Late Midnight Hunt

Innistrad: Crimson Vow is just around the corner now and we have the full spoiler out, so I thought that whilst everyone is looking the other way this would be a perfect time to go back and consider some of the best pickups that Midnight Hunt still has to offer us.

Vanquish the Horde

Price today: $5
Price I want to buy at: $3-5
Possible price: $10

Wraths and boardwipes of one sort or another seem to be very commonplace nowadays, but just because there are lots of different options doesn’t mean that they’re all the same – some are definitely leagues better than others. I think that Vanquish the Horde is one of those that will prove to far outstrip a lot of the current options we have, specifically at the EDH table. I think that it’s directly comparable to Blasphemous Act, a card that is in over 92,000 decks listed on EDHREC and the second most popular red card in the format as a whole.

I think that if Blasphemous Act hadn’t been printed 19 different times (or close to that anyway), then it would easily be a $10+ card due to its popularity and power amongst the more casual formats Magic has to offer us. As it is, the back-to-back reprints in Double Master and Commander Legends put the price in the ground for a fair while at least – but Vanquish the Horde might be a new challenger on the block.

Already one of the most popular cards from MID, I’d like to see Vanquish get a little lower than the $5 it’s at right now, but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen or not. My advice is to stock up on a few copies for now and keep a close eye on it – if it dips then feel free to buy down the ladder, and if the price starts creeping upwards then I don’t think it’ll be coming back down before a reprint. EDH and casual players are faster on their feet than they used to be, and that leaves less time to buy future staples before everyone else realises how good they are. Nevertheless, I think that there’s still ample opportunity to get in on this and ride it up over $10 before too long.

Malevolent Hermit (FEA)

Price today: $8
Possible price: $20

Another card that’s already been making waves on EDHREC, Malevolent Hermit might seem relatively unassuming at first but in the right deck it can be very powerful. If you’re thinking that this is more geared towards higher powered decks then you’d be right, and I think that this could even find a spot in some cEDH decks. The Manaleak effect on the front side is strong in its own right; forcing your opponents to either play around it or play into it can really hamper their strategies, and then if you’re able to Disturb it the card becomes a gargantuan problem for anyone trying to disrupt the combo that I assume you’re about to try and pull off.

Even outside of high power and cEDH decks, I think that Hermit is a strong inclusion in pretty much any blue deck – you’re playing blue so it’s likely you’re going to be casting counterspells and not wanting your own spells to be countered, so this is the perfect card to help with that.

FEAs are currently around $8 on TCGPlayer, and I think that the premium versions of this card are the ones you want to be looking at. The more entrenched and competitive EDH players are likely to want the fancier versions, and this is a card for them so the FEAs are where your money is best placed. I can see this as a $20 without much trouble even in a few months’ time; there are currently only 23 NM foil listings on TCGPlayer and there’s a decent ramp upwards.

Galvanic Iteration (Regular/FEA)

Price today: $0.50/$2
Possible price: $5/10

Finishing things off this week with more of a bulk pick (although I like the look of the FEAs too) – Galvanic Iteration is reminding me somewhat of Narset’s Reversal back in War of the Spark and what a good pickup that was below $0.50. Now a $5 non-foil, I think that Iteration is going to perform similarly, being a card that slots very easily into all UR spell-focused EDH decks and probably a few others besides that.

It’s naturally most popular with commanders like Veyran, Voice of Duality and Zaffai, Thunder Conductor that reward you for casting and copying Instants and Sorceries, and will be very at home in your classic Mizzix decks as well. At a little over 1100 EDHREC inclusions it’s not the most popular card from MID, but far from the least either. I expect to see it become a relative staple in spell-based EDH decks just as other copy spells have been, both in the casual and more serious scenes.

Regular copies can be had in bulk at $0.50 right now, and I think that they will be a great buylist play 12-24 months out. The FEAs are $2 right now too, but with only 40 TCGPlayer listings for those it won’t take much to move the needle, and I think they will post up close to $10 in a shorter timeframe.

