Weekly Winners 2021 - 08
The most interesting week in a long, long time! Maybe I'm a but biased due to my love for Legacy, but this week that format is the biggest driving factor behind the three weekly winners.
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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Ethereal Forager $4.23 (+230.47%)
Ever since the Covid pandemic hit, we're forced to live without paper tournaments and other live venues that are so important for our game. In some sense, we are lucky that this pandemic hit us in 2021, and not in 2001. We can at least keep playing our favorite game through MTGA, MTGO and videocalls. I wonder what 2001-eque 'phone-magic' would have been like, in the parallel universe where we had to fight the pandemic in the zeroes.
Last year around this time, many people predicted that the magic markets would crash. Some even pondered if this was going to be the end of it all: with LGSs going bankrupt and everything. My prediction back then was that not much at all would happen. I'm very happy that it turned out that I was right (for now).
But in another way, some things actually did happen, and they did have a big effect on the magic markets. Not a crash, but a lack of organized play has affected the price development of many cards in a very, very significant albeit invisible way.
Before Covid, I usually had to make very hard choices about what cards to include in the Weekly Winners. I wanted to do the biggest gainers, but wanted to keep things fresh and cover all formats, if the data allowed it.
The past year was different. We've seen new sets released, but there was not as much brewing and speculating as normal. No big tournament results mean fewer breakthrough decks in eternal formats. And on top of that we might see some papersclerosis: big new format changes happen online, and with no competitive paper scene, why would I pay money to own the latest tier-1 deck in Standard, without any means to actually play the deck on FNM or tournaments?
The cards I can choose from are very limited. Most of the time its EDH that drives the market nowadays. Oh yeah, and the older cards going up in price due to speculation/ investment.
You might wonder why I'm writing this huge intro... Well, here's why: this week is different! This weekly winners happens to be (by pure chance) to be an all Legacy edition. The three winners are all related to my favorite format of all. So without further ado, I'll present the #1 winner this week:
Of all mechanics printed of the past years, Delve is one of the strongest, especially in Legacy. We've seen multiple bannings, with
One of the most interesting things about Legacy (and Magic in general) is that all zones are important. And in Legacy graveyards tend to be much more than just stacks of cards that you've played and/or died. For decks like Dredge, the graveyard is the main thing, with players actually putting the cards in front of them, instead of at the left (or right) side of their libraries.
Landing an early
|Commander 2020||CardKingdom $1.99||TCGPlayer $4.23|
Stifle $22 (+197.30%)
It seems that the 2 to 4 copies of
For those of you unfamiliar with the card, let me tell you that
|Scourge||CardKingdom $11.99||TCGPlayer $22.00|
|Conspiracy||CardKingdom $7.99||TCGPlayer $5.23|
Allosaurus Shepherd $115 (+8.59%)
Allright... I took a bit of liberty declaring Legacy the big overarching reason for all three spikes. But having said that,
We've seen more Elves on the move with the popularity of
There are two reasons I'm stating that its price increase is caused by Legacy as well. First, before the last bannings, Elves were the #4 deck in Legacy, with 4% at the meta. In comparison, the top three decks have a meta of 9,3%, 7,2% and 4,1%. With the top two decks running cards that are now banned, it could propel Elves to a #2 position. But things are not that easy. The end of Temur Delver and UBRG in their previous means that other decks get more oxygen. And those decks might have good matchups against Elves.
The second reason is the fact that most Elves decks run 4 copies of
Will it stay there? We have to wait and see how the meta is going to shape up. Elves used to be a popular deck because it was (within Legacy) a budget option. With 4
|Gaea's Cradle||CardKingdom $1199.99||TCGPlayer $1090.00|
|Allosaurus Shepherd||CardKingdom $109.99||TCGPlayer $113.97|
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.
Tarmogoyf $57 - Trending down slowly
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $56.99 - Trending down
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver $5.50 - Trending down slowly
|Tarmogoyf||CardKingdom $59.99||TCGPlayer $57.00|
|Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver||CardKingdom $4.99||TCGPlayer $5.50|
|Jace, the Mind Sculptor||CardKingdom $59.99||TCGPlayer $56.99|