PROTRADER: MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 33

MTG Fast Finance is our weekly podcast covering the flurry of weekly financial activity in the world of Magic: The Gathering. MFF provides a fast, fun and useful sixty 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: Sep 16th, 2016

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

Note: Price movements reflect posted NM prices, and may not represent prices players have paid.

Dwarven Recruiter (Odyssey)
Start: $0.40
Finish: $3.00
Gain: +$2.60 (+650%)

Amulet of Vigor (Worldwake, Foil)
Start: $13.00
Finish: $24.00
Gain: +$11.00 (+85%)

Life from the Loam (Ravnica, Foil)
Start: $50.00
Finish: $85.00
Gain: +$30.00 (+70%)

Brushland (7th)
Start: $11.00
Finish: $18.00
Gain: +$7.00 (+63%)

Treachery (Urza’s Destiny)
Start: $16.00
Finish: $24.00
Gain: +$8.00 (+50%)

Engineered Explosives (Modern Masters, Foil)
Start: $60.00
Finish: $89.00
Gain: +$37.00 (+48%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

  1. Treachery (Urza’s Destiny) Confidence Level 8: $20 to $30 (+50%, 0-12+ months) Card has already plateaued a few times this year, but we aren’t ever getting a more powerful control magic effect than this, the card is on the reserved list and further gains are inevitable.
  2. Aether Vial (Masterpiece Foil, Kaladesh) Confidence Level 7: $90 to $150 (+67%, 12+ months) One of the more popular cards in the series, a constant 4-of in both Modern and Legacy, and one that features open ended synergy with future creature decks. This pick is dependent on the card finding a low at this price in Oct/Nov, but James likes anything under $100 for them.
  3. Thought-Knot Seer (Foil, Oath of the Gatewatch) Confidence Level 8: $20 to $30 (+50%, 6-12+ months) This is a repeat of a call James made in Episode 29, when the card was at $15. As a 4-of foil rare played in both Modern and Legacy in Tier 1.5+ decks, this has more to give.

Travis Picks:

  1. Rest in Peace, Return to Ravnica, Confidence Level 8: $4 to $10 (+150%, 0-6+ months)

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

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

This week the guys broke down some of the very interesting decks that showed up in Paris at the Bazaar of Moxen Legacy tournament (195 players).

The Top 8 included updated versions of Dredge, Death & Taxes and a very innovative RUG Opposition brew. Notable

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

The impact of the Masterpiece Series and the greatly exaggerated death of MTGFinance.

The guys break down the financial impact of the Masterpiece Series on the Expected Value of cards in Kaladesh, the expected methodology for investing in Standard cards and examine the possibility that hype driven features like Expeditions and Masterpiece actually increase the cost of Magic: The Gathering by design.


11 thoughts on “PROTRADER: MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 33”

  1. Supposedly, it should have been after 72 hours, according to James. Maybe they made a change in policy.

  2. Wouldn’t be surprised if they have. Waiting for another bullshit excuse from them to the tunes of “We need more money, so another feature is ProTrader only.” They’re not getting more money from people with that attitude. Epic fail on the MtgPrice staff.

  3. Aether Vial: eee-ther, not eth-er or ayther
    Sanctum Prelate: prell-it, not pre-late


  4. When they do Masterpiece Planeswalkers there’s going to be a free for all and prices will be insane for those. Also, not sure they won’t retread a lot of the cards released as Masterpieces which seems fine.

    James, one thing I think you are missing that Travis mentions is (on the positive side) Wizards doesn’t want $100 Jaces, and $40+ Liliana Last Hopes, and $60 Chandras; they want under $20 Gideon and that card should be $30-40. So that altruistically is the point of Masterpieces. Also, I don’t anticipate the Enemy Fetches being printed in Standard at this point as that seems to be part of the argument against expensive Standard decks. You both also missed that your general LIMITED player is the player that suffers the most as the cards they open will have less value unless they luck out and open a (valuable) Masterpiece.

    And eliminating pack foils of the regular cards is just moronic. The Pre-release foils are keeping the price of many foils down because there’s essentially 2 different foil printings, and Standard players are becoming wiser and not wasting money on Foil Standard Only cards cause they’d rather waste/spend it on a select few premium cards or packs or the few expensive cards they need for a set. Also, Standard rotates in 18 months, not enough time to own a deck and foil it out for 90% of the players I know, especially with significant meta shifts regularly.

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