Magic Monies - 10/7/16

It's the very first week of a new world of Standard in Magic Monies this week. Let's see how many people we can find that hate our new rides. Oh, and All-Time Highs and Lows this week.

Weekly Risers

[mtg_card]Smuggler's Copter[/mtg_card]  Kaladesh$17.06$9.0189.40%
[mtg_card]Aether Hub[/mtg_card]  Kaladesh$2.93$1.7270.40%
[mtg_card]Needle Spires[/mtg_card]  Oath of the Gatewatch$2.39$1.4564.80%
[mtg_card]Platinum Emperion[/mtg_card]  Scars of Mirrodin$24.00$14.8761.40%
[mtg_card]Mana Web[/mtg_card] (*)  Weatherlight$10.73$7.0252.90%
[mtg_card]Scrapheap Scrounger[/mtg_card]  Kaladesh$2.50$1.7443.70%
[mtg_card]Arcane Denial[/mtg_card]  Commander 2013$6.15$4.2943.40%
[mtg_card]Inspiring Vantage[/mtg_card]  Kaladesh$6.17$4.5037.10%
[mtg_card]Thunderfoot Baloth[/mtg_card]  Commander 2014$2.75$2.0236.10%
[mtg_card]Toolcraft Exemplar[/mtg_card]  Kaladesh$2.75$2.0534.20%
[mtg_card]Skysovereign, Consul Flagship[/mtg_card]  Kaladesh$8.99$6.8032.20%
[mtg_card]Goblin Matron[/mtg_card]  Duel Decks: Anthology$2.40$1.8331.20%
[mtg_card]Krosan Verge[/mtg_card]  Planechase 2012$2.83$2.2625.20%
[mtg_card]Fumigate[/mtg_card]  Kaladesh$2.58$2.0923.40%

Weekly Fallers

[mtg_card]Brushland[/mtg_card]  Fifth Edition$11.59$22.65-48.80%
[mtg_card]Intervention Pact[/mtg_card]  Future Sight$6.62$9.85-32.80%

(*) - Reserve List

All-Time Highs

[mtg_card]Acquire[/mtg_card]  Media Promos$8.24
[mtg_card]Beacon of Immortality[/mtg_card]  Fifth Dawn$6.93
[mtg_card]Bribery[/mtg_card]  8th Edition$19.97
[mtg_card]Cavern of Souls[/mtg_card]  Avacyn Restored$63.72
[mtg_card]Coat of Arms[/mtg_card]  9th Edition$8.35
[mtg_card]Coat of Arms[/mtg_card]  Magic 2010 (M10)$8.69
[mtg_card]Copy Enchantment[/mtg_card]  Ravnica$5.42
[mtg_card]Cruel Tutor[/mtg_card]  Portal$24.96
[mtg_card]Crusade[/mtg_card]  Unlimited Edition$29.97
[mtg_card]Demonic Tutor[/mtg_card]  Duel Decks: Divine vs. Demonic$29.42
[mtg_card]Demonic Tutor[/mtg_card]  Revised Edition$17.50
[mtg_card]Demonic Tutor[/mtg_card]  Unlimited Edition$30.57
[mtg_card]Doubling Season[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$44.15
[mtg_card]Doubling Season[/mtg_card]  Ravnica$44.32
[mtg_card]Flusterstorm[/mtg_card]  Commander$71.99
[mtg_card]Garruk Wildspeaker[/mtg_card]  Commander$9.17
[mtg_card]Gilded Lotus[/mtg_card]  Magic 2013 (M13)$9.21
[mtg_card]Goblin King[/mtg_card]  Unlimited Edition$7.23
[mtg_card]Grafdigger's Cage[/mtg_card]  Dark Ascension$12.21
[mtg_card]Grave Pact[/mtg_card]  9th Edition$11.01
[mtg_card]Hokori, Dust Drinker[/mtg_card]  Betrayers of Kamigawa$5.58
[mtg_card]Lich[/mtg_card]  Unlimited Edition$32.99
[mtg_card]Lich Lord of Unx[/mtg_card]  Alara Reborn$5.10
[mtg_card]Lightning Helix[/mtg_card]  Ravnica$5.49
[mtg_card]Lord of Atlantis[/mtg_card]  Unlimited Edition$12.05
[mtg_card]Mana Vault[/mtg_card]  Revised Edition$11.49
[mtg_card]Mana Web[/mtg_card]  Weatherlight$10.73
[mtg_card]Massacre Wurm[/mtg_card]  Mirrodin Besieged$8.45
[mtg_card]Mirror Gallery[/mtg_card]  Betrayers of Kamigawa$5.95
[mtg_card]Obstinate Baloth[/mtg_card]  Magic 2011 (M11)$5.00
[mtg_card]Path to Exile[/mtg_card]  Archenemy$11.85
[mtg_card]Path to Exile[/mtg_card]  Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth$11.68
[mtg_card]Path to Exile[/mtg_card]  Modern Event Deck$11.28
[mtg_card]Path to Exile[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$11.50
[mtg_card]Primal Vigor[/mtg_card]  Commander 2013$10.70
[mtg_card]Reaper King[/mtg_card]  Shadowmoor$5.09
[mtg_card]Rise of the Dark Realms[/mtg_card]  Magic 2014 (M14)$7.30
[mtg_card]Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant[/mtg_card]  Saviors of Kamigawa$5.39
[mtg_card]Solitary Confinement[/mtg_card]  Judgment$5.95
[mtg_card]Static Orb[/mtg_card]  Tempest$5.56
[mtg_card]Thorn of Amethyst[/mtg_card]  Lorwyn$17.49
[mtg_card]Thran Dynamo[/mtg_card]  Commander 2014$8.18
[mtg_card]Visions of Beyond[/mtg_card]  Magic 2012 (M12)$7.95
[mtg_card]Ward of Bones[/mtg_card]  Eventide$5.07
[mtg_card]Worldly Tutor[/mtg_card]  Classic Sixth Edition$7.58
[mtg_card]Worldly Tutor[/mtg_card]  Mirage$7.30
[mtg_card]Zombie Master[/mtg_card]  Unlimited Edition$8.89

