MTG Fast Finance: Episode 17

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

MTG Fast Finance is a 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 26th

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Mesmeric Orb">Mesmeric Orb (Mirrodin)
Start: $7.00
Finish: $11.50
Gain: +$4.50 (+65%)

Golgari Grave-Troll">Golgari Grave-Troll (Ravnica)
Start: $5.00
Finish: $9.00
Gain: +$4.00 (+80%)

Champion of the Parish">Champion of the Parish Foil (Innistrad)
Start: $5.00
Finish: $10.00
Gain: +$5.00 (+100%)

Elvish Champion Foil (7th Edition)
Start: $15.00
Finish: $30.00
Gain: +$15.00 (+100%)

Grafdigger’s Cage">Grafdigger’s Cage (Dark Ascension)
Start: $4.50
Finish: $10.00
Gain: +$5.50 (+125%)

Thousand-Year Elixir">Thousand-Year Elixir Foil (Lorwyn)
Start: $22.00
Finish: $15.00
Gain: +$12.00 (+400%)

Shelldock Isle">Shelldock Isle (Lorwyn)
Start: $3.00
Finish: $9.00
Gain: +$6.00 (+200%)

Dreadbore">Dreadbore (Return to Ravnica)
Start: $4.00
Finish: $14.00
Gain: +$10.00 (+250%)

Steamflogger Boss Foil (Future Sight)
Start: $.75
Finish: $5.00
Gain: +$4.25 (+566%)

Belbe’s Portal Foil (Nemesis)
Start: $4.00
Finish: $30.00
Gain: +$26.00 (+650%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

  1. Dragon Arch">Dragon ArchApocalypse, Confidence Level 7: $1.75 to $6+ (+250%, 0-6 months)
  2. Oath of Nissa, Foil, Oath of the Gatewatch, Confidence Level 7: $6 to $12+ (+100%, 6-12 months)
  3. Master of Waves">Master of WavesTheros, Confidence Level 8: $4 to $10 (150%, 6-12 months)

Travis Picks:

  1. Gavony Township">Gavony Township, Innistrad, Confidence Level 6: $5 to $12 (+140%, 3-6 months)
  2. Void Winnower">Void Winnower, Battle for Zendikar, Confidence Level 7: $2 to $8 (+300%, 6-12+ months)
  3. Chord of Calling">Chord of Calling, Magic 2015, Confidence Level 8: $10 to $20 (+100%, 12+ months)

Disclosure: Travis and James may own speculative copies of the above cards.

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

Last weekend, players jammed thousands of games of Modern across two simultaneous GPs in Charlotte and Los Angeles. What showed up and what didn’t? Are there financial opportunities to be found?

Segment 4: Topic of the Week – Eternal Masters Spoilers

Eternal Masters spoilers wrapped up Friday morning, and Magic players worldwide are excited for cards that have been reprinted for the first time in over a decade. What didn’t show up is just as important as what did though. Travis and James talk sealed boxes, singles, what we’re missing, future reprints, and more.

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.

8 thoughts on “MTG Fast Finance: Episode 17”

  1. Void Winnower is a real spec. I’ve played two consecutive commander games where it was played; stopping people from playing their spells. 1st player had to be hated out. 2nd player won.

    1. R/G Tron rarely runs less than 4 Karn. MonoBlue Tron rarely runs Karn (goes for the Mindslaver lock).

  2. WOTC is doing a good job of creating standard cards that are playable in other formats. They don’t warp formats but make existing decks more fun.

  3. Pretty sure we’ve had many (actually, many-MANY) multicolor sets since Dragon Arch was printed . All those chances at movement but Dragon Arch is still sitting at bulk. Why in the world would it suddenly take off now?

  4. Regarding Horizon Canopy and Travis talking about cards that don’t make sense in Limited formats, Wizards seems to include Expensive after market cards in sets where they don’t fit the limited environment, ie Ichorid and Karakas. So I wouldn’t count Horizon Canopy out of any random reprinting because Wizards seems to understand that when players open a pack they either want a bomb limited card or an expensive card they can “rare draft” that they could at least trade or sell for value.

  5. Do you guys play Legacy at all??? I understand Legacy isn’t the Gold Standard on any level of MtG, it’s not the best financial investment, it doesn’t drive sales, etc etc. HOWEVER, it is the HIGHEST LEVEL THINKING a reasonable Magic player can play in. Vintage (arguably however) is the highest level, but most players don’t or can’t have aspirations of playing Vintage. Legacy will ALWAYS have a niche, and I think it’s popularity will continue to ebb and flow over time. It’s not going to die…that’s like saying casual Magic will die. Legacy will never be a forerunner format, I would love if it was but I’m a realist, but it’s not going to die.

    1. I think “die”, is one of those words that is over-exaggerated or misused in the same way so many people use “worthless”.

      I’m with you, it’s not going to literally die. There will always at minimum, be side events at larger events, which isn’t much, but certainly doesn’t qualify as dead.

      I have to say though, I enjoy casual legacy much more than competitive, so I personally am not so much concerned with where it goes as a format on a national or global level.

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