Magic Monies - 6/27/16

This week in Magic, Eternal Masters is gone, and that hype for Eldritch Moon has begun. Also, people are specing on eldarzi in Modern again. Because people are assholes.

Eternal Masters

I’m hoping this is the last time I have to talk about Eternal Masters. Makes me feel bad I was unable to secure boxes at $260 last month, as current supply is straight up gone. I’ve heard dealers at shows don’t even have enough product to host a draft. EV on a box right now is at ~$270, so if you got a box at market price and are sitting on it, you have already won. I suspect in a couple years you will have really won if some of these cards fail to get (foil) reprints.

I do want to bring up a card in Eternal Masters that haven’t really moved as much as I expect and looks like it is just slower reacting than other cards (cough[mtg_card]Force of Will[/mtg_card]cough) in [mtg_card]Karakas[/mtg_card], which is sitting at ~$75 right now. Seems like a good buy not so much for investing but for those who need them for a Commander or Legacy deck. It’s about as reasonable a price as I suspect we will see for a long time. Feel free to invest as well, I suspect it could get up to $100. Feels like a better buy than $50 [mtg_card]Wasteland[/mtg_card]s.

Eldritch Moon

A few spoilers dropped since I last posted. I talked a bit about how uninteresting Emrakul, the Promised End was to me. I have to add though, I would expect foils of this to do very well. The art is too gorgeous not to.

A new Thalia, possibly titled Thalia, Cathar Heretic, looks super spicy to me. Brings the pain on awkward manabases that rely on fetchs and duals to survive. Hard to see it being a big deal in Standard, but could be a force in Modern where manabases are well known for being greedy (AKA, being straight dead to a Blood Moon). Three mana is quite a bit so it is possible that it is too slow, but I like it and don’t care what you think.

Lastly, just spoiled today is Midnight Scavengers and Graf Rats. What is interesting about them is this new Meld mechanic. It’s somewhat assumed that the backs of the two cards link together to become a single card. The question is how this interacts with older cards. Until we actually have some rules for Meld, I can’t even begin to start specing. And trust me, the rules here will likely be ridiculous.

Other Notes

[mtg_card]Nimbus Maze[/mtg_card] is the biggest winner of the week with a 350% increase tallying for a $30 increase on an $8 card. There was mass specing on it last week, and I’m on the opinion this isn’t a good long term spec. If you got in before the spike, get out ASAP. The entire Future Sight cycle of dual lands (and the Zendikar/Worldwake batch of fetchs/manlands) have been heavily asked by players for a reprint. I would totally expect a reprint of at least one in Modern Masters 2017. The Future Sight ones could even pop up in Conspiracy. I doubt it, but it is a possibility. But back on track here. The reason for the spec is that in Modern Eldrazi decks, this is one of the best colored lands you can play. Even better than [mtg_card]Adarkar Wastes[/mtg_card] which spiked during the big Eldrazi Winter. This is because with a single [mtg_card]Hallowed Fountain[/mtg_card] in play, this card is instantly better than both Hallowed Fountain AND Adarkar Wastes for Eldrazi as it produce colored mana at no life cost and colorless mana. FYI, the foil version is also up to $100.

[mtg_card]Tetravus[/mtg_card] is a low supply card in the middle of a buyout. I think it is also seeing play in a crazy casual [mtg_card]Hellkite Tyrant[/mtg_card] build in Commander that abuses [mtg_card]Tireless Tracker[/mtg_card] triggers.

[mtg_card]Island of Wak-Wak[/mtg_card] is a low supply reserve list card. Not in a buyout, but the supply is really low.

[mtg_card]Brushland[/mtg_card] is spiking due to a rise in Modern and even some fringe Legacy play of Bant Eldrazi. When Eldrazi come to play, we have to keep our eyes on painland prices.

[mtg_card]Steamflogger Boss[/mtg_card] foils just hit $100. Let me repeat that. Steamflogger Boss foils just hit $100. I feel dumber just writing that. I’ll say again, even if contraptions are a mechanic in the coming sets, is this card any good? Probably not.

Weekly Highs

[mtg_card]Nimbus Maze[/mtg_card]Future SightN$38.87$8.36365.00%
[mtg_card]Nimbus Maze[/mtg_card]Future SightY$99.99$31.84214.00%
[mtg_card]Steamflogger Boss[/mtg_card]Future SightY$100.02$59.0569.40%
[mtg_card]Island of Wak-Wak[/mtg_card] (*)Arabian NightsN$65.99$40.1964.20%
[mtg_card]Brushland[/mtg_card]10th EditionN$9.49$5.8562.20%
[mtg_card]Leyline of Punishment[/mtg_card]Magic 2011 (M11)Y$8.10$5.2055.80%
[mtg_card]Promise of Bunrei[/mtg_card]Saviors of KamigawaN$4.99$3.3549.00%
[mtg_card]Slate of Ancestry[/mtg_card]Duel Decks: AnthologyN$2.98$2.2035.50%
[mtg_card]Xantid Swarm[/mtg_card]Eternal MastersY$12.57$9.5132.20%
[mtg_card]Bridge from Below[/mtg_card]Future SightY$45.99$36.0027.80%
[mtg_card]Anowon, the Ruin Sage[/mtg_card]WorldwakeY$6.50$5.1027.50%
[mtg_card]Hyena Umbra[/mtg_card]Planechase 2012N$4.15$3.2926.10%
[mtg_card]Static Orb[/mtg_card]7th EditionN$4.87$3.9024.90%
[mtg_card]Braid of Fire[/mtg_card]ColdsnapY$23.61$19.0324.10%
[mtg_card]Back to Basics[/mtg_card]Urza's SagaN$8.99$7.3422.50%
[mtg_card]Prismatic Omen[/mtg_card]ShadowmoorY$39.98$32.9821.20%


Weekly Lows

[mtg_card]Mesmeric Orb[/mtg_card]MirrodinY$22.01$31.74-30.70%
[mtg_card]Doomed Necromancer[/mtg_card]OnslaughtY$7.06$9.99-29.30%
[mtg_card]Planar Gate[/mtg_card] (*)LegendsN$12.05$16.08-25.10%
[mtg_card]Leyline of the Void[/mtg_card]Magic 2011 (M11)Y$40.99$54.15-24.30%
[mtg_card]Moat[/mtg_card] (*)LegendsN$751.20$989.70-24.10%
[mtg_card]JunĂșn Efreet[/mtg_card]Arabian NightsN$7.40$9.40-21.30%

(*) - Reserve List