise (2 years ago)
+Tolarian Community College sorry to hear that. im sure if you looked around you might get ahold of one at msrp. i got lucky, my lgs allowed me to preorder mine far enough in advance that the price didnt go up on my two boxes.
We'll see. So far...I still can't get my hands on a box.
Albino Brown (2 years ago)
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Thomas Scott (2 years ago)
Your bow tie is awesome!
Nick Spears (2 years ago)
aha! I understood this reference. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey
KappaRoss (2 years ago)
Professor = the Doctor confirmed. deilluminati deilluminati deilluminati
Bow ties are cool.
chad (2 years ago)
as a paper collector since UNLIMITED, i highly do not support mtgo when it comes to spending money on "cyber cards". if you want to play the game go to your LGS and buy cards you can invest in and sale later. I know, i know....but if you collect the entire set WOTC will send them to you....yea yea yea....but you spent a ton of money for too little. BUY PAPER ONLY It is ok to play MTGO when your schedule does not support going to your LGS, but do not invest your hard earned money in "cyber cards"
Azninja (2 years ago)
a friend of mine said he bought cards and played his friends on base
jasondcramer (2 years ago)
I got into MTGO when overseas with the military - no LGS in certain areas of the world
JJ Harry (2 years ago)
Especially when Cockatrice is a thing.
Sammos441 (2 years ago)
I can understand your perspective, but as someone that can't make t to draft nights regularly because of work, mtgo is great for me, I just use my any packs that I win to reduce cost of drafting and sell any chase cards that I pull pretty much costs me nothing to draft, some months i lose money some months I make more then I spent so it all balances out in the end
Rui Neves (2 years ago)
I dont have a lgs near me so if i follow your logic i cant play magic
Oracle of Kruphix (2 years ago)
Will wait for closed-captioning in English before I add the Portuguese translation. Kind of a nightmare to organize, otherwise <.<
Cavetrolling (2 years ago)
dont do it... mtgo suck
Jamie Baker (2 years ago)
Haha whooo
Leo Raveling (2 years ago)
Icey. (2 years ago)
Under 10 views club! XD

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