City of Death$9.00 (+50.00%)
Realm-Scorcher Hellkite$6.07 (+46.27%)
Swamp (1384)$6.88 (+37.60%)
Food Chain$14.99 (+31.95%)
Underworld Dreams$7.20 (-31.23%)
Daxos the Returned$6.85 (+26.85%)
Angel's Grace$3.00 (-24.81%)
Etali, Primal Conqueror$10.05 (+24.69%)
Talisman of Hierarchy$5.00 (+22.25%)
Wheel of Misfortune$12.50 (-21.88%)
Abu Ja'far$50.96 (+17.31%)
It That Betrays$10.81 (-15.61%)
Army of Allah (Light)$24.74 (+15.12%)
Rukh Egg$21.81 (-14.67%)
River Song$12.00 (+14.29%)
Grim Hireling$5.46 (+13.75%)
Alluring Scent$2.91 (-13.13%)
Vandalblast$4.31 (-12.93%)
Mountain (1361)$5.07 (+12.67%)
Rhonas's Monument$2.16 (-11.84%)
Vault of the Archangel$3.00 (-11.50%)
Syr Konrad, the Grim$15.79 (-11.49%)
Sheoldred's Edict$3.46 (+11.25%)
Chandra's Ignition$11.00 (-11.22%)
Spellstutter Sprite$6.98 (+11.15%)
Mirror Universe$439.99 (-11.11%)
Spiteful Visions$3.25 (-10.96%)
Killer Bees$49.00 (-10.91%)
Keen Duelist$3.24 (-10.74%)
Windfall$4.02 (+10.74%)
Ghyrson Starn, Kelermorph$16.59 (+10.60%)
Doric, Nature's Warden$36.00 (+10.53%)
Sliver Legion (1150)$35.00 (+10.17%)
Queen Marchesa$5.99 (+10.11%)
Weeping Angel$11.00 (+10.00%)
Combustible Gearhulk$2.19 (-9.88%)
Brago, King Eternal$2.92 (+9.77%)
Bad Moon$3.28 (+9.33%)
Knight Exemplar$8.14 (+9.26%)
Fallen Angel$9.99 (-9.18%)
Greater Good$5.69 (-9.11%)
City of Brass$500.00 (-9.09%)

Weekly Winners 2020 - 32

07 Aug
by Arjen

Spoilers for Double Masters have concluded and with the recent bannings in multiple formats we can look at a new Standard. Not a lot has moved, besides mainly reserved list cards.

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!


#1 City of Shadows $129.99 (+500.97%)

City of Shadows


This land from The Dark shot up overnight by over 500%. Is there some secret new tech? No. Was it mentioned by a popular content creator? No. Has the card been banned for being controversial? No. Will the card ever be reprinted? No. And only the negating answer to the last question matters for this spike. City of Shadows is one of those cards on the reserved list that will never be reprinted. It being from a set as old as The Dark means there's a limited supply as well. Prices are expected to only go up in the future for reserved list cards.

However, please keep in mind that even though the average price has gone up tremendously, the market price has stayed below $30. When we look at the cards offered on TCGplayer we see plenty being offered for $30 or less.

This most likely means someone put up the price for way higher than it is worth driving up the average, or someone bought it out and the price went up because barely any were listed. Don't start hoarding City of Shadows, because even it being on the reserved list doesn't make it a good card. It also doesn't see much EDH play: EDHREC only has 345 decks listed with it.

Once every while we seem to have a craze for reserved list cards. It usually happens when the rest of the Magic finance market is a bit slower, and investors seem to be looking for a safe place to put their money. Usually reserved list cards are considered a safe investment. Last week, but also the week before that, we saw several of these cards go up:

Again for these cards it seems that the market price has barely moved. When we look at a longer term graph of, for example, Undiscovered Paradise we see a pattern you can see in all cards mentioned above. Occasionally the prices spike for them to come down again. However, they usually come down around 10% to 30% higher than the price before the spike.

Undiscovered Paradise CardKingdom $10.99 TCGPlayer $19.99
City of Shadows CardKingdom $27.99 TCGPlayer $129.99
Caverns of Despair CardKingdom $44.99 TCGPlayer $87.49
Tetsuo Umezawa CardKingdom $99.99 TCGPlayer $150.00
Powerleech CardKingdom $7.99 TCGPlayer $27.21


#2 Retrofitter Foundry $23.99 (+161.04%)

Retrofitter Foundry


The last time we discussed Retrofitter Foundry it was January in Weekly Winners 2020 - 04 where we saw this card show up in Legacy UB Ninjas lists. The reason this time is no different because of the latest success this deck has had in two Legacy Challenges last weekend.

When played with Ornithopter you can have a 4/4 construct artifact on turn 1. But the flying 0/2 thopter also enables cards with Ninjutsu. This ability makes it possible to sneak creatures unblocked into play and have their combat damage ability triggered. In this case the deck runs Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow and Ingenious Infiltrator to get some card advantage.

The latest finishes in the Legacy Challenges has spiked interested again in this card, making it go up.

