8, Dec, 23

Colorless MTG Cards See Surprise Price Spikes!

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For a various number of reasons, colorless MTG cards seem to be all the rage this week. We discussed earlier this week some cards that can help fill out some holes in the color pie to your Commander decks, but this has little to do with why certain colorless MTG cards are spiking in price.

The answer, instead, is likely due to a different number of reasons, which each varying by the card itself. The biggest spike is something we’ve already talked about this week, while the others are something new.

Smuggler’s Copter

We won’t spend too much time here, as we’ve discussed it multiple times already. If you want to read more about Smuggler’s Copter, feel free to click on the many links you’ll find in this section of the article.

Smuggler’s Copter was the only unban on a rather massive ban list announcement that occurred this week. Unbanned in Pioneer, Smuggler’s Copter quickly took over the format in short order. It is currently seeing play in an overwhelming number of archetypes.

Of course, you could say that Smuggler’s Copter is still in its honeymoon phase. In other words, players are eagerly testing the card out.

Players are still figuring out what the meta looks like post-ban. Smuggler’s Copter may not end up being the optimal card for many of these decks but, for now, it’s all over the Pioneer format, and looks quite powerful.

You can read more about Smuggler’s Copter’s initial price spikes here, but the normal variants of the card seemed to have dropped in price a bit, while the Battle Bus is still trying to find its price point.

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Mirrex

Mirrex is beginning to pop up on some player’s financial radars. This land from Phyrexia: All Will be One is rather versatile. Able to produce any color of mana on entry, Mirrex is also capable of creating a Mite with Toxic 1. This allows Mirrex to play well in aggressive strategies, enabling whatever curve you need in terms of prohibitive mana values, while giving you a mana sink if you run out of resources and haven’t closed the game out.

Mirrex sees a majority of its play in Standard, and it’s not close. The land sees play in, well, almost every aggressive archetype under the sun. Convoke? Gruul? Dimir? Orzhov Midrange? Doesn’t matter. Mirrex is in it. Considering that Standard is the next regional championship qualifier format, Mirrex could increase in price as players begin to build their paper Standard decks.

Mirrex is also seeing some slight experimentation in Pioneer, but does not see much play there.

In terms of price history, Mirrex has been slowly increasing in price over the past year. Starting out at just 60 cents when it released back in January, Mirrex has slowly creeped up to about the $3.75 mark before seeing a larger spike this week.

Mirrex currently sells for between $4 and $6 on average, at least for its basic variant.

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Scavenged Brawler

Scavenged Brawler is an artifact creature exclusively available in The Brothers’ War Commander expansion. You can either find the card in Collector Boosters from that set or in the Mishra’s Burnished Banner Commander deck.

Scavenged Brawler is a really scary card in all kinds of Commander decks. The easiest home to identify for this card is in ‘keywords matter’ decks. This theme uses cards like Soulflayer, and many others to create absolutely terrifying monstrosities that deal damage fast, evasively, and are difficult to deal with.

Otherwise, Scavenged Brawler does well in decks that care about counters as well. Notably, the recent Commander pairing of Blue, Loyal Raptor and Owen Grady, Raptor Trainer abuse this card’s ability really well. By exiling Scavenged Brawler from your graveyard, you can load up Blue with a ton of different counters, which Blue will place on all other Dinos that enter the battlefield!

Finally, Scavenged Brawler is quite capable in Volton strategies. Growing your Commander and making it evasive is exactly what that gameplan wants.

Outside of casual Commander, Scavenged Brawler sees no play to speak of.

Since November, the old bordered version of Scavenged Brawler has seen a steep price spike. Starting around $1, Scavenged Brawler now has a rather messy average price. Selling for anywhere between $2 and $15, and all rather consistently, it can be hard to know what a Scavenged Brawler is truly worth. In our opinion, if you can find one for $5, it’s a fair price. $4 is quite a good one, at least, for now.

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Cryptic Gateway

Our last price spike isn’t a very big one, but could be helpful to some players trying out the new Lost Caverns of Ixalan preconstructed decks.

Kindred strategies are all over the new preconstructed Commander decks. Whether you want to give Pirates, Vampires, Merfolk or Dinosaurs a spin, the Lost Caverns of Ixalan preconstructed decks can scratch that itch for you.

If you have some massive haymakers you want to cheat into play, or even have a way to turn your creatures into card advantage, Cryptic Gateway could be an upgrade you are interested in. The key with this card is in its ability to both cheat big threats into play and do it multiple times in one turn.

The best way to abuse this card, therefore, is to create multiple bodies and somehow turn those bodies into card advantage. Cards like Champion of Dusk can really shine with Cryptic Gateway. You can cheat it in and draw cards, which can be used to either create more bodies or cheat in more creatures. Add in some blink effects into the mix, and this can get out of hand really quickly.

The new Lost Caverns of Ixalan Commander decks seem to be the exact interest that has caused Cryptic Gateway to spike, as the card only started picking up interest at the beginning of November. Once worth less than a dollar, Cryptic Gateway can sell for as much as $10! The market average for this card, however, is currently $4.13.

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