Magic Monies - 4/25/16

With this new week came a major event in Pro Tour. Pros were a brewing for this one. They came with all the spicy brews, and this made a significant impact on the pricing of cards. And with that, let’s begin.

The biggest winners of Pro Tour was the pretty awesome [mtg_card]Dark Petition[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Seasons Past[/mtg_card] combo. A small crew ran the deck, all led by Jon Finkel who made it to the top 8. It’s a fairly straightforward combo. You cast Dark Petition to grab Seasons Past. Cast Seasons Past to get Dark Petition and a fancy toolbox of cards you already played this game into your hand. Rinse and repeat. Very good control strategy that is very hard to come back from. I was pretty high on Season Past when Shadows came out. Not so much for a combo like this, but the pure value of the card. It would grab 3-4 cards out of your graveyard that are of your choice. This isn’t a draw spell, you get to actually choose your cards. That is very powerful.

Another deck that made waves this BG Aristocrats deck Luis Scott-Vargas. It’s basically Rally, but without [mtg_card]Rally the Ancestors[/mtg_card]. The deck generates insane amounts of mana off [mtg_card]Cryptolith Rite[/mtg_card] with token producers like [mtg_card]Blisterpod[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Catacomb Sifter[/mtg_card]. Then it can use [mtg_card]Duskwatch Recruiter[/mtg_card] to pile up a nice horde of creatures. Eventually you can use a [mtg_card]Nantuko Husk[/mtg_card] as a sacrifice outlet to kill your opponent with [mtg_card]Zulaport Cutthroat[/mtg_card] triggers. Other cards such as [mtg_card]Hissing Quagmire[/mtg_card]. Duskwatch Recruiter is up to $2.50 for an uncommon because of how much play it gets. If this card starts seeing play in Modern, watch out. We could have a $5 uncommon on our hands. [mtg_card]Liliana, Heretical Healer[/mtg_card] also got some nice increase from this deck. I’d sell her soonish if you have no plans to play this deck.

Few Modern cards also took a nice buff. First of two is [mtg_card]Muddle the Mixture[/mtg_card]. Thopter Foundry decks were playing 1 or 2 in order to tutor up [mtg_card]Thopter Foundry[/mtg_card] or [mtg_card]Sword of the Meek[/mtg_card], both sides of the combo. What people found is that it’s a perfectly fair card to play in the deck straight up. Decks have slowly risen from playing it singleton to 3x since the unbanning. Currently, the $12 is stupid high for a common in a highly printed set. There is no way this price holds. But it could stay really high for a common. Maybe $5.

The other Modern card worth some discussion that got a nice explosion was [mtg_card]Wheel of Sun and Moon[/mtg_card], jumping up to $20. This is seeing play as a sideboard card in Modern to beat, well, lots of decks. Mostly getting play inside Midrange/Contol-ish WU heavy decks. Modern has all sorts of hate for the graveyards. [mtg_card]Rest in Peace[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Grafdigger’s Cage[/mtg_card] are probably the most powerful, but [mtg_card]Leyline of the Void[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Relic of Progenitus[/mtg_card], and Wheel of Sun and Moon also see play. Each has their merits and value will depend on how you and your expected opponents play. But in the case of Wheel of Sun and Moon, it can act as a one-sided Rest in Peace if it hits the board early. Meaning it can shut down [mtg_card]Tarmogoyf[/mtg_card], nearly all of Project Melira, [mtg_card]Snapcaster Mage[/mtg_card], Storm, [mtg_card]Gifts Ungiven[/mtg_card], and [mtg_card]Thopter Foundry[/mtg_card] while still allowing you to still use your Snapcaster Mages and etc. It’s also an enchantment, the hardest type of permanent to deal with. That all said, I don’t expect this card to hold this price at all. There is simply too much variety as what you can play for graveyard hate. This makes it easier to pick and choose what you want to play. The opposite side of this argument is that Wheel of Sun and Moon is probably the hardest of all these graveyard hate cards to find a copy of. Shadowmoor did not have a large print run and the card never has been reprinted. So I suspect an obnoxiously high price will stay. Just not $20.

Extra Notes:

  • [mtg_card]Hyena Umbra[/mtg_card] was a buyout on a low print run card. If you need one I suggest buying the $1.25 version from Rise of Eldrazi over the $30 one from Planechase 2012. /rollseyes

  • I’m going to continue to ignore whatever the hell is going on with the Legends version of [mtg_card]Killer Bees[/mtg_card]. It’s been doing whatever it’s doing since mid-February.

  • [mtg_card]Languish[/mtg_card] is really good removal in Standard right now. Expect it to hang around until rotation.

  • [mtg_card]Death Baron[/mtg_card] blew the hell up. Mostly a casual and Commander buy card. No one really expects it to make waves in Modern. The Shards of Alara version is only $16 if you want one. Outside of a reprint, I don’t see this going anywhere.

  • [mtg_card]Pyromancer’s Goggles[/mtg_card] actually had a great Pro Tour, extending out to ramp decks from the UR Control decks is was in before. Brad Nelson piloted one to a top 8 at Pro Tour. It continued to rise after its explosion. If you have no plans to play these deck, I’d sell now. It’s going to rotate soon, where it will only see play in casual and Commander. Still will hold its price then, but I doubt it will be over $10.

