The Magic Market Index for Oct 6, 2017

Welcome to The Magic Market Index. This weekly article series documents the price changes of cards currently in print, and offers insight into what cards to invest in and what to ignore. This weekly article series covers all expansion sets and masterpiece series sets in Standard, from the time of their prerelease to the time of their rotation out of Standard. Currently, this covers all sets in the Kaladesh, Amonkhet, and Ixalan blocks, as well as the  Inventions and Invocations masterpiece series sets. Promotional sets, special sets, pack foils, and non-set releases are not covered. 

 

The Magic Market Index is a collaborative effort between the MTGSalvation staff. This week's edition is brought to you by accountant and MTGS content manager Alexandra Haggstrom.

Card Name 10/05
Price
09/28
Price
09/21
Price
09/14
Price
Change from 09/28 Change from 09/21
Carnage Tyrant $26.61 $27.33 $25.99   -$0.72 +$0.62
Hostage Taker $18.00 $6.47 $3.76   +$11.53 +$14.24
Vraska, Relic Seeker $14.00 $14.25 $14.90   -$0.25 -$0.90
Jace, Cunning Castaway $13.25 $15.08 $15.89   -$1.83 -$2.64
Growing Rites of Itlimoc $11.17 $14.82 $17.28   -$3.65 -$6.11
Huatli, Warrior Poet $10.49 $12.30 $13.49   -$1.81 -$3.00
Ripjaw Raptor $9.96 $9.62 $9.98   +$0.34 -$0.02
Gishath, Sun's Avatar $7.21 $6.50 $6.10   +$0.71 +$1.11
Regisaur Alpha $7.05 $7.59 $8.79   -$0.54 -$1.74
Search for Azcanta $6.99 $4.94 $4.38   +$2.05 +$2.61
Deathgorge Scavenger $5.49 $1.99 $2.16   +$3.50 +$3.33
Vona, Butcher of Magan $5.49 $5.64 $5.99   -$0.15 -$0.50
Drowned Catacomb $4.91 $3.50 $3.22   +$1.41 +$1.69
Vraska's Contempt $4.79 $3.28 $3.09   +$1.51 +$1.70
Settle the Wreckage $4.73 $2.44 $2.31   +$2.29 +$2.42
Dire Fleet Ravager $3.50 $4.26 $4.73   -$0.76 -$1.23
Glacial Fortress $3.10 $2.95 $3.11   +$0.15 -$0.01
Dowsing Dagger $3.00 $3.98 $4.74   -$0.98 -$1.74
Rampaging Ferocidon $2.98 $2.97 $3.10   +$0.01 -$0.12
Admiral Beckett Brass $2.88 $3.17 $2.86   -$0.29 +$0.02
Rootbound Crag $2.81 $2.46 $2.52   +$0.35 +$0.29
Legion's Landing $2.75 $2.74 $2.89   +$0.01 -$0.14
Tishana, Voice of Thunder $2.69 $2.73 $2.96   -$0.04 -$0.27
Dragonskull Summit $2.66 $2.47 $2.63   +$0.19 +$0.03
Shapers' Sanctuary $2.48 $2.99 $3.29   -$0.51 -$0.81
Sunpetal Grove $2.35 $2.32 $2.50   +$0.03 -$0.15
Rowdy Crew $2.31 $2.83 $3.14   -$0.52 -$0.83
Sorcerous Spyglass $2.25 $2.58 $2.99   -$0.33 -$0.74
Unclaimed Territory $2.25 $2.50 $2.29   -$0.25 -$0.04
Ruin Raider $2.22 $2.29 $2.43   -$0.07 -$0.21
Vanquisher's Banner $2.17 $2.22 $2.35   -$0.05 -$0.18
Primal Amulet $2.10 $2.20 $2.31   -$0.10 -$0.21
Wakening Sun's Avatar $2.04 $1.99 $1.99   +$0.05 +$0.05
Vance's Blasting Cannons $2.01 $2.78 $3.01   -$0.77 -$1.00
Rare Slot Average: $2.67 $2.56 $2.73 $0.00 +$0.11 -$0.06
Rare Slot Deviation: $3.84 $3.56 $3.66 $0.00 +$0.28 +$0.18
Total Set Value: $271.17 $266.18 $290.45 $0.00 +$4.99 -$19.28
Booster Box EV: $115.12 $112.43 $125.52 $0.00 +$2.69 -$10.40
Overview

