Financial Predictions for Rivals of Ixalan

Feature Article from Craig Wescoe
Craig Wescoe
1/19/2018 11:03:00 AM
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This week I am making financial predictions for the new set. I've divided the rares and mythics into five categories based on their tournament playability relative to their current price. I have not taken into account a card's utility in Commander, so adjust accordingly. The evaluations are primary based on each card's appeal for Standard, and to a lesser extent Modern and Legacy. Investments always come with risk; the advice in this article is intended to assist you in making informed decisions about which cards to invest in (or not) and why. My advice also doesn't factor in the enjoyment you'll gain from playing with a card you want for your deck, so regardless of which category a card is in, feel free to go against my advice wherever you deem appropriate.

Best Buys

The cards in this category are currently underrated. I expect them each to see tournament play and to go up in value from their current price. These are my sleeper picks of the set.

Azor's Gateway

Mid
Low
 Azor's Gateway
$5.22
$3.96
Store QTY Price  
BulkRadDragon 1 $3.96
Singularities 1 $3.96
Card Attack 1 $3.99
Project Tabletop 2 $4.00
MonkeysGaming 1 $4.00
GalacticBazaar 2 $4.00
BlackDiamondGames 3 $4.17
MagicDabbers 1 $4.20
phrantpcs 1 $4.22
The Rogues Roost 2 $4.28
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This feels like an improved version of Treasure Map. Instead of scrying, you are looting. It's easier to transform Treasure Map, but looting is considerably better than scrying. Once you finally get to transform it, the effect is much stronger. I could easily see this being the best mythic in the set and the card that puts control decks over the top. Good thing Abrade exists.

Trapjaw Tyrant

Mid
Low
 Trapjaw Tyrant
$2.20
$0.50
Store QTY Price  
Zillacraft 1 $0.50
Empty My Binder 1 $0.99
Showtime Cards 6 $1.09
Roland CCGs 1 $1.32
The Sleek Geeks 4 $1.46
Dice Addiction Pro 1 $1.47
DnD Games 1 $1.49
MTG Mint Singles 1 $1.49
Brookhurst Hobbies 1 $1.49
Warhost Games 1 $1.49
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Magic MTG Card Trapjaw Tyrant Magic MTG Card
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This is one of the cheapest mythics in the set, yet I take it to be one of the best ones. Five toughness is rather difficult to kill, and it's a pretty tough creature to block or attack into profitably. Combine with fight effects such as Savage Stomp, and you have a real board dominator.

Siegehorn Ceratops

Mid
Low
 Siegehorn Ceratops
$0.62
$0.25
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 5 $0.25
MTG Rares 3 $0.27
The Battle Garden 2 $0.31
Wizards Video Games 1 $0.33
Jdawgz supercardz 1 $0.34
Robs JunknStuff 1 $0.34
BobbysWorldCCG 1 $0.34
Bush Wacker Cards 1 $0.34
Roland CCGs 5 $0.35
Fabricated Familiar 1 $0.35
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Magic MTG Card Siegehorn Ceratops Magic MTG Card
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I like this card a lot. If you play it on the second turn, then on the third turn you can Savage Stomp the opponent's creature and attack for five damage. And if you also have Tilonalli's Crown, you can instead attack for 10 damage on turn three (while killing their creature in the process)! Here's my current list:

Tetzimoc, Primal Death

Mid
Low
 Tetzimoc, Primal Death
$0.87
$0.45
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 7 $0.45
Catfish TCG 1 $0.45
Jdawgz supercardz 1 $0.45
Finch and Sparrow 1 $0.45
SolaFide 2 $0.48
SalesbyStephenB 1 $0.48
Classic CardMart 1 $0.48
ShuffleShuffle Games 2 $0.49
CardShackLLC 1 $0.49
Infinite TCG 4 $0.50
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Magic MTG Card Tetzimoc, Primal Death Magic MTG Card
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I think people are sleeping on this one. How do you even play against this card? They start paying mana to target your creatures. Do you play out more creatures for them to target? I guess you have to, but then eventually they all die and the opponent has a 6/6 with deathtouch.

