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Insider: The Winners of BFZ (But mostly, the losers)

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Hi Insiders! As part of compiling our OGW cheatsheet, I also did a bit of feeble Excel wizardry to see what cards in BFZ gained and lost value since the prerelease. Shocking nobody, the prices fell a lot; this is typical in any set, by the way. Here's the data on the set.

What were the big gainers? Here they are:

143.09%  Wasteland Strangler
77.92%  Painful Truths
73.90%  Oblivion Sower
19.40%  Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
6.27%  Dragonmaster Outcast

 

Every other card in the set lost value. What were the biggest losers? Well, I hope you didn't park your money in these cards, because some of them would have eradicated your bankroll.

-72.91%  Beastcaller Savant
-74.10%  Greenwarden of Murasa
-74.81%  Noyan Dar, Roil Shaper
-80.86%  Undergrowth Champion
-81.12%  Smothering Abomination
-83.56%  Brutal Expulsion
-83.61%  Ruinous Path
-85.32%  Sire of Stagnation
-86.33%  Fathom Feeder
-89.16%  Bring to Light

That's right--if you got Bring to Light at the prerelease, you would have lost almost 90% of the value of the card.

In general though, the set didn't lose a staggering amount. If you bought one of every card worth over $1 at the time of the Prerelease, you would be out 33.9% of your investment. If you lost less than that, you beat the average.

If you want to play more with the Excel spreadsheet, I uploaded it here for ya.

Douglas Linn

Doug Linn has been playing Magic since 1996 and has had a keen interest in Legacy and Modern. By keeping up closely with emerging trends in the field, Doug is able to predict what cards to buy and when to sell them for a substantial profit. Since the Eternal market follows a routine boom-bust cycle, the time to buy and sell short-term speculative investments is often a narrow window. Because Eternal cards often spike in value once people know why they are good, it is essential for a trader to be connected to the format to get great buys before anyone else. Outside of Magic, Doug is an attorney in the state of Ohio.  Doug is a founding member of Quiet Speculation, and brings with him a tremendous amount of business savvy.

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