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)
Gain: +$8.00 (+800%)
New Frontiers (Odyssey, Foil)
Gain: +$3.00 (+60%)
Verdurous Gearhulk (Kaladesh)
Gain: +$6.00 (+55%)
Torrential Gearhulk (Kaladesh)
Gain: +$2.50 (+45%)
Soldevi Excavations (Alliances)
Gain: +$1.75 (+42%)
Doubling Cube (10th Edition, Foil)
Gain: +$5.50 (+45%)
Aetherworks Marvel (Kaladesh)
Gain: +$2.00 (+33%)
Smuggler’s Coptor (Kaladesh)
Gain: +$2.00 (+29%)
Segment 2: Cards to Watch
- Verdurous Gearhulk (Kaladesh) Confidence Level 7: $15 to $30 (+100%, 0-12+ months)
- Reality Smasher (OGW) Confidence Level 8: $3.50 to $10 (+185%, 12+ months)
- Aetherworks Marvel (Kaladesh, Foil) Confidence Level 7: $8 to $15 (+88%, 6-12+ months)
- Grim Flayer (Eldritch Moon) Confidence Level 9: $30 to $60 (+100%, 6-12+ months)
- Emrakul, The Promised End, (Eldritch Moon), Confidence Level 7: $15 to $30 (+100%, 0-6+ months)
- 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%.