MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 70 (June 2nd/17)


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: June 2, 2017

Segment 1: Top Card Spikes of the Week

Cabal Pit

Cabal Pit (Odyssey, Foil Uncommon)
Start: $0.75
Finish: $12.00
Gain: +$11.25 (+1500%)

Circle of Protection: Red (9th, Foil Uncommon)
Start: $1.00
Finish: $15.00
Gain: +$14.00 (+1400%)

Ethersworn Canonist (SOM, Foil Rare)
Start: $12.00
Finish: $80.00
Gain: +68.00 (+567%)

Rishadan Cutpurse (Mercadian Masques, Foil Common)
Start: $0.75
Finish: $5.00
Gain: +4.25 (+567%)

Hickory Woodlot (Mercadian Masques, Foil Common)
Start: $1.00
Finish: $5.00
Gain: +$4.00 (+400%)

Planar Collapse (URL, Foil Rare )
Start: $4.00
Finish: $20.00
Gain: +$16.00 (+400%)

Haven of the Spirit Dragon (DTK, Foil Rare)
Start: $3.00
Finish: $14.00
Gain: +$11.00 (+367%)

Dragon Tempest (DTK, Foil Rare)
Start: $3.00
Finish: $15.00
Gain: +$12.00 (+400%)


Segment 2: Picks of the Week

James’ Picks:

Felidar Guardian

  1. Felidar Guardian (AER, Foil Uncommon)
  • The Call: Confidence Level 8: $4.00 to $10.00 (+6.00/150%) 0-12+ months)

2. Spell Queller (EMN, Foil Rare)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 7: $9.00 to $20.00 (+11.00/+122%, 6-12+ months)

Travis’ Picks:

Duskwatch Recruiter

  1. Duskwatch Recruiter (SOI, Foil Uncommon)
  • The Call: Confidence Level 9: $5.00 to $15.00 (+10.00/+200%, 0-6+ months)

2. Door of Destinies (M14, Foil Rare)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 8: $7.00 to $15.00 (+8.00/+114%, 0-12+ months)

3. Harsh Mercy (ONS, Foil Rare)

  • The Call: Confidence Level 7: $5.00 to $20.00 (+15.00/+300%, 0-12+ months)

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

Segment 3: Metagame Week in Review

The guys touched on the results from the GPs and SCG Modern events last weekend.

Segment 4: Topic of the Week

James & Travis discuss the Hour of Devestation leaks and an assortment of other news.

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.

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2 thoughts on “MTG Fast Finance Podcast: Episode 70 (June 2nd/17)”

  1. Harsh Mercy….? Really….?

    At what point exactly is an deck reaching so far for wrath effects that it will stoop to running Browbeat masquerading as Wrath of God?

    Even in the best use case, which is where the Mercy player is tribal and everyone else at the table is both not tribal AND has deployed a bunch of creatures, you’re leaving everyone with their best dork. None of this is good.

    The Reserve List can only do so much. Are ya gonna speculate on Wood Elemental, next?

    1. Harsh Mercy isn’t on the RL. It is however a single-printed old border foil that currently costs a few bucks.

      It’s also essentially a three-mana plague wind in the right board state. In the best use case you described, you get to keep between three and ??? creatures, while your opponents are dropped to one or two. Yes, it’s not as powerful as Plague Wind, but it costs 1/3rd the mana.

      Additionally, keep in mind that “powerful but not obnoxious” is something a lot of players look for in their EDH decks. While a flat wrath might annoy the hell out of your opponent’s, and thus spoil a political angle you were playing, Harsh Mercy may allow you to skirt those edges. That is something that a subset of EDH players definitely look for.

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