All-Time Lows

[mtg_card]Akroma, Angel of Wrath[/mtg_card]  Timeshifted$5.27
[mtg_card]Argothian Enchantress[/mtg_card]  Urza's Saga$11.12
[mtg_card]Black Market[/mtg_card]  Mercadian Masques$5.19
[mtg_card]Cryptic Command[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$23.03
[mtg_card]Dark Confidant[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$39.90
[mtg_card]Energy Field[/mtg_card]  Urza's Saga$5.05
[mtg_card]Enlightened Tutor[/mtg_card]  Classic Sixth Edition$11.79
[mtg_card]Flooded Strand[/mtg_card]  Onslaught$29.84
[mtg_card]Geist of Saint Traft[/mtg_card]  Innistrad$7.94
[mtg_card]Iona, Shield of Emeria[/mtg_card]  Zendikar$7.46
[mtg_card]Karplusan Forest[/mtg_card]  Deckmasters Garfield vs Finkel$7.51
[mtg_card]Monastery Mentor[/mtg_card]  Fate Reforged$11.24
[mtg_card]Narset Transcendent[/mtg_card]  Dragons of Tarkir$6.72
[mtg_card]Natural Order[/mtg_card]  Portal$25.86
[mtg_card]Orim's Chant[/mtg_card]  Planeshift$7.17
[mtg_card]Piracy[/mtg_card]  Portal Second Age$8.69
[mtg_card]Polluted Delta[/mtg_card]  Onslaught$36.00
[mtg_card]Sea Drake[/mtg_card]  Portal Second Age$5.63
[mtg_card]Show and Tell[/mtg_card]  Urza's Saga$45.00
[mtg_card]Sneak Attack[/mtg_card]  Urza's Saga$32.27
[mtg_card]Stifle[/mtg_card]  Scourge$5.85
[mtg_card]Tarmogoyf[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters 2015$131.99
[mtg_card]Thoughtseize[/mtg_card]  Lorwyn$31.00
[mtg_card]Thoughtseize[/mtg_card]  Theros$13.70
[mtg_card]Vendilion Clique[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters$31.64
[mtg_card]Vendilion Clique[/mtg_card]  Modern Masters 2015$30.83
[mtg_card]Vindicate[/mtg_card]  Apocalypse$10.64
[mtg_card]Warrior's Oath[/mtg_card]  Portal Three Kingdoms$35.44
[mtg_card]Windswept Heath[/mtg_card]  Onslaught$21.62

My Pink Cadillac

The big winner after the weekend was WR Vehicles. Turns out this new mechanic is pretty good. It fueled (pun intended) a massive boost to [mtg_card]Smuggler's Copter[/mtg_card], which never in my life would I suspected could be a $15 card. Small boost also came to [mtg_card]Toolcraft Exemplar[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Skysovereign, Consul Flagship[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Needle Spires[/mtg_card], and [mtg_card]Inspiring Vantage[/mtg_card]; they are two other major players and the dual lands in the deck. I was a little surprised not to see [mtg_card]Depala, Pilot Exemplar[/mtg_card] make the list. You can still pick that one up at $1 each. But if it didn't get a rise out of this tournament, I doubt it ever will.

