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Market Watch: Mana Bloom, a Retrospective

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I know some of you are familiar with the Market Watch series I've been doing on www.empeopled.com, but for those of you who may not be, each week I try to look at one particular card and break it down as either a good or bad speculation target. A few weeks ago I wrote about Mana Bloom, a card many were excited about speculating on, and detailed why I wasn't a fan of the move.

So I wanted this week to look back at how it would have worked out if you went in on Mana Bloom (spoilers: it wasn't great). So I went a step further. The goal here isn't to figure out if you made money from Mana Bloom if you chose to speculate on it, but rather to evaluate what exactly we're looking for when we do speculate on a near-bulk card like this.

All the hype; None of the results.
All the hype; None of the results.

It was the speculator's dream. A bulk care that all of a sudden was seeing new life and rejuvinated financial prospects. Buy into the next big spike at 20 cents apiece? Sign me up! How could you not make money?

At least, that was the thinking about a month ago as Journey into Nyx was spoiled and everyone became excited about the prospect of "new Enchantress" and Constellation. The buy-in in most cases was under a quarter. This is definitely the type of spec that can hit big and really pay off, and I understand the appeal of that.

I took the cautious route on this one.

You can read the full article here.

Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at QuietSpeculation.com and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

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One thought on “Market Watch: Mana Bloom, a Retrospective

  1. I don’t think you need to demonstrate a failed junk rare spec. Most of them fail. It’s the glimpse of nature’s that make up for the fact that most fail. Those cards makes it worth our time/money to speculate like this. Not going to say the ship has sailed since journey hasn’t been out for a month, but I suppose with 4 months of current standard left anything can happen.

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