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Strixhaven’t Forgotten

Last week I wrote about some Mystical Archive cards from back when Strixhaven was released earlier this year, and it got me taking a look at some cards from the main set as well. You’ll be unsurprised to hear that the time to spec has passed on a good number of these cards, but I think I’ve found some good picks from the set that still have potential – let me know if you agree!


Storm-Kiln Artist

Price in Europe: €0.10-0.20 ($0.11-0.23)
Price in US: $1.75

The time has indeed passed to be picking up this uncommon on the US side of the pond, but over in Europe they’re much cheaper and offer a great opportunity for some arbitrage. Storm-Kiln Artist has proved to be the most popular EDH card from Strixhaven; at over 21,000 inclusions on EDHREC the only other cards from the set that come close to it are Archmage Emeritus and Wandering Archaic at around 17-18k. Storm-Kiln’s first ability is fine and all, but isn’t really what makes this a great card – creating Treasures whenever you cast or copy an instant or sorcery spell is a very quick way to generate a huge amount of mana and chain off a bunch of spells, especially if you’ve got a decent draw engine or spells to work with. It can pretty easily go infinite with spell cost reducers too, and has become a staple in those kinds of spell-slinging EDH decks.

Prices on this are still super cheap in Europe – as is often the case on EDH-only cards – and you can grab a bunch for shipping over to the US. CardKingdom buylist is already paying $0.80 cash on these so there’s great immediate value there, and if you’re minded to do so you can probably ride these up even further in a couple of months or so. I would be cautious of holding these too long because it could easily be something we’d see reprinted in a Commander product or similar, so getting out while the going’s good could be the play here.

Culling Ritual (FEA)

Price today: $12
Possible price: $25

I honestly think that Culling Ritual should be in the vast majority of green-black EDH decks that aren’t specifically focused around maintaining a board of tokens or other low mana value cards. The ability to wipe out early mana rocks, troublesome creatures and/or enchantments is powerful enough in its own right, and getting a temporary mana boost whilst doing so is even better. Enough people on EDHREC seem to agree with me too; this is the second most popular multicoloured card from the set and has been put into nearly 12,000 decks listed there.

I think that this will continue to be a very popular form of removal for EDH decks in the future too, and the FEAs have been draining to the point where there’s quite a steep ladder forming on TCGPlayer. There are only 27 listings and very few of those are under $15, and I don’t think it will be long at all before this is a $20-25 card.

Prices in Europe are a little cheaper at the moment, around €7-8, so if you can grab copies there then I would. Stock is similarly low across the board though, so if you’re wanting to pick up any personal or spec copies then I wouldn’t hang around on these.

Reconstruct History (Foil)

Price today: $0.25
Possible price: $1

Another uncommon to finish things off for today, I think that Reconstruct History is currently a little underrated in EDH and deserves more love than it’s getting. Red and especially white aren’t known for their graveyard recursion abilities, at least compared to the other colours – green has infinite Regrowth effects, black reanimates without any trouble and blue has enough Archaeomancer effects to stock a whole deck.

Red and white historically lack those kinds of cards, and so Reconstruct History being able to potentially bring back as many as five different cards for just four mana is pretty huge. At around 5500 EDHREC inclusions it’s clear this is a fairly popular card, and I think it’ll prove to be a popular choice in a lot of red-white EDH decks that need to be able to grind some sort of recursion out of their cards.

Foils are currently around $0.25 and relatively plentiful for the time being, but I think that you could pick up a stack of these and wait for a nice buylist option a year or two down the line. The foils will steadily drain and I wouldn’t be surprised to see buylists get up to $0.50 or $1 given time.


David Sharman (@accidentprune on Twitter) has been playing Magic since 2013, dabbling in almost all formats but with a main focus on Modern, EDH and Pioneer. Based in the UK and a new writer for MTGPrice in 2020, he’s an active MTG finance speculator specialising in cross-border arbitrage.

Perhaps the Archives are Incomplete

It’s been around seven months since we had the Mystical Archive cards released along with the Strixhaven set, and it’s very possible that we’ll get another similar set of cards at some point in the future, but until then I think that there are still some good opportunities to be had with the Mystical Archive cards we’ve got at the moment.

Chaos Warp (MA Foil)

Price today: $10
Possible price: $20

Until we got the Mystical Archive version back in April, Chaos Warp had only ever had one foil printing in Commander’s Arsenal, and being the most popular red EDH card of all time it moved up to around $30 before we got the fresh foil printings. I think that both the global and Japanese art versions are superior to the old art/foiling, and we should see prices rise over the next few months as people upgrade old copies and buy in fresh for new decks etc.

