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I started to write Insight articles about two and a half years ago.

Today's entry is my 440th MKM Insight article overall.

Yes, I wrote all of those articles - in case you didn't realize that because they aren't tagged with an author anywhere.

Probably not all of you have been around for the entire journey, so it is time for a little review.

I started to write Insight articles about two and a half years ago. Given that I wrote every single one of those 440 pieces on my own, this seems quite absurd to me in retrospective. I don't know whether you have ever tried to write just about anything on a regular basis, like a column, an article series or a blog – most likely you grew tired of it soon enough. I know that a lot of Magic writers have problems to deliver their content on time while writing twice per month on a recurring basis, and that is a ridiculously little amount of content compared to what I wrote every month for 30 months straight by now.

I only did a rough estimate, but my guess is that the amount of text I wrote for Insight might be two or three times the length of my dissertation in philosophy by now. So I should get a second doctorate degree soon, right? Doctor of Magic has a nice ring to it, hasn't it?

Short-term News

So why am I getting all nostalgic? It is neither because my age counter recently tried to catch up with my wisdom once again, nor is it because of the reserved list buyout madness that is currently happening. I only wanted to inform you that for the first time ever, there will be a few Insight articles written by somebody else at the beginning of September. I really need some time off to relax and recharge my mental energy, but I have found an extremely suitable guest writer for you in the meantime: Tobias Henke.

Tobi won a Grand Prix back in the day when we still were on the same Magic team. Ever since then he has been writing articles for multiple community pages, including Wizards' own website, and he has been doing GP coverage for ages. Since last year, he has also joined me on the MKM coverage team. He is one of the very few people who can plausibly claim that they created more TCG-related content than I did, so he will be a great temporarily substitute.

Long-term Plans

A lot has happened on the magical market since I started writing, and a lot of improvements have happened all around MKM. We have built a popular European tournament series featuring all formats, which keeps improving and growing with every stop. We also added the cardmarket deck section, and various smaller market features. When cardmarket was first launched it was supposed to only be a marketplace, nothing else. Over the years we slowly started to build something larger than that – a community hub. We try our best to give the player community what they desire, whether that is large European tournaments, or additional information in the form of articles and deck lists. Behind the scenes, the team is always envisioning, planning and building the next add-on for your enjoyment. This is also true for Insight. I can't share all the details with you yet, but we will definitely expand and improve our Insight service for you. One of the ways in which we plan to do so is by adding content from various writers in the future. Not only are different perspectives always useful to fully explore any given issue, but this will also lessen the constant pressure to come up with something interesting, which I am currently facing. What does that mean for you?

If you ever wanted to write about Magic, this is your chance to do so! Magic finance will remain our main focus, but we will be accepting a broader range of content focusing on strategy, and other community issues as additional articles. We will be announcing the details in a month or two, but you can already comment below or send me a private message if you are interested in writing for us or know somebody who would be.

If you only care for finance articles, don't be afraid you will still get what you need.

That's it for today – other than a few quick notes:

Commander Movement

Herald's Horn and Kess, Dissident Mage are trending upwards as predicted. Kess actually overtook Teferi's Protection as the most expensive card from all of the decks by now! Kess alone makes the Arcane Wizardry deck a potentially exciting pick up. Meanwhile the Feline Ferocity has become the cheapest deck by far, which isn't really warranted at all, if you look at the quality of both the included reprints and the new cards. Between Arahbo, Roar of the World, Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist, Mirari's Wake, and Leonin Arbiter the deck already includes four of the 11 most expensive cards in those decks, and none of those have spiked yet. Therefore, picking up some cheap cat decks sounds very reasonable.

Reserved List Madness

Don't buy a bunch of old cards just because they are supposedly “collectible”. Buy cards that you can imagine playing at some point. Sell your unplayable Legends rares into the hype. Don't forget that Magic is a game. Making money is nice, but it should not be the most important goal regarding your hobby.

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