Modern Price Trends and Observations as of March 5th, 2014

It’s just a couple of days before the most anticipated event takes place this weekend which is Grand Prix Richmond and it’s highly likely that it would be a grand event. With almost 3000 players already registered as of March 4th, Starcitygames.com have decided to put an attendance cap to it of up to 5000 players max to ensure that everyone will be accommodated properly.

This aside, I’ve been monitoring the prices of some note-worthy cards for the past few days and I’d like to take the opportunity to share my findings with you in this article as well as my observations in the modern format.

Modern Price Trends and Observations as of March 5th, 2014

Modern Price Trends and Observations as of March 5th, 2014

Modern Price Trends and Observations as of March 5th, 2014

Modern Price Trends and Observations as of March 5th, 2014

There’s really nothing much to say about the Faerie pieces since no upward movement took place in the last week since Pro Tour Born of the Gods Valencia, especially that no copies of Bitterblossom made it in the top 8. Though, three players made it day two as what I mentioned in my previous article, it’s not enough to get Faerie pieces to spike as compared to the cards used by those who top 8ed the event.

Sadly, majority of the pros believe that Faeries just doesn’t have what it takes to be a dominant deck in the modern format. Also, most MTGO events only have at least one player using Faeries as a deck and nothing more as compared to the other archetypes. Based from this data, it’s very unlikely for the archetype to rebound this coming GP. On the other hand, the past MTGO events seem to be cluttered with Scapeshift, Pod, Twin variants, UR Storm and Robots with the occasional Jund variants.

This means that it would be the best time to sell your bitterblossoms. Unless you’re not going to use the green titan, might as well sell your copies though if Scapeshift decks make it to the top 8 of GP Richmond, not to mention a number of copies of Primeval Titan, it’s very likely that its price will spike big time. Then again, this is already obvious and is basically how things work in the M:tG economy.

Also, I found an interesting Faeries list that did NOT have any copies of the tribal enchantment and it looks sweet. The list seems built to deal with Faeries’ usual weak matchup which would be the aggressive decks.

Modern Price Trends and Observations as of February 5th, 2014

How about Zoo? Well, I didn’t really see much of it. With most decks having Anger of the Gods as tech and a lot of spot removals that efficiently deal with most of the creatures that Zoo decks have, it’s become challenging for the deck to keep up. Not to mention that a lot of the decks are good when it comes to dealing with gorillas, goyfs and lions and then suddenly combo-ing off a few turns later to seal the win.

Modern Price Trends and Observations as of March 5th, 2014

So, did Zoo suddenly become a bad deck choice? Of course not but with the resurgence of URW variants and other combo decks, it just became difficult to consistently kill opponents fast enough especially when their decks are built to kill most of the critters that you will be putting on the board. At the same time, with Jund or other similar decks being underrepresented, combo decks are not threatened by hand disruption unlike before hence they are more likely to pull up what they want to do every game.

As an added note, there’s also no Zoo deck that got in the top 8 in Mindstorm Games hobby shop, a local gaming center. For reference, here are the decks that top 8ed in the recent Tuesday event:

1st Place – Pao L. Robots/Affinity 4-1

2nd Place – Menard Q – Kiki Pod -4-1

3rd Place – Adan M – WU Control -3-1-1

4th Place – Ben C – Monogreen Devotion – 3-1-1

5th Place – Roberto G – RG Tron – 3-2

6th Place – Sunny A – UR Twin – 3-2

7th Place – Peter S – Merfolk 3-2

8th Place – Donovan B – Firemind Control 3-2

If there’s one archetype that I do find consistent though in this local gaming center, it’s the URW/UR decks as well as the pod decks.

Overall, the recent bannings/unbannings cause a series of changes in the modern format which used to be dominated by Jund decks. Combo decks seems to have been suppressed back then but with very few decks playing Thoughtseize and Inquisition as well as Liliana of the Veil, it’s very likely that combo decks will remain to be strong contenders in the modern format. Aggressive decks are still viable deck choices but now that most are utilizing Anger of the Gods, and other efficient mass and spot removals, they’ll probably have a hard time racing their opponents.

I guess that wraps up today’s article. It’s only a matter of time before the modern format shapes up and I’d be watching it closely. How about you? Any insights in how the modern format will shape up in the next few days to come?