Radiant Destiny

Mid
Low
 Radiant Destiny
$2.29
$0.83
Store QTY Price  
Mindarch 1 $0.83
Mephistos Workshop 1 $1.00
Auggie's Games 1 $1.11
GalacticBazaar 1 $1.11
The Sleek Geeks 2 $1.33
Briansellscards 2 $1.47
MTGOasis 1 $1.49
Cryptic Card Store 1 $1.55
Well Of Ideas 1 $1.95
Lotus Cobra Games 1 $1.95
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Magic MTG Card Radiant Destiny Magic MTG Card
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As you might expect, this may be my favorite cards in the set. It's very powerful in a tribal Vampire deck, especially one that can make tokens. Here's my current list:

Paladin of Atonement

Mid
Low
 Paladin of Atonement
$0.49
$0.09
Store QTY Price  
Windy City Seller 1 $0.15
UrborgBazaar 1 $0.20
Gruul Story Dude 1 $0.20
MTG Rares 9 $0.21
Tabletop Game Swap 1 $0.23
Mozart MTG 1 $0.24
Cryptic Card Store 4 $0.24
mtgmintcard 7 $0.24
Mythic Realm Games 2 $0.25
JohnnyNomad 1 $0.25
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Magic MTG Card Paladin of Atonement Magic MTG Card
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Even though I'm not sure the best way to utilize this card, I'm pretty sure it involves Shefet Dunes. I have high hopes for it and the price is currently very low.

Seafloor Oracle

Mid
Low
 Seafloor Oracle
$0.44
$0.14
Store QTY Price  
Matthews trades 1 $0.14
MTG Rares 10 $0.15
Tier Zero Gaming 2 $0.24
MTG Rares 1 $0.24
OldSchoolGaming 4 $0.24
Top Deck CGAZ 6 $0.24
RicksTCG 4 $0.25
Bedlam Reveler 1 $0.25
KBG norwalk 1 $0.25
South Florida Gaming 1 $0.25
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Seafloor Oracle Magic MTG Card
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The Merfolk tribe has proven itself the early favorite for best tribe and currently the Oracle is a 2x in the sideboard. I expect this to change and it will see more play in the deck and go up in value. See Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca below for the decklist.

Good Buys

The cards in this category are cards I believe will see a lot of tournament play. They each already have a high price tag, so I wouldn't invest in them for profit, but I would not hesitate to pick them up for my Standard collection.

Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca

Mid
Low
 Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca
$8.92
$4.63
Store QTY Price  
Codys Collectables 1 $4.63
Treasure of Smaug 1 $5.15
Cryptomation 1 $5.25
Card Monster Games 4 $5.42
Mindarch 1 $5.50
AWildCardShopAppears 3 $5.62
Neverland Games 1 $5.73
Envizion Reality 1 $5.75
Zulus Games 2 $5.96
The Shuffled Baazar 1 $5.99
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Magic MTG Card Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca Magic MTG Card
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I like this card quite a bit and believe it to be a four-of in Merfolk, but it's already the most expensive card the set. How much higher could it go? If you want to play Merfolk, it will be worth the investment. Here is the list that went 5-0 in back-to-back days on Magic Online:

Rekindling Phoenix

Mid
Low
 Rekindling Phoenix
$27.99
$21.36
Store QTY Price  
Odin Wares 1 $21.36
Brightskull 1 $21.72
The Gamer's Haven 3 $21.72
Card Works 1 $22.44
The Gamer's Haven 10 $22.59
Stay and Play 1 $22.72
Rise and Grind Games 1 $22.93
Phantom OfThe Attic 1 $23.00
CTGamingCenter 1 $23.00
Play Maker Games 1 $23.00
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Magic MTG Card Rekindling Phoenix Magic MTG Card
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I like it, but it's hard to compete with Hazoret the Fervent. Maybe it can compete with Chandra, Torch of Defiance in the midrange decks?

