Exquisite Firecraft was very strong in the Pro Tour as a primary weapon in Red Aggro. It’s probably not going to stay a $10 card, but with everyone buying playsets after Red Aggro won the entire tournament, the demand spike makes sense. It’s probably a $5 card long-term. The Abbot saw plenty of camera time and doubled in price over the weekend. It could stay $10 with the amount of play it’s seeing and it definitely did some work for Red Aggro with its “free” card draw and Prowess. Turns out that really is a great combo.
Hangarback Walker continues to be strong and gained another few dollars to $18. It appears that the Walker will be the next Goblin Rabblemaster, pushing $20-25 a copy at its peak. It’s hard to say if the Walker will be as good when Ensoul Artifact rotates, but it seems to have enough value to stay a strong part of the metagame. Thopters are good.
Demonic Pact saw a spike to $13 after a strong Day One showing but dwindled back to around $9 after Day Two. Still, with the amount of builds that the Pact has been fit into, this is a card that shouldn’t become a bulk mythic anytime soon. It was probably the biggest “loser” of the day despite being a winner from the Tour overall.
Other winners from over the weekend unrelated to the Pro Tour include Riddlekeeper from Commander 2011 and Null Rod from Weatherlight. The latter sees plenty of Legacy and Vintage play, and is played in Commander as well, shutting down pesky activated abilities of artifacts. It’s on the Reserve List and should only see steady growth going forward.
Riddlekeeper is a winner mainly because of its one printing and ability to fit into mill decks, an archetype made better by the release of Sphinx’s Tutelage. It’s gone from about $2 to $5 on TCG Player in the past month. Vendors haven’t quite caught up, but it’s a card that has been flying under the radar for awhile as a solid gainer. Being a Commander and casual only card, it hasn’t gotten much attention. It’s hard to say how much of it is speculative, but I think there’s real demand here.
The only other “loser” from the past week is Collected Company, mostly from the fact that it was reprinted in the very popular Magic Origins Clash Pack. It’s gone from $12 to $10 in the past week. Still, Company decks should still be pretty good going forward, and it’s a good enough card in Modern that staying around $10 makes sense.