The Magic Market Index for Jan 5, 2018

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 01/04
Price
12/28
Price
12/21
Price
12/14
Price
Change from 12/28 Change from 12/21
Carnage Tyrant $13.97$13.99$14.94$15.38 -$0.02 -$1.41
Vraska, Relic Seeker $12.64$13.29$14.01$15.85 -$0.65 -$3.21
Search for Azcanta $11.13$10.22$10.49$10.77 +$0.91 +$0.36
Vraska's Contempt $6.00$6.18$6.90$7.84 -$0.18 -$1.84
Hostage Taker $5.56$5.92$6.56$7.55 -$0.36 -$1.99
Huatli, Warrior Poet $4.95$4.94$5.16$5.52 +$0.01 -$0.57
Growing Rites of Itlimoc $4.87$4.92$5.00$5.36 -$0.05 -$0.49
Drowned Catacomb $4.74$5.00$5.23$5.72 -$0.26 -$0.98
Gishath, Sun's Avatar $4.49$4.56$5.00$5.32 -$0.07 -$0.83
Rampaging Ferocidon $4.34$4.35$4.44$4.64 -$0.01 -$0.30
Jace, Cunning Castaway $4.23$4.37$4.61$5.00 -$0.14 -$0.77
Legion's Landing $4.19$4.39$4.58$4.99 -$0.20 -$0.80
Settle the Wreckage $3.99$3.95$4.00$4.35 +$0.04 -$0.36
Ripjaw Raptor $3.88$3.79$4.11$4.62 +$0.09 -$0.74
Deathgorge Scavenger $3.79$3.99$4.31$4.60 -$0.20 -$0.81
Rootbound Crag $3.46$3.47$3.58$3.75 -$0.01 -$0.29
Glacial Fortress $3.24$3.21$3.24$3.41 +$0.03 -$0.17
Vona, Butcher of Magan $3.13$3.19$3.33$3.57 -$0.06 -$0.44
Treasure Map $2.85$3.02$3.25$3.45 -$0.17 -$0.60
Dragonskull Summit $2.52$2.54$2.55$2.61 -$0.02 -$0.09
Unclaimed Territory $2.39$2.34$2.25$2.32 +$0.05 +$0.07
Sunpetal Grove $2.20$2.08$2.00$2.00 +$0.12 +$0.20
Vanquisher's Banner $2.20$2.14$2.05$2.05 +$0.06 +$0.15
Regisaur Alpha $2.19$2.11$2.26$2.38 +$0.08 -$0.19
Rare Slot Average:$1.85$1.85$1.92$2.04-$0.01-$0.19
Rare Slot Deviation:$2.34$2.34$2.48$2.68+$0.00-$0.35
Total Set Value:$191.93$192.72$198.88$208.14-$0.79-$16.21
Booster Box EV:$81.27$80.71$83.34$88.14+$0.56-$6.87
Overview

The set's going down overall again, although Search for Aczanta is proving its worth in multiple formats as a way to filter your draws and, eventually, dig for business spells. It's even good enough for Legacy play. That minor Miracles card aside, however, prices continue to dip, so if you're looking to pick something up for a new brew or just think you can predict the meta, now is not a bad time to do it.

Card Name 01/04
Price
12/28
Price
12/21
Price
12/14
Price
Change from 12/28 Change from 12/21
The Scarab God $30.14$31.85$33.52$35.74 -$1.71 -$5.60
Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh $7.94$7.95$7.95$8.09 -$0.01 -$0.15
The Locust God $5.99$5.99$6.02$6.27 +$0.00 -$0.28
Crested Sunmare $3.74$3.62$3.79$3.87 +$0.12 -$0.13
Samut, the Tested $3.47$3.33$3.55$3.84 +$0.14 -$0.37
Razaketh, the Foulblooded $3.45$3.38$3.44$3.39 +$0.07 +$0.06
Bontu's Last Reckoning $2.99$2.99$3.08$3.27 +$0.00 -$0.28
Torment of Hailfire $2.95$2.90$2.87$2.90 +$0.05 +$0.05
Champion of Wits $2.75$2.87$2.99$3.10 -$0.12 -$0.35
Neheb, the Eternal $2.47$2.41$2.49$2.61 +$0.06 -$0.14
The Scorpion God $2.46$2.47$2.47$2.50 -$0.01 -$0.04
Rare Slot Average:$1.48$1.49$1.53$1.58-$0.01-$0.10
Rare Slot Deviation:$3.22$3.38$3.54$3.77-$0.16-$0.55
Total Set Value:$128.25$129.86$133.29$136.43-$1.61-$8.18
Booster Box EV:$70.77$71.81$73.21$75.53-$1.04-$4.76
Overview

