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Magic Market Index for April 20th, 2018
 
Pauper Review: Dominaria
 
The Limited Archetypes of Dominaria
  • posted a message on The Legacy Price Discussion Thread
    Quote from crimhead »
    Big Tabernacle spike.

    Tabernacle is the new Black ... Lotus.

    It's way more playable, and an essential part of a winning Legacy deck that will never be reprinted. I wish that I could be surprised, but this is the world in which we live.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Beta Chaos Orb - Worth Buying / What Price / Is it Legit?
    Quote from ekgregory »
    Hi KnickM,

    Thanks for the welcome, and for the detailed response! I really appreciate your insights. I ordered a loupe, blacklight, and a few other tools so I can do an initial look - I'll also poke around for a dealer nearby the location. Totally makes sense that it's not possible to verify anything online off of lousy pictures. Smile

    Thanks so much for the insights on the card itself as well - it is just an iconic card as you said; for some reason it's been one of my favorites since I was a kid. Didn't realize you don't have to flip it anymore.

    I didn't realize market-cornering was this wide-spread - that would explain why the prices seem so off (Beta higher than Alpha, etc.). Really appreciate the insight into the value - if I can verify that it's authentic, I'd definitely love to purchase it for <$500.

    I'm hoping to check it out in person this weekend, so I will follow up on this thread in case anyone's interested in how it turns out. Thank you again! Really appreciate it. I'll start reading up on the forums so I can contribute to the community.

    I have always loved Chaos Orb, and I've wanted one forever. That aside, I'm always interested in big deals going down - do tell us how it goes. Is it real? Does the seller know what he's got? Does he name a price that's firm that leaves you shaken and wondering who would part with that much money for a simple (yet gorgeous) piece of cardboard? These are the stories of our people, the tales swapped over the fire. Of COURSE you should tell us what happens. Smile
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Beta Chaos Orb - Worth Buying / What Price / Is it Legit?
    Quote from ekgregory »
    Also... Unsure of whether this is alpha or beta. Corners look more like alpha now that I've looked at it more closely.

    Hi ekgregory, and welcome to MTGS!

    So, first things first. Thank you for posting pictures. I can't verify the veracity of the Orb over the internet - for a card like this, you're going to want to physically inspect it with a loupe, and maybe take it to a trusted dealer. As much as I'd love to be able to authenticate remotely, there's just too much wiggle room.

    Second thing, yeah, those do look like Alpha corners.

    Third thing: While Chaos Orb is kind of a "random" card, it is quite good in 93/94, as it's gotten format-specific errata to skip the flipping and simply blow up any card. So there is real demand for it again, and it's probably seeing more play than it ever did back in the day. It's also quite iconic (and strikingly illustrated).

    Fourth thing: the Reserve list. WOTC has promised that they will never ever print Chaos Orb (among other cards) again. That's led to some serious market-cornering and price-gouging by people who've thought "Well, I can buy up ALL of the copies of this card, and charge whatever I want". UL Chaos Orbs are currently $500 on TCGp, so if this is an Alpha and not a damaged Beta, you're going to be looking at a cool grand, easy.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on The Standard Price Discussion Thread
    Quote from GPash »
    What is with the Hazoret Invocation? Went from like 40-50 to over 100.

    More like $60 to $100, but yes, that smells of a buyout. Hazoret has started to show up in Modern and Legacy as well, so someone probably decided to try to bump the price. This has been happening to a lot of Inventions; it hasn't really happened with Invocations but it was really only a matter of time.

    Plus, there's the joke.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Miscut, Misprint, Foreign, Foil &Other Oddities Price Thread.
    Hi Guys,

    So today I pulled a foil mana drain but it would seem that the wotc silver stamp is out of place here, how will this effect the pricing?
    Thanks.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/JBjk8boV0PrB2ady2

    Please disregard the flash on the top right of the card, thanks.


    It'll fetch a higher value, but from a narrower market. You'll have to find a misprint collector (not too hard to do via eBay or Facebook), which makes it slightly dicier than just jamming it into your trade binder. Be aware that some misprint collectors (such as yours truly) won't touch security seal error cards. Have patience, and you'll be able to move it.
    Quote from Plumsmuggler »
    Was just looking through my collection and found this Incinerate that is severely off center on the print. Was wondering if there is any market for this type of thing. Any help is appreciated!

    There is a market (see what I was just saying to the other guy about misprints), but be aware that since QA was pretty atrocious back in Ice Age, off-center cards are not terribly rare. So you're not looking at your new college fund.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Dominaria - too early for price specs?
    Quote from Stoogeslap »
    Pretty strange how no one has anything else to say...

    Again, I don't have a crystal ball nor a scrying glass. I would say "Yes, it is too early for price specs". A lot depends on what's printed into Standard with all these splashy legends.

    Also, real life is totally kicking my ass right now, making me less likely to speculate.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on Unearthed bunch of revised duals from childhood collection - looking for advice. Getting back into magic after 20 years.
    Quote from Rapidwombat »
    I can't answer your questions about what format and deck I want to play until I do some research.

