The Magic Market Index for Dec 21, 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 MTGSalvation editor Alexandra Haggstrom

Card Name 12/21
Price
12/14
Price
12/07
Price
11/30
Price
Change from 12/14 Change from 12/07
Carnage Tyrant $14.94$15.38$15.57$16.13 -$0.44 -$1.19
Vraska, Relic Seeker $14.01$15.85$17.99$18.50 -$1.84 -$4.49
Search for Azcanta $10.49$10.77$11.34$11.71 -$0.28 -$1.22
Vraska's Contempt $6.90$7.84$8.60$9.00 -$0.94 -$2.10
Hostage Taker $6.56$7.55$8.64$9.44 -$0.99 -$2.88
Drowned Catacomb $5.23$5.72$6.05$6.46 -$0.49 -$1.23
Huatli, Warrior Poet $5.16$5.52$5.82$6.40 -$0.36 -$1.24
Gishath, Sun's Avatar $5.00$5.32$5.99$6.50 -$0.32 -$1.50
Growing Rites of Itlimoc $5.00$5.36$5.91$6.10 -$0.36 -$1.10
Jace, Cunning Castaway $4.61$5.00$6.00$6.53 -$0.39 -$1.92
Legion's Landing $4.58$4.99$5.27$5.22 -$0.41 -$0.64
Rampaging Ferocidon $4.44$4.64$4.64$4.55 -$0.20 -$0.11
Deathgorge Scavenger $4.31$4.60$4.95$5.00 -$0.29 -$0.69
Ripjaw Raptor $4.11$4.62$5.22$5.57 -$0.51 -$1.46
Settle the Wreckage $4.00$4.35$4.46$4.45 -$0.35 -$0.45
Rootbound Crag $3.58$3.75$3.83$3.86 -$0.17 -$0.28
Vona, Butcher of Magan $3.33$3.57$3.99$4.39 -$0.24 -$1.06
Treasure Map $3.25$3.45$3.74$3.75 -$0.20 -$0.50
Glacial Fortress $3.24$3.41$3.45$3.47 -$0.17 -$0.23
Dragonskull Summit $2.55$2.61$2.59$2.59 -$0.06 -$0.04
Regisaur Alpha $2.26$2.38$2.73$3.05 -$0.12 -$0.79
Unclaimed Territory $2.25$2.32$2.31$2.23 -$0.07 +$0.02
Vanquisher's Banner $2.05$2.05$2.09$2.08 +$0.00 -$0.03
Sunpetal Grove $2.00$2.00$2.00$2.00 +$0.00 +$0.00
Rare Slot Average:$1.92$2.04$2.17$2.25-$0.11-$0.32
Rare Slot Deviation:$2.48$2.68$2.91$3.03-$0.21-$0.55
Total Set Value:$198.88$208.14$219.16$226.40-$9.26-$27.52
Booster Box EV:$83.34$88.14$93.34$96.20-$4.80-$12.86
Overview

With a whopping $27 drop in total set value, there are no winners in the Mesozoic Era. Vraska in particular is tanking hard this week, as six-mana planeswalkers are wont to do. There's just no getting around the fact that they're either amazing or worthless, with very little in between. If you're a player looking to get into Standard on the cheap, you could do much worse than pick up what you need right now.

Card Name 12/21
Price
12/14
Price
12/07
Price
11/30
Price
Change from 12/14 Change from 12/07
The Scarab God $33.52$35.74$38.52$39.95 -$2.22 -$6.43
Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh $7.95$8.09$8.94$9.24 -$0.14 -$1.29
The Locust God $6.02$6.27$6.64$6.84 -$0.25 -$0.82
Crested Sunmare $3.79$3.87$4.05$4.07 -$0.08 -$0.28
Samut, the Tested $3.55$3.84$4.24$4.49 -$0.29 -$0.94
Razaketh, the Foulblooded $3.44$3.39$3.59$3.59 +$0.05 -$0.15
Bontu's Last Reckoning $3.08$3.27$3.50$3.71 -$0.19 -$0.63
Champion of Wits $2.99$3.10$3.19$3.25 -$0.11 -$0.26
Torment of Hailfire $2.87$2.90$2.90$2.99 -$0.03 -$0.12
Neheb, the Eternal $2.49$2.61$2.75$2.97 -$0.12 -$0.48
The Scorpion God $2.47$2.50$2.65$2.80 -$0.03 -$0.33
Rare Slot Average:$1.53$1.58$1.67$1.72-$0.05-$0.18
Rare Slot Deviation:$3.54$3.77$4.06$4.22-$0.23-$0.67
Total Set Value:$133.29$136.43$142.50$146.74-$3.14-$13.45
Booster Box EV:$73.21$75.53$79.68$81.92-$2.32-$8.71
Overview

