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    Hello everyone. What a lovely set to review. The flavor, diversity of possibilities and the power level of this set is amazing. Personally, I believe Magic Origins is the best set we get in recent years, since Return to Ravnica set. It might be bold to state this with a limited data on hand. Sometimes the obvious is obvious. And at my side, the reprint spoiler of Goblin Piledriver nailed the final verdict.

                                        Goblin Rabblemaster

The Red decks will get their second wind with a combination of Goblin Piledriver and Goblin Rabblemaster. But, it is not just the red mages who will get new recruits. There are a bunch of new and exciting white cards for Standard white weenie decks and even, some of them are good enough for Modern W/x Hate bears decks. Also, get ready to see some action from G/B Elves. The Elf tribe also got some shinny tools for Standard and Modern formats. This diversity is just from the first week spoilers. And, we still have one week spoiler journey to explore for Zombie, Merfolk or Faerie tribes. At least, I don't think we will get disappointed at Zombies side, when we are in Liliana's presence.

Today, I will review most of the rare and mythic cards from first week spoilers, based on their impact potential to the Standard, Modern and Eternal formats.

Archangel of Tithes  Linvala, Keeper of Silence

Archangel of Tithes is one of the few cards in Magic Origins that is good enough to find a place in both Standard and Modern formats immediately. In Standard, she survives from Languish and can't be easily killed with red damage spells. She can block Siege Rhino and Tasigur, the Golden Fang efficiently. All these facts are also valid for Modern format. 

Her both tithe effects are useful in various different scenarios. Archangel of Tithes can hose combat phase of aggressive decks or in the opposite situation, she can give us an unblockable attack. She is not a legendary creature, so multiple copies also stacks in taxing effects. In modern, Archangel of Tithes resembles Linvala, Keeper of Silence in some ways. On the contrary, she can't hose or stop Splinter Twin decks. Yet, she can be effective against, creature based aggressive strategies.

My price expectation for Archangel of Tithes will be around 4 to 5 tix ranges.  The only thing that restrains her playability is the triple white mana requirement in her cmc. That also opens a door for a new white weenie deck in standard with Nykthos. If that happens, we can easily see a jump to 7-8 tix ranges.

Kytheon, Hero of Akros  Gideon, Battle-Forged

I'm pretty sure about, you heard or discussed everything about Kytheon, Hero of Akros // Gideon, Battle-Forged for Standard and Modern formats. Kytheon, Hero of Akros is the latest incarnation of Savannah Lions that can protect himself and then transform into a troublesome threat. And all that value comes from a single white mana investment.

I expect to see Kytheon, Hero of Akros // Gideon, Battle-Forged with 12 tix average price during the next Standard season. He might see more reasonable price options during this summer. But, I don't think he will get lower than 7-8 tix ranges.

Hixus, Prison Warden  Kytheon’s Irregulars

Hixus, Prison Warden and Kytheon's Irregulars are very good limited cards. But, that's not the same story for Standard constructed. Both of them will be bulk rares with 0.05 tix price.

Relic Seeker  Stoneforge Mystic  Pain Seer

Pain Seer is NOT a Dark Confidant. And now the question is whether, Relic Seeker is the next Stoneforge Mystic or not. The obvious answer is no.

Relic Seeker is fundamentally operating under the same principles as Pain Seer. Both of them are 2/2 creatures and they need to attack in order to get the extra value. On the other hand, Battle for Zendikar block is coming and it won't be a mistake to expect some equipment and Kor synergy there.

Based on these facts and fictions, my conservative price estimation for  Relic Seeker will be around 0.75 to 1 tix.   

Starfield of Nyx

Last year, we saw a bunch of enchantment decks in the Modern arena that are efficiently utilizing Nykthos with win conditions like; Sigil of the Empty Throne and Heliod, God of the Sun. In that regard, Starfield of Nyx will be a great addition as an improved Opalescence. Now, these enchantment themed decks will become more consistent as Starfield of Nyx will wrap up everything around it and can lock the game in no time.

Starfield of Nyx will have a great future in modern format, but I don't expect any success for it in standard. Therefore, my price expectation for Starfield of Nyx will be lowered to 1.50 to 2.00 tix ranges. If this card reaches any top 8 in any respectable tournaments, we can easily see double or triple figures of my initial expectation.

Knight of the White Orchid is spoiled in PureMTGO. In that article, Joshua showed us some past performances of Knight of the White Orchid in Extended and Modern formats, together with a possible Standard deck foundation.

