Top 10 most expensive cards on Theros

  • #1
    Updated September 5th

    Here again, a list showing up how are the initial prices showing up. Some of them are pretty obvious, and some of them are traps. We still have a long way to go, but then. Here we are:


    10.- Underworld Cerberus $9.99: Nice body and pseudo-unblockable. We don't know how useful will be its graveyard lock, but its ability when it dies seems like an awesome way to keep on the pressure after wrath. Aggro decks would love this, giving them a chance for mid-game.

    9.- Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx $9.99: In my humble opinion, this is a card that must be followed-up closely, it has a lot of potential for more formats than standard. Monocolored EDH decks will love this, and gruul ones too with BTE still active. I'm sure it will increase on price.

    8.- Nylea, God of the Hunt $14.99: It seems a good card, but it only works well if you're able to have the devotion, which luckily, doesn't seem to be a problem for green. I don't think this card will keep its price, it will lower down for sure, but time will tell.

    7.- Erebos, God of the Dead $19.99: Most of the time, it will be Greed in a shell. Although this is a good card, the price isn't worth it, so I think it will lower down too.

    6.- Elspeth, Sun's Champion $24.99: A pretty nice planeswalker which can end games by herself. She can work as a pseudo-wrath or as pressure. For its cmc, maybe it will go to $15 someday, but playability will tell.

    5.- Purphoros, God of the Forge $24.99: Many persons consider this the best god among the five, and they are right. Its ability is in the proper color, and monored aggro will thank this a lot. Not many problems to become a creature, and the ability is good by itself. It may stay like this.

    4.- Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver $24.99: Planeswalker usually go around this price when released, and them they lower down. Ashiok may see a fate between $10 and $18, because, although is not a bad planeswalker, its standard playability is still kind of questionable.

    3.-Stormbreath Dragon $24.99: Many say this is Thundermaw Hellkite substitute, and it is not very far from it. Is a very playable dragon, which can hurt against control decks with its monstruosity. It will keep the price as long as it stays on standard, or settle up in $30. Hard to tell, since -1/-1 compared with its ancestor is something to think about.

    2.- Thoughtseize $29.99: It will increase, but won't be instantly. Probably after rotation. I may expect this one to be on $15 (at the very least) until the next expansion, but it could see and stay at $25. Then it will be increasing eventually again. Reprinted cards usually reach almost the same price as their antecesors, just a little lower.

    1.- Xenagos, the Reveler $39.99: The chase mythic right now. Gaea's Cradle in a stick with a little more versatility, or a hasty token's generator, both skill are awesome indeed. It will barely see its ultimate, since almost all the time you're making tokens, and sometimes adding more mana for heavy stuff. Pretty nice card, with uncertain future after rotation. If it manages to be playable in modern, it will stay in price for sure.
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  • #2
    The problem with devotion is it really plays into the control deck's hands. We don't have undying to help trigger devotion, and enchantment removal outside of D-sphere is questionable at best. So to use it it really wants you to overextend.

    As such i think as good as the God's are they may be a bit slow, and not do enough. Red will still be fast and force the meta to have answers. The deck is going to be pretty similar if it gets a decent 4 drop, or it can go BR for exava and more options.

    So I'll say the God's all see a drop in price, with Thassa being likely the best in conjunction with Jace and things.
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  • #3
    I don't think Thoughtseize is going to go up to 30$. More likely go down to around 20$ for the duration of Theros block. It's good, but it's only a rare, and Theros will be opened a lot.
  • #4
    who knows. mb we will get some other awesome cards in the rest of the spoilers. still over 100 cards missing.

    the new duals are not revealed too :D.
  • #5
    Believe me, Thoughtseize will go to $20 in no time.
  • #6
    I agree that thoughtseize will tank and xenagos will stick.

    Ashiok, erebos will tank.

    But thassa and bow of nylea are both missing from your list. Theyre around 20 right niw. Think at least the bow will hold.
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  • #7
    If you want some honest advice, don't follow this advice, Its all pretty much bad. Buying cards at pre-release price is a pure gamble. For the handful of winners you may get you will lose your shirt more on the majorette of losers.
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  • #8
    thoughtseize will fall and no way xenagos is a 40$ mythic, he will price about the same as domri-rade

    ashiok, erebos, cerebrus are going to be 5-8$ cards

    fleecemane lion will almost certainly be one of the top 10 expensive.


    Dragonmaze has 1 card over 10$, Ral Zarek and Blood Baron being the only other ones more than 5$.
    Modern Masters only has about 11 cards that were worth 10$+
    Gatecrash had 2 cards at or over 10$ with shock duals being close but they have been between 6-8 Euros all the time which is about 9$.
    Return to Ravnica had 3 cards at or over 10$ with shock duals being close but they have been between 6-8 Euros all the time which is about 9$.

    Something tells me Theros won't have so many 10$+ cards

    DRS and Snappy who are as popular as Thoughtseize, didnt have 2 print runs, don't have budget alternatives were under 20$ all the time, for DRS closer to 10-14$ for most of the time.

    Thoughtseize 10-20$
    Stormbreath Dragon 10-20$
    Elspeth 10-15$
    Xenados 10-15$
    Purphoros 10$
    Thassa will be like 15-20$ for a while until people realize she was overhyped and isn't as good as most other gods even in standard and she will plummet
    Fleecemane Lion 7-10$
    Nylea will be reverse Thassa and increase in price

    I would not buy ANY of these right now. Prerelease prices are almost always overrated except for rare cards that are under a dollar and simply misjudged.
    Prerelease orders only make sense when you get an obvious bargain. For example I bought 4 Lifebane Zombies for 8$, a set of Young Pyromancer for under 2$ and a set of Ogre Battledriver for under 3$. The Zombies have almos tripled since.

