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This Week in Magic - Week 5

03 Feb
by Jeremy Lichtenberger

Pro Tour Aether Revolt is happening as of this writing, and I'm excited to see what the pros bring to the table for Standard. Also, Star City Games has regionals (Modern) going on all over the US, so it will be a great weekend of Magic. Let's see what has been making movement in the market this week.



Well, unfortunately, I have to be boring and mention Retract. Again. It is at the top of the charts this week, nearly doubling in price AFTER its spike last week. Cheeri0s is a real deck and many pros have showed what it can do on stream. I've played a few matches verses it in Modern and while it can have some busted turn 2 wins, it can be fragile. We will have to see what kind of results the deck puts up this weekend, but I don't expect Retract to fall below $10 any time soon.


Runed Halo

Runed Halo has jumped to nearly $20 and it's a very powerful, but under-utilized card in Modern. With all sorts of brews coming out of the woodworks, there's no telling what the next big Modern deck will be. It sees sideboard and mainboard play in a number of white based control decks, and is surprisingly hard to deal with.


Primal Vigor

Primal Vigor, the fair version of Doubling Season has finally caught on as the budget alternative. Sadly, with the spike this week, it's no longer a budget alternative. In Commander, I always played Primal Vigor over Doubling Season because it usually made me some friends.


Puresteel Paladin

With the same theme of Cheeri0s, Puresteel Paladin spiked fairly hard, pushing it to over $50 per playset. While the deck may have been budget for the pioneers, it is quickly becoming out of reach. Puresteel is the better version of Sram, Senior Edificer, I think, because the equip cost of 0 randomly is great. It's a rough time for Commander players looking to build metalcraft or artifact based strategies. 



Disallow made its way up this week and I think it's well overdue. A strictly better Voidslime is very playable. Control decks are starting to take over Standard and this card is very rarely dead. I think Disallow is a fantastic long term investment, even though it just spiked. 


Mox Opal

Mox Opal is yet another part of Cheeri0s, but also sees play in other Modern decks. With Affinity quickly becoming the fastest beatdown deck in the format and Cheeri0s breaking the rules, I'd be very careful picking up Mox Opals, especially at their current price.

Cheap pickups of the Week!

Boros Reckoner has fallen very, very far from the days of exploding players and commanding a $20 price tag. It's a great commander card, a great casual card and even Modern playable. Not many cards have a similar effect, and with hybrid mana, it's easy to cast. Runeflare Trap is a card most people have forgotten about, but it has applications in a constructed deck or casual. Reality Smasher is about $0.05 from it's all time low, but at $3, why would anyone pass this up? With Fatal Push taking over Modern, there will be a premium on creatures that cost over 4 mana.

Foils of the Week!

Well, if you have any foil Sleight of Hand, you're in luck. 9th Edition have spiked to well over $100! Infernal Tutor gained a cool $100 and is sitting at $450 now. Herald of Leshrac is a very rude, but cool creature. It's still pretty cheap, but the foil gained $5. Pretty much everything from the Modern Cheeri0s list skyrocketed alongside the non-foil copies. 

Conversation of the Week!

With Wizards having the power to ban cards more frequently, some feel that it's an unpredictable time to invest in Standard cards. Let it be known that the last thing they want to do is ban cards in Standard. That means they messed up pretty big and they generally try to avoid that at all costs. However, depending on how this weekend shapes up, people may become even more displeased with the lack of diversity. Fingers crossed we get a diverse top 8!

The best Commander card you're not playing!

Tired of having your creatures destroyed by targeted removal? Dense Foliage is just the place you want to be. A cheap and efficient way to make sure your creatures dodge those pesky Royal Assassins and Swords to Plowshares.


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This Week in Magic - Week 43

Pro Tour Ixalan is upon us, and it is happening after the meta has been cemented, which stands to have decks break out of the dark and surprise us all. There were a number of interesting spikes this week thanks to a new Modern deck taking over, and we discuss some awesome foil spikes. Without further ado, I give you, this week in Magic!

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This Week in Magic - Week 42

We had a somewhat uneventful week, as Modern and Standard are still struggling to establish a solid meta, but unexpectedly we saw quite a few spikes in older cards. It's a brewers paradise out there, so at any moment a random card or group of cards can take over a format. Let's see what kind of movement we had, this week in Magic!

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This Week in Magic - Week 42

This week was plagued with old, obscure cards, but between the fog shined a few gems. We also had an interesting no bans announcement from Wizards that hinted something may be coming off of the ban list in Modern. Let’s plow through all the crazy cards that saw an uptick, this week in Magic!

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This Week in Magic - Week 41

We have the Nationals this weekend alongside SCG Charlotte, so prepare for some great Magic action! Standard is still trying to figure the meta out post Worlds, and Modern is still up for grabs. There was a little bit of everything spiking this week, from reserved list cards (shocking) to Ixalan cards. Let's check out our spikes, this week in Magic!

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This Week in Magic - Week 40

World’s is upon us and I hope you’re all as excited as I am. SCG Dallas gave us a glimpse into what the new meta is going to look like and there weren’t too many surprises. On the heels of the first large tournament in new Standard, we had some movement in new and older cards. Let’s get into all the top market movement, this week in Magic!

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This Week in Magic - Week 39

Ixalan is here! While I am rejoicing that, I am also weeping as I say goodbye to Eldrazi in Standard. We have a brand new Standard upon us and from what I’ve seen, people are struggling to find new decks that perform well. As people try new things, cards will go up and down at the drop of a hat. Let’s take a look at what movement we saw this week, in Magic.

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This Week in Magic - Week 38

Who’s ready for dinosaurs and pirates? I know I am! I’ve built a super sweet U/B pirates list and I can’t wait to play it on MTGO and in paper. We’ve had some expected movement in the reserved list segment, but also a hype train for a big bad dino. Hopefully everyone has a fun and safe pre-release, so let’s all board the ship to Ixalan, this week in Magic!

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This Week in Magic - Week 37

What a week! Iconic Masters dropped at Hascon, and pictures were flooding in at the same time more spoilers for Ixalan were getting dropped. It was an insane Friday and while we got some great cards, the market didn’t really shift too much. Let’s breakdown all the madness, this week in Magic!

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This week in Magic - Week 36

I had a bit of madness at work last week and unfortunately wasn’t able to publish an article, which is unfortunate because FAR too many things happened in the Magic world. Ixalan spoilers are in full swing, dinosaurs are awesome, and Planeswalkers have finally been turned in legendary permanents. Let’s take a deep breath and dive into this week in Magic!

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This week in Magic - Week 34

If you thought there were a lot of reserved list buyouts last week, this week will make you sick. I’m going to try and avoid talking about most of the unplayable cards this week, other than one of my favorite Legends. This week will be a shorter article as I've been on the road and haven't had great access to a computer/internet. Let’s try to push through all these movements, this week in Magic!

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