Top 5: Cards to Buy, October Edition

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Between Unfinity, Warhammer 40,000, bannings in Modern and Standard, and The Brother's War around the corner, there's a lot to process. The Magic: The Gathering singles market certainly reacted to these and other influences. Let's find the latest and hottest trends in October, and look for the best deals!

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5. Latest Product Pickups

Let me tell you something about product fatigue. In 2022 Wizards have released more products than in any other year, discounting the Secret Lair Drops we got from time to time. Magic players cannot cope with everything they are throwing at us, however we keep trying.

On the bright side, the truth is the last two releases don't particularly appeal to me anyway. I am referring toUnfinity with all its Attractions and stickers nonsense as well as the Warhammer 40,000 Commander decks. They are both aimed at Eternal formats, meaning cards are only legal in Legacy, Vintage, and Commander.

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Among all possible cards to highlight, I came up with ________ Goblin, which interestingly enough is legal in Pauper too. What this card does is introduce stickers, which are a huge part of the innovations from this set. We aren't covering them in depth, but long shorty short, from the total 48, no matter which sticker you put on "Underscore Goblin," it will end up adding at least four red mana, with a 75% of getting six, so it's always mana positive. I have found a comprehensive explanation of what this Goblin is capable of in this video: It can speed up Muxus, Goblin Grandee to come out as early as turn three or even two, and it can perform other amazing stunts, especially with Goblin Lackey.

Sadly, the set isn't legal on Magic Online yet, therefore we got no decklist to evaluate how the new card affects Legacy and Pauper, but give it some time. Speaking about price, this common doesn't cost more than cents. The Galaxy foil version is running about €11, but that might not hold.

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Moving on to the other supplemental product, this time focused on Commander, I choose Bloodthirster as my Warhammer 40,000 pick. Printed in the Ruinous Powers deck, it has skyrocketed from an average of €2.50 up to €10 in a matter of weeks. A six-mana Demon with flying and trample seems a fine deal when it grants additional combat phases. That's a popular mechanic in Commander. Other similar cards like Aggravated Assault, Godo, Bandit Warlord, or Hellkite Charger have all gone up in price recently.

4. Sudden Spikes

Sometimes a card creates a butterfly effect that pushes up another out of nowhere, and it is almost impossible to predict that. Luckily, there are millions of Magic players, in particular the ones devoted to Commander, ready to figure out the latest combo in this never-ending spoiler season. It's exactly what just occurred with Gonti's Aether Heart, a legendary artifact that creates two energy counters when it, or another artifact, enters the battlefield under your control. For eight energy counters, you get to take an extra turn, but you have to exile itself as part of the activation cost.

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This card had been a bulk mythic ever since it was printed back in Aether Revolt—until Mishra, Eminent One showed up in early previews for The Brother's War where it's part of the Commander subset. Once the two cards are in play, during combat, you can create a copy of Gonti's Aether Heart via Mishra's ability, and then both will trigger to add four energy. Any other artifact will trigger them again, bringing the total energy up to eight, and exiling the token copy of the Heart will grant an additional turn. As long as you can play one artifact per turn you can keep chaining extra turns. Crucially Mishra's ability changes the name of the copy, meaning both the original Heart and the new Heart can co-exist since the legendary rule only checks the card's name.

This durdly combination, mainly geared toward Commander, is the reason why the Heart has tripled its value on the American market in the last few weeks. Here in Europe we still got more affordable copies, though the average price is moving up to €3, so if you are looking to try out this sweet new interaction, get a copy as soon as possible.

Our next recent spike is Snuff Out, another Eternal card that sees heavy play in Pauper and a little bit in Legacy. Aside from the original Mercadian Masques version, it has only been reprinted twice, in Duel Decks: Garruk vs. Liliana and the Duel Deck Anthology, back in 2014, that means almost eight years ago, so the scarcity is a fact by now. While you can still find the Mercadian version for €6, all are climbing up to the €10 barrier. Snuff Out is a card that can be reprinted at any point in a supplemental product, but for now, check your collection because this common is getting expensive as we speak!