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Modern Movements

It’s already been a couple of days since the conclusion of Pro-tour Born of the Gods in Valencia, Spain and I was supposed to write a report about it in the financial aspect but I had to accomplish some important tasks first.

A lot of people are wondering why even though no copies of Bitterblossom made it in the top 8 is that it’s still retailing around $60. The thing is that it doesn’t mean that if it didn’t make it to the top tables is that it’s automatically a bad card for the modern format and that its price would immediately plummet.

Sure, only 6 players may have played the archetype at the event but take note that there were three of the 6 and these 3 are pro-players who made it day two; each one piloting their own version of UB Faeries namely; Alex Sittner, Shota Yasooka and Joel Larsson who unfortunately only ended up with a 3-2 standing as per this article.

Modern Movements

Modern Movements

Furthermore, even Gerry Thompson thinks that Faeries has the potential to make it big in modern. Another factor which may be keeping Bitterblossom at its current price is the upcoming Grand Prix Richmond which will be on the 7th to 9th of March. It’s just a week away before the next big event is upon us. This event will eventually determine if Bitterblossom really have what it takes to be a key player in the modern format or will end up sitting by the sidelines. However, this is a good time to be selling your Bitterblossoms if you want to take advantage of its exorbitant price.

Because if no copies of the said card makes it to the top 8 then I feel that it’s very likely for the hype to completely go down the drain along with its price. On the other hand, if copies of Bitterblossom make it to the top then it’s very likely that the price will be retained.

Moving forward, it wasn’t only Bitterblossom’s price that moved but also the following:

Modern Movements

One of the most noticeable price increases would be Primeval Titan’s. The fact is that a couple of Scapeshift decks have been winning MTGO modern events since last week and this has caused the mythic rare’s price to spike. The rest on the list on the other hand were perhaps due to the decks making it to the top 8, particularly Threads of Disloyalty which the eventual PT Champion Shaun Mclaren effectively utilized to win his final match against Wilson. In addition to these changes, I also took notice of this card’s current price and I am surprised that it already hit this high.

Modern Movements

Frankly, I am tempted to sell out my singleton planeswalker and eldrazi because I am not really planning to brew any RG Tron anytime soon as well as a Show and Tell deck. Still, it’s nice to see that the cards I held on to even after they rotated out of the standard format have their prices rocketing up.

To sum it all up:

  • Sell your Bitterblossoms or take a gamble by holding on to them and wait for the results of the up-coming PT Richmond. This is if you don’t plan on playing Faeries anytime soon.
  • There’s still a chance that Primeval Titan’s price may increase so I feel that it’s still safe to keep them for a longer period of time as compared to Bitterblossom. However, selling them right now may not be that bad of an idea as well.
  • The only direction that Karn Liberated and Emrakul, The Aeons Torn will go is up. First and foremost, they are utilized both in Modern and Legacy especially that the eldrazi is one of the core pieces of a popular Legacy deck which will probably remain a tier 1 deck for years to come. It’s up to you if you want to sell them or wait for the price to increase before selling them. The only time that their price will plummet is if one of them gets the axe (With Emrakul being more likely to get the axe than Karn IF they even become candidates for banning which I highly doubt will happen anytime soon).
  • A lot of people may believe that Faeries may not be cut for the current modern format but then again, there are also people who believe otherwise and some of them are pros. Furthermore, this guy has been very consistent in MTGO events when it comes to his results. Can we say that he’s just being lucky and or he’s just able to dodge his bad matchups when he’s constantly winning MTGO events?

Modern Movements

GP Richmond is just a week away and we’ll eventually find out the real score between the various archetypes in the modern format. Will Faeries be able to prove itself or eventually be forgotten to oblivion? Will URW based decks continue to reign supreme or will Zoo emerge victorious this time? What are your thoughts about the current modern format?

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Faerie Rising Updates And Other Price Trends

I’ve been following the price trend of most of the faerie archetype’s pieces and I am not surprised at how much the price went up in just a couple of weeks since I posted this article.

Faerie Rising Updates And Other Price Trends

Perhaps, the biggest contributing factor for this would likely be the upcoming PT Born of the Gods Valencia that will be taking place this coming weekend on February 21st to 23rd in Valencia, Spain. However, if you’re going to study the recent winning deck lists in MTGO, the Faerie Archetype is underrepresented. In fact, there were only three players who play the archetype with only one of them taking the top spot.

