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Weekly Update (Dec 2): The Expected Value of Ultimate Masters

Banned and Restricted Update, November 26, 2018


No changes in the latest Banned and Restricted announcement.Read more

Budget Magic: $83 (15 tix) QuasidupliDrake (Standard, Magic Online)

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How many times can we copy Crackling Drake and Murmuring Mystic with Quasiduplicate? We're about to find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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We're currently less than a week away from the release of Ultimate Masters and the expected value of the set is still looking solid despite dropping about $15 in the past week thanks to an across the board price drop from rares and uncommons. Even with the decrease, the average box should have north of $300 in value (and perhaps close to $350 depending on how you value the foil in every pack) with the Ultimate Box Topper adding a nice bit of bonus value.

Meanwhile, in Modern the general trend is cards that are being reprinted in Ultimate Masters are on the decline, while important cards that missed the reprinting (fetchlands, Surgical Extraction, Aether Vial) are on the rise. If you're planning to use Ultimate Masters as a way to get into Modern, think about picking up the non-Ultimate Masters cards you need sooner rather than later.

Finally, Standard prices are mostly quiet, but both Treasure Map (up 24% to $6.48) and Star of Extinction (up 16% to $8.99) are on the rise. Before rotation these cards were mostly too slow to compete, but in our current, grindy Standard format, they are gaining traction as four-of main deck cards. If you need either card to play with, don't be afraid to pick them up; but remember that the prices of Standard cards typically peak over the winter months, so it's possible Treasure Map and Star of Extinction are nearing their ceiling.

The Expected Value of Ultimate Masters


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Free-To-Play Fish: Izzet Wrath of Mages (Standard, Magic Arena)

Free-To-Play Fish: Orzhov Eternal Thirst (Standard, Magic Arena)

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Man, to be thirsty forever is a long time. Let's see if we can get our thirst fix today with some Orzhov Vampires. It's bound to be a bloodsucking blast! Read more

Playing Pauper: Life (Pauper, Magic Online)

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Is gaining infinite life a legitimate plan in Pauper? Let's find out!Read more

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Sean is back after a month-long break to get everyone ready for GP Shizuoka! Read more

Against the Odds: Multani Thud Scapeshift (Standard, Magic Online)

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What are the odds of winning with Scapeshift in Standard? Let's find out!Read more

Goldfish Gladiators: Five-Color Dragons (Standard, Magic Arena)

Fish Five-0: Jeskai Control (Standard, Magic Arena)

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Can a five-color deck work without all of the shock lands? If you include enough Dragons, then hopefully! Read more

Time to put our detective attire on and join TheAsianAvenger as he navigates through the standard gauntlet with winning decklists to see if they're the truth. Are they a must or a bust? See you in Arena! Read more

Commander Clash S5 E21: Anything Goes! (Gorm & Virtus vs. Krav & Regna vs. Nicol Bolas vs. The Ur-Dragon)

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The crew brings any deck they want for Anything Goes! Special guest star: Crim!Read more

Chompin' and Scratchin' (Tooth and Nail, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 199: Ultimate Masters, Artist Boycott, B&R Update

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How quickly can we cast Tooth and Nail in Modern? Read more

Seth and Richard discuss the full Ultimate Masters set, an artist boycott of MagicFests and a boring B&R update. Read more

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