    Well, currently you're playing casual. And it seems that you're having fun Smile

    I'd hold off, at the moment, on buying into a competitive format (unless you want to get one of the Standard Challenge decks - the Hazoret/Chandra one seems good, and the rest are actually pretty decent as well). Hit up Gatherer and find cards that will go in the decks you have, or that might work with decks you are thinking about. "I wonder if there's a card that lets me mill my opponents out? Oh geez, there're a million!" Buy singles that interest you. Hold on to all your duals for the moment. When you decide that it's time for a new deck, you can trade one or two against a whole deck. Or against the bones of half-a-dozen different decks.

    Personally, I'd advise strongly against Modern Masters '13. It was an AMAZING draft environment; I loved it to death, and it has some awesometastic cards. But the box cost just isn't there in value when you crack it. Modern Masters '17 is a much better entry point to Modern, since it has the fetch lands at rare and boxes can be had for significantly less than MM13 boxes.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on Unearthed bunch of revised duals from childhood collection - looking for advice. Getting back into magic after 20 years.
    Quote from Rapidwombat »
    This game meant a lot to me as a kid who felt like an outsider and I would really like to get back into it. My financial situation is so strained that short of finding these dual lands there would be no way I could start a collection at all.

    Hi there RapidWombat; and welcome to MTGS. I'm sorry that you're here under such painful circumstances, but I see that you are pretty excited about where those circumstances have led you.

    WarMachinePrime has some pretty good advice: pick a format, and pick a deck. Decide what you want to play, then build that deck. Revised duals are pretty sweet things to have, but they aren't a deck by themselves. It may not make strict financial sense to trade them for Standard or Modern cards, but if they're your only currency then you'll need to spend them, at least some of them.

    Once you decide on a format and a deck, then we can give more tailored advice about what to pick up and how to do so.
    Posted in: Magic General
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Trade Evaluation -- Pile A versus B
    Hi everyone, it's been a long time.

    Pile A
    Badlands MP it has enough chips and dings that it isn't LP

    Pile B
    Emrakul, the Aeons Torn RoE x2
    Emrakul, the Aeons Torn Prerelease

    If the Badlands were SP or better it would be a slam dunk, but is it still worth it for a MP dual?
    I guess my question is, what use do you have for a Badlands? If you have any use for it whatsoever, I'd take the dual. Emrakul is pretty high right now, and I can see her getting another reprint that pushes her price down a bit - I don't think she'll crash like Goyf, but another reprint at mythic will certainly stop her from climbing, and a second will crash her. But if you have plans to run Legacy Sneak and Show, then those Emrakuls will be more useful (and she's not going to get reprinted in the next 10 months). So, I'd go with the utility here. Badlands if you're not running her, Emrakul if you'd be taking her out of a deck.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on eBay Flash Sale Thread
    Quote from WizardMN »
    PREPSPRING is a code for today. 15% off everything with a min order of $25.
    As with all of these code offers, only usable once per account, so build your cart carefully.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on >> Hypothetical New Card Back <<
    Quote from Antiantiserum »
    On Blogatog it was mentioned severl times in the past years that a new back is something wotc thinks about.

    Now that DFCs are a thing, it's less impossible than it was before. I still don't think that it's a good move - even the DFCs have "normal" card backs (in the form of checklist cards).

    MTG would not be the first card game to change the back. VTES and L5R both went through back changes. VTES was entirely casual, however, and L5R had no "Legacy" format - tournaments were effectively "standard" only.
    Posted in: Rumor Mill Archive
  • posted a message on [[Official]] Miscut, Misprint, Foreign, Foil &Other Oddities Price Thread.
    Quote from Volgon8 »
    How common/uncommon were EMA cards being gray-scaled/faded? All of the boxes at my local shop had a few gray-scale/faded cards but when I went to another city some people had never seen some of the misprints so my assumption that it was common was internally questioned.

    I'd say that it's fairly common? Maybe not some in every box, but there are widespread accounts of them happening. I have a couple that I just picked up incidentally. They're kinda lame. Also, when I say "common", I mean that the ones that I've seen are all random commons, in addition to it being widespread.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on eBay Flash Sale Thread
    Quote from KnickM »
    FYI, the current promotion is 8% back on $50, or $15 back on $150. However, you can't add up small items the way that you could with other offers - you have to buy one item that costs at least $50.


    That was just an eBay Bucks promotion, correct? I had that deal, too (couldn't find anything I wanted), but I didn't think those went out to everyone.

    EDIT: Mine was for 3/22 and 3/23 only.

    Correct - that's why I didn't post a code - there was none. You either got it or you didn't.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on eBay Flash Sale Thread
    FYI, the current promotion is 8% back on $50, or $15 back on $150. However, you can't add up small items the way that you could with other offers - you have to buy one item that costs at least $50.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
  • posted a message on eBay Flash Sale Thread
    Speaking of coupons:
    PSPRINGTIME
    15% off everything.
    Posted in: Market Street Café
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