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Weekly Update (Jun 14): M21 Previews, Commander Death Trigger Change



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Kokusho, the Evening Star Boggart Harbinger Army of Allah

This week big finance winners break down cleanly into three groups: cards that have spiked due to the Commander death trigger rule change, cards on the rise thanks to Core Set 2021 and some strange, old cards from the earliest days of Magic. 

Last update we talked about how Child of Alara and Elenda, the Dusk Rose had increased hundreds of% in price due to the Commander rules change that allows their death trigger to work even when they return to the command zone. This week a few more death trigger commanders followed. Kokusho, the Evening Star doubled in price from around $13 to $24-$28 depending on the printing and Roalesk, Apex Hybrid increased 100% from $2 to $4. At this point, all of the most obvious death trigger commanders have already increased in price, so it may be that we are nearing the end of the rules changed-based price spikes, although there are several lesser played options (like the rest of the Kamigawa Spirit Dragons including Yosei, the Morning Star) that haven't increased at all, so we'll have to wait and see. If you're planning on building around any of these legends you'll probably have to pay the higher price - in this case there seems to be legitimate demand behind most of the buyouts thanks to the cards' increased playability in Commander. 

Meanwhile, the overall biggest winner this week was Boggart Harbinger. The Lorwyn uncommon shot up from a few cents to over $7 this week based on on Conspicuous Snoop being previewed for Core Set 2021. Together these cards form a infinite combo that can potentially come together on turn three - turn two play Conspicuous Snoop, turn three play Boggart Harbinger to put Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker on the top of our deck. This allows us to use Conspicuous Snoop as a Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to copy itself an infinite number of times and then finally, after making a huge board of Conspicuous Snoops we can use the last untapped version to copy Boggart Harbinger against to tutor something like Mogg Fanatic to the top of our deck for infinite damage. Since Conspicuous Snoop seems like a playable card in a Goblin deck even without the combo, it seems likely that competitive Goblin decks in Modern and perhaps Legacy as well will at least try to slot the combo into the deck as a backup plan, which is driving the demand for Boggart Harbinger

Finally, an old Arabian Nights common increased in price this week with Army of Allah (A) increasing over 700% to around $60 after being less than $10 a couple of days ago. I'm really not sure what to make of this price increase. It doesn't take that much to buy out a card from Arabian Nights - even a common - because the supply is relatively small. Add in the increased focus on older cards this week due to the banning of several cards from the early years of Magic with depictions of racism perhaps causing some people to discover the card for the first time and perhaps this could explain at least part of the increase? Another, sadder explanation is that some of the cards that were banned this week have actually increased significantly in demand and price, so this could also be some sort of finance play. On the other hand, there are several strictly better version of Army of Allah (A) in existence, like Rally the Peasants, so it's safe to ignore the buyout. If your deck needs to give your creatures +2/+0 for a turn there a plenty of cheaper and better ways of doing it, which makes the buyout even harder to figure out. 

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#Trending Cards


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  3. Imprison (Legends)
  4. Grim Tutor (Core Set 2021)
  5. Child of Alara (Conflux)

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