Outside of The Scarab God continuing his descent towards the sub-$30 mark, there's nothing in these values that can't be attributed to random noise within the market. It's a fun set and a great Limited environment, but a poor financial turnout means Hour of Devastation gets a thumbs down from The Magic Market Index.

Card Name 01/04
Price
12/28
Price
12/21
Price
12/14
Price
Change from 12/28 Change from 12/21
Hazoret the Fervent $16.49$17.00$17.50$17.68 -$0.51 -$1.19
As Foretold $12.05$10.50$9.57$4.48 +$1.55 +$7.57
Gideon of the Trials $9.90$10.00$10.00$11.21 -$0.10 -$1.31
Rhonas the Indomitable $7.94$7.96$7.99$8.00 -$0.02 -$0.06
Anointed Procession $7.75$7.79$8.00$8.96 -$0.04 -$1.21
Nissa, Steward of Elements $7.71$7.71$7.76$8.00 +$0.00 -$0.29
Liliana, Death's Majesty $6.54$6.65$6.86$6.99 -$0.11 -$0.45
Fetid Pools $5.46$0.00$5.99$6.49 -$1.03
Glorybringer $4.61$4.76$5.00$5.31 -$0.15 -$0.70
Irrigated Farmland $3.99$3.99$3.99$4.00 +$0.00 -$0.01
Sheltered Thicket $3.47$3.58$3.78$4.10 -$0.11 -$0.63
Angel of Sanctions $3.08$3.03$2.99$2.99 +$0.05 +$0.09
Regal Caracal $2.87$2.90$2.97$3.11 -$0.03 -$0.24
Oketra the True $2.83$2.87$2.95$2.96 -$0.04 -$0.13
Soul-Scar Mage $2.75$2.76$2.78$2.84 -$0.01 -$0.09
Canyon Slough $2.17$2.24$2.27$2.34 -$0.07 -$0.17
Bontu the Glorified $2.00$1.99$1.99$1.99 +$0.01 +$0.01
Rare Slot Average:$1.61$1.55$1.66$1.68+$0.06-$0.07
Rare Slot Deviation:$2.48$2.43$2.50$2.54+$0.06-$0.05
Total Set Value:$172.63$169.51$176.84$175.42+$3.12-$2.79
Booster Box EV:$78.13$75.87$80.64$81.24+$2.26-$3.11
Overview

As foretold, blue enchantments in Standard are enjoying price increases other cards aren't seeing. Whether this card has proper legs is an exercise best left to the reader, but always beware of things that let you cheat on mana costs. Omniscience wasn't that hot when it was first spoiled, and now it features prominently in Legacy. Will the Psionic Blast strike twice? It very well could.

