Fat Stacks — The Eternal Masters Hypothesis

Feature Article from Cassidy Silver
Cassidy Silver
5/10/2016 11:00:00 AM
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Hello! With the release of Eternal Masters only about a month away, the primary question on most people's minds is: what cards will be reprinted? Force of Will and Wasteland are definitely in the set, but besides those two cards it's a mystery.

What I want to do here is give a few predictions as to what cards will be in the upcoming mega-release. This will be part wishlist and part educated guess, though I will try to be realistic in my picks. I am aware that there are only so many slots for each rarity, and also that the set will designed for Limited play.

Despite its focus on Legacy, Vintage, and Commander players, I assume that Eternal Masters will have some cards that are Modern-legal, and even Standard-legal. The Reserved List will almost certainly remain intact, which is unfortunate.

To keep things nice and orderly, we will hit two cards from each color, as well as two gold cards, two artifacts, and two lands. Let's get to it, WUBRG style!

White

Mid
Low
Store QTY Price  
Erics Card Shop 2 $7.95
Lord Frog 1 $8.00
prime time sports 1 $8.48
The Common Room 4 $8.50
Warp World Gaming 1 $8.84
OmahaMTG321 6 $8.85
Big Daddy Games LLC 1 $8.97

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Hatebears is a decently popular Legacy deck, where it's known as Death & Taxes, and I think Thalia, Guardian of Thraben embodies the archetype well. She is strong against strategies based around non-creatures, and the older sets had a lot of strong spells. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben will be a good foil to the Legacy-powered spell base that Force of Will's inclusion hints at.

Mid
Low
 Swords to Plowshares
$2.31
$1.09
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The Fantastic Store 2 $1.27
DjinnDeals 1 $1.50
Boardstate 2 $1.56
TCG Xchange 2 $1.65
MTG Deals 12 $1.68
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Event Horizon Games 2 $1.73

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History has shown that Wizards is always willing to reprint Swords to Plowshares, with a reprint as recent as Conspiracy. Even though this is one of the most powerful instances of spot removal in the game, we still have tons of editions and copies to choose from. It is a safe pick for Wizards to include in their product.

Blue

Mid
Low
 Omniscience
$20.36
$18.30
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TerraCrux Games 1 $18.30
Sideboard Games 1 $18.49
Ichorid Games 3 $18.49
Raven's Nest Games 5 $18.97
Two Drop Games 2 $19.00
Twisted Aether 1 $19.06
Game Cafe 2 $19.40

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This high-powered enchantment is an important piece to the Omni-Tell deck, which uses Show and Tell to cheat out Omniscience. Once Omniscience is in play, pretty much any huge-mega-fatty will do, such as Griselbrand or Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. Even though it is a recent card, it really only gets a lot of play in Legacy and in degenerate Commander decks. Omniscience is just rare enough to push the sales of Eternal Masters without disrupting the market too much, and it could be really fun in the right Limited deck.

Mid
Low
 High Tide
$0.67
$0.15
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The Whiz Store 10 $0.43
FortMax 1 $0.43
Cyber Lord Games 1 $0.43
ManaVault 2 $0.43

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This is a classic combo card from Magic's past, dating back all the way to one of the game's worst releases — Fallen Empires. I like High Tide for this list because it can enable a lot of fun tactics but requires quite a bit of setup. It would also fall comfortably in an uncommon slot, which it has been printed as twice in digital form (Vintage Masters and Masters Edition).Commander players could really appreciate being able to find copies of this card more easily. As it stands now, High Tide is cheap price-wise but still hard to find on the local level.