Creature (18)
2 Baleful Strix $1.68
4 Ingenious Infiltrator $0.99
4 Ornithopter $0.25
4 Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow $0.80
4 Changeling Outcast $0.44
Instant (14)
1 Drown in the Loch $1.00
1 Fatal Push $2.19
1 Murderous Cut $0.38
3 Daze $1.34
4 Force of Will $49.80
4 Brainstorm $1.13
Sorcery (7)
3 Thoughtseize $13.40
4 Ponder $2.50
Artifact (3)
3 Retrofitter Foundry $11.66
Land (18)
2 Underground Sea $699.00
2 Swamp $0.10
2 Flooded Strand $30.38
4 Island $0.10
4 Prismatic Vista $23.99
4 Polluted Delta $37.22
Sideboard (15)
2 Plague Engineer $1.07
1 Eliminate $0.24
3 Force of Negation $44.90
2 Back to Basics $9.00
4 Leyline of the Void $2.25
1 Null Rod $86.67
2 Liliana, the Last Hope $4.30

Ornithopter CardKingdom $0.25 TCGPlayer $0.25
Retrofitter Foundry CardKingdom $12.99 TCGPlayer $23.99
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow CardKingdom $7.99 TCGPlayer $6.70
Ingenious Infiltrator CardKingdom $0.35 TCGPlayer $0.42


#3 Muxus, Goblin Grandee $38.00 (+34.09%)

Muxus, Goblin Grandee


Oh, Muxus! Where to start?! Since Jumpstart came out people have rediscovered Goblins and especially in Historic. Muxus was everywhere the first weeks and some people have speculated that his reign may be short-lived in Historic, pushing to ban him from the format.

With Skirk Prospector it is possible to ramp out Muxus as early as turn 3. If you manage to reveal Krenko, Mob Boss along with Goblin Warchief or Goblin Chieftain from Muxus' ability you can immediately make some extra goblins which you can sacrifice for extra mana and put some more into play from your hand. Killing your opponent on turn 3 is definitely a possibility. Refer to the decklist below.

Creature (36)
2 Gempalm Incinerator $0.25
3 Goblin Warchief $0.60
3 Goblin Instigator $0.20
4 Conspicuous Snoop $3.67
4 Wily Goblin $0.39
4 Skirk Prospector $0.25
4 Muxus, Goblin Grandee $4.49
4 Krenko, Mob Boss $2.25
4 Goblin Matron $0.25
4 Goblin Chieftain $2.65
Land (24)
1 Phyrexian Tower $21.20
3 Castle Embereth $0.39
20 Mountain $0.11
Sideboard (15)
1 Gempalm Incinerator $0.25
2 Goblin Chainwhirler $1.05
3 Goblin Cratermaker $0.25
3 Legion Warboss $0.65
4 Goblin Ruinblaster $0.25
2 Soul-Guide Lantern $0.20

But we also see Muxus, Goblin Grandee show up in Legacy. Imagine being able to cheat him into play from a Goblin Lackey or a Warren Instigator trigger. Usually these two Goblins were used to cheat Siege-Gang Commander into play, but they have found a new friend.

Goblins - Legacy by Soimba_airwave
Creature (33)
1 Pashalik Mons $0.50
1 Goblin Chainwhirler $1.05
2 Gempalm Incinerator $0.25
2 Goblin Cratermaker $0.25
2 Goblin Piledriver $1.32
2 Goblin Warchief $0.60
2 Muxus, Goblin Grandee $4.49
2 Skirk Prospector $0.25
2 Sling-Gang Lieutenant $0.39
3 Goblin Ringleader $0.50
3 Mogg War Marshal $0.20
3 Munitions Expert $0.30
4 Goblin Lackey $10.00
4 Goblin Matron $0.25
Artifact (4)
4 Aether Vial $6.41
Land (23)
1 Bloodstained Mire $32.04
2 Wooded Foothills $29.79
3 Rishadan Port $9.04
3 Mountain $0.11
3 Badlands $392.00
3 Arid Mesa $13.99
4 Wasteland $17.06
4 Cavern of Souls $44.78
Sideboard (15)
1 Goblin Trashmaster $4.04
2 Surgical Extraction $3.04
2 Mindbreak Trap $64.50
2 Red Elemental Blast $1.00
3 Pyrokinesis $0.50
1 Grafdigger's Cage $1.99
1 Pithing Needle $1.00
1 Relic of Progenitus $5.01
2 Chalice of the Void $72.38

Warren Instigator CardKingdom $10.99 TCGPlayer $8.23
Goblin Lackey CardKingdom $12.99 TCGPlayer $10.50
Krenko, Mob Boss CardKingdom $5.99 TCGPlayer $4.95
Goblin Warchief CardKingdom $0.49 TCGPlayer $0.49
Skirk Prospector CardKingdom $0.25 TCGPlayer $0.25
Muxus, Goblin Grandee CardKingdom $27.99 TCGPlayer $38.00
Goblin Chieftain CardKingdom $3.99 TCGPlayer $2.52

Cheap Pickups

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.


Liliana, Waker of the Dead $5.18 - Record low and trending down
Liliana, Waker of the Dead


Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast $5.50 - Record low and trending down
Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast


Riptide Laboratory $5.40 - Record low and stable
Riptide Laboratory


Fabled Passage $7.14 - Record low and trending down
Fabled Passage


Fabled Passage CardKingdom $6.99 TCGPlayer $7.14
Liliana, Waker of the Dead CardKingdom $8.49 TCGPlayer $5.18
Riptide Laboratory CardKingdom $6.49 TCGPlayer $5.40

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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