Nothing lasts forever, not even gods, and The Scarab God's value reflects the fact that hype can't sustain a $40+ Standard card forever. Don't be surprised if we see it fall below $30 in the coming weeks. The adage that Christmastime means prices will go back up doesn't always hold, especially when it comes to something as ephemeral as Standard, and people are becoming wise to the gods' trickery by now.

Card Name 12/21
Price
12/14
Price
12/07
Price
11/30
Price
Change from 12/14 Change from 12/07
Hazoret the Fervent $17.50$17.68$18.36$18.99 -$0.18 -$1.49
Gideon of the Trials $10.00$11.21$11.99$13.36 -$1.21 -$3.36
As Foretold $9.57$4.48$3.75$3.86 +$5.09 +$5.71
Anointed Procession $8.00$8.96$9.19$9.05 -$0.96 -$1.05
Rhonas the Indomitable $7.99$8.00$8.51$8.74 -$0.01 -$0.75
Nissa, Steward of Elements $7.76$8.00$8.50$8.45 -$0.24 -$0.69
Liliana, Death's Majesty $6.86$6.99$7.32$7.51 -$0.13 -$0.65
Fetid Pools $5.99$6.49$7.77$8.55 -$0.50 -$2.56
Glorybringer $5.00$5.31$5.75$5.98 -$0.31 -$0.98
Irrigated Farmland $3.99$4.00$4.21$4.49 -$0.01 -$0.50
Sheltered Thicket $3.78$4.10$4.49$4.96 -$0.32 -$1.18
Angel of Sanctions $2.99$2.99$3.00$3.07 +$0.00 -$0.08
Regal Caracal $2.97$3.11$3.37$3.58 -$0.14 -$0.61
Oketra the True $2.95$2.96$2.99$2.98 -$0.01 -$0.03
Soul-Scar Mage $2.78$2.84$2.90$2.91 -$0.06 -$0.13
Vizier of the Menagerie $2.47$2.48$2.71$2.84 -$0.01 -$0.37
Canyon Slough $2.27$2.34$2.46$2.56 -$0.07 -$0.29
Rare Slot Average:$1.66$1.68$1.76$1.83-$0.02-$0.17
Rare Slot Deviation:$2.50$2.54$2.69$2.82-$0.03-$0.31
Total Set Value:$176.84$175.42$181.52$187.61+$1.42-$10.77
Booster Box EV:$80.64$81.24$85.10$87.95-$0.60-$7.31
Overview

Finally, we see some gain, which would not be as foretold were this author to have written commentary these past few weeks. Whether a price jump over 100% is sustainable is an exercise best left to the reader, but as a general hint, the answer is no. Thankfully, there isn't much else of note in this set as far as movement goes, so things should remain stable from here on out.

