So, have you lightened up on Modern inventory yet? It's not a bad time to unwind positions. While shifting into Eternal staples is much cheaper than it was just three months ago thanks to Modern price spikes, a larger player base and much better value can be found speculating in Standard.
First, some cards to avoid:
Boros Reckoner how you mock me. Early Febuary I made a SELL recommendation on this guy and now moving copies at >$20 is Ebay easy. Up over 5 dollars in one day seems like a spike and I still can't get on board with the Reckoner at these prices.
Thragtusk just keeps making its way into Event Decks. Prices for this resilient beater are about to test pre-Return to Ravnica values but until I see prices hold above ten $10 on Ebay I am not ready to call a bottom. I would open a position at <$10.
With copies of Aurelia's Fury down more than 20% from a $25 Gatecrash release price, we've got a mythic worth watching. Here is a card that is looking to get abused with Snapcaster Mage but has Avacyn Restored's Bonfire of the Damned and Entreat the Angels miracles to compete with. I think Bonfire is going to always keep a lid on Aurelia's Fury pricing while, at least while copies are selling for <$10, Entreat the Angels seems like much better value.
What I'm looking to acquire:
Would you rather own a single copy of Entreat the Angels or five playsets of Signal the Clans? The instant is a likely inclusion in any Commander deck that can run it and it looks very breakable at 2cc. This card has Gifts Ungiven price potential even if it lacks the blue card's functionality.
For as little as $1.75 you can pick up Firemane Avenger. Dealing three damage to any target and gaining three life in a fast Standard environment is very good. With Lingering Souls, Thatcher Revolt and other token producing spells to keep Battalion triggers activated, the Avenger is a spec target with a great chance to spike. I'll be looking to slowly trade/ sell out of copies at $5.
Legion Loyalist is a bargain at less than $4. Goblins see play in every Magic format and offers red players a superb one drop. In Standard both first strike and can't be blocked by tokens are very relevant, making the Loyalist capable of shaking up a meta relying on efficient token generation.
Clan Defiance is a card I'm having a hard time evaluating. While it doesn't compare well to Bonfire, it is often more bang for the buck when compared to Aurelia's Fury. With Ebay offering speculators a chance to grab copies for less than $1.5 per, Clan Defiance is not a bad play if you can imagine a Standard decklist looking to running eight similar effects.
Return to Ravnica's Hallowed Fountain is currently discounted 51% to its Dissension counterpart. With near mint copies still treading over $10 mid, the Fountain is going to be a much more popular card in Modern formats.
Near mint Gatecrash copies of Breeding Pool already command a price of $12, making it more expensive than either Hallowed Fountain or the Steam Vents. But compring that $12 price to Dissension prices you'll see that these lands sell at a 48.5% discount to Dissension copies.
While old Shocklands test all time lows thanks to a flood of supply, picking up any Shockland at current prices is likely to pay off. What follows is a little cheat sheet, naming the card and its discount to older copies:
Blood Crypt (42%)
Breeding Pool (48.5%)
Godless Shrine (36%)
Hallowed Fountain (51%)
Overgrown Tomb (39%)
Sacred Foundry (14%)
Steam Vents (49%)
Stomping Ground (30%)
Temple Garden (30.5%)
Watery Grave (27%)