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Weekly Update (Sep 15): Throne of Eldraine Previews



Throne of Eldraine Previews


Throne of Eldraine previews continue, with power at an all-time high on Eldraine. Lots of cards will shape Standard, and even Modern and older formats. Check out mtgpreviews.com for all the cards and complete decklists, and check out the important highlights of the set directly from SaffronOlive:


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Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


Arcane Signet Kinsbaile Cavalier Drafna's Restoration

Oddly, the biggest finance news of the week is the Brawl preconstructed decks releasing alongside Throne of Eldraine. It seems that Wizards massively underestimated the demand for these decks in paper (perhaps not surprising, considering Brawl isn't exactly a popular paper format) and only gave local game stores a tiny amount to sell. While a second printing of the decks was announced this week, for the short term there is a real risk of the decks selling out, which has caused the retail price of the decks to shoot up to Commander precon levels (in the $40 to $45 range, after being as low as $15 or $20 in some places) and the prices of chase cards like Arcane Signet (currently $35) to follow suit. If you want the decks immediately, there's little choice but to preorder at the higher price point. Otherwise, there's a chance that Wizards will overprint the decks during the second printing, which could lower the price in the future, but it could take a while for the increased supply to make it to local game stores.

Meanwhile, while Standard prices are mostly stable heading towards rotation, with rotating cards dropping and new Throne of Eldraine cards finding their presales footing, Throne of Eldraine is having a big impact on casual formats. This week, the biggest winners are Knight Tribal Commander cards, which gets a new leader in Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale. Haakon, Stromgald (em>Scourge</em) increased 27% to just under $14, Knight Exemplar continued its rise for the second straight week going up 31% to almost $12, and Kinsbaile Cavalier spiked 76% to $4.62. I'd expect that, barring a surprising breakout of Knights in Modern, these cards should start trending back down soon. War of the Spark caused many planeswalker support cards to spike over the short term, but most have dropped meaningfully (although not all the way back to their pre-spike price) over the last six months. If you just can't wait to build Knights in Commander, you'll have to pay the new, higher price. Otherwise, waiting a few months until the next hot thing is previewed and steals away everyone attention will likely save you a few dollars on your Knight Tribal pieces.

Finally, in the "ignore" category we have Drafna's Restoration, a little known Antiquities card that (sort of) works with the artifact subtheme of Throne of Eldraine. While not on the Reserved List, the sorcery increased almost 24,000% on the week from about $1 to $300, and is mostly sold out from major vendors. I'm not sure why anyone needs a copy of Drafna's Restoration to begin with, but if you do, the $300 price tag is deceptive. You can find several copies on Ebay in the $10 range, while the TCG mid price is inflated by one of the four vendors who have copies for sale (as of this morning) listing theirs at $999.94. From the outside this looks to be a finance-driven buyout of an old, low-supply card. You probably didn't know Drafna's Restoration existed before you saw the price spike, and the smart financial move is to keep pretending like it doesn't exist (unless you randomly have copies to try to sell at the new, inflated price). It should quickly trend back down towards $5 or less; it's hard to imagine there is much organic demand for the card.


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Much Abrew: Bant Snowblade

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Against the Odds: Worst Fears Combo (Modern, Magic Online)


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Modern Mayhem: Esper Hate-Ninjas (Modern, Magic Online)

Single Scoop: Azorius Palcatraz (Standard, Magic Arena)

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Teferi, Hero of Dominaria hasn't rotated yet so let's try a control/prison deck! Read more

Vintage 101: The Oncoming Storm

Mirrormade: Exclusive Throne of Eldraine Preview

Joe Dyer analyzes post restriction Vintage and the effect that Paradoxical Storm has had on the early metagame. Read more

Wizards knows about Seth's love of Blood Moon and Panharmoncion, so they hooked him up with a preview card that can be either! Read more


Commander Clash: MagicFest Las Vegas Spectacular - Oathbreaker (Teferi, Time Raveler vs. Venser, the Sojourner vs. Liliana, Death's Majesty)


What is the Oathbreaker format all about? The crew finds out with a special live match filmed at MagicFest Las Vegas!Read more

Brawl Bash: Knight's Charge (Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale, Magic Arena)

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TheAsianAvenger pilots the Jund Dragon commander through a few games of Brawl! Lets see how this aristocrats style deck performs. Read more


Podcast 241: Throne of Eldraine Previews


The crew talks about a ton of new Throne of Eldraine cards and answers #MTGFishmailRead more


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