The Wealth Effect

Magic financiers typically point to the growth of the playerbase as the primary driver of rising card prices in recent years. Rising card prices, in turn, have been the primary driver of Magic finance. Without new money pouring in, speculating on Magic cards would largely be a zero-sum game closer to gambling than investing. The …

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Weekend Magic: 2/27-3/1

This week brought us Star City Games: Baltimore, where Modern was the featured format with a side of Standard and Legacy. Let’s dive into the results to see what innovations were showcased this weekend. Star City Games: Baltimore – Modern Open (Baltimore, MD – USA) Decklists Deck Finish Player Deck Finish Player Sultai 1st Gerard …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #107 Age of Affinity

http://content.blubrry.com/mtgcastdotcom/Pitt_Imps_Podcast_107_Age_of_Affinity.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:26:48 — 19.9MB) This week, we go over the Standard GP that just passed. We also cover some quick news. I don’t know, something about a Dual Deck or a FTV or something. Then we ramble for a bit. Oh wait. Crap, almost forgot. We are giving a guy a try …

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Casually Infinite – Manifest and Other Troubled Mechanics of Magic‘s Past

I’ve kept no secret about the fact that I’m not impressed with manifest as a mechanic. To me, it fits in with a number of previous unimpressive “feel bad” mechanics. As a featured new keyword in a set, it has a number of issues similar to other troubled mechanics such as tribute, cipher, and curses. …

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Privileged Perspective 16 – Once More Unto The Breach

So today we are going to do something that we have never done before, and could theoretically never do again. Thanks to a conflux of semi-recent events, driven primarily by the new foreign card market, I am about to sign up for TCGplayer—and you’re going to go through it with me! Obviously this experiment is going …

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Brainstorm Brewery #136 – Facile Arguments

http://s3.gatheringmagic.com.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2015/02/27/Brainstorm-Brewery-136.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:12:46 — 66.6MB) Luckily for us, we had another opportunity to debate the Reserved List. Excellent. We like nothing better than spending our time debating the merits of something that is literally never going away ever. It’s always a great expenditure of our time. We love it. We even found some …

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Conjured Currency #52: Wizards Has Never Done That!

Welcome back, everyone who still reads my articles (or are just starting to read my articles!). I’d like to start out this week by clearing up a misconception that many people have about what I (and other Magic financiers) do in the community. I do not own a Crystal Ball. Well, I probably do somewhere …

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Weekend Magic: 2/20-2/22

This certainly wasn’t a weekend to miss. Two grands prix, along with Star City Games Open Series in Los Angeles, means there is a ton of information for us to digest. Let’s dig in and see the results. Grand Prix: Memphis (Memphis, TN – USA) Format – Standard Top 8 Decklists Jack Fogle took down …

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Pauper Cube: Drafting Tips, Tricks, and Archetypes

Pauper? What does poverty have to do with Magic? If you’re new to Magic, you might not know what Pauper is. Those who know of Pauper are asking, “Why are you writing about Pauper? Isn’t that format dead?” Well, Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) no long supports MTGO Daily Events for Pauper (editor’s note: This …

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Pimp My Deck: Commander 2014 – Built from Scratch (featuring Bosh, Iron Golem)

Hey, guys, sorry for the long hiatus. Between the holidays and the Fate Reforge release, I haven’t had much time to do any research for this series.  But here I am, back again to bring you some Commander goodies. I won’t be including price ranges for the upgrades (it simply takes too much time for something …

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Privileged Perspective 15: Challenging Perspectives

Confession: I wasn’t 100 percent sold on the name of this column when I started. I liked “Privileged Position,” but I think someone else is already using it. Privileged Perspective sounds like a Magic card name, and maybe some day it will be, but I’m worried the name doesn’t make a whole lot of sense if you …

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Conjured Currency #51: From the Helvault

Have you missed out on some of the “most formidable winged warriors to ever grace the game”? Do you have an Angel-themed EDH deck? Are you trying to collect one copy of every Angel to ever be printed? If the answer to any of the above questions is “maybe,” “I guess,” or “not really,” you …

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Brainstorm Brewery #135 – From The Aether

http://s3.gatheringmagic.com.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2015/02/20/brainstorm-brewery-135.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:28:12 — 40.4MB) The gang is joined by self-styled financier Kyle Lopez (@itsyourboyLOPE), CEO of Aether Games. As you may have guessed, Kyle deals in Magical cards. As you may have guessed, he knows some things about it that you want to know. The gang facilitated this transfer of knowledge from …

