2, May, 22

Pioneer Card Prices Continue to Rise! The Format is Becoming Expensive

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Ever since Wizards of the Coast announced the Pioneer Pro Tour, prices of Pioneer cards started going up. Cards like Chandra Dressed to Kill, Winota, Joiner of Forces, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, and many more cards already spiked in price.

Sometimes card prices spike overnight, and when they do, I report on them. But there are other Pioneer cards that have gradually risen in value with overall substantial gains which I will cover in this article.

Shark Typhoon

A month ago, I wrote about Shark Typhoon in one of my weekly newsletters. It was $10.00 at the time but I suspected its price would rise due to the card’s prevalence in Pioneer. Now, Shark Typhoon is about $15.00-$17.00.

Shark Typhoon is commonly played in Azorius Control and 4-Color Fires of Invention decks in Pioneer. It’s even good enough that Modern Azorius Control play the card.

Price history for Shark Typhoon | TCGPlayer

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Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx | Wizards of the Coast

Last week, Cavalier of Thorns spiked in price when Mono-Green Ramp won a Pioneer Challenge. The hype for the deck carried over to this week, as the price for Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, began trending upwards from $30.00 to $33.00.

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Emrakul, the Promised End

Emrakul, the Promised End | Wizards of the Coast

A month ago, Emrakul was about $42.00. Now, Emrakul is between $46.00 and $53.00.

One copy of the card is sometimes played as a top-of-the-curve threat in a few midrange Pioneer decks such as the aforementioned Mono-Green Ramp deck and Selesnya Midrange.

Emrakul is also a good sideboard card in both Pioneer and Modern against control decks. Her ability to take an opponent’s turn is a cast trigger, which is extremely difficult for control decks to counter.

Price history for Emrakul, the Promised End | TCGPlayer

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Chandra is on the rise. Both the regular art and Signature Spellbook versions were $7.00 a month ago. But today, they are approaching $9.00.

Chandra, Torch of Defiance, is seeing an increase in Pioneer play. Rakdos Midrange and Big Red decks play 2-3 copies of Chandra in the mainboard. And Mono-Red Aggro and Izzet Phoenix play 1-2 copies of her in their sideboards.

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