Card Name 01/04
Price
12/29
Price
12/21
Price
12/14
Price
Change from 12/29 Change from 12/14
Force of Will $167.77$170.68$170.52$174.18 -$2.91 -$6.41
The Scarab God $115.10$114.73$112.59$101.75 +$0.37 +$13.35
Thoughtseize $112.99$112.99$114.27$118.65 +$0.00 -$5.66
Blood Moon $94.07$91.75$87.34$89.99 +$2.32 +$4.08
Damnation $84.77$84.54$81.14$88.29 +$0.23 -$3.52
Omniscience $70.99$69.98$69.98$69.95 +$1.01 +$1.04
Counterspell $69.99$69.82$62.99$62.38 +$0.17 +$7.61
Consecrated Sphinx $69.92$69.94$69.95$69.95 -$0.02 -$0.03
Cryptic Command $68.95$69.99$69.90$64.99 -$1.04 +$3.96
Through the Breach $62.65$62.26$55.71$54.99 +$0.39 +$7.66
Daze $59.86$60.01$58.40$59.86 -$0.15 +$0.00
Hazoret the Fervent $59.15$53.22$54.88$49.77 +$5.93 +$9.38
Spell Pierce $54.99$54.99$59.95$59.95 +$0.00 -$4.96
Pact of Negation $53.63$54.14$54.97$54.21 -$0.51 -$0.58
Wrath of God $49.80$48.87$50.00$50.73 +$0.93 -$0.93
The Locust God $48.04$48.95$48.59$49.19 -$0.91 -$1.15
Dark Ritual $42.70$42.70$42.59$42.82 +$0.00 -$0.12
Rhonas the Indomitable $40.00$41.59$42.71$44.09 -$1.59 -$4.09
Maelstrom Pulse $39.99$39.99$40.10$39.97 +$0.00 +$0.02
Aggravated Assault $39.60$39.93$39.97$40.00 -$0.33 -$0.40
Austere Command $36.90$38.00$38.48$39.99 -$1.10 -$3.09
Entomb $36.33$36.26$36.64$36.66 +$0.07 -$0.33
Diabolic Intent $33.64$33.27$30.00$30.00 +$0.37 +$3.64
Containment Priest $32.86$33.83$34.10$35.03 -$0.97 -$2.17
Capsize $32.21$32.50$32.72$32.72 -$0.29 -$0.51
Doomsday $29.99$29.94$29.74$29.74 +$0.05 +$0.25
No Mercy $29.59$29.59$27.99$27.99 +$0.00 +$1.60
The Scorpion God $29.00$27.93$27.52$29.00 +$1.07 +$0.00
Lord of Extinction $27.72$27.29$27.05$27.01 +$0.43 +$0.71
Bontu the Glorified $26.99$27.39$27.36$28.84 -$0.40 -$1.85
Armageddon $26.75$26.99$27.99$27.99 -$0.24 -$1.24
Vindicate $26.47$25.99$25.94$25.99 +$0.48 +$0.48
Kefnet the Mindful $26.16$26.16$26.48$26.92 +$0.00 -$0.76
Mind Twist $26.01$26.50$25.53$26.24 -$0.49 -$0.23
Oketra the True $25.07$25.75$25.89$26.49 -$0.68 -$1.42
Loyal Retainers $25.00$24.99$25.00$24.99 +$0.01 +$0.01
Stifle $24.96$24.99$25.30$26.80 -$0.03 -$1.84
Chain Lightning $24.49$24.99$23.83$25.12 -$0.50 -$0.63
Slaughter Pact $24.40$24.22$22.50$23.79 +$0.18 +$0.61
Attrition $23.93$23.93$24.81$25.99 +$0.00 -$2.06
Opposition $23.93$23.95$23.50$23.72 -$0.02 +$0.21
Diabolic Edict $22.99$22.71$23.56$23.62 +$0.28 -$0.63
Choke $22.46$22.29$21.99$21.99 +$0.17 +$0.47
Aven Mindcensor $22.17$22.70$22.20$22.16 -$0.53 +$0.01
Counterbalance $21.99$21.99$21.73$22.09 +$0.00 -$0.10
Worship $20.94$20.89$20.94$21.30 +$0.05 -$0.36
Forbid $20.20$20.90$21.89$22.49 -$0.70 -$2.29
Shatterstorm $19.97$19.99$20.00$20.52 -$0.02 -$0.55
Avatar of Woe $18.69$18.98$19.00$19.48 -$0.29 -$0.79
Desolation Angel $18.22$17.95$19.19$19.11 +$0.27 -$0.89
Sunder $18.22$17.99$18.35$18.90 +$0.23 -$0.68
Boil $17.99$18.16$18.11$18.00 -$0.17 -$0.01
Threads of Disloyalty $17.63$17.95$18.02$18.44 -$0.32 -$0.81
Divert $16.99$17.39$18.58$20.00 -$0.40 -$3.01
AKH Average:$43.60$43.81$43.50$43.71-$0.20-$0.11
HOU Average:$41.19$41.02$40.36$40.72+$0.17+$0.47
AKH Box EV:$10.90$10.95$10.88$10.93-$0.05-$0.03
HOU Box EV:$10.30$10.26$10.09$10.18+$0.04+$0.12
Total Set Value:$2,033.55$2,034.29$2,022.96$2,033.75-$0.74-$0.20
Overview

