Magic Monies - 9/2/16

So, we are now on this regular Friday regiment. There are quite a few cards on the lists this week, and we have the All-Time Highs and Lows to discuss this week.

It’s pretty clear that Bant Company is the best deck in the Standard right now. It made up 11 of the top 16 with 5 of the top 8 in the SCG Classic the past weekend and 7 of the top 16 with 4 of the top 8 in the invitational. Before that was GP weekend. At GP Rimini it took 6 of the top 8. So what this means is that most of the cards in Standard aren’t making much movement. In the next 2 months, [mtg_card]Collected Company[/mtg_card] is going to rotate out. So there isn’t much interest to invest in the cards from that deck or any card in it.

Other than that, Temur Emerge has been placing very well of late, beating Bant Company but not taking over the Top 8 yet. If you are looking into a deck that appears to rotate well, this might be your best bet.

But it’s Modern Season, Stop Talking About Standard
To say that Modern is a wide open format is an understatement. There were quite a few major tournaments last couple weekend for Modern. Burn took down GP Indianapolis, Infect at GP Lille, Grixis Delver at GP Guangzhou, Bant Eldrazi at SCG Open NJ, Jund on the MTGO Championships, and Elves at SCG Invitational NJ. So ya, wide open.

But there are a few things to notice here. [mtg_card]Engineered Explosives[/mtg_card] is one of the most popular sideboard cards in the game, causing the card to spike up to almost $50. It’s too late to get in now. I would wait on this card until Modern season comes to a close. This should fall to around $35-$40 by then. If you want to get in then you can, but you will be playing against a possible reprint in Modern Masters 2017.

[mtg_card]Death’s Shadow[/mtg_card] seems to be another big bad these days. I’ve seen the deck win in two turns on camera. That’s impressive and certainly draws a crowd. I still think the deck is a high risk of a banning. Not sure what will get hit, but keep an eye out. If it dodges a banning in the coming months, it might be a fine investment.

[mtg_card]Through the Breach[/mtg_card] decks have taken a very interesting turn the past year. Rather than try to jam an [mtg_card]Emrakul, the Aeons Torn[/mtg_card] down your throat, the deck now takes a [mtg_card]Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle[/mtg_card] shell. The deck ramps to a [mtg_card]Primeval Titan[/mtg_card] as fast as possible and starts slamming Valakut and [mtg_card]Mountain[/mtg_card]s in your face. This deck has been floating around all year, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to see it on camera. The main effect here is that Through the Breach found another deck to play in. So it’s price has shot up. Since the beginning of the year, it’s gone from just over $21 to $45. I’d look for a reprint here in Modern Master 2017 since it never has been reprinted previously.

Another deck on the rise is Bant Eldrazi. The main card riding high from this is actually [mtg_card]Brushland[/mtg_card], the WG painland. The land does quite a bit for the deck, but is also fairly isolated to this deck exclusively and been reprinted no fewer than 5 times. I wouldn’t expect this to get much higher, but at the same time, the deck is very good and seems to have some staying power in the format.

Other Cards to Discuss
[mtg_card]Collective Brutality[/mtg_card] is really the one card in Standard that is on the rise. The card has proven itself as one of the best utility cards in UB Zombies and various versions of Delirium decks. This could be a $5 card once Standard season starts up again. Might be wise to start picking them up at around $2 a pop.

[mtg_card]Bribery[/mtg_card] is a $20 card. You can thank/blame [mtg_card]Nahiri, the Harbinger[/mtg_card] for this.

[mtg_card]Lightning Helix[/mtg_card] hit $5 for the first time ever. And I mean all copies. Not sure what this even means. Burn more things and keep on Zooing I guess.

Good Buys
Can you feel that? That the sound of [mtg_card]Rest in Peace[/mtg_card] about to blow up in everyone’s face. It’s one the few cards that REALLY shuts down Dredge. It also has quite a few utility purposes in Legacy with [mtg_card]Energy Field[/mtg_card] and [mtg_card]Helm of Obedience[/mtg_card] in [mtg_card]Standstill[/mtg_card] and Miracles decks. I’d look for this to be a $15-$20 card by the end of year. Same goes with [mtg_card]Grafdigger’s Cage[/mtg_card], which is already at $10. The difference is that I could see Grafdigger’s Cage getting a reprint, which I don’t see one for Rest in Peace. The utility for Grafdigger’s Cage in Modern is very high, while Rest in Peace’s scope is a bit more limited.