Global art MA foils are around $10 on TCGPlayer at the moment, and I think those should be good for a double up over the next year or less. Japanese art foils are already $25+, but with only 27 listings on TCGPlayer and a reasonably steep ladder, I think those could even hit $50 in a similar timeframe. Prices in Europe are similar or higher, so not much arbitrage opportunity there, but still a decent buy-in if you’re in the market.

Demonic Tutor (MA Foil)

Price in Europe: €47 ($53)
Price in US: $65
Possible price: $80

Moving on from the most popular red card of all time to the most popular black card of all time, Demonic Tutor is undoubtedly one of the biggest EDH staples there is. Compared to Chaos Warp it’s had its fair share of premium printings, but they’re all well over $100 and so this Mystical Archive version might be the one a lot of people turn to for a more affordable premium option.

In the US, TCGPlayer already has the global art MA foils starting at $65, whereas over in Europe they can be had a decent bit cheaper for €47-50 ($53-58). I think that in time this version could get over $100 in line with the other premium copies of Demonic Tutor, but should be good to get up over $80 in 12 months or less. Arbitrage from Europe is pretty good right now, and although the immediate gains aren’t huge, it makes for a better profit over time if you can get them.

Blue Sun’s Zenith (MA Foil)

Price today: $5
Possible price: $15

Finishing things off today with a slightly less (but still very) popular card, the global art version of Blue Sun’s Zenith is criminally cheap at the moment. For a card that doesn’t have a premium version other than the original Mirrodin foil, $5 for a card in over 26,000 EDH decks seems wrong to me. It’s had plenty of non-foil Commander printings plus the original foil and A25 foil, but they’re all the same art and the MA foils should outclass them all.

I think the global art versions at $5 are a better pickup than the Japanese arts at $20, and should be set to crest $10 pretty soon and continue up towards $15-20 not long after that. CardKingdom are already paying $4.50 cash/$5.85 credit on the global art foils, which should be a very strong sign that these are going to play out well, and could be a good buylist option down the line when you’re looking to out your copies.


David Sharman (@accidentprune on Twitter) has been playing Magic since 2013, dabbling in almost all formats but with a main focus on Modern, EDH and Pioneer. Based in the UK and a new writer for MTGPrice in 2020, he’s an active MTG finance speculator specialising in cross-border arbitrage.

Crimson Vow on Release

Crimson Vow only had its paper release over the weekend, but seeing as the set has been out on Arena and MTGO for nearly two weeks already, people have been thinking about the new cards for a while now and we’ve got some good early data to go off. Today I’m looking at some early picks that might not be ripe to pick up yet, but are worth keeping an eye on.

Welcoming Vampire (Showcase Foil)

Price today: $4
Price I want to buy at: $2-3
Possible price: $8

Early EDHREC data has Welcoming Vampire ahead of most of the pack right now, and it’s not difficult to see why. As a mono-white card, this doesn’t only go into Vampire decks but is also a great inclusion in any white deck looking to churn out tokens or other small creatures. Only getting one trigger per turn isn’t the best, but the fact that you’re getting card draw for free makes it situationally better than cards like Mentor of the Meek or Bygone Bishop that you have to pay mana for in order to get your card draw.

In a Vampire deck like Edgar Markov this card shines even more, with Edgar’s Eminence ability giving you an extra card every turn that you cast another Vampire spell, regardless of that Vampire’s power. Especially in white where card advantage can be lacking, creatures like this giving that extra boost can be very important for those EDH decks.

TCGPlayer prices are around $4 for the Showcase foils at the moment (which I think are a better pickup than the regular versions), and I think in a few weeks we should see those trickle down a bit to $2-3. Although it might not see much competitive play, I think that Welcoming Vampire will be ubiquitous enough in EDH that we should see an $8-10 price point 12-24 months down the line.

Olivia, Crimson Bride (Showcase Foil)

Price today: $30
Price I want to buy at: $10-15
Possible price: $30+

Six mana might seem like too much to pay for a 3/4, but when that body is flying, hasty and reanimates another attacker along with it then things change a bit. If you’re running Olivia as your commander then you’ll want her out as much as possible, so strategies to protect her/recast her quickly are probably going to be good; you might also just be stacking your deck with other Legendary Vampires to try and keep your creatures that you reanimated around.

Olivia is proving to be popular both as a commander and part of the 99 – it’s good in Vampire decks and other RB aggressive/reanimator decks, and will likely end up being one of the top commanders from Crimson Vow.

Although the Dracula version of this card (Sisters of the Undead) is really cool, supply on it is much higher than the Showcase versions, and so for people that want the Showcase version prices are going to be higher (and already are). I think we’ll see the Showcase cards drop to around $10-15 in the next few weeks and then pick back up again before too long. As a premium treatment mythic there’s never going to be a huge supply of these so keep an eye on when it hits a low!

