The Pro Tour is upon us, this time in sunny (rainy) Portland - the city where young people go to retire. Some people plan to stay in Portland until the Grand Prix is over, but this is a dangerous proposition. You take a part-time job waiting tables in a cat-friendly, vegan, fair trade chai cafe and organic dog treat bakery just to pay the bills until the GP is over and the next thing you know you've got a handlebar mustache, two adopted Nicaraguan children with your life partner, Sunflower and you're a unicycle salesman. Portland can suck you in like the tractor beam from the video game Galaga that is still played in bars in Portland because ironically playing a standup Space Invaders machine is too "mainstream."
Staying a safe distance from Portland is advisable. While you're safe with 2,000 miles of America between you and Portland, it's a good idea to not ignore, but rather scrutinize the goings-on in Portland this weekend.
QS Insiders will have gotten an Insider e-mail talking about potential picks. As I write this, coverage is on booster draft, but it will be back to Constructed soon. Is there going to be breakout tech?
After the Modern Grand Prix in Not Boston, foil copies of Ensoul Artifact shot up because someone bought all of them and acted like he didn't. Still, he waited until Monday to announce it, letting the internet buy the rest of the copies, and some of them from him. If there is another actionable card that shows up when Pro Players are building Standard decks, the PT is likely to be the place.
Watch the coverage stream as much as you can. The next few months will be dominated by the decks that come out of this event, and there is money to be made here. Any tech that emerges with M15 cards bears additional scrutiny. If I had to bet on which card was most likely to shoot up in value after this event, I'd say Chord of Calling but this inclination has yet to be substantiated with results. We'll see how it goes.