I really like [mtg_card]Monastery Mentor[/mtg_card] at $12. This is card that hasn’t found many homes in Modern, but gets quite a bit of play Legacy. Tells me we need to do more brewing with this card to unlock it’s potential. I think the power of aggro in Modern meta is probably what’s holding it back the most.

I don’t know how many times I have to tell people to pick up copies of [mtg_card]Iona, Shield of Emeria[/mtg_card]. But I will keep on doing it until someone finally buys this out. I swear no one has ever played [mtg_card]Gifts Ungiven[/mtg_card] before.

[mtg_card]True-Name Nemesis[/mtg_card] is close to $10. I can’t imagine this card getting printed ever again outside of a crazy multiplayer format set. This is a good buy.

I have a feeling [mtg_card]Vendilion Clique[/mtg_card] won’t be in Modern Masters 2017. They have reprinted the card into the ground compared to when it was nearing $60. Buying a copy or two at $30 shouldn’t feel too bad.

Weekly Risers

[mtg_card]Collective Brutality[/mtg_card]  Eldritch MoonX$20.00$6.13226.30%
[mtg_card]Tainted Aether[/mtg_card]  7th Edition$3.79$1.20215.80%
[mtg_card]Apocalypse[/mtg_card] (*)  Tempest$7.99$3.44132.30%
[mtg_card]Collective Brutality[/mtg_card]  Eldritch Moon$3.50$1.56124.40%
[mtg_card]Springjack Shepherd[/mtg_card]  EventideX$7.00$3.20118.80%
[mtg_card]Anvil of Bogardan[/mtg_card] (*)  Visions$15.00$7.07112.20%
[mtg_card]Death's Shadow[/mtg_card]  WorldwakeX$34.48$18.1490.10%
[mtg_card]Pillar of the Paruns[/mtg_card]  DissensionX$16.55$8.7489.40%
[mtg_card]Selvala, Heart of the Wilds[/mtg_card]  Conspiracy: Take the CrownX$49.55$26.1889.30%
[mtg_card]Grim Flayer[/mtg_card]  Eldritch MoonX$51.48$28.2882.00%
[mtg_card]Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast[/mtg_card]  Conspiracy: Take the CrownX$97.49$53.9780.60%
[mtg_card]Beacon of Tomorrows[/mtg_card]  Fifth DawnX$24.90$14.4372.60%
[mtg_card]Flickerwisp[/mtg_card]  EventideX$19.89$11.9965.90%
[mtg_card]Bloodbraid Elf[/mtg_card]  Alara RebornX$14.99$9.1264.40%
[mtg_card]Engineered Explosives[/mtg_card]  Fifth Dawn$43.87$27.5359.40%
[mtg_card]Brushland[/mtg_card]  7th Edition$9.99$6.4953.90%
[mtg_card]Sulfurous Springs[/mtg_card]  7th EditionX$44.15$28.9552.50%
[mtg_card]Engineered Explosives[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$42.00$28.0050.00%
[mtg_card]Sungrass Prairie[/mtg_card]  OdysseyX$24.99$16.7749.00%
[mtg_card]Rest in Peace[/mtg_card]  Return to RavnicaX$19.75$13.6844.40%
[mtg_card]Death's Shadow[/mtg_card]  Worldwake$13.59$9.4743.50%
[mtg_card]Bridge from Below[/mtg_card]  Future Sight$21.00$14.9940.10%
[mtg_card]Ensnaring Bridge[/mtg_card]  8th EditionX$172.94$123.7539.80%
[mtg_card]Tainted Aether[/mtg_card]  Urza's Saga$2.34$1.6839.30%
[mtg_card]Through the Breach[/mtg_card]  Champions of Kamigawa$46.42$33.6238.10%
[mtg_card]Drop of Honey[/mtg_card] (*)  Arabian Nights$149.99$109.9236.50%
[mtg_card]Brushland[/mtg_card]  Fifth Edition$9.42$6.9535.50%
[mtg_card]Obstinate Baloth[/mtg_card]  Magic 2011 (M11)X$33.83$25.2034.30%
[mtg_card]Springjack Shepherd[/mtg_card]  Eventide$2.50$1.9130.90%
[mtg_card]Urza's Tower[/mtg_card]  9th EditionX$41.69$32.0530.10%
[mtg_card]Adarkar Wastes[/mtg_card]  10th EditionX$38.49$30.0028.30%
[mtg_card]Narcomoeba[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$2.84$2.2227.90%
[mtg_card]Vengeful Pharaoh[/mtg_card]  Magic 2012 (M12)X$6.36$4.9927.50%
[mtg_card]Strip Mine[/mtg_card] [Tower]  Antiquities$22.22$17.4627.30%
[mtg_card]Narcomoeba[/mtg_card]  Future Sight$3.79$2.9926.80%
[mtg_card]Leovold, Emissary of Trest[/mtg_card]  Conspiracy: Take the CrownX$88.08$69.9525.90%
[mtg_card]Expropriate[/mtg_card]  Conspiracy: Take the Crown$3.50$2.7925.50%
[mtg_card]Noxious Ghoul[/mtg_card]  Planechase$2.48$2.0024.00%
[mtg_card]Inquisition of Kozilek[/mtg_card]  Conspiracy: Take the Crown$7.83$6.3523.30%
[mtg_card]Planar Gate[/mtg_card] (*)  Legends$14.25$11.6422.40%
[mtg_card]Bloodbraid Elf[/mtg_card]  Eternal MastersX$19.85$16.2522.20%
[mtg_card]Countersquall[/mtg_card]  Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas$2.49$2.0422.10%
[mtg_card]Windborn Muse[/mtg_card]  LegionsX$4.76$3.9121.70%
[mtg_card]Mishra's Bauble[/mtg_card]  Coldsnap$28.38$23.3421.60%
[mtg_card]Desert Twister[/mtg_card]  Arabian Nights$13.82$11.3921.30%
[mtg_card]Grim Flayer[/mtg_card]  Eldritch Moon$12.86$10.6021.30%
[mtg_card]Noble Hierarch[/mtg_card]  ConfluxX$97.99$81.4720.30%
[mtg_card]Engineered Explosives[/mtg_card]  Modern MastersX$59.97$49.9920.00%

