Magic controversy leads to $14,900 auction



What happens when a professional Magic: The Gathering player pulls a high-profile card during a high-profile tournament deck draft but then decides to not play the card?

Fan fury it seems — and that led to an auction.

The card is a 2015 Magic Modern Masters Foil #166 Tarmogoyf which typically sells for $300 or less per the Beckett OPG. The player is Pascal Maynard and the event was the GP Las Vegas Top Eight.

The final eBay total earlier this week? A mere $14,900 after 61 bids.  Half of the proceeds (if the auction was paid for) were to go to a charity called Gamers Helping Gamers.

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  1. Kevin St. J 12 June, 2015 at 22:54

    Question – if he would have passed on the card, would the next player have the chance to pick it? It could have been sort of like having Kevin Durant fall to the Number 2 draft pick if he didn’t pick it. He might not have won the tournament, but he got the right card by looking at that auction price. Wonder what the tournament prize was?

  2. Kurt 13 June, 2015 at 11:22

    Yes, if he passed it, the next guy could have picked it. First place at the tournament was $4000. At the time, Pascal didn’t expect to get more than about $300 for the card, but still figured that was better than taking a card that was more useful for his deck. The card he passed up was good, but not a game-changer, so the expected value of the Tarmogoyf was almost certainly higher than the card he passed up, even though the other card would have given him a slightly better chance of winning the tournament.

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