Card Name 12/21
Price
12/14
Price
12/07
Price
11/30
Price
Change from 12/14 Change from 11/30
Force of Will $170.52$174.18$174.99$172.09 -$3.66 -$1.57
Thoughtseize $114.27$118.65$119.95$117.49 -$4.38 -$3.22
The Scarab God $112.59$101.75$121.65$137.49 +$10.84 -$24.90
Blood Moon $87.34$89.99$93.50$90.59 -$2.65 -$3.25
Damnation $81.14$88.29$88.57$90.99 -$7.15 -$9.85
Omniscience $69.98$69.95$70.45$69.98 +$0.03 +$0.00
Consecrated Sphinx $69.95$69.95$69.97$67.00 +$0.00 +$2.95
Cryptic Command $69.90$64.99$69.85$69.85 +$4.91 +$0.05
Counterspell $62.99$62.38$61.13$63.27 +$0.61 -$0.28
Spell Pierce $59.95$59.95$59.13$63.23 +$0.00 -$3.28
Daze $58.40$59.86$57.50$57.71 -$1.46 +$0.69
Through the Breach $55.71$54.99$56.97$59.36 +$0.72 -$3.65
Pact of Negation $54.97$54.21$52.14$54.98 +$0.76 -$0.01
Hazoret the Fervent $54.88$49.77$47.41$47.01 +$5.11 +$7.87
Wrath of God $50.00$50.73$50.31$50.12 -$0.73 -$0.12
The Locust God $48.59$49.19$48.00$48.95 -$0.60 -$0.36
Rhonas the Indomitable $42.71$44.09$43.75$44.09 -$1.38 -$1.38
Dark Ritual $42.59$42.82$42.25$42.99 -$0.23 -$0.40
Maelstrom Pulse $40.10$39.97$40.31$40.54 +$0.13 -$0.44
Aggravated Assault $39.97$40.00$40.00$39.97 -$0.03 +$0.00
Austere Command $38.48$39.99$40.93$40.94 -$1.51 -$2.46
Entomb $36.64$36.66$37.96$37.94 -$0.02 -$1.30
Containment Priest $34.10$35.03$33.61$35.03 -$0.93 -$0.93
Capsize $32.72$32.72$32.99$33.81 +$0.00 -$1.09
Diabolic Intent $30.00$30.00$30.00$29.95 +$0.00 +$0.05
Doomsday $29.74$29.74$29.74$29.97 +$0.00 -$0.23
Armageddon $27.99$27.99$28.19$28.80 +$0.00 -$0.81
No Mercy $27.99$27.99$27.99$27.72 +$0.00 +$0.27
The Scorpion God $27.52$29.00$29.95$30.75 -$1.48 -$3.23
Bontu the Glorified $27.36$28.84$28.14$28.49 -$1.48 -$1.13
Lord of Extinction $27.05$27.01$27.02$27.59 +$0.04 -$0.54
Kefnet the Mindful $26.48$26.92$28.50$29.99 -$0.44 -$3.51
Vindicate $25.94$25.99$26.46$27.29 -$0.05 -$1.35
Oketra the True $25.89$26.49$26.13$26.21 -$0.60 -$0.32
Mind Twist $25.53$26.24$26.08$26.38 -$0.71 -$0.85
Stifle $25.30$26.80$25.87$25.79 -$1.50 -$0.49
Loyal Retainers $25.00$24.99$24.99$24.97 +$0.01 +$0.03
Attrition $24.81$25.99$25.00$26.50 -$1.18 -$1.69
Chain Lightning $23.83$25.12$25.49$26.56 -$1.29 -$2.73
Diabolic Edict $23.56$23.62$23.99$24.12 -$0.06 -$0.56
Opposition $23.50$23.72$23.97$23.62 -$0.22 -$0.12
Slaughter Pact $22.50$23.79$23.89$23.83 -$1.29 -$1.33
Aven Mindcensor $22.20$22.16$22.49$22.49 +$0.04 -$0.29
Choke $21.99$21.99$21.99$20.96 +$0.00 +$1.03
Forbid $21.89$22.49$22.97$21.64 -$0.60 +$0.25
Counterbalance $21.73$22.09$21.99$22.49 -$0.36 -$0.76
Worship $20.94$21.30$21.90$21.30 -$0.36 -$0.36
Shatterstorm $20.00$20.52$20.75$21.18 -$0.52 -$1.18
Desolation Angel $19.19$19.11$18.60$19.98 +$0.08 -$0.79
Avatar of Woe $19.00$19.48$18.21$19.00 -$0.48 +$0.00
Divert $18.58$20.00$20.16$21.99 -$1.42 -$3.41
Sunder $18.35$18.90$18.93$19.28 -$0.55 -$0.93
Boil $18.11$18.00$18.00$18.00 +$0.11 +$0.11
Threads of Disloyalty $18.02$18.44$17.30$18.54 -$0.42 -$0.52
AKH Average:$43.50$43.71$43.63$43.98-$0.21-$0.47
HOU Average:$40.36$40.72$41.82$42.65-$0.36-$2.29
AKH Box EV:$10.88$10.93$10.91$10.99-$0.05-$0.12
HOU Box EV:$10.09$10.18$10.45$10.66-$0.09-$0.57
Total Set Value:$2,022.96$2,033.75$2,053.84$2,084.66-$10.79-$61.70
Overview

