Someone Bought Up Magic: The Gathering Pioneer Staples Before It Was Announced

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By Jake Vyper | More Articles MTG Writer/Streamer
October 22, 2019  12:15 PM


On Monday, Wizards of the Coast announced the new nonrotating Magic: The Gathering format featuring cards from Return to Ravnica and forward called Pioneer, and it's coming to tabletop Grand Prix events next year, and it will be available to test on Magic Online starting October 23. While players are already brewing deck for the new format, it looks like many of the presumed Pioneer staples rose in price dramatically a few days before WotC made the announcement. 

As Redditors and the Professor of Tolarian Community College pointed out on MTGGoldfish's price data, several presumed Pioneer staples like "Smuggler's Copter", "Saheeli Rai", "Aetherworks Marvel", and "Dig Through Time" were bought out nine days ago, showing recent spikes in prices. 

Huh, what a coincidence that these suddenly are all bought up and spike right before the new format announcement! from r/magicTCG

But those are not the only four Pioneer cards that saw some spikes in price about a week ago. As Redditor BrainInAJarOfCoffee pointed out that a quick look at MTGGoldfish shows a little spike in prices for several cards from Pioneer-legal sets, and they include: 

Siege Rhino

Deathrite Shaman

Saheeli Rai

Aetherworks Marvel

The Scarab God

Torrential Gearhulk

Dig Through Time

Treasure Cruise

Search for Azcanta

Smuggler's Copter

Grim Flayer

Hornet Queen

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

While these noteworthy cards from Innistrad did not get price jumps, and some of them actually fell: 

Restoration Angel

Liliana of the Veil

Huntmaster of the Fells


Sorin, Lord of Innistrad

Snapcaster Mage

Someone most likely got the inside scoop and started buying the good Pioneer cards about a week ago, and knew which sets were included, since Innistrad block cards did not see a spike in price. 


The only cards in the Pioneer banlist so far are the five fetchlands: "Bloodstained Mire", "Flooded Strand", "Polluted Delta", "Windswept Heath", and "Wooded Foothills" so it's likely that some of that cards that got some price spikes could eventually get banned in the new format. 


It's clear that WotC is seriously pushing Pioneer to be one of the main formats for sanctioned tournaments. The MagicFest Q1 2020 schedule already revealed that four Grand Prix events have already been confirmed to use the Pioneer format. 


Are you excited to play Pioneer? Let us know in the comments section below and don't forget to join our Pioneer Facebook group if you're interested in playing the new format. 


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