Insider Archive

  • Mike Lanigan missed out on the TCG Invitational this year for a wedding, but he still payed close attention to the metagame developments there. He breaks them down, and covers the new archetypes that emerged.

    Insider: TCG Invitational 2014

    Mike Lanigan missed out on the TCG Invitational this year for a wedding, but he still payed close attention to the metagame developments there. He breaks them down, and covers the new archetypes that emerged.
  • As Modern cements itself more and more as an Eternal format, demand for foils is likely to increase. Corbin Hosler surveys some promising cards with low foil multipliers that are likely to benefit from such a development.

    Insider: Modern’s Hidden Secrets

    As Modern cements itself more and more as an Eternal format, demand for foils is likely to increase. Corbin Hosler surveys some promising cards with low foil multipliers that are likely to benefit from such a development.
  • Ryan has been Cruising in Legacy, and he's certainly not the only one. Find out what he thinks Treasure Cruise does to the format at large and what kinds of tech people are adopting in a post-Cruise world!

    Insider: Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ – Treasure Cruise in Legacy

    Ryan has been Cruising in Legacy, and he's certainly not the only one. Find out what he thinks Treasure Cruise does to the format at large and what kinds of tech people are adopting in a post-Cruise world!
  • David Schumann breaks down the Modern metagame by the numbers to see which lands are seeing the most play. If you want to know which fetches or shocks are the best targets among their brethren, this is a great place to start.

    Insider: Modern Manabases

    David Schumann breaks down the Modern metagame by the numbers to see which lands are seeing the most play. If you want to know which fetches or shocks are the best targets among their brethren, this is a great place to start.
  • <i>Commander 2013</i> experienced a radically different financial trajectory than its predecessor. Jason Alt analyzes the differences to determine which one is a better model for the coming Commander release this year.

    Insider: Commander Finance – Part 1

    Commander 2013 experienced a radically different financial trajectory than its predecessor. Jason Alt analyzes the differences to determine which one is a better model for the coming Commander release this year.
  • When is is right to take a "loss" in a trade? And what does that even mean? This week Derek examines the importance of paying attention to goals and reminds us that the price of a card is not the be-all end-all when sitting across from someone at the trade table.

    Insider: Making the Right Trade

    When is is right to take a "loss" in a trade? And what does that even mean? This week Derek examines the importance of paying attention to goals and reminds us that the price of a card is not the be-all end-all when sitting across from someone at the trade table.
  • The easy money from Standard rotation may already be made.  Many hot cards have been on a downward trajectory over the past week. This week Sigmund shares his theories around this drop and recommends a course of action to ensure you lock in your profits.

    Insider: What’s With The Downtrends in Standard?

    The easy money from Standard rotation may already be made. Many hot cards have been on a downward trajectory over the past week. This week Sigmund shares his theories around this drop and recommends a course of action to ensure you lock in your profits.
  • If you're getting into Standard, you can't just expect to flip the deck later to recuperate your entry price. Danny Brown breaks down the cost and expected buylist price for the major Standard decks.

    Insider: The Real Costs of Entering Standard

    If you're getting into Standard, you can't just expect to flip the deck later to recuperate your entry price. Danny Brown breaks down the cost and expected buylist price for the major Standard decks.
  • More than metagames and format popularity, the success of Magic as a brand is ultimately the principle determinant of card prices. Corbin Hosler dissects Hasbro's annual earnings report to see where we stand this year.

    Insider: Analyzing Hasbro’s Third-Quarter Earnings

    More than metagames and format popularity, the success of Magic as a brand is ultimately the principle determinant of card prices. Corbin Hosler dissects Hasbro's annual earnings report to see where we stand this year.
  • Mike Lanigan examines the tokens strategy in Standard that appeared at the Pro Tour, and offers his take. The centerpiece of the deck, Purphoros, packs a wallop and may be well positioned financially as well.

    Insider: Standard Tokens

    Mike Lanigan examines the tokens strategy in Standard that appeared at the Pro Tour, and offers his take. The centerpiece of the deck, Purphoros, packs a wallop and may be well positioned financially as well.
  • Ryan has blue on the brain. Find out his thoughts on how best to implement Master of Waves in Theros-Khans Standard!

    Insider: Hopelessly Devoted to U

    Ryan has blue on the brain. Find out his thoughts on how best to implement Master of Waves in Theros-Khans Standard!
  • David Schumann returns to the Stock Watch to see where we stand in the wake of Pro Tour Khans.

