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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 39

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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: Oct 28th, 2016

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Note: Price movements reflect posted NM prices, and may not represent prices players have paid.

Needle Spires (Oath of the Gatewatch, Rare)
Start: $2.50
Finish: $4.50
Gain: +$2.00 (+80%)

Summary Dismissal (EMN, Uncommon)
Start: $1.20
Finish: $2.00
Gain: +$0.80 (+67%)

Flickerwisp (Foil, Eventide, Uncommon )
Start: $12.00
Finish: $21.00
Gain: +$9.00 (+75%)

Selfless Spirit (Foil, EMN, Rare)
Start: $10.50
Finish: $16.00
Gain: +$5.50 (+53%)

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar (Kaladesh, Rare)
Start: $25.00
Finish: $30.00
Gain: +$5.00 (+20%)


Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

    1. Mantis Rider (Foil, KTK), Confidence Level 6: $3 to $10 (+233%, 6-12+ months)
    2. Dragon Arch (Apocalypse), Confidence Level 7: $2 to $10 (+400%, 6-12+ months)
    3. Blessed Alliance (EMN), Confidence Level 8: $4 to $10 (+150%, 0-6+ months)

Travis Picks:

  1. “The Nephilim”, (Guildpact), Confidence Level 7: $0.75 to $5 (+500%, 0-12+ months)

Disclosure: Travis and James may own speculative copies of the above cards.

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Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

The guys talked over the Top 8 decks from Standard GPs in Providene and Kuala Lampur. In Asia, the story was all about UW Flash lists, while the story in the USA was a mix of R/W Vehicles, BG Delirium and UW Flash.

At the SCG Modern open in Milwaukee, Caleb Durward took home the trophy with his innovative Collected Spirits list. Bushwacker Zoo and UWr Mid-Range decks also made Top 8 out of left field.

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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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 38

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: Oct 21st, 2016

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Note: Price movements reflect posted NM prices, and may not represent prices players have paid.

Torrential Gearhulk (Kaladesh, Mythic)
Start: $8.50
Finish: $20.00
Gain: +$11.50 (+235%)

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Harnessed Lightning (Kaladesh, Uncommon)
Start: $0.90
Finish: $2.25
Gain: +$1.35 (+150%)

Song of the Dryads (CMD ’14)
Start: $5.00
Finish: $12.00
Gain: +$7.00 (+140%)

Panharmonicon (Kaladesh, Rare)
Start: $2.75
Finish: 6.00 (already down to $4 now)
Gain: +$3.25 (+118%)

Metalwork Colossus (Kaladesh, Rare)
Start: $1.40
Finish: $3.00 (already down to $2 now)
Gain: +$1.60 (+114%)

Bristling Hydra (Kaladesh, Rare)
Start: $1.50
Finish: $2.50
Gain: +$1.00 (+60%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

    1. Cryptic Command (MM15), Confidence Level 7: $16.00 to $25 (+56%, 12+ months)
    2. Dark Confidant (MM15), Confidence Level 8: $30 to $45 (+50%, 12+ months)
    3. Eldrazi Temple (MM15), Confidence Level 7: $7 to $15 (+115%, 12+ months)

Travis Picks:

  1. Grim Flayer, (Eldritch Moon), Confidence Level 7: $16 to $30 (+88%, 6-12+ months)

Disclosure: Travis and James may own speculative copies of the above cards.

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

The guys talked over the Top 8 decks from Pro Tour Kaladesh last week, as well as the U/W decks that went 9-1 in the Standard portion.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

Travis and James broke down the source and impact of the reversion to an annual Standard rotation cycle each fall.

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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ANNOUNCEMENT: STANDARD RETURNING TO 24 MONTH CYCLE

Hey all,

In case you missed it, we got a pretty big announcement from Wizards of the Coast today regarding the Standard rotation pattern. Just a year after being told that Standard would be switching to an twice per annum rotation schedule, Wizards has announced that they are switching us back over to a single fall rotation starting immediately.

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Essentially, every fall set will enjoy a full two years in Standard, with the next three sets released after it rotating out as a double block two Octobers later. For example, up until this announcement, we would have seen Battle for Zendikar and Oath of the Gatewatch rotate out with the release of Amonkhet in late April 2017, but now we’re back to the original system, where BFZ, Oath, SOI and EMN all rotate together with the release of the fall 2017 set.

Need a visual?

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What’s It Mean?

