Gambling for Life!

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Gambling for Life

Gamble  From (EX+): 8,00 €  Price Trend: 6,82 €  Foils from: 34,00 €

Gamble had never been printed in foil before, and will become an interesting investment once the price stops falling, but picking up the regular version seems reasonable as well. Besides its Commander applications Gamble is getting played as a 4-of in one of Legacy's most eccentric decks – “Lands”, where it is used to get access to Life from the Loam one way or the other. Lands has historically not been a great starting point into the format, because there is very little overlap with any other deck, but I expect more veteran players to complete their version of this deck over the course of the next two years as they keep assembling the required pieces “incidentally”.

4 Life from the Loam

4 Gamble

4 Punishing Fire

4 Crop Rotation

4 Mox Diamond

1 Manabond

4 Exploration

1 Forest

4 Rishadan Port

4 Wasteland

2 Tranquil Thicket

1 The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

1 Karakas

3 Maze of Ith

1 Glacial Chasm

1 Riftstone Portal

4 Thespian's Stage

4 Dark Depths

4 Grove of the Burnwillows

1 Wooded Foothills

1 Verdant Catacombs

1 Windswept Heath

2 Taiga

Why would I think so? A single Tabernacle is the only big monetary problem with the deck, and if you plan to ever own this deck, you should acquire that as fast as possible (ideally a few years ago).

Mox Diamond is on the reserved list as well and should be your next highest priority. Besides Gamble we just received Wasteland, Karakas, and Maze of Ith in Eternal Masters. Pick these up as they bottom out over the summer.

Maze of Ith From (EX+): 7,99 €

Some cards on the list are cheap already and many others are likely to be reprinted over the course of the next two years, opening up an opportunity to complete this archetype at a reduced cost one step at a time. As I have alluded to before, Dark Depth could soon be back in From the Vault: Lore. Grove of the Burnwillows was a “future shifted” card and can therefore be printed in a regular Standard set with a complete land cycle at any time or it might just return in MM17. Rishadan Port was highly expected to be in EMA already and should be one of the chase cards in EM18. By slowly picking up all the pieces when they drop in price due to being reprinted you can save money (and/or trade value), but of course you might need other decks to play in the meantime. Thinking long-term is only fitting for an eternal format though, so make sure to plan ahead no matter which decks you are trying to complete!


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