That pretty much sums up the week in Magic Finance. Have a great weekend...
OK, we need to talk about this. I understand the outrage over this announcement. The barrier of entry of modern just rose once again. Yeah, you can get by with the Khans fetches in some cases, but sometimes the Zendikar ones are just better. That all being said, the other duals that we are instead getting in Battle for Zendikar are probably enemy colored manlands. The allied colored ones turned out to be pretty good, so I'd look forward to those.
That doesn't solve the fetch problem, of course. So I think they'll be in the Commander 2015 product. Corbin Hosler at MTGPrice thinks the same. Do I think that's a good idea? Well, they'll sell, that's for sure. Fetch lands are just good whether you're casual or competitive. That would put them in everyone's hands.
What that does is keep it from having ten fetch lands in standard at once. It seems Wizards R&D really doesn't want that. And it still helps modern. They could be in the second set of the new Zendikar block. But I kind of doubt that makes any sense. If I were wizards why not give everyone a fetch?
That sort of speculation aside, let's take a look at another.
Reconnaissance from Exodus is a nifty little niche enchantment that I looked at recently when I saw the sudden price jump. It's really good with commanders that have effects that trigger on declaring an attack. Narset, Enlightened Master is the one that comes to mind immediately. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death is another good one. Enchantment happy commanders Zur the Enchanter and Bruna, Light of Alabaster could also benefit from the enchantment, although not nearly as much as the first two. It's not on the reserved list but I doubt this gets reprinted, although it could.
Copies of Peregrine Drake from Planechase 2012 have nearly doubled in price over the past week. This follows the trend of the original printings steady rise over the past few months. This is real demand from the growing commander community that found out just how good this card is. The modern border is the draw of the plane chase version which is why the demand curve has been so sharp.
Riddlekeeper from Commander 2011 has shown some steady growth for some time and I noted this over a week ago. The spike came and went leaving the commander exclusive creature with over a 30 percent gain. The explosion of demand for mill cards after the release of Sphinx's Tutelage is the main culprit here. This particular case was probably a targeted buyout but the real demand is there. It could be a reprint at some point having such a neutral design.
All the above cards are good and with the exception of Ensoul Artifact should be a decent part of the next standard metagame. The Walker probably won't keep its price gain but it's not going to be bulk for quite a long time. The others are probably going to stay relatively steady.
On the downside, Day's Undoing and Erebos’ Titan both between 10 to 20 percent. Both have potential but aren't showing signs as sleepers at their current price. Collected Company has lost a similar percentage due to its reprinting in the magic origins clash pack.
Keep an eye on Cabal Coffers. The Planechase versions have shown 20% growth recently. Both the non foil and foil torment versions have held steady as well as the FNM promos. It could just be a targeted buyout of a low supply reprint, but the originals could rise to 15-16 from their present price of 12-13. 20 bucks is probably the price ceiling for non foil copies but it's not out the realm of possibility considering the popularity of mono black in casual and commander.
Zurgo Bellstriker should be a big part of mono red after the standard rotation barring something better coming along. It could go from 2 to 5 in a hurry. It's already seeing play but should see more widespread play coming soon when other options rotate. 2 bucks should be its floor for awhile.
Ojutai's Command is seeing more play, especially since more relevant two drop creatures like Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy. Its upside is somewhat limited by a buy a box promo version but that didn't stop Nightveil Specter going from bulk to 10. I don't see this hitting 10 but 5 is realistic for a command. This was a dollar a couple months ago and now it's 2 and a quarter.
Another interesting card seeing steady growth is Dungrove Elder (a personal favorite). But the non foil growth is nothing compared to foils. Dungrove Elder foils, as well as the full art game day promo, have been bought up in droves on TCG Player, so it's only a matter of time before the non foil starts rising too. I don't see anyone paying 45 bucks for a foil Elder. I pretty much called this when I saw them selling out on amazon and being relisted for around 40.
Martyr's Bond is an enchantment card exclusively from Commander 2011 also seeing steady growth. The power of its effect and how much it can take over a game can't be denied, especially if your enchantments are also creatures. Starfield of Nyx is causing a ton of enchantments to see new demand and this is an important top end rattlesnake card that punishes opponents for destroying it.
Steel Overseer and Ad Nauseum are trending back up after huge falls from previous spikes. Both are great cards in modern. Speaking of modern, Life from the Loam has seen all three of its printings seeing strong gains with the success of Loam Pox decks.
Some other slow rollers of note: Elvish Harbinger, Imperious Perfect, Vengeful Pharaoh, Monastery Swiftspear, Darkness and Awakening Zone.
What a busy finance week! We'll see what the next week brings.