MTGFinance: What We’re Buying & Selling This Week (Aug 3/15)

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 has occurred to us at MTGPrice that though we dole out a good deal of advice, most of you ultimately have very little insight into when and why our writing team actually puts our money where our collective mouths are pointing. As such running this weekly series breaking down what we’ve been buying and selling each week and why. These lists are meant to be both complete and transparent, leaving off only cards we bought for personal use without hope of profit. 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 we’ve been up to this week:

Buying Period: July 24th – Aug 1st, 2015

Note: All cards NM unless otherwise noted. All sell prices are net of fees unless noted.

James Chillcott (@MTGCritic)

This week I’m mostly working on my deal to sell the Super Collection, but I’ve also started in on some select singles that I see as good opportunities.


  • 10x Evolutionary Leap (Foil) @ $10.25/per
  • 10x Return to the Ranks (Foil) @ $2/per
  • 13x Return to the Ranks (Jap Foil) @ $1.50/per
  • 16x Rally the Ancestors @ $2/per
  • 4x Demonic Pact @ $5.45

This set of buys is mostly about cards I think have a future in Modern with a dash of hot Standard action. I’m convinced that both Leap and Return to the Ranks have what it takes to assemble compelling combo scenarios in Modern. Not only are decks already floating to the surface of the metagame, but these are precisely the kinds of cards that get better as more combo pieces get printed to align with their build around benefits. Frank Karsten posted a fairly compelling set of videos with a Ranks deck last week but I think this is just the tip of the iceberg vs. what’s possible down the road. Likewise, Evolutionary Leap is being underestimated in a world where you can set up shop with Bitterblossom or Lingering Souls and then dig for whatever limited set of value creatures you need to run your game. Siege Rhino? A 187 creature? Somebody will figure it out and it will be beautiful.

Rally the Ancestors didn’t make the Top 8 in Standard at Pro Tour Origins this weekend, but the deck may still find itself in a good position later this season, so I was willing to snap up a few sets at the low end of the spectrum, aiming to unload them around $4-5 in trade at a future peak. If it doesn’t get anywhere in Standard it’s just as likely to cause trouble in Modern as Return to the Ranks. See the Sam Black Rally in Modern video if you don’t believe me.  Demonic Pact was on my Digging For Dollars: MTG Origins list and as predicted, it showed up in a few different builds that ran deep into Day 2 at the Pro Tour. The deck may need some work to stay in the metagame, but the Sultai version that Toronto local Daniel Fournier was running looked fun as hell so I picked up a set to fool around with.


SOLD (PucaTrade)

  • 2x Chord of Calling @ $8.02 ($3.50 cost)
  • 1x Academy Ruins @ $12.39 (pack opened)
  • 1x Mikokoro, Center of the Sea @ $10.44 (pack opened)
  • 1x Minamo, School at Water’s Edge @ $19.80 ($8 cost)
  • 1x Horizon Canopy @ $57.32 ($22 cost)
  • 3x Flooded Grove @ $23.56 ($10 cost/per)
  • 1x Grove of the Burnwillows @ $57.12 (pack opened)
  • 1x Chalice of the Void @ $16.42 (pack opened)
  • 1x Ghostly Prison @ $6.97 ($2 cost)
  • 1x Sword of Feast and Famine @ $17.44 ($6 cost)
  • 1x Liliana of the Veil @ $101.75 ($55 cost)

Having recently acquired a Mishra’s Workshop through Pucatrade, I am now emboldened to seek out additional opportunities to trade up into big ticket cards. As such I’m rebuilding the account quickly to about $1400 worth of Pucapoints, with a focus on unloading specs that are peaking or pack opened cards that I had laying around in my collection without purpose in my decks. If you’ve got something special worth more than $500 that you’d like to turn into Pucapoints, look me up ’cause I’m on the hunt.

Houston Whitehead (@TNSGingerAle)


  • 12x Surrak, the Hunter @$1 per,
  • 12x Eidolon of Blossoms @ .50 per
  • 12x Stratus Dancers @.50 per

Jim Casale (@Phrost_)

BOUGHT (PucaTrade_

  • 5x Abbot of Keral Keep
  • 4x Demonic Pact
  • 3x Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
  • 1x Flooded Strand (foil)
  • 2x Pyromancer’s Goggles

Jim says:

“I feel like any mythic rare under $5 in MTG Origins could possibly spike and I wanted to insulate myself if I needed to play the cards next weekend.”

Jason Alt (@jasonealt)


  • 7x Night of Souls’ Betrayal @ 4.85
  • 3x Night of Soul’s Betrayal (SP) @ 4.05


Guo Heng Chin (@theguoheng)


  • 4x Starfield of Nyx @ $5.75/per (from LGS)
  • 4x Herald of the Pantheon @ $1.67/per (from LGS)
  • 4x Sigil of the Empty Throne @ $1/per (from LGS)
  • 3x Disciple of the Ring @ $1.83/per (from LGS)
  • 2x Foil Starfield of Nyx @ $15.70/per (from LGS)

Guo says:

“I tested John Taylor’s Abzan Constellation list which top 8ed SCG Richmond last weekend and I was super impressed with it. Starfield of Nyx was a lot better than I expected. I grabbed a playset of the key components from Magic Origins the next day to make sure I can play the deck if it breaks out at the Pro Tour. And with the WMCQ season coming (and Game Day next weekend. Foil full art Languish!), I thought it prudent to have access to at least a few archetypes.

Right after making the purchase, I received a text from the other LGS I frequent that they’ve now got Starfield and Demonic Pact (yay!) in stock after new stock of Magic Origins arrived in the middle of the week. Oh wait, the Starfield is foil. Fine I’ll take it. Tyler Jacobsen’s rendition of Nyx’s starfield looks like one of those art that would look gorgeous in foil. Plus a foil copy would be nice for EDH purposes.