Black

Mid
Low
 Entomb
$18.22
$9.99
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Mozart MTG 1 $12.99
The Junction Games 1 $13.55
Pearl Trident Magic 1 $13.57
The Game Hub 1 $13.66
Collectible Corner 2 $13.66
ThurstySizzlerGaming 1 $13.74
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Reanimator is a popular strategy in just about every format, and when it comes to Legacy, it is one of the staple decks to beat. A turn-one Entomb into a turn-two Exhume / Animate Dead on a game-breaking fatty is all you need to win. In terms of Limited play, I can see this being overpowered, but easy to balance depending on what kind of reanimation cards are also in the set. Entomb was reprinted in Premium Deck Series: Graveborn, so we know that Wizards is not averse to reprinting it.

Mid
Low
 Hymn to Tourach
$2.53
$1.29
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Mozart MTG 1 $1.49
Tezzeret Emporium 1 $1.50
Millennium Games 1 $1.89
Dark Depths Games 2 $1.91
Gamers Palace 1 $1.99
Card Monster Games 3 $2.00
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This card is great when it comes to disruption, and there really hasn't been a more potent version of this card printed since 1994's Fallen Empires. Hymn to Tourach got a reprint in From the Vault: 20, as well as a few digital versions. I can see it pairing well with control strategies, or possibly discard-themed decks with cards like The Rack or Megrim. Hymn to Tourach was printed as a common in Fallen Empires but was uncommon in Vintage Masters for Pauper concerns.

Red

Mid
Low
 Chaos Warp
$3.70
$2.45
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Cardhaus Games 78 $2.45
The Game Cave 1 $2.61
The magic den 1 $2.65
Altered World Games 1 $2.66
DZ Gaming 1 $2.68
Junjiros Singles 1 $2.70
Showtime Cards 1 $2.72

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Chaos Warp is a total Commander card. I think it could be fun in Limited, whether as an answer to some bomb, or in hopes of turning one of our own low-value cards into big money. This card has pretty much only been printed in Commander supplements (Commander, Commander 2014, and Commander's Arsenal), but like many on this list, was also printed digitally in Vintage Masters. It is one of the few answers for enchantments in red, as well as Izzet, Rakdos, and Grixis color identities.

Mid
Low
 Chain Lightning
$8.49
$2.89
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Comic Lair 1 $5.63
Blackmarketgames 1 $5.72
GameHavenSTL 2 $6.22
Area51TCG 1 $6.48
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Lightning Bolt gets reprinted constantly, and I almost put it on this list. The fact that it was printed in Modern Masters 2015 leads me to believe that we probably won't see Lightning Bolt in Eternal Masters. Chain Lightning is the next best thing, and even shares the same common rarity as Lightning Bolt. Chain Lightning had a one-of reprint in Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning, but besides that the last printing was all the way back in Legends! Again, this has also been digi-printed in Vintage Masters and Masters Edition III, where it kept the common rarity. There is no doubt that this card would be on the Reserved List if it was printed as a rare, so I think this is one of those cards that WotC is really targeting for this release, judging from the Wasteland and Force of Will.

Green

Mid
Low
 Natural Order
$18.40
$9.95
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Instant Speed Cards 1 $11.94
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This one is closer to wishful thinking for me, I admit. Natural Order is one of the few old rare power-cards that is not on the Reserved List. This is another card that is only as good as the rest of the cards printed in Eternal Masters, though it can be obscenely powerful. Without the big game-ending bombs like Craterhoof Behemoth, the damage that Natural Order can do in Limited feels... well, limited.

Mid
Low
 Sylvan Library
$16.63
$11.01
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HobbitTerry 1 $13.00
TR Sports Cards 1 $13.06
GetYourGameOn 1 $13.92
WoofandDargonGaming 1 $14.00
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Sylvan Library is one of the best green cards when it comes to Commander, and the only reason it is not in every deck is that it is decently expensive. Because it was printed at uncommon in Legends, it evaded the Reserved List, though the only paper reprint we've seen is the rare Commander's Arsenal edition. Sylvan Library was reprinted in Vintage Masters with the same art as the Commander's Arsenal version, but I would like new art for the Eternal Masters edition.

