Weekly Winners 2021 - 12
For the first time since the COVID pandemic hit, our interest page looks like normal for a change! Many (huge) spikes from different sets and eras. I choose to see this as an omen of better times ahead!
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!
See something interesting in the world of card prices? Be sure to pitch me a tweet: @MTGPeter
Chain of Smog $21 (+4,100.00%)
Wow! It has been a long, long time since we've seen a card spike with more than 4k%. At first glance you might think it's a fluke, but remember: it is spoiler time again! And
With every new set printed, the task to check for insane combos gets harder and harder for Wizards R&D. Remember: every card that is considered needs to be checked for crazy and possibly game-breaking interactions with existing cards. With so many cards out there it is bound to be a daunting task. And though when Wizards is confident when a card is concieved, only after a set is born: printed and visible for the public they really learn if they maybe missed something.
When you take a look at
What we're looking at is a game-winning combo in Legacy, Commander and Vintage. Especially for Legacy this could be a very interesting new combo strategy. With just a total of 4 mana you can win the game. Legacy has more killer combos, and plenty of ways to deal with them. The main guardian being
A simple counter-, removal- or discard spell stops this combo in its tracks. And there are plenty of those for no mana cost, or just a single mana of a color. But throw white or blue into the mix of the combo and you can protect yourself with cards like
The 4,100.00% spike proves that people jumped on
But I still wonder: after years of hosing combo decks in Legacy, did Wizards really intend to create another combo piece for that format?
One thing to mention as well is another card that works well with our #1 winner:
|Chain of Smog||CardKingdom $14.99||TCGPlayer $21.00|
|Drowned Catacomb||CardKingdom $6.99||TCGPlayer $6.50|
|Force of Will||CardKingdom $139.99||TCGPlayer $129.16|
Illumination $12.64 (+2,909.52%)
Two multi-k spikes in one week is pretty unique, especially now. But this week produced exactly two of them. Over a course of 7 days
This spike is kind of a mystery. A speculative buyout is the first thing that comes to mind. But those most often happen in one or two days, not over a course of seven. The steep increase in price looks like a organic buyout, but there is no evidence to be found that it actually is one.
No tweets, no youtube videos, no forum posts no reddit-posts or comments are to be found that mention
It is mighty peculiar that a former $0.33 card now has a $6.10 market price for no obvious reason. It sees no play, there is no demand for it. Up until now I have seen no relevant spoilers from
So a card with no demand and that sees no play gets bought out. What do the buyers know that we don't? Speculation on an upcoming spoiler? Something that's relevant for Vintage, Legacy or EDH?
Or is it a more simple reason?
EDIT: A few kind Reddit users mentioned a YouTube-video from Tolarian Community College that featured the card as cheap card you are not playing in EDH. Since it was published on March 18th and the card started to rise in price on that date, it seems plausible the two are connected.
|Mirage||CardKingdom $1.49||TCGPlayer $12.64|
Magma Sliver $55.86 (+663.11%) - And other Slivers
Modern has a Slivers deck that sees some competitive play. Those lists do not include the Slivers from Legions. But it does feature
If demand for these cards picks up (it probably won't) their prices may stay high. If there is no demand, prices will dwindle.
|Synapse Sliver||CardKingdom $24.99||TCGPlayer $74.99|
|Magma Sliver||CardKingdom $12.99||TCGPlayer $55.86|
|Brood Sliver||CardKingdom $14.99||TCGPlayer $25.37|
|Galerider Sliver||CardKingdom $10.99||TCGPlayer $21.00|
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.
Turntimber Symbiosis $6.75 - Stable downtrend
Opposition Agent $16.04 - Slight downtrend
Scroll Rack $25 - Slight downtrend
|Turntimber Symbiosis||CardKingdom $7.99||TCGPlayer $6.75|
|Scroll Rack||CardKingdom $27.99||TCGPlayer $25.00|
|Opposition Agent||CardKingdom $19.99||TCGPlayer $16.04|