TARDIS$4.00 (+100.00%)
Time Lord Regeneration$4.00 (+100.00%)
Slip Through Space$7.50 (+50.00%)
Dramatic Reversal$5.00 (+39.28%)
Sheoldred's Edict$7.20 (+27.43%)
Serum Visions$2.50 (+26.90%)
Angel's Grace$3.00 (-24.81%)
Lazotep Plating$2.09 (+22.94%)
Preordain$2.07 (-22.18%)
Mountain Goat$7.00 (-21.26%)
Virtue of Strength$6.31 (-20.73%)
The Irencrag$4.01 (-19.80%)
Kellan, the Fae-Blooded$3.00 (-19.79%)
Wheel of Fate$2.98 (+19.68%)
Ghoulish Impetus$3.90 (+18.54%)
Mountain (1358)$8.44 (-17.50%)
Twining Twins$2.49 (-17.00%)
Serendib Efreet$700.00 (+16.67%)
Rowan, Scion of War$2.43 (-16.21%)
Mountain (1363)$7.11 (-16.16%)
Mountain (1367)$7.11 (-16.16%)
Mountain (1365)$7.11 (-16.16%)
Mountain (1360)$7.11 (-16.16%)
Archon of the Wild Rose$2.50 (-16.11%)
Spellstutter Sprite$15.50 (-13.89%)
Mountain (1359)$9.43 (-13.88%)
Gruul Signet$15.74 (+13.48%)
Sphere of Safety$9.51 (+12.54%)
Mountain (1364)$8.28 (-12.29%)
Darksteel Mutation$2.50 (+12.11%)
Grim Haruspex$11.00 (-11.93%)
Elspeth, Sun's Champion$2.53 (-11.85%)
Xenk, Paladin Unbroken$39.99 (+11.83%)
Goblin Engineer$6.80 (+11.66%)
Asinine Antics$3.63 (+11.35%)
Electrodominance$3.80 (+11.11%)
Goblin Offensive$3.90 (+11.11%)

Weekly Winners 2018 - 44

09 Nov
by Peter

The magic markets have not been this slow for over a year! The reserved list buyouts seem to be really behind us and even the spoiling of UMA has little effect on the markets. This week we have 2 'real' winners and an extra piece on those gold bordered cards!


#1 Copperline Gorge $20 (+58.98%)

Copperline Gorge


Dredge has been up-and-up in Modern and that has an influcence on the price of Copperline Gorge. Altough the card sees play in other decks as well (like Jund and Hollowine) not as abundantly as in Dredge.

On the one hand Copperline Gorge's spike is demand driven. But speculators have jumped on this bandwagon as the card started increasing in price this week.

Since Copperline Gorge was only printed in Scars of Mirrodin it can rise even higher when Dredge keeps being as popular as it is right now. Do note that the market price (the actual price the card is selling for) is $7 lower. This could mean two things: you can still buy decently priced copies when you are fast enough. But it can also mean that the card is overpriced right now, due to speculation. My guess is that it is a little bit of both, the price might drop down a little; but on the other hand, is $20 too expensive for an important card in a popular Modern deck?

Flayed Nim
MirrodinBuy on CardKingdom $0.25


#2 Queen Marchesa $14.95 (+51%)

Queen Marchesa


To understand this weekly winner, you need to know a little bit about Legacy, and about being the monarch. To start with the latter: you become monarch in a two player game when a card you play says so, or when you deal combat damage to someone that currently holds the title.

Queen Marchesa makes you the monarch when you play it. But when you lose your title, her ability triggers and giving you a 1/1 token with haste and deathtouch.

For the 4c-loam deck that plays Queen Marchesa, this means that whenever an opponent has enough of a board position to deal you damage, you are rewarded with a 1/1 deathtouch. And with that you can block and kill any large threat your opponent has. As you can see in the decklist below, that is far from the only removal the deck plays.

