Magic Monies - 8/22/16

You like Dredge? Everyone likes Dredges. Buy Dredge everyone! And I talk about some of the new Conspiracy 2 spoilers.


I get to talk about Dredge again! So this week, all the foil versions of the cards in Dredge completely exploded. That includes [mtg_card]Narcomoeba[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Bridge from Below[/mtg_card], and [mtg_card]Bloodghast[/mtg_card]. Non-foil versions of all three along with [mtg_card]Golgari Grave-Troll[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Dakmor Salvage[/mtg_card] also increased in price. The important card that might be overlooked is Bloodghast. The card went up, yet again, to almost $30. This seems to be the most obvious target for speculators because the chance for a reprint on the card is quite low. The card has a mechanic from the Zendikar plane, and we just had a set from Zendikar plane where it wasn’t printed. Unless something happens to the Dredge deck, I don’t expect this card to stop rising.

Even the hate cards for Dredge showed up on this week’s list. That includes foil versions of [mtg_card]Rest in Peace[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Grafdigger’s Cage[/mtg_card]. Now might be a good time to get into the non-foil versions of those two hate cards. In particular, Rest in Peace can be picked up at around $3 a copy. Pretty solid price compared to other hosers like [mtg_card]Stony Silence[/mtg_card] and Grafdigger’s Cage.

Conspiracy 2 Spoilers

The biggest impact on charts from the latest set of spoiler is [mtg_card]Recruiter of the Guard[/mtg_card]. The card is a somewhat-ish color shifted functional reprint of [mtg_card]Imperial Recruiter[/mtg_card]. Never doubt the power of Imperial Recruiter. He typically sees play in [mtg_card]Painter’s Servant[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Aluren[/mtg_card] decks. Now, Recruiter of the Guard cannot tutor up Painter’s Servant, but could easily fit into Death and Taxes or create a new Aluren archetype. Because of this, Aluren (which is on the reserve list), exploded up to $45 before dropping down to a more sane $30. It is worth noting that Aluren has been bought out numerous times in the past, but has never stuck at the inflated price; always fell down between the $10-$15 ranges. If it sticks this time, it will likely be because of Recruiter of the Guard.

Few reprints worth talking about. The big bads on the list are [mtg_card]Berserk[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Show and Tell[/mtg_card]. Both come in at mythic rarity, so there is a thought that they won’t blow up current prices of the two cards. I have my doubts. I suspect that the price will continue to fall on both. Show and Tell is almost half the price is was 2 years ago. Berserk gets play in exactly one deck, Infect. And it isn’t a 4x the way Show and Tell is. That said, the lower cost barrier will lead to better availability of these two decks, which could make entry into Legacy much easier. This means keep an eye out for cards around the decks to get a nice boost. That includes [mtg_card]Sneak Attack[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Omniscience[/mtg_card], and [mtg_card]Griselbrand[/mtg_card]. Omniscience in particular seems like a good target. Its printing really sparked a renaissance for the Show and Tell decks. Unfortunately, Infect doesn’t really have the unique core cards that I would expect see boosts from its reprinting of Berserk.

Other notably reprints include [mtg_card]Inquisition of Kozilek[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Birds of Paradise[/mtg_card], and [mtg_card]Serum Visions[/mtg_card]. All of these cards, particularly Serum Visions, were in desperate need for a reprint. I expect all three to drop like a rock. Inquisition of Kozilek may have a bit more staying power. It was shifted from uncommon to rare. So it should still have an impact on price, but the card shouldn’t drop like I expect Birds of Paradise to collapse.

A new card worth talking about is [mtg_card]Sanctum Prelate[/mtg_card]. I’m not overly hype on the card myself. The only deck it really fits in is Death and Taxes. The main problem with this is that the number you expect to see stated is 1, which just so happens to be the same cost as [mtg_card]Aether Vial[/mtg_card]. Hard to play a card that in a deck that hoses your engine. It’s still a powerful card though. If white [mtg_card]Aluren[/mtg_card] deck become a thing, this could be a card in that.

Ok, almost done. One last card to discuss. This one is a bit of a speculation on my part. I really like [mtg_card]Leovold, Emissary of Trest[/mtg_card]. This could easily fit into various decks in Legacy. It hoses [mtg_card]Brainstorm[/mtg_card] and other draw spells like [mtg_card]Ponder[/mtg_card]. He makes two of [mtg_card]Jace, the Mind Sculptor[/mtg_card]’s abilities just bad. He makes removal far less optimal. I don’t think there is many decks currently in the format that this easily slides into outside Deathblade, but in decks like Delver or Maverick this card seems very powerful. If you can grab him on the cheap, I’d pull the trigger. Also, he is the first Sultai lord playable in Tiny Leaders/Commander. That’s still a thing right? No? Ok, I’ll shut up now.

