My ‘Wonder Women moment’ in Magic

Last weekend, Jessica Estephen was the first woman to ever win a Magic Grand Prix. Team LilianaMarket vice-captain Ceri Taylor celebrates Jessica’s and others’ successes and reflects on why watching people you can identify with do well can inspire you to try harder to be successful yourself.


Coming out of the cinema, I looked at my friend’s 21-year old daughter and realised that I wasn’t the only one feeling emotional… Neither of us are particular fans of action movies; so what was it about Wonder Woman (dir. Patty Jenkins, 2017) that had caused us to well up? Apparently, we weren’t the only ones!

Warrior token by MtG artist, R.K. Post

When it comes to action movies it’s not often the case that the central character is a woman, and that their body is not there to be looked at, but there to fight. Watching Wonder Women made us realise that we’d been missing out on seeing characters we could feel some gendered familiarity with in those kinds of roles. Our emotional reaction to the movie was a visceral response to its total normalisation of women’s strength and ability, tinged with sadness that this felt like a novel viewing experience.

The Geena Davis Institute, which conducts research around the issue of female representation in the media has the motto, “If she can see it, she can be it”. So, do I want to be Wonder Woman? No… But I would rather like to be a successful competitive Magic player. And these last two weekends have certainly delivered the feminine inspiration needed!

At GP Seattle, Miranda Keith top 8’d the Legacy GP, having gone 13-2 in the swiss. Meanwhile, Kendra Smith (better known for playing Pauper) X-0’d day 1 of the Seattle Standard GP. The same weekend I got to watch fellow UK player Chloé Beadell beat SCG Pro Todd Stevens on camera over at SCG Open Milwaukee. By the end of the weekend I was feeling happy and inspired by their successes.

Screengrab from the SCG Milwaukee Open, 2018

But this weekend topped even that! I woke up on Sunday morning to see that Jessica Estephen and her teammates Ryan Lewis-Johns and Lachlan Saunders had won the Unified Modern GP in Sydney. The first woman to ever win a GP! Later in the day I saw that Jadine Klomparens had come 16th in the Modern GP in Hartford. Then, I woke up on Monday morning to find out that UK player Autumn Burchett had won the sealed MOCS open!

@jesstephan on Twitter

Jessica isn’t the first women to do well in Magic; shortly after I first started playing Magic I became aware of the successes of Melissa DeTora and Jackie Lee. However, it feels like women have become increasingly visible at competitive Magic events. Event coverage has been part of this, increasingly showing women on stream, and using commentators like Maria Bartholdi. But it’s also because women are doing better at competitive events. According to data collected by Play it Forward in 2017, the percentage of women or non-binary players in day two of US GPs increased over the year in every format except Modern.

Play it Forward is an initiative established in the USA to,

“…promote and cultivate women playing Magic: the Gathering at a competitive level by raising awareness of, and providing aid to, the hundreds of pro-candidate women already out there. Also by motivating additional women to join their ranks.”

It’s important to note that Play it Forward is not affiliated to Wizards, it’s a voluntary activity established by, and for, women and non-binary players. What they do, alongside collect data, is publicise successes by granting donated prizes to the highest placed woman or non-binary player at selected GPs. The prizes started with a playmat, but as the initiative has become more well-known they have become more impressive, including mentorships from high-level pros. Initiatives like this, and particularly the greater publicity given to women who are doing well, has been really important to me as a source of inspiration and encouragement.  

Why does all this matter to me?

The reason it matters to me is not just because of the pleasure of seeing people I can identify with do well. The increasing visibility of women in competitive magic also has important potential effects on my ability to do well at tournaments. The reason for this is that tournament performance is not simply based on play-skill. For women* attending competitive Magic tournaments the concept of ‘stereotype threat’ is a real issue.

So, what is ‘stereotype threat’? Various studies (e.g. those reported on here, here and here) have shown that when people are in a minority that is stereotypically assumed to be worse at a particular thing (e.g. doing maths or being competitive), that assumption has a negative effect on their performance. The effect is increased when they are reminded (even in subtle ways) of their minority status immediately prior to the test/tournament etc. A reminder of their minority status may simply be realising that they are a numerical minority in the room, or may be more evident, such as overhearing comments that remind them their involvement is novel to the others present. It doesn’t have to be an overtly sexist comment, although of course being on the receiving end of that will likely have an even more negative effect.