Twilight Prophet

Mid
Low
 Twilight Prophet
$7.99
$5.45
Store QTY Price  
SpeedWagonFoundation 1 $5.45
Strategic Durdling 2 $5.45
phrantpcs 1 $5.46
Luc Maj 1 $5.75
Roland CCGs 1 $6.20
Tier Zero Gaming 3 $6.20
Gamers Vault 4 $6.21
AWildCardShopAppears 1 $6.22
Cryptic Card Store 1 $6.25
Raven's Nest Games 8 $6.27
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Magic MTG Card Twilight Prophet Magic MTG Card
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This card feels pretty powerful to me in any deck that can reasonably attain the city's blessing. Double black mana is a bit difficult in White-Black Vampires, but it may be worth it.

The Immortal Sun

Mid
Low
 The Immortal Sun
$15.00
$11.25
Store QTY Price  
Goblin King Games 1 $12.91
Briceratops 1 $13.00
Smokedragon 1 $13.00
Mom's Basement Games 1 $13.20
Wild Things Games 1 $13.22
The Game Hub 4 $13.25
Game Nite 1 $13.31
The Gamer's Haven 1 $13.40
Game Cafe 1 $13.64
CrdCollectr 1 $13.80
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Magic MTG Card The Immortal Sun Magic MTG Card
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Very good against planeswalkers, especially in a deck with creatures to pump. Six mana is quite a bit though and Abrade can really ruin your day. Still, I expect it to see some play.

Jadelight Ranger

Mid
Low
 Jadelight Ranger
$11.38
$5.00
Store QTY Price  
Anthem 1 $5.00
MonkeysGaming 1 $8.75
Comic Lair 1 $8.85
Wickeds Cards 1 $9.16
Video Games Etc 1 $9.49
XiaShop 1 $9.59
NotAnotherGameStore 2 $9.73
Knight Arms 1 $9.75
Singularities 1 $9.86
Codys Collectables 1 $9.99
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Magic MTG Card Jadelight Ranger Magic MTG Card
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This is arguably the strongest card in the set and the price tag has already caught up to it. It's already gone 5-0 in two separate decks on Magic Online, slotting into the place of Rogue Refiner in midrange green decks. It's also a Merfolk, so if double green proves castable it may even find its way into that deck. This is one of the few rares/mythics in the set that I can see possibly making an appearance in Modern. Here are the two lists that went 5-0 online:

Blood Sun

Mid
Low
 Blood Sun
$2.00
$0.99
Store QTY Price  
RedWorld 1 $0.99
Anglin Cards 2 $1.00
Moonbase Market 1 $1.16
Moonbase Market 3 $1.25
FairestGamingTCG 1 $1.25
Bedlam TCG 1 $1.33
The Gamer's Haven 1 $1.33
Showtime Cards 1 $1.35
Magic Mana Vault 2 $1.35
DAEVcards 1 $1.36
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Magic MTG Card Blood Sun Magic MTG Card
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Speaking of cards that could show up in decks outside of Standard, this one has some Modern and Legacy appeal. It doesn't shut off Tron, so it will likely see less play than Blood Moon except in decks that are also hurt by Blood Moon. Andrea Mengucci made a good point about it working very favorably with City of Traitors, Lotus Vale, and Scorched Ruin, completely negating their drawbacks without hindering their upsides. Perhaps investing in foils will prove profitable?

Ghalta, Primal Hunger

Mid
Low
 Ghalta, Primal Hunger
$7.00
$4.75
Store QTY Price  
NotAnotherGameStore 1 $4.75
Play More Games 1 $5.00
Rivertown Comics 1 $5.19
At Ease Games 1 $5.22
Wild Things Games 1 $5.47
Moz Magic 2 $5.49
Granite State Games 1 $5.50
War Torn Front 1 $5.99
Game Cafe 1 $6.15
Metis Gaming 1 $6.25
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Magic MTG Card Ghalta, Primal Hunger Magic MTG Card
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The biggest Dinosaur around, I expect it to be one of the big reasons to play the tribe in Standard. Can it also see play in Modern or Legacy alongside Tarmogoyf/Death's Shadow or some other shenanigans such as Nourishing Shoal or Phyrexian Dreadnaught? I'm not sure, but it feels like it has a lot of upside. Here is a Dinosaur deck that went 5-0 in a competitive Standard league this week:

Decent Buys

The cards in this category are fringe tournament players. I would only pick them up if you need them for a deck, but they are not terrible buys at their current price.

