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MTG Fast Finance: Episode 26

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MTG Fast Finance is a weekly podcast that tries to break down the flurry of financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering into a fast, fun and useful thirty 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: July 30th, 2016

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Selfless Spirit">Selfless Spirit (Eldritch Moon)
Start: $2.75
Finish: $5.00
Gain: +$2.25 (+80%)

Dakmor Salvage">Dakmor Salvage (Future Sight)
Start: $1.00
Finish: $2.00
Gain: +$1.00 (+100%)

Desert Twister">Desert Twister (Arabian Nights)
Start: $7.50
Finish: $16.00
Gain: +$8.50 (+115%)

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Fortune Thief">Fortune Thief (Time Spiral)
Start: $1.00
Finish: $2.25
Gain: +$1.25 (+125%)

Statecraft">Statecraft (Mercadian Masques)
Start: $1.00
Finish: $4.00
Gain: +$3.00 (+300%)

Soldevi Excavations">Soldevi Excavations (Aliiances)
Start: $1.00
Finish: $6.00
Gain: +$5.00 (+500%)

Timerian Fiends">Timerian Fiends (Homelands)
Start: $0.50
Finish: $9.00
Gain: +$8.50 (+1,700%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

  1. Dark Confidant (Modern Masters 2015) Confidence Level 7: $32 to $45 (+40%, 6-12+ months)
  2. Kozilek, the Great Distortion (Oath of the Gatewatch) Confidence Level 7: $4 to $10 (+150%, 12+ months)

Travis Picks:

  1. Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger">Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Battle for Zendikar, Confidence Level 8: $11 to $20 (+80%, 0-12+ months)
  2. Sigil of the Empty Throne">Sigil of the Empty Throne, Magic Origins, Confidence Level 7: $0.25 to $3 (+1100%, 12+ months)

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

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

SCG Columbus was the first weekend of Eldritch Moon Standard. Bant Company crushed the metagame, representing over 33% of all decks on day two. Where can we look for opportunities in this seemingly lopsided metagame?

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

This week we learned that Eldritch Moon boxes are mappable. What does that mean, and what will the ramifications be?


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MTG Fast Finance: Episode 21 (June 24th)

by Cliff Daigle (@wordofcommander) & James Chillcott (@mtgcritic)

MTG Fast Finance is a weekly podcast that tries to break down the flurry of financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering into a fast, fun and useful thirty 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: June 17th

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Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Promise of Bunrei (Saviors of Kamigawa)
Start: $2.00
Finish: $5.50
Gain: +$3.50 (+175%)

Nimbus Maze (Future Sight)
Start: $7.50
Finish: $20.00
Gain: +$12.50 (+167%)

Moat (Legends)
Start: $350.00
Finish: $800.00
Gain: +$450.00 (+129%)

Flickerwisp (Foil, Eventide)
Start: $9.00
Finish: $15.00
Gain: +$6.00 (+67%)

Toxic Deluge (Foil, Eternal Masters)
Start: $50.00
Finish: $90.00
Gain: +$40.00 (+80%)

Belbe’s Portal (Foil, Nemesis)
Start: $13.50
Finish: $21.00
Gain: +$7.50 (+56%)

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Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale (Legends)
Start: $1100
Finish: $1450
Gain: $350 (+32%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James’ Picks:

  1. Pyroblast (Foil, Eternal Masters)
    •  Confidence Level: 8
    • Buy Price: $35
    • Sell Target: $50 (+43%)
    • Hold Time: 0-12+ months
  2. The Gitrog Monster (Foil, Shadows Over Innistrad)
    • Confidence Level: 7
    • Buy Price: $13
    • Sell Price: $20 (+54%)
    • Hold Time: (6-12+ months)
  3.  Tireless Tracker (Foil, Shadows Over Innistrad)
    • Confidence Level: 6
    • Buy Price: $10
    • Sell Price: $15 (+50%)
    • Hold Time: (12+ months)

Cliff’s Picks:

  1. Linvala, the Preserver (Oath of the Gatewatch)
    • Confidence Level: 8
    • Buy Price: $3
    • Sell Price: $8 (+167%)
    • Hold Time: 6+ months
  2. Eldrazi Mimic (Foil, Shadows Over Innistrad)
    • Confidence Level: 6
    • Buy Price: $5
    • Sell Price: $10 (+100%)
    • Hold Time: 12+ months
  3. Meren of Clan Nel Toth (C15)
    • Confidence Level: 7
    • Buy Price: $7
    • Sell Price:  $15 (+114%)
    • Hold Time: 12+ months

Disclosure: Cliff and James own some of the cards on their pick list.

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

The Standard SCG Open in Orlando on June 18th was the big tournament of the week. The usual suspects dominated the top tables including WR Humans, GW Tokens and 4-Color Rites decks. An Abzan Season’s Past deck in the hands of Jeff Hoogland made Top 8. In the Modern Classic an Esper Zur, the Enchanter list made 6th place running four copies of both Zur and Geist of Saint Traft as well as four copies of Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

Early Eldritch Moon spoilers were the topic this week. Cliff was underwhelmed by Ulrich, the spoiled werewolf commander. Eldrazi Wish seemed likely to show up in Modern or Legacy eventually. James thinks the new Emrakul is more powerful than most are giving it credit for.

