This one has been on my mind for a number of weeks, but since I have been on vacation and had very little time to do much research, I declined bringing it up until now. With the recent rise in The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, it seems “real estate” is the place to be right now. As with most spikes, we usually see a number of cards that are related in one way or another rise within a few months of each other, and I suspect this will be no different. I don’t know that I would be rushing out to drop any cash on some of these older Reserved List lands, but I believe trading for them has never been safer. With Tabernacle gaining fifty percent, it is not out of the question to see other unfair lands such as Mishra's Workshop and Library of Alexandria—to name a few—spike to a similar tune as Tabernacle. I do see the argument that Tabernacle has Legacy going for it, but if you are in tune with the high-end market, you will find a lot of people seeking cards such as Workshop. Similar to when this happened a few months ago with Lion's Eye Diamond, it only takes that one person to overpay because he or she must have them in order for the whole market to suddenly snap to that new price. With most places sold out on a number of these older Vintage and Commander staples, I could see this being a great target if you are looking to just hold some safe money for a year.
On a bit of an aside, I want to thank everyone again who participated in the Modern Masters competition, and now that we have seen the first light of what appears to be spoilers, it won’t be long until the full set is revealed. I will be contacting the individuals through e-mail, so if you no longer use or don’t often check the e-mail you submitted from, please forward a new contact method, and I will be sure to update you with anything you may have won. A ton of people responded, so though I don’t know that anyone will win the elusive grand prize, I am confidant some people will at least be snagging some fetches for free.
Vraska the Unseen that are now seeing play have shifted virtually nowhere, staying stagnant while all of the other cards, even at rare, rise around it. I don’t believe Vraska is going to go wild to $30 or anything, but I can certainly see her picking up to $12 or $15 this summer. With another year in Standard, this expensive Vindicate may just be the board answer of choice against some decks. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Vraska spike in the next week or two, so I would act quickly before any more coverage features her.
On the topic of underpriced planeswalkers, I cannot see Jace, Architect of Thought or Sorin, Lord of Innistrad dropping any lower. Though the demand for Jace is not currently there, we will see what I expect to be a large opening in the 4-drop spot for the entire format come September. There is no way this card doesn’t see tier-one play again, and at $8, I feel that you would be hard-pressed to find something I wouldn’t trade for them.
My last topic for this week is a bit off the wall and something I will probably go more in-depth on in a coming episode of Brainstorm Brewery, found here every Friday on GatheringMagic, but nonetheless, it’s something I feel should be building buzz. With the confirmed introduction to Power Nine on Magic Online, we will probably see a number of players exploring the format in a cheaper atmosphere for the first time. Assuming a number of people will find interest in this format, previously unknown to them since they did not own these expensive cards, what do you guys think the chances are of real-world Vintage staples increasing at a rate greater than usual—a spike of sorts but in a much slower fashion I imagine.
There are two schools of thoughts here, and one is that Vintage players who are currently starved for a tournament scene will flock to Magic Online to play their favorite format. Given the capability of Magic Online to fire events every minute or so, this would be ideal for those always looking for competition and a steady metagame while creating less of an attachment to their real-world Power. I don’t believe most people will be looking to unload their cards as soon as they have another outlet unless they truly need the money or have no attachment to paper Magic any longer, but there will certainly be some.
I feel that I have covered a number of very relevant topics this week, and I encourage you to leave some feedback below letting me know what you think will happen to Vintage. There are a number of people out there who I believe have their hands on the pulse of that market more than I have, and I would love to hear from you. As always, thank you for reading, and remember to snag those Sorins and Vraskas before they spike in the coming few weeks.