MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 35

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 29th, 2016

Segment 1: Top Movers of the Week

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

Intervention Pact (Future Sight)
Start: $1.00
Finish: $9.00
Gain: +$8.00 (+800%)

New Frontiers (Odyssey, Foil)
Start: $5.00
Finish: $8.00
Gain: +$3.00 (+60%)

Verdurous Gearhulk (Kaladesh)
Start: $11.00
Finish: $17.00
Gain: +$6.00 (+55%)

Torrential Gearhulk (Kaladesh)
Start: $5.50
Finish: $8.00
Gain: +$2.50 (+45%)

Soldevi Excavations (Alliances)
Start: $4.25
Finish: $6.00
Gain: +$1.75 (+42%)

Doubling Cube (10th Edition, Foil)
Start: $11.00
Finish: $16.00
Gain: +$5.50 (+45%)

Aetherworks Marvel (Kaladesh)
Start: $6.00
Finish: $8.00
Gain: +$2.00 (+33%)

Smuggler’s Coptor (Kaladesh)
Start: $7.00
Finish: $9.00
Gain: +$2.00 (+29%)

Segment 2: Cards to Watch

James Picks:

    1. Verdurous Gearhulk (Kaladesh) Confidence Level 7: $15 to $30 (+100%, 0-12+ months)
    2. Reality Smasher (OGW) Confidence Level 8: $3.50 to $10 (+185%, 12+ months)
    3. Aetherworks Marvel (Kaladesh, Foil) Confidence Level 7: $8 to $15 (+88%, 6-12+ months)
    4. Grim Flayer (Eldritch Moon) Confidence Level 9: $30 to $60 (+100%, 6-12+ months)

Travis Picks:

  1. Emrakul, The Promised End, (Eldritch Moon), Confidence Level 7: $15 to $30 (+100%, 0-6+ months)
  2. Spell Queller, (Eldritch Moon), Confidence Level 6: $6 to $10 (+67%, 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 talked over some cool decks that came out of the Top8 of WMCQ tournaments in Scotland and Hong Kong.

Notables included a U/W Death & Taxes brew, a RG Ponza style land destruction deck, UR Thing Ascension and Mardu Nahiri lists. James’s top pick of the week, Grim Flayer (foils), showed up in Abzan lists in both tournaments.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

There were two weekly topics this week: the Frontier format coming out of Japan and the massive changes to the MTGO economy announced today.

In Japan, the well-known shop Hareruya has announced support for a new M15 forward version of Modern called Frontier and is offering significant prize support for some early tournaments. It is unclear whether this has any reason to catch up in Japan, let alone globally, but it’s something to keep an eye on for potential cross border arbitrage opportunities.

On MTGO, big things are afoot. Prize support for constructed tournaments looks to be suffering, with pack prizes being replaced with treasure chests that boast a very strange array of potential prizes, including Modern legal cards and play points. Redemption periods are being drastically reduced from 18 months to 3-6 months for Standard legal sets, which is predicted to result in faster spikes on foils leading into the end of the redemption period, and then a possible general collapse on card prices for sets no longer available for redemption. On the positive side both drafts and sealed leagues are having their entry costs reduced by about 20%.

One thought on “MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 35”

  1. Why would you guys shoot down Frontier??? Why not support innovation and new ideas in Magic. Modern sucks and needs an overhaul, maybe Frontier is finally on the right track from something new. I’ve never heard you blast the 93/94 format, be supportive of new ideas. Travis thank you for dropping a lot of knowledge on James about M15 and why not to include Ravnica. James, I love your tournament reporting, but very disappointed you were so negative. I get not looking at those cards from an investment standpoint, but don’t dismiss the idea and format so drastically.

    And as a casual but consistent MTGO player I am F—ing FURIOUS about the new redemption program. I theoretically have to finish playing Standard with worthless cards that I can’t redeem or sell off, or I have to sell off or redeem my sets before Standard rotates!?!?!?! I haven’t heard an explanation yet, and it makes no Friggin’ sense at all.

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