Weekly Fallers

[mtg_card]Leyline of the Void[/mtg_card]  GuildpactX$77.59$172.63-55.10%
[mtg_card]Narcomoeba[/mtg_card]  Future SightX$18.75$35.00-46.40%
[mtg_card]Hide // Seek[/mtg_card]  DissensionX$6.26$10.99-43.00%
[mtg_card]Infernal Tutor[/mtg_card]  DissensionX$111.86$169.98-34.20%
[mtg_card]Doomed Necromancer[/mtg_card]  OnslaughtX$5.27$7.89-33.20%
[mtg_card]Berserk[/mtg_card]  Conspiracy: Take the CrownX$87.00$129.99-33.10%
[mtg_card]Fulminator Mage[/mtg_card]  ShadowmoorX$98.99$146.50-32.40%
[mtg_card]Burning Wish[/mtg_card]  Conspiracy: Take the CrownX$10.19$14.41-29.30%
[mtg_card]Tetravus[/mtg_card]  Antiquities$11.98$16.13-25.70%
[mtg_card]Wrath of God[/mtg_card]  7th EditionX$90.00$119.95-25.00%
[mtg_card]Diabolic Intent[/mtg_card]  PlaneshiftX$74.92$99.95-25.00%
[mtg_card]Time Elemental[/mtg_card]  Legends$12.99$17.14-24.20%
[mtg_card]Conflagrate[/mtg_card]  Time SpiralX$20.00$25.99-23.10%
[mtg_card]Recruiter of the Guard[/mtg_card]  Conspiracy: Take the Crown$17.03$21.67-21.40%
[mtg_card]Austere Command[/mtg_card]  LorwynX$26.74$33.99-21.30%
[mtg_card]Narcomoeba[/mtg_card]  Modern MastersX$15.90$19.95-20.30%