3. Renewed Pioneer Staples

Let's now focus on Pioneer, a thriving format, which ages like a fine wine as more sets enter the card pool. I want to recommend three cards that recently revealed themselves as new staples and hence suffered significant changes in price.

Starting with Legion Loyalist, this Goblin Soldier from Gatecrash has been a key part of the Eight Whack shell for a while, but it never got enough recognition until now. The latest build is succeeding in Pioneer, thanks to new additions from Dominaria United like Phoenix Chick, Yavimaya Iconoclast, and Karplusan Forest. What this deck aims for is to make a huge attack with a ton of small creatures, powered by Reckless Bushwhacker or Atarka's Command. That's when Loyalist becomes crucial, giving the team first strike and trample and protection from token blockers.

Pricewise, the hasty Loyalist is skyrocketing day by day, and the best time to buy yours is already past. All in all, the card isn't even that good to deserve such a price, but it's obvious that people are buying massively due to its recent rise in popularity. Be aware if you are looking to play Gruul Aggro in Pioneer.

Up next we have another strategy whose arrow over the past few weeks points in the right direction. Monowhite Humans is reasonably easy to play and wins games quickly, while also remaining somewhat cheap due to its plain (no pun intended) mana base. If you look closer to the list below, there is nothing fancy from Dominaria United, just undercosted creatures alongside four copies of Brave the Elements. The most expensive Human card among them is Adeline, Resplendent Cathar, which also sees a lot of play in Standard. It's well known by now, having enjoyed more than a year of existence since it was released in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, but still the cheapest copies on Cardmarket start at €6 to €8. Keep an eye on this Human Knight because it will keep going up in price.

Last but not least, my third pick for Pioneer players is Skysovereign, Consul Flagship. It recently climbed up to the position of the seventh most widely played card in the format. Decks mainly include a singleton, something that reflects on its €1 price. However, when you check the plethora of strategies that run it, Skysovereign is present as a wish for Karn, the Great Creator in every Green Devotion shell as well as a regular main-deck guest in Greasefang Combo variants. Meanwhile other decks like Rakdos or even Monowhite count on it from time to time as a sideboard tool, suited for the grindy matchups, where the Flagship can deal with small creatures and hit planeswalkers too.

While it is very unlikely that Skysovereign breaks the market, in fact there are tons of copies below €1, this is the type of card that sooner or later could spike out of nowhere. So add it to your cart while purchasing other things. At current prices it's practically impossible you'll come to regret it.

2. The Breach Moment of Truth

Down to Modern, we just had a banning announcement in October, kicking out Yorion, Sky Nomad from the format, following in the footsteps of Lurrus of the Dream-Den. There are some decks benefiting from the farewell of the Money Pile shells Yorion graced, while some underdog strategies have been emerging in the past weeks. There is one that really caught my eye: Grinding Station Underworld Breach Combo.

With both cards in play, you start chaining Mox Amber from the graveyard, sacrificing it to Station infinite times, up to a point where you mill your whole deck and then proceed to win via Thassa's Oracle. Without going to deep into the strategy, let's just say it is getting a lot of attention, popular streamers trying it out, people calling for bans, et cetera.

Looking at the financial implications, the uncommon artifact from Fifth Dawn with no reprints whatsoever is moving up since it is a pretty old card which is hard to find in a mint or near mint condition. Meanwhile Underworld Breach still sits stable at the €5. The most expensive part of this shell is none other than Mox Amber. A crucial part of the combo, its been getting close to the €40 barrier, becoming a very expensive card for a fringe deck. Combine that with the fact that artifacts will be key in the next few sets, and we get ourselves the next Mox Opal in Modern. Maybe not now, but historically free mana ends up being quite scary no matter the format, and I have a feeling this legendary artifact is about to break at some point.

