by Richard Rowell, Gaming Successfully Staff
So, on October 10th, 2016, the Internet got almost entirely bought out of Leovold, Emissary of Trest from Conspiracy, Take the Crown. The three-color Elf has been seeing some Legacy and Vintage play, but most notably he makes for a pretty mean Commander. As one of the best cards in the set, it's not surprising that people want to have a copy of him in their collections. But a buyout happening this quickly is a bit unexpected, especially for a newer card.
Obviously, it's not really a great idea to buy in at $25 as those who bought in early look to cash in their profits quickly. However, Leovold is a really good creature, and as one of the top rising Commanders, many players will probably not want to part with every copy even in a big sell-off. It's not like he couldn't see a reprint in the future, either. But speculators are right that he could become a much bigger player in Legacy and Vintage in the future, and he's so good in Commander. Still, this is a targeted buyout that I'm not too crazy about myself. I think that he naturally would have reached $25 eventually, but if you're looking to buy him, I'd wait for the price to come back to earth a bit.
by Gaming Successfully Staff
Volatile Chimera is one of the "draft matters" cards from Conspiracy: Take the Crown. While it may be a bulk rare worth little over a dime on the secondary market, the Chimera is a nearly $3 foil! While its effect is neat, it's pretty terrible outside of draft. It's not a card that even finds a home in the most casual of EDH decks!
Fortunately for the Chimera, there is a very real casual draft format known as Cube. Essentially, a cube is a collection of 360 cards or more that are split into "packs" for drafting purposes. Every cube is different, and the cards from both the original Conspiracy and Take the Crown that center around draft have often been popular among cube builders.
What makes Volatile Chimera so valuable? With it, you're able to choose three creatures that you drafted that couldn't make your deck for any number of reasons. The beauty of having a card like this is being able to intentionally draft creatures you couldn't otherwise play. Paying 1R to choose one of those creatures at random and make the Chimera become a copy of it is great value. And if that creature isn't the one you want, you can just pay 1R again until you get the one that you want. Chances are, though, in a cube draft, the creatures you choose to exile with the Chimera will all probably be ones that you want in most situations.
Is the $3 foil price on Volatile Chimera going to hold long-term? Foils are more common in Conspiracy sets due to one being included in every pack. If you don't play Cube and happen to come across one of these, you're best off selling it. There's very limited demand for Cube-only cards, but there's enough that this won't ever be a worthless foil. Cube builders love to foil out every card possible, and this is one of the best "Draft Matters" cards there is.
To learn more about the Cube format, visit cubetutor.com.
by Richard Rowell, Gaming Successfully Staff
Is Sanctum Prelate really Chalice of the Void with a body? Well, first of all, the Prelate only deals with non-creature spells. The powerful Chalice of the Void is an artifact that does a lot of work in Modern, Legacy, and Vintage, shutting down many decks in the format. What’s particularly cool about Prelate, however, is that you can simply choose a number, rather than invest a specific amount of mana. For only 3 mana (1WW) that’s a pretty strong ability.
The difference with Sanctum Prelate is that it can’t be played in Modern since Conspiracy: Take the Crown is not a Modern-legal set. Is this a good card for Legacy? It probably is, as Hatebears may want it. This is a wait and see card, and being a mythic rare, it probably will have a higher price than you may expect. It will definitely see play somewhere, even if it’s just in random Cleric decks in Commander. This is definitely a card I would hold onto a playset of in case it becomes a big deal.
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