Another factor is overall numbers. The tiny number of women playing competitive Magic means that whatever their play skill they’re very unlikely to top eight a large event. I mentioned above that the number of women day two-ing US GPs in 2017 increased, but we’re still only talking about an increase from just over 1% to approximately 2.5% for Limited, and about 0.75% to 1.5% for Standard (data from Play it Forward). Numbers are important, as Play it Forward organiser Simone Aiken explains:

“Right now competitive women are 0.5% of competitors in a typical GP. So for every 100 matches 99 will be won by a man and the last match might be won by a woman. In a game where even world champions only have a 67% win rate this kind of numeric disparity virtually guarantees that the top 8 will be men. You can run simulations where women have an 80% chance to win a match against a man but with 2000 players and 10 competitive women the top 8 is still frequently all male… It isn’t changing the skill dial that gets women in top8. It’s changing the headcount.”

Consequently, Simone interprets the increase in the percentage of women day two-ing in 2017 to a roughly equivalent increase in the overall number of women attending GPs over the same time period.

There are also practical reasons why more women in competitive Magic makes it easier for us to attend and enjoy events. Simple things like having people to share hotel rooms with can cut costs. Also, as Chantelle Campbell explains, attending events with other women players, even if part of a mixed group, makes it much easier to picture yourself as ‘a Magic player’ first and foremost, rather than the odd one out, which leads to a much more positive experience overall. As part of Team LilianaMarket, I get to work with a great group of people; but however great the guys are, having Harriet on the team with me is an integral part of it being a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

The last two weekends have been truly inspirational, and watching Miranda’s, Kendra’s, Chloé’s, Jessica’s, Jadine’s and Autumn’s success has really spurred me on to keep working on Magic, and one day join them in the top-end standings. I’ve seen it, now I want to be it!


*And likely other minorities too, but I don’t have the personal experience to comment on that.


You can find out how this new found inspiration helps Ceri, Harriet, and the rest of the team by following their progress on twitter @TeamLiliMarket, and of course we’ll keep you posted on our own TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

How did Team LilianaMarket come about?

team lilianamarket

This weekend a new Magic team was launched; and as part of our mission to support the MTG community, we’re their proud sponsors. Introducing the captain and vice-captain of Team LilianaMarket, Ross Broxup and Ceri Taylor, to tell you more about the team, their approach and ethos.

The team as a whole are really excited to announce our new partnership with LilianaMarket.co.uk. LilianaMarket is a new marketplace platform specifically aimed at the UK Magic community. As a new and ambitious UK team we realised that there could be potential parallels between us and them, so we sent an optimistic email…

Gio replied almost immediately saying they liked our email and our “entrepreneurial approach,” and were really enthusiastic about the idea. Over Skype and email we quickly realised we had a lot of shared values, and started trading ideas and laying the foundations for Team LilianaMarket.

You can read all about our nine team members, their favourite formats and personal aims here, but we wanted to use this opportunity to talk a bit more about our approach and plans for the team as a whole.

As a team we believe that supporting each other and focussing on continuous development is the best way to improve and achieve consistent results at a high level. Of course, we care about results but we try and focus on the process rather than just the outcome. We’re ambitious and competitive, but hopefully not at the expense of enjoying Magic and all the great community aspects that come with it.

Speaking of community, we’ve been inspired by the way the UK Magic community is continuing to grow and improve. It’s great to see a growing number of competitive teams. Of course, like others, we’ve looked to Team Axion Now for guidance, and we appreciate the help of Axion team members regarding some of the practicalities of team administration – that has been really useful.  Some of us have also previously been involved in local teams such as the Eastbourne-based Mana Gaming team, which have been key to our development as players. Internationally, Facebook groups such as MTG ProTutor and the amusingly-named ‘Ladies on the Grind’ have also been really important mechanisms for support.

We’re really looking forward to becoming a more visible part of the UK Magic community!

We’ll be officially launching Team LilianaMarket at GP Birmingham 2018, so you’ll be able to meet us there – you won’t be able to miss us in our stand-out green!  We’ve got team members in both the legacy and standard main events, so feel free to come and say hello.

Ross Broxup and Ceri Taylor

If you want to follow the exploits of the team, we’ll keep you posted on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Dominaria Spoilers – Sphinx, Bird, Pegasus, Phoenix and more! (April 10th)

To start this week off we got a chunk of 22 new Dominaria cards revealed, as we come to the conclusion of spoiler season. We already know all of the mythic cards in the set, so let’s tackle this batch by rarity, which is made up of 2 rares, 12 uncommons and 8 commons

Here we have Mishra’s Self-Replicator with an effect that screams ‘break me please!’, but at 5 CMC will it be possible? Also our second rare – Blackblade Reforged which with the semi-recent Planeswalker errata means that this beauty can be equipped to Gideon while he’s in creature mode for just 3 generic mana… flavour win!

