Financial Time

March 5, 2020

M14 cards are still pretty much up to debate, as the way the format will develop with Theros is still unknown.

Alexandre Darras

32, from Brussels, Belgium.
Started playing Magic in 1995
Won GP Manchester 2012
17th GP Praha 2009
2 times Nationals top 4

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Hi everyone,

This week I’ll talk about the financial value of the mythics of M14.

First and foremost I’d like to give a bit of financial advice that you should keep in mind.

We are now at the best moment to buy cards: the prices are the lowest for a few reasons. The price of Innistrad block cards are falling, as these cards won’t be playable in standard as soon as Theros will be available. You should pick up the cards that are gonna be played in modern while their price is low, it is sure to go up as soon as a modern PTQ season will start.
The cards from Ravnica Block will also go up next year as the demand won’t be met by a constant supply of cards coming from drafts. This is especially true for the cards from Dragon’s Maze, as these cards have been drafted during only 3 months (even less because of Modern Masters) and only 1 booster per player was opened during these drafts. Prices are sure to go up once people will realize they need their playset of Voice of Resurgence or Blood Baron of Vizkopa. The mythics of a small third set have a history of roof-breaking prices, Sword of War and Peace or Jace, the Mind Sculptor are good examples. Even cards from both Return to Ravnica and Gatecrash will go up as they are meant to replace the Innistrad staples starting October. The Shocklands are sure to go up in price, as the Scars Fastlands and the Innistrad Taplands did the year after their introduction. Other cards just had better cards fighting for the same slot. Hellrider was pretty much a bulk rare at the time of Hero of Oxid Ridge then suddenly became a 10$ card. Now that Hellrider will leave standard, there’s gonna be room for a 4-mana creature to top the curve of the aggressive red decks, such as Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch
M14 cards are still pretty much up to debate, as the way the format will develop with Theros is still unknown.
However, I’ll give you my advices on which cards have overrated prices and which are underrated.
I have chosen to focus on the mythics as these are the cards which prices might fluctuate the most.

Ajani, Caller of the Pride 7$: The card might lose some value, but probably won’t go below 5 $. This is still a planeswalker. If monocolor is pushed high enough in Theros, his price could go up.
Archangel of Thune 40$: Right now out of stock on this very site, the demand seems to be high on this card. Everyone wants it to be the next Baneslayer Angel, but the constraints on this new angel are a little more important. I think the price will go down.
Devout Invocation 2.5$: This is, at most, a fringe commander card, and it’s price should stay in the 1-2$ range.
Jace, Memory Adept 10$; This is a fine sideboard card that has been printed in three core sets in a row, so his price should stay low.
Windreader Sphinx 3$: This is overcosted for standard. It might be played in Commander, but Consecrated Sphinx is miles better, so it will only be played as a substitute or in a dedicated deck, which should help his price stay low.
Liliana of the Dark Realms 8$: Even after the introduction of the Shocklands in standard, this card saw no play this year. I don’t think that even after [card]Liliana of the Veil[card] would leave standard this card would be played, so I suspect her price is going to fall.
Rise of the Dark Realms 3$: Nine mana is a lot, even for Commander. This should stay in the 1-2$ range.
Shadowborn Demon 10$: This card is really solid, could be played in modern in Pod decks and will see some standard play. I don’t see the price of this card falling too much but it won’t go through the roof either.
Chandra, Pyromaster 25$: Even though this is the best Chandra we’ve ever seen, I think a good shell will be tough to find for a red planeswalker. I think her price will fall and stabilize around 15$.
Scourge of Valkas 4$: This is no Thundermaw Hellkite. I don’t expect a lot of play for this card, which should keep his price solely on the fact that this is a mythic dragon lord.
Garruk, Caller of Beasts 25$: Six mana is a steep price, even for a planeswalker. His abilities are good, but he can’t defend himself alone. You need to have a good creature in hand and his loyalty directly goes back to 1. I don’t foresee a really good future for Garruk, who should, as Chandra, stabilize around 15$.
Kalonian Hydra 40$: This is the most sought-after card right now. If you get an attack step with it, it is insane. You can’t easily chump-block this monstrosity either. Still, Doom Blade is coming back and five mana is a lot in a world where Burning-Tree Emissary and friends threaten to end the game on turn 3. I think 40$ is the ceiling for a card that won’t be played outside of standard.
Primeval Bounty 8$: This Commander card is pretty much the definition of value. The casting cost presumably put this card out of the realm of Standard possibilities, but will be sought-after by Commander aficionados, especially the foil version, which is already worth around 20$.
Darksteel Forge 8$: The price of this card will fall as it is pretty much just a bulk mythic.
Ring of Three Wishes 3$: Even though I like the flavor behind this card, it just doesn’t do enough for the 10 mana you need to invest. In Commander, Planar Portal does the same but does it better, so I don’t think the Ring will find a home and will stay in its price range.

I hope you enjoyed this foray into the financial aspects of Magic!
See you all in a couple of weeks for my next article!

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