    Insider: MTG Stock Watch 10/19/14

    David Schumann returns to the Stock Watch to see where we stand in the wake of Pro Tour Khans.
  • When the Pro Tour blows up prices across the board, the window to flip specs can be quite short. Jason Alt explains where to look for cards that present a less finicky situation.

    Insider: Stability

    When the Pro Tour blows up prices across the board, the window to flip specs can be quite short. Jason Alt explains where to look for cards that present a less finicky situation.
  • Making the most of your bankroll doesn't require making the most of every single spec. Small concessions here and there can often lead to higher profit down the road.

    Insider: [MTGO] Small Concessions for Higher Returns

    Making the most of your bankroll doesn't require making the most of every single spec. Small concessions here and there can often lead to higher profit down the road.
  • This week Derek takes a look at the glacial trends in Magic. Why has Legacy and Vintage risen in popularity these last few years? What lessons can we take from these progressions in order to map out future investments?

    Insider: Glacial Trends in Magic Finance

    This week Derek takes a look at the glacial trends in Magic. Why has Legacy and Vintage risen in popularity these last few years? What lessons can we take from these progressions in order to map out future investments?
  • Pearl Lake Ancients, Dig Through Times, Mantis Riders, oh my! There has been significant price movement in Standard since last week. This week Sigmund looks at the sustainability of these price jumps. You may be surprised at what he finds.

    Insider: A One Week Look-Back at Standard

    Pearl Lake Ancients, Dig Through Times, Mantis Riders, oh my! There has been significant price movement in Standard since last week. This week Sigmund looks at the sustainability of these price jumps. You may be surprised at what he finds.
  • Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir was this Standard format's defining moment. Adam makes sense of everything that happened and what it means for the future.

    Insider: Digesting Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir

    Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir was this Standard format's defining moment. Adam makes sense of everything that happened and what it means for the future.
  • Today Corbin digs through the Pro Tour coverage to see which decks were flying under the radar, and comments on where he sees price hikes from the weekend settling.

    Insider: The Post-Pro Tour Metagame

    Today Corbin digs through the Pro Tour coverage to see which decks were flying under the radar, and comments on where he sees price hikes from the weekend settling.
  • Mike Lanigan goes over the results from the Pro Tour, discussing both the Standard metagame as it is shaping up, and the financial implications.

    Insider: PTKTK Standard & Finance

    Mike Lanigan goes over the results from the Pro Tour, discussing both the Standard metagame as it is shaping up, and the financial implications.
  • Ryan played a variant of the Jeskai Wins deck at States this weekend. Find out what he believes works and what doesn't, and which direction he thinks the deck should be heading!

    Insider: Which Way Should We Go With Jeskai?

    Ryan played a variant of the Jeskai Wins deck at States this weekend. Find out what he believes works and what doesn't, and which direction he thinks the deck should be heading!
  • Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir is finally over and it was a real roller coaster for prices on MTGO. Sylvain gives us his perspective on his Standard positions going forward.

    Insider: [MTGO] Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir Aftermath

    Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir is finally over and it was a real roller coaster for prices on MTGO. Sylvain gives us his perspective on his Standard positions going forward.
  • At Pro Tour KTK Wizards announced a shake up of the old FNM structure. Jason Alt looks at the possible financial impact of the changes and considers Commander specifically.

    Insider: Assessing the Effect of New FNM Formats

    At Pro Tour KTK Wizards announced a shake up of the old FNM structure. Jason Alt looks at the possible financial impact of the changes and considers Commander specifically.
  • David Schumann breaks down the hot cards to come out of Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir. If you missed any of the action this weekend, be sure to catch up!

    Insider: Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir Breakdown

    David Schumann breaks down the hot cards to come out of Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir. If you missed any of the action this weekend, be sure to catch up!
  • There are 101 ways to analyze all the data from Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir. Today Sigmund gives you his biggest takeaways from the event, along with what he's got his eyes on going forward.

    Insider: Initial Reactions to PTKTK

    There are 101 ways to analyze all the data from Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir. Today Sigmund gives you his biggest takeaways from the event, along with what he's got his eyes on going forward.
  • With his introductory article on Quiet Speculation, Derek explains why he believes #mtgfinance is a "solved format."

    Insider: MTG Finance – A Solved Format?

    With his introductory article on Quiet Speculation, Derek explains why he believes #mtgfinance is a "solved format."