By James Chillcott (@MTGCritic)
One of the most common misconceptions about folks involved in MTGFinance is that we are constantly manipulating the market and feeding players misinformation to help fuel achievement of our personal goals.
It recently occurred to us here that though we dole out a good deal of advice, most of you ultimately have very little insight into when we actually put our money where our collective mouths are pointing. As such we’ve decided to run a weekly series simply breaking down what we’ve been buying this week and why. These lists are meant to be both complete and transparent, leaving off only cards we bought without hope of profit, where appropriate. We’ll also try to provide some insight into our thinking behind the specs, and whether we are aiming for a short (<1 month), mid (1-12 month), or long (1 year+) term flip. Here’s what we were up to this week:
Buying Period: March 8th -14th, 2015
Note: All cards NM unless otherwise noted.
- 8x Descent of the Dragons @ $2.10 per
- 14x Descent of the Dragons @ $3.15 per
- 4x Descent of the Dragons @ $3.25 per
- 28x Dragon Tempest @ $1.55 per
- 8x Dragon Tempest @ $1.05 per
- 8x Sidisi, Undead Vizier @ $4.15 per
- 16x Master of the Unseen @ $2.00 per
- 2x Tasigur, The Golden Fang (Foil) @ $24.15 per
- 1x Command Tower (Judge Foil) @ $22
- 3x Duress (IDW) @ $3
- 1x Faithless Looting (IDW) @ $3
- 3x Duress (IDW Promo) @ $13 per ($3 cost)
I’m going relatively deep on Descent of the Dragons and Dragon Tempest on the basis that a lot of people are underestimating their combo potential in Standard alongside the long overlooked Battlefield Thaumaturge and mana dorks. The deck shell is basically based around a fairly normal Temur early game that suddenly transforms into an instant kill. Basically if you have 3 creatures in play, with Thaumaturge being one of them, and a Dragon Tempest in play, you put 12/12 worth of Dragons into play and instantly do 9 points and then attack for 12. This can happen as early as Turn 5. The deck can lean on Sarkhan Unbroken, Hour of Need and Stormbreath as backup plans and just play a more midrange game if the pieces aren’t drawn fast enough. I predict that the deck in some form hits at least Tier 2 in Standard, and an on camera appearance should be enough to double the price of both cards. If it fails to perform however, these are pretty bad long term specs as their future in other formats may be dubious at best.
Sidisi, Undead Vizier is my pick for one of the top 3 cards in Dragons of Tarkir, as his power level seems extremely high. With DoT facing a longer rotation schedule than the last two sets, there is a good chance this card tops $8-10 at some point in it’s play life.
As for Tasigur, my early call that he was underrated has come true, and I now expect this guy to be a multi-format player for many years. As such, I’m still buying foils while selling my non-foils.
There was a run on the judge foil Command Towers this week, and I managed to snag a copy before the price spikes. I also managed to snag a few additional copies of the IDW promos via back issues at my local comic shop.
On the sales side, a pretty quiet week, but I did sell into the buyout on IDW promos by unloading a handful of the Duress at a triple up, with several more held back to test the new price plateau.
Travis Allen (@wizardbumpin)
44x See the Unwritten @ $1.25
- 10x Order of Whiteclay @ $1.93
- 8x Aggressive Mining @ $.20
Aggressive Mining is a cool potential combo piece that was cheap from a vendor I was already buying from.”
Nothing to report this week.
So there you have it. Now what were you guys buying and selling this week and why?
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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