It's deicide in two sets for The Scarab God, although its Invocation has at least recovered some value this week, along with Hazoret the Pervert. Invocations for Eternal and Commander cards are staying relatively stable for what they are, and although we can look forward to some slight downward trends in the coming weeks, nothing should tank. Might as well pick up whatever you need for your deck or your trade binder if you want any particular cards.

Card Name 12/24
Price
12/14
Price
12/07
Price
11/30
Price
Change from 12/14 Change from 11/30
Walking Ballista $12.06$13.35$14.11$14.45 -$1.29 -$2.39
Paradox Engine $7.99$8.00$8.00$7.83 -$0.01 +$0.16
Metallic Mimic $7.94$8.88$9.95$10.33 -$0.94 -$2.39
Fatal Push $7.30$7.75$8.09$8.00 -$0.45 -$0.70
Heart of Kiran $6.50$6.66$6.99$7.17 -$0.16 -$0.67
Disallow $5.95$6.00$6.27$6.57 -$0.05 -$0.62
Tezzeret the Schemer $5.22$5.97$6.65$6.92 -$0.75 -$1.70
Baral, Chief of Compliance $4.31$4.41$4.49$4.50 -$0.10 -$0.19
Heroic Intervention $3.79$3.88$4.17$4.26 -$0.09 -$0.47
Mechanized Production $3.59$3.78$3.97$3.99 -$0.19 -$0.40
Glint-Sleeve Siphoner $3.14$3.35$3.29$3.18 -$0.21 -$0.04
Aethersphere Harvester $2.99$3.00$3.22$3.10 -$0.01 -$0.11
Herald of Anguish $2.98$3.30$3.56$3.79 -$0.32 -$0.81
Spire of Industry $2.98$2.99$3.00$3.06 -$0.01 -$0.08
Ajani Unyielding $2.85$2.90$3.00$3.00 -$0.05 -$0.15
Planar Bridge $2.18$2.16$2.15$2.11 +$0.02 +$0.07
Rare Slot Average:$1.64$1.71$1.79$1.82-$0.07-$0.19
Rare Slot Deviation:$2.36$2.56$2.73$2.80-$0.20-$0.44
Total Set Value:$131.89$135.99$141.01$142.78-$4.10-$10.89
Booster Box EV:$92.30$96.27$100.50$101.36-$3.97-$9.06
Overview

