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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%)

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

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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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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:

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  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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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 36

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 6th, 2016

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

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

Aether Hub (Kaladesh)
Start: $1.50
Finish: $3.00
Gain: +$1.50 (+100%)

Smuggler’s Copter (Kaladesh)
Start: $9.00
Finish: $17.00
Gain: +$8.00 (+89%)

Platinum Emperion (Scars of Mirrodin)
Start: $15.00
Finish: $24.00
Gain: +$9.00 (+60%)

Scapheap Scrounger (Kaladesh)
Start: $1.75
Finish: $2.50
Gain: +$0.75 (+43%)

Cultural Exchange (Foil, Odyssey)
Start: $10.00
Finish: $14.00
Gain: +$1.75 (+40%)

Grim Flayer (Foil, EMN)
Start: $32.00
Finish: $43.00
Gain: +$11.00 (+35%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

    1. Spirebluff Canal (Foil, Kaladesh), Confidence Level 7: $10 (target entry) to $20 (+100%, 12+ months)
    2. Concealed Courtard (Foil, Kaladesh), Confidence Level 7: $10 (target entry) to $20 (+100%, 12+ months)
    3. Madcap Experiment (Foil, Kaladesh), Confidence Level 7: $3.50 to $10 (+250%, 12+ months)

Travis Picks:

  1. Obstinant Baloth, (Eldritch Moon), Confidence Level 6: $5 to $10 (+100%, 0-6+ months)
  2. Reality Smasher, (Foil, OGW), Confidence Level 6: $10 to $25 (+150%, 12+ months)

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

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

This week the guys covered off the results from the first big Standard tournament of the season, in the SCG Open at Indianapolis.

There were 32 Smuggler’s Copter in the Top 8 decks, with aggression being the name of the game week 1 as per usual.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

We checked back in on the prices of the Masterpiece: Inventions series of cards in Kaladesh, noting that they are falling hard as expected, and that good deals should abound by mid-November as per the Zendikar expeditions.

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