We get some good tools like; Kytheon, Hero of Akros // Gideon, Battle-Forged, Archangel of Tithes and Vryn Wingmare  to make Mono White Weenies a competitive deck and we can't design such deck without including Knight of the White Orchid there. My price expectation for Knight of the White Orchid will be around 0.50 to 0.75 tix. 

Alhammarret, High Arbiter  Jace’s Sanctum

Alhammarret, High Arbiter might be Jace's mentor. But as a card, this is a bulk rare with 0.01 tix value. Nearly unplayable in most formats.

Jace's Sanctum is too slow to make any significant impact in Control based decks. Another bulk rare.

Day’s Undoing  Timetwister.jpg  Time Reversal

Here is the biggest hype card of the Magic Origins set. Will Day's Undoing be a fixed Timetwister or another Time Reversal for our bulk mythic binders. In my opinion, Day's Undoing is really a very strong card in the right deck. Day's Undoing is not a tailored card for traditional Control decks, but more suitable for the combo oriented or cheap aggressive decks. I believe, Day's Undoing will shine, especially in the Modern Burn deck or maybe even in U/Rx Devler decks.

I don't think anyone of us forgot how broken Treasure Cruise was in the Modern Burn and Delver decks. I don't see any difference in the power level of Day's Undoing, but an improvement to draw new seven cards instead of just three.

I guess, my price expectation for Day's Undoing is a little hyped or maybe conservative. Even so, I believe Day's Undoing will be positioned around 7-9 tix ranges in midterm. And as always, any tournament success will skyrocket this card to 15-20 tix ranges.  

Sometimes one action is better than thousand words. So let me demonstrate Day's Undoing with a test deck.

A Lovely Red Day
test deck by romellos

Creatures
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
4 Goblin Guide
2 Grim Lavamancer
4 Monastery Swiftspear
14 cards

Other Spells
4 Day's Undoing
4 Lava Spike
4 Rift Bolt
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Searing Blaze
2 Shard Volley
4 Atarka's Command
26 cards
 

Lands
6 Mountain
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Wooded Foothills
1 Misty Rainforest
3 Steam Vents
1 Stomping Ground
1 Breeding Pool
20 cards

 
Day’s Undoing

 

After this card becomes online, I'm planning to test it under Temur Burn and after that, I will look how it will do in Grixis Burn with Tasigur, the Golden Fang.

Displacement Wave

Displacement Wave seems as a good addition to Control type decks. But the sorcery speed cripples it. Its power level is nowhere near to Cyclonic RiftDisplacement Wave will be mostly around 0.25 to 0.40 tix ranges.

Mizzium Meddler  Spellskite

Mizzium Meddler is one of the new and exciting cards that I'm looking forward to play with. Basically, Mizzium Meddler is acting as a one shot Spellskite to redirect a spell or ability. And that gives us a good resume for the Standard format, where we can use this card to protect our creatures in many ways. Especially, Mizzium Meddler can shine against Mono Red decks.

In modern, Mizzium Meddler can't beat an opposite Spellskite in a matter of redirecting. But, he can be a very efficient budget alternative, if you don't have any Spellskites. In the end, one silver bullet is better than not having any options.  

Mizzium Meddler will be a pre-release promo card, so we are going to see a lot of copies of it in the distribution. And that cripples his price potential a lot. My price expectation for Mizzium Meddler will be around 0.15 to 0.25 tix.

Dark Petition

Dark Petition is screaming as a combo card for Modern or even for the Legacy formats. In Modern, Dark Petition is more suitable for the Ad Nauseam type decks and maybe within Pyromancer Ascension shell. 

Regardless of these potentials, Dark Petition is a niche card for Standard. And that seals its price limits to 0.25 to 0.40 tix ranges.

Demonic Pact

Demonic Pact is a mirage that shows us wonderful things but not doing anything real. At least, not for constructed play. Otherwise, this is a flavorful casual card. And its price will be positioned around 0.50 to 0.75 tix like most of the bulk mythic cards.

Kothophed, Soul Hoarder

In Liliana's origin story, Kothophed was the most powerful demon that she formed a pact with. But in reality, Kothophed, Soul Hoarder is a mediocre card and it is just suitable for limited or casual games. Kothophed, Soul Hoarder will be a bulk rare card with 0.05 tix price value.

Languish

Languish is a very strong card that will shape the whole Standard format around it. Currently, most of the Control or Midrange decks depend on Crux of Fate due to its synergy with Dragons. But, Languish also achieves the same goal and it is a better option in some color combinations that have creatures with x/5 or bigger bodies. In Abzan decks, Siege Rhino and Tasigur, the Golden Fang will survive. But opposite, Dragonlord Ojutai won't. 