Everyone loves getting their Timmy Smash on with big dinosaurs, but the big mover this week is Hostage Taker. While part of this is undoubtedly due to the "Popeye Stompy" prank that had the Legacy player base scrambling to make Pirate tribal work before the joke settled on the deck being mono-blue (outside of a single copy of Ramirez DePietro), the other part is that the card is simply a good example of an overlooked sleeper hit. The $18 price tag is wholly unsustainable, however, so if you aren't currently using your copies in sanctioned play, make sure you sell into the hype as soon as possible. The other three notable positive movements this week are fairly self-explanatory. Search for Azcanta gives you a pseudo scry 1 every upkeep for as long as you want it, then gives you a way to dig for business spells in a manner that can't be countered outside dedicated land hate. Deathgorge Scavenger does a decent Scavenging Ooze impression, generally gaining life when it matters and being fat when it matters, but the more important aspect is that it illustrates the less costly dinosaurs are more viable than the more costly ones. Control decks can just sweep Carnage Tyrant away, but need to contend with the Scavenger before sweepers are generally online. Finally, Settle the Wreckage offers a flexible, instant answer to wide strategies as well as indestructible attackers such as Hazoret the Pervert. All three are the real deal, but be wary of hucksters trying to hype them farther than they deserve—down that path lies such folly as overpaying for Mercadian Masques pirates such as Rishadan Brigand, and no one wants to live in that world.

 

Card Name 10/05
Price
09/28
Price
09/21
Price
09/14
Price
Change from 09/28 Change from 09/21
The Scarab God $25.01 $20.38 $19.95 $19.80 +$4.63 +$5.21
Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh $15.98 $16.42 $17.49 $17.40 -$0.44 -$1.42
The Locust God $8.99 $8.99 $9.16 $9.14 +$0.00 -$0.15
Crested Sunmare $5.99 $6.00 $6.27 $6.50 -$0.01 -$0.51
Samut, the Tested $4.50 $3.80 $3.56 $3.07 +$0.70 +$1.43
Razaketh, the Foulblooded $4.39 $4.36 $4.43 $4.49 +$0.03 -$0.10
The Scorpion God $4.20 $4.26 $4.35 $4.46 -$0.06 -$0.26
Neheb, the Eternal $4.04 $4.00 $4.00 $4.09 +$0.04 -$0.05
Champion of Wits $3.64 $3.78 $4.00 $4.25 -$0.14 -$0.61
Hour of Devastation $3.49 $3.57 $3.99 $4.42 -$0.08 -$0.93
Ramunap Excavator $3.29 $3.49 $3.59 $3.87 -$0.20 -$0.58
Solemnity $2.98 $3.00 $3.26 $3.52 -$0.02 -$0.54
Earthshaker Khenra $2.96 $2.99 $3.21 $3.50 -$0.03 -$0.54
Mirage Mirror $2.90 $2.93 $2.97 $3.00 -$0.03 -$0.10
Torment of Hailfire $2.53 $2.51 $2.52 $2.59 +$0.02 -$0.06
Abrade $2.16 $2.25 $2.35 $2.42 -$0.09 -$0.26
Hour of Promise $2.08 $2.02 $1.99 $1.92 +$0.06 +$0.16
Bontu's Last Reckoning $2.04 $2.10 $2.23 $2.40 -$0.06 -$0.36
Fraying Sanity $2.02 $2.10 $2.27 $2.50 -$0.08 -$0.48
Rare Slot Average: $1.85 $1.80 $1.85 $1.91 +$0.04 -$0.06
Rare Slot Deviation: $3.19 $2.88 $2.93 $2.94 +$0.31 +$0.25
Total Set Value: $151.83 $147.15 $149.42 $151.90 +$4.68 -$0.07
Booster Box EV: $87.35 $86.14 $88.59 $92.02 +$1.21 -$4.67
Overview

