Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A comprehensive guide for the aspiring botter (MLBot) Part 2

Second Introduction: Still interested in playing with robots?

Last week we talked about some very basic information a new botter should know of.
So today we will continue with even more, very basic information.
Part 3 will be more in depth, but there are still some basic things needed to be said before I'll start going through more advanced stuff.

MTGO Library Bot: And what it can do for you

Mtgo Library is the most sophisticated MTGO botting software out there.
It's easy to learn and easy to customize with no previous knowledge, but still offers room for highly advanced settings and strategies, available for the more experienced botter, and it comes with everything you need, for free.

A free license doesn't cost a dime as long as you're not selling, buying or trading anything.
 As soon as you start dealing with customers it'll charge 2.5% of each transaction for people that accept to advertise the Wikiprice page or 3.5 % for those who don't.
This is a perfect way for a new player to start out without having to invest a lot of money.
There are also different licenses available for purchase to get rid of the 2.5% / 3.5% charge but more on that later.

There are two different bot types available, Pro and Lite.
A Lite bot can't have individual prices on different cards, only per rarity. These are known as "bulk bots".
A bulk bot is a great way to build a collection and get a steady supply of cards. Lite bots usually buys X amount of Common, Uncommon, Rare and Mythic per Event Ticket, and these prices are easily set by the owner.
Then there is the Pro bot which can have individual buy and sell prices for every single card in the game.
An up to date price list can be downloaded automatically for the bot and can easily be adjusted either by hand or by setting a percentage in the bot's interface. You can find more information about this in the manual here, and I'll go into more details about this in coming posts.

When starting out I would recommend starting with two bots, one Lite and one Pro. The Lite bot will supply the Pro bot with cards it buys cheaply and always fill the Pro bot with 4 of each card. I would also recommend to start with buying only Standard cards in the beginning, then as you build a collection and customer base, start buying from more sets (Extended is a good next step).

Before I conclude this final introduction post I'll give you some homework until next week.
I want you to start thinking about a name for your bot or bot chain.
This might seem trivial, but you'd be amazed how much a good name could boost your business.
That's why I want you to start thinking of this early. I won't ask you to sit and dedicate serious time to it, just keep it in mind while you continue planning your bots, and write down every name idea you get. Coming up with a good name may take some time and I don't want you to rush it and choose a name you'll regret, as once you generate a customer base, it's not so easy to change your name.

In part 3 I'll go in depth into what you should think about when naming your bot or chain.

More next time.
I'll gladly answer any questions you might have in the comments.

-Tom (Sitrec)
Archbot MTGO Store: ArchBot, ArchBot2, ArchBot3, ArchBot4 & ArchBot5


  1. Do you not get charged a % when you buy cards? Only when you sell?

  2. @Casey Stewart I might have been a bit unclear about this. You get charged for each transaction your bot does. So both selling, trading and buying. I've now corrected this in the article. Thanks!

  3. you get charged 2.5/3.5% of every card/booster/avatar (everything with exception of tix).

    That means:(assuming 2.5%)

    buying a card for 10tix = 0.25 tix rental fee
    Selling a card for 10tix = 0.25 tix rental fee

    Trading 10tix of cards for 10tix of cards = 0.50 fee
    Customer with 10 credits just picking 10 tix = 0fee
    customer selling 10 tix worth of cards but not taking any tix= 0.25 rental fee.
    Customer buying 10tix of cards just with the credit he already had = 0.25 fee

  4. The name is the most important thing in my opinion.

  5. @Carlos Thanks, this should make it clear for people that are still confused.
    @Teamstoge Indeed, a lot of bot owners underestimate how important it is to choose a good name.