Angrath, the Flame-Chained

Mid
Low
Store QTY Price  
Well Of Ideas 2 $3.99
gamersworldyorktown 1 $4.00
Mac Cards 1 $4.00
The Battle Garden 1 $4.00
Magic Mana Vault 1 $4.25
CentralCardCade 2 $4.34
Buy Sell PLAY 1 $4.36
Mulligans Gaming 2 $4.38
Munday is Gameday 3 $4.39
Sirrus Sells Magic 1 $4.40
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Magic MTG Card Angrath, the Flame-Chained Magic MTG Card
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Not too exciting, but it's a planeswalker that gains some value and protects itself by killing a creature, so it might see some play as a one or two-of in some midrange deck.

Azor, the Lawbringer

Mid
Low
 Azor, the Lawbringer
$1.74
$0.99
Store QTY Price  
SneakySnakeMTG 1 $1.05
Wurmcaller 1 $1.10
Munday is Gameday 2 $1.14
BlackDiamondGames 3 $1.16
MTG Mint Singles 1 $1.19
The Gamer's Haven 2 $1.20
JohnnyBCardsComics 1 $1.22
Epic Worlds andGames 1 $1.23
MMX Gaming 1 $1.24
Project Tabletop 1 $1.25
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Azor, the Lawbringer Magic MTG Card
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Good card with some built-in protection. Ravenous Chupacabra could be the reason this never sees the light of day though.

Elenda, the Dusk Rose

Mid
Low
 Elenda, the Dusk Rose
$5.49
$4.00
Store QTY Price  
Codys Collectables 2 $4.00
Subpar Player 1 $4.15
SoleCollector 1 $4.15
BlackDiamondGames 2 $4.24
Ye Olde Spells 1 $4.26
Tier Zero Gaming 1 $4.49
Bedlam TCG 1 $4.50
phrantpcs 1 $4.80
Magic Mana Vault 1 $4.80
Your Hobby Place LTD 1 $4.87
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Magic MTG Card Elenda, the Dusk Rose Magic MTG Card
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People seem to be a lot higher on this card than I am, but maybe it deserves a second look in tribal Vampires.

Timestream Navigator

Mid
Low
 Timestream Navigator
$2.69
$1.38
Store QTY Price  
MTG Goodstuff 1 $1.38
TheraputicEel 1 $1.57
Cryptic Card Store 1 $1.80
Meeples Games 1 $1.92
Bears in Fayettville 1 $1.92
Top Deck CGAZ 2 $1.92
Grassroots Games 1 $1.95
The Warp Gate 1 $1.96
mtgmintcard 8 $1.99
Tier Zero Gaming 1 $1.99
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Magic MTG Card Timestream Navigator Magic MTG Card
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Chaining a few of these together could be really powerful, but we really have to work hard for a Time Warp effect. I wouldn't be surprised if someone figures out how to use this effectively, but it feels like a long shot.

Hadana's Climb

Mid
Low
 Hadana's Climb
$2.26
$0.90
Store QTY Price  
Holymunchies 1 $0.90
Zillacraft 1 $0.90
The Game Hub 3 $1.40
Sunfire Cards 1 $1.49
YellowSub MTG 1 $1.49
ChrisnChris Cards 1 $1.52
Dice Addiction Pro 4 $1.54
Smokesailboatgaming 2 $1.55
VGMX Magic 1 $1.56
Mom's Basement Games 1 $1.56
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Magic MTG Card Hadana's Climb Magic MTG Card
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Unlikely to see play outside of Merfolk, and also unlikely good enough for that deck. I'd be surprised to see this one show up in a deck, although it's not out of the question as it does synergize with what the deck is doing.