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: Episode 20 (June 17th)

by Cliff Daigle (@wordofcommander) & James Chillcott (@mtgcritic)

MTG Fast Finance is a weekly podcast that tries to break down the flurry of financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering into a fast, fun and useful thirty 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: June 17th

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Day’s Undoing (Origins)
Start: $3.00
Finish: $4.00
Gain: +$1.00 (+33%)

Force of Will (Foil, Eternal Masters)
Start: $325.00
Finish: $500.00
Gain: +$175.00 (+54%)

Mystical Tutor (Foil, Eternal Masters)
Start: $20.00
Finish: $32.00
Gain: +$12.00 (+60%)

Bridge from Below (Modern Masters)
Start: $6.61
Finish: $10.65
Gain: +$4.04 (+61%)

Thought Lash (Alliances)
Start: $1.50
Finish: $5.00
Gain: +$3.50 (+232%)

Crystal Quarry (Foil, Odyssey)
Start: $10.00
Finish: $25.00
Gain: +$15 (+150%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James’ Picks:

  1. Eldrazi Displacer (Foil, Oath of the Gatewatch)
    •  Confidence Level: 8
    • Buy Price: $10
    • Sell Target: $20 (+100%)
    • Hold Time: 0-12+ months
  2. Sneak Attack (Eternal Masters)
    • Confidence Level: 7
    • Buy Price: $20
    • Sell Price: $30 (+50%)
    • Hold Time: (6-12+ months)
  3. Wasteland (Eternal Masters)
    • Confidence Level: 7
    • Buy Price: $43
    • Sell Price: $60 (+39%)
    • Hold Time: (6-12+ months)

Cliff’s Picks:

  1. Behold the Beyond (BFZ)
    • Confidence Level: 6
    • Buy Price: $1
    • Sell Price: $5 (+400%)
    • Hold Time: 12+ months
  2. Jace, Unraveler of Secrets (SOI)
    • Confidence Level: 7
    • Buy Price: $4
    • Sell Price: $10 (+400%)
    • Hold Time: 12+ months
  3. Vampiric Tutor">Vampiric Tutor (Foil, EMA)
    • Confidence Level: 8
    • Buy Price: $100
    • Sell Price:  $150 (+50%)
    • Hold Time: 6-12+ months

Disclosure: Cliff and James own some of the cards on their pick list.

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

At GP Columbus and Prague, Legacy was the format in the spotlight this week. Infect took down Columbus, while Storm was the winner in Europe. Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy made a notable appearance in the Top 8 Reanimator deck from Columbus as a 2-of. Ten of the top 128 decks were various flavors of Eldrazi.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

Eternal Masters inventory seemed to be significantly less than expected by many observers. Singles inventory already low for many key cards given that the set was just released, and looks likely to stay that way. Buyouts on key cards like Force of Will have already started.

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: Episode 18

by Travis Allen (@wizardbumpin) & James Chillcott (@mtgcritic)

MTG Fast Finance is a weekly podcast that tries to break down the flurry of financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering into a fast, fun and useful thirty 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: Feb 26th

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Greater Gargadon (Foil, Modern Masters)
Start: $4.50
Finish: $7.25
Gain: +$2.75 (+60%)

Realms Uncharted (Rise of the Eldrazi)
Start: $1.75
Finish: $3.00
Gain: +$1.25 (+70%)

Junun Efreet (Arabian Nights)
Start: $5.00
Finish: $9.50
Gain: +$4.50 (+90%)

Gavony Township (Foil, Innistrad)
Start: $12.00
Finish: $24.00
Gain: +$12.00 (+100%)

Iroas, God of Victory (Foil, Journey Into Nyx)
Start: $15.00
Finish: $30.00
Gain: +$15.00 (+100%)

Library of Alexandria (Arabian Nights)
Start: $445.00
Finish: $1,150.00
Gain: +$705 (+160%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

  1. Force of Will (Foil, Eternal Masters) Confidence Level 8: $275 to $400 (+45%, 0-12+ months)
  2. Mana Crypt Foil, Eternal Masters, Confidence Level 7: $225 to $300 (+33%, 0-12+ months)
  3. Wasteland
  4. Natural Order
  5. Shardless Agent
  6. Sensei’s Divinging Top (Eternal Masters)

Travis Picks:

  1. Day’s Undoing">Day’s Undoing, Magic Origins, Confidence Level 6: $2 to $8 (+300%, 12+ months)
  2. Daretti, Scrap Savant">Daretti, Scrap Savant, Commander 2014, Confidence Level 7: $2 to $10 (+400%, 12+ months)
  3. Titania, Protector of Argoth">Titania, Protector of Argoth, Commander 2014, Confidence Level 8: $2.50 to $10 (+300%, 12+ months)
  4. Sealed Eternal Masters boxes, MSRP, 12+ months

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

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

Between GP Minneapolis and GP Manchester, humans were all over Standard. While Minneapolis was nearly nothing but, Manchester provided some additional color, including an exciting build including Jace’s Sanctum that landed in 25th place.

 

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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