Bang for your Buck: Investing in Cards for M14 – Azorius and Boros
Disclaimer: I can not be held responsible for any poor decisions I make in regards to any cards you might buy in response to my article. I’m going to post my thoughts and plead my case for each card I recommend, and if you agree then by all means head out to your local gaming store or buy cards online and try to snap up some good deals. I’m basing my information off of months of standard gaming experience as well as prices in my area and how they’ve reacted to the ever changing metagame. I can only hope that the decisions I make are good ones and that my gamble pays off after buying the featured cards.
Previous Azorius, Boros, and White Suggestions
- Sublime Angel – It saw a spike in play and I sold mine for $14 while the going was good, but now that M14 is out it dropped to $8. Guess I was right to sell mine, should have said to sell yours too.
- Ajani, Caller of the Pride – I said to pick it up at $7, but he’s selling at a little less now, $6.30. I still think it’s a bargain, but until he finds a deck, he won’t go up in value.
- Silverblade Paladin – his value has already tanked from $5 to $3, mostly because he won’t be reprinted due to his Soulbound mechanic. Still great to suprise people with, but another mistake on my part.
- Terminus – dropped to $3.25 from $4. Another loss on my part. Should still see play in control decks before September though.
- Blind Obedience – thought it would hold it’s value at $3, it dropped to $2, this is mostly due to the new 2/1 Imposing Sovereign from M14.
- Rest in Peace – it held it’s value at $2 like I said it would, don’t know if it will stay there too much longer though.
- Angel of Serenity – I still don’t understand how this card could drop from $14 to $8. Are there THAT many people using Blitz?
- Geist of Saint Traft – I said it would keep it’s value, and it has. Still going strong at $22.50. I think it will see a lot of play until September, don’t expect to drop under $18 until a month before rotation.
- Sphinx’s Revelation – I said it wouldn’t change much, and I was right. This is going to see a lot of play throughout the entire block.
- Aurelia, the Warleader – Still haven’t seen a lot of play from here, but her value has been holding steady around $7. Can’t call this a win or a loss.
- Firemane Avenger – Just like with Aurelia, still think we have time before this gets more play.
I did a bad job of calling these prices overall, mostly because I underestimated how fast the Innistrad block cards would tank. If you didn’t sell your cards already, you’re probably screwed. Lesson learned for next time.
Bang for your Buck is going to be a little different this time. With the set rotation coming up at the end of September, the WHOLE Innistrad Block (Innistrad, Dark Ascension, Avacyn Restored) and M13 will no longer be standard playable. Therefore it’s kind of pointless to talk about those sets in this article. Of course some cards will maintain their value due to play in other formats (Take Griselbrand from AVR for example), but for the most part the prices are going to bomb. Today I’ll be focusing mainly on the Ravnica block sets (Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, Dragon’s Maze). I will be covering the sets rotating out in less than 3 months in the series or articles following this one called “A Whole New World: MTG Post Rotation”. Those articles will be going up at the start of August and will cover what to invest in before the cards become hard to get. With all of that cleared up now, let’s take a look at the cards I think will be a good investment for the M14 metagame.
Just like last time, I’ll be focusing on the guilds, choosing one from the RTR set, one from the GTC set, and their corresponding cards from Dragon’s Maze.
Cards like Silence and Quicken are going to make playing Azorius a lot more fun. You’ll be able to play a Supreme Verdict ($4.80) on their turn, or totally stop them from playing anything at all. Can you imagine casting a Silence at the beginning of turn 2 against a GR blitz deck to stop them from laying down 4 creatures? I think control will make a comeback, and with the loss of cards like Unsummon, we’re instead getting Doom Blade which will definitely cause all of those control related cards such as Verdict to see an increase in price. I expect Supreme Verdict to hi about $6-7 in the next few months before rotation. It’s about that price right now in Japan.
As for Sphinx’s Revelation ($22) and Rest in Peace ($1.75), I think they will both hold their value, but as it gets closer to rotation RIP will probably drop off in price to about $1.25 since Reanimator will cease to be a deck come September. It is still very effective against Aristocrats (both versions), but having only one deck it’s effective against instead of two will mean it sees less play. Jace, Architect of Thought ($13) will start to see more play as well, but how much is yet to be seen. I’d expect a moderate increase in value, but not a lot. $15 maybe?
Although Junk (GBW) reanimator only has about 2 months left of life, I think we’ll still see a lot of play from Angel of Serenity ($8.75). It is one of the most powerful creatures from the RTR set, and it seems undervalued now. After seeing the the rares from M14, I think the cards from the RTR set are going to gain a lot more value. Look for this card to hit $10 again close to rotation, if not higher.
With Oblivion Ring NOT getting reprinted in M14, look for Detention Sphere’s ($2.30) value to go up. Yes it will force you to play Azorius colors, but it’s a strong effect. I’d expect to see more control decks, and even midrange decks using this in the next few months. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the $4 range before rotation unless a similar exiling card comes out in Theros.
Another card I think will see more play as we get closer to rotation are Council of the Absolute ($1.50). If control gets more popular than this would be a good in mirror matches. AEtherling ($5) should hold it’s value as well unless control goes in the opposite direction and nobody ends up playing it at all.
Aurelia, the Warleader ($6.50) feels a little undervalued right now. With Naya midrange getting cards like Kalonian Hydra (attack for 8 first time, attack for 16 in the second phase!), and decks like UWR tempo losing Thundermaw Hellkite and Geist of Saint Traft in less than 3 months, I think we could start seeing Aurelia in a lot more decks. I wouldn’t expect her to go up in value too much at first, but I could see her at $8-9 by late August.
Boros Reckoner, on the other hand, seems to have hit a sweet spot at $13. It will see more play after rotation, but it loses a few support cards in the decks it’s in, so I don’t think its price will change. I think we should keep an eye on Gideon as well the closer it gets to September. Since we’re losing a lot of exiling effects (Oblivion Ring) and the -13/-13 morbid effect from Tragic Slip, he could see more play but it’s still to early to tell if Gideon, Champion of Justice ($4.50) will go up in value. I think he’s a lot more playable than Tibalt, so I don’t expect him to stay at that price all through Theros.
Legion’s Initiative ($4) is another card that I find undervalued right now. It hasn’t seen any play at all, but I think its time is just around the corner. It works really well with Boros Reckoner and Legion Loyalist, and I could see some RW battalion decks coming into their own after blitz decks have run their course (and lose Hellrider, Lightning Mauler, and Flinthoof Boar). At the moment this is an aimless card. It feels like it should be good, but it just hasn’t found a place yet. Ogre Battledriver and Mindsparker seem like they would work well with this, as well as Assemble the Legion ($1.50). This also works very well with Aurelia.
Next time on Bang for your Buck
Well, we’ve gotten started. I will be moving onto Selesnya and Orzhov sometime later this week, but before then I’d like to talk about the PTQ I took part in on July 7th in Hamamatsu. I did incredibly well and I wanted to comment on how I read the metagame and performed so well. Look for that article in the next few days, and then by the weekend I should have out the next Bang for your Buck article. I hope I’m right this time! Reading the metagame has become very difficult lately, so all I can do it bet on power cards that are undervalued to go up again. If you have any comments or suggestions about these colors, please leave them down below. Thanks for reading and see you next time!