Rees’ Pieces #2: Alastair Inspects the MTG Standard Market.

1/11/14 Price Update

 

Hi everyone, I’m back again with another finance article covering the ups and downs of standard cards from the past week. I’m going to start off by patting the clever of you who ‘speculated’ on Thoughtseizes as they’ve finally started to creep up again; currently at £17.99 with foils clocking in at £44.99. If you were hoping to grab a set of foils while they are still not too expensive you are swiftly running out of time.

 

Last week we had a long list of pit traps and false floors with price drops all over the shop. Unfortunately the bad weathers not done yet:
– First on our series of losers is Dig through Time. Coming out at £4 each and suddenly shooting up to £14 it managed to keep that price for a few weeks but has now dropped down to £10.49 each. Bloodstained Mire, rejected behind his brothers has now gone down under £10. At this point a great deal of Kahns of Tarkir has been opened so having a majority of the rares holding prices over the £10 threshold for much longer is unrealistic. I would expect the other non-blue fetches to follow in Mires downward path and drop also.

Bloodstained Mire

 

– Despite putting a couple of results up in modern daily events as well as winning the latest Pro Tour, Siege Rhino has actually dropped in price down to £5.99. Following suit are commander all star Clever Impersonator; down to £4.49, and Black Aggro sweethear Bloodsoaked Champion; now at £4.49. Utter End also fell, now at the low low price of £3.49. I breifly mentioned how some of the green devotion cards had started dropping and the treand continues with Rattleclaw now at £3.49. Its worth noting that both Rhino and Mystic have recently been given away as Buy a Box and Game Day Promo cards.

 

Khan or Khan’t?

The Khans of Tarkir have had a reasonable impact on standard since the set’s come out. On the first weekend we saw Narset do some work out of the sideboard in the Jeskai Tempo deck, and Anafenza
had a great showing at the Pro Tour. It’s about time we had a check up and see how the Clan leaders are doing:

– Currently winning the Clan War is Anafenza the Foremost, weighing in at £7.99 with foils going up to £14.99
– Next up, clocking in second in the great race is Sidisi Brood Tyrant, at £5.99 with a foil setting you back £10.99
– Middle of the pack is the mighty Surrak Dragonclaw currently at the cheap price of £3.59 going up to the cost of £12 for a foil, probably because of his power in commander.
– Despite seeing play as a one of or two of in a bunch of Jeskai tempo decks you can pick up a Narset Enlightened Master for a meager £2.49. You might think that sharing your treasured knowledge actually makes you worth less, however a foil copy of Narset is still £13.49. If you ever let somone attack with one in EDH you’ll see why.
– Letting his down his clan completely, though probably at least partially due to his printing in Speed vs Cunning Zurgo Helmsmasher is only £2.25 with technically 3 printings. As you can get a foil one either out of the duel deck or as a prerelease promo a foil is only £4.49.

Wrap Up

 

Again its been a weak week for the standard market with not much at all to brag or write home about, and the format seems relatively defined so a shake up seems unlikely. We can still hope though; thats it from me this week so thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time
Alastair

 

REES!
Rees is a magic expert, but sadly also a magiciser; he can never commit to one deck. Maybe one day he will settle down.

One Reply to “Rees’ Pieces #2: Alastair Inspects the MTG Standard Market.”

  1. I agree most people who needed Fetches for standard have grabbed them so they will be a slight decline in interest for the rest of the year. Mire has always been the cheapest seeing minimal eternal play. I think its eventual price, relative to the other Fetches, will be better now it can be used in Modern.

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