Weekly Winners 2020 - 39

25 Sep
by Arjen

We see some interesting spikes because of Zendikar Rising, the landfall ability, modern, and EDH. Really fun to see these fluctuations because of real demand and play. 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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#1 Scute Swarm $6.48 (+369.57%)

Scute Swarm


I usually enjoy it when a card from a new set spikes. It means that the card was underestimated during spoiler season and seems more playable and viable than initially thought. Scute Swarm is a 1/1 for with a Landfall trigger. When a land enters the battlefield, create a 1/1 insect token. Unless you have 6 or more lands, in that case create a copy of Scute Swarm.

It doesn't take a mathematician to see that this can get exponentially out of hand. Every time you put a land onto the battlefield, if you have 6 or more lands, you'll double the amount of Scute Swarms you have. When played in a ramping strategy this could lead to lots and lots of triggers and insects in a single turn. Well, turns out ramp is still good in Standard.

Decks with Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, Lotus Cobra and Omnath, Locus of Creation are quite popular, and can net you insane amounts of mana and landdrops in a single turn. When combined with Scute Swarm this can quickly overpower the board and only a sweeper can (potentially) save your opponent. Also because of this we have seen a spike last week from Omnath, Locus of Creation making it $31.64 (+111%).

It becomes even more funny in Mutate strategies. People have been mutating stuff onto Scute Swarm like Auspicious Starrix. Now, every time you play a land, you'll get a copy of a 6/6. Not bad, eh? Also it is a great way to crash your Magic Arena client!


Four-Color Omnath

Creature (20)
1 Fae of Wishes $0.35
1 Dryad of the Ilysian Grove $9.27
1 Kenrith, the Returned King $1.07
2 Radha, Heart of Keld $0.75
3 Bonecrusher Giant $0.66
4 Lotus Cobra $2.20
4 Omnath, Locus of Creation $11.49
4 Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath $9.99
Instant (2)
2 Spikefield Hazard $0.68
Sorcery (10)
2 Cultivate $0.56
4 Escape to the Wilds $0.50
4 Genesis Ultimatum $1.02
Land (28)
1 Needleverge Pathway $3.52
1 Plains $0.10
1 Evolving Wilds $0.15
1 Mountain $0.10
2 Forest $0.10
3 Cragcrown Pathway $4.00
3 Ketria Triome $11.00
4 Branchloft Pathway $3.00
4 Island $0.10
4 Fabled Passage $5.28
4 Raugrin Triome $13.50
Sideboard (15)
1 Kenrith, the Returned King $1.07
1 Volcanic Geyser $0.20
3 Negate $0.20
3 Mystical Dispute $0.49
1 Thundering Rebuke $0.18
2 Elspeth Conquers Death $0.99
3 Felidar Retreat $0.65
1 Ugin, the Spirit Dragon $26.00


Auspicious Starrix CardKingdom $0.25 TCGPlayer $0.25
Scute Swarm CardKingdom $6.99 TCGPlayer $6.48
Lotus Cobra CardKingdom $7.99 TCGPlayer $8.30
Omnath, Locus of Creation CardKingdom $29.99 TCGPlayer $31.64
Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath CardKingdom $49.99 TCGPlayer $44.99


#2 Flagstones of Trokair $14.99 (+163%)

Flagstones of Trokair


Good old Flagstones of Trokair spiked because, you guessed it, landfall. When you have one on the battlefield, and you play a second one you get one landfall trigger because you played a land. Then you have to sacrifice one of the two because of the Legendary rule and you get to find a plains and put it onto the battlefield. Of course this will net you another landfall trigger.

But there's more! It sees play in Modern Titan Field decks. Together with Elvish Reclaimer it can fill up your graveyard with land cards pretty quickly and enables you to ramp. You can sacrifice your Flagstones, find a new land with the ability and get a plains back with the Flagstones trigger.


Titan Field - Modern by Yprincipe

Creature (18)
1 Courser of Kruphix $0.96
1 Knight of Autumn $0.74
1 Ramunap Excavator $4.64
1 Sakura-Tribe Elder $1.11
2 Arboreal Grazer $0.34
4 Dryad of the Ilysian Grove $9.27
4 Elvish Reclaimer $6.19
4 Primeval Titan $4.11
Instant (8)
4 Path to Exile $1.05
4 Eladamri's Call $8.11
Sorcery (2)
2 Explore $0.25
Land (32)
1 Plains $0.10
1 Radiant Fountain $0.25
1 Scattered Groves $0.25
1 Sejiri Steppe $0.25
1 Selesnya Sanctuary $0.32
1 Snow-Covered Forest $0.82
1 Snow-Covered Plains $0.30
1 Vesuva $10.94
1 Wooded Foothills $29.48
1 Ghost Quarter $0.77
1 Crumbling Vestige $0.25
1 Cavern of Souls $35.97
1 Bojuka Bog $0.99
1 Blast Zone $0.40
2 Castle Garenbrig $3.68
2 Forest $0.10
2 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle $21.00
2 Temple Garden $10.97
2 Field of the Dead $19.96
4 Windswept Heath $21.58
4 Flagstones of Trokair $1.99
Sideboard (15)
1 Eidolon of Rhetoric $0.87
1 Collector Ouphe $3.24
1 Tireless Tracker $2.18
1 Scavenging Ooze $0.25
1 Gaddock Teeg $2.56
1 Aven Mindcensor $0.35
3 Celestial Purge $0.25
3 Rest in Peace $1.00
3 Damping Sphere $0.42


#3 Archfiend of Despair $20.82 (+31%)

Archfiend of Despair


Maybe not one of the biggest risers, but I think a combo interesting enough to point out. Together with Scourge of the Skyclaves ($13.53 +24%) you can kill all your opponents at once. Archfiend of Despair makes sure that whenever your opponents have lost life, they will lose that same sound again at the end of your turn.

When you cast Scourge of the Skyclaves with kicker, all your opponents will lose half their life rounded up, meaning that when cast with Archfiend of Despair on the battlefield, everyone will lose that amount of life again at the end of turn.

Because of this little interaction, which we'll only see in EDH, both cards went up this week.


Scourge of the Skyclaves CardKingdom $10.99 TCGPlayer $13.53
Archfiend of Despair CardKingdom $16.99 TCGPlayer $20.82


Reserved list cards update

In the three winners discussed I have left all reserved list cards out on purpose, because it seems like most of these movements are only because the cards are on the reserved list rather than organic demand. So here are the top three reserved list spikes. It seems like people have now aimed their crosshairs at the cheaper reserved list cards in the hope the prices will go up. So we see some cards going up over 200%, which nets to about a $3 difference.

Crovax the Cursed $4.57 (+241%)
Crovax the Cursed


Rashida Scalebane $4.72 (+205%)
Rashida Scalebane


Diamond Valley $847.49 (+183%)
Diamond Valley


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.


Lightning Greaves $3.62 - Record low bottomed out
Lightning Greaves


Academy Ruins $8.00 - Record low and trending down slowly
Academy Ruins


The Locust God $3.99 - Record low and trending down slowly
The Locust God


The Locust God CardKingdom $3.99 TCGPlayer $3.99
Academy Ruins CardKingdom $7.49 TCGPlayer $8.00

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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