We’ve said it before, but the MTG market has been a bit inactive lately. Sure, some extreme patterns have occurred over the past year (which arguably influenced some of these price changes). However, the market has continued its recovery over the past few weeks. As more people are playing individually, structured formats have a more substantial impact on price fluctuations. This week is all about those formats (which are good!) and some old cards that suffer from targeted buys (not so good).
Irrepressible creativity rises
Perhaps the most significant is the price increase Irresistible creativity. This deck has established a strong foothold in the modern format and is now considered a more common strategy to see. It’s not a Merctide or Hammertime deck, but it has a substantial meta stake. This deck tries to win by using irrepressible creativity to cheat in many of the Arcane of Cruelty. That being said, irrepressible creativity also plays some Emrakul, the Aeons Torn As an alternative target for creativity in the sideboard and as a way to defend against mill. Irresistible creativity is approaching $20. That means its price has doubled in the last week! Irrepressible creativity alone was worth it $5 In early June, the MTG market saw one of the steepest price rises of the week.
Fable of the mirror-breaker continues to creep up
Anyone who has played MTG in recent builds knows how insane this card is. Fable of the Mirror-Breaker It looks at different levels of play in every produced format that is legal (except Popper, including digital formats). The card unexpectedly works in MTG’s most powerful format, Vintage. As a result, Fable of the Mirror-Breaker continues its slow creep this week $16. As long as this card sees continued play across formats, the price increase will not stop. Once this card rolls out of print, expect an explosive increase in Fable of the Mirror-Breaker in the MTG market.
While we are talking about Fable of the Mirror-Breaker, The real story is about the token it creates. After running into one on my LGS $8 CAD (which is actually a fantastic deal), I saw how expensive this card was. It rivals the price of a real MTG card! Goblin Shaman Tokens are selling for approx $10 Now. This token saw a huge price increase in June $8. Since then it has been slowly increasing. These individuals are hard to find and LGSs require copies. If you have some of these and aren’t using them, think of a competitive MTG player in your neighborhood who needs them and offer to buck them up quickly. They appreciate it.
The hopeful initiate gets his wish
Here’s another competitively driven price hike that won’t come as a shock to players who are aware of it. A promising initiative‘s rare double feature version will see a hefty price hike of approx $3 to $10 This week! Its standard version saw its price increase $5. We’ve talked about the scarcity of these cards before, and while this price hike isn’t shocking to us, it might be to those who don’t take the potential value of the double feature seriously. If you want to read more about our thoughts on that set, you can do so here.
Otherwise, the hopeful initiate is making waves in Standard and Pioneer. This card sees four-off play in meta decks from both formats. This card also sees a slight rise in Commander as a popular choice for Master’s Chef background Commander decks.
Commander Videos can again be in charge of market change
Crescendo of War has doubled its price this week $15. The price hike here matches the criteria outlined in some of the previous price hike articles we’ve done over the past few weeks. Multiple Commander guys have highlighted this card as an underrepresented card in Commander, with only one print.
In which case The crescendo of war Actually does, it favors creature decks but also allows your opponents to knock each other out quickly. A battle crescendo gains a strike counter on each maintenance. Whenever a creature attacks, Crescendo of War powers up each Strife counter in Crescendo of War until the next last step. While Power Boost is for all creatures, Crescendo of War gives your creatures extra toughness while blocking for each Strife counter. This allows you to break parity and gives you an advantage. Creature song abilities like this are really easy to ignore in Commander, so it’s no big surprise that this card went without a spike until it got the spotlight from various MTG guys.
A large price increase can be a targeted purchase
Of all the price hikes recorded this week, this one is the biggest. All other sources that have mentioned this spike, such as Heroes and Legends, believe it was a targeted purchase. This is not an isolated incident either. With the market slowly coming back to life, there is a lot of speculation on the reserved list cards. As we discussed in a recent article, many older MTG products are disappearing from the market entirely. It could be a sign of investors jumping on the FOMO train before all the reserved list cards cease to exist.
Either way, don’t let these huge price hikes fool you into picking one of these up just yet. If these cards stall for some time and people start introducing more copies in the market, the targeted buying will fail and a huge position of these cards may reappear overnight. It said, Phyrexian Tribute has seen an increase from $3 to $17.71 This week, it was the most significant price increase in the MTG market.
Secret Lair manipulation?
Our last card of the day has featured watches from various markets over the past few weeks, seeing a slight price rise. This is most likely due to the influx of premium full-art sliver cards we’ve been seeing in Secret Lair bonus slots. Anyone with a more prominent position on these cards might want to play with them, and Commander is the most accessible place to do so. The first sliver Probably a good commander Queen of Sliver Yes, but it is a reserved list card.
What is our hypothesis?
In addition to our continued praise of the economical double feature set, this week demonstrated two things: competing formats are beginning to influence the market more, and reserved list cards are seeing volatile prices that are unreliable. Personally, I stay away from reserved list cards that have seen spikes since then unless I’ve seen a lot of play somewhere. In terms of built powerhouses, I’ll start keeping an eye on the modern cards that haven’t been released yet.
Rakdos, in particular, is starting to see an uptick in play, so cards that don’t see a ton of play that appear in that archetype are cards I’ll be watching. Raghavan has already seen a ton of gameplay, so this new prototype won’t change that much. sadnessHowever, don’t see much game (out Living End) and is less expensive compared to other Modern Horizons to Evoke elementals. Sadness is already showing early signs of rising prices. So, could Rakdos see a slight price increase until it plays out? Douthi Voidwalker This new archetype could be the card with the most significant chance of seeing a price increase in the MTG market.
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