Just like last week, the Commander: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt spoilers are the main factor of influence on the markets this week. There are enough cards spoiled for the brewing to commence and we expect a lot more movement in the coming weeks!
Like every week, just in time for (digital) FNM, I'll now tell you about the cards that will be the talk of the (digital) town tonight!
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Cards like Catalyst Stone fit a special and interesting category of cards. These are the ones that have unique abilities but are so set specific that their playrate is low and their prices can slumber for years, even decades. But when the time comes, these cards pop up and spike hard. Catalyst Stone had one of these spikes back in august 2019. Back then the spike was caused by the release of Sevinne, the Chronoclasm. As of now, both that commander and Catalyst Stone see a small amount of play in EDH.
Things just might be about to change! Up to now, the Commander: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt spoilers reveal that there will be 30 new cards printed with flashback. Another 2 cards from that set interact with flashback. On top of that, the Midnight Hunt Commanders have flashback as well, adding to a total of 37 new cards with flashback. And if you look back a little, Modern Horizons 2 also features 3 new flashback cards (on of which is also in the new Jumpstart). That brings the 2021 total up to 40 cards with flashback. In a time where a single card can cause older cards to spike, it is no surprise that Catalyst Stone is our #1 winner this week. The only other artifact that interacts with flashback has not moved in price: Altar of the Lost is still at is $0.24 price tag.
The Commander: Innistrad: Midnight Hunt spoilers have revealed that Werewolves are a big tribe in the set. We count a total of 17 werewolves that are about to be released. Daybreak Ranger already sees a little play in EDH. It gets included in Werewolf tribal builds with Ulrich of the Krallenhorde. It also sees some play in builds that revolve around the fight mechanic.
Some people run Daybreak Ranger in decks with Samut, Voice of Dissent. With that commander you can untap Daybreak Ranger to have its Werewolf side fight once again. The , T: fight ability on a 4/4 body can prove quite powerful, since it is reusable removal that can give your opponent quite the headache. A good and solid ability that is a nice addition to a EDH Werewolf deck.
Good old Oboro, Palace in the Clouds is back in our Weekly Winners once again! When picking the winnners each week, we look further than the percentual change only. We look at the biggest changes in actual dollar value too. And (outside promos and reserved list cards) Oboro, Palace in the Clouds tops that list this week with a $10 jump in price over the past week.
And it is quite an interesting card to discuss. It sees play in EDH (f.i. Tatyova, Kodama, Thrasios, Omnath), but not that much play. And it is not a auto-include in any EDH deck. Its playrate in EDH decks hovers between 2% and 20%, depending on the commander. Oboro, Palace in the Clouds sees play in Modern too, but not in any of the most popular decks. People run it in Merfolk (#48 in meta; 0.5%) and Mill (#13 in meta; 1.8%) builds.
You don't see a card with that limited amount of play on an $89.39 price level. But there are quite some factors in place that attribute to its value. Its a unique card, printed only once in a set that has a smaller print run compared to recent sets. It's also a card that is quite powerful in the right kind of build. In Modern Mill, it is played alongside Hedron Crab and Ruin Crab. Since you can return Oboro, Palace in the Clouds to your hand, you can make sure you can hit your landfall trigger each turn.
Any deck that revolves around landfall can make use of Oboro, Palace in the Clouds. And don't forget other strategies that use a 'land entering the battlefield' or 'permanent entering the battlefield' triggers. Come to think of it, I might include Oboro, Palace in the Clouds in my multiplayer Altar of the Brood deck.
Please note: for our 'record low' we consider the price of the card over the past 7 years. Many cards have been even cheaper (a) decade(s) ago. Also note: some cards are still going down, and might be even cheaper pickups next week.
Scalding Tarn $38.98 - ALL TIME LOW - Bottomed out
Misty Rainforest $34.00 - ALL TIME LOW - Bottomed out
Arid Mesa $20.00 - ALL TIME LOW - Slight Downtrend