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Five may have been too many this week and the gang throws the baby out with the bathwater, slimming its lineup down to a svelte three-man cast. Corbin’s the odd man out, having been condemned to spend a family vacation near Vancouver where he covered the recent Pro Tour. There’s plenty to talk about and without Corbin to slow them down, the gang hits their stride and Ryan even talks a little. How ‘bout that?
Rolling start? Pick of the week first? What’s the deal?
Finance 101 – buy cards for cheap and sell them for more
Making good on its promise to release a new spate of Commander preconstructed decks every year, Wizards has announced Commander 2015.
There will be 55 brand-new cards created for this product unequally distributed over the 5 decks. Each deck gets 15 new cards, with the repeated cards usually being lands like Arcane Lighthouse and Myriad Landscape (which is bad for their price upside, but that can’t be helped).
The five decks will be comprised of the five “enemy” two-color combinations (white-black, blue-red, black-green, red-white, and green-blue) and will be 100 cards, as always.
Each Deck Contains:
A 100-card Commander deck
One oversized foil commander card for each deck
10 double-sided tokens
Deck storage box
Strategy insert and rules reference card
15 new Magic cards (55 for the set in total)
The double-sided tokens are cool, but they are so dirt cheap that there hasn’t been much secondary market buzz on them, even good ones like Wurmcoil Engine tokens.
What mana fixing are we likely to get? Pain lands? Bad River? Tempest duals? ABUR duals? It’s hard to know how Wizards will fix the mana, but it’s possible we’ll get a new card to do it and that there will be potential Legacy implications.
Remember, each of these sets has had one or two cards that shake up Legacy, so make sure you arbitrage those decks where you can. I don’t like these as long-term sealed investments, but I think a lot of the singles have more upside than is readily apparent. This is a chance for Wizards to print cards for Legacy without ruining Modern, so expect more of that.
With 55 brand-new cards, there are bound to be a few that have real financial implications. Stay glued to MTGPrice’s spoiler coverage for analysis. We just might be able to predict some sleepers and help you figure out which decks to grab.
That’s a real thing, look it up. You’re just mad because you saw the title and thought, “I bet that one was really easy to come up with,” and while you’d be right, so what? I’m on top of my game, not everything has to be complicated, and I make it all look easy. What wasn’t easy was separating my feelings of “this card seems cool but not right for Standard” from the notion that sometimes powerful cards get built around.
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Not satisfied with the depth of discussion last week about the impending changes to Magic Online, the gang doubles down and goes deep, this time enlisting the help of MTGPrice writer Travis Allen (@wizardbumpin) to untangle the web of uncertainty regarding the future of Magic Online. As with any good podcast, not everyone agrees, but there is certainly money to be made for intrepid investors. Or is there? I’m not going to tell you here. Listen and find out, man. Sheesh.