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Weekly Update (Jul 12): FTV Angels Spoilers, ORI Clash Pack Value


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From the Vault: Angels Spoilers

We got our first look at From the Value: Angels last night during the Wizards panel at SDCC which featured the spoiling of Akroma, Angel of Wrath and Akroma, Angel of Fury, both with predictably awesome new art from Terese Nielsen. Unfortunately both have already been reprinted multiple times and are lacking any real value. If you look over the list of rare and mythic Angels, you'll see that Akroma is sort of emblematic of a potential problem with the set: there just isn't much value to be had. While there are a ton of $5 Angels, there are very few high-end Angels that can be the face of the set. This means one (or both) of Avacyn, Angel of Hope or Linvala, Keeper of Silence have to be included and I'm starting to lean towards the latter. Who will buy a bunch of $5 foil Angels? Angel collectors, casual players, and EDH players. How can Wizards tempt at least some tournament players to join the fray? By including Linvala, Keeper of Silence as the headliner along with Entreat the Angels and either Baneslayer Angel or Archangel of Thune, preferably with epic new art. Pre-orders for FTV: Angels are going for $75-$100 on ebay. You can check all the latest listings and prices on our FTV: Angels page.

Finance Brief by SaffronOlive

Clash Pack Value

Ori clashpack

The big financial news this week was the announcement of the Magic Origins Clash Pack which is absolutely stuffed full of value. For a MSRP of $29.99, you get not only a $16 Collected Company and a $14 Windswept Heath - $30 in value by themselves, BUT you also get a $6 Dromoka's Command, a $4 Siege Rhino and a bunch of $2 rares and uncommons including Valorous Stance, Honored Hierarch, Avatar of the Resolute and Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit. That's $45+ of value not even including the bulk or the fact you get alternate art foils. The full decklists can be found on the Magic Origins Clash Pack page.

Earlier this week people were scooping them up for under $20 on Amazon (I hope you were following us on twitter and facebook), but now they're at $30 on Amazon.com. Since Clash Packs are big-box store products, once they are released you should have little trouble finding them at or below the MSRP of $29.99, so don't pay more than that!

To me this is a slam dunk buy. Sure, the prices of at least some cards will decline as supply increases; big box products don't stay plus-EV over the long haul. But you are buying three legitimate Modern staples and a couple more Modern playables for what amounts to buylist prices. If you need your playset of Collected Company for the fall, you might as well buy them this way and end up with a bunch of other cards for free. View the Magic Origins Clash Pack on Amazon.com.

Arcbound Ravager Spike

In the paper world, the big spike of the week was both versions of Arcbound Ravager which are now between $42 and $44 - double their $20 price tag from a month ago. Here we have a couple of factors at work: First, the past month has been fairly good for Affinity in Modern, starting with a mirror match in the finals of GP Singapore and continuing through a bunch of big Modern events on Magic Online. Second, Affinity lost nearly $100 in value from its total deck price with the reprinting of Mox Opal in Modern Masters 2015, so this spike fills in most of this gap. It's important to remember that even with reprint sets like the Modern Masters series, the overall cost of a deck rarely decreases.

Modern Masters 2015 on Magic Online

On Magic Online, the finance news of the week is the end of Modern Masters 2015 draft and the start of a meaningful recovery of staples reprinted in the set. A week ago you could buy a complete set of Modern Masters 2015 for 192.2 tix, today it will set you back 235.1. This represent a 22.3 percent set-wide increase over the past seven days. Some big winners include Daybreak Coronet (up 72 percent to 1.89 tix), Splinter Twin (up 56.4 percent to 6.1 tix), Noble Hierarch (up 40.7 percent to 11.4 tix) and Spellskite (up 29 percent to 13.1 tix). Perhaps more impressive is just how many MM2 card are on the upswing; Every single mythic is worth more today than a week ago and the same is true of every non-bulk rare. While the best time to buy for a profit was a few days ago, if you are still lacking any MM2 cards for your modern collection get them now. Barring a catastrophe, most of these cards will continue to increase until their next reprinting, and the recent trend towards phantom flashback draft only helps their prospects.

The Expected Value of Magic Origins

How much value can you expect to open from a box of Magic Origins? @SaffronOlive breaks down the numbers in The Expected Value of Magic Origins

Magic Origins Clash Pack and Intro Pack Decklists

The complete decklists with prices for the new Clash Pack and Intro Packs from Magic Origins were revealed this week. Magic Origins Clash Pack and Intro Pack Decklists

Commander Review: Magic Origins

Tomer shows why Magic Origins is a love letter to Commander with his Commander-focused review of the set.

Budget Magic: Standard Mardu Aristocrats

Is it possible to port over a Pro Tour winning deck from Innistrad standard to our current format? @SaffronOlive finds out in Budget Magic: Standard Mardu Aristocrats

What New Decks Should You Be Playing in the New Standard?

What are some of the hot new decks enabled by Magic Origins? What New Decks Should You Be Playing in the New Standard?

Magic Origins Fat Pack Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Magic Origins, we're giving away a Magic Origins Fat Pack! It's free to enter so check out our Magic Origins Fat Pack Giveaway today (giveaway ends July 20).

Articles Recap

Several great articles were published on MTGGoldfish this week:

#Trending Cards

The five most viewed cards on MTGGoldfish this past week were:
  1. Collected Company (Dragons of Tarkir)
  2. Snapcaster Mage (Innistrad)
  3. Monastery Mentor (Fate Reforged)
  4. Nissa Vastwood Seer (Magic Origins)
  5. Magic Origins Clash Pack (Sealed Product)

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