To sum up, I would suggest keeping an eye on this deck. If it keeps performing well in Modern Challenges, the prices will become even higher all because of the hype and players trying to get some benefit from the momentum.

1. Modern Bannings Aftermath

Continuing with some Modern banning ramifications, I think it is safe to say that Indomitable Creativity shells stand at or close to the top of the metagame right now. The deck's plan is quite simple and efficient, while it can be assembled in a ton of different ways: Archon of Cruelty or Primeval Titan as the main win condition, adding all five colors to play Leyline Binding, or choosing the Grixis version to run Persist as an alternate way to rebuy Archons from the graveyard; the deck is just so good.

As a result of the rise in popularity, players have already adapted to fight Creativity in Modern, digging for flexible and efficient answers to deal with it. Starting with Hallowed Moonlight, this white rare from Magic Origins has been on the top of the list of biggest stock decreases at Cardmarket in the past three weeks. It prevents any Archons coming into play at instant speed while drawing a card in the process. It also deals with other problematic cards such as Living End or Crashing Footfalls and even helps against Rakdos Scam, another strategy that is well positioned at the moment. Although the chart shows the price growing over the past two months, it is still a bulk rare below €1. But people are getting their playsets and even some extra in case it really starts taking off, so my suggestion is to buy it as well since the cost is so low.

Next on my list is a quick recommendation. As a new Creativity player, I saw most lists adding Turn the Earth to the sideboards. This cheap uncommon from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt currently stands as a great inclusion, as it not only puts your own Archon of Cruelty back into the library, it also fights graveyard strategies, and on top of that, flashback works amazingly against Grief discarding it. Go get some copies at some point in the next few months.

Lastly, the number one curiosity for this month is Orvar, the All-Form, the legendary Shapeshifter from Kaldheim everyone is talking about. The reason why this creature has started to show up in several Modern sideboards is because it provides the cleanest answer against opposing Archons. Its second clause says when a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard this card, create a token that's a copy of target permanent. Therefore you can discard Orvar to the Archon trigger, create a copy of the Archon, and get all the triggers yourself, typically killing their own Archon.

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If you check the chart, people have gone bananas with this one, driving the price of this former bulk mythic with some Commander applications from a €3.50 average up to the current €13. In all honesty, I don't think the card is that good against Creativity. I think the current value of this card is messed up. Indeed, there is a next level play for Creativity pilots, which consist of swapping Archons for Iona, Shield of Emeria or Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in sideboarded games if they expect Orvar, making the Shapeshifter completely useless. I still find it very interesting how the market reacts to new cards becoming relevant against certain dominating strategies. Since I didn't get my Orvars in time, my plan is to chill until the price stabilizes during the next weeks and then decide if I want to get them or not.

Wrapping Up

If you reached this point, thank you so much for reading. I sincerely hope you enjoyed the content. As usual, let us know in the comment section below your thoughts on the cards you intend to buy next month in preparation for The Brother's War to come.

Until then,
Rodrigo "Rone" Martin


Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, not of Cardmarket.



8 Comments

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imperiosaur(29.10.2022 12:06)

Thank you for your article.
What „opposing archons“ do you mean?

Rone
RonePro(02.11.2022 18:05)

Imperiosaur

Thanks for your comment, what I mean are the Archons tokens created by Orvar's ETB ability.

panamajack(28.10.2022 18:24)

Really insightful article.

Rone
RonePro(02.11.2022 18:07)

Panamajack

Thanks for your support, I really appreciate it!

neVer(28.10.2022 13:04)

Starker Artikel, bitte mehr davon und danke!

Rone
RonePro(02.11.2022 18:08)

NeVer

Vielen Dank für den Kommentar, Grüße!

Powl10(28.10.2022 13:02)

Don’t buy them since all these cards already moved.

Rone
RonePro(03.11.2022 09:25)

Powl10

Thanks for your comment, luckily there are cards that stand at affordable prices like Hallowed Moonlight, while Orvar is far away from cheap atm; I sincerely hope this article served you, despite your reply. Cheers.

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