Be wary of The Scarab God's rise to prominence as one of the best cards in the format. While extraordinarily powerful, the format is still young, and there's still ample time for it to adjust to the power of instant eternalization. Its price trajectory will likely be similar to that of Chandra, Torch of Defiance: Expensive, but still eminently answerable.

 

Card Name 10/05
Price
09/28
Price
09/21
Price
09/14
Price
Change from 09/28 Change from 09/21
Gideon of the Trials $20.00 $18.26 $16.70 $16.25 +$1.74 +$3.75
Hazoret the Fervent $14.77 $14.55 $14.09 $14.24 +$0.22 +$0.53
Rhonas the Indomitable $10.92 $10.99 $10.80 $10.97 -$0.07 -$0.05
Liliana, Death's Majesty $9.00 $8.99 $9.00 $9.22 +$0.01 -$0.22
Fetid Pools $8.00 $4.49 $3.92 $3.72 +$3.51 +$4.28
Anointed Procession $6.59 $5.69 $5.49 $5.37 +$0.90 +$1.22
Nissa, Steward of Elements $6.28 $6.00 $5.99 $6.11 +$0.28 +$0.17
Glorybringer $5.57 $5.26 $5.25 $5.00 +$0.31 +$0.57
Sheltered Thicket $5.00 $4.13 $3.90 $3.91 +$0.87 +$1.09
As Foretold $4.99 $5.04 $5.13 $5.22 -$0.05 -$0.23
Irrigated Farmland $4.27 $3.81 $3.74 $3.66 +$0.46 +$0.61
Vizier of the Menagerie $4.00 $4.10 $4.13 $4.18 -$0.10 -$0.18
Regal Caracal $3.38 $3.00 $2.99 $3.08 +$0.38 +$0.30
Sweltering Suns $3.18 $3.19 $3.23 $3.29 -$0.01 -$0.11
Approach of the Second Sun $3.04 $0.75 $0.59 $0.55 +$2.29 +$2.49
Oketra the True $2.99 $2.97 $2.96 $2.99 +$0.02 +$0.00
Prowling Serpopard $2.73 $2.79 $2.72 $2.79 -$0.06 -$0.06
Canyon Slough $2.66 $2.61 $2.53 $2.50 +$0.05 +$0.16
Soul-Scar Mage $2.50 $2.50 $2.49 $2.49 +$0.00 +$0.01
Bontu the Glorified $2.48 $2.49 $2.68 $2.77 -$0.01 -$0.29
Angel of Sanctions $2.38 $2.39 $2.40 $2.48 -$0.01 -$0.10
Kefnet the Mindful $2.28 $2.37 $2.39 $2.49 -$0.09 -$0.21
Scattered Groves $2.25 $2.10 $2.08 $2.00 +$0.15 +$0.25
Rare Slot Average: $1.92 $1.77 $1.73 $1.73 +$0.15 +$0.19
Rare Slot Deviation: $2.85 $2.61 $2.49 $2.48 +$0.25 +$0.37
Total Set Value: $196.84 $185.91 $182.76 $182.23 +$10.93 +$14.61
Booster Box EV: $92.02 $86.05 $84.64 $85.06 +$5.97 +$6.96
Overview

As a Dimir-coloured rare spikes, so does the Dimir bicycle land. Fetid Pools likely won't maintain such a high price, so again, sell into the hype if you're not actively using your copies. Approach of the Second Sun is a different story, as the addition of a powerful new instant sweeper gives the deck legs it didn't before, and the deck has real potential as far as alternate win conditions go.