Continuing into the uncommons we have a couple of artifacts with Urza’s Tome that has a sweet loot effect and Jhoira’s Familiar to make   ̶o̶w̶l̶  all your Artifacts, legendaries and Sagas cheaper (yup – that means planeswalkers too)

Garna, the Bloodflame is an interesting Black/Red creature which could see some janky self-milling or cycling combo to gain card advantage.

Warcry Phoenix definitely rekindles my love for red decks, but at 4 mana as a 2/2 hasty flyer it may only see play in limited formats.

On Serra’s Wings comes in as a white aura looking to give one of your creatures +1/+1, flying, vigilance and lifelink. Perfect for building your very own B/G flying and vigilance creature, just as MaRo intended 🙂

And finally the commons, which finish off today’s spoilers to give us a menagerie of various creature types – not limited to but including Sphinx, Pegasus and Bird Soldier! My favourite of the lot is definitely Baloth Gorger, which I’ll definitely be looking to slam a couple of at the pre-release given the chance.

Lots of sweet new cards to look at here so what do you think? I’m really looking forward to see how the format handles the Historic mechanic and what creative interactions spring up.

 

Dominaria Spoilers – Evra, Halcyon Witness, Dread Shade, Arcane Flight (April 7th/8th)

Dominaria spoiler season is in full swing, and this weekend we got a couple of interesting new cards spoiled:

Previously leaked but back with some sweet art is Evra, Halcyon Witness.  The fact that Evra has the life swapping ability and also lifelink makes this card very interesting, will it see play outside of commander?

We’ve seen Dominaria’s GGG and RRR cards with Steel Leaf Champion and Goblin Chainwhirler – and here comes Dread Shade costing BBB! It’s a 3/3 with a repeatable pump ability for 1 black mana that doesn’t die to Doom Blade. A simple no frills rare card and a nice mana sink for your Mono Black deck.

Arcane Flight, a 1 mana aura printed at common (the art however is mythic) which is bound to be the bane of players at pre-releases everywhere. In constructed it may also find a home in the W/U Auras deck (bogles!) which has been skirting the fringes of the standard metagame for a few months now.

That’s all for this weekend folks! What are your thoughts on Dominaria so far?

Introducing LilianaMarket bulk upload for MTG singles

Exciting news: a new bulk upload feature by set is now live on LilianaMarket. You can select a set, pick the cards that you’d like to list from that set and upload all of them in one go. Easy. You can find this option under ‘My collection’ > ‘Bulk sell per set’.

We think this can be quite helpful when you’re listing many cards from the same set, once you’ve sorted them alphabetically. We’ll be soon adding additional options to filter by colour or card rarity, and to select or unselect all cards in a set.

At LilianaMarket we want to make selling magic cards as easy as possible for the UK community, and we’re committed to continuously improving the platform. This new feature is the result of your feedback, as a few of you suggested that having a way of listing multiple cards at the same time could save some time. If you have any ideas on how to improve the website, please send us an email to support@lilianamarket.co.uk.

10 top tips to sell Magic: The Gathering cards online

In this blog post I’d like to offer my personal advice on how to sell magic cards online using LilianaMarket.

1. Sort your cards for sale. First, you need to sort your collection, so you can easily 1/ list your cards on LilianaMarket and 2/ easily find the relevant cards once you’ve sold them. I gave up on using trading folders and I simply store them in boxes. Normally I sleeve the most valuable cards, just in case. Then I’ve got them ordered by set and, within each set, by colour. That helps me group all copies of each card. You could also sort them alphabetically within each colour and set, but I don’t think that makes a huge difference (unless your MTG collection and the number of cards you have per set is ridiculously huge). Once that’s done, listing the cards on LilianaMarket is fairly quick.

2. Commons and uncommons are still important. I recommend listing as many cards as you can. The more cards you list, the easier is to sell them, for one reason: when we buy MTG cards, often it’s because we’re building a new deck. And guess what, the vast majority of decks not only have mythics and rare cards, but many uncommons and commons. So as a buyer I’d prefer to buy MTG cards from you than from other sellers when I can complete a higher percentage of my new deck buying just from you.