Tendershoot Dryad

Mid
Low
 Tendershoot Dryad
$7.15
$4.75
Store QTY Price  
Treasure of Smaug 2 $4.75
Smokedragon 1 $5.00
The Sleek Geeks 1 $5.03
Shadow Valley Magic 3 $5.49
BulkRadDragon 1 $5.50
NightHawk TCG 10 $5.89
NightHawk TCG 19 $5.99
Coopshop 1 $6.00
Cryptic Card Store 1 $6.00
Moms Card Shop 1 $6.19
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Tendershoot Dryad Magic MTG Card
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If you can get the city's blessing and start cranking out a 3/3 on every turn (once on each of your turns and once on each of your opponent's turns), this could pretty quickly take over the game. It's a higher variance Whisperwood Elemental, but Whisperwood saw a lot of play at one point. One thing this card has going for it is that the tokens build up quickly to attain the city's blessing. Another is that it's not legendary, so two of them will almost immediately trigger the city's blessing and that will make all the Saprolings into 5/5 creatures. Of course a five-drop that dies to Shock is… did I mention high variance?

Path of Mettle

Mid
Low
 Path of Mettle
$0.75
$0.29
Store QTY Price  
GP Washington 3 $0.29
MTG Rares 10 $0.29
Brightskull 1 $0.30
Roland CCGs 4 $0.30
KCommodities 1 $0.32
HeyImmaWolf 1 $0.32
The Game Shoppe 1 $0.32
Tophat Cards 1 $0.32
The Battle Garden 4 $0.33
Pipe Dream Toys 14 $0.35
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Path of Mettle Magic MTG Card
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This is likely the best of the cycle. As a general rule, the cheapest card in the cycle (mana-wise) tends to be the best one. And this is the cheapest. Here is a list that went 5-0 in a competitive league:

Storm the Vault

Mid
Low
 Storm the Vault
$0.89
$0.45
Store QTY Price  
Smokesailboatgaming 2 $0.45
DAEVcards 1 $0.50
Meddling Games 1 $0.50
Cryptic Card Store 2 $0.50
Main Street Gaming 1 $0.50
Collectibles Galore 1 $0.50
Mindsight Gaming 2 $0.50
mtgmintcard 8 $0.54
Magic Mana Vault 1 $0.55
BlackDiamondGames 3 $0.56
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Storm the Vault Magic MTG Card
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I like the card, but I think it only goes in this one deck.

Profane Procession

Mid
Low
 Profane Procession
$0.90
$0.55
Store QTY Price  
Raiden Games 1 $0.55
BlackDiamondGames 2 $0.57
ChannelFireball 20 $0.59
All About Games 2 $0.59
Fabricated Familiar 1 $0.60
Cryptic Card Store 2 $0.60
Hero Comix 1 $0.60
MPYF Games 1 $0.60
South Florida Gaming 1 $0.62
SalesbyStephenB 1 $0.62
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Profane Procession Magic MTG Card
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This one is my favorite of the cycle and I expect it to be pretty good, but not good enough to jump up in price. It mostly feels like a powerful sideboard card against midrange creature decks.

Tilonalli's Summoner

Mid
Low
 Tilonalli's Summoner
$0.56
$0.09
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 9 $0.15
Vensers Journal 3 $0.20
Gigglemug Games 1 $0.20
Good Games USA 4 $0.20
MTG Rares 10 $0.23
Mephistos Workshop 1 $0.24
The Nerd Cave LLCPro 2 $0.24
Amazing Cards Comics 1 $0.25
TACGaming 1 $0.25
Fabricated Familiar 1 $0.25
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Tilonalli's Summoner Magic MTG Card
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Two-drops with big upside tend to be good. This is even serviceable early, though much better late. If left unchecked, this could easily take over a game in a few turns. I think it has an outside chance of seeing play in Modern too.

