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Daybreak Coronet is a lot of money. The Internet ran out earlier this week and as I write this the TCG Mid price is more than $24.
Why? Slippery Bogle.
Two copies of a G/W aggressive deck based around one-drop hexproof creatures and auras such as Ethereal Armor and Spider Umbra made the Top 8 of a recent MTGO PTQ. Speculators reacted by buying out the Future Sight rare, which is the only expensive nonland card in the deck. The $24 pricetag is going to come down as retailers resupply, but I doubt it goes below $12 during the PTQ season.
A smaller run happened on Auriok Champion, which jumped past $9 TCG Mid on New Year’s Eve. Champion was in a GP-winning B/W Tokens list last year, and is a mainstay in modern Soul Sisters and sometimes Martyr Proc decks alongside Serra Ascendant (which is $6). I’m unsure where Auriok Champion will end up, but like Daybreak Coronet it has a single printing in the third set of a block so the supply is fairly limited.
1. Trade for Bonfire of the Damned and Restoration Angel. Ebay has almost caught up with TCG pricing and the market will be adjusting soon. Costing only a single-colored mana once we get all 10 shocklands can only help their popularity over the next few months. Avacyn Restored is fairly undervalued right now and I would keep an eye out for cheap Entreat the Angels, Tamiyo, the Moon Sage and Terminus in the next few weeks as well.
2. I love Isolated Chapel and Lingering Souls right now. Between battalion and cipher, Lingering Souls has a lot of potential value come Gatecrash and could drag Chapel to the $15 range we saw Woodland Cemetery hit in late September.
3. I’m finally all the way on the Deathrite Shaman bandwagon and try to trade for every one I see. I think it could hit $20 a year from now and in the longer term is a sure bet along the lines of Snapcaster Mage and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben.
5. Predator Ooze is up to $4.50 TCG Mid, and can still be found for $.50 in stores and various binders. This is another card that can only get helped by all 10 shocklands being legal, and it looks pretty sweet with Domri Rade. I’m unsure how much the Ooze can grow, but I don’t see it going down anytime soon. It has the upside of being in Dark Ascension if nothing else.
6. Garruk, Primal Hunter is up to $12 TCG Mid and has been climbing for months, albeit very slowly. These aren’t going to make you a ton of money, but I don’t think they’re done going up and enough people ask for them that it’s worth having a few.
7. Jace, Architect of Thought is seeing play in Modern control decks on Magic Online. There are still cheap copies out there, and Modern viability only makes picking them up at the current price more urgent. I don’t see a downside here; Jace should be back in the mid-$20s soon enough.
8. Champion of the Parish has a shot to make you some money in a month if the Boros hype really takes off. It can be traded for $4 pretty easily and could hit $7-8 during the initial weeks of Gatecrash Standard.
9. I think Gideon, Champion of Justice is bad because it doesn’t affect the board. It’s fine if you don’t. But it will be overpriced by the time the set comes out and I recommend staying away until the price comes down a bit.
10. Nightveil Specter is going to trade very well until it rotates out of Standard. If it turns out to be good, even better. But people love these types of cards and it will behoove you to always have some in your binder.
Free spell mechanics are dangerous and cipher is no different. Originally previewed on Whispering Madness, we have not seen a busted Cipher card yet and hopefully we don’t. That said, it’s time to figure out where your extra Invisible Stalkers are because they are the best cipher enabler in Standard and could trade for $2-plus on hype alone later this month.
I’m very interested to see how Geist of Saint Traft plays with cipher when the full set is spoiled. Hexproof is obviously appealing and Geist’s price has been falling (down to $30 TCG Mid), which makes picking a few extra up less painful than any other time during the last few months.
A very aggressive Geist deck with Invisible Stalkers and Runechanter’s Pike could be an early contender while playing cards like Feeling of Dread and repeatedly getting free cipher spells. I have no idea if this deck is actually good, but it’s at least intriguing and unspoiled cipher cards could make it insane.
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