Weekly Risers

[mtg_card]Narcomoeba[/mtg_card]  Modern MastersX$30.00$2.81967.60%
Narcomoeba  Future SightX$28.96$8.34247.20%
[mtg_card]Bridge from Below[/mtg_card]  Future SightX$75.99$32.56133.40%
[mtg_card]Fulminator Mage[/mtg_card]  ShadowmoorX$146.50$64.99125.40%
[mtg_card]Sungrass Prairie[/mtg_card]  OdysseyX$16.77$8.27102.80%
[mtg_card]Aluren[/mtg_card] (*)  Tempest$28.88$15.0092.50%
Narcomoeba  Future Sight$3.00$1.5692.30%
[mtg_card]Bloodghast[/mtg_card]  ZendikarX$74.99$43.3473.00%
[mtg_card]Tangle[/mtg_card]  InvasionX$6.92$4.6050.40%
Bridge from Below  Modern MastersX$32.75$21.9549.20%
[mtg_card]Sulfurous Springs[/mtg_card]  7th EditionX$44.15$29.7848.30%
[mtg_card]Kamahl, Fist of Krosa[/mtg_card]  OnslaughtX$21.99$14.8847.80%
[mtg_card]Rest in Peace[/mtg_card]  Return to RavnicaX$17.00$12.3537.70%
[mtg_card]Living Plane[/mtg_card] (*)  Legends$68.00$49.9936.00%
[mtg_card]Grafdigger's Cage[/mtg_card]  Dark AscensionX$33.58$25.0534.10%
Narcomoeba  Modern Masters$2.01$1.5232.20%
[mtg_card]Shadowblood Ridge[/mtg_card]  OdysseyX$10.99$8.4030.80%
Bloodghast  Zendikar$29.99$23.2928.80%
[mtg_card]Spirit Link[/mtg_card]  Legends$3.30$2.6226.00%
[mtg_card]Kruin Outlaw[/mtg_card]  InnistradX$4.95$3.9724.70%
[mtg_card]Pithing Needle[/mtg_card]  10th EditionX$12.85$10.4922.50%
[mtg_card]Krosan Verge[/mtg_card]  Planechase 2012$2.53$2.0722.20%
[mtg_card]Dakmor Salvage[/mtg_card]  Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari$4.25$3.5021.40%
[mtg_card]Crawlspace[/mtg_card]  Urza's Legacy$2.56$2.1121.30%
[mtg_card]Anowon, the Ruin Sage[/mtg_card]  WorldwakeX$7.62$6.2821.30%
[mtg_card]Golgari Grave-Troll[/mtg_card]  Ravnica$14.24$11.7721.00%
[mtg_card]Mossfire Valley[/mtg_card]  OdysseyX$10.99$9.1020.80%
[mtg_card]Weathered Wayfarer[/mtg_card]  OnslaughtX$27.07$22.5320.20%
Golgari Grave-Troll  Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari$11.32$9.4320.00%
[mtg_card]Engineered Explosives[/mtg_card]  Modern MastersX$44.99$37.4920.00%
[mtg_card]Shapesharer[/mtg_card]  LorwynX$5.04$4.2020.00%

Weekly Fallers

[mtg_card]Greater Gargadon[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$10.95$25.00-56.20%
Greater Gargadon  Time Spiral$11.99$25.00-52.00%
[mtg_card]Strip Mine[/mtg_card] [Even Horizon]  Antiquities$14.22$22.39-36.50%
[mtg_card]Lord of Atlantis[/mtg_card]  7th EditionX$58.27$87.99-33.80%
[mtg_card]Golgari Grave-Troll[/mtg_card]  RavnicaX$62.87$90.00-30.10%
[mtg_card]Mirror Universe[/mtg_card] (*)  Legends$80.33$113.73-29.40%
[mtg_card]Elvish Archdruid[/mtg_card]  Magic 2010 (M10)X$5.82$7.69-24.30%
[mtg_card]Conflagrate[/mtg_card]  Time Spiral$6.16$8.13-24.20%
[mtg_card]Sleight of Hand[/mtg_card]  7th EditionX$24.96$32.81-23.90%
[mtg_card]Obstinate Baloth[/mtg_card]  Magic 2011 (M11)X$21.00$27.56-23.80%
[mtg_card]Killer Bees[/mtg_card]  Legends$11.11$14.37-22.70%
[mtg_card]Doomed Necromancer[/mtg_card]  OnslaughtX$7.89$9.99-21.00%
[mtg_card]Pillar of the Paruns[/mtg_card]  DissensionX$6.40$8.08-20.80%

(*) – Reserve List