There's no better way to kick off the new year than with Hazoret the Pervert seeing the biggest Invocation gain. That girl knows how to party. Given the total values involved, we're mostly looking at random noise for the remainder of these cards, since anything under a dollar's worth of movement is essentially irrelevant unless part of a long-term pattern.

Card Name 01/04
Price
12/28
Price
12/24
Price
12/14
Price
Change from 12/28 Change from 12/14
Walking Ballista $11.87$11.88$12.06$13.35 -$0.01 -$1.48
Paradox Engine $8.07$8.00$7.99$8.00 +$0.07 +$0.07
Metallic Mimic $7.75$7.56$7.94$8.88 +$0.19 -$1.13
Fatal Push $7.18$7.49$7.30$7.75 -$0.31 -$0.57
Heart of Kiran $5.99$6.26$6.50$6.66 -$0.27 -$0.67
Disallow $5.69$5.89$5.95$6.00 -$0.20 -$0.31
Tezzeret the Schemer $4.79$4.97$5.22$5.97 -$0.18 -$1.18
Baral, Chief of Compliance $4.47$4.38$4.31$4.41 +$0.09 +$0.06
Heroic Intervention $3.79$3.75$3.79$3.88 +$0.04 -$0.09
Mechanized Production $3.47$3.58$3.59$3.78 -$0.11 -$0.31
Glint-Sleeve Siphoner $3.10$3.14$3.14$3.35 -$0.04 -$0.25
Aethersphere Harvester $2.99$2.99$2.99$3.00 +$0.00 -$0.01
Spire of Industry $2.94$2.92$2.98$2.99 +$0.02 -$0.05
Ajani Unyielding $2.89$2.86$2.85$2.90 +$0.03 -$0.01
Herald of Anguish $2.81$2.95$2.98$3.30 -$0.14 -$0.49
Planar Bridge $2.24$2.25$2.18$2.16 -$0.01 +$0.08
Rare Slot Average:$1.62$1.62$1.64$1.71+$0.00-$0.09
Rare Slot Deviation:$2.31$2.32$2.36$2.56+$0.00-$0.25
Total Set Value:$129.98$130.94$131.89$135.99-$0.96-$6.01
Booster Box EV:$91.48$92.13$92.30$96.27-$0.65-$4.79
Overview

Something something Sparta Kick is one of the most expensive cards in Standard something something cross-format all-star something something honestly there's nothing to be said here that hasn't been said a hundred times before.

