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Breakout MTG Foil Card Approaches $100!

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Even though March of the Machine Prerelease season has finally arrived, the biggest financial movers for this week aren’t really related to March of the Machine. While one foil has exploded in price over the week, other Commander-centric cards are also hitting the market thanks to new strategies being discovered by MTG players. Alongside that is the new Dandan-based format that keeps making financial headlines. Let’s take a look!

Dandan and Friends

For the second week in a row, the most significant price changes on the MTG secondary market are related to the lesser-known Forgetful Fish format. Since MTG YouTuber Rhystic Studies made a video detailing the format, the prices of these cards have been going through the roof. This two-player format plays a lot like a Mono Blue Tempo mirror, but both players interact with the same 80-card deck. As such, the format gains many additional layers. We wrote more about that here.

Of the cards required to play Forgetful Fish, two of them are seeing heavy price increases. The first is Dandan itself. Since this is the only creature available to players in the Forgetful Fish format, it is the primary win condition that players have access to. 10 Dandan are typically included in the Forgetful Fish deck.

Nonfoil copies have continued to spike in price over the past few weeks but are more or less stable now. The exception comes with the one foil variant of Dandan actually available on the secondary market. This card is nearing $100 in average listed prices, according to TCGplayer. That said, recent sales for foil Dandan cards are a lot lower. These are all for pretty played conditions of the card, however. Either way, financial outlets and websites all over the TCG market have this card at around $95 at the moment.

Notably, only one foil copy of Dandan currently exists and is in an incredibly limited quantity. Timeshifted foil cards from Time Spiral Remastered fetch a massive price because of how rarely they appear. For reference, about one of these is available per box of Timespiral Remastered. That said, it is possible to open two Timeshifted Foils in a box, or none if you’re really unlucky.

The Other Forgetful Fish Card

crystal spray

The second Dandan card that’s seeing massive price increases week over week is Crystal Spray. Crystal Spray is a bizarre MTG card that is pretty useless outside of the Forgetful Fish format, but it fits the bizarre layered nature of the format perfectly. because Dandan needs Islands to survive, Crystal Spray can become a surprise removal option that replaces itself. Alternatively, if your opponent has multiple Islands and you only have one, Crystal Spray can turn into a fog effect.

Last week Crystal Spray, at its most expensive, was going for $20, but the card saw a range of prices, selling for half that amount. The top end of the card has risen up to about $25, but the card is now consistently going for around $20 to $25. This is, mainly, due to the card only having one printing from an incredibly old set.

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Exalted Flamer of Tzeentch

This card has been spiking consistently over the past few weeks, but we haven’t talked about it because the amount that the card has been spiking weekly hasn’t been too exciting. Over the past few weeks, however, the story has been a little different.

The Exalted Flamer of Tzeentch’s spike started occurring in the middle of March. Back then, the card was, generally worth a little under $7. Fast forward almost a month later, and the card has suddenly spiked to $18! The Exalted Flamer of Tzeentch is still selling for some cheaper prices, but this one seems to be becoming more and more consistent.

According to financial outlets, the main reason that this card is seeing a price spike is because of Commander. The card sees play in a variety of Commander decks, but the new Commander to watch is Edgin, Larcenous Lutanist, a Foretell-based Commander releasing as a part of the new Dungeons and Dragons Honor Among Thieves Secret Lair.

You can find Exalted Flamer of Tzeentch in the Tyranid Swarm Warhammer 40K Commander deck, which means that this card card also has a particularly valuable Surge Foil that’s currently going for around… the same price as the non-foil version? This might be a good investment.

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Keeper of Secrets

keeper of secrets

Another Warhammer 40K Commander card, Keeper of Secrets, can be found as a part of the Cascade-based Ruinous Powers Commander deck. Keeper of Secrets, percentage-wise, has the most significant increase of all, increasing from $1 at the beginning of March to $8.

Like the Exalted Flamer, financial outlets mention that this card is seeing a lot of play in the new Edgin Commander deck since Foretold cards are cast from exile. The Surge Foil version of this card does have a bit of an increase in price compared to the nonfoil version, but it’s still at a very affordable $15.

The Biggest News is a Price Drop!

ragavan, nimble pilferer

While we will mention this quickly for the financially savvy, this downtick in price is likely going to need its own article. Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer was reprinted as a part of March of the Machine as a Multiverse Legends card. The monkey was opened a lot more than players expected at March of the Machine Prereleases this weekend, and copies are quickly flooding the market. This card had an astronomical secondary market value because of how powerful it is in the Modern format. This, combined with the card only being available as a Mythic Rare, created a massive supply and demand issue that pushed prices past $70 multiple times throughout the last year. Now that the card is being opened in droves,

Ragavan is beginning to sell for $55, down from a massive $200 just last week, and is still dropping. Players’ speculations about this card are currently all over the place, but we’ll discuss that more in the future.

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