Card Name 12/21
Price
12/14
Price
12/07
Price
11/30
Price
Change from 12/14 Change from 11/30
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $32.64$33.22$34.05$35.04 -$0.58 -$2.40
Torrential Gearhulk $13.22$14.00$15.20$16.00 -$0.78 -$2.78
Botanical Sanctum $9.50$10.00$10.45$10.27 -$0.50 -$0.77
Angel of Invention $8.96$9.33$10.28$11.19 -$0.37 -$2.23
Spirebluff Canal $8.93$9.11$9.49$9.43 -$0.18 -$0.50
Blooming Marsh $5.97$6.19$6.36$6.42 -$0.22 -$0.45
Concealed Courtyard $5.74$6.00$6.33$6.47 -$0.26 -$0.73
Verdurous Gearhulk $5.11$5.49$5.90$6.00 -$0.38 -$0.89
Saheeli Rai $4.21$4.24$4.35$4.32 -$0.03 -$0.11
Inspiring Vantage $3.83$3.95$4.11$4.16 -$0.12 -$0.33
Fumigate $3.49$3.82$4.28$4.38 -$0.33 -$0.89
Nissa, Vital Force $2.99$3.04$3.08$3.12 -$0.05 -$0.13
Noxious Gearhulk $2.87$2.90$2.99$3.02 -$0.03 -$0.15
Panharmonicon $2.79$2.84$2.84$2.84 -$0.05 -$0.05
Authority of the Consuls $2.76$3.02$3.51$3.84 -$0.26 -$1.08
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship $2.47$2.56$2.69$2.76 -$0.09 -$0.29
Dovin Baan $2.13$2.15$2.25$2.37 -$0.02 -$0.24
Combustible Gearhulk $2.00$2.00$2.01$2.04 +$0.00 -$0.04
Rare Slot Average:$1.77$1.82$1.90$1.94-$0.06-$0.17
Rare Slot Deviation:$3.66$3.77$3.93$4.03-$0.11-$0.37
Total Set Value:$183.21$186.82$193.73$198.11-$3.61-$14.90
Booster Box EV:$91.82$94.40$98.38$99.66-$2.58-$7.84
Overview

It's the highest-profile cards losing value this week, which is good if you want to hedge your bets for Rivals of Ixalan. If not, then hey, you can finally get that Nissa for your Legacy Elves deck for under $3. For a format as expensive as Legacy, every little bit counts!

