MTG Metagame Finance #27

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2019 is kicking into gear with the stock markets starting to rise again. And Magic isn’t any different as we continue on with Ravnica Allegiance spoilers and many people playing a lot more MTG Arena.

The interest in Modern is still very strong and will continue to grow especially since Grand Prix Oakland and SCG Columbus just passed. And looking forward, we have SCG Worcester from January 12-13 and Magic Fest Toronto from February 8-10. Then we have Mythic Championship Cleveland from February 22-24 to showcase Standard. So there are definitely a lot of cards to talk about.

Article Series Main Focus Points

  • Cards that you should hold on to or pick up for tournaments if you need them before they rise in price. These cards are either seeing increased play in one or more formats, the supply is drying up, or they’re pretty far from the next reprint.
  • Cards that you should consider selling or trading away. Their prices are pretty much at the ceiling owing to inflation from speculation, reprint inevitability in the near future, a lull in tournament play, or some combination of these.

Recent Buys

Wizard’s Retort - Dominaria (Foil)

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Purchased Price

Ravnica Allegiance is starting to bring us some more Wizards, and a few of them are looking very powerful for constructed formats including Modern with Deputy of Detention most likely leading the pack.

I think there’s a possibility that we could also see a Wizards deck in Standard, so keep your eye out for initial decklists as more spoilers are released. It sees a decent amount of play in Mono Blue right now, but I don’t know how much longer that will last since the manabase options will allow for some very powerful decks coming up. And it only really sees play in Izzet Wizards in Modern, but that could change very soon if we continue to see some more powerful Wizards in Ravnica Allegiance and upcoming sets.

Standard: Mono Blue by Kado222


4 Mist-Cloaked Herald
4 Warkite Marauder
4 Tempest Djinn
4 Siren Stormtamer
4 Merfolk Trickster

Non-Creature Spells

1 Essence Scatter
4 Dive Down
4 Wizard's Retort
4 Spell Pierce
4 Opt
4 Curious Obsession


19 Island


2 Surge Mare
2 Sleep
3 Negate
2 Exclusion Mage
2 Entrancing Melody
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Essence Scatter

Modern: Mono Blue by Qbturtle15


2 Grim Lavamancer
2 Nimble Obstructionist
3 Vendilion Clique
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Snapcaster Mage
4 Spellstutter Sprite

Non-Creature Spells

1 Wizard's Retort
3 Mana Leak
3 Remand
4 Wizard's Lightning
4 Opt
4 Lightning Bolt


1 Flooded Strand
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Mountain
1 Polluted Delta
3 Steam Vents
3 Island
4 Mutavault
4 Spirebluff Canal
4 Scalding Tarn


3 Surgical Extraction
1 Spell Pierce
1 Negate
2 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Izzet Staticaster
1 Flame Slash
1 Dispel
1 Disdainful Stroke
2 Alpine Moon
2 Abrade


Intruder Alarm - Stronghold & 8th Edition (Non-Foil)

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Target Sell Price

People have started to brew with this and Prime Speaker Vannifar.

At quick glance...this seems pretty gimmicky to me, so I would sell into the hype. There are only two printings with the most recent one being 8th Edition, so a reprint in the near future wouldn’t surprise me.

Elenda, the Dusk Rose - Rivals of Ixalan (Non-Foil)

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Target Sell Price

People are getting excited about Orzhov in Standard with cards like Pitiless Pontiff and Seraph of the Scales. We still have a lot of cards left to be spoiled with some amount of them containing the Afterlife mechanic. But I highly doubt that this card will ever see play outside of Standard. And it sees very little play in EDH/Commander, so I would lock in your value now.


Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - Ultimate Masters: Box Toppers

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Target Purchase Price

A lot of people have been talking about how hot Box Toppers are and will continue to be. I even mentioned a few in article #24. Here’s another one I think is an all-star. It shows up quite often in Eldrazi and various Dark Depths decks in Legacy. But this sees a tremendous amount of play in EDH/Commander in over 45,000 decks. Wow! The new, unique are on this card is amazing too.


Tasigur, the Golden Fang - Ultimate Masters: Box Toppers

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Observed Price

I think this could be an underpriced Box Topper. It sees a good amount of play in Modern.

And it just won SCG Columbus.

