Preparing for Block Rotation
The release of the final set in a given block heralds the curtain call for the previous block of cards from Standard. As you know, upon the release of a new Stand Alone set, the oldest block in Standard rotates out and is no longer legal for that format, which is the most popular format for Friday Night Magic. Therefore, it is imperative for Standard players to begin preparing for block rotation as soon as the final set of a block is released.
While we don't immediately know what decks will be the king of the sea at this time, what we do know is that the Dual Lands of Scars will be leaving, therefore we need to ensure that we get a playset of the Duals found in Innistrad... right now! Check out these prices (prices may change at any time):
Oh yea, and you will need to bite the bullet and get a set of Cavern of Souls. Sorry, it is already expensive. Good news is that it won't lose value for a long time!
The other thing that we know is that Miracles are going to be in high demand. Don't think so? Ask the PT Champion about Miracles. It looked like he was playing with 'BIg Boy Cards' during the Top 8 matches while everyone else was playing with decks limited to a small pool of cards. To me, Miracles have the same feeling that Wishes had back in Judgement. They don't look that good in a vacuum, however when your opponent uses them just one time, you will get a wake up call and start hunting for them. Don't wait for that to happen to you. Get them now! Take a look at the 4 Miracles used by Alexander Hayne (PT:AR Champion) (prices subject to change):
Finally, another Miracle that you will be seeing for the next year is Bonfire of the Damn. There is no reason to not play it (barring cost and availability). Get it while you can and be prepared to devour your competition.