MTG Fast Finance: Episode 21 (June 24th)

by Cliff Daigle (@wordofcommander) & 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: June 17th

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Promise of Bunrei (Saviors of Kamigawa)
Start: $2.00
Finish: $5.50
Gain: +$3.50 (+175%)

Nimbus Maze (Future Sight)
Start: $7.50
Finish: $20.00
Gain: +$12.50 (+167%)

Moat (Legends)
Start: $350.00
Finish: $800.00
Gain: +$450.00 (+129%)

Flickerwisp (Foil, Eventide)
Start: $9.00
Finish: $15.00
Gain: +$6.00 (+67%)

Toxic Deluge (Foil, Eternal Masters)
Start: $50.00
Finish: $90.00
Gain: +$40.00 (+80%)

Belbe’s Portal (Foil, Nemesis)
Start: $13.50
Finish: $21.00
Gain: +$7.50 (+56%)

Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale (Legends)
Start: $1100
Finish: $1450
Gain: $350 (+32%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James’ Picks:

  1. Pyroblast (Foil, Eternal Masters)
    •  Confidence Level: 8
    • Buy Price: $35
    • Sell Target: $50 (+43%)
    • Hold Time: 0-12+ months
  2. The Gitrog Monster (Foil, Shadows Over Innistrad)
    • Confidence Level: 7
    • Buy Price: $13
    • Sell Price: $20 (+54%)
    • Hold Time: (6-12+ months)
  3.  Tireless Tracker (Foil, Shadows Over Innistrad)
    • Confidence Level: 6
    • Buy Price: $10
    • Sell Price: $15 (+50%)
    • Hold Time: (12+ months)

Cliff’s Picks:

  1. Linvala, the Preserver (Oath of the Gatewatch)
    • Confidence Level: 8
    • Buy Price: $3
    • Sell Price: $8 (+167%)
    • Hold Time: 6+ months
  2. Eldrazi Mimic (Foil, Shadows Over Innistrad)
    • Confidence Level: 6
    • Buy Price: $5
    • Sell Price: $10 (+100%)
    • Hold Time: 12+ months
  3. Meren of Clan Nel Toth (C15)
    • Confidence Level: 7
    • Buy Price: $7
    • Sell Price:  $15 (+114%)
    • Hold Time: 12+ months

Disclosure: Cliff and James own some of the cards on their pick list.

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

The Standard SCG Open in Orlando on June 18th was the big tournament of the week. The usual suspects dominated the top tables including WR Humans, GW Tokens and 4-Color Rites decks. An Abzan Season’s Past deck in the hands of Jeff Hoogland made Top 8. In the Modern Classic an Esper Zur, the Enchanter list made 6th place running four copies of both Zur and Geist of Saint Traft as well as four copies of Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

Early Eldritch Moon spoilers were the topic this week. Cliff was underwhelmed by Ulrich, the spoiled werewolf commander. Eldrazi Wish seemed likely to show up in Modern or Legacy eventually. James thinks the new Emrakul is more powerful than most are giving it credit for.

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.