Tectonic Movements

The Modern buy outs continue on a daily basis in the American market and the European response times have become quite short recently.

The Modern buy outs continue on a daily basis in the American market and the European response times have become quite short recently. These are some of the targets:

Tendo Ice Bridge  From(EX+): 3,95 €  Price Trend: 4,43 €

The Ice Bridge has not seen a lot of play historically due to its very mediocre power level. It was used as a 1-of in the Amulet Bloom deck, which has just been massively weakened by the bannings. It is also a 1-of in the Lantern Control deck, which currently holds a “massive” 2% of the metagame. Given the lack of tournament play, the card price should normally trend downward, but we are about to receive “the sixth colour” in Oath of the Gatewatch, which will make every land that can tap for colourless mana potentially more relevant than it was before. The Eldrazi creatures requiring specifically colourless mana to cast are very strong and players will be struggling to find the perfect mana base to reliably cast Thought-Knot Seer and friends, while still having spells of one or more colours in their decks.

In this regard painlands have turned into “trilands” better than Murmuring Bosk, which have the potential to see more play in Modern Eldrazi decks than the usual combination of fetchlands and shocklands (which doesn't provide colourless). Depending on the amount of coloured spells you are using, Tendo Ice Bridge could be considered a relevant alternative to including painlands that produce only one of your colours. There really aren't a lot of other lands that can produce coloured mana and colourless mana, besides Grove of the Burnwillows, which has already been trending upwards continuously for a long time and would see another spike if the Eldrazi deck ended up in R/G for some reason. A non-black version of the Eldrazi deck is very unlikely though, as Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is just too good in that archetype.

It might not pay off, but I can see the allure of buying this strange land. If the Bridge ends up in Eldrazi decks at the Pro Tour, the price is going to explode.

Raging Ravine  From(EX+): 5,00 €  Price Trend: 7,84 €

Yesterday this creatureland shortly doubled in price in the United States, and there has been a lot of movement on MKM in response as well. I personally don't think chasing Ravine is a great idea, because Jund should not be in good shape in the post-bannings environment. Both Inquisition of Kozilek and Abrupt Decay are getting weaker if Tron and Eldrazi decks with their expensive threats are making up relevant parts of the metagame. Tarmogoyf doesn't perform against their main deck graveyard removal and can often be smaller than their threats even if graveyards remain untouched. Hoping to win a card advantage battle in a grind game, Jund isn't well-positioned against the super fast decks aiming to race the big mana decks, either. The price might settle higher than it was before the spike, but I can't imagine why there would be enough long-term demand for Raging Ravine to keep the price rising. If the spike becomes as large as in America, you should consider selling your copies.


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