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 Battle for Zendikar, Shadows over Innistrad, Kaladesh, and Amonkhet blocks, as well as the Expeditions, Inventions, and Invocations masterpiece series sets. Promotional sets, special sets, pack foils, and non-set releases are not covered.
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This was quite the healthy week for Magic. With the format having been turned on its head, every expansion saw positive gains this week outside of Amonkhet. Even this two week old set posted smaller losses than what we would expect, clocking in at less than 2%. The first wave of post-Saheeli has hit, with Mardu, Mono Black, Zombies, Izzet, Golgari, and Marvel being the top decks. As these take center stage, they open the field to a new meta choice that tries to focus on beating these.
As for what to expect, that depends heavily on the final shape of this new metagame. I personally expect Plague Belcher, Scrapheap Scrounger, and Toolcraft Exemplar to start posting noticeable gains. These are staples in the big contenders, and are all still very cheap.