 

Card Name 10/05
Price
09/28
Price
09/21
Price
09/14
Price
Change from 09/28 Change from 09/14
Force of Will $171.11 $169.97 $169.96 $171.49 +$1.14 -$0.38
Thoughtseize $128.48 $129.86 $129.99 $127.04 -$1.38 +$1.44
Damnation $108.72 $113.49 $124.98 $126.50 -$4.77 -$17.78
Blood Moon $90.00 $95.00 $93.13 $94.75 -$5.00 -$4.75
The Scarab God $84.95 $84.76 $84.92 $85.05 +$0.19 -$0.10
Counterspell $73.00 $74.74 $74.97 $76.48 -$1.74 -$3.48
Spell Pierce $72.00 $64.99 $69.99 $75.47 +$7.01 -$3.47
Cryptic Command $70.00 $69.95 $71.75 $74.99 +$0.05 -$4.99
Consecrated Sphinx $69.99 $70.00 $74.28 $80.09 -$0.01 -$10.10
Omniscience $69.98 $70.18 $70.59 $71.92 -$0.20 -$1.94
Daze $64.01 $64.02 $64.04 $64.97 -$0.01 -$0.96
Wrath of God $59.99 $60.00 $60.98 $60.00 -$0.01 -$0.01
Through the Breach $58.86 $57.99 $58.26 $57.87 +$0.87 +$0.99
Pact of Negation $57.89 $58.20 $57.99 $58.84 -$0.31 -$0.95
The Locust God $52.00 $52.62 $52.62 $53.61 -$0.62 -$1.61
Austere Command $51.88 $51.88 $59.95 $60.00 +$0.00 -$8.12
Hazoret the Fervent $50.00 $49.99 $50.00 $50.00 +$0.01 +$0.00
Aggravated Assault $47.20 $48.93 $48.99 $56.12 -$1.73 -$8.92
Dark Ritual $46.00 $46.00 $43.90 $44.98 +$0.00 +$1.02
Rhonas the Indomitable $44.63 $44.98 $44.90 $45.85 -$0.35 -$1.22
Maelstrom Pulse $42.87 $42.70 $42.99 $44.89 +$0.17 -$2.02
Entomb $39.99 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00 -$0.01 -$0.01
Containment Priest $37.48 $37.64 $37.17 $37.17 -$0.16 +$0.31
Attrition $36.00 $39.73 $39.87 $39.94 -$3.73 -$3.94
Capsize $33.02 $33.81 $33.05 $33.90 -$0.79 -$0.88
The Scorpion God $32.49 $33.98 $33.99 $34.95 -$1.49 -$2.46
Doomsday $32.12 $32.14 $32.34 $32.25 -$0.02 -$0.13
Kefnet the Mindful $31.99 $31.98 $31.55 $31.85 +$0.01 +$0.14
Bontu the Glorified $31.49 $31.45 $31.59 $31.66 +$0.04 -$0.17
Armageddon $30.61 $30.99 $30.47 $30.45 -$0.38 +$0.16
Chain Lightning $30.46 $31.37 $31.38 $31.93 -$0.91 -$1.47
Diabolic Intent $30.00 $31.71 $34.49 $33.89 -$1.71 -$3.89
Mind Twist $29.99 $29.72 $29.12 $28.58 +$0.27 +$1.41
Lord of Extinction $29.98 $30.86 $30.99 $30.38 -$0.88 -$0.40
Oketra the True $29.93 $29.82 $29.90 $29.97 +$0.11 -$0.04
Vindicate $29.54 $29.99 $29.97 $29.46 -$0.45 +$0.08
Stifle $28.99 $28.99 $28.87 $28.76 +$0.00 +$0.23
No Mercy $27.24 $28.84 $27.98 $28.53 -$1.60 -$1.29
Loyal Retainers $26.74 $27.15 $26.99 $27.30 -$0.41 -$0.56
Diabolic Edict $24.99 $25.00 $24.99 $24.99 -$0.01 +$0.00
Opposition $24.94 $24.94 $24.95 $25.05 +$0.00 -$0.11
Aven Mindcensor $24.64 $24.83 $24.66 $24.93 -$0.19 -$0.29
Forbid $23.71 $24.01 $23.28 $23.05 -$0.30 +$0.66
Slaughter Pact $23.47 $23.87 $24.16 $24.02 -$0.40 -$0.55
Counterbalance $22.90 $23.11 $22.95 $22.59 -$0.21 +$0.31
Shatterstorm $22.69 $22.59 $23.48 $23.26 +$0.10 -$0.57
Divert $22.24 $22.25 $21.98 $22.33 -$0.01 -$0.09
Worship $22.16 $22.16 $21.99 $22.22 +$0.00 -$0.06
Choke $21.74 $20.88 $21.45 $20.66 +$0.86 +$1.08
Threads of Disloyalty $20.06 $20.99 $20.00 $20.00 -$0.93 +$0.06
Desolation Angel $19.99 $20.07 $20.11 $20.00 -$0.08 -$0.01
Avatar of Woe $19.55 $19.02 $19.68 $19.99 +$0.53 -$0.44
Boil $18.99 $18.88 $18.78 $18.99 +$0.11 +$0.00
Sunder $18.95 $19.65 $19.55 $19.95 -$0.70 -$1.00
AKH Average: $47.30 $47.68 $48.21 $49.23 -$0.39 -$1.94
HOU Average: $42.40 $43.10 $43.49 $43.63 -$0.70 -$1.23
AKH Box EV: $11.82 $11.92 $12.05 $12.31 -$0.10 -$0.48
HOU Box EV: $10.60 $10.78 $10.87 $10.91 -$0.18 -$0.31
Total Set Value: $2,172.75 $2,189.85 $2,218.67 $2,254.05 -$17.10 -$81.30
Overview

