By James Chillcott (@MTGCritic)
5 Winners of the Week
Dragons of Tarkir continues to shake up standard, but the hype is real for Modern Masters 2015 and the upcoming release is moving prices as well. Let’s have a look at what’s up with the Magic cards that are moving and shaking this week:
1. Dragonlord Ojutai (DTK, Mythic): $29.74 to $37.29 (+25%)
Dragonlord Ojutai is as close it’s likely peak as I’m willing to risk, and with the ever changing nature of the current Standard meta, I’m all about getting out of this fantastic spec at a healthy 450%+ profit.
2. Spell Snare (Modern Masters, Uncommon): $4.47 to $5.47 (+22%)
I don’t have good info on whether this is in Modern Masters 2015, but my instincts say that it won’t be. Apparently, others agree, as the card has started climbing. If you can find some lying around at earlier pricing, it’s not a terrible idea to jump in on a strong counterspell with legs in Modern and Tiny Leaders. My personal preference would be to make the play on foils here.
Format(s): Modern/Tiny Leaders
3. Dragonlord Dromoka (DTK, Mythic): $7.66 to $9.06 (18%)
Just when you thought it wasn’t possible for another DTK Dragonlord to make it to center stage, here we are with the big lug gaining momentum as a reasonable threat against Esper Dragons and other counter heavy decks. The ability to shut down opponent’s spell on your own turn can really help swing a game in your favor, as can the cards’ Baneslayer Angel mode in combat. The metagame coming out of the weekend didn’t feature many copies, so I’d be comfortable selling/trading into the minor hype bump and then looking to buy in around $5 or $10-12 foils later this summer. All of the Dragonlords have future casual appeal, and a few are good enough for EDH, so there are plenty of reasons to pick a good entry point on these soaring hype lizards.
4. Fleecemane Lion (DTK, Mythic): $2.73 to $3.10 (14%)
Fleecemane is the most popular aggressive creature in multiple green based aggro and mid-range decks and likely deserves this late game bump heading towards rotation and obscurity. The time will never be better to unload these, as rapid metagame shifts could lead it in the dust.
Format(s): Standard/Tiny Leaders
5. Blood Moon (Modern Masters, Rare): $17.80 to $20.19 (+13%)
Just as speculation is running rampant on a Modern Masters 2015 reprint, Blood Moon finds itself waxing in importance for Modern. This is an interesting tension, as a reprint should send the card down towards $15, while a no-show in the set could see it climb above $30 in all versions.
3 Top Losers of the Week
1. Glittering Wish: $9.40 to $7.05 (-25%)
Folks (including myself) were nattering about this card earlier this year, pegging it to do new and exciting things in Modern, but that play pattern hasn’t appeared, so the card is falling back once again. I’ve always liked this card around $5, and I will be acquiring if it falls back a bit further. The power level of tutors simply cannot be denied, and I believe that a deck will eventually emerge that puts this to work.
Format(s): Modern/Tiny Leaders
Verdict: Buy at $5
2. Narset, Transcendent: $30.19 to $25.23 (16%)
I’ve been avoiding this chiquita like the plague as she seemed destined for a fall from the very beginning when she was pre-ordering for $50. Anyone who dove in on this underplayed (yet powerful) planeswalker up front has lost half their investment already, and I fully expect Narset to fade towards $15 before long on lack of play. That being said, a few great proactive spells are possibly all she needs to get back in the saddle, even if it doesn’t come together for several months. Dragons of Tarkir doesn’t rotate until fall 2016, so her moment may still be coming.
3. Shorecrasher Elemental: $4.02 to $4.76 (+16%)
With so many cards in Dragons of Tarkir hitting peak value on reasonably high levels of play, any remaining rares and mythics that aren’t pulling their weight at the top tables have to fall back to balance the EV of the set. Like Narset, this fantastic Blue Devotion enabler hasn’t live up to the hype. The catch however, is that a thirty-two creature blue devotion deck just made Top 4 of the SCG open, running green generating lands to cast some epic end of turn Collected Companies and turn on Thassa when opponent’s least expect it. There isn’t a lot of time left for this strategy to come forward in the metagame, but a great 2-drop in Magic: Origins in July could be all we need to push it over the top heading into the fall rotation. As such, I like this card anywhere under $4, looking to exit around $7-8 if it finds it’s way.
James Chillcott is the CEO of ShelfLife.net, The Future of Collecting, Senior Partner at Advoca, a designer, adventurer, toy fanatic and an avid Magic player and collector since 1994.
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