3. If you’re a new seller, offer good prices to start getting reviews. If you have no reviews, selling might prove more difficult at the beginning, as you’ll have no track record on the platform. Listing good cards at good value will help you get those first sales and reviews, so you can be seen as a trusted seller by the community. Always leave a review to your buyers and ask them to rate you back.

4. Pay attention to the card condition. We’ve put together a card condition guide for this matter. In doubt, please be conservative (that is, if you hesitate whether a card should be listed as lightly played or moderately played, do so as moderately played). Sometimes you’d put your cards straight from a pack into your trading folder or storage boxes, other times you might have played with them occasionally or quite a lot. Again, we all like to buy near mint cards, but are also very happy to buy cards that have been used, paying a bit less for those.

5. Keep your collection up to date on the website. If you’ve traded a card that you had listed on LilianaMarket off the system, please do update your online collection. By doing so, you can avoid any potential upset customers and bad reviews. The same if the card condition of any of them has changed (for instance, you listed them as near mint cards, but then you’ve played with them and their condition have deteriorated).

6. Find proper packaging materials. Packaging wise, you can check out top tips to make sure that the cards suffer no damage while handled by Royal Mail. I know some of our sellers use this kind of hard board envelopes, which are actually great to protect the cards.

7. Ship the cards quickly. The great part of buying from UK sellers is getting the cards incredibly fast in time for FNM, so posting the cards as soon as possible will help you keep your buyers happy and get positive ratings. Likewise, communicating with them via messaging to keep them informed is a very good practise. Confirm that you’ve shipped the cards on the website, and enter the tracking code if it was a Signed For order.

8. Promote your LilianaMarket profile on your website or social media accounts. You might find that a friend or a friend of a friend is interested in buying some of your cards. Now that you have your MTG cards available online for sale, you want to let your contacts know to maximise your chances of selling them.

9. Request a pay-out or keep the funds to buy other cards. Once you’ve received the funds for your sale, you might want to request a pay-out of your LilianaMarket credits, our you might want to spend them in buying other cards that you need – I tend to do the latter, as this way I can keep my magic the gathering expenses in budget and buy the cards I want).

10. Keep an eye on prices and list more cards regularly. As we all know, MTG cards might increase significantly in value overnight. In that case, you may want to edit the price for those cards accordingly, to avoid selling too cheap or too expensive. Also, we recommend adding more cards to the system pretty much as soon as you get them. We’re working on new sections and user rankings to give more visibility to those sellers and collections with recent content.

If you have any questions about how to sell your magic cards online, please send us an email to support@lilianamarket.co.uk. We 100% believe that LilianaMarket provides a smarter way of selling and buying magic the gathering cards in the UK, making value out of your collection, and would love to hear your feedback.

FNM adventures 19/01/2018: Abzan Tokens (4-0)

The first FNM of a new magic set is always a slightly awkward one, as you patiently wait for your shiny new cards to arrive in the post. That’s why this week, I decided to re-visit a deck which has been popping in and out of the meta for the last 4 months – Abzan tokens!

Having opened 2 Profane Procession (arguably the most annoying Rivals of Ixalan cards to face in a sealed format) at the pre-release, I jammed them straight into a (mostly) stock Abzan Tokens list to see what would happen. For science!

The deck list was as follows:

Creatures (4)
4 Anointer Priest

Planeswalkers (3)
3 Vraska, Relic Seeker

Spells (8)
4 Fatal Push
1 Settle the Wreckage
3 Fumigate

Artifacts (5)
3 Renegade Map
2 Treasure Map

Enchantments (18)
4 Legion's Landing
4 Hidden Stockpile
2 Profane Procession
4 Anointed Procession
4 Ixalan's Binding

Lands (22)
4 Concealed Courtyard
4 Evolving Wilds
1 Forest
6 Plains
2 Shefet Dunes
5 Swamp

Sideboard (15)
2 Authority of the Consuls
3 Duress
1 Crook of Condemnation
3 Lost Legacy
2 Sunscourge Champion
1 Settle the Wreckage
3 Crested Sunmare

Round 1: Temur Energy (2-0)

This was my first experience of Temur energy post-ban and while I was mostly sure what to expect, I was sure there would be a few surprises. Going into this match-up and having played Abzan Tokens before, my only goal was not to die to a Glorybringer, so I made sure to keep tools available to deal with those when they inevitably arrived. Game 1 was very close, but eventually I managed to stabilise and win the game, but not before my Anointer Priests were slowly sniped off from the skies by a couple of exerting Glorybringers. Game 2 I side-boarded in all 3 Crested Sunmare, mostly for fun because I love that card. Combined with an extremely well timed Settle the Wreckage that took down an ultimated Nissa, Steward of Elements and 3 other creatures in one fell swoop, I stole the game. Horses yay!

