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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 37

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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 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%)

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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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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%)

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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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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 35

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: Sep 29th, 2016

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

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

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Intervention Pact (Future Sight)
Start: $1.00
Finish: $9.00
Gain: +$8.00 (+800%)

New Frontiers (Odyssey, Foil)
Start: $5.00
Finish: $8.00
Gain: +$3.00 (+60%)

Verdurous Gearhulk (Kaladesh)
Start: $11.00
Finish: $17.00
Gain: +$6.00 (+55%)

Torrential Gearhulk (Kaladesh)
Start: $5.50
Finish: $8.00
Gain: +$2.50 (+45%)

Soldevi Excavations (Alliances)
Start: $4.25
Finish: $6.00
Gain: +$1.75 (+42%)

Doubling Cube (10th Edition, Foil)
Start: $11.00
Finish: $16.00
Gain: +$5.50 (+45%)

Aetherworks Marvel (Kaladesh)
Start: $6.00
Finish: $8.00
Gain: +$2.00 (+33%)

Smuggler’s Coptor (Kaladesh)
Start: $7.00
Finish: $9.00
Gain: +$2.00 (+29%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

    1. Verdurous Gearhulk (Kaladesh) Confidence Level 7: $15 to $30 (+100%, 0-12+ months)
    2. Reality Smasher (OGW) Confidence Level 8: $3.50 to $10 (+185%, 12+ months)
    3. Aetherworks Marvel (Kaladesh, Foil) Confidence Level 7: $8 to $15 (+88%, 6-12+ months)
    4. Grim Flayer (Eldritch Moon) Confidence Level 9: $30 to $60 (+100%, 6-12+ months)

Travis Picks:

  1. Emrakul, The Promised End, (Eldritch Moon), Confidence Level 7: $15 to $30 (+100%, 0-6+ months)
  2. Spell Queller, (Eldritch Moon), Confidence Level 6: $6 to $10 (+67%, 0-6+ months)

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

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

This week the guys talked over some cool decks that came out of the Top8 of WMCQ tournaments in Scotland and Hong Kong.

Notables included a U/W Death & Taxes brew, a RG Ponza style land destruction deck, UR Thing Ascension and Mardu Nahiri lists. James’s top pick of the week, Grim Flayer (foils), showed up in Abzan lists in both tournaments.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

There were two weekly topics this week: the Frontier format coming out of Japan and the massive changes to the MTGO economy announced today.

In Japan, the well-known shop Hareruya has announced support for a new M15 forward version of Modern called Frontier and is offering significant prize support for some early tournaments. It is unclear whether this has any reason to catch up in Japan, let alone globally, but it’s something to keep an eye on for potential cross border arbitrage opportunities.

On MTGO, big things are afoot. Prize support for constructed tournaments looks to be suffering, with pack prizes being replaced with treasure chests that boast a very strange array of potential prizes, including Modern legal cards and play points. Redemption periods are being drastically reduced from 18 months to 3-6 months for Standard legal sets, which is predicted to result in faster spikes on foils leading into the end of the redemption period, and then a possible general collapse on card prices for sets no longer available for redemption. On the positive side both drafts and sealed leagues are having their entry costs reduced by about 20%.

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MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 34

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: Sep 23rd, 2016

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

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

Seeds of Innocence (Mirage)
Start: $0.55
Finish: $2.50
Gain: +$1.95 (+355%)

Fleetwheel Cruiser (Kaladesh)
Start: $0.75
Finish: $2.00
Gain: +$1.25 (+167%)

Smuggler’s Copter (Kaladesh)
Start: $3.00
Finish: $7.00
Gain: +$4.00 (+133%)

Grafdiffer’s Cage (DKA, Foil)
Start: $35.00
Finish: $65.00
Gain: +$30.00 (+85%)

Platinum Emperion (SOM)
Start: $8.00
Finish: $14.00
Gain: +$6.00 (+75%)

Panharmonicon (Kaladesh, Foil)
Start: $11.00
Finish: $19.00
Gain: +$8.00 (+72%)

Obstinate Baloth (M11, Foil)
Start: $25.00
Finish: $40.00
Gain: +$15.00 (+60%)

Brushland (Fifth Edition)
Start: $13.00
Finish: $21.00
Gain: +$8.00 (+62%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

  1. Nahiri’s Wrath (Eldritch Moon) Confidence Level 6: $2 to $6 (+200%, 0-12+ months) Outside chance that this is the red sweeper folks will need this fall. Potential for high damage output and ability to handle PWs, but weak against vehicles so meta shake out will dictate success here.
  2. Retreat to Corelhelm (BFZ, Foil) Confidence Level 8: $2 to $8 (+300%, 6-12+ months) Knight/Corelhelm deck continues to put up Top 8s, and this foil uncommon will end up underpriced vs. future demand. Open ended synergy with future combos helps here.
  3. Selfless Spirit (Foil, Eldritch Moon) Confidence Level 7: $8 to $15 (+88%, 6-12+ months) Spirit decks in Modern are a possibility, but this card is useful in aggressive and tempo decks across Modern with or without it’s tribal compatriots.
  4. Dubious Challenge (Kaladesh) Confidence Level 5: $.25 to $5 (+1900%, 24+ months) This card has the potential to be broken one day. Emrakul + Flickerwisp is a starting point, and I see this turning into a janky deck one day down the road. Low risk here, with high upside in 3-5 years. Will be buying 200 copies or so.

Travis Picks:

  1. Eldritch Evolution, (Eldritch Moon), Confidence Level 6: $4 to $8 (+100%, 0-12+ months) Card has potential in the new Standard and a future home in Modern. Not much more of this set going to be opened due to Conspiracy 2 and Kaladesh following so close on it’s heels.
  2. Mind’s Dilation, (Eldritch Moon), Confidence Level 8: $1 to $5 (+400%, 12+ months) Great long term mythic hold for EDH.

Sell Watch:

  1. Might of Old Krosa, (Time Spiral), Confidence Level 7: $9 to $2 (-80%%, 12+ months) If Infect ever goes off the radar or gets hampered by bannings, this card goes to bulk almost instantly. A $10 uncommon that can be reprinted easily isn’t something you want to be holding onto.
  2. Noble Hierarch, (MM15), Confidence Level 9: $65 to $30 (+400%, 12+ months) Recently reprinted and still climbing, this card is needed by multiple modern decks as a 4-of, but it could easily be reprinted again in MM17 next summer. Trading out in the $65-$80 range is unlikely to be a bad move regardless as the card has to be near it’s likely peak.

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

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

This week Travis and James went over SCG Orlando, a 600+ person Modern tournament.

The Top 8 included a Reanimator deck using 2x Collective Brutality, a 5th place Knight/Corelhelm deck, 6th place Eldrazi Aggro and a Valakut deck with three copies of Anger of the Gods between the main and the board.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

The guys talked over the likely changes to the B&R list, placing the odds of no changes at 50/50. Indeed, there were no changes, so moving on.

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