Weekly Winners 2023 - 38
A week where most movement comes from Commander, and one potentially because of Pioneer and Standard.
Like every week, just in time for FNM, I'll tell you about the Magic: the Gathering cards that'll be the talk of the town tonight! Come discuss this week's price movements with us on Discord.
The past few months we've been focusing on putting out more quality content, and I'd love to share the next few articles with you, since they're worth a read:
- Harvey discusses the market trends of well known cards, examining their price fluctuations and speculating on their future values in the MTG landscape in the latest edition of Over and Under.
- In History, Restapled Steve examines the financial and gameplay value of new and existing Commander staples, focusing on cards from
Wilds of Eldraineand the The Lord of the Rings sets.
- Matt analyzes the
Commander: Wilds of Eldrainedecks, emphasizing their accessible price points, thematic richness, and focus on reprints, while also highlighting the standout cards, in his latest iteration of New Horizons.
Onto the Weekly Winners!
Ghoulish Impetus $4.99 (+138%)
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For only three mana you can enchant a creature with this Aura, and I'd suggest you pick an opponent's creature. Sure, you're giving that creature +1/+1 and deathtouch, but you'll also make it Goaded. I'm sure most Commander players are aware of this keyword, but as a quick reminder: a Goaded creature has to attack a player (not a planeswalker or battle) other than you if it can. The controller of a Goaded creature still chooses who the creature attacks. That means that when you enchant an opponent's creature, it has to attack one of your other opponents. An Aura goes to the graveyard when the enchanted creature dies, but in this case it will return to the battlefield at the next end step, from where you can now attach it to a different creature.
It seems like it's gaining traction because players want to build decks around
|Ghoulish Impetus (Extended Art)|
|Ondu Spiritdancer (Extended Art)|
Virtue of Persistence $13.85 (+65%)
Maybe I don't play Commander enough, but when I first saw this card I immediately thought it would be a popular one for the format. And frankly I was kinda suprised to see this card down to $6. Being removal early and a bomb later felt pretty good in my humble opinion.
But Commander may not be the main reason for the card moving up the past week. The enchantment is seeing a lot, and I mean a lot, of play in multiple competitive Standard decks. And notably, it now also sees some play in Pioneer decks, specifically discard decks.
Creature (4) 4 Sheoldred, the Apocalypse $74.97 Instant (8) 1 Cling to Dust $0.34 3 Sheoldred's Edict $3.06 4 Fatal Push $2.05 Sorcery (11) 1 Rankle's Prank $0.50 2 Duress $0.15 4 Thoughtseize $12.16 4 Go Blank $0.39 Enchantment (7) 1 The Meathook Massacre $29.36 2 Virtue of Persistence $14.24 4 Waste Not $2.00 Planeswalker (4) 4 Liliana of the Veil $10.00 Land (26) 1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth $32.39 1 Takenuma, Abandoned Mire $7.39 3 Hive of the Eye Tyrant $2.82 3 Geier Reach Sanitarium $0.59 3 Field of Ruin $0.25 4 Castle Locthwain $3.26 11 Swamp $0.10 Sideboard (15) 1 Languish $0.35 1 Path of Peril $0.80 2 Invoke Despair $0.62 2 Extinction Event $0.99 2 Duress $0.15 3 Leyline of the Void $2.35 2 Pithing Needle $0.98 2 Reckoner Bankbuster $1.29
Especially in constructed, and somewhat faster formats, being able to get rid of a creature on turn two and gain two life, while also doubling as a win condition in the late game, is very powerful. I do realize that spending seven mana to play the enchantment side, and then doing nothing for an entire turn cycle, may not be what you want to do. But when unanswered, it can really snowball out of control.
|Virtue of Persistence|
|Virtue of Persistence (Showcase)|
Hylda of the Icy Crown $4.00 (+81%)
The Ice Queen from
|Hylda of the Icy Crown|
|Hylda of the Icy Crown (Extended Art)|
|Hylda's Crown of Winter|
Please note: for our 'record low' we consider the price of the card over the past seven years. Many cards were even cheaper (a) decade(s) ago. Also note: some cards are still going down, and might be even cheaper pickups next week.
The Balrog, Flame of Udun (Extended Art) $2.99 - Moving up!
Morophon, the Boundless $9.99 - Slowly moving down
Jace, the Mind Sculptor $24.20 - Slowly moving down
|The Balrog, Flame of Udun (Extended Art)|
|Morophon, the Boundless|
|Jace, the Mind Sculptor|
That's it for this week. Make sure to check back next week for more Weekly Winners!