Round 2: Jund Energy (2-1)

Blooming Marsh came down turn 1, and I knew instantly I was in for some snake shenanigans. This matchup I faced a playset of the Rogue Refiner substitute, Jadelight Ranger, which in this instance turned out to be slightly underwhelming. The first one saw 2 lands come to my opponents hand which he was slightly disappointed with, while the second one let me know about a Vraska’s Contempt going to his hand, which turns out is pretty darn useful information when you have a Vraska, Relic Seeker in hand. I took over pretty quickly in game 1. Game 2 my opponent absolutely destroyed me with the classic Snake/Walking Ballista combo. Game 3 I drew very well, and a series of Ixalan’s Binding one after another locked my opponent out of most of his key cards.

Round 3: Temur Energy (2-0)

Game 1 was very hard work, however I managed to answer all of my opponents key threats thanks to a steady stream of sacrificial servos and the Profane Procession I slammed on turn 3. Having played with the enchantment quite a bit now, it can be quite slow, but if you’re able to stabilise past turn 6 or 7, you very quickly start taking over the game. I will say that looking back it’s almost certainly a sideboard card, however once on the battlefield it puts your opponent in a very awkward position, where they are scared to play their key threats knowing they will be exiled straight away at instant speed. My opponent after the games described their reformed Temur Energy deck as a ‘Glorybringer delivery machine’, however I managed to take game 1 fairly decisively. Game 2 my opponent mulliganed down to 5 and kept a 1-lander – we’ve all been there, but it didn’t end well for them.

Round 4: Red-Black Control (1-0)

These might have been the most absurd games of magic I’ve ever played. My opponent had brewed a very janky Red-Black control deck, featuring The Scorpion God and a flipped Azor’s Gateway/Torment of Hailfire as the two main win conditions. Game 1 took a while, but I managed to quickly shutdown his combo with Ixalan’s Binding on both a Scorpion God and his turn 2 Azor’s Gateway. Game 2 we both side-boarded in 3 copies of Lost Legacy for good measure and both managed to resolve all 3 of them… leaving us in a fairly awkward spot where all of our win conditions were exiled. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to have 4 x Anointed Procession in play and only have 1 token producing card left in your deck… however it did feel great to eventually drop a single Legion’s Landing and create 16 Vampire tokens. Game 2 went to time, but not before my opponent ended on 114 life points and used Mastermind’s Acquisition to grab a card from ‘outside the game’ (i.e. his Scorpion God I exiled). A totally bizzare but fun match.

This was my first ever 4-0 at FNM which feels pretty great, but more than anything I’m just exited to continue brewing decks now that we have a brand new set full of crazy cards and a meta which has been blown wide open by the latest banned and restricted announcement. This deck has been a lot of fun to play, but next time I’ll definitely try something new and spicy… maybe a playset of Golden Guardians to spice things up and create an army of golem tokens.

Until next time!

Hour of Devastation box opening

Now it was the turn for Hour of Devastation, a ‘low value’ set, in theory. However, I think I got very lucky, mainly because I opened a Scarab God, YES! Then I got a bunch of decent mythics and rares. Here is the list of all the cards worth over £0.5.

Mythics & rares:

1x The Scarab God £32

1x Crested Sunmare £3.5

1x Bontu’s Last Reckoning £3

1x Razaketh, the Foulblooded £3

1x The Scorpion God £2.5

1x Torment of Hailfire £2.2

1x Ramunap Excavator £2

1x Earthshaker Khenra £2

1x Solemnity £1.7

1x Hour of Devastation £1.4

1x Fraying Sanity £1.3

1x Scavenger Grounds £1.3

1x God-Pharaoh’s Gift £1.2

1x Hour of Promise £1.2

1x Overwhelming Splendor £1.2

2x Ammit Eternal £0.8

1x Adorned Pouncer £0.8

1x Nimble Obstructionist £0.7

1x Hour of Revelation £0.55

1x Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign £0.5

 

Uncommons

2x Abrade £1.5

1x Supreme Will £0.9

1x Ramunap Ruins £0.55

 

Total value of cards over £0.5 = £68.1

FNM adventures 15/12/2017: Blue-green Electrostatic Pummeler (4-0)

I used to play Magic 20 years ago, when I was a kid. Now I’m back. Things have changed… a lot. On these blogs I share my FNM adventures and learnings playing Standard. Stay tuned!