Slaughter the Strong

Mid
Low
 Slaughter the Strong
$0.64
$0.19
Store QTY Price  
Seth Games 1 $0.19
KNK Gaming 1 $0.22
MTG Rares 9 $0.24
MTG Rares 4 $0.25
Gamescape North 1 $0.25
Finch and Sparrow 1 $0.25
BobbysWorldCCG 2 $0.25
Roland CCGs 6 $0.29
KBG norwalk 1 $0.30
Roll for Damage 1 $0.34
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Slaughter the Strong Magic MTG Card
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At minimum, this is a strong sideboard card against decks that flood the board with monsters.

Admiral's Orders

Mid
Low
 Admiral's Order
$0.59
$0.15
Store QTY Price  
Pipe Dream Toys 21 $0.15
UrborgBazaar 1 $0.15
Finch and Sparrow 1 $0.15
Classic CardMart 1 $0.15
Vector Rain 1 $0.20
MTG Rares 2 $0.22
Gathering Games FL 1 $0.24
OldSchoolGaming 4 $0.24
Amazing Cards Comics 1 $0.25
BobbysWorldCCG 2 $0.25
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Admiral's Order Magic MTG Card
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The plight of the blue mage is palpable. Cancel with a very small upside in non-aggro decks. In aggro decks it may be a hard counter that is actually worth playing main deck to force your creatures through post-combat. The existence of this card may also change the way your opponents play against you, forcing them to use removal spells prior to your attack. It may not prove good enough, but I'm at least glad that cards like this exist in order to keep people honest and guessing.

Vona's Hunger

Mid
Low
 Vona's Hunger
$0.67
$0.25
Store QTY Price  
Amazing Cards Comics 1 $0.25
mtgmintcard 8 $0.34
Classic CardMart 1 $0.40
Gamescape North 1 $0.40
KBG norwalk 1 $0.43
The Warp Gate 3 $0.43
CentralCardCade 4 $0.43
phrantpcs 1 $0.44
Space Cadets Gaming 1 $0.44
The Battle Garden 3 $0.44
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Vona's Hunger Magic MTG Card
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I could see this being a sleeper, but I'm not quite ready to call it one. In a deck that can get the city's blessing, this could cause the opponent to sacrifice two of their three creatures. I suspect it is worse overall than Doomfall, but I think Doomfall is very underrated.

Nezahal, Primal Tide

Mid
Low
 Nezahal, Primal Tide
$0.99
$0.60
Store QTY Price  
Moonbase Market 1 $0.60
BlackDiamondGames 1 $0.68
Tier Zero Gaming 1 $0.69
ChannelFireball 20 $0.69
MTG lnventory 2 $0.70
AWildCardShopAppears 10 $0.70
Magic Mana Vault 1 $0.75
Bedlam Reveler 1 $0.75
Pipe Dream Toys 15 $0.75
Top Deck CGAZ 5 $0.77
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Nezahal, Primal Tide Magic MTG Card
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Late-game control finisher that trumps the mirror? Perhaps. I don't see any other use for it, but I suspect control mirrors will be decided by Search for Azcanta and Azor's Gateway instead.

Silent Gravestone

Mid
Low
 Silent Gravestone
$0.75
$0.38
Store QTY Price  
Bedlam TCG 1 $0.38
Mindsight Gaming 1 $0.39
Bowers Castle 3 $0.40
Fabricated Familiar 1 $0.40
Magic Mana Vault 1 $0.45
At Ease Games 1 $0.46
TheOneStopShop 1 $0.48
The Battle Garden 2 $0.49
Tier Zero Gaming 1 $0.49
MTG Mint Singles 4 $0.49
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Silent Gravestone Magic MTG Card
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An important piece of graveyard hate to have in the format, though unlikely to skyrocket in value unless it becomes a necessary card against some strategy in the format.

