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Burning-Tree Emissary has made its way into Modern?
Gruul Aggro by MattesCZ, 4-0 Modern Daily, Feb. 23
A different version of this deck won one of the PTQs in Seattle this weekend. Look out for cheap copies of Copperline Gorge and Goblin Guide over the next week or two, because this deck is relatively cheap at the moment and looks like it’s real enough to be relevant financially.
Human Zoo by Nico Christiansen, First at GP Quebec
So it turns out Burning-Tree Emissary is pretty good. Cavern of Souls and Champion of the Parish are in line to see a real bump if there’s any continued success by this deck or the Aristocrats. The ceiling on Champion is lower than it would be otherwise because of the Boros Event Deck, but it could still hit $10 if the white aggressive strategies stay popular. Cards like Frontline Medic and Mayor of Avabruck could see minor price increases but the lack of cross-archetypal demand really hurts financially in a format where you can theoretically do whatever you want. More Medics could be quite a beating for people looking to jam Bonfire of the Damned in their midrange strategies, and now is a good time to get rid of some of your extras while there’s still real demand.
Jund by Reid Duke, Top 4 at GP Quebec
Liliana of the Veil could very easily become the most expensive card in Standard over the next few weeks. If Jund and various black control decks continue to be successful or at least interesting, $40 is well within reach. Rakdos’s Return should creep back toward $10 as the midrange mirror becomes more and more relevant.
Huntmaster of the Fells is in a very awkward place. It’s not particularly good against nonaggressive strategies like the Jund mirror, which will only become more relevant as the season evolves; on the other hand, an absurdly aggressive deck just won a Grand Prix, so perhaps the time to phase them out isn’t here yet. There isn’t much room for growth at its current price, however, and it’s a good idea to ship them out for things that can make you money while they’re still very expensive.
I’ve spent months being dead wrong about Olivia Voldaren but I really like it right now as not only a trump in the midrange mirror but an insane closer against the creature-based aggressive strategies that don’t run much removal. She’s pretty cheap right now, and there’s certainly some room to grow as the PTQ world shifts out of Modern and into Standard.
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