I thought that I’d end the year playing something very similar to what I started playing at the beginning of the year: the Electrostatic Pummeler deck. It’s fun to play and it wins. Using blue instead of red means that you can make your creatures fly, thanks to Cartouche of Knowledge, and that you don’t lose intensity that easily, as Cartouche and Rogue Refiner allow you to keep drawing cards. It felt really good, even though I wasn’t playing control this time 😊

The deck list was the following:

Main

Creatures
2x Greenbelt Rampager
4x Longtusk Cub
4x Servant of the Conduit
4x Electrostatic Pummeler
4x Rogue Refiner
1x Rhonas the Indomitable
4x Bristling Hydra

Spells
4x Attune with Aether
4x Blossoming Defense
1x Dive Down
4x Larger Than Life
4x Cartouche of Knowledge

Lands
4x Hashep Oasis
4x Aether Hub
4x Botanical Sanctum
2x Island
6x Forest

Side board

2x Spell Pierce
4x Negate
3x Unsummon
2x Censor
3x Essence Scatter
1x Confiscation Coup

 

Round 1: mono red (2-1)

It was incredibly close. He destroyed me in game one, but I managed to come back. Rampaging Ferocidon and Harsh Mentor were pretty dangerous after sideboards, as he was dealing damage to me ‘for free’. Every single life point counted. Game 2 was decided by a 20/20 Pummeler – so brutal. In the third game, he attacked with everything and got me down to 3. I said: «I’m so dead, right?». Miraculously, I lived another turn, and that was all I needed. I attacked in the air with Rhonas the Indomitable and Greenbelt Rampager, bumping Rhonas with Larger Than Life. 16 damage and victory. Before damage though, he still shocked me and got me down to 1… What a game!

 

Round 2: white-blue cycling (2-0)

This was a good match up. I thought he would have plenty of counter magic ready, but I managed to resolve all the key threats, including an Electrostatic Pummeler that became a 40/40 with trample. The most important thing was playing around Fumigate and Settle the Wreckage, keeping high pressure on my opponent but saving some bullets.

 

Round 3: Mono red dinosaurs (2-0)

I won both games exactly the same way: Pummeler + Larger Than Life + lots of energy. My opponent focused on dealing as much direct damage to me as he could, instead of taking care of my creatures. Anyhow the likes of Charging Monstrosaur, Rampaging Ferocidon and Otepec Huntmaster were pretty scary…

 

Round 4: Sultai energy (2-1)

This was hard work, and we actually drew, but he gently conceded when we run out of time (I own him now!). I won the first game, and he won the second one, but both were fairly close and long. Just to give you an idea, at some point he blocked a 28/28 Electrostatic Pummeler with a 21/21 Longtusk Cub – he accumulated tons of energy with 2 Winding Constrictor. It was insane.

 

More FNM soon and Merry Christmas to everyone!

Amonkhet box opening

I’ve kept cracking booster boxes. It feels good, what can I say. It was time for Amonkhet, one of my favourite sets for Standard, in the sense that it’s well balanced and not overpowered.

I’ve listed the cards worth more than £0.5, a total of 21. This was a low value box. I needed to open the likes of Hazoret the Fervent or Gideon of the Trials to get proper value! Instead I got some nice cycling lands, Anointed Procession and Nissa, Steward of Elements, which are also very welcome. I also got 10 full art basic lands, which are great to have.

Rare cards

1 Anointed Procession £7.5

1 Fetid Pools £7

1 Nissa, Steward of the Elements £6

1 Irrigated Farmland £3.8

1 Vizier of the Menagerie £2.5

1 Angel of Sanctions £2

1 Sweltering Suns £2

1 Scattered Groves £1.75

1 Bontu the Glorified £1.6

1 Dusk / Dawn £1

1 Pull from Tomorrow £0.90

1 Dread Wanderer £0.85

1 Liliana’s Mastery £0.80

2 Channeler Initiate £0.75

1 Plague Belcher £0.60

1 Cruel Reality £0.55

1 Aven Mindcensor £0.5

1 Cut / Ribbons £0.50

Uncommons

1 Censor £1.20

1 Cast Out £0.95

1 Lord of the Accursed £0.6

Total value of ‘top cards’: £43.35

 

Do you think this box was as bad as I think it was?!