#CMWhatTheTrend - Narset, Parter of Veils
- Jamin Kauf
Hello and welcome to WhatTheTrend, the column where we'll examine current trends on Cardmarket, check out why certain cards are popular, and speculate on future price developments. This week, we'll be discussing the newest multi-format staple – Narset, Parter of Veils.
The Prodigy of War of the Spark
When War of the Spark first came out, Narset was only one of 36 exciting new Planeswalkers. First an unsuspecting uncommon, many players spotted her potential early, calling her a Dig Through Time with the Leovold, Emissary of Trest anti-draw ability stapled on. And she certainly delivered as more and more people caught on.
While you could snag copies for 25 cents during presale, the price on Cardmarket steadily rose and we have now reached an average sell price of 2,70€. Not a lot of money if you're used to tournament staples at rare and mythic rare, but incredible for an uncommon. If you think about it, that's almost a 1000% price increase from 0.25€ to 2.70€ (980% to be exact).
The Demand Is Justified
With an uncommon, hype is usually not the cause of such a price increase. Cards with lower availability can be bought up quickly in excitement, creating a "fake" price, but this can't really happen with uncommons, so let's take a look at what makes for such huge demand.
Narset's static ability is useful in every constructed format: in Standard it almost single-handedly shuts down the Izzet Phoenix Deck and prevents Teferi, Time Raveler from drawing cards. Modern is another format where Arclight Phoenix suffers if a Narset is on board and I don't think we need to talk about Legacy, the format of Brainstorm, Ponder, and Preordain.
But that's only half the deal. Narset also provides card selection. If you get to activate Narset twice you're looking at eight cards total of which you get to choose two! That's basically Dig Through Time, a card that has proven to be too powerful in Modern and Legacy equally. Narset enables decks to play specific answers at lower quantities simply because she is so good at finding them.
Narset Rewards Good Deckbuilding
My favorite example is the Esper Planeswalkers deck in Standard that's able to include main deck copies of The Elderspell, which is incredible in Planeswalker matchups but less good against Mono Red and Nexus of Fate. And the same is true in Modern. If you check out this W/U Control deck that won the SCG Modern Classic in Syracuse, you'll find an incredible amount of one and two-offs, bundled together by Narset. For deckbuilders, Narset offers incredible strength unlocked by good deckbuilding and predicting the metagame correctly.
W/U Control by Jeremy Bertarioni, 1st Place at SCG Modern Classic Syracuse
|25Lands||14Other Permanents||21Instants and Sorceries|
|1Blast Zone||3Snapcaster Mage||4Opt|
|3Celestial Colonnade||1Vendilion Clique||1Oust|
|4Field of Ruin||4Narset, Parter of Veils||4Path to Exile|
|4Flooded Strand||1Teferi, Time Raveler||1Serum Visions|
|2Glacial Fortress||2Jace, the Mind Sculptor||1Spell Snare|
|2Hallowed Fountain||2Teferi, Hero of Dominaria||1Surgical Extraction|
|6Island||1Detention Sphere||2Dovin's Veto|
|1Scalding Tarn||2Cryptic Command|
|1Wrath of God|
|1Ceremonious Rejection||1Dispel||1Surgical Extraction|
|1Celestial Purge||1Disdainful Stroke||1Dovin's Veto|
|2Rest in Peace||1Stony Silence||1Spell Queller|
|1Timely Reinforcements||2Restoration Angel||1Cataclysmic Gearhulk|
When talking about card prices, you'll always want to have an idea about the future. Is this card worth holding on to? Should you buy the copies you need now if you don't have them? With Narset it seems easy: The Standard metagame might shift and at some point, War of the Spark will rotate out, but the newest Leovold-Dig-Through-Time Planeswalker will not stop being played in Modern or Legacy. With that in mind, she is a fairly cheap tournament staple to pick up right now.
Given her uncommon status, the time to make a profit off her has passed, but if you need copies for tournament play, you might want to grab them now (or pay an additional Euro or two later on).
Get your own Narset, Parter of Veils here before they go up again!