PROTRADER: Don’t You Forget About Zendikar

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Oath of the Gatewatch is out, and it’s sweet! The new cards are so much better than the old ones, the new Expeditions are more fun than the old ones, and Battle for Zendikar only had two good cards so go ahead and ignore it!

At least, that’s what it appears to be on the surface, and we’ve had a lot of people fall into this attitude because of how poorly BFZ stood up to Khans of Tarkir and Dragons of Tarkir, not to mention it’s now faded in comparison to Oath of the Gatewatch.

But don’t let that trick you into forgetting about Battle for Zendikar.

Sure, our first return to Zendikar was in many ways a disappointment. The Expeditions were super cool, but the cards as a whole didn’t stack up, the Limited environment was meh (drafting was good but not great, and Sealed sucked), and outside of a format-warping mana base, the cards didn’t do a ton to Standard, much less Modern. All of these factors led to a lot of frustrating with the second go at Zendikar even as players gobbled up Expeditions for cubes and Commander decks everywhere.

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But it turns out we forgot something about Battle for Zendikar: it was only the first set in the block. By itself it turned out to be somewhat disappointing, but now that more cards in the same vein have come out the set has actually turned out much better. And remember, no matter how bad Battle for Zendikar is in Standard now, the format won’t look the same forever. That means Battle for Zendikar, despite selling a ton and using Expeditions to suppress prices across the board, has a chance to be financially relevant again before it’s finished with two Rotations and an 18-month run through Standard. And with Oath of the Gatewatch hitting now, we’re going to see BFZ bottom out even further in the coming weeks before starting to climb back up.

That’s what I want to talk about today, and I’ll start at the top.

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5 thoughts on “PROTRADER: Don’t You Forget About Zendikar”

  1. I’m extremely glad I waited to pick up some undergrowth champions until now. I was able to get a playset of foils for the same price as a single non foil back when they first dropped. Bla Bla standard foils… Don’t hate, I like +1/+1 counters and I think this little green bastard is badass! I don’t really see much downside on $5 foils anyway, due to casual/commander demand.

    I was liking the look of Dragonmaster Outcast’s price lately too… But the orignal is soo cheap as well. Would you agree that it would be a better idea to pick up the older copies rather than the BFZ ones? BFZ Dragonmaster is $4 with buylist of $2.5… But the Zendikar Dragonmaster is $5.50 with a buylist of $3.50.

    If you had to pick one which one would you pick?

    1. I’d go with the cheaper one, to be honest. I think that a few years from now the prices will start to Converge (heh), and at that point you’ll have been happy to spend list.

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