For reference, here are the deck lists:

Faerie Rising Updates And Other Price Trends

Faerie Rising Updates And Other Price Trends

Faerie Rising Updates And Other Price Trends

Faerie Rising Updates And Other Price Trends

As I’ve discussed before, the most probable reason for this would be card availability and with the prices of most faerie pieces skyrocketing, it’s very unlikely that the archetype would be dominating the modern metagame soon. Another possible contributing factor would be that most players are keeping their tech under the wraps for the up-coming tournament.

One thing’s certain though, if multiple copies of Bitterblossom as well as the other deck pieces end up occupying most of the spot in the top 8 of PT Valencia then I wouldn’t be surprised if Bitterblossom hits $80 and Mistbind Clique ending up around $18-20 apiece.

Meanwhile, some cards are also seeing play these days and have their prices rising steadily such as the following:

Faerie Rising Updates And Other Price Trends

“As of 02/21/14 2:35 PM”

Apparently, Scapeshift decks are starting to crowd MTGO hence the upward trend on primeval titan’s price. In fact, even the metagame in Mindstorm Games Hobby Shop has a lot of them right now and another local game store named Got Game has a player using the said archetype made it to the top. If Scapeshift decks continue to occupy the top places then it’s very likely that the green titan’s price may go up a notch more.

In fact, in my opinion, Scapeshift decks are good deck choices against decks that depend on swarming their opponents since they’re basically combo decks which rely on a land namely Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, to defeat their opponents like the Valakut decks of old. This means that both Thoughtseize and Inquisiton have no way to remove the deck’s win condition though they can still discard some of the Scapeshift players’ means of reaching their goal. But unless the opponent can kill them fast it’s very likely that the opponent’s future is bleak.

So how about Marsh Flats? Well, there’s another deck that’s also not showing any significant numbers in MTGO events that may also benefit from the unbanning of Bitterblossom and that’s B/W tokens. This is perhaps the highest price that Marsh Flats attained ever since the modern format was established and the same with Fetid Heath and I feel that this has something to do with people who intend to use the B/W tokens archetype this coming weekend.

Faerie Rising Updates And Other Price Trends

“Marsh Flats a few hours ago”

In fact, the original stock of Marsh Flats earlier was 5 but in just a few hours, only 2 were left and it won’t be long before SCG restocks again and probably increase its price.

It’s just a day or so before the much anticipated PT Valencia takes place and if you play in the modern format, it would be best that you stay tune to the latest development taking place in the tournament. At this time, it would be more advisable to hold on to the modern cards that you have before selling them and wait for any possible price changes that may occur. Don’t let go of your Primeval Titans and Bitterblossoms yet!

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Financial Trends: Faerie Rising

It’s just been three days or so when Bitterblossom became legal in Modern and look what’s happened in a short period of time

Financial Trends: Faerie Rising

“THAT Bitterblassam!”

I was planning to sell my extra copy of Bitterblossom but seeing its upward trend as well as the potential of the card’s price increasing more after MTGO gets updated of the latest changes and after PT Valencia and GP Richmond, I decided to hold back for the time being. Though for Bitterblossom’s price to rocket up further there has to be multiple copies of it in the top 8 of any of these big tournaments.

Of course, there’s also the possibility of decks without copies of Bitterblossom to make it to the top 8 instead as oppose to those who utilize the black faerie tribal enchantment due to hate. And the thing is that this is a real possibility because these days, I’ve been seeing and hearing people considering playing burn decks that are good against the blossom player.

As I’ve said in my previous article, Faeries, which will likely become a viable archetype in Modern, may be dominant back in the day but the environment it will face now is purely different. There may be people who believe that unbanning Bitterblossom will be disastrous to the format’s health but then again, we can’t also discount the possibility that it won’t and only time will tell which side is correct.

But based on the trending shown above, one thing is certain; a lot of people are excited in playing the Faerie tribal enchantment. In fact, you’d see conversations in Twitter revolving around Faeries and some who are already testing the archetype.

Financial Trends: Faerie Rising

The pros on the other hand are keeping mum with regard to their plans especially that PT Valencia is just a few weeks away so don’t be surprised if you don’t hear anything from them about the decks that they will be playing in the upcoming PT event. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of them play some UB Faeries and B/W tokens which is another archetype that has tremendously gained an upgrade.

