By: Guo Heng
It’s that time of the year again: the first of the three World Magic Cup Qualifiers kicks off this weekend all around the world. The format is Standard. If you are competing this weekend like I am, chances are that you will want to play the best deck in the format to give yourself the best shot at winning one of your country’s World Magic Cup spots. However, if like me, you do not own a playset of Hangarback Walker and are unwilling to make a $76 splurge purchase to get them for this weekend (or you are more than willing but, alas, the supply of Hangarbacks at your local stores has dried up), playing the best deck may be a problem.
The first wave of WMCQs this weekend is in an inconvenient spot as far as MTG finance is concerned. Redemption for Magic Origins goes live after downtime next Wednesday (August 26) and within a week or two ,we would start to see a large dip in the Magic Origins index as redeemed singles begin to hit the market. Now is literally the worst time to buy into chase staples from the set.
Today’s The Meta Report is going to take a look at the options available for this weekend that do not require you to spend a hefty sum on Hangarback Walker, Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy, or other Magic Origins chase staples.