Aggro Loam - Legacy by Alexander Beiersdorfer
Creature (12)
1 Gaddock Teeg $3.15
1 Scavenging Ooze $0.25
1 Dryad Arbor $3.51
1 Queen Marchesa $0.50
4 Dark Confidant $13.65
4 Knight of the Reliquary $1.53
Instant (7)
3 Punishing Fire $0.40
4 Assassin's Trophy $7.40
Sorcery (4)
2 Life from the Loam $8.98
2 Green Sun's Zenith $8.50
Enchantment (1)
1 Sylvan Library $21.05
Artifact (8)
4 Mox Diamond $604.77
4 Chalice of the Void $74.75
Planeswalker (3)
3 Liliana of the Veil $11.15
Land (25)
1 Tranquil Thicket $0.25
1 Scrubland $324.99
1 Cabal Pit $1.17
1 Barren Moor $0.25
1 Badlands $394.00
1 Savannah $331.30
1 Taiga $330.40
1 Maze of Ith $2.67
1 Karakas $9.34
1 Forest $0.10
2 Windswept Heath $22.05
2 Bayou $425.24
3 Grove of the Burnwillows $5.89
4 Verdant Catacombs $15.00
4 Wasteland $17.52
Sideboard (15)
1 Knight of Autumn $0.75
2 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben $0.80
2 Swords to Plowshares $0.93
2 Golgari Charm $1.00
1 Choke $1.36
3 Leyline of the Void $2.42
1 Vraska, Golgari Queen $3.84
1 Ajani Vengeant $2.00
1 Liliana, the Last Hope $4.65
1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale $4399.99

The second thing you need to know is that when a deck does well in the Legacy meta, the cards in it will trend up in price. The big advantage of playing Legacy is that once you have a deck, the changes to the meta are usually subtle and slow. That means that you can sit back a bit and take your deck to a tournament, even when you haven't played for a while. Big changes rarely happen and when they do, they have to do with bannings most of the time.

This also means that when a card becomes a regular played card in a Legacy deck, it has a good prognosis of becoming a valuable and sought after card. When Queen Marchesa continues to prove worthwile in 4c-loam, its price might go up even more.

Queen Marchesa
Conspiracy: Take the CrownBuy on CardKingdom $13.99


#3 Gold-Bordered Cards


We at MTGStocks.com are a bit torn on this subject. But this week seems to be a good week to discuss the matter at hand. If you look at the weekly interests, you will notice that the real #1 winner is actually a gold bordered forest from a World Championship deck.

Forest (Skyward) - 1998 Brian Selden (TMP)

And our #1 winner from our daily interests is even weirder, I mean, look at it.

1998 Randy Buehler Biography Card

When you frequent our site, you must have seen them as well. You might have missed it if you use your personal filters in the interest lists. It will be worth your while to turn them off to see how many gold bordered cards are 'winners'.

I am having a hard time accepting that the gold bordered cards are racking up value. If you started playing in the past 10 years you might have never heard of these cards. Back in the day, they sold World Championship Decks: complete reprints of the best decks around. But with the big downside that the cards were gold bordered and therefore not tournament legal. They were considered trash and buying the decks was a bad move.

Fast forward to 2018. Card prices are so high, especially when you look at the older cards, that the gold border becomes interesting anyway. Many casual and EDH-players allow eachother to use the gold bordered cards as proxies. "Technically they are not proxies", goes the argument. "They're just not tournament legal. And since we are not playing a tournament: go ahead and play them."

Gold bordered cards have become a cheap alternative to buying the 'real' card for kitchen table magic. And they actually hold some value. Look at this:

Gaea's Cradle - 1999 Matt Linde (USG)

There is another reason that I am a bit torn on this. Some of the gold bordered cards don't have a price, or are so overpriced compared to their regular counterparts, that you cannot argue that the Gold Border is more valuable. The only logical reason can be that considering today's print runs, the gold bordered decks are very, very rare. And therefore they can be a treasure for some.

Back in 2001 I was ridiculed by my friends for buying the Tom van der Logt 2001 World Championship deck. I was so proud of my fellow Dutchman winning the Worlds that I wanted to have his deck in gold. It seems I have the last laugh and that I've been sitting on a gold mine for the past 17 years.

2001 Tom van de Logt Biography Card


Cheap Pickups

Thunder Dragon
Thunder Dragon
Thunder Dragon
From the Vault: DragonsBuy on CardKingdom $5.49
Duel Decks: Knights vs. DragonsBuy on CardKingdom $2.49
Starter 1999Buy on CardKingdom $6.49


Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the Unthinkable
RavnicaBuy on CardKingdom $8.49
Iconic MastersBuy on CardKingdom $6.49
Guilds of Ravnica: Guild KitsBuy on CardKingdom $4.49


Imperial Recruiter
Imperial Recruiter

*Please note: this card was once $499, so this is cheap considering.

Imperial Recruiter
Portal Three KingdomsBuy on CardKingdom $179.99
Judge PromosBuy on CardKingdom $79.99
Masters 25Buy on CardKingdom $29.99

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