Gold

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Low
 Shardless Agent
$6.47
$1.90
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Black Gold 1 $2.66
Game On BD 1 $3.00
Trade Mart 2 $3.05
ChannelFireball 3 $3.29
Brainstorm Games 4 $3.30
Flipside Gaming 1 $3.30

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A popular card in Legacy, but it was only printed in one limited-run set – Planechase 2012. Shardless Agent is another card that can easily be uncommon, and cascade could appear throughout the set. Since this would be the first time the it got a legitimate printing, the foils would be highly sought-after, which can drive sales of the boosters for years to come.

Mid
Low
 Vindicate
$8.59
$3.29
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Dakkon MTG 1 $4.49
Andys Place 2 $4.50
MTG Deals 1 $4.51
Pan Galactic Gaming 1 $4.75
Comic Lair 3 $4.89
Downtown Dice 2 $5.05

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There was a time not too long ago that Vindicate would have been one of the pricier cards on this list. I remember buying one for my Karador, Ghost Chieftain deck that was around $35, but now it is closer to $15. It is thankfully not on the reserved list, and could use some new art (probably with Sorin on it).

Artifacts

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Low
 Oblivion Stone
$21.17
$11.00
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Infinite Mushroom 1 $11.50
The Cornell Store 1 $11.50
The Best Seller 1 $11.81
Aether Cafe 1 $11.99
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I initially chose Nevinyrral's Disk for this slot, but then I realized that Nevinyrral's Disk doesn't interact with Planeswalkers. Oblivion Stone, on the other hand, has the all-inclusive “nonland permanents” clause. I am not totally sure if we will see a lot of Planeswalkers in Eternal Masters (I am guessing one or two at the most), but I still think the language is more in line with WotC's current game designs. Oblivion Stone is also painfully over-priced due to Modern, which means it will both push the Eternal Masters set, and help create more availability for us Commander players.

Mid
Low
 Batterskull
$19.97
$16.00
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Hastur Games 1 $17.04
Tapped Out Gaming 1 $17.17
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Batterskull is one of those cards that players bitterly recall wasn't in Modern Masters 2015. An Eternal Masters inclusion would make sense; Batterskull actually sees more play in Legacy thanks to Stoneforge Mystic. It is a Limited bomb in some sense, but since it is equipment, it can't be reanimated or creature-tutored via traditional means. Most of the artifacts that you would really want to see in Eternal Masters are on the Reserved List, so giving Batterskull one of the Mythic slots is fine.

Lands

Mid
Low
 Gemstone Mine
$8.03
$4.60
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Twisted Aether 1 $4.60
busterbuys 1 $5.35
Video Game World 1 $6.30
Izeas 1 $6.30
Dakkon MTG 1 $6.60
Zia Comics 1 $6.68
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I like this for Eternal Masters. It opens up the possibility for proliferate mechanics, perhaps with a bit of infect as well.

Mid
Low
 Phyrexian Tower
$28.45
$23.00
Store QTY Price  
Game Cafe 1 $24.71
Tapped Out Gaming 1 $24.94
Toymo 1 $25.00
Outlaw Moon Games 1 $25.03
Comic Lair 2 $25.17
Ontapped 1 $25.70
Snapcasters Gaming 1 $26.70

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This was probably one of the hardest spots to choose, because so many of the best lands are on the Reserved List. I really want to see a reprint of Winding Canyon or Lake of the Dead, but oh well. The Reserved List is a bit weird when it comes to cards from Urza's Saga block – Gaea's Cradle is on the Reserved List, Phyrexian Tower is not. Probably the most bizarre for me is the fact that Citanul Centaurs are on the Reserved List, though Exploration is not. Anyways, Phyrexian Tower is actually a really balanced card, offering a small mana boost, and the all-important sacrifice outlet. I am guessing this would demand a Mythic slot, and would be a highly sought-after foil.

Those are my predictions/wishes for Eternal Masters. Hopefully, spoilers start soon, and we can see how close I got.

Thanks for reading!

- Cassidy Silver




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