WEEKLY MTGPRICE.COM MOVERS: Feb 25th/15

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By James Chillcott (@MTGCritic)

Innovation continues to define both Standard and Modern as we roll on through one of the best constructed seasons in the last decade. Winners at notable major tournaments this past weekend define our big movers this week, as the community looks forward to Dragons of Tarkir spoilers in just a few short weeks.

5 Winners of the Week

1. Whisperwood Elemental (Fate Reforged, Mythic): $8.98 to $12.12 (35%)

Green was already the default best color in standard before Fate Reforged rolled up and dropped this sweet threat onto the table. Though many were dubious at first, recent showings at big standard tournaments has demonstrated that Whisperwood Elemental is an excellent way to close out games fast if your opponent isn’t packing enough removal. In partnership with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, and various mana dorks, this heavy hitter provides especially tricky scenarios for both aggro and control decks who will often have trouble going just one for one with the lord of the groves.  With FRF not likely to be as opened as many other sets, there’s a good chance that this one falls off a bit heading into summer, only to rise again at rotation. As such you can sell now if you got in early and don’t need them to play with. Otherwise, you’re safe to hold into fall.

Format(s): Standard

Verdict: Hold/Sell

2. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx (Theros, Rare):  $4.12 to $5.45 (32%)

Prices on this most wondrous of mana generators range anywhere from $5 to $8 at present, with scant few copies available anywhere in the $3-4 range it was trading at just a few weeks back. Blame the rediscovery of mono-green and green-X devotion builds, within which Nykthos is often the glue that binds the deck together, powering out Temur Sabertooth, Whisperwood Elemental and Hornet Queens with equal finesse. I’ve been a buyer thus far on any copies I could find under $4, but your best entry point may now be at rotation, where you should be able to scoop copies up and sit on them for a few years to double up.

Format(s): Standard, Modern, EDH/Casual

Verdict: Hold

3. Outpost Siege (Fate Reforged, Rare): $2.12 to $2.80

The other deck that is doing exceptionally well right now is R/W aggro, but in truth, getting a free card per turn for the low low cost of just 3R is likely to appeal to many decks over the next year. Heck, we use to pay 4 a turn for this effect! With constant play, this card could easily rise into the $6-8 range next fall, so if you can score some under $4, it seems like a reasonable bet on card advantage continuing to be worth of a few card slots for the rest of the year.

Format(s): Standard, EDH/Casual

Verdict: Buy

4. Genesis Hydra (M15, Rare): $1.95 to $2.44 (25%)

I’ve been holding some of these since they first came out, but they never really got there as a spec, so those 3 playsets will be finding homes in my trade binder and various casual decks once I’m done with them in Standard. The card is great, and there is some version of the future where it might even catch fire in Modern with Nykthos to power it out and do something ugly, but I wouldn’t be caught holding my breath on that, or very many of these at rotation either.

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Format(s): Standard, EDH/Casual

Verdict: Trade/Sell

5. Asuza, Lost but Seeking (Champions of Kamigawa, Rare): $30.13 to $36.11

It’s hard to believe that I was picking these up last year at $6 as an EDH spec, and now here we are with Amulet Bloom earning Tier 1 respect in Modern and this card ensuring it has enough consistency in comboing off to make those bones. There is a solid chance this single print rare shows up in Modern Masters 2 this summer, so it’s probably time to claim whatever profits you can and look to pick some up on the cheap when MM2 prices bottom out in July.

Format(s): Modern EDH/Casual

Verdict: Trade/Sell

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 3 Top Losers of the Week

1. All is Dust (Rise of the Eldrazi, Rare): $20.32 to $14.00 (-31%)

This is a great card in EDH/Casual environments, and cool factor has kept it up, but the threat of a reprint in MM2 is just too great for it to not recede into fearful territory. You should be unloading these.

Format(s): Modern EDH/Casual

Verdict: Trade/Sell

2. Whip of Erebos (Theros, Rare): $4.87 to $3.93 (19%)

This card’s been on a bit of a roller coaster lately with it’s price tightly tied to how well GBx Reanimation strategies are doing at big Standard tournaments. It will likely oscillate in the $3-6 range heading toward rotation, but you don’t want to be caught holding too many because this will be a low demand casual card come the fall. There’s also a fresh printing in the Clash Pack for the spring, which hardly helps.

Format(s): Standard/Casual

Verdict: Trade/Sell

3. Pact of Negation (Modern Masters, Rare): $14.78 to $13.07 (12%)

Given that this key card from the Amulet Bloom deck has been on the rise of late, I wouldn’t give this minor pullback much thought. Having just been printed in the last Modern Masters set, it’s pretty unlikely to see yet another reprint in MM2 this summer, so you are likely safe to snag these in the $12-14 range or in trades where you can, hoping it will rise into the $20 zone on the back of one deck or another.

Format(s): Modern/Legacy

Verdict: Buy/Trade

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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4 thoughts on “WEEKLY MTGPRICE.COM MOVERS: Feb 25th/15”

  1. Good day I got the following Magic Cards that I want to sell. Can you please previde me with a selling price.

    Enhantment – Aura

    Leaden Fists
    Blanchwood Armor x 2
    Petrified Plating
    Snake Cult Initiation
    Pacifism

    Artifact Creature
    Clockwork Hydra
    Soultether Golem

    Artifact
    Mishra’s Bauble
    Phyrexian Totem
    Izzet Signet
    Orzhov Signet

    Instant
    Giant Growth
    Perilous Research
    Healing Leaves
    Putrefy
    Thrill of the Hunt
    Terror x2
    Douse in Gloom

    Forest
    Basic Land-Forest 8

    Swamp
    Basic Land-swamp 8

    Island
    Basic Land-Island 9

    Creature Human Wizards
    Sage of Epityr
    Thoughtpicker Witch x3
    Drifter il-Dal
    Lim-Dul the Necromancer

    Creature Fearie-Spellshaper
    Cloudseeder x2
    Surveilling Sprite x2

    Creature Zombie Fungus
    Deathspore Thallid x3

    Creature Zombie
    Gravedigger x2
    Dripping Dead

    Creature-Elf Shaman
    Gilt-Leaf Seer
    Essence Warden x3
    Llanowar Augur

    Creature – Thrull
    Mourning Thrull x2

    Creature Fearie Soldier
    Sentinels of Glen Elendra

    Creature Gorgon
    Gorgon Recluse

    Creature Elf Rogue
    Moonglove Winnower

    Creature Elf Druid
    Llanowar Elves

    Creature Spirit
    Drift of Phantasms

    Creature Skeleton
    Restless Bones

    Beast
    Flegling Mawcor

    Zombie Drake
    Tattered Drake

    Drake
    Spiketail Drakeling

    Fungus
    Thallid Shell-Dweller

    Merfolk Rogue
    Coral Trickster

    Imp Rebel
    Deepcavern Imp x2

    Snake Warrior Archer
    Matsu-Tribe Sniper

    Zombie Spellshaper
    Skrik Ridge Exhumer x2

    Vedalken Wizard
    Vedalken Athermage

    Land
    Swamp
    Swamp

    Land
    New Benalia

    Land
    Terramorphic Expanse x2

    Land
    Calciform Pools x2

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