It's Spell Pierce's turn to play the Masterpiece game of musical spiking chairs. It'll come down eventually in the short term, and the long-term prospects of the Masterpieces are still generally favourable. As always, unless you're into the long-term speculation game, just buy whatever you need for Commander or Legacy and leave everything else alone.

Fun additional fact: While Force of Will is by far and away the most expensive Invocation in paper, it's actually notably cheaper than The Scarab God in Magic Online, dueling with the promotional and Vintage Masters printings for the cheapest copy of the card. Economics is fun!

 

Card Name 10/05
Price
09/28
Price
09/21
Price
09/14
Price
Change from 09/28 Change from 09/14
Walking Ballista $14.31 $12.67 $12.04 $11.95 +$1.64 +$2.36
Metallic Mimic $12.52 $8.05 $7.79 $7.52 +$4.47 +$5.00
Fatal Push $8.45 $8.07 $8.15 $8.29 +$0.38 +$0.16
Tezzeret the Schemer $8.00 $5.48 $3.20 $2.91 +$2.52 +$5.09
Heart of Kiran $7.89 $8.05 $8.24 $8.35 -$0.16 -$0.46
Paradox Engine $6.99 $6.88 $6.86 $6.64 +$0.11 +$0.35
Disallow $6.34 $6.20 $6.17 $6.29 +$0.14 +$0.05
Heroic Intervention $4.97 $2.69 $2.49 $2.43 +$2.28 +$2.54
Baral, Chief of Compliance $4.23 $4.15 $4.19 $3.99 +$0.08 +$0.24
Mechanized Production $3.41 $2.43 $2.22 $2.00 +$0.98 +$1.41
Ajani Unyielding $3.27 $3.29 $3.30 $3.29 -$0.02 -$0.02
Gifted Aetherborn $3.24 $1.46 $1.28 $1.10 +$1.78 +$2.14
Spire of Industry $3.18 $3.17 $3.14 $3.17 +$0.01 +$0.01
Herald of Anguish $3.01 $2.00 $1.90 $1.88 +$1.01 +$1.13
Planar Bridge $2.10 $2.14 $2.07 $2.05 -$0.04 +$0.05
Rare Slot Average: $1.79 $1.55 $1.51 $1.49 +$0.24 +$0.30
Rare Slot Deviation: $2.94 $2.40 $2.30 $2.27 +$0.54 +$0.67
Total Set Value: $143.56 $127.53 $124.03 $122.66 +$16.03 +$20.90
Booster Box EV: $103.44 $90.46 $88.56 $88.26 +$12.98 +$15.18
Overview