When I arrived at the LGS for FNM yesterday, it turns out that they have not one but two foil Starfields. Fine, I’ll take both. Savings are overrated anyway.

It turned out that the foil isolation on the art wasn’t as good as I expected. Whoever did the foil isolation for Starfield of Nyx should be ashamed of him or herself. It was one of those lazily done foil isolation (let’s foil the whole artwork! Re: Dragonlord Ojutai foil) that ruined an artwork that could otherwise be gorgeously rendered in foil. Oh well, I’m sure financially it wouldn’t matter at all, and they are for personal keeps anyway (I’ll be selling my non-foils now). Now could someone please break Starfield of Nyx in Modern so my shiny Starfields are worth $60? Hint: Omniscience. Hint, hint: Gifts for Starfield, Obzedat’s Aid, Snapcaster, and Omniscience? Regardless, I do think Starfield of Nyx foils have good long-term potential due to its uniqueness. That card is begging to be broken in EDH.”
Note: The rest of the guys were quiet 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, 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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8 thoughts on “MTGFinance: What We’re Buying & Selling This Week (Aug 3/15)”

  1. 1 Abbot from Puca for 315pp
    2x Abbot $2/per
    2x Abbot $3/per
    3x Demonic Pact $4/per
    1x Chandra $11
    2x See the Unv $6

  2. Bought:

    5x Abbot of Keral Keep (1 @ 1,70€, 4 @ 3,89€)
    1x FOIL Demonic Pact @ 7 (!!!) € (plus a hefty shipping fee of 10€)
    1x Hangarback Walker @ 5€
    1x Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh @ 6,95€
    1x Keranos @968 PP
    1x Athreos @889 PP

    I slightly missed the pre-spike Abbots, but the price still seems okay. I’m not sure if I follow Guo Heng’s advice to wait for them to break out in modern or if I take the double up and run before the hype dies down. Suggestions?

    The Demonic Pact + Hangarback Walker deal was to good to pass up, as at that moment the NON-Foil copies were sitting at 8€ here and the foils at 24€ (it went down to 17€ again 🙁 ) and the Walker is still climbing to 10€ and above.

    Chandra and the Gods are for my personal collection, but I plan to pick up more copies of Keranos on pucatrade, as it transitions well to the European market (the cheapest copy is at 9,89€ from a new seller in Denmark, so I can easily get 10€ per copy right now). This is an experiment of mine and connected to my sells.


    3x Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy @3047 PP each (cost ~11€)
    7x Rally the Ancestors @ 1,30€ each (cost ~0,10€)
    1x Path to Exile @883 PP (won @ FNM)

    By the time I sent the Jaces they were at ~20€ here, so I got a little upside from that. My plan is to get either a few Keranos (~1000 PP) or Spellskites (~2000 PP), because the former sells for 10€ and the latter for 20€ respectively, allowing me to turn 3 Jaces into 4 Spellskites and 1 Keranos and selling for 90€ instead of 60€. The downside is the long waiting time to actually get mailed the cards, but I don’t think the Spellskites will lose value from here on out.

    Sorry for the wall of text!

    1. The exchange rate on keranos is pretty excellent, nice find. I like the gods as a longterm hold anyways.

      1. I think so, too (that’s why I have a box full of Mogis, Ephara, Heliod and Pharika). Another great card for conversion is Voice of Resurgance. I need 4 anyway for Next Level Abzan, so I hope someone is willing to send them in my direction 🙂

  3. Here’s my list,

    20 The Chain Veil @1.25 per & 4 Foil @ 5 per
    4 Shaman of the Pack Foil @ 10.75 per

    I buylisted 2 of my casual decks, some FTV cards, Innistrad and Scars dual lands for about $660 with store credit bonus.
    I wanted to move my money into RTR block shock lands, so I ended up getting 6 of each. My collection has 10 of each shock land for long-term.
    I think it was a smart move, do you?

  4. I took your advice on Return to the Ranks. Ive been watching that card for a while and when we both agree on a spec I usually make a profit. I was wondering how you feel about other cards similar like Immortal Servitude??


    1x Return to the Ranks (Kor Foil) @ $5
    1x Return to the Ranks (Jap Foil) @ $4
    4x Rally the Ancestors @ $1/per
    2x Rally the Ancestors (Foil) @ $4per
    1x Rally the Ancestors (Ger Foil) @ $6
    1x Demonic Pact Foil @ $7
    1x Tasigur (Ger) @ $9
    1x Tasigur (Rus) @$13
    1x MTG Origins Clash Pack (Ger) @ $50


    1x Demonic Pact (Foil) @ $37
    1x Extraplanar Lens @ $9.50
    2x Abbot of Keral Keep @ $9/per

    1x Inquisition of Kozilek (ROE) @ 1364 Puca Points
    1x Twilight Mire @ 3788 Puca Points
    1x Shivan Reef (M15 Foil) @ 699 Puca Points
    1x Choke (TMP) @ 784 Puca Points

    I sold the Demonic Pact Foil 2min after I listed it and I wonder if I got out too early?! I didnt want to let the Abbots go but Im holding on to some foils that Im sure will rise plus I got in on them under $3. Printed to death, the Pain Lands just arent that great outside of Standard with all the other options these days. The Filter lands are at an all time high and due for a reprint. Choke is at an all time high and just no fun to play with (for your opponent)

    Thanx James

  5. James, did you trade the chord of callings strictly to rebuild your account and cash out a sure profit? Do you believe chord is getting close to its ceiling with coco being the more in demand card?

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