Weekly Winners 2023 - 48

01 Dec
by Arjen

We have Merfolk, Dinosaurs, and Goblins in this edition of Weekly Winners. And we welcome a new member to the Stocks "family!"

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Onto the Weekly Winners!

#1 Merrow Commerce $29.99 (+234%)

Let's kick this week off with an uncommon from Lorwyn. This set was released in 2007, making this card 16 years old already. Don't know about the rest of you, but this realization made me feel pretty old, since I drafted Lorwyn quite a lot when I was in college. This card hasn't seen a reprint since, even though it's really strong. And in hindsight, I'm pretty surprised it only was $3.

As you can probably suspect, the card is very powerful in Merfolk typal decks, as it makes you untap all your Merfolk at the end of your turn. Not only does it give all your Merfolk creatures pseudo-vigilance, but with the right support you can also tap your fish-men down for some additional effects. One of the more popular Merfolk commanders is Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca, whose abilities require you to tap your Merfolk, providing +1/+1 counters, card draw, or an unblockable commander.

We just got a new Merolk commander from Commander: The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, Hakbal of the Surging Soul, along with some other new Merfolk creatures.

And while we're on the topic of Merfolk, last week we discussed Tishana's Tidebinder, but here we'll also briefly touch on Vodalian Hexcatcher moving up quickly.

This Merfolk is not only a "Lord" that makes all your Merfolk stronger, but also a card that can counter noncreature spells. It feels like the power of this creature is being a deterrant, since while it's on the battlefield your opponents will have a constant threat of spells being countered, making them play around it. Your opponent playing sub-optimal because of the Hexmage is already enough of a win without it actually doing anything. They won't want to tap out for a big spell.

With the newly printed support in the Explorers of the Deep Commander precon and in the rest of The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, there's a lot of newfound love for Merfolk, and people are trying to get their cards in for their new decks.

Merrow Commerce
Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca
Hakbal of the Surging Soul
Vodalian Hexcatcher

#2 Broadside Bombardiers $16.69 (+96%)

This spike actually started already last week, but then it was too late to fit it into the Weekly Winners. But the price is still very high, and still appearing on the Interests. This card is absolutely nuts, and is spiking because of its popularity in Legacy. One of the decks its mainly played in is obviously Goblins. This creature type can kill you very quickly, but has fallen a bit out of favor... until now.

Goblins - Legacy by Geodude_Jared

Creature (30)
1 Gempalm Incinerator $0.25
1 Twinshot Sniper $0.20
1 Mogg War Marshal $0.20
1 Goblin Cratermaker $0.21
2 Muxus, Goblin Grandee $12.87
2 Sling-Gang Lieutenant $0.35
2 Skirk Prospector $0.25
3 Broadside Bombardiers $11.27
3 Battle Cry Goblin $0.77
3 Goblin Ringleader $0.50
3 Munitions Expert $0.30
4 Goblin Lackey $15.47
4 Goblin Matron $0.25
Land (24)
1 Ancient Tomb $92.99
2 Arid Mesa $15.20
3 Rishadan Port $8.43
3 Badlands $421.32
3 Mountain $0.10
4 Bloodstained Mire $28.98
4 Wasteland $23.45
4 Cavern of Souls $37.09
Sideboard (15)
1 Goblin Trashmaster $5.24
1 Magus of the Moon $12.76
1 Fury $8.00
2 Pyrokinesis $0.88
2 Mindbreak Trap $79.42
2 Surgical Extraction $3.03
2 Pyroblast $4.43
1 Blood Moon $7.00
1 Null Rod $113.24
2 Chalice of the Void $61.71

Not only is it a 2/2 with haste and menace for three mana, it does what Goblins are good at: destruction at a cost. Broadside Bombardiers can fling creatures or artifacts towards any target and does damage equal to the mana value of the sacrificed permanent plus two. So when we relate this back to the Legacy Goblins deck, you can sacrifice your Goblin Matron who had her use already (finding a Goblin) and deal five damage. If you manage to deal some combat damage during the first few turns, which Goblins are pretty good at, you can finish off your opponent without combat damage if you're able to land Broadside Bombardiers.

It also sees play in stompy decks where it can be used as a finisher. These decks try to churn out Caves of Chaos Adventurer while slowing down their opponent with fun cards like Blood Moon, Chalice of the Void, and Trinisphere. But with Broadside Bombardiers we can now close out the game by shooting some damage through. What's more fun than doing seven damage by sacrificing an Evoked Fury?

Broadside Bombardiers
Broadside Bombardiers (Extended Art)
Fury

#3 Flaming Tyrannosaurus $8.47 (+198%)

And of course, let's talk about Dinosaurs. Flaming Tyrannosaurus from Universes Beyond: Doctor Who is moving up this week. In that set, and of course in The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, this creature type has received a lot of new love. Especially with the new Dinosaur commander Pantlaza, Sun-Favored.

And when we look at Pantlaza and Flaming Tyrannosaurus, you can probably see the different synergies they have with each other. First of all: they're both Dinosaurs, and perfectly fit each other's theme. But the Flaming Dino has the Paradox ability that says whenever you cast a spell from anywhere other than your hand, it deals three damage to any target, and it gets a +1/+1 counter. Pantlaza Discovers whenever a Dinosaur enters the battlefield, meaning you get to cast a spell from exile, thus triggering Flaming Tyrannosaurus.

As you can see, the ability from Flaming Tyrannosaurus works pretty well with Discover. And Discover itself has been pretty popular the past few weeks. Last week we discussed this ability at length because several cards with it had been moving up quickly. We're even seeing the archetype perform well in formats outside of Commander, like Modern and Pioneer.

Flaming Tyrannosaurus
Flaming Tyrannosaurus (Extended Art)
Pantlaza, Sun-Favored

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.

Hatchery Sliver $4.82 - Moving up!

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

Titania, Voice of Gaea $5.85 - Moving down slowly

Nissa Revane $6.50 - Slowly moving down

Hatchery Sliver
Titania, Voice of Gaea
Nissa Revane

 

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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