Financial Trends: Faerie Rising

“B/W Tokens”

Imagine this scenario:

T1: Land, Thoughtseize/Inquisition of Kozilek

T2: Land, Bitterblossom

T3: Land, Spectral Procession

T4: Land, Intangible Virtue and Blood Artist (or another Intangible Virtue or any 2-3cc spell)

Sure, it’s a nice trip to Christmas land but it’s possible none the less. And how about Abrupt Decay you said? Well, it’s similar to the Doom Blade argument. If your opponent has it, then well and good, but if your opponent doesn’t, or like lost it, thanks to being plucked away by a turn one Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek, then Bitterblossom will be uncontested and will be a problem and a big one at that.

Another archetype that is likely to return would be Zoo. With the unbanning of Wild Nacatl, true aggro decks will likely make resurgence especially this coming PT Valencia. Would the Bitterblossom decks be able to handle a deck having beefy creatures coming out of the gates as early as turn one?

Financial Trends: Faerie Rising

“THIS is a ZOO”

To sum it all up, Modern will surely be shaken up by these changes. These prices won’t be dropping anytime soon until the first batch of results from MTGO in the Modern format goes online, not to mention that the hype created by the unbanning of the said card is very high. I won’t be surprised if Bitterblossom’s price shoots up to $80 after PT Valencia, especially if multiple copies of the card occupy the top 8.

So, should you buy your own playset of Bitterblossom while it’s sitting at $50 each?

My take on that is unless you will be playing in a Modern tournament soon and or you’re going to invest in the format, you may want to hold off for the meantime and reconsider. Though keep in mind that even if no deck sporting the black tribal faerie enchantment gets in the top 8 of PT Valencia, it’s still unlikely that the hype and price of Bitterblossom will go down anytime soon. There’s still GP Richmond after that and by that time, the decks with the Bitterblossoms may already have adjusted to the new metagame as well as to the hate.

Do take note that these are purely speculations based on the data that I’ve gathered. I am no financial expert when it comes to Magic: The Gathering but the numbers above still say something about what could possibly happen in the near future. Would Bitterblossom take Modern by storm or would it get severely hated to survive the up-coming metagame environment? What do you guys think?

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Strategies On How You Can Effectively Utilize Advance Ebay Money

There are a number of ways to be able to take advantage of advance eBay money. These days, it matters a lot that you know how to manipulate your eBay money especially that a lot of online transactions are being done through eBay. Here are some strategies on how you can further optimize eBay money.

Sell Something You Are Familiar With: If you want to be able to effectively sell something on eBay then the best option would be to sell something you are able to give details of. Investing your eBay money on this will help you profit more than lose.

Be Concise: Provide useful information that potential buyers are likely to ask like condition, price, shipping terms and description of the product. However, be straight to the point when giving these details and avoid putting many details because not all people who look up products in eBay are willing to read a lot of details.

Be Wary When You Put A Price Tag: Make sure that when you are putting a price for a item on eBay is that you consider costs that will come along when you sell it such as shipping costs, fees and the actual cost of the item. Be confident with the price that you set for your product and refrain from putting a lower price then charging more for shipping and fees.

With advance Ebay money, you will be able to efficiently manage your finances and your products that are on eBay.

How To Appraise Gold

If you are planning to invest in gold, you should make it a point to learn how to appraise them yourself or at least have the knowledge to identify the value of gold. Keep the following in mind:

  • Examine It Closely: What you need to do first is to find a hallmark which is often located on the reverse side of the jewelry, near the cache on chains and in the interior of trinket boxes. However, you will not be able to find this without a jeweler’s loupe which is a magnifying device that jewelers use. Find purity marking which are indicated in the form of “ct” and then followed by a number. Remember that the higher the number, the higher the value of the gold.
  • Check the Weight: This is perhaps one of the things that you should be doing if you want to know if that gold krugerrand is really valuable or not. You can do this through a scale or just putting it on the palm of your hands and you will know if it is valuable depending on how heavy it is.
  • On Collectibles: Keep in mind that collectible items have higher value as compared to standard bullion. A good example of this would be a functioning gold watch which would be more than what it is worth since there are a lot of people who enjoy collecting watches.

These are some tips on how you can appraise gold.