What am I missing?
It's not just these cards that concern me. Like I said, it's this way with too many of them. Will the spiral downward end?
The answers you seek are ones that only accountants can answer.
“What am I missing?”
What you are missing is an accounting terminology known as Depreciation.
Depreciation is the reduction in value of an asset with the passage of time, due particularly to wear & tear.
Accounts put shelf lives on all things.
All things have a life expectancy.
Once, you reach the life expectancy the object is considered used up/trash.
You buy a car for 10,000
The car has life expectancy of 10 years.
In 10 years, the car you bought on average is going to be broken down/unusable.
You are than going to have to buy new car to replace it.
What the Accountants do is account/interpret this process with Depreciation.
The easiest Depreciation method is the straight line method.
You take the price you payed for the car (10,000).
Than you divide it by the life expectancy of the car (10).
The result is 1,000.
Every year for 10 years the car you bought is going to reduce by 1,000.
Year 1 - 10,000
Year 2 - 9,000
Year 3 - 8,000
On a chart, it is a slow gradual decline.
The problem people have is trying to apply the above situation in a virtual world.
It’s easy to understand a car getting wear & tear.
The Sun hitting on it.
The Rain hitting on it.
The problem is pixels don’t get wear & tear by the surrounding environment.
What happens is a wear & tear has to be placed upon them!
It is generally done with restrictions!
PTCG places restrictions in the game which give the cards a sort of Depreciation.
The way PTCG does this is by having a Format.
The game is broken down into different Formats:
A virtual cards highest value should be in Standard.
It comes out as new card playable in Standard.
The card matures.
It has period where it increases in value.
It reaches it peak value.
Than it declines in a gradual decline.
Than people say why does it decline?
It declines because the card doesn’t stay in Standard forever?
It has a Standard Life Expectancy.
It will eventually rotate out of Standard.
Sadly, It will not stay forever because of a restriction placed upon it by PTCG.
You can see the above process I mentioned in your figures.
Tapu Lele (RA) Comes out at 23, Peaks at 27, Gradual Decline until it rotates out.
The only real argument that can be made is towards the end.
Most times you do a gradual consistent reduction.
23 > 19 is a slight spike downward, but it depends on how Outcast does it.
It could be right.
To answer your last question:
“Will the spiral downward end?”
Yes! It will end when the value of the card reaches 0.
Than it will flat line at 0.
Edited by Player_Jay, 30 June 2018 - 01:20 AM.
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