My average price expectation for Languish will be around 2.50 to 3.00 tix during mid-term. However, in short-term Languish may see 5-6 tix ranges due to huge demand.

Tainted Remedy  Rain of Gore

Tainted Remedy is a good and reliable sideboard card that we will mostly see in the Modern format. I used to play with Rain of Gore in my R/Bx Burn deck and in that matter Tainted Remedy seems as an improved solution against Kitchen Finks combo or Soul sisters.

One of the things I like about Tainted Remedy is that, we can poke our opponents with Grove of the Burnwillows or throw any healing spell with a target player phrase, like Heroes' Reunion or Healing Salve directly to a face. I mean, in casual ways.

My price estimation for Tainted Remedy will be around 0.25 to 0.50 tix.

Avaricious Dragon  Thunderbreak Regent

Basically, Avaricious Dragon is Grafted Skullcap on a stick that are forcing our deck strategy or playing style to the glass cannon side. This dragon may seem good as a high end at four CMC range. But I'm not convinced, it is a better option than Thunderbreak Regent at that curve and in matter of consistency.

My price expectation for Avaricious Dragon will be a bulk mythic status with 1.00 to 1.50 tix value.  

Chandra’s Ignition  Flameshadow Conjuring

Chandra's Ignition is a pure bulk rare card with 0.01 tix value.

On the other hand, Flameshadow Conjuring seems as an interesting toolbox card that may shine in a right deck. Unfortunately, we don't have any such deck or any past foundation reference in current Standard or Modern formats. I will include Flameshadow Conjuring to my long future watch list, just below to the Trading Post.  Until then, Flameshadow Conjuring will also be a bulk rare.

Exquisite Firecraft

Exquisite Firecraft is a fine red burn spell, even at sorcery speed. And I'm pretty sure that, we're going to see it in many Standard decks after the rotation of Stoke the Flames. More importantly, I wonder about how will Exquisite Firecraft do in the Modern format. As, its spell mastery bonus can be very relevant against some decks.

My price expectation for Exquisite Firecraft will be at 1.00 to 1.50 tix range with an open door to 2.50-3.00 tix value possibility.

Pia and Kiran Nalaar  Siege-Gang Commander

Like Chandra, her parents also love to explode things. And in that regard, Pia and Kiran Nalaar is coming to the Standard format as an artificer version of Siege-Gang Commander. Pia and Kiran Nalaar definitely got a chance to see play in this current Standard within the R/U artifact deck shell, as we got all the right tools to make it happen.

Overall, this is a good semi-competitive card that requires a very specific deck build in order to maximize its potential. And that factor also affects its value. My price expectation for Pia and Kiran Nalaar will be at 0.25 to 0.40 tix range during mid-term and lose value in time.

Alhammarret’s Archive  The Chain Veil 

I'm going to evaluate Alhammarret's Archive, based on the past references of two legendary artifacts; The Chain Veil and Ugin's Nexus. And when we look at these three cards, we can see many common points that clearly identify their segments. Long story short, Alhammarret's Archive is an attractive casual mythic card with price value at 0.50 to 1.00 tix range.

This was the last card to evaluate at the first part of Magic Origins financial review articles. I didn't include every spoiled card of the first week as I wanted to see a bigger picture before judging their whole potentials. Thanks for reading and see you next week with part two. Hopefully, I will be here with more tribal interactions.

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Alhammarret's Archive with by Rerepete at Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:48
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Alhammarret's Archive with Brainstorm, draw 6 replace 2 :)

Flameshadow Conjuring is a very strong effect.

There are a lot of Johnny possibilities in this set: Demonic Pact/Puca's Mischief; Tainted Remedy/Any life gain spell like congregate or butcher's glee even; Day's Undoing and Dark Petition.

Thanks by MichelleWong at Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:47
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Thanks for this helpful guidance.

Splinter Twin by MichelleWong at Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:05
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I would love to see a Splinter Twin player's face when he sees this card, although to be fair there is a high chance that this Angel will simply be countered and the Splinter Twin player will win on the following turn.

Archangel of Tithes' first by romellos at Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:53
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Thank you very much for all of your comments.

Archangel of Tithes' first taxing effect is only working when she is untapped. So, Twin player will still create enough tokens, then with the last activation he/she will tap Archangel of Tithes with either Deceiver Exarch or Pestermite. One Archangel of Tithes won't stop a twin player, at least we need two or more angels in play to hose this combo. Or a Spellskite to shield Archangel of Tithes.