Weekly Winners 2023 - 44

03 Nov
by Arjen

Each and every winner this week has something to do with the Doctor Who set, but the new Ixalan is also making some waves.

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.

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Matt takes a deep dive into the October 2023 Secret Lair Superdrop, known as the "Spookydrop," exploring its immersion in horror pop culture with collaborations from iconic franchises such as The Evil Dead, Doctor Who, and The Princess Bride. The article evaluates the diverse range of themes, the introduction of more non-magic IP through the Universes Beyond, and the financial implications of standout cards and reprints. From long-awaited reprints of iconic figures to the introduction of enemy-colored fast lands and unique crossovers, the Spookydrop offers a variety of elements that may appeal to collectors and players alike. Discover the allure of the Spookydrop 2023 in New Horizons - Secret Lair Spookydrop 2023.

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Onto the Weekly Winners!

#1 Wild-Magic Sorcerer $6.94 (+236%)

There is a lot going on, and Wild-Magic Sorcerer fits in a wide range of Commander decks. Basically any deck that wants to cast things from exile. And when we talk about commanders who do that, the first popping into your mind probably is good-old Prosper, Tome-Bound. Prosper exiles the top card of your library in your end step, and you get to play that card until the end of your next turn. But Prosper will also give you a Treasure when you play a spell from exile. With Wild-Magic Sorcerer you also get to Cascade into your next spell. Pretty good!

Prosper, Tome-Bound
Faldorn, Dread Wolf Herald

Another popular commander that wants to cast stuff from exile is Faldorn, Dread Wolf Herald, who makes Wolf tokens when playing cards from exile. But there's also Beluna Grandsquall, which was printed a bit more recently. Cards that are on an Adventure and get cast from there are also cast from exile, and thus will trigger Wild-Magic Sorcerer. Needless to say, there are plenty of commanders that want this Sorcerer in their decks.

But more recently we've seen Universes Beyond: Doctor Who printed with a lot of cards that care about time counters. The most prominent cards that use these counters are cards with Suspend, which, once the last counter is removed, will be cast from exile. We've talked about these cards already in our Weekly Winners 41 and Weekly Winners 42, but they keep coming back for more. For example, The Tenth Doctor will exile cards from the top of your library and will Suspend that card, meaning it will be cast from exile at some point. With this renewed interaction of casting cards from exile, it's not surprising that Wild-Magic Sorcerer is getting more popular.

Wild-Magic Sorcerer
Wild-Magic Sorcerer
Prosper, Tome-Bound
Faldorn, Dread Wolf Herald
Beluna Grandsquall

#2 Dinosaurs on a Spaceship $6.84 (+67%)

Having Dinosaurs on a spaceship feels like a terrible idea! Nevertheless, this card has been moving up in the past week. From Universes Beyond: Doctor Who, this 7/7 Dinosaur gives your other Dinosaurs +1/+1, trample, and vigilance. But you can also opt to Suspend the Dinosaur for one mana less, which gives it an additional benefit: you get to create a 2/2 Dinosaur token with flying and haste whenever a time counter is removed from it while suspended.

I don't want to give too many spoilers, but this card will work very well in a deck with the next Winner. As you may know if you've been keeping an eye on the Weekly Winners, Suspend cards have been performing well since receiving a lot of new support from the Doctor Who set. While this card may do well in decks around this franchise, like in The Tenth Doctor decks or The Eleventh Doctor with a red companion, it also seems like a card that will find its home into Dinosaur typal decks.

Since we're returning to Ixalan with the upcoming The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, we now know that we will also receive more Dinosaur support there. And a new Dinosaur lord will most likely find its way into existing Dinosaur decks. Good examples are Gishath, Sun's Avatar, Zacama, Primal Calamity, and Atla Palani, Nest Tender.

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (Extended Art)
Gishath, Sun's Avatar
Zacama, Primal Calamity
Atla Palani, Nest Tender

#3 Determined Iteration $4.77 (+48%)

I'm not entirely sure I've ever seen this card before, but it's going up! This enchantment will make copies of your existing tokens with the Populate ability. The token gains haste, but you have to sacrifice it at the next end step. The card was first introduced in April 2022 with the Commander: Streets of New Capenna set, and actually started preselling for $10. Immediately after the cards were released, the price dropped hard to about $3.50 and down to $1.10 at its low point.

The card recently started showing some movement in the past few weeks, but never enough to reach the Interests until now. It's found a home in Cadric, Soul Kindler decks that makes sure that your tokens are no longer affected by the "legend rule," and can also make copies of your non-token legends when they enter the battlefield under your control. Seems like a perfect fit. Another commander it's played in is Orthion, Hero of Lavabrink, which can make tokens of another target creature which you can then copy again with Determined Iteration.

But more recently, and again it's a card from Universes Beyond: Doctor Who, The Master, Multiplied was printed. With this commander the "legend rule" also doesn't apply to creature tokens, and triggered abilities can't cause you to sacrifice tokens. This means that we no longer have to sacrifice these tokens we created with Determined Iteration, since the sacrificing is a delayed triggered ability. This new commander feels like the reason for this card to be moving up, and to be fair, it seems like a pretty fun deck to play.

Determined Iteration
Determined Iteration (Extended Art)
Cadric, Soul Kindler
Orthion, Hero of Lavabrink
The Master, Multiplied

Cheap Pickups

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.

Anguished Unmaking $4.49 - Moving up!

Anguished Unmaking has been identified by the MTGStocks Premium Penny Stocks feature as a card that has reached its bottom and is starting a consistent uptrend.

Blood Moon $7.19 - Moving down

Rootpath Purifier (Extended Art) $4.75 - Slowly moving down

Anguished Unmaking
Blood Moon
Rootpath Purifier (Extended Art)

 

That's it for this week. Make sure to check back next week for more Weekly Winners!

Arjen
Arjen

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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