I don't think it's hyperbole to say that War of the Spark has a shot at going down in history as one of the most impactful sets of all time. Not only has it begun to make its mark in Standard, but I've started to see key War of the Spark cards not just showing up, but dominating in Modern, Legacy, and even Vintage.
Financially speaking, there are times when it's worth zooming back a bit and taking a look at the big picture. This is one of those times. People are cracking packs of War of the Spark at a record pace, and card availability is getting more and more plentiful. As it does, it's worth taking a look at which cards are likely to hold their value best – not just in terms of Standard playability, but in terms of Eternal demand. That way, you can buy and sell with the future of your collection in mind.
But we're not going to stop there, because War of the Spark's financial impact goes beyond the key competitive cards. There's been some wild movement in the world of Japanese alternate-art planeswalkers, and foil uncut War of the Spark sheets are going to be given out to everyone who had their Mythic Edition orders cancelled. It has been a big week for War of the Spark here in the world of Magic finance, but don't worry – I've got you covered.
War of the Spark in Standard
Now that we've had a full week to react to the results from SCG Richmond, it's a lot easier to see how the Standard metagame is taking shape. I highly recommend reading the Mox Insights column from last Friday, which breaks down Richmond by the numbers.
The summary is basically this: Simic Nexus did well on Day 1, especially against Sultai Midrange, but it did poorly versus Mono-Red Aggro all weekend long. Meanwhile, Mono-Red got to feast on Simic Nexus while only really losing to Esper Midrange. Esper Midrange had a decent game against everything except Esper Control, while Esper Control destroyed Azorius Aggro and Gruul Aggro while having no major weaknesses to any of the top decks.
Granted, these figures are from just a single event, and they're subject to both small sample size worries as well as future shifts in metagame strategy. That said, they match up pretty well with the current metagame popularity breakdown on MTG Goldfish. Esper Control is the most popular deck at the moment, likely because it doesn't have any major weaknesses. Mono-Red Aggro is in second place, since it's fairly neutral against the top deck and only really weak to Esper Midrange. Esper Midrange is third, since it can prey on Mono-Red. Simic Nexus is fourth, since it still has a lot of game against the field outside of Mono-Red.
We talked at length about all four decks in my article last week, but I'd like to quickly go over some of the key War of the Spark cards from these four archetypes again anyway.