Financial Quick Picks - Cards That Will See Uptick in Play and Price [Edward Eng - Battlemage, Level 42]

Twin gone. Bloom gone. Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch gone. So moving are some cards that'll most likely see an uptick in either play, price, or both in light of all the Eldrazi craze in Modern.


Have you seen this list?

I think this is a good adaptation moving forward in Modern. Decks are already rapidly evolving to adjust to the metagame and this is a good start. You can't go wrong with picking these up since it's a multi-format all-star.

Ancient Stirrings

Same as above. Foils are pricey but will probably hold.


Same. Foils are still pretty pricey owing to Legacy but should hold their value or even go up a bit.


Modern seems to be moving in a direction that's more creature-based. Despise could be a decent way to combat things like Eldrazi Mimic on turn one if you're on the draw. If you draw it later, you can obviously strip the bigger Eldrazi out your opponent's hand. Foil versions are fairly cheap.

Gut Shot

I'm sure many of you saw or heard about LSV ripping this off the top of his deck. It should be pretty obvious now that this was there to also combat opposing Eldrazi Mimics. Foil versions should be nice pickups.


Thanks, Eye of Ugin and Urborg, Tomb of YawgmothDismember deals with lots of things fairly cheaply and -5/-5 is pretty big game now. Look into picking up FNM foil versions.

Ghost Quarter

This has already shot up in price. But it's gonna be a staple for a while. Pick up your set if you haven't already. Pick up more if you see them. Many people will need this card moving forward as it's played in many types of decks.


We might see a comeback from this card. Possibly in sideboards. Forcing the opponent to discard two after a Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek can be pretty backbreaking. Look into picking up the Magic Player Rewards version.

Essence Scatter

Another sideboard possibility as I just mentioned above about Modern leaning towards a lot of creatures right now. Foils are cheap.

What other cards do you think will see an uptick in play and/or price?

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Additional Reading

1. Event - $1k Magic Tournament Hosted by Galactic Treasures & The Card House

2. The MTG Community - Get Lucky [Edward Eng - Battlemage, Level 42]

3. The MTG Community - Why You Should Play More Limited [Ty Thomason - Archmage, Level 46]

4. The MTG Community - Pros & Cons of Playing Two-Headed Giant [Edward Eng - Battlemage, Level 42]

A Little Bit about Eddie

He started playing Magic around December of 1994 then hit the sanctioned competitive tournament scene in 1997. He played till about 2000 and was on the cusp of making the Pro Tour but stopped to focus on school. He found his old teammate on Facebook in 2009 and got back into the game in 2010. Since then he's played in two Nationals, top 16ed an SCG Invitational, and day 2ed multiple Grand Prix.

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