  • [mtg_card]Collected Company[/mtg_card] is almost at $24. This feels high, so I would understand if people sold some of their copies. But this card is very comparable to [mtg_card]Chord of Calling[/mtg_card]. A $20 price point is probably reasonable a year or two after Dragons of Tarkir rotates. And without a reprint it can only go up from there.

Cheap Buys:

  • [mtg_card]Kozilek, the Great Distortion[/mtg_card] is at a price point I find to be stupid low. I know most he doesn’t get more play than [mtg_card]Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger[/mtg_card] or [mtg_card]Emrakul, the Aeons Torn[/mtg_card]. But $7 seems like a really good pricepoint.

  • At $12.50, [mtg_card]Grindstone[/mtg_card] is a good card to get for Legacy players looking to get into the deck. Or people proxying who want to tell their friends they are closer to having an actual Legacy deck.

  • [mtg_card]Vendilion Clique[/mtg_card] has been an interesting card to watch the past year. It capped out around $75 during Tarkir block when Miracles became the best deck in Legacy being supplemented with [mtg_card]Dig through Time[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Treasure Cruise[/mtg_card]. But when it was reprinted in Modern Masters 2015 the card tanked. You can get it for $35. Modern decks that play it are fairly rare right now. Seems like a good card to buy that has hit a low in the current meta of both Modern and Legacy. However, you may want to wait to see if it’s coming back in Eternal Masters first. I doubt it will, but just in case you want to sit tight. If it doesn’t get a reprint it should get a nice rise just from not being reprinted.

  • [mtg_card]Iona, Shield of Emeria[/mtg_card] is at $8.50. Just buy one for me please. This pricepoint is dumb for a card that still gets play in [mtg_card]Unburial Rites[/mtg_card] with [mtg_card]Gifts Ungiven[/mtg_card] in Modern.

Weekly Winners

[mtg_card]Hyena Umbra[/mtg_card] (Planechase 2012)$30.00$2.99
[mtg_card]Dark Petition[/mtg_card]$7.62$1.29
[mtg_card]Muddle the Mixture[/mtg_card]$11.98$2.51
[mtg_card]Seasons Past[/mtg_card]$9.75$2.14
[mtg_card]Wheel of Sun and Moon[/mtg_card]$19.95$4.63
[mtg_card]Killer Bees[/mtg_card] (Legends)$21.98$6.31
[mtg_card]Whispersilk Cloak[/mtg_card] (Planechase 2012)$4.12$1.71
[mtg_card]Hissing Quagmire[/mtg_card]$5.94$2.57
[mtg_card]Duskwatch Recruiter[/mtg_card]$2.50$1.11
[mtg_card]Cryptolith Rite[/mtg_card]$7.75$3.73
[mtg_card]Slate of Ancestry[/mtg_card] (DD: Anthology)$2.87$1.45
[mtg_card]Phyrexian Devourer[/mtg_card] (*)$3.89$1.99
[mtg_card]Demonic Pact[/mtg_card]$2.95$1.64
[mtg_card]Eater of the Dead[/mtg_card]$7.95$4.50
[mtg_card]Death Baron[/mtg_card] (Planechase)$23.69$13.46
[mtg_card]Sphinx's Tutelage[/mtg_card]$2.87$1.68
[mtg_card]Puca's Mischief[/mtg_card]$2.99$1.77
[mtg_card]Silhana Ledgewalker[/mtg_card] (Planechase 2012)$2.22$1.38
[mtg_card]Storm Herd[/mtg_card] (Commander)$2.98$1.89
[mtg_card]Pyromancer's Goggles[/mtg_card]$15.60$10.37
[mtg_card]Urza's Power Plant[/mtg_card] [Columns]$6.92$4.95
[mtg_card]Glittering Wish[/mtg_card]$10.76$8.00
[mtg_card]Knight of the White Orchid[/mtg_card] (Shards of Alara)$6.00$4.50
[mtg_card]Liliana, Heretical Healer[/mtg_card]$27.92$21.00
[mtg_card]Knight of the White Orchid[/mtg_card] (Origins)$6.56$5.00
[mtg_card]Oubliette[/mtg_card] [Version 2]$34.62$26.63
[mtg_card]Collected Company[/mtg_card]$23.66$18.26
[mtg_card]Imprison[/mtg_card] (*)$4.50$3.54
[mtg_card]Ifh-Bíff Efreet[/mtg_card] (*)$19.99$15.73
[mtg_card]Shelldock Isle[/mtg_card]$3.20$2.52
[mtg_card]Harmonize[/mtg_card] (DD: Anthology)$2.05$1.63
[mtg_card]The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale[/mtg_card] (*)$900.00$719.79
[mtg_card]Disenchant[/mtg_card] (Promo: Magic Player Rewards)$6.10$4.88
[mtg_card]Wirewood Lodge[/mtg_card] (DD: Anthology)$2.80$2.25
[mtg_card]Sylvan Advocate[/mtg_card]$7.96$6.41
[mtg_card]Lumbering Falls[/mtg_card]$2.47$1.99
[mtg_card]Knight of the White Orchid[/mtg_card] (DD: Knights vs. Dragons)$7.00$5.69


Weekly Losers

[mtg_card]Time Elemental[/mtg_card] (Legends)$15.00$19.90
[mtg_card]Brindle Shoat[/mtg_card]$6.99$9.26
[mtg_card]Ulvenwald Hydra[/mtg_card]$4.61$5.77
[mtg_card]Akroma, Angel of Wrath[/mtg_card] (DD: Divine vs. Demonic)$11.99$14.99

(*) Designates Reserve List