Insider: QS Cast Infographics – Episodes 37-65

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Insiders, I'm ecstatic to bring to you all a new segment: QS Cast Infographics!

Part of our recent growth and additions to the site is the recruitment of some amazing people - in this instance Guillaume (@poppu_mtg) our new data analyst and Diego Fumagalli (Visualizing Magic) our resident graphic artist.

They came together and produced some amazing Infographics that have tracked the QS Cast and provided the numbers, and data, to track both Tarkan and myself since we've been duo-hosts. In this Infographic update they tracked Episodes 37-65 and provided graphics spanning from Overall to 30, 60, and 90 days.

You can be sure that we will provide monthly updates to reflect recent data, and will be adding our newest cohost Morgan Wentworth in future updates! I have the great pleasure of showing these off and providing a statement from Guillaume to give us some context behind these numbers and providing some additional clarity. Let's see how the QS Cast has fared for this update!

Looking at the big picture, both Chaz and Tarkan cover a wide spectrum of cards across all formats (Standard, Modern, Legacy, EDH), and each of them seem to have his own specialty: Chaz is better on short term gains, Tarkan takes over when checking after 6 months or more. This can be explained from the type of picks our casters are going for: 26.7% of Chaz's picks are Standard cards, and 16.7% are Modern targets.

At the same time, Tarkan's picks are mostly geared towards EDH or Reserved List cards, totalling 64.6% of his picks. With a constantly evolving metagame, Chaz's picks are much more volatile and as such have the potential for largest swings as exemplified by Saheeli Rai and Nissa, Vital Force.

On the other hand, Tarkan is in it for the long run, with a smaller number of picks but the vast majority of them in the green for all three time periods, between 0 and 50% gain, while his largest losses after 180 days coming from Standard cards (Aetherstorm Roc -38%, Panharmonicon -31%).

Ironically though, Tarkan's largest margin over 180 days comes from foil copies of Wheel of Fate (+$20 for a triple up since December 7th, 2016), also known as the "As Foretold Effect" (note: the card actually spiked to close to $50 but dropped to $35 a week later and has been tapering off since, due to the lack of results of Jeskai As Foretold Control).

All in all, Chaz and Tarkan have complemented each other above others on these types of Podcast: and allow to diversify your portfolio with confidence: whether you like quick turnarounds or stash-now-find-later, Standard or EDH, the data supports our casters' choices for "Pick of the Week." It will be interesting to see how Morgan fares now that she joined the Quiet Speculation Podcast as a full-time member!

-Guillaume, QS Data Analyst

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Chaz V

Started playing during Invasion block at the age of 13. Always a competitive person by nature, he continues playing to this day. Got into the financial aspect of the game as a method to pay for the hobby and now writes, Podcasts, and covers all aspects of the game, always trying to contribute to the community and create great content for readers and listeners.

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