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Foil Thalia is $45! Wasn’t she just $15 – $20 a few months ago? Yes, and regular copies went from $4 to $8 over night. So what changed? I can’t say for sure. Everyone felt that she deserved more than the $4 she was at considering the multi format play she saw. I don’t recall talk of a buyout. Most likely SCG raised their price and everyone else followed suit.
What does this mean for Spirit of the Labyrinth? Is it similar enough to follow the same trajectory? It’s hard to say. Thalia does more to hose pure combo and sometimes control strategies by affecting more spells, and first strike gives her a little durability in creature combat. Spirit of the Labyrinth actually has a stronger effect against certain spells, but it just doesn’t affect as many of them. I don’t think Spirit of the Labyrinth’s full potential has been realized yet, where multiple decks are packing 8 – 12 cantrips. The 3/1 body is also pretty impressive. Personally, I feel that shutting off Brainstorm, Jace’s Brainstorm, and Ponder are better than what Thalia offers against the more fair decks, but Thalia is more important against the combo decks. In the end, it will come to person preference and I think Spirit of the Labyrinth is a fine pickup at the right prices. Regular copies are hovering around $3, but foils are at $15. If foils ever drop to $10 or less, I recommend getting in.
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Path to Exile from Modern Masters or Conflux is $7! That’s actually a trick headline, as I suspect most people already know the price of a regular path to exile. But did you know a foil Path to Exile from Modern Masters is still only $10?! That’s only $3 more than the regular copy! With all the explosion of modern staples, how has this not gone up? Path certainly sees enough play. Spell Snare from Modern Masters is $12, and Lightning Bolt is also $12. Path at the very minimum should be $12, and I think $15 is likely pretty soon. SCG has 17 NM copies in stock as I write this, and I am very tempted to buy a set or 2. It’s possible that the WPN promotional foil that is $12 is holding the modern masters version down a bit, but it’s got very different artwork, and I haven’t seen very many of them out there. I would absolutely trade for every foil modern masters Path to Exile I could find at $10 each.