It’s now the beginning of September which means the Summer is coming to a close. There were quite a few market shake-ups this past season and this week we’ll be going over the big market movers and other Magic Finance moves.
Stoneforge Mystic Stays on Modern’s Bench
Stoneforge Mystic has not been able to grace Modern decklists since it was released which has made it a contentious issue for the past few years. With the power creep in Modern, since becoming a sanctioned format, this is also a card that has seen regular speculation due to the thought that it will be unbanned. After sitting in the $15-20 range for nearly two years, there did not seem like much of a reason to believe it might be unbanned. That thought changed when Jace, the Mind Sculptor was unbanned in February. Then during the end of June, people began expecting an unbanning of the card which drove the price up to around $40. Of course, the July 2nd Banned and Restricted Announcement did not unban the card, and it has seen a steady decline ever since. It is worth noting that the card has not sunk down as low as it usually does, and may be holding a somewhat higher price due to the feeling that an unbanning is impending.
Nexus of Fate Reignites the Buy-a-Box Exclusive Promo Debate
I wrote a full article on this topic earlier in August, so if you want the full scoop on the situation feel free to check it out here. For this abridged version, we’ll start by looking back at Firesong and Sunspeaker, Dominaria’s Exclusive Buy-a-Box (BaB) Promo. When first announced, there was immediate debate about the topic, with one side insisting that the card’s exclusivity would drive its price into artificially inflated levels – until it turned out that people don’t care about the card and then it was quiet.
When Nexus of Fate was announced as M19’s BaB Promo, this debate started up again. This time, the card was actually seeing play in competitive decks – namely Standard’s Bant Turbo Fog. A couple of high-profile finishes with the deck created a surge of hype and many started buying into the card which drove the price up from around $15-20 up to $40 and slightly higher in a few cases. Since then the card has settled back down to the $20 region, but the debate still continues. Those in defense of the card tend to be under the school of thought that, due to the amount the card has been circulated, is no different and in fact better than the state of current cards such as Teferi, Hero of Dominaria which is now around $40. It appears that Wizards is attempting to find a middle ground between the two camps on the issue; just a few days ago Impervious Greatwurm, the BaB promo for Guilds of Ravnica, was leaked and is yet again exclusive but is obviously levels below Nexus of Fate in terms of overall efficiency and power level. Personally, I just want something like Surgical Extraction again.
Vengevine, a card printed in Rise of the Eldrazi, has seen various amounts of speculation over the past few years but had never quite stayed above the $15-20 range. However, this card is now around $50 and has managed to stay at the price for the entire month of August.
There are two competitive events that likely helped push this card up. The first was the SCG Modern Classic in Indianapolis on July 29th where Caleb Herber made it into the Top 8 with his Dredge deck which featured 4 copies in the Mainboard. The second event was Pro Tour 25 in Minneapolis on August 3rd where Jacob Nagro made it into the Top 8 with his BR Vengevine deck which also featured 4 copies of Vengevine in the Mainboard. The creature has seen continued play and top placement in competitive events all throughout the month of August.
Andrew Jessup’s Counterfeit Cards Have People Worried Again
During GP Los Angeles, pro player Andrew Jessup underwent a random deck inspection by a judge. During this inspection, it was found that several copies of Horizon Canopy and Cavern of Souls were not authentic cards. Jessup stated that he borrowed the deck from a friend who had recently purchased the cards. Unfortunately, he was issued a Game Loss for the indiscretion.
Players are generally weary of counterfeit cards anyway and my last article actually went into the basics of avoiding Magic scams. However, this Game Loss issuance to a higher-profile player sparked widespread conversation about counterfeit cards. Some think it is the necessary byproduct of cards not being reprinted and allowed to have extremely high market values, but others believe that there is no excuse for it. Regardless of the stance, many began calling out large retailers for needing to be more committed to filtering out these fakes in order to keep buyer confidence.
While playing the Magic Finance game, it is important to always be extra vigilant when buying high priced cards. From a buyer’s perspective risk is significantly decreased by purchase protection that allows them to receive refunds for inauthentic cards. This means that the seller is generally on the hook for these discrepancies which may mean a loss of hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Needless to say, there were other moves over the Summer, but these seemed to be some of the biggest topics. What was your big Magic Finance success or failure? Let me know in the comments. You can also reach out to me on my YouTube channel’s twitter account: @mtg_vc.
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