So what does this mean for us as players and Magic financiers? Well, as a player you get to play with any cards you buy from new sets for a few months longer that you were going to be able to, and it should lead to a reinvigorated Standard scene at your local LGS. On the other hand, the pressure is now on Wizards to make sure that Standard formats are complex and dynamic enough to stay fresh for longer, and individual cards getting banned if things get very stale are slightly more likely now than they were yesterday as a result.

On the finance side, this is great news, as it means that Standard legal cards should revert to the older, predictable model of value appreciation and depreciation that we knew and loved since the mid 2000s. Specifically, look for rares and mythics from say, the fall 2017 block, to spike quickly at release, fall predictably until the fall of 2018 and then spike again based on the play patterns of that new Standard meta, only to collapse again in May/June of 2018 in anticipation of their rotation in fall 2019.

Overall, this gives us more time on average (0 to 6 months depending on the set, since the second block of each year is still rotating on the same schedule, ie SOI/EMN still rotate out in fall 2017) to speculate without worrying about the need to dump cards if they don’t take off in their first year of play. This helps more with the first block of the year, than the second, so take note.

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With Masterpiece premium inserts still the norm for the foreseeable future, the expected value of your average rare or mythic in any given set will still be depressed, but they now have more time to take off in Standard and generate a spike.

Why’d It Happen?

There’s only one reason that this change would be reversed before we even got to fully test it out. LGS participation and/or set sales were down, and my guess is both. Hasbro just announced in their investor update earlier this week that Magic: The Gathering revenues were slightly up for the year, so the inference is that supplemental sets were boosting overall sales, but that Standard sets were selling less product as players got gun shy about investing in cards whose rotation horizon always felts just around the corner.

Hasbro/WoTC isn’t interested in letting revenues fall for obvious reasons, so I’d expect this change to stick for several years now that the experiment has failed. Instead, expect Wizards to double down on supplemental products and interesting new ways to increase the average revenue per Magic player over the next couple of years.

So What Now?

From a speculation perspective, now would be a very good time to start looking at heavily played mythics and rares from BFZ/Oath that were depressed more than they should have been based on their looming rotation. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar was one of the most played cards in the top 8 of Pro Tour Kaladesh last week, and as the most important planeswalker in Standard I’d expect him to make a dash for $30 based on this news. The staff will have further notes on this in forthcoming articles. Cheers!

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar
Can Gideon ride this change to $30+?
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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 37

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: Oct 14th, 2016

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Note: Price movements reflect posted NM prices, and may not represent prices players have paid.

Electrostatic Pummeler (Kaladesh)
Start: $0.50
Finish: $4.50
Gain: +$4.00 (+800%)

Metallurgic Summonings (Kaladesh)
Start: $2.25
Finish: $10.00
Gain: +$6.50 (+344%)

Panharmonicon (Kaladesh)
Start: $2.50
Finish: $9.00
Gain: +$6.50 (+260%)

Leovold, Emissary of Trest (Conspiracy: Take the Crown)
Start: $13.00
Finish: $24.00
Gain: +$11.00 (+85%)

All Hallow’s Eve (Legends)
Start: $80.00
Finish: $120.00
Gain: +$40.00 (+50%)

Tainted Aether (Foil, 7th)
Start: $39.00
Finish: $60.00
Gain: +$21.00 (+54%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

    1. Metalwork Colossus (Kaladesh), Confidence Level 6: $1.50 (target entry) to $5 (+315%, 0-6+ months)
    2. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar (Battle for Zendikar), Confidence Level 7: $20 to $30 (+50%, 0-6 months)
    3. Metallurgic Summonings (Foil, Kaladesh), Confidence Level 7: $20 to $40 (+100%, 0-12+ months)

Travis Picks:

  1. Panharmonicon, (Foil, Kaladesh), Confidence Level 6: $5 to $10 (+100%, 0-6+ months)

Disclosure: Travis and James may own speculative copies of the above cards.

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

The guys looked at the Modern MOCS Magic Online tournament (600+ players) last week, highlighting a relatively rare Sultai Mid-Range deck.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

Travis and James talked over the various decks and cards likely to make an impact this weekend at Pro Tour: Kaladesh and concluded that Smuggler’s Copter and the plethora of aggro decks are likely to maintain their role as the dominant play style of the format. Panharmonicon, Metalwork Colossus and Electrostatic Pummeler called out as potential dark horse success stories.

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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