(*) – Reserve List

All-Time Highs

[mtg_card]Apocalypse[/mtg_card]  Tempest$8.47
Bloom [mtg_card]Tender[/mtg_card]  Eventide$18.07
[mtg_card]Bribery[/mtg_card]  8th Edition$19.62
[mtg_card]Brushland[/mtg_card]  7th Edition$9.99
Brushland  Classic Sixth Edition$7.95
Brushland  Fifth Edition$9.42
Brushland  9th Edition$10.50
Brushland  Ice Age$9.18
[mtg_card]Cavern of Souls[/mtg_card]  Avacyn Restored$58.07
[mtg_card]Cloud Key[/mtg_card]  Future Sight$7.59
[mtg_card]Death Baron[/mtg_card]  Shards of Alara$18.56
[mtg_card]Death's Shadow[/mtg_card]  Worldwake$13.59
[mtg_card]Demonic Tutor[/mtg_card]  Revised Edition$16.98
[mtg_card]Diabolic Intent[/mtg_card]  Planeshift$17.50
[mtg_card]Eiganjo Castle[/mtg_card]  Champions of Kamigawa$9.18
[mtg_card]Emrakul, the Aeons Torn[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters 2015$37.37
[mtg_card]Enchantress's Presence[/mtg_card]  Onslaught$5.35
[mtg_card]Engineered Explosives[/mtg_card]  Fifth Dawn$49.00
[mtg_card]Gilded Lotus[/mtg_card]  Magic 2013 (M13)$8.99
[mtg_card]Golgari Grave-Troll[/mtg_card]  Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari$14.00
[mtg_card]Grafdigger's Cage[/mtg_card]  Dark Ascension$11.34
[mtg_card]Homeward Path[/mtg_card]  Commander$7.49
[mtg_card]Infernal Tutor[/mtg_card]  Dissension$23.86
[mtg_card]Leyline of the Void[/mtg_card]  Guildpact$14.75
Leyline of the Void  Magic 2011 (M11)$12.57
[mtg_card]Life from the Loam[/mtg_card]  Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari$13.49
[mtg_card]Lightning Helix[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$5.32
Lightning Helix  Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning$5.24
Lightning Helix  Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas$5.16
Lightning Helix  Ravnica$5.35
[mtg_card]Lotus Vale[/mtg_card]  Weatherlight$10.69
[mtg_card]Maelstrom Pulse[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$14.99
[mtg_card]Massacre Wurm[/mtg_card]  Mirrodin Besieged$8.23
[mtg_card]Noble Hierarch[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters 2015$57.88
[mtg_card]Path to Exile[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$11.25
[mtg_card]Reanimate[/mtg_card]  Tempest$10.00
[mtg_card]Strip Mine[/mtg_card]  Fourth Edition$7.58
[mtg_card]Thorn of Amethyst[/mtg_card]  Lorwyn$17.00
[mtg_card]Thran Dynamo[/mtg_card]  Archenemy$9.00
[mtg_card]Through the Breach[/mtg_card]  Champions of Kamigawa$46.42
[mtg_card]Time Spiral[/mtg_card]  Urza's Saga$29.84
[mtg_card]Tithe[/mtg_card]  Visions$5.55
[mtg_card]Underground Sea[/mtg_card]  Alpha Edition$8,265.05
[mtg_card]Worldly Tutor[/mtg_card]  Classic Sixth Edition$6.95

All-Time Lows

[mtg_card]Counterspell[/mtg_card]  Duel Decks: Jace vs. Chandra$5.09
[mtg_card]Cryptic Command[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters 2015$23.16
[mtg_card]Diaochan, Artful Beauty[/mtg_card]  Portal Three Kingdoms$38.84
[mtg_card]Enlightened Tutor[/mtg_card]  Mirage$11.57
Enlightened Tutor  Classic Sixth Edition$12.14
[mtg_card]Geist of Saint Traft[/mtg_card]  Innistrad$8.42
Goblin Piledriver  Onslaught$5.98
[mtg_card]Hua Tuo, Honored Physician[/mtg_card]  Portal Three Kingdoms$32.67
[mtg_card]Iona, Shield of Emeria[/mtg_card]  Zendikar$7.63
[mtg_card]Monastery Mentor[/mtg_card]  Fate Reforged$12.34
[mtg_card]Mystic Confluence[/mtg_card]  Commander 2015$7.62
[mtg_card]Narset Transcendent[/mtg_card]  Dragons of Tarkir$7.67
Natural Order  Portal$26.31
[mtg_card]Polluted Delta[/mtg_card]  Onslaught$36.29
[mtg_card]Sneak Attack[/mtg_card]  Urza's Saga$32.88
[mtg_card]Thoughtseize[/mtg_card]  Lorwyn$31.21
[mtg_card]Thundermaw Hellkite[/mtg_card]  Magic 2013 (M13)$7.84
[mtg_card]True-Name Nemesis[/mtg_card]  Commander 2013$11.92
[mtg_card]Vendilion Clique[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$32.95
Vendilion Clique  Modern Masters 2015$31.77
[mtg_card]Vindicate[/mtg_card]  Apocalypse$11.11
[mtg_card]Windswept Heath[/mtg_card]  Onslaught$22.15