Induced Amnesia

Mid
Low
 Induced Amnesia
$0.46
$0.05
Store QTY Price  
Matthews trades 1 $0.05
MTG Rares 9 $0.09
Classic CardMart 1 $0.10
Robs JunknStuff 1 $0.10
Cards On TapLLC 1 $0.10
Bedlam TCG 2 $0.10
Cryptic Card Store 1 $0.10
Gametraders 9 $0.10
Magic Mana Vault 5 $0.10
Pipe Dream Toys 20 $0.10
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Induced Amnesia Magic MTG Card
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I like the ability to target yourself early and then later kill the Induced Amnesia to get all those cards back. Or you can target yourself late to cycle away excess cards you don't want. It feels similar to Oath of Jace, but with some interesting play decisions and applications. Might prove too cute, but I think it has potential.

Bishop of Binding

Mid
Low
 Bishop of Binding
$0.44
$0.09
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 9 $0.09
Classic CardMart 1 $0.10
Gateway Gaming 1 $0.15
OldSchoolGaming 1 $0.15
Roland CCGs 1 $0.17
Buy Sell PLAY 3 $0.17
Space Cadets Gaming 1 $0.17
OldSchoolGaming 4 $0.17
Top Deck CGAZ 6 $0.18
The Nerd Cave LLCPro 1 $0.18
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card Bishop of Binding Magic MTG Card
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Some of the cards in this set were really designed to be high variance. If you want your Cast Out or Ixalan's Binding to be much more vulnerable but have an upside, this is the card for the job. If enough people play Ghalta, Primal Hunger, then made the upside is worth it? In the words of Gerry Thompson, a person can dream.

World Shaper

Mid
Low
 World Shaper
$0.53
$0.19
Store QTY Price  
MTG Rares 1 $0.19
The Battle Garden 1 $0.24
Mindsight Gaming 1 $0.25
Fabricated Familiar 1 $0.25
Classic CardMart 1 $0.25
Raiden Games 1 $0.25
PebbleBeachHobbies 1 $0.28
The Warp Gate 3 $0.29
MTG Strategist 2 $0.30
Space Cadets Gaming 1 $0.33
Magic MTG Card
Magic MTG Card World Shaper Magic MTG Card
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It's pretty innocuous at first glance, but actually quite potent. Obviously a Hill Giant isn't anything to write home about, but if you can get lands into the graveyard through some other way (fetch lands? Evolving Wilds? Search for Azcanta? Cathartic Reunion? Champion of Wits?), then this could act as a potential ramp spell, or at least keep the opponent from killing it or attacking into it. Then you get to untap and attack, milling three cards (likely including a land or two). This feels like an Ali Aintrazi card.

Champion of Dusk

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Once upon a time, “Champions” were small white tribal creatures. Now they are five-mana black Graveborn Muses for the white tribe. People wonder why I haven't Top 8'd a Pro Tour since 2013…

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The newest addition to the game of “Magic card names to describe flatulence,” but still unable to hold a candle to the undisputed GOAT that is Death Cloud. It's pretty cool at protecting creatures or getting extra uses out of planeswalkers, but perhaps it is too narrow?

Mediocre Buys

I don't expect any of these cards to see serious tournament play, but their price is low, so there is only so much money you can stand to lose by investing in them. Who knows, maybe there is a hidden gem among them?

Polyraptor

Eight-mana creatures that are combo pieces instead of wiping the board or killing the opponent are not generally good.

Path of Discovery

In order for your deck to want this type of effect, you need to play a high density of creatures. And if you have a high density of creatures, you'll want to curve out. And if you curve out, you won't have many creatures left after casting this card. If it costs one or two mana I'd play it, but four mana makes it unplayable outside of something like Commander perhaps.

Mastermind's Acquisition

Unless it allows you to find a Pokemon card that deals 20 damage, I'm not paying four mana for it.

Zetalpa, Primal Dawn

That's a lot of abilities, but it needs haste or some way to dodge all the exile effects in the metagame to be playable. If it weren't for The Scarab God and Hazoret, the Fervent maybe this would have a chance, but eight mana to trade with a Vraska's Contempt or Cast Out is too high a price.