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

Early Returns on Crimson Vow

Innistrad: Crimson Vow is finally in preview season, and it’s full of amazing cards! Some of them are tribal goodness, some of them are going to be great in Standard, and others are Commander gold. 

I don’t think I’m preordering any of these cards, but I am keeping a close eye on them. I want to wait until probably February or later for picking up significant quantities, depending on if they start to creep upward again. It’s also possible that demand is just enough to keep these cards from getting too cheap. I’m willing to run that risk.

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Unlocked Pro Trader: Crimson Vow Quick Hits


My time is valuable, as is yours, so I want to get you this info as quickly as possible in case there is anything you can do with it. You know I prefer the ling, sustainable specs, but every time a new set comes out, some stuff pops in the short term and the window to react to it is fairly small. I feel like I’d be doing a disservice if I didn’t at least apprise you all of what’s going on and leave the decision whether to chase these quick, fleeting specs up to you. You’re adults – if I can trust you to follow my methodology without misrepresenting or failing at it, I can trust you to decide whether you want to fight with a few other people over the last few copies of a card that popped based on something that was spoiled this week. I’m not here to tell you what to do, merely what there is that you could do if you were so inclined. If that makes sense. Anyway, here are your picks.

This is a fairly unnecessary Magic card. At first, people theorized you could do some relatively busted stuff with this card if you had bouncelands, but since that doesn’t work, basically the only thing you can do with this is the least fair thing you can do with this, which… I don’t know how to feel about. Colossus has caused people to take a second look at Abundance, for one.

Abundance was probably too cheap for how good it is given its relatively high number of printings, but a lot of those printings are weird and obscure and copies are drying up, fast. Abundance is a two card combo with Cultivator that dumps every land out of your deck which you may or may not find exciting. The issue is that this is a 2 card combo and neither one of those cards is your commander. I am fighting a losing battle trying to convince people not to run Grolnok as Frog tribal, and maybe this goes in a deck like that because Abundance can help if you’re milling yourself a lot, but a two card combo that plays all of your lands and draws you quite a few cards is still sort of difficult to do anything with. You need a way to win from that state, which isn’t THAT tough given the advantage, but which will still require more work, and the combo is two cards, neither of which is your commander. It’s doable, but I don’t see Abundance being $10 on the back of it. That said, perception is reality, and people perceive Abundance as a card worth getting.

Conversely, Runo IS a commander, and cards that pair well with Runo seem like a good play, whether or not he ends up popular. In general, anything that pairs with your commander is essentially a 1 card combo since you always have access to the commander, making it much more appealing than the Abundance shenanigans we mentioned above.

There is no reason to think a card that has already flirted with $10 before can’t get there on the back of Runo making people build a dumb tribal deck. If you check out the sea creature tribal pages on EDHREC, you’ll likely find some other cards like Whelming Wave and Fleet Swallower and it’s up to you to decide how compelling you find those. Personally, I don’t think they’re too bad. I don’t know how good Runo will be, but it won’t take much for people to buy in on spec, so get your copies to sell to them if you must.

There are a non-zero number of decent opportunities here, imo.

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I think Blood tokens are pretty bad, but some of the cards that make them are pretty good.

Ultimately, Blood tokens likely end up in Vampire decks, which is a good thing because rummaging is a great way to trigger madness. Of all the Vampire cards that benefit, I think there’s a clear winner.

Not that Red struggled with this too much, but this is another way to grant instant speed to your spells, and Blood tokens make it easier than ever before to trigger Madness. Gorger has historically not been that good an investment, and the low price means there was little incentive for people to sell a lot of copies to dealers, meaning as the price starts to try to go up, a glut of loose copies from all over will flood in before you can realize a huge gain on your copies. That said, this is a solid card, people are buying any and all Vampire cards just because, and if this isn’t reprinted in the EDH precon, this is a card that we at least know will be in decks.

We don’t have any EDHREC data right now, but we will next week so tune in for hits that are less quick. Until then, get out of this stuff ASAP and buy longer-term gainers like I try to help you do. Be greedy when others are fearful, fearful when others are greedy and Cultivator Colossus is a $10 card. Until next time!

