Elesh Norn; A Retrospective

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Some of you may be familiar with my Market Watch series on, where I look at the playability and financial breakdown of a single card every few weeks. Well, one of the most important parts of making predictions is reviewing them later, and that's what I went for this week.

This version has nothing on that promo.
This version has nothing on that promo.

At the time I wrote the article, we didn't have the Judge Promo version, and this one was ticking up. I predicted it to hit a certain point, and structured a thesis based around its playability in Modern and absurd power in Commander.

So how did I do on that call?

"I made the grandest Cenobite of them all the subject of a Market Watch on Feb. 10, 2014, nearly five months ago. At the time, Elesh Norn was sitting at $22 on TCGPlayer after a solid rise in price. I wrote about her because I felt like the momentum wasn't quite done and because as a Mythic from a rarely-opened set, any number she reached was likely to hold until a reprint came. That led me to predict a $30-35 price point."

Today? She's nearly $30. While I wasn't exactly wrong, she didn't quite reach the level I thought she would. I used this retrospective look as an opportunity to look at the reasons for that.

You can read the full article here.

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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 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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