Tomb Robber

Can cycle away some unwanted cards, but the rate is too weak.

Arch of Orazca

Fringe playable, but only as a one-of, and unlikely even then since decks able to play colorless lands likely want four copies of Field of Ruin before they would want any copies of these.

Protean Raider

The problem is that you really want to copy creatures pre-combat, but raid means you can only use this to copy things after combat. This is a really strange design.

Golden Guardian

Too hard to set up for too little upside.

Kumena's Awakening

Awakened Amalgam

If either of these are your sleeper pick for the set, expect their card names never to happen.

Silverclad Ferocidons

On one end of the spectrum, Rampaging Ferocidon was deemed too good for Standard. On the other end you have arguably the least playable rare in the format. Apparently Ferocidons are high-variance Dinosaurs.

Temple Altisaur

Cool synergistic card with the enrage mechanic, but highly suspect for Constructed.

Crafty Cutpurse

Cool effect against tokens and possibly a metagame call at some point, but unlikely to be more than a fringe sideboard card and even less likely to rise in value even if that happens.

Dead Man's Chest

I want my card draw to be less conditional.

Sphinx's Decree

I cannot think of a single scenario that would cause me to put this card in my deck for a tournament. If you can think of one and mention it in the comments, I will give you props.

Form of the Dinosaur

Maybe Enduring Ideal wants one?

Brass's Bounty

It could go well in Conley Woods' Shock Puppet deck with Marionette Master, but otherwise I'll pass.

Captain's Hook

I was the only player in the world playing Stitcher's Graft in my deck, and this card basically has the same drawback with only half the upside. Abrade also exists now.

Worst Buys

These are the cards that are currently overpriced. I expect the market price to drop quite a bit on them and would recommend staying away from them in the short term until the price goes down. Some of them are playable though, so if you want them for your deck, it may still be worth it to pick them up. It will likely cost you some value when their price drops though.

Huatli, Radiant Champion

She seems okay in a token deck, but even there I'd be surprised if there were not better options. Feels like a typical “win more” card that really only helps you if you are already ahead.

Zacama, Primal Calamity

Nine mana is a lot, but if you manage to resolve it you'll probably win, unless they kill it with the untap ability on the stack. Still, nine mana is a lot.

Dire Fleet Daredevil

The card seems reasonably strong and likely good in Ramunap Aggressive Red mirrors since it can use an opposing Shock or Lightning Strike against the opponent or opposing creature. This is certainly no Snapcaster Mage since it doesn't have flash and it depends on what is in the opponent's deck instead of your own, but that's okay. A card can still be good without being nearly as good as Snapcaster Mage.

Deeproot Elite

Merfolk looks like the tribe that has taken off first, which explains the price jump on this one. I'm uncertain that Deeproot Elite even belongs in the deck though, so I'm hesitant to invest in this one unless I'm sure to play Merfolk this weekend.

Journey to Eternity

These conditional cards always look appealing because the ceiling is high on what it can do. In practice though, they very rarely work out since the floor is so low. So much has to go right and so many things have to not go wrong for this to actually work out. It's also multicolor, which further restricts the decks it could fit in.

Dire Fleet Poisoner

I like this card and think it could see play if Pirates makes it to the big stage, but I'm not paying the high price until I see Pirates start winning tournaments.

Warkite Marauder

Speaking of overpriced Pirates, I'm very skeptical of this card. It's basically a Welkin Turn that nerfs a blocker when it attacks. Not a terrible rate, but where is the support? The rate isn't good enough for Modern, so it won't fit into the Human tribal deck there.

Wayward Swordtooth

The decks that want to play extra lands each turn won't easily get the city's blessing, and Dinosaur decks would much rather play a creature that can more reliably engage in combat sooner. So what decks would want this?

Etali, Primal Storm

Most six-mana creatures are pretty great if they live long enough for you to attack with them, but in a world of Ravenous Chupacabras and other unconditional value cards, I do not see this one ever being worth it.

Happy investing!

Craig Wescoe

@Brimaz4Life




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