Other Notes

[mtg_card]Aether Hub[/mtg_card] is [mtg_card]Tendo Ice Bridge[/mtg_card]. Which goes for $3 each and gets some occasion Modern play. Not to mention Aether Hub is can continue to be used so long as you can keep it running on energy. This is a legit card in Standard and probably will continue to be so during it's life here. It's also strictly better than Tendo Ice Bridge, so don't be surprised to see it in Modern. Particularly if there are cards that give energy that are also Modern playable.

[mtg_card]Platinum Emperion[/mtg_card] continues to rocket from the combo with [mtg_card]Madcap Experiment[/mtg_card]. Somewhat related, [mtg_card]Intervention Pact[/mtg_card] dropped quite a bit. I figured that this might happen as the card isn't that good, and adds an additional card in your deck to play instead of the 2 card Platinum Emperion version of the combo.

I see you [mtg_card]Fumigate[/mtg_card]. Keep an eye on this one. It's a solid sweeper for this Standard once the control decks break out.

I'm not sure what's going on with [mtg_card]Arcane Denial[/mtg_card]. The Alliances version is $0.50, sooooo ya.

All-Timer's Notes

There is actually a surprising amount to pull from this month's list. The big one that jumps out to me is that [mtg_card]Path to Exile[/mtg_card] is a $10 card now. Considering it's a no brainer to be reprint in Modern Masters know what, this card has like 7 printings by now. Another isn't going to do a thing to this price. It would take a gigantic print run to put a dent into it.

I also found out what cards kinda need another print run sooner rather than later. [mtg_card]Bribery[/mtg_card] at $20? Since [mtg_card]Nahiri, the Harbinger[/mtg_card] is a thing in Modern, this card might need a new printing soon. In my opinion, a Eldrazi-heavy Standard format might be a good place for it. [mtg_card]Cavern of Souls[/mtg_card] at over $60 each is dumb. Wizards need to fix that ASAP. That said, Cavern of Souls is dumb anyway. I think Wizard made a mistake not putting [mtg_card]Flusterstorm[/mtg_card] in either Conspiracy 2 or Eternal Masters. There is no reason that card should be over $70. [mtg_card]Lightning Helix[/mtg_card] is a $5 card.

I had a foil [mtg_card]Doubling Season[/mtg_card] once upon a time that I sold for $25. I feel bad about that. At least it was a Modern Masters printing so I don't have to feel that bad.

Few cards I would watch out on the list. [mtg_card]Grafdigger's Cage[/mtg_card] is certainly looking to be a card that is going up to battle tutoring style decks and various graveyard strategies. Worth noting it is way better at the former than the latter. There are quite a few graveyard strategies that don't care at all about Grafdigger's Cage. Also watch out for [mtg_card]Thorn of Amethyst[/mtg_card]. Many creature based decks in Modern and Legacy have been using Thorn of Amethyst to slow down the control decks. It hurts decks like Miracles quite a bit in Legacy.

I typically use the All-Time Lows list to give recommendations to buy. I think the obvious pick here is [mtg_card]Thoughtseize[/mtg_card]. It's down to $13 and probably will never be printed again. I think Wizards recognizes that putting it into Standard was a huge mistake. The print run on it was huge and will probably supply Magic for the next 5-8 years. So at this price, it's a pretty safe long term buy.

Other decent buys are [mtg_card]Stifle[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Iona, Shield of Emeria[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Black Market[/mtg_card], and [mtg_card]Energy Field[/mtg_card]. Stifle is an enabler, rises and falls with the meta. Iona, Shield of Emeria is a great [mtg_card]Gifts Ungiven[/mtg_card] target. Black Market is a popular Commander card and Energy Field gets play in combo-heavy Miracles decks.

What I will tell you not to buy based on this is any card from Modern Masters sets. Outside maybe [mtg_card]Cryptic Command[/mtg_card] and probably [mtg_card]Vendilion Clique[/mtg_card], all of them will probably show up again in Modern Masters 2017. The price should drop on all of them. And yes, I not a subscriber to the "Wizards Isn't Reprinting [mtg_card]Dark Confidant[/mtg_card] Again Club." It's still over $40 and gets way to much play across a number of formats not to reprint.


  1. There were 32 Smuggler's Copter in the top 8 of SCG Open Indianapolis. There were 136+ copies of the card at the tournament, which is insane. That being said, I would sell now. There are going to be ways around the card no matter how pushed it was and the price will go back to being reasonable in time.

  2. It's funny bring that up. It's too early to be having this talk, but there is already talk that Smuggler's Copter may need to be banned. When 32 copies are in the top 8, these things happen.


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