With the set well out of active drafting range and a whole slew of changes emerging in the Standard metagame, it's no surprise that there are massive gains across the board. Be especially wary of Metallic Mimic, however. While part of its spike is buoyed by Commander play, there are several new tribes being brewed in Standard, and the problem with the Mimic is that it's generally a terrible topdeck, affecting only cards that enter the battlefield after it. Hype is a powerful driver for sudden spikes, and as usual, sell now and re-buy later if you aren't actively using your copies. When in doubt, take a look at Magic Online for an economy unfettered by concepts such as menu costs, shoe leather costs, and stubborn price memory to see what a card's true price trajectory might follow. It's not foolproof, but it does offer a sober second look at whether a 50% price jump in a week is realistically going to stick or not.

 

Card Name 10/05
Price
09/28
Price
09/21
Price
09/14
Price
Change from 09/28 Change from 09/14
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $38.01 $36.97 $36.86 $35.52 +$1.04 +$2.49
Torrential Gearhulk $17.99 $17.94 $17.98 $18.08 +$0.05 -$0.09
Spirebluff Canal $9.62 $9.63 $9.49 $9.50 -$0.01 +$0.12
Blooming Marsh $6.76 $6.44 $6.25 $6.40 +$0.32 +$0.36
Verdurous Gearhulk $6.51 $6.37 $6.15 $6.25 +$0.14 +$0.26
Angel of Invention $5.95 $5.54 $5.67 $5.83 +$0.41 +$0.12
Botanical Sanctum $5.35 $4.47 $4.29 $4.32 +$0.88 +$1.03
Authority of the Consuls $5.25 $2.38 $2.17 $2.19 +$2.87 +$3.06
Concealed Courtyard $4.99 $4.86 $4.75 $4.77 +$0.13 +$0.22
Inspiring Vantage $4.47 $4.36 $4.29 $4.28 +$0.11 +$0.19
Saheeli Rai $4.39 $4.38 $4.39 $4.36 +$0.01 +$0.03
Fumigate $4.33 $1.90 $1.90 $1.88 +$2.43 +$2.45
Noxious Gearhulk $3.37 $3.31 $3.29 $3.29 +$0.06 +$0.08
Nissa, Vital Force $3.29 $3.25 $3.26 $3.29 +$0.04 +$0.00
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship $2.99 $2.99 $2.90 $2.83 +$0.00 +$0.16
Panharmonicon $2.76 $2.73 $2.64 $2.69 +$0.03 +$0.07
Dovin Baan $2.73 $2.74 $2.75 $2.73 -$0.01 +$0.00
Smuggler's Copter $2.33 $2.29 $2.28 $2.29 +$0.04 +$0.04
Cataclysmic Gearhulk $2.30 $2.33 $2.37 $2.33 -$0.03 -$0.03
Combustible Gearhulk $2.22 $2.14 $2.10 $2.11 +$0.08 +$0.11
Bristling Hydra $2.10 $1.99 $1.94 $1.91 +$0.11 +$0.19
Rare Slot Average: $1.90 $1.76 $1.75 $1.74 +$0.13 +$0.16
Rare Slot Deviation: $4.12 $3.99 $3.97 $3.88 +$0.14 +$0.24
Total Set Value: $196.88 $187.80 $187.00 $186.03 +$9.08 +$10.85
Booster Box EV: $99.85 $93.83 $93.28 $93.26 +$6.02 +$6.59
Overview

Control decks made out like a bandit here, with both Authority of the Consuls and Fumigate posting respectable gains this past week. Beyond that, we're mostly looking at a bunch of small gains, which should be a continuing trend over the following weeks.

