Author: Adam Eltarhoni

Temporal Mastery Jumps in value, what other cards to watch.

So we just talked about the market during spoiler and it seems that one card is currently all the rage. Temporal Mastery, the little miracle that could, has already jumped $15 in one day from $25 pre-order price to $40. While there is speculation that this may be the another Time Reversal (a card which had high predictions but saw a sharp drop in price, see chart below), there is a lot of good talk about this being a good card.     If true, then it is time to look at what cards can be used with it to abuse its power. This may be a good time to catch a few key cards before they jump in value. These are only speculations but here are some suggestions: Personal Tutor – It may be late to get this card at a good price. It earlier today jumped up to $35 from $16, over double the price it was yesterday. You may have luck at a local shop that hasn’t updated their prices yet. MysticalTutor – This card is still at it’s current price of around $5 and could possibly jump. I think it’s better than personal tutor and essentially created a 3 mana Time Walk. Undervalued at the moment, this may go up to $10 depending on the use of Temporal Mastery. It just came to my attention...

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Avacyn Restored Spoiler Begins, time to watch the market.

Avacyn Restored spoilers have begun this weekend and a few cards have already been spoiled. This is always an exciting time to see what new cards will be added to the game from a play perspective. This is also a good time for the competitive and financial player to see what new cards will affect current cards already released. This means that the spoiler weeks are one of the most important times of the year for a financial Magic player. Let’s take a look at some examples as to why this is true.   Vampire Hexmage and Dark Depths The most famous example in recent history occurs during the time of Zendikar being spoiled. If you’re not familiar with the story, then here it goes: Dark Depths was a little used card from Coldsnap that never saw any real play. As soon as Vampire Hexmage was spoiled, people saw the potential to create a quick win condition for the game. Hexmage removes all counters from a permanent, immediately activating Dark Depths, creating a 20/20 indestructible creature into play. Shops sold out of copies of Dark Depths almost instantly as people were ordering as many copies as they could. Below is the price history of Dark Depths:   As you can see, the price of Dark Depths was at $4 before it rose dramatically with the release of Zendikar to...

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Eye on the Market: Alpha jumps up in value.

Today, Star City Games has increased the value of nearly all the cards from Alpha. While it is expected that over time the set will rise in value, the prices weren’t consistent across the board. For example, Island Sanctuary rose from $25 to $70, while Living Artifact went from $25 to $35. Both cards aren’t really played so the difference in price jump in interesting. This inconsistency also happens with the popular cards. Three of the Moxes jumped $100 in price while Mox Sapphire jumped up $800 from $1,200 to $2,000. Mox Sapphire is the most popular Mox, but...

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Buy Now: Counterpunch Commander Deck

Buy Now Segments are recommendations of great values for card sets. While a specific card in a set can be sold to even out or gain profit for the set, these are only suggestions and should be purchased at one’s own risk.   Recently Scavenging Ooze rose to $30 $40 at Star City Games. This has put the value of the card above the MSRP price of the Commander Deck it belongs to; Counterpunch.     Based on the price history above, the Ooze has been sitting at a $20 price point for most of it’s life cycle. With...

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The cost of winning Legacy decks.

  Last weekend was Grand Prix Indianapolis, a Legacy event. Tom Martell grabbed the victory with a Esper Stone Blade build, beating Kenny Castor in the finals. There are plenty of articles that go into the details of the final rounds of the event; so we will take a look at the top 4 decks and their costs.   Notice: The card values listed in this article are from major online retailers. Cards can be found cheaper on online sites like eBay. Sideboards and basic lands have also been removed from the deck lists.   There has been a long back and forth argument over Legacy and how expensive the format is. While it is true that one can build a relatively cheap Legacy deck that can compete well; it is still an expensive format. While smaller event and side events can be won by cheaper decks, major events still require a good investment.   Below is the cost breakdown of the top 4 decks of the Legacy Grand Prix.   Tom Martell   Kenny Castor   Dan Jordan   Colin Chilbert   So a quick look shows us that the average price of these decks is roughly $1500. That is, if you buy from a retailer and not on eBay. For this article we are going to use these numbers. So where is your money going?   The...

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