MTG Fast Finance: Episode 1

by Travis Allen (@wizardbumpin) & James Chillcott (@mtgcritic)

MTG Fast Finance is a new weekly podcast that tries to break down the flurry of financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering into a fast, fun and useful thirty 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 

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Mindslicer (ODY/9th)
Start: $1.50
Finish: $10.00
Gain: +$8.50 (+567%)

Leonin Arbiter (Scars)
Start: $2.25
Finish: $5.50
Gain: +$3.25 (+144%)

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth (M14)
Start: $11.00
Finish: $25.00
Gain: +$14.00 (+127%)

Kiki-Jiki (MM2)
Start: $9.00
Finish: $21.00
Gain: +$12.00 (+133%)

World Breaker (OGW)
Start: $4.00
Finish: $8.00
Gain: +$4.00 (+100%)

Stony Silence (INN)
Start: $6.00
Finish: $13.00
Gain: +7.00 (+116%)

Pia and Kiran Nalaar (ORI)
Start: $2.20
Finish: $4.50
Gain: +2.30 (+105%)

Thought-Knot Seer (OGW)
Start: $7.50
Finish: $15.00
Gain: +$7.50 (+100%)

Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle (Zen):
Start: $4.50
Finish: $8.50
Gain: +$4.00 (+89%)

Karn Liberated (MM2)
Start: $35.00
Finish: $60.00
Gain: +$25.00 (+71.43%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

  1. Ulamog the Ceaseless Hunger: $25 to $35-40 (6-12 months)
  2. Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy (Foil): $90 to $150 (12+ months)
  3. Origins Booster Box: $90 to $150+ (12+ months)

Disclosure: James is holding both Jace foils and Origins booster boxes, mostly in Russian.

Travis Picks:

  1. Noble Hierarch: $32 to $50 (0 – 6 months)
  2. Doubling Season: $32 to $50 (0 – 12 months)
  3. Foil BFZ Basics: $7 to $20 (12+ months)

Disclosure: Travis is holding all three of his specs this week.

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

The guys highlighted the BW Tokens deck played by Josh Cho at #SCGCharlotte as an innovative brew that may impact the ongoing pricing for Auriok Champion, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and Sorin, Solemn Visitor.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week: Jan ’16 Modern Buyouts

The guys touched on various aspects of the recent Modern buyout and spike cycle, including the impact of technology on Magic prices, the economic realities of playing Modern and the shifting schedule for winter Modern price spikes.

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.

14 thoughts on “MTG Fast Finance: Episode 1”

  1. Great job guys. Enjoyed the content but it’s the show notes presented here that really set it apart. So often listening to podcasts you miss the name of the card being discussed and you’re sat there for minutes wondering which card is being discussed.

    On Travis pick of Noble Hierarch I have a handful of judge rares. How common is this and does it have much room for growth ?

    1. The Hierarch promo should be comparable to most any other non-S Tier (think FoW) promo. They typically bottom out within 6 months to a year or so, and after that slowly begin to rise. If we see a big shift on Hierarch in general, I have no reason to believe the Judge promo wouldn’t react similarly.

  2. Any way for folks to download this and listen to it?… I listen to my content in the car… you know… where I don’t have a web browser?… this is the only podcast I currently (would like to) listen to that I can’t download…

  3. Felt the itch and gave it a scratch,
    Like to pick the hobby up again
    But besides getting a box and couple commander premades. I had no idea how to tackle my long term objective to buy into standard to earn a way into a seat @ modern .

    This podcast happened to get on my radar and only half way through I feel I might find some direction and thought id share my thanks. Just to find also the answer another question, how to go about cataloging what cards ive amassed.

    Ty guys

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