It’s been a bit over a year since Scryfall launched, and we’re really proud of all of the improvements we’ve made. Here are a few highlights:
- We’ve launched Scryfall accounts so you can now support us directly
- We’re crowdsourcing art and functional card tags on Tagger
- We’re now providing high-resolution card images
- We launched a Slack and Discord bot
- We’re archiving tokens and lots of other supplemental items
- We’re now part of MTGCardFetcher on Reddit
- We’ve done a lot of work to represent split and double-faced cards correctly
In addition, we have some amazing news: Scryfall is now solvent! Our Patrons and our members are covering all of our hosting costs per month. This is a huge milestone for us, it means we no longer have to spend money from our own pocket to keep Scryfall available and fast. Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️
Extra support goes towards helping us tip community members that source images for us, and transitioning Scryfall from a passion project to something that can support a part- or full-time development team.
And now without father ado, here are the answers to year-end questions you submitted:
What do you get asked for help with the most?
What’s your favorite thing you’ve seen someone do with Scryfall?
The whole Scryfall team was surveyed and here are some things they chose:
- Scryfall regular expression golf
- April King made some great collages from our images
- We often get messaged by students asking if they can incorporate Scryfall’s API into their computer science projects. We’re really, really happy that it’s inspiring novice programmers. 🙌
What are your favorite tokens?
- The Reef Worm cycle by Dan Scott
- An octopus! by Craig Spearing
- One of the more Thallid-like Sapprolings by Warren Mahy
- Magali Villeneuve’s Prowess Monk
What are your favorite “Out of Flavor For This Color” cards?
- Unyaro Bees — Combining arbitrarily large green creatures with Time Spiral nostalgia
- Wheel of Fortune — Why is this red!? We’ll take it!
- Prodigal Sorcerer — The poster child of (modern) color pie violation
- Mana Tithe — No one suspects Mana Tithe
(A bunch of questions about site stats and most-popular cards)
Unfortunately (or fortunately), the answer to questions about our most popular pages and what people search for is somewhat boring.
- The majority of people are looking up cards by name (for pricing, or because they’re in the middle of a game, etc)
- The most popular card groups are whatever is new. Essentially if you pick any 90-day timeframe, the most popular cards are the most recent set release.
- The most popular individual cards in a set tend to be ones that make big news on Reddit/Twitter, here are some recent most-popular cards:
This amazing year was all because of you and your contributions! Here’s to many more! 🎉