Card Name 01/04
Price
12/28
Price
12/21
Price
12/14
Price
Change from 12/28 Change from 12/14
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $31.34$31.99$32.64$33.22 -$0.65 -$1.88
Torrential Gearhulk $11.75$12.33$13.22$14.00 -$0.58 -$2.25
Botanical Sanctum $9.49$9.49$9.50$10.00 +$0.00 -$0.51
Spirebluff Canal $8.40$8.81$8.93$9.11 -$0.41 -$0.71
Angel of Invention $8.17$8.56$8.96$9.33 -$0.39 -$1.16
Blooming Marsh $5.90$5.99$5.97$6.19 -$0.09 -$0.29
Concealed Courtyard $5.49$5.73$5.74$6.00 -$0.24 -$0.51
Verdurous Gearhulk $4.85$4.95$5.11$5.49 -$0.10 -$0.64
Saheeli Rai $4.30$4.20$4.21$4.24 +$0.10 +$0.06
Inspiring Vantage $3.75$3.85$3.83$3.95 -$0.10 -$0.20
Fumigate $3.11$3.29$3.49$3.82 -$0.18 -$0.71
Nissa, Vital Force $2.98$2.99$2.99$3.04 -$0.01 -$0.06
Noxious Gearhulk $2.84$2.85$2.87$2.90 -$0.01 -$0.06
Panharmonicon $2.79$2.79$2.79$2.84 +$0.00 -$0.05
Authority of the Consuls $2.57$2.66$2.76$3.02 -$0.09 -$0.45
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship $2.27$2.39$2.47$2.56 -$0.12 -$0.29
Dovin Baan $2.11$2.14$2.13$2.15 -$0.03 -$0.04
Smuggler's Copter $2.00$1.99$1.99$1.99 +$0.01 +$0.01
Rare Slot Average:$1.70$1.74$1.77$1.82-$0.03-$0.12
Rare Slot Deviation:$3.49$3.58$3.66$3.77-$0.09-$0.28
Total Set Value:$176.98$180.39$183.21$186.82-$3.41-$9.84
Booster Box EV:$88.74$90.57$91.82$94.40-$1.83-$5.66
Overview

We're in a heavy cooling-off stage here with both Chandra and Fatcaster Mage dipping notably. These cards, once all-stars, simply have fewer homes than they used to, and given that they're basically Standard-only mythics with fringe play in non-rotating formats and Commander, it's still not a bad time to sell any spare copies off, unless you think the metagame is going to change drastically over the next few months.

But hey, at least the Looter Scooter's back on the list!

