Weekly Winners 2018 - 32

10 Aug
by Arjen

Another week, another weekly winners. We're starting to see more effects of the Commander 2018 set on other cards. Also we're discussing some cards in Modern. Exciting week!


#1 Insidious Dreams $17.98 (+505.39%)

Insidious Dreams


This card from Torment has spiked last week because of the new card Entreat the Dead from Commander 2018. The interaction being that you can cast Insidious Dreams, discard some fatties from your hand, search up Entreat the Dead and put it on the top of your deck. Then when you draw your first card next turn (or even the same turn), surprise surprise, it's a Miracle!

Insidious Dreams also has another interaction with a new Commander 2018 card: Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow. You can stack the top of your library and make sure some high converted mana cost creatures are on top.

However, there are more combos available with Insidious Dreams. One of them is the Mike and Trike combo, where you cast Insidious Dreams at the end of your opponent's turn for X = 4. Search up Thought Scour, Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Triskelion and Victimize. In your turn, you untap and draw the Thought Scour, cast it, mill the creatures, draw the Victimize and play it. Then you can use the two creatures to kill your opponent. This would work with any 2 creature combo.


#2 Bridge from Below $31.79 (+148.36%)

Bridge from Below


Last week we already pointed out at the Vengevine-spike that Bridge from Below would probably go up more as well. I don't think it's a total surprise for anyone that this actually happened. Since the printing of Stitcher's Supplier, the BridgeVine deck is doing insanely well in Modern where it's not uncommon to hit for over 10 power on turn 2 or 3.

Bridge from Below plays an important role in this deck, where it has a neat interaction with Insolent Neonate. With Bridge from Below, the little Vampire becomes more than just an enabler to get stuff into the graveyard. If you activate Neonate's ability and discard Bridge from Below, not only do you get to draw a card, but also get a 2/2 zombie token.

But also creatures sacrificed to Viscera Seer, which you're probably able to get onto the battlefield later anyway, will net you extra zombies.


#3 Nimble Obstructionist $4.80 (+141.21%)

Nimble Obstructionist


When Nimble Obstructionist came out, I remember going absolutely nuts over it. It was preselling for about $7.50, since it "basically" was Vendilion Clique's little cousin. But pretty quickly, the price went down and the card never really took off. Some people think that the card still is very underrated and has more room to grow.

Nowadays it's actively being played in Modern UR Aggro, where they use the full playset.

UR Aggro - Modern by Willyblake

Creature (16)
2 Vendilion Clique $5.00
2 Grim Lavamancer $0.35
4 Nimble Obstructionist $0.49
4 Delver of Secrets $0.40
4 Snapcaster Mage $15.24
Instant (22)
2 Abrade $0.24
2 Burst Lightning $0.25
2 Spell Snare $0.88
4 Opt $0.18
4 Remand $1.43
4 Lightning Bolt $0.42
4 Wizard's Lightning $0.25
Land (22)
1 Flooded Strand $28.99
1 Mountain $0.10
2 Wandering Fumarole $0.30
3 Island $0.10
3 Steam Vents $12.33
4 Scalding Tarn $18.67
4 Mutavault $7.99
4 Spirebluff Canal $12.67
Sideboard (15)
2 Izzet Staticaster $0.25
2 Disdainful Stroke $0.15
2 Magma Spray $0.19
2 Dispel $0.28
3 Negate $0.20
1 Roast $0.38
1 Entrancing Melody $0.40
2 Alpine Moon $2.32

Currently, there are many activated and triggered abilities in modern that are worth countering: fetchlands, storm triggers, planeswalkers (ultimates!), Knight of the Reliquary, Ghost Quarter, etc. Not only will it counter those abilities, it can do it uncounterable with it's Cycle ability also drawing you a card. If all else fails, it's a Flash 3/1 flying creature for some serious beats.

Nimble Obstructionist
Hour of DevastationBuy on CardKingdom $3.99


Cheap pickups

#1 Enchantress's Presence
Enchantress's Presence

Since the enchantment theme in Commander 2018, the Onslaught version of Enchantress's Presence has actually slightly gone up, but the Commander 2018 version has come down and can be picked up for below $5 a piece.

Enchantress's Presence
OnslaughtBuy on CardKingdom $9.99
Commander 2018Buy on CardKingdom $3.99


#2 Scapeshift


Since its reprint in Core Set 2019, this card has come down a lot. The Morningtide version went down from almost $60 to around $25, while the Core Set 2019 version is around the $15. Bear in mind that if you want to play Scapeshift you most likely also need Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, which unfortunately has gone up.

MorningtideBuy on CardKingdom $17.99
Core Set 2019Buy on CardKingdom $15.99

Arjen has been playing Magic since Ice Age and has mostly played the Legacy format. Ten years ago he founded MTGStocks because he and his friends wanted to buy Magic singles at the right time to play with.

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