Grand PrizzleBrizzle

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So....this is a thing.

Following on the heels of Batterskull, a card that was fetching quite a price in its foil form, the new GP Promo after Batterskull is retired will be Griselbrand. With the new frame, Grizz looks better than ever. Well, not really. He looks worse than ever. But, come on, it's a foil Griselbrand.

This begs the obvious question, is it worth it to do VIP? Now, not getting VIP is less likely to affect your ability to get a promo, that matters more for the mat, but bear with me.

When a promo is new, the dealers don't have a trillion of them, so they're paying more than they do on Batterskull now that they're fatigued from buying and selling them. They have quite a backstock of 'Skull, but once Grizz is shiny and new, it's going to resell for more. If you're planning on just outing the mat and the foil to subsidize the trip, VIP may be a better value equation. In Boston, VIPs got a special area with snacks and water and got a bag with a water bottle, a playmat, a promo and more snacks. Having pairings posted just for the VIPs and knowing where your seat will be is valuable. So if the promo sells for more, VIP is subsidized more, and with a guaranteed mat, it can be practically free for some events.

Now, all TOs aren't created equal and therefore VIP is better in certain cities. But as long as Grizz is brand new, being guaranteed one and being able to snap sell it for a bit, until Grizz is old news, it may make VIP make more sense. I don't know, random thought. Do what you want.

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Jason Alt

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7 thoughts on “Grand PrizzleBrizzle

  1. Actually I don’t like or dislike this art any more than the original.

    The hidden information in the GP announcement is the confirmation that something big will be released in time for May 30th/31st. 3 GPs all on three different continents listed as limited with TBD city/venue’s. More interesting is that there are 2 Modern Events in season 1 and none in season 2. Then there are three Modern events, all within a month.

    Seems like MM2 to me (not that we didn’t suspect next year).

  2. Dam WOTC…nothing is sacred anymore if they Promo the most broken demon ever!

    Ok…do we sell Original foils now, and wait for the them to tank in 2016 and rebuy in…or just sell now now matter what???

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