MTG Fast Finance: Episode 4

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: Feb 13th

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Worship (7th/8th)
Start: $2.50
Finish: $20.00
Gain: +$17.50 (+700%)

Eldrazi Obligator (OGW)
Start: $0.30
Finish: $2.25
Gain: +$1.95 (+650%)

Angel’s Grace (Foil)
Start: $8.90
Finish: $48.00
Gain: +$40.00 (+500%)

Endless One (BFZ)
Start: $1.00
Finish: $5.00
Gain: +$4.00 (+400%)

Simian Spirit Guide (Foil, Planar Chaos)
Start: $20.00
Finish: $80.00
Gain: +$60.00 (+300%)

Descendants’ Path (AVR)
Start: $1.50
Finish: $6.00
Gain: +4.50 (+300%)

Death’s Shadow (Foil)
Start: $8.00
Finish: $30.00
Gain: +22.00 (+275%)

Painter’s Servant (Shadowmoor)
Start: $12.00
Finish: $30.00
Gain: +$18.00 (+150%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

  1. Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, BFZ: $20 to $40+ (+100%, 0-6 months)
  2. MIrrorpool, OGW (Foil): $13 to $30+ (+130%, 12+ months)
  3. Sea Gate Wreckage, OGW (Foil): $8 to $20+ (150%, 12+ months)

Disclosure: James is only holding copies of Ulamog from this list.

Travis Picks:

  1. Arboria, LEG: $3 to $25 (+700%, 6-12+ months)
  2. Spike Feeder (Foil), TSP: $9 to $20 (+100%, 6-12+ months)

Disclosure: Travis is holding copies of Arboria.

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

James and Travis reflected on the absolute dominance of the Eldrazi decks at Pro Tour: Oath of the Gatewatch, noting that 75% of the Top 8 decks were various flavors of the archetype. Affinity made up the other two decks. Team East West Bowl was called out as the most “tech” team of the tournament based on their brilliant UR Eldrazi build designed to give the deck game against Affinity and in the mirror.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week: Interview with Pro Tour: Oath of the Gatewatch Top 8 Competitor Andrew Brown (UR Eldrazi)

The guys had a good chat with Andrew covering the genesis of the Blue/Red Eldrazi deck, the community reaction to the deck. the financial impact of the decks’ success as well as the likelihood of a related ban in the near future.

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.