Insider: Expected Value of an EMA Box

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Should I buy a box?

This is one of the first questions most players ask themselves when a new set comes out. Many buy boxes to draft with friends or for the sake of opening boosters---and that's totally fine!

But what about those of us evaluating the purchase from a financial perspective? The common wisdom here on QS is that a box should be bought, opened and all cards sold within the first days after the release, otherwise you'll start losing your money.

But Eternal Masters is something totally new. While we have the previous experience of Modern Masters and Modern Masters 2015, this time the reprints center around a format with a narrower playerbase. How will the market react?

In the future I plan to release one of these infographics for each set release, breaking down the expected value contained within. Hopefully you'll find them as useful as I do, so keep an eye out for the next one on Eldritch Moon!



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Diego Fumagalli

I have played Magic since Revised edition, a hobby that has followed me my entire life. I recently started creating infographics and using data visualization--a great game deserves a great communication tool!

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Posted in Eternal Masters, Finance, Free Insider, Infographic, Visualizing Magic

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6 thoughts on “Insider: Expected Value of an EMA Box

  1. Are these 15 card boosters with a land, as standard sets are, or are they 15 card boosters without a land totaling 360 in a box? I don’t remember getting a land in MM2015.

    Always enjoy these! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Robert, I fixed it. EMA boosters contains 1 rare/mythic, 3 uncommon, 10 common and 1 foil (instead of the “regular” land) so the box count is 360

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