PROTRADER: The Watchtower 12/18/17


By: Travis Allen

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It’s been another quiet week in Magic finance, especially with both GP’s having been limited. We don’t have much in the way of breakout cards to discuss, but that’s fine. The lack of hype or excitement around anything allows us to look to other, less sexy, but still reliable options. With Commander no less popular today than it has been all year, it’s a great place to park money earmarked for longer term investments. (Assuming all that money isn’t just being funneled into bitcoin.)

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PROTRADER: Adjusting to the Times

I have been buying and selling cards for a while, but I have to admit that I’m not so sure about what rules apply and what rules don’t anymore.

This year especially, I’ve been waaaaaaay off a couple of times recently and I want to try and fix that. I also want to see where some cards are coming in, to teach me some new ideas to guide me for this ‘three Masters sets in 18 months’ sort of world we are living in.

I also want to try and apply what this year and previous years have taught me, to see if there’s stuff I want to start picking up, now that we are in the end-of-the-year doldrums.

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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 97 (Dec 9/17)

MTG Fast Finance is our weekly podcast covering the flurry of weekly financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering. MFF provides a fast, fun and useful sixty minute format. Follow along with our seasoned hosts as they walk you through this week’s big price movements, their picks of the week, metagame analysis and a rotating weekly topic.

Show Notes: Dec 9th, 2017

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week


Card Set Old Price New Price Increase
Call to the Netherworld (foil) TSP $2.00 $15.00 +$13.00 (+650%)
Nevermaker (Foil) MOR $0.75 $3.00 +$2.25 (+300%)
Storage Matrix (Foil) 9th $4.75 $9.00 +$4.25 (+89%)
Custodi Squire (Foil) CSP  $1.50 $2.75 +$1.25 (+83%)
Mesmeric Orb (Foil) MRD $15.00 $21.00 +$6.00 (+40%)


Segment 2:  Picks of the Week

James’s Picks:

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Card Set Confidence (1-10) Timeline Current Price Target Price
As Foretold (Foil) AMK 8 6-12+ months $12.00 $25.00 (+108%)
Whir of Invention (Foil) KLD 7 6-12+ months $4.00 $10.00 (+150%)
Paradox Engine (Foil) AER 8 3-12+ months $13.00 $25.00 (+92%)


Travis’s Picks:

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Card Set Confidence (1-10) Timeline Current Price Target Price
Detention Sphere (Foil) RTR 7 6-12+ months $6.00 $15.00 (+150%)
Thassa, God of the Sea (Foil) ROE 7 6-12+ months $17.00 $40.00 (+135%)

Segment 3: Metagame Review

James and Travis went over the Modern portion of the results from the SCG Invitational, noting Whir of Invention being used as a four-of in the new version of Lantern Control, and Search for Azcanta showing up in more and more decks.

Segment 4: Topics of the Week

The guys talked over when to get out of failed specs, and reviewed a grab bag of other topics.