 

Card Name 10/05
Price
09/28
Price
09/21
Price
09/14
Price
Change from 09/28 Change from 09/14
Sol Ring $204.95 $204.45 $207.00 $206.99 +$0.50 -$2.04
Mana Crypt $189.95 $189.95 $188.00 $184.50 +$0.00 +$5.45
Mox Opal $178.99 $179.77 $176.97 $181.99 -$0.78 -$3.00
Chalice of the Void $174.48 $174.97 $174.99 $167.84 -$0.49 +$6.64
Mana Vault $149.50 $148.19 $147.99 $145.76 +$1.31 +$3.74
Crucible of Worlds $138.97 $125.00 $129.51 $133.91 +$13.97 +$5.06
AEther Vial $138.62 $144.00 $144.32 $144.82 -$5.38 -$6.20
Sword of Feast and Famine $135.00 $130.00 $129.99 $139.99 +$5.00 -$4.99
Lotus Petal $110.00 $110.00 $110.00 $108.99 +$0.00 +$1.01
Sword of Fire and Ice $104.98 $107.10 $104.99 $109.20 -$2.12 -$4.22
Engineered Explosives $100.24 $106.39 $104.04 $107.46 -$6.15 -$7.22
Ensnaring Bridge $100.00 $99.99 $99.99 $94.98 +$0.01 +$5.02
Arcbound Ravager $99.50 $98.11 $99.22 $98.95 +$1.39 +$0.55
Wurmcoil Engine $88.50 $89.99 $92.49 $95.34 -$1.49 -$6.84
Chromatic Lantern $80.00 $82.95 $84.99 $80.25 -$2.95 -$0.25
Steel Overseer $80.00 $75.95 $75.95 $79.85 +$4.05 +$0.15
Rings of Brighthearth $79.99 $78.49 $79.50 $79.09 +$1.50 +$0.90
Sword of Light and Shadow $79.50 $79.99 $79.29 $78.83 -$0.49 +$0.67
Solemn Simulacrum $75.00 $75.99 $79.56 $77.00 -$0.99 -$2.00
Lightning Greaves $72.36 $71.70 $71.16 $72.75 +$0.66 -$0.39
Pithing Needle $70.00 $69.99 $69.99 $73.56 +$0.01 -$3.56
Chrome Mox $69.03 $69.66 $69.99 $66.96 -$0.63 +$2.07
Sculpting Steel $62.45 $44.95 $33.66 $31.39 +$17.50 +$31.06
Ornithopter $61.79 $61.18 $59.00 $59.99 +$0.61 +$1.80
Trinisphere $59.59 $59.98 $59.97 $59.95 -$0.39 -$0.36
Sword of War and Peace $56.86 $57.89 $58.66 $58.61 -$1.03 -$1.75
Platinum Angel $56.35 $55.82 $55.10 $55.59 +$0.53 +$0.76
Oblivion Stone $56.27 $56.58 $56.84 $56.65 -$0.31 -$0.38
Hangarback Walker $54.61 $63.44 $80.00 $86.00 -$8.83 -$31.39
Extraplanar Lens $53.84 $54.96 $52.00 $56.02 -$1.12 -$2.18
Torrential Gearhulk $51.87 $51.87 $52.65 $52.61 +$0.00 -$0.74
Paradox Engine $50.46 $48.62 $46.23 $45.00 +$1.84 +$5.46
Staff of Domination $49.60 $49.20 $49.34 $48.73 +$0.40 +$0.87
Gauntlet of Power $49.15 $49.98 $49.34 $49.96 -$0.83 -$0.81
Scroll Rack $48.36 $50.00 $50.21 $50.21 -$1.64 -$1.85
Sword of Body and Mind $47.88 $47.99 $47.00 $47.00 -$0.11 +$0.88
Sphere of Resistance $41.00 $40.64 $40.39 $39.91 +$0.36 +$1.09
Vedalken Shackles $34.27 $34.42 $33.65 $33.65 -$0.15 +$0.62
Verdurous Gearhulk $34.00 $33.79 $33.23 $33.59 +$0.21 +$0.41