Hullbreaker Horror (FEA)

Price today: $13
Price I want to buy at: $8-10
Possible price: $20

I’m sure that any of you who have played a reasonable amount of Crimson Vow limited will have experienced Hullbreaker Horror from one side of the table or another, and it’s been tearing up the new Standard format as well. It’s also the most popular EDH card from the set according to EDHREC, beating out all of the lands from the rare cycle in raw numbers. It’s just a super powerful creature that can go into a lot of blue decks – it can’t be countered and helps to protect the rest of your board/spells so long as you can cast more spells.

I don’t expect this to become as much of a staple as something like Thassa’s Oracle (despite its potential for infinite combos), but it’s definitely going to be very popular nonetheless. FEAs will be a great pickup at their low, and I hope we’ll see them around $7-8 so I’d pick some up if they do hit that mark. I expect you can get $20 for these in 12 months or less, and from there they’ll keep heading upwards until it sees a reprint (which won’t be for a while).


David Sharman (@accidentprune on Twitter) has been playing Magic since 2013, dabbling in almost all formats but with a main focus on Modern, EDH and Pioneer. Based in the UK and a new writer for MTGPrice in 2020, he’s an active MTG finance speculator specialising in cross-border arbitrage.

A Diverse Format

Modern content? In my articles? It’s more likely than you’d think. I love Modern and I think that it’s always got some good opportunities for specs, especially with so many viable strategies in the format at the moment. Week to week there are different decks on top, and it leaves a lot of room open for brewing and building variations on established decks.


Conspicuous Snoop (FEA)

Price today: $5
Possible price: $15

I wrote about the Goblins deck in Modern a few weeks ago, and although it hasn’t quite taken over the meta yet it’s still been putting up decent results here and there, and deserves at least some of our attention. Munitions Expert foils have been drying up and Boggart Harbinger foils are already over $20, so it’s clear that some of these foils with fewer printings are popular enough across Modern and EDH to drive prices.

Conspicuous Snoop FEAs are close to 18 months old now, and although you can still pick a few copies up around the $5 mark, there aren’t many of those left and the ramp up to $10 doesn’t take long. Snoop is in around 5000 EDH decks listed on EDHREC as well, unsurprisingly in almost all of the Goblin tribal decks, and with cards like Skirk Prospector that can generate a load of mana you can just churn through all the Goblins in your deck, not to mention Snoop enabling combos off the top of your library.

The Modern deck can go off as early as turn three by casting Snoop and then tutoring Kiki-Jiki to the top of your deck with Boggart Harbinger, creating infinite hasty copies of the Snoop to attack for lethal. This of course works in EDH as well but might lose you some friends if you keep doing it, but either way Snoop is an important part of any Goblin deck now and the FEAs are going to be heading up in price soon.

Grief

Price today: $14
Possible price: $30

Solitude has arguably been one of the top cards in Modern for a little while now; it may technically only be the fourth most popular creature in the format, but it’s such an important part of so many decks at the moment that its impact cannot be understated. Grief isn’t quite on the same level but it’s not far off, and I think that it’s set to be on a similar price trajectory to Solitude before long. It’s become a staple in the Reanimator and Living End decks (with the new Reanimator deck becoming more and more popular over the past couple of weeks), as well as featuring in various Yorion and Rakdos midrange builds.

Early hand attack is super powerful in a fast format like Modern, and doing it for no mana is even better. Regular versions of Solitude are $45 and up now, and with Grief only at $14 I think it’s got a decent run ahead of it. A Mythic from MH2, I think it’s in the same boat as Fury at the moment, and both cards look like they should be set to reach the $30 mark in the next 12 months or so.

Prismatic Ending (OBF)

Price today: $10
Possible price: $20

I’ve written about Prismatic Ending before, but I think it’s worth revisiting now because you can still pick up some OBF versions for around $10, and for the most played card in Modern (yes you read that right), I think that’s just too cheap. 43% of decks are playing an average of 3.3 copies of this card right now, and honestly those are some wild numbers for a removal spell. Ending deals with so many relevant threats in the format at the moment, and although it’s only sorcery speed it’s still much better than Path to Exile; it doesn’t ramp your opponent and can remove things like Æther Vial, Chalice of the Void and Sigarda’s Aid rather than just hitting creatures.

Europe already has these closer to $12 and so I think that anything you can snag under $10 is a sure thing, whether it be personal or spec copies. We probably won’t see the OBF version reprinted for a long time and so you should get a good run out of these foils, as I doubt its popularity will dip much in Modern any time soon.


David Sharman (@accidentprune on Twitter) has been playing Magic since 2013, dabbling in almost all formats but with a main focus on Modern, EDH and Pioneer. Based in the UK and a new writer for MTGPrice in 2020, he’s an active MTG finance speculator specialising in cross-border arbitrage.