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Commanding Opinion: Ghoulcaller Gisa

Ghoulcaller Gisa is definitely the better of the two zombie masters. To recap what she does: Ghoulcaller Gisa 3BB Legendary Creature – Human Wizard B, tap, Sacrifice another creature: Put X 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is the sacrificed creature’s power. 3/4 I’m also a fan of her flavor text; …

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PT Fate Reforged: 18 Match Points (6-4) or Better, By the Numbers

Based on comments from my previous article, I would like to take a more in-depth approach to Pro Tour Fate Reforged. Covering only the top eight leaves out many of other archetypes that were present over the weekend. This time, I’m going to look at all the players who earned at least 18 match points (a 6-4 …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #106 PT Fate Reforged

http://content.blubrry.com/mtgcastdotcom/Pitt_Imps_Podcast_106_PT_Fate_Reforged.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 2:58:48 — 40.9MB) Obviously this is our big week. We take great pride in being the best PT coverage podcast out there, and WE ARE. The work that goes into one of these is unreal but its so  worth it. PTs are the very best Magic out there being played and …

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Tiny Leaders: Tips for Getting Ahead in Baby Commander

For those unaware, Tiny Leaders, which I affectionately call “Baby Commander,” is a variant of the Commander format. One still plays a singleton deck with a legendary creature acting as commander. The most significant differences are its banned and restricted list, its deck size limit (50 instead of 100), and one huge caveat: all cards must have …

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Privileged Perspective 14: Loser

Magic casts a pretty wide net. I’ve met a lot of different people playing this game, with various work and education backgrounds. Magic finance, on the other hand, seems to largely attract those who have some sort of economics or business background (or like to think they do!). Perhaps this is why my perspective is …

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Brainstorm Brewery #134 – Sure. I Don’t Hate It

http://s3.gatheringmagic.com.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2015/02/13/brainstorm-brewery-134.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:07:13 — 30.8MB) We skipped a week. We’re really, really sorry about that. The important thing is that we’re back, and we’re in your face with so much value that you’ll need to buy a spare trade binder to hold all of it. You’ll be like that dude trying to hold …

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Conjured Currency #50: Artificial Spikes

Pro Tour Fate Reforged happened. While I know it was just last week, I don’t really want to talk about it. Well, I’m probably still going to talk about it, but I don’t want to do an identical analysis to what’s already out there. There will be several other articles out there for you to read that recap …

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Casually Infinite – About the MTGO Closed Beta with Chris Kiritz, MTGO Business Manager

In early December, Wizards of the Coast posted that it will be moving forward with leagues on Magic Online and began testing them during December in the closed beta environment. Along with this, the company posted the link to sign up for the closed beta. If you haven’t applied for it yet, you should do so here. …

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Weekend Magic: 2/6-2/8 (PT Fate Reforged Edition)

Hey, guys, I’ve got some sweet Modern action to cover this week based on the results that have come in from Pro Tour Fate Reforged. Let’s take a look at the standings, what cards were featured in some of the best-performing decks, and if there are any undervalued pieces left after all the spikes and …

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Episode 74 – Everything is Zen

Pro Tour Fate Reforged just happened…that’s a lot of Siege Rhinos. We talk the Pro Tour, our weeks, and the announcement of the new core set, Magic Origins. Obviously, this means Black Lotus will be reprinted. We examine the card Metal Worker, and 5.4% of this podcast is dedicated to ’90s post-grunge music. Thank you …

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Pitt Imps Podcast #105 Very Limited

http://content.blubrry.com/mtgcastdotcom/Pitt_Imps_Podcast_105_Very_Limited.mp3 Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:58:11 — 27.1MB) This week on the cast, we got to go over two Limited GPs. These are the first ones since Fate Reforged was released and there is plenty that we can take from them. Wizards announced a new policy that effects more than likely nobody you know. If you do know …

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The Zoo is Dead, Long Live The Zoo!

After falling short of top eight at a Modern IQ/PPTQ that I played in recently, I was itching to play some more Magic. Luckily, SCG Philly was right around the corner. I was still up in the air about what I should play for the Sunday Premier IQs: either Constellation in Standard or some form of Zoo in …

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