    The Theros cards I consider pre-ordering right now are potential bargains that can almost only go up because they are underrated.

    Bow of Thassa is nearing 1$, Hammer of Purphoros is nearing 1$, Polis Crusher at under a dollar, Curse of the Swine at under a dollar..

    I am hoping that shops underrate Stormbreath Dragon tremendously or some of the other monstosities. Arbor Collossus seems like a good candidate to be under a dollar in pre-orders but see considerable play for example. Ember Swallower possibly too. Those 2 cards look deceptively bad when you look at the monstosity costs but they are not bad.
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  • #9
    Yeah, I'd love to find Thassa under $20... might want to add.
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  • #10
    This belongs in Market Street, not the Rumor Mill...

    Where, of course, we have been discussing prices for days already.
  • #11
    Nice list, but I think Thoughtseize won't hold the value you've posted for too long.
    And I also think Thassa and Fleecemane Lion might be up there above some of the cards on your list.
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  • #12
    xenagos is easily a $40 card off the bat. Red/Green has strong cards as it is, not to mention on of the best curves right now. turn 1 elf, turn 2 domri, turn 3 xenagos. Why not.

    Red/Green has some of the best aggro creatures right now and 3 very playable planeswalkers (6CMC Garruk, Domri, xenagos)
  • #13
    This set has a surprising amount of playable mythics, but the prices are kind of depressing as it stands. Will probably have to wait until this product gets opened a bunch before I can start deck-building in earnest.
  • #14
    thoughtseize is going to be a 10 dollar rare...
  • #15
    Quote from Burnardough
    xenagos is easily a $40 card off the bat. Red/Green has strong cards as it is, not to mention on of the best curves right now. turn 1 elf, turn 2 domri, turn 3 xenagos. Why not.

    Red/Green has some of the best aggro creatures right now and 3 very playable planeswalkers (6CMC Garruk, Domri, xenagos)


    and you would be an idiot to buy xenagos for 40$, he is not better than domri who has been a 10-15$ mythic for most of the time.

    xenagos won't likely see play anywhere but standard unlike Voice of Resurgence that got played in all formats pretty much right away.

    If you want to gamble fleecemane lion might be a low risk gamble if pre-order is about 8$ or so he is very unlikely to lose much of that value but could possibly maybe double.
  • #16
    most of these seem wrong. thanks for the contribution and all but...

    people are going to open this set by the truckload.

    for example, thespian's stage is played in a t2 legacy deck and actually goes into every edh deck and it's .99. even if nykthos sees marginal standard play it will be a $2 card. compare also to township, which saw tons of play as 2-of in standard and modern and is ridiculous in edh, and saw a peak of $3.

    to be fair no time frame was stated for a lot of these, so it's conceivable that the dragon and a few other mythics will go up a bit in week one and two before they crash.
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  • #17
    Fleecemane Lion's destiny depends on wraths printed on the set. He isn't hard to get rid of on the first turns anyway (even the recently spoiled Lightning Strike kills it, same turn the Lion comes down), and the Monstruosity ability is kind of expensive to only add +1/+1 to its stats. He is not intended to carry on auras in early game.This would be more a four-dollar-card than an 8 or more. It is a Kalonian Tusker most of the time.

    Fixed Thoughtseize description, maybe people thought I was talking about an instant increase. It is an investment card indeed, but it takes time. It could go down to $15 in a moment, and then going up again, kind of tricky.
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    Quote from daveschreiner
    most of these seem wrong. thanks for the contribution and all but...

    people are going to open this set by the truckload.

    for example, thespian's stage is played in a t2 legacy deck and actually goes into every edh deck and it's .99. even if nykthos sees marginal standard play it will be a $2 card. compare also to township, which saw tons of play as 2-of in standard and modern and is ridiculous in edh, and saw a peak of $3.



    Thank you for the feedback, I consider everything we speak in here for a better opinion in cards Smile

    Nykthos is a card that could be nuts in legacy and other formats, it is like a Gaea's Cradle which requires 2 more mana to activate (which is an disadvantage). Gaea's Cradle is used mostly in monogreen decks, and Nykthos is benefited in mono-colored decks. Unlike Thespian Stage[/CARD], which requires you to get the correct land in play, this one works on its own, depending more of your many other cards.

    This is a multiple-mana generator card, and unlike the cradle, it counts the mana symbols on your board. Not only counts your colored creatures, but a Boros Reckoner can be counted as 3 mana instead of 1 for example, and the enchantments, planeswalkers and colored artifacts matter too.
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  • #19
    all of the gods could be total crap when playing and be 3-5$ mythics soon. I wouldn't buy any over 10$.
    Nylea seems boring, but she seems the most solid inclusion in green decks of the gods. The others might totally tank because no deck wants to support the devotion and even if they try they will realize it still won't be enough to have devotion up reliably.

    Your price predictions just seem very very far off - if that became true Theros would rival Modern Masters in terms of card value. The last block set didn't even have 10 10$+ rares combined in 3 sets and that despite cards making their way into other formats.

    Ironically the cards that topped 10$ are those that made it into modern and/or legacy.. Sphinx Revelation, Deathrite Shaman, Voice of Resurgence to name 3 of the 9 or so. The shock duals that are a staple in modern are around 8-9$ for the most part.

    When you want to make a bargain you better not pay 15$ on cards that are almost definitely not going to see play outside of standard.
  • #20
    Quote from Aoi

    Thank you for the feedback, I consider everything we speak in here for a better opinion in cards Smile

    Nykthos is a card that could be nuts in legacy and other formats, it is like a Gaea's Cradle which requires 2 more mana to activate (which is an disadvantage). Gaea's Cradle is used mostly in monogreen decks, and Nykthos is benefited in mono-colored decks. Unlike Thespