The Magic Market Index for Feb 23, 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 accountant and MTGSalvation editor Alexandra Haggstrom.

Card Name 02/22
Price
02/15
Price
02/08
Price
02/01
Price
Change from 02/15 Change from 02/08
Rekindling Phoenix $27.68$25.00$23.09$20.48 +$2.68 +$7.20
Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca $18.47$19.45$20.80$21.50 -$0.98 -$3.03
Jadelight Ranger $10.86$10.99$11.42$11.99 -$0.13 -$1.13
Twilight Prophet $9.79$9.84$9.92$9.45 -$0.05 +$0.34
Zacama, Primal Calamity $8.07$8.09$7.99$7.90 -$0.02 +$0.17
The Immortal Sun $7.34$7.35$7.44$7.44 -$0.01 -$0.10
Azor's Gateway $6.37$6.01$5.99$5.82 +$0.36 +$0.55
Elenda, the Dusk Rose $6.00$5.99$5.98$5.62 +$0.01 +$0.38
Huatli, Radiant Champion $5.99$6.02$6.59$6.88 -$0.03 -$0.89
Angrath, the Flame-Chained $5.91$5.93$5.91$5.98 -$0.02 -$0.07
Deeproot Elite $4.09$4.38$4.71$4.99 -$0.29 -$0.90
Blood Sun $4.00$4.20$5.00$6.00 -$0.20 -$2.00
Ghalta, Primal Hunger $4.00$4.10$4.27$4.50 -$0.10 -$0.50
Polyraptor $3.99$4.00$4.14$3.98 -$0.01 +$0.01
Dire Fleet Daredevil $3.93$3.98$4.25$4.70 -$0.05 -$0.77
Azor, the Lawbringer $3.33$3.50$3.90$4.11 -$0.17 -$0.78
Timestream Navigator $3.07$2.65$2.50$2.64 +$0.42 +$0.43
Trapjaw Tyrant $2.99$3.05$3.19$3.29 -$0.06 -$0.30
Dire Fleet Poisoner $2.82$2.99$3.20$3.37 -$0.17 -$0.55
Journey to Eternity $2.56$2.90$3.00$3.32 -$0.34 -$0.76
Wayward Swordtooth $2.50$2.54$2.65$2.75 -$0.04 -$0.25
Etali, Primal Storm $2.44$2.46$2.49$2.61 -$0.02 -$0.17
Warkite Marauder $2.13$2.26$2.53$2.82 -$0.13 -$0.69
Rare Slot Average:$2.20$2.22$2.30$2.38-$0.02-$0.18
Rare Slot Deviation:$3.66$3.55$3.55$3.49+$0.11+$0.18
Total Set Value:$200.19$199.81$203.92$207.96+$0.38-$7.77
Booster Box EV:$91.55$92.50$96.25$100.23-$0.95-$8.68
Overview

The Phoenix ascendant, it seems there's no upper bound on its price. Although realistically it's not going to be much more than a $30 mythic rare at best. With the release of a mono red aggro challenger deck, demand for the Phoenix will increase, which will buoy its price to a large extent. Always look for what's not in a playable preconstructed deck to see where gains are to be made, after all.

Card Name 02/22
Price
02/15
Price
02/08
Price
02/01
Price
Change from 02/15 Change from 02/08
Search for Azcanta $18.24$18.59$17.77$17.03 -$0.35 +$1.21
Carnage Tyrant $17.97$17.97$16.99$15.99 +$0.00 +$1.98
Vraska's Contempt $16.10$16.39$12.00$8.11 -$0.29 +$7.99
Vraska, Relic Seeker $11.20$11.40$11.66$11.46 -$0.20 -$0.26
Legion's Landing $6.47$6.30$6.40$6.00 +$0.17 +$0.47
Gishath, Sun's Avatar $6.18$6.13$6.00$5.74 +$0.05 +$0.44
Settle the Wreckage $6.08$5.93$5.35$5.00 +$0.15 +$1.08
Ripjaw Raptor $5.42$5.34$5.29$5.25 +$0.08 +$0.17
Drowned Catacomb $4.90$4.95$4.99$4.89 -$0.05 +$0.01
Field of Ruin $4.80$3.99$1.96$1.66 +$0.81 +$3.14
Hostage Taker $4.71$4.80$4.99$5.00 -$0.09 -$0.29
Growing Rites of Itlimoc $4.69$4.75$4.75$4.78 -$0.06 -$0.09
Huatli, Warrior Poet $4.47$4.49$4.75$4.74 -$0.02 -$0.27
Regisaur Alpha $4.26$4.33$4.34$4.17 -$0.07 +$0.09
Unclaimed Territory $3.83$4.00$4.27$3.96 -$0.17 -$0.13
Rootbound Crag $3.58$3.54$3.51$3.61 +$0.04 -$0.03
Jace, Cunning Castaway $3.48$3.57$3.75$3.83 -$0.09 -$0.35
Deathgorge Scavenger $3.44$3.46$3.48$3.51 -$0.02 -$0.07
Glacial Fortress $3.29$3.24$3.25$3.31 +$0.05 -$0.02
Dragonskull Summit $3.16$3.04$2.99$2.83 +$0.12 +$0.33
Vona, Butcher of Magan $3.14$3.14$3.21$3.19 +$0.00 -$0.05
Sanctum Seeker $2.99$3.00$3.12$2.99 -$0.01 +$0.00
Treasure Map $2.99$2.88$2.78$2.73 +$0.11 +$0.26
Vanquisher's Banner $2.94$2.92$2.98$2.99 +$0.02 -$0.05
Sunpetal Grove $2.48$2.46$2.38$2.38 +$0.02 +$0.10
Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle $2.28$2.27$2.46$2.24 +$0.01 +$0.04
Kopala, Warden of Waves $2.14$2.29$2.50$2.52 -$0.15 -$0.38
Kinjalli's Sunwing $2.00$2.01$2.00$2.07 -$0.01 -$0.07
Rare Slot Average:$2.27$2.28$2.21$2.11-$0.01+$0.16
Rare Slot Deviation:$3.43$3.47$3.15$2.89-$0.04+$0.53
Total Set Value:$229.24$229.80$222.59$214.38-$0.56+$14.86
Booster Box EV:$107.51$106.87$101.77$96.72+$0.64+$10.79
Overview

Field of Ruin's really taking off as people adapt the tech to being the closest thing to Wasteland outside of Legacy, but otherwise the set's largely cooling off at the top end. Supply's still entering the market, albeit at a slower price than before Rivals, and prices will continue to be anemic until such time as that fact changes.

Card Name 02/22
Price
02/15
Price
02/08
Price
02/01
Price
Change from 02/15 Change from 02/08
The Scarab God $32.43$33.00$32.80$33.39 -$0.57 -$0.96
Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh $7.29$7.29$7.32$7.49 +$0.00 -$0.20
The Locust God $5.99$6.00$6.00$6.00 -$0.01 -$0.01
Razaketh, the Foulblooded $3.59$3.50$3.45$3.45 +$0.09 +$0.14
Torment of Hailfire $3.50$3.40$3.30$3.24 +$0.10 +$0.26
Crested Sunmare $3.49$3.50$3.52$3.55 -$0.01 -$0.06
Samut, the Tested $3.02$3.00$3.06$3.20 +$0.02 -$0.18
Hollow One $2.99$3.14$2.99$0.96 -$0.15 +$2.03
Bontu's Last Reckoning $2.90$2.85$2.75$2.78 +$0.05 +$0.12
Champion of Wits $2.59$2.53$2.55$2.60 +$0.06 -$0.01
Neheb, the Eternal $2.54$2.57$2.52$2.51 -$0.03 +$0.03
The Scorpion God $2.26$2.28$2.30$2.30 -$0.02 -$0.04
Scavenger Grounds $2.02$2.00$1.97$1.90 +$0.02 +$0.12
Rare Slot Average:$1.55$1.55$1.54$1.50+$0.00+$0.05
Rare Slot Deviation:$3.43$3.48$3.46$3.52-$0.05-$0.09
Total Set Value:$133.13$133.55$132.94$130.60-$0.42+$2.53
Booster Box EV:$75.46$75.22$75.01$71.81+$0.24+$3.65
Overview

Things look dire for Hour of Devastation, but there's one notable card not in the challenger decks, and that's our good old friend The Scarab God. There's a decent chance he'll regain some value as a result of being a chase mythic in an otherwise under-opened set as more people flock to Standard. If you're feeling bold, note that Earthshaker Khenra is not in the Hazoret Aggro challenger deck, and could give you a little bit in the ways of gains on the side. Nothing tremendous, but strike while the iron's hot and all that.

Card Name 02/22
Price
02/15
Price
02/08
Price
02/01
Price
Change from 02/15 Change from 02/08
Hazoret the Fervent $23.99$20.82$19.67$17.84 +$3.17 +$6.15
As Foretold $9.99$10.00$10.53$10.17 -$0.01 -$0.18
Gideon of the Trials $9.95$9.39$9.30$9.29 +$0.56 +$0.66
Nissa, Steward of Elements $8.39$8.54$8.57$8.89 -$0.15 -$0.50
Rhonas the Indomitable $8.23$8.15$8.23$8.25 +$0.08 -$0.02
Anointed Procession $7.31$7.43$7.48$7.49 -$0.12 -$0.18
Liliana, Death's Majesty $7.06$6.89$6.76$6.83 +$0.17 +$0.23
Fetid Pools $5.79$5.75$5.79$5.55 +$0.04 +$0.24
Irrigated Farmland $4.36$4.27$4.26$4.32 +$0.09 +$0.04
Glorybringer $3.99$3.97$4.04$4.21 +$0.02 -$0.22
Sheltered Thicket $3.50$3.39$3.32$3.25 +$0.11 +$0.25
Canyon Slough $3.12$2.99$2.93$2.51 +$0.13 +$0.61
Oketra the True $2.85$2.87$2.84$2.84 -$0.02 +$0.01
Angel of Sanctions $2.71$2.73$2.89$3.00 -$0.02 -$0.29
Soul-Scar Mage $2.56$2.55$2.50$2.64 +$0.01 -$0.08
Regal Caracal $2.51$2.45$2.44$2.53 +$0.06 -$0.02
Vizier of the Menagerie $2.35$2.36$2.37$2.43 -$0.01 -$0.08
Rare Slot Average:$1.69$1.65$1.64$1.63+$0.04+$0.06
Rare Slot Deviation:$2.86$2.65$2.60$2.50+$0.21+$0.37
Total Set Value:$182.10$177.27$177.02$174.50+$4.83+$7.60
Booster Box EV:$80.32$77.43$78.06$77.80+$2.89+$2.52
Overview

Well, when there's a $30 preconstructed deck that only contains one copy of the incredibly difficult to remove game-ender Hazoret the Fervent, players are going to want the other three. Do note, however, that the Hazoret Aggro challenger deck does place a price cap of sorts on the combination of Hazoret and Chandra, Torch of Defiance, so there's only so much room for growth. That said, mono-red aggro remains a very powerful archetype in Standard despite the Rampaging Ferocidon ban, so there's some decent money to be made offloading some Hazorets to new or returning mono-red players.

Card Name 02/22
Price
02/15
Price
02/08
Price
02/01
Price
Change from 02/15 Change from 02/01
Force of Will $167.39$167.94$167.46$166.50 -$0.55 +$0.89
Thoughtseize $119.12$110.99$109.99$110.99 +$8.13 +$8.13
The Scarab God $102.99$104.97$108.78$107.53 -$1.98 -$4.54
Blood Moon $95.00$90.65$90.00$89.99 +$4.35 +$5.01
Damnation $84.99$85.05$84.49$81.07 -$0.06 +$3.92
Cryptic Command $76.47$72.09$71.27$70.05 +$4.38 +$6.42
Omniscience $73.24$73.24$72.99$72.39 +$0.00 +$0.85
Consecrated Sphinx $67.45$65.00$64.00$66.22 +$2.45 +$1.23
Counterspell $66.60$65.50$66.29$64.50 +$1.10 +$2.10
Through the Breach $66.15$68.14$68.14$63.95 -$1.99 +$2.20
Pact of Negation $59.39$57.37$61.77$57.33 +$2.02 +$2.06
Daze $59.05$59.05$59.86$58.24 +$0.00 +$0.81
Spell Pierce $55.97$54.99$56.60$55.97 +$0.98 +$0.00
Hazoret the Fervent $54.00$55.82$53.99$53.99 -$1.82 +$0.01
Wrath of God $47.93$47.76$48.33$48.00 +$0.17 -$0.07
Dark Ritual $46.45$42.60$42.09$41.46 +$3.85 +$4.99
The Locust God $46.30$47.24$47.24$46.20 -$0.94 +$0.10
Maelstrom Pulse $44.42$40.60$39.95$39.93 +$3.82 +$4.49
Rhonas the Indomitable $41.19$42.09$41.35$41.66 -$0.90 -$0.47
Entomb $38.00$38.00$37.77$38.60 +$0.00 -$0.60
Austere Command $35.75$35.00$35.00$32.78 +$0.75 +$2.97
Diabolic Intent $35.51$33.30$35.97$34.52 +$2.21 +$0.99
Aggravated Assault $34.99$34.74$34.51$34.51 +$0.25 +$0.48
Capsize $32.50$34.99$32.30$32.24 -$2.49 +$0.26
Containment Priest $32.07$32.53$32.00$32.39 -$0.46 -$0.32
Doomsday $29.95$29.94$29.96$29.75 +$0.01 +$0.20
Counterbalance $28.13$27.04$23.37$23.47 +$1.09 +$4.66
Armageddon $27.99$27.51$26.65$26.97 +$0.48 +$1.02
No Mercy $27.94$28.99$29.74$29.99 -$1.05 -$2.05
The Scorpion God $27.00$27.22$27.34$27.00 -$0.22 +$0.00
Lord of Extinction $26.99$26.99$26.99$26.99 +$0.00 +$0.00
Vindicate $26.24$26.13$25.99$25.99 +$0.11 +$0.25
Kefnet the Mindful $25.90$25.74$25.79$25.64 +$0.16 +$0.26
Mind Twist $25.00$25.16$25.08$25.00 -$0.16 +$0.00
Loyal Retainers $24.99$24.95$24.82$24.69 +$0.04 +$0.30
Choke $24.99$24.95$22.85$22.39 +$0.04 +$2.60
Stifle $24.94$24.99$24.98$24.11 -$0.05 +$0.83
Diabolic Edict $24.66$24.78$23.97$22.99 -$0.12 +$1.67
Bontu the Glorified $24.47$24.67$24.83$24.83 -$0.20 -$0.36
Slaughter Pact $24.24$24.24$24.27$22.93 +$0.00 +$1.31
Chain Lightning $24.15$24.26$24.38$24.16 -$0.11 -$0.01
Oketra the True $23.99$23.68$24.02$24.02 +$0.31 -$0.03
Opposition $23.99$24.12$23.99$23.95 -$0.13 +$0.04
Attrition $23.91$23.75$24.55$23.75 +$0.16 +$0.16
Aven Mindcensor $22.28$22.39$22.86$22.34 -$0.11 -$0.06
Forbid $20.72$20.49$20.31$20.51 +$0.23 +$0.21
Worship $20.59$20.49$20.01$20.01 +$0.10 +$0.58
Shatterstorm $19.97$19.81$19.98$19.95 +$0.16 +$0.02
Avatar of Woe $19.00$18.95$17.99$18.04 +$0.05 +$0.96
Threads of Disloyalty $18.53$18.56$17.99$17.99 -$0.03 +$0.54
Sunder $18.43$18.00$17.99$17.99 +$0.43 +$0.44
Boil $17.99$17.99$17.96$17.96 +$0.00 +$0.03
Desolation Angel $17.58$16.99$17.26$17.05 +$0.59 +$0.53
Divert $17.39$17.66$16.47$16.36 -$0.27 +$1.03
AKH Average:$43.96$43.24$43.18$42.68+$0.72+$1.28
HOU Average:$41.26$41.03$40.80$40.28+$0.23+$0.98
AKH Box EV:$10.99$10.81$10.79$10.67+$0.18+$0.32
HOU Box EV:$10.32$10.26$10.20$10.07+$0.06+$0.24
Total Set Value:$2,034.07$2,015.18$2,011.07$1,987.90+$18.89+$46.17
Overview

A fair amount of the gains here are from cards that just so happen to see play in Modern decks that otherwise run Jace, the Mind Sculptor or Bloodbraid Elf. There's no accounting for taste, but the set's up on the whole, and that's not a bad thing.

Card Name 02/22
Price
02/15
Price
02/08
Price
02/01
Price
Change from 02/15 Change from 02/01
Walking Ballista $11.53$11.39$11.33$11.27 +$0.14 +$0.26
Paradox Engine $10.20$9.80$9.49$8.90 +$0.40 +$1.30
Metallic Mimic $8.98$9.24$9.73$9.97 -$0.26 -$0.99
Fatal Push $7.59$7.50$7.40$7.25 +$0.09 +$0.34
Heart of Kiran $6.18$6.26$6.34$6.34 -$0.08 -$0.16
Disallow $5.49$5.47$5.43$5.33 +$0.02 +$0.16
Heroic Intervention $4.83$4.54$4.34$4.27 +$0.29 +$0.56
Baral, Chief of Compliance $3.99$4.04$3.99$4.14 -$0.05 -$0.15
Glint-Sleeve Siphoner $3.88$3.89$3.61$3.49 -$0.01 +$0.39
Tezzeret the Schemer $3.59$3.66$3.71$3.89 -$0.07 -$0.30
Spire of Industry $3.19$3.15$3.11$2.99 +$0.04 +$0.20
Aethersphere Harvester $3.06$2.99$2.96$2.94 +$0.07 +$0.12
Mechanized Production $2.99$3.08$3.10$3.25 -$0.09 -$0.26
Ajani Unyielding $2.77$2.75$2.75$2.82 +$0.02 -$0.05
Yahenni, Undying Partisan $2.49$2.47$2.28$2.12 +$0.02 +$0.37
Planar Bridge $2.37$2.37$2.30$2.31 +$0.00 +$0.06
Herald of Anguish $2.09$2.25$2.33$2.38 -$0.16 -$0.29
Gifted Aetherborn $2.00$2.00$1.99$1.96 +$0.00 +$0.04
Rare Slot Average:$1.72$1.71$1.68$1.66+$0.01+$0.06
Rare Slot Deviation:$2.43$2.41$2.42$2.41+$0.01+$0.01
Total Set Value:$135.27$134.68$133.41$131.87+$0.59+$3.40
Booster Box EV:$95.91$95.79$94.41$93.48+$0.12+$2.43
Overview

Wizards of the Coast was very shrewd in only including a single copy each of Walking Ballista and Sparta Kick in the Counter Surge challenger deck. With the Ballista seeing play in most 60-card formats and Fatal Push being a true cross-format all-star, they couldn't have people tearing open Counter Surge just to take a handful of cards out for Modern or Legacy. This could be a demand driver for those cards, and represents a limited opportunity to make some gains if interest in the Counter Surge deck is high enough.

Card Name 02/22
Price
02/15
Price
02/08
Price
02/01
Price
Change from 02/15 Change from 02/01
Chandra, Torch of Defiance $29.99$29.99$29.99$29.99 +$0.00 +$0.00
Torrential Gearhulk $12.13$12.47$12.43$12.33 -$0.34 -$0.20
Botanical Sanctum $9.20$9.29$9.41$9.28 -$0.09 -$0.08
Spirebluff Canal $8.50$8.54$8.53$8.26 -$0.04 +$0.24
Concealed Courtyard $6.51$6.31$6.16$5.99 +$0.20 +$0.52
Angel of Invention $6.24$6.57$6.99$7.14 -$0.33 -$0.90
Blooming Marsh $5.50$5.49$5.49$5.46 +$0.01 +$0.04
Verdurous Gearhulk $5.00$5.00$4.99$4.99 +$0.00 +$0.01
Inspiring Vantage $4.50$4.45$4.29$4.20 +$0.05 +$0.30
Saheeli Rai $4.34$4.32$4.29$4.35 +$0.02 -$0.01
Panharmonicon $3.25$3.18$3.02$3.00 +$0.07 +$0.25
Nissa, Vital Force $2.78$2.82$2.82$2.89 -$0.04 -$0.11
Fumigate $2.67$2.70$2.66$2.69 -$0.03 -$0.02
Noxious Gearhulk $2.65$2.68$2.66$2.67 -$0.03 -$0.02
Authority of the Consuls $2.49$2.49$2.46$2.48 +$0.00 +$0.01
Combustible Gearhulk $2.20$2.20$2.05$2.00 +$0.00 +$0.20
Rare Slot Average:$1.67$1.68$1.68$1.67-$0.01+$0.00
Rare Slot Deviation:$3.40$3.41$3.41$3.39-$0.01+$0.01
Total Set Value:$171.04$171.83$172.22$172.42-$0.79-$1.38
Booster Box EV:$87.12$86.94$86.36$86.42+$0.18+$0.70
Overview

Refer to above discussion on Hazoret the Fervent regarding price caps on that card and on Chandra, Torch of Defiance.

Card Name 02/22
Price
02/15
Price
02/08
Price
02/01
Price
Change from 02/15 Change from 02/01
Sol Ring $204.99$200.00$200.00$202.43 +$4.99 +$2.56
Mox Opal $201.68$200.00$208.89$208.94 +$1.68 -$7.26
Mana Crypt $185.25$186.16$188.00$187.97 -$0.91 -$2.72
Chalice of the Void $158.49$156.40$157.49$159.99 +$2.09 -$1.50
Mana Vault $142.23$146.48$146.20$142.93 -$4.25 -$0.70
Ensnaring Bridge $134.86$119.99$119.97$119.95 +$14.87 +$14.91
Crucible of Worlds $129.21$122.99$127.65$127.17 +$6.22 +$2.04
AEther Vial $126.00$124.08$126.45$125.77 +$1.92 +$0.23
Sword of Feast and Famine $122.91$120.00$123.42$122.91 +$2.91 +$0.00
Sword of Fire and Ice $108.04$101.03$100.57$99.80 +$7.01 +$8.24
Engineered Explosives $103.36$102.27$101.94$99.99 +$1.09 +$3.37
Lotus Petal $99.93$99.75$99.93$95.95 +$0.18 +$3.98
Arcbound Ravager $99.69$99.98$99.98$102.39 -$0.29 -$2.70
Wurmcoil Engine $93.52$94.91$91.98$91.98 -$1.39 +$1.54
Chromatic Lantern $79.98$80.00$79.95$77.75 -$0.02 +$2.23
Sword of Light and Shadow $78.34$78.34$75.99$76.83 +$0.00 +$1.51
Lightning Greaves $69.99$69.87$69.75$70.63 +$0.12 -$0.64
Steel Overseer $69.98$69.96$69.89$69.85 +$0.02 +$0.13
Rings of Brighthearth $69.08$67.65$62.98$60.87 +$1.43 +$8.21
Solemn Simulacrum $68.99$68.99$61.99$62.42 +$0.00 +$6.57
Ornithopter $66.84$64.98$64.40$58.73 +$1.86 +$8.11
Pithing Needle $63.14$62.90$59.96$59.99 +$0.24 +$3.15
Chrome Mox $61.80$61.00$60.50$59.99 +$0.80 +$1.81
Paradox Engine $59.95$57.86$58.91$58.99 +$2.09 +$0.96
Platinum Angel $59.79$59.95$56.51$54.87 -$0.16 +$4.92
Trinisphere $59.39$49.44$49.45$50.00 +$9.95 +$9.39
Sword of War and Peace $56.10$53.68$52.99$53.77 +$2.42 +$2.33
Scroll Rack $54.83$54.34$53.59$52.50 +$0.49 +$2.33
Oblivion Stone $51.95$51.95$49.88$49.95 +$0.00 +$2.00
Staff of Domination $49.93$48.43$45.00$45.00 +$1.50 +$4.93
Torrential Gearhulk $49.55$49.99$51.87$49.41 -$0.44 +$0.14
Sword of Body and Mind $49.21$48.85$48.58$48.77 +$0.36 +$0.44
Extraplanar Lens $44.97$43.93$45.00$44.94 +$1.04 +$0.03
Hangarback Walker $43.49$43.50$43.50$43.50 -$0.01 -$0.01
Gauntlet of Power $41.81$40.77$41.81$41.63 +$1.04 +$0.18
Sphere of Resistance $40.36$40.55$39.90$39.59 -$0.19 +$0.77
Sculpting Steel $40.00$37.49$37.50$37.95 +$2.51 +$2.05
Cloudstone Curio $34.00$34.00$35.06$33.07 +$0.00 +$0.93
Vedalken Shackles $33.03$32.86$32.92$32.60 +$0.17 +$0.43
Duplicant $31.98$30.30$30.00$30.00 +$1.68 +$1.98
Grindstone $30.00$29.90$29.68$29.39 +$0.10 +$0.61
Planar Bridge $29.42$29.60$29.42$29.32 -$0.18 +$0.10
Defense Grid $28.83$29.72$29.50$26.63 -$0.89 +$2.20
Painter's Servant $28.45$28.22$28.00$27.82 +$0.23 +$0.63
Meekstone $27.99$27.99$28.00$27.99 +$0.00 +$0.00
Champion's Helm $27.04$26.82$26.97$27.00 +$0.22 +$0.04
Noxious Gearhulk $25.87$25.61$25.36$25.20 +$0.26 +$0.67
Verdurous Gearhulk $25.79$27.41$27.54$27.56 -$1.62 -$1.77
Sundering Titan $25.00$24.99$24.90$25.00 +$0.01 +$0.00
Mind's Eye $24.99$24.86$24.73$24.95 +$0.13 +$0.04
Static Orb $24.97$25.25$25.49$25.00 -$0.28 -$0.03
Combustible Gearhulk $21.50$21.54$21.15$20.83 -$0.04 +$0.67
Cataclysmic Gearhulk $18.99$18.96$18.99$18.92 +$0.03 +$0.07
Black Vise $17.99$17.99$18.58$18.07 +$0.00 -$0.08
KLD Invention Average:$75.99$75.17$75.46$74.92+$0.82+$1.07
AER Invention Average:$58.99$57.48$56.87$56.58+$1.52+$2.41
KLD Invention Deviation:$53.49$52.80$53.96$54.03+$0.69-$0.54
AER Invention Deviation:$34.86$33.46$33.49$33.94+$1.39+$0.92
KLD Box Value:$19.00$18.79$18.86$18.73+$0.21+$0.27
AER Box Value:$14.75$14.37$14.22$14.14+$0.38+$0.60
Total Set Value:$3,695.47$3,634.48$3,628.66$3,605.45+$60.99+$90.02
Overview

Ensnaring Bridge is a big chunk of the Inventions' gains this week, partly because of its scarcity and partly because it dodged what some people were hawking as a bullet with a potential Modern ban. Otherwise, the set's trending up on the whole, which is good if you have a well-diversified binder. If you don't, it's still not too late to develop one.

Overall Summary

 

Wizards of the Coast dropped a bombshell on us all with the announcement of the challenger decks. Depending on the size of those decks' print runs, we're going to see some interesting card price caps that are usually restricted to Magic Online, such as how the Nahiri Commander 2014 deck placed a hard cap on Containment Priest's price. This means we're going to have to evaluate pricing for older sets in a slightly different way, with a focus on what's not in these decks rather than simply looking at what cards are highly playable. Hardly a new paradigm to be certain, but it's one we haven't seen in a while. Interesting times ahead, friends.

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