Cloudstone Curio $33.32 $32.44 $31.62 $31.90 +$0.88 +$1.42
Painter's Servant $33.03 $32.84 $32.40 $32.70 +$0.19 +$0.33
Planar Bridge $32.44 $32.86 $32.62 $32.86 -$0.42 -$0.42
Duplicant $31.68 $31.25 $31.68 $30.82 +$0.43 +$0.86
Grindstone $31.02 $31.00 $31.20 $30.83 +$0.02 +$0.19
Noxious Gearhulk $29.95 $29.96 $29.92 $29.95 -$0.01 +$0.00
Defense Grid $29.38 $28.95 $29.93 $29.93 +$0.43 -$0.55
Meekstone $27.37 $27.00 $26.62 $26.38 +$0.37 +$0.99
Static Orb $26.99 $27.10 $27.00 $27.23 -$0.11 -$0.24
Sundering Titan $26.74 $27.43 $26.86 $27.38 -$0.69 -$0.64
Champion's Helm $26.25 $26.25 $26.25 $26.25 +$0.00 +$0.00
Mind's Eye $25.78 $25.90 $25.00 $24.99 -$0.12 +$0.79
Combustible Gearhulk $25.00 $25.00 $24.82 $24.69 +$0.00 +$0.31
Cataclysmic Gearhulk $23.09 $22.84 $22.99 $23.07 +$0.25 +$0.02
Black Vise $20.24 $19.99 $19.99 $19.99 +$0.25 +$0.25
KLD Invention Average: $80.36 $79.65 $79.94 $80.51 +$0.70 -$0.16
AER Invention Average: $58.31 $58.55 $58.24 $58.23 -$0.24 +$0.09
KLD Invention Deviation: $52.15 $51.89 $52.18 $52.77 +$0.26 -$0.62
AER Invention Deviation: $33.71 $34.14 $34.24 $33.41 -$0.43 +$0.30
KLD Box Value: $20.09 $19.91 $19.99 $20.13 +$0.18 -$0.04
AER Box Value: $14.58 $14.64 $14.56 $14.56 -$0.06 +$0.02
Total Set Value: $3,810.19 $3,794.75 $3,796.10 $3,812.84 +$15.44 -$2.65
Overview

Hey kids, two of these cards' price movements are artificial. Can you figure out which two?

Seriously, though, don't buy into that kind of false hype. Naked profiteering is a net negative for the Magic community, and these kinds of spikes tend to be driven by the same kinds of people who think buying up extant copies of obscure and unplayable reserved list cards is a good investment strategy. Keep calm and carry on.

Overall Summary

 

With Standard in flux as new archetypes struggle to assert themselves against the old guard, we're likely to see all kinds of unexpected price movements over the next few weeks. Some archetypes, such as Ramunap Red, will undoubtedly continue to post solid results as-is, while other archetypes, such as Energy, will adapt to incorporate new cards and strategies offered by Ixalan. Don't buy into the hype of enormous price jumps unless you have the brazenness of a true pirate, lest ye be burned at the stake for your lack of overwhelming intellect. Patience is a virtue no matter what market strategy you employ.

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