New Decks, Old Tech

I thought I’d give last week’s article an unofficial ‘part 2’, and flip the switch on it. There are a bunch of new decks and new variants popping up in Modern at the moment and I think that there are some good opportunities for pickups here, so let’s dive in!

Unburial Rites (Foil)

Price today: $2
Possible price: $10

The Reanimator deck in Modern has been picking up a bit of popularity over the past couple of weeks, and noted MTGO grinder aspiringspike took down a Modern Challenge with it last week. The main reanimation pieces of the deck – Unmarked Grave and Persist – have been talked about previously both by myself and James and Travis on the podcast, but Unburial Rites has started to find its way into lists as well.

This card has long been a staple of reanimator decks in multiple formats, and although those kinds of decks haven’t traditionally been at the top of the tables, with the new tech from MH2 I think that could be changing (in Modern at least). Faithful Mending from the new Innistrad set is in the mix there too, and I like this deck’s chances moving forwards in Modern – it’s fast, it’s streamlined and it’s got some decent protection too in the form of Teferi, Time Raveler and Ephemerate.

Unburial Rites may have had three different foil printings, but there are only 17 NM Foil listings across all of those versions on TCGPlayer right now, and I think that now is a great time to sweep up the last dregs. Seeing as we’re getting a slightly different version of Flashback in these Innistrad sets, I don’t think we’ll be seeing a foil reprint of this for a little while, and so if you want any personal copies then now is definitely the time before it’s too late. There are a few more available in Europe, but not too many so don’t hang around for long on these.

Vendilion Clique (Judge Foil)

Price in Europe: €37 ($43)
Price in US: $58

Possible price: $75

Another interesting deck that’s been popping up in Modern is a UW control variant based around flickering your creatures. Of course it plays Yorion as the companion, as well as a stack of Restoration Angels to blink your Wall of Omens, Solitudes and Vendilion Cliques. It’s a control deck with a value engine strapped on, and it’s been putting up some solid results, taking down a Modern Challenge along with some other high finishes.

Vendilion Clique drops in and out of Modern popularity all the time, and although it might not be the most prevalent card in any particular format, I’m focusing on the Judge Foils here because of low supply and arbitrage opportunity. It’s also a Cube favourite, and anyone foiling out their cube is likely to have this printing pretty high on their tier list – it’s the only version with this art and the foiling on Judge Foils is generally pretty great.

There are only 24 NM foil listings on TCGPlayer right now, but over in Europe you can pick these up a good deal cheaper, and I think you should if you can ship them for sale in the US. TCGPlayer has a steady price slope upwards and I think that in 6-12months this could easily have gone up to $75, making the $43 copies in Europe look pretty attractive. I doubt we’ll see Clique with this foiling/art again any time soon, so you should be safe for a longer hold if need be.

Grist, the Hunger Tide (Borderless Foil)

Price today: $20
Possible price: $40

For my last pick today I’m drawing inspiration from the Yawgmoth combo deck that’s seeing a small resurgence in Modern at the moment. This was an archetype that saw a decent amount of success soon after Yawgmoth, Thran Physician was first printed back in MH1, and has seen a small amount of success since then but never been a particularly dominant force in the meta. With the printing of Grist, the Hunger Tide in MH2 though, the deck might just have some legs again.

You can Chord of Calling and Eldritch Evolution into Grist, and Grist is both a token generator for Yawgmoth value as well as a handy piece of removal for problematic creatures or planeswalkers. What’s more is that if you’re looking to play it in EDH, you can actually use Grist as your commander due to its ability that makes it a creature when not on the battlefield – i.e. in the Command Zone.

When it comes to the different versions of this card we have the regular, the Sketch (Showcase) and the Borderless, and I think that the Borderless is a clear winner. The regular art and frame are fine, the Sketch doesn’t look great in my opinion, but the Borderless has some spectacular art and the foils look great. You can pick these up either in Europe or the US for around $20 at the moment and I think that due to Grist’s unique ability and status as a Mythic from MH2, it should be good for a double up over the next 12-24months.

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, he’s an active MTG finance speculator specialising in cross-border arbitrage.