Card Name 01/04
Price
12/28
Price
12/21
Price
12/14
Price
Change from 12/28 Change from 12/14
Sol Ring $208.65$207.98$207.81$199.00 +$0.67 +$9.65
Mana Crypt $185.20$185.41$183.81$186.84 -$0.21 -$1.64
Mox Opal $180.45$179.46$179.93$169.69 +$0.99 +$10.76
Chalice of the Void $165.95$160.74$160.74$162.22 +$5.21 +$3.73
Mana Vault $145.00$147.00$149.49$142.45 -$2.00 +$2.55
AEther Vial $131.30$132.99$132.00$131.30 -$1.69 +$0.00
Crucible of Worlds $128.86$128.50$129.21$128.45 +$0.36 +$0.41
Sword of Feast and Famine $121.68$122.39$122.39$123.45 -$0.71 -$1.77
Ensnaring Bridge $106.99$101.99$98.00$93.00 +$5.00 +$13.99
Arcbound Ravager $99.99$99.95$100.94$99.74 +$0.04 +$0.25
Lotus Petal $99.85$99.85$98.17$99.75 +$0.00 +$0.10
Engineered Explosives $99.22$99.22$98.44$96.20 +$0.00 +$3.02
Sword of Fire and Ice $99.08$100.29$100.00$100.10 -$1.21 -$1.02
Wurmcoil Engine $91.95$91.97$91.98$91.78 -$0.02 +$0.17
Chromatic Lantern $79.94$78.72$77.50$77.68 +$1.22 +$2.26
Sword of Light and Shadow $75.97$78.67$79.00$75.02 -$2.70 +$0.95
Lightning Greaves $71.81$70.99$70.82$72.11 +$0.82 -$0.30
Steel Overseer $69.87$69.85$70.00$70.25 +$0.02 -$0.38
Chrome Mox $64.00$63.50$63.12$61.84 +$0.50 +$2.16
Solemn Simulacrum $62.99$67.00$64.50$65.00 -$4.01 -$2.01
Ornithopter $61.87$61.85$62.82$59.95 +$0.02 +$1.92
Pithing Needle $59.99$60.00$60.00$60.99 -$0.01 -$1.00
Rings of Brighthearth $59.90$59.90$61.11$61.19 +$0.00 -$1.29
Paradox Engine $56.45$56.13$56.97$57.86 +$0.32 -$1.41
Sword of War and Peace $54.85$57.61$52.12$52.12 -$2.76 +$2.73
Platinum Angel $53.87$55.55$57.75$55.90 -$1.68 -$2.03
Scroll Rack $53.60$53.10$51.69$50.00 +$0.50 +$3.60
Trinisphere $52.37$58.77$52.37$56.23 -$6.40 -$3.86
Sword of Body and Mind $49.94$49.35$49.62$49.17 +$0.59 +$0.77
Torrential Gearhulk $49.38$49.49$49.99$52.46 -$0.11 -$3.08
Oblivion Stone $48.90$48.95$49.50$49.50 -$0.05 -$0.60
Staff of Domination $45.99$45.95$44.96$45.25 +$0.04 +$0.74
Extraplanar Lens $45.30$45.00$43.57$45.15 +$0.30 +$0.15
Hangarback Walker $44.48$44.57$44.78$44.97 -$0.09 -$0.49
Gauntlet of Power $40.67$40.93$40.94$41.01 -$0.26 -$0.34
Sculpting Steel $40.00$41.40$39.95$39.95 -$1.40 +$0.05
Sphere of Resistance $39.75$39.95$39.59$39.99 -$0.20 -$0.24
Vedalken Shackles $32.35$31.96$32.03$31.49 +$0.39 +$0.86
Cloudstone Curio $32.00$31.50$30.65$30.99 +$0.50 +$1.01
Duplicant $30.55$30.71$29.98$29.98 -$0.16 +$0.57
Verdurous Gearhulk $30.00$30.33$30.56$31.25 -$0.33 -$1.25
Grindstone $29.52$29.54$28.45$28.81 -$0.02 +$0.71
Planar Bridge $29.45$29.80$29.96$29.99 -$0.35 -$0.54
Meekstone $27.99$27.99$27.31$27.99 +$0.00 +$0.00
Champion's Helm $27.50$27.50$27.99$27.99 +$0.00 -$0.49
Painter's Servant $27.09$27.82$27.09$27.45 -$0.73 -$0.36
Static Orb $25.95$25.98$25.25$25.91 -$0.03 +$0.04
Defense Grid $25.77$28.19$27.99$26.74 -$2.42 -$0.97
Noxious Gearhulk $25.61$25.99$25.62$25.99 -$0.38 -$0.38
Sundering Titan $25.00$25.00$24.80$23.95 +$0.00 +$1.05
Mind's Eye $24.22$24.38$24.03$24.94 -$0.16 -$0.72
Combustible Gearhulk $22.43$23.49$21.99$23.60 -$1.06 -$1.17
Cataclysmic Gearhulk $19.46$19.59$19.79$19.99 -$0.13 -$0.53
Black Vise $18.17$18.09$17.99$18.09 +$0.08 +$0.08
KLD Invention Average:$74.90$75.29$74.97$74.35-$0.39+$0.54
AER Invention Average:$56.34$56.43$55.75$55.50-$0.09+$0.84
KLD Invention Deviation:$52.34$52.28$52.42$50.74+$0.06+$1.60
AER Invention Deviation:$33.62$32.51$32.46$32.20+$1.10+$1.41
KLD Box Value:$18.72$18.82$18.74$18.59-$0.10+$0.14
AER Box Value:$14.09$14.11$13.94$13.88-$0.02+$0.21
Total Set Value:$3,599.12$3,612.83$3,587.06$3,562.71-$13.71+$36.41
Overview

Prison seems to be the name of the game here, with both Ensnaring Bridge and Chalice of the Void posting gains in the $5 and above range. Most everything else is taking a slight dip in value overall, but as long as you avoid the obvious chaff, there's no reason a well-stocked binder shouldn't have a supply of Inventions in it.

Overall Summary

Rivals of Ixalan is almost upon us, and with that, we're going to see some decent changes to the metagame. The old guard will, of course, be out in force, taking new tools as necessary to maintain their position, but who knows what the future brings in terms of brewing? Tribal decks might just get that shot of delicious juice they've been looking for. Energy might just find a way to become even more obnoxiously dominant. Blood Sun might see relevant Legacy play. The world is your oyster, if only you can pry it open.

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