I've got some big news for you this week, folks: for six hours TONIGHT, TCGplayer will be offering a 15% kickback promotion on the marketplace. Yes, you read that right — a fifteen percent kickback. If TCGplayer has ever offered that level of kickback before, I can't remember it. This is one of the best sales that the platform has ever offered, and you don't want to miss it.
I want to be clear about this: while TCGplayer does pay me to write articles and newsletters for them, I would not be writing about how great this sale was unless I honestly believed that it was great. I feel very comfortable telling you that if you've got any money in your budget for Magic cards right now, this is the time and place to spend it. Whether you're in the market for a new Commander deck, you want to get into Standard, or you've had your eye on that gloriously expensive Modern or Legacy staple, this is your chance to make that buy at a discount. These sorts of chances don't come around that often, so take advantage if you can.
While your first priority during the sale should be cards that you need to complete your current decks and projects, I'd like to provide you with a small shopping list of cards that I think are particularly good deals right now. If you don't know what to buy, or you simply want to engage in some long-term speculation, the following cards feel like solid pick-ups to me at current retail. With a 15% kickback, they become pretty spectacular deals.
One note before we begin: if possible, you should try to log in at the very beginning of the sale and make your buys early, in order to lock in the best possible prices. If this sale is anything like previous kickback deals, the sheer volume of sales will cause some cards to surge in value. My suggestion? Figure out what cards you're going to buy before the sale starts, then swoop in and snag them right away. After that, you can always go back and make a few more impulse purchases!
First up, the biggest no-brainer buy for me are the enemy fetchlands. Check out this Scalding Tarn price chart from the start of 2021 through today:
And here's Misty Rainforest:
It's pretty clear to me that these cards have bottomed out, especially since we're now several months away from when they were reprinted. Not only are they crucial in every eternal format, but they're elite Commander staples too. At some point, they'll end up in the $50+ range again, and you'll kick yourself if you miss out on buying them at rock bottom. With a 15% kickback, you're pretty protected against future small fluctuations in the price, too. If nothing else, finish your set of fetches during the sale if you can swing it.
Speaking of Modern Horizons 2, this is a great opportunity to snag other staples from that set as well. The best pickups might not be sexy, but you'll thank me in a year or two when you see what happens to the price once the set is out of print. Take Cabal Coffers, for example:
This card isn't getting any cheaper without an additional reprint, which I don't think is on the way. WotC held off for a long time before giving us this reprint, and I think we'll have to wait at least 2 or 3 years for the next one. That gives you a safe window to buy in now, especially with the discount.
Honestly, nearly everything from this set is a solid buy. Cards like Imperial Recruiter, Kaldra Compleat, Garth One-Eye, Chatterfang, Squirrel General, and Mirari's Wake aren't getting any cheaper than this. And then you've got elite playables like Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer:
Will Ragavan ever drop in price? Yeah, probably, when the Modern metagame shifts a bit. But I see no signs of that happening soon, and if you need Ragavans in 2021, you're not getting a better price than you will during the kickback. I'm not saying this is the best spec in the world, but if you're looking for an excuse to justify picking up expensive cards that you want to play with, this sale is a pretty decent one.
Hey, remember when Tiamat was the chase mythic in Adventures in the Forgotten Realms? Look how the mighty has fallen. This card is readily available in the $10 to $15 range right now, but it's still just as solid and powerful in Commander as ever. Cards like this have solid long-term value profiles, and it's totally reasonable to pick up a few copies now in hopes of doubling your money within a couple of years. Oh — and you can brew up a Tiamat Commander deck in the meantime! What's not to love?
If you're not a Tiamat fan, the other Commander-focused cards in Adventures in the Forgotten Realms are also worth looking at. Xanathar, Guild Kingpin, Old Gnawbone, and Circle of Dreams Druid are all on my list. I don't think too many more people are opening booster packs of this set, and these cards are going to be in high demand for years to come.
Lastly, I'd consider snagging some cards from Jumpstart. The product is trickling out into the world with some regularity right now, but there's no guarantee that will continue. We also don't know how different Jumpstart 2022 will be from the set as it exists right now. That gives you a pretty good window to pick up cards like Tinybones, Trinket Thief:
Even Allosaurus Shepherd is cheaper than it has been in a minute:
The set has plenty of other sexy reprints to snag, too: cards like Maelstrom Archangel, Rhystic Study, Lurking Predators, and Oracle of Mul Daya. With a 15% kickback, you're somewhat protected against future price erosion. That's part of why I love sales like this — even if you don't guess exactly right on every card, you're still winning big.