Modern: Hollow One by Ethan Gaieski


4 Hollow One
4 Bloodghast
4 Flameblade Adept
4 Flamewake Phoenix
2 Gurmag Angler
4 Street Wraith
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Non-Creature Spells

2 Fatal Push
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Burning Inquiry
4 Faithless Looting
4 Goblin Lore


3 Mountain
1 Swamp
1 Arid Mesa
4 Blackcleave Cliffs
2 Blood Crypt
4 Bloodstained Mire
2 Scalding Tarn
1 Wooded Foothills


2 Engineered Explosives
3 Grim Lavamancer
4 Leyline of the Void
1 Fatal Push
1 Terminate
4 Thoughtseize

It doesn’t see that much play in EDH/Commander though. And it’s legendary, so you will most likely never need a playset. These are the reasons why I think it’s still so cheap. Plus, Tasigur lost his banana in this version. Sad. However, a lot of people really like how the Box Toppers look, so this will probably be the coolest version for a long time.

Languish - Game Day Promos

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Observed Price

This has recently started to pop up a little bit in Modern’s Golgari Midrange. It looks like people have this and Damnation in the sideboard as options to combat different creatures they might face. Languish is really nice if you can kill all of your opponent’s creatures and leave your Tarmogoyf around.

I wouldn’t go too deep on these though since it doesn’t see a huge amount of play outside of Golgari decks. And it only shows up in just over 3,000 decks in EDH/Commander. And although it’s an extended art version, it doesn’t have different artwork than the original printing.

Botanical Sanctum - Kaladesh

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Observed Price

This has pretty much come back down to its all-time low now that it’s rotated out of Standard. But this has really started to see a lot more play owing to Spirits in Modern which also just won SCG Columbus.

Modern: Bant Spirits by Luke Feeney


1 Birds of Paradise
4 Drogskol Captain
4 Mausoleum Wanderer
4 Noble Hierarch
3 Phantasmal Image
4 Reflector Mage
3 Selfless Spirit
4 Spell Queller
4 Supreme Phantom

Non-Creature Spells

3 Aether Vial
4 Collected Company
2 Path to Exile


1 Forest
1 Island
1 Plains
3 Botanical Sanctum
1 Breeding Pool
3 Flooded Strand
1 Hallowed Fountain
3 Horizon Canopy
2 Misty Rainforest
1 Moorland Haunt
1 Temple Garden
2 Windswept Heath


1 Damping Sphere
2 Knight of Autumn
2 Detention Sphere
2 Rest in Peace
3 Stony Silence
1 Dromoka's Command
1 Unified Will
2 Geist of Saint Traft
1 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Although the fastlands from Scars of Mirrodin have skyrocketed over the years, I would be careful with the ones from Kaladesh because so much of the set was opened owing to the Inventions. However, I doubt this will fall any lower especially with Deputy of Detention joining the mix pretty soon as another nice option for Bant Spirits or some type of new Azorius or Bant Wizards deck.

Public Spreadsheet

Stay up to the minute on what I’m looking at on a daily basis via the MTG Metagame Finance Spreadsheet. Don’t forget to bookmark it, because I update it on the fly. This way you can see what’s going on as the market moves and before articles about certain cards are published.


Recent Buys

  • Wizard's Retort - Dominaria (Foil)


  • Intruder Alarm - Stronghold & 8th Edition (Non-Foil)
  • Elenda, the Dusk Rose - Rivals of Ixalan (Non-Foil)


  • Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth - Ultimate Masters: Box Toppers


  • Tasigur, the Golden Fang - Ultimate Masters: Box Toppers
  • Languish - Game Day Promos
  • Botanical Sanctum - Kaladesh (Non-Foil)

Public Spreadsheet

MTG Metagame Finance Spreadsheet

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Agree? Disagree? Why? You can also connect with me on Twitter at @edwardeng. I’m also open to suggestions on how to make this series more valuable. Hit me up.

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2 thoughts on “MTG Metagame Finance #27

    1. Nice. I don’t think they’ll see a large spike since a ton of Dominaria was opened. But I think it’s a card that could start to see more play as more Wizards over the years, causing it to slowly rise in price. I’m not sure if Deputy of Detention, Lavinia, Azorious Renegade, and Senate Guildmage are enough to push the needle for Wizard’s Retort yet.

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