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This Week in Magic - Week 10

10 Mar
by Jeremy Lichtenberger

Congratulations to Josh Utter-Leyton taking down the MTGO championship with his Mardu ballista Standard deck. We are one week into the full spoiler list going up on Modern Masters 2017 and cards have started to find their home, temporary or otherwise. It's worth noting that Pauper got some sweet rarity shifted cards in MM17. A banned/restricted announcement is on the horizon, the Modern meta is still undecided, Standard is all but solved and Frontier is starting to pushed more. Let's see what happened this week in Magic!


Fulminator Mage

There were bigger spikes in relation to percentages this week, but the shocker for me was Fulminator Mage. A modern sideboard and sometimes mainboard all-star, it should be no surprise that it has gone up. I definitely slept on Fulmys as they always have been a staple and always obtainable. Black based decks are on the rise and since it wasn't reprinted in MM17, it saw a large increase in demand. There are several ways to abuse Fulmy, but even at face value it's a terrific creature.


Karn Liberated

Karn Liberated has spiked to his all-time high and it's partially due to the fact that he was left out of the MM17 set. It's crazy that a planeswalker that basically only sees play in one archetype (tron) and a few commander decks can be so expensive. Although it's worth noting that most Tron players are diehard and will hold onto their copies until you pry them from their cold, colorless hands. Tron is a great deck to battle the midrange B/G/x decks that are super popular right now, and coupled with the limited amount of copies available, I could see Karn being a $100 card in a few years.


Colossus of Sardia

The original big daddy himself, Colossus of Sardia has seen a mini buyout. This card drums up memories of constructing the most Ludacris concoctions just so I could cast this monster. At the time, there weren't many ways to handle this once it hit the field. It was larger than anything else, trampled and was an artifact (looking at you Terror!) Oddly, this isn't a reserved list card, but that doesn't mean the Antiquities printing will be any less valuable if for some reason they decide to reprint a 9/9 trample for 9 that costs 9 to untap. Probably unlikely…


Through the Breach

Through the Breach spiked yet again, and it's becoming quite unobtainable in price. It's hit yet another all-time high and really shows no sign of stopping. I think the only thing that would make Through the Breach drop in price is a ban on Simian Spirit Guide. It sees play in Legacy Sneak and Show and several Modern decks (Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, Goryo's Vengeance, etc.) Coupled with Simian Spirit Guide it's an instant speed way to get yourself an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Griselbrand or Primeval Titan out on the cheap.


Noble Hierarch

Noble Hierarch also spiked this week after being left out of the MM17 printings. Many people dumped their copies before the spoilers were posted, assuming that it would be printed. I wouldn't be surprised if it hit an all-time high over the next few weeks. One of the best mana dorks ever printed deserves a spot at the top. Unfortunately, if you wanted to build a deck that included 4x of Nobles, your deck just got a bit more expensive.


Merchant Scroll

The card you're most likely to wish you had purchased a ton of is Merchant Scroll. Both printings saw a steep incline this week. It sees play in several Legacy and has recently found a home in Modern Storm (example deck list here.) It also sees Commander play, so it's odd that it stayed so cheap for so long. I've used it in just about any blue based Commander deck that wanted to do dirty, dirty things. With only two printings to speak of, it's hard to say when this card will settle back down to an uninflated price.


Three Wishes

Three Wishes spiked, and as far as I can see, it's somewhat of an unknown. It sees basically no play and I don't think even the jankiest of deck builders would want it. That being said, it is a reserved list card, so I guess we're supposed to expect the inevitable. It will probably settle back down to over a buck and hang out there until someone decided to buy and horde more.


City of Shadows

City of Shadows, another reserved list card, has spiked. This does see some Commander play, but more importantly the art is awesome. I'd be more likely to buy a card like this than Three Wishes, as cards from the Dark are near and dear to me. It's still a useable sac out and a slow mana storage land.

Foils of the Week!

I hope you own a copy or copies of foil Merchant Scroll, because those bad boys went through the roof. Karn Liberated also followed suit with its non-foil counterpart and skyrocketed. Makes me sad I dumped mine for $100 each. Mishra's Bauble nearly double in price as players start to settle in with their new Modern decks, finally deciding to foil them out. Fabricate also saw a huge spike, a bit delayed from its non-foil spike. Bloom Tender, a commander card that spiked a few months ago, hit the big time! Finally, Rest in Peace decided that it was time to spike, although it's seen Modern sideboard play for ages.

Cheap pickups of the Week!

It's been awhile since I have done this segment, so I figured now would be the perfect time. Starting with Modern Masters 2017, now is definitely the time to pick up any and all reprints you were hoping for. The window of opportunity won't be open for long as initial panic selling and market instability will cause a moment in time where you can grab your Modern staples for rock bottom prices. Additionally, people will be moving into certain decks at a higher rate, so I'd pick up deck pieces while they are still cheap (Burn, Jund, Grixis, etc.) Lastly, the banned list. Chances are there will be no changes, however, let's say something like Splinter Twin comes off of the banned list. It might be worth getting your playset now. I'm just saying that Twin is borderline worthless to anyone but a Commander player right now, so getting a few for yourself wouldn't be a bad investment.

MTGStocks mystery chart of the Week!

Last week's chart was Sensei's Divining Top. Some people were stumped, but others still managed to pick up on it. This week, a staple for many decks.

Conversation of the Week!

This week I'd like to discuss deck building in Commander and ways to keep it fresh if you start to get burned out on it. There's no doubt that you can build a Commander deck in many, many ways. One of the things that I did when I started getting burned out was start a budget Commander group. No card could be over $2 on and the “banned list” of cards over $2 would rotate each time a new product of cards came out. There was a 2 week grace period when a new set would come out so people could still play with cards that were $2 before they spiked. (Hangarback Walker is a prime example of this rule in place.) It gave all of us a chance to build a Commander deck with new eyes and it was fun to play with either underpowered or obscure cards. I think everyone should build at least one fun, obscure or thematic deck. Additionally, I think that all Commander players should build at least one “no excuses” deck. Regardless of the game setting, people will always have something to gripe about regarding a player's deck building or play style. I encourage everyone to build at least one deck that doesn't make excuses, but only cares about winning. It will up the stakes of your local play group and you'll find highly competitive Commander games just as rewarding as the fun, casual games.

The best Commander card you're not playing!

I'd like to introduce you to Cauldron Haze. A fantastically cute trick to play just before you or someone else wipes the board. The best part about the card is that you can target ANYONE's creatures. It's a great way to be political and incite conversation about what gets to stick around.

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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!

Repentant Blacksmith Meddling Mage Ancient Ziggurat

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!

Ice Cauldron Marionette Master Corpse Harvester

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!

Urborg Justice Anointed Procession Kindred Dominance

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!

Quicksilver Fountain Erhnam Djinn Search for Azcanta

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!

Volrath\'s Shapeshifter Rishadan Footpad Hostage Taker

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.

Hostage Taker Morphling Living Wish

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!

Carnage Tyrant Well of Knowledge Knacksaw Clique

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!

Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund Psionic Blast Preemptive Strike

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!

Empress Galina Opt Urza\'s Tower (Mountains)

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!

Gwendlyn Di Corci Dragonlord Dromoka Voidmage Prodigy

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