Card Name 12/21
Price
12/14
Price
12/07
Price
11/30
Price
Change from 12/14 Change from 11/30
Sol Ring $207.81$199.00$206.49$201.24 +$8.81 +$6.57
Mana Crypt $183.81$186.84$189.99$188.00 -$3.03 -$4.19
Mox Opal $179.93$169.69$179.93$180.37 +$10.24 -$0.44
Chalice of the Void $160.74$162.22$168.87$169.00 -$1.48 -$8.26
Mana Vault $149.49$142.45$143.73$144.00 +$7.04 +$5.49
AEther Vial $132.00$131.30$135.43$131.66 +$0.70 +$0.34
Crucible of Worlds $129.21$128.45$129.95$129.95 +$0.76 -$0.74
Sword of Feast and Famine $122.39$123.45$125.95$117.89 -$1.06 +$4.50
Arcbound Ravager $100.94$99.74$99.99$99.97 +$1.20 +$0.97
Sword of Fire and Ice $100.00$100.10$100.29$100.00 -$0.10 +$0.00
Engineered Explosives $98.44$96.20$94.74$89.99 +$2.24 +$8.45
Lotus Petal $98.17$99.75$99.99$97.70 -$1.58 +$0.47
Ensnaring Bridge $98.00$93.00$99.87$96.00 +$5.00 +$2.00
Wurmcoil Engine $91.98$91.78$85.76$82.00 +$0.20 +$9.98
Sword of Light and Shadow $79.00$75.02$75.04$75.30 +$3.98 +$3.70
Chromatic Lantern $77.50$77.68$77.00$77.00 -$0.18 +$0.50
Lightning Greaves $70.82$72.11$73.99$74.09 -$1.29 -$3.27
Steel Overseer $70.00$70.25$70.74$69.99 -$0.25 +$0.01
Solemn Simulacrum $64.50$65.00$65.56$64.52 -$0.50 -$0.02
Chrome Mox $63.12$61.84$61.79$61.74 +$1.28 +$1.38
Ornithopter $62.82$59.95$61.50$59.97 +$2.87 +$2.85
Rings of Brighthearth $61.11$61.19$64.69$64.85 -$0.08 -$3.74
Pithing Needle $60.00$60.99$60.99$63.74 -$0.99 -$3.74
Platinum Angel $57.75$55.90$55.00$55.26 +$1.85 +$2.49
Paradox Engine $56.97$57.86$56.98$57.00 -$0.89 -$0.03
Trinisphere $52.37$56.23$59.60$59.59 -$3.86 -$7.22
Sword of War and Peace $52.12$52.12$54.52$52.79 +$0.00 -$0.67
Scroll Rack $51.69$50.00$50.00$49.97 +$1.69 +$1.72
Torrential Gearhulk $49.99$52.46$52.20$51.87 -$2.47 -$1.88
Sword of Body and Mind $49.62$49.17$49.97$46.73 +$0.45 +$2.89
Oblivion Stone $49.50$49.50$49.11$49.13 +$0.00 +$0.37
Staff of Domination $44.96$45.25$45.00$45.00 -$0.29 -$0.04
Hangarback Walker $44.78$44.97$45.43$46.05 -$0.19 -$1.27
Extraplanar Lens $43.57$45.15$43.84$44.42 -$1.58 -$0.85
Gauntlet of Power $40.94$41.01$41.98$42.11 -$0.07 -$1.17
Sculpting Steel $39.95$39.95$48.00$49.40 +$0.00 -$9.45
Sphere of Resistance $39.59$39.99$40.76$40.00 -$0.40 -$0.41
Vedalken Shackles $32.03$31.49$32.63$32.74 +$0.54 -$0.71
Cloudstone Curio $30.65$30.99$29.99$30.99 -$0.34 -$0.34
Verdurous Gearhulk $30.56$31.25$31.99$31.82 -$0.69 -$1.26
Duplicant $29.98$29.98$30.00$30.00 +$0.00 -$0.02
Planar Bridge $29.96$29.99$30.12$30.05 -$0.03 -$0.09
Grindstone $28.45$28.81$29.17$29.95 -$0.36 -$1.50
Champion's Helm $27.99$27.99$27.29$27.29 +$0.00 +$0.70
Defense Grid $27.99$26.74$28.19$26.94 +$1.25 +$1.05
Meekstone $27.31$27.99$27.99$27.74 -$0.68 -$0.43
Painter's Servant $27.09$27.45$28.47$29.08 -$0.36 -$1.99
Noxious Gearhulk $25.62$25.99$26.26$26.33 -$0.37 -$0.71
Static Orb $25.25$25.91$25.99$25.90 -$0.66 -$0.65
Sundering Titan $24.80$23.95$24.98$24.60 +$0.85 +$0.20
Mind's Eye $24.03$24.94$24.61$24.75 -$0.91 -$0.72
Combustible Gearhulk $21.99$23.60$24.52$23.84 -$1.61 -$1.85
Cataclysmic Gearhulk $19.79$19.99$20.05$20.83 -$0.20 -$1.04
Black Vise $17.99$18.09$19.01$18.99 -$0.10 -$1.00
KLD Invention Average:$74.97$74.35$75.91$75.28+$0.62-$0.31
AER Invention Average:$55.75$55.50$56.19$55.48+$0.24+$0.26
KLD Invention Deviation:$52.42$50.74$52.34$51.31+$1.68+$1.11
AER Invention Deviation:$32.46$32.20$33.00$32.56+$0.25-$0.10
KLD Box Value:$18.74$18.59$18.98$18.82+$0.15-$0.08
AER Box Value:$13.94$13.88$14.05$13.87+$0.06+$0.07
Total Set Value:$3,587.06$3,562.71$3,625.93$3,590.13+$24.35-$3.07
Overview

Some of the big-name notables from this set are finally recovering or gaining value, which is a good thing for collectors, since that means you've got even better trading fodder for the future. Things aren't quite as rosy for Standard Inventions or those without any real Eternal or Commander home, though, so it's time to think about converting those into something a bit more stable. Relatively minuscule supplies of Inventions means that the growth potential is quite significant over the next few years. It may not be "Candelabra of Tawnos doubles in price every time someone buys a playset" significant, but Inventions will be a good addition to your long-term portfolio.

Overall Summary

With the Christmas lull, there really isn't going to be much in the ways of drama or excitement as far as price trends go. We'll see what things look like after Christmas, once people decide to start spending gift money on magical trading cards, but it'll take the metagame shift of a new set coming out in order to effect widespread price changes. Perhaps Wizards of the Coast will have some kind of open house for one on the twelfth day of Christmas?

Comments

Posts Quoted:
Reply
Clear All Quotes