Ticketomaton | Illustration by Michael Phillippi
Today I offer you a brief guide to selling MTGO tickets. If you play Magic Online anywhere near as much as I do, you may eventually find yourself in a spot where you want to turn those tickets you have into cash.
It’s mighty convenient that there are several recognized vendors for you to sell tickets to. You could also try your luck at selling tickets to other players too. Keep reading to learn everything you could want to know about offloading those tickets!
First off, I’ll save you some time by saying that I personally sell my tickets on Twitter or to Cardhoarder.
The Twitter method takes advantage of my tiny 600+ follower clout to find grinders who need extra tickets. I also always refer to this account too. It’s a community resource for players buying and selling tickets.
But I go to Cardhoarder for a decent price when Twitter isn’t working. I also use Cardhoarder’s rate for my own sales too; I’ll set my individual ticket prices like $0.04 to $0.05 above their rate. Given that both parties win on any ticket sale less than $1 (“beating the house,” as the saying goes), it works out well.
There are of course other reputable vendors you can sell your extra tickets too:
- MTGO Traders (requires a $3 flat fee to sell)
- MTGOTickets (has scaling benefits for ManaTraders and frequent sellers)
Because of the flatness of MTGO’s digital economy, the rates are usually going to be within a cent or two of each other, if not the exact same.
Cardhoarder generally offers the best price per ticket, plus it has one of my most used MTGO bots (second only to GoatBots). It was also the first Google result years ago when I first searched “sell mtgo tickets” and hasn’t let me down yet.
With the Cardhoarder method you make a request online and give them the information they need. There’s a quick integrity check on their end to try to verify that the tickets are legitimate and not hacked.
Afterward, you’ll eventually be emailed and contacted by a bot. The bot takes the tickets and then the money is transferred to wherever you told them to transfer it (in my case, a PayPal account).
The Twitter method will involve a bit more legwork, with you DM’ing other people (or responding to tweets from MTGO Tickets). This account usually retweets your requests if it knows you, so try to @ them if you can.
Then once you talk to that person, you’ll agree to a rate and figure out some way to fairly exchange the goods. There isn’t a clear etiquette as to who pays first, so try to only deal with people with legitimate accounts to avoid getting scammed. If the person you’re trading with seems sus then make sure you get the cash first!
No, you can’t sell Tix back to Wizards. Tickets and WotC are a one-way street, so you’ll only be turning a profit selling them to companies or other players.
This is a highly subjective question because only you can truly answer it for yourself. How you approach selling tickets should match your approach to MTGO in general, as Modern and Legacy players need more tickets on hand than Standard players. The rate at which you switch decks should also be a factor, as well as how much “cash” you think you’ll need on hand.
I tend to sell mine when I’m over 1,500 tickets or if I have some extra bills I need to pay. I play about 99.9% Limited and almost never touch Constructed formats, so keep that in mind. 1,500 tickets hits the sweet spot where I could buy and build just about any deck right before it started if I wanted to play a Modern tournament.
One related point that I want to make is that account security is important. A hack could be devastating if your MTGO account has real cash value on it in the form of thousands of tickets. Magic Online lacks 2-factor authentication at the moment, so you’ll want a strong password that only you know. The strongest passwords have a mix of CaPs, numb3r5, and <3!@? symbols.
Honestly, I couldn’t even find a copy of their ToS! This is because of the switch that occurred to Daybreak Games. The current website links to this, which was last updated five years ago and describes games besides Magic Online. If this applies to MTGO, then their policy of “do not sell Digital Objects [which have no cash value]” says that yes, it is technically against the game’s ToS.
But I’d also note that a simple Google search will show you that players are doing it anyways. Players are so shameless about it that you can find tweets from mooks looking to unload tickets. So don’t worry about the police kicking down your door and asking about Event Ticket sales anytime soon!
Tivit, Seller of Secrets | Illustration by Chris Rahn
And with that, we come to the end. While never a pretty program, MTGO is still a fantastic place to place Magic, thanks in large part to its excellent economy.
What’s been your experience with selling MTGO tickets? Do you have any other successful ways that I missed? Let me know in the comments down below or tag us in your advice over on Twitter.
MTGO’s economy is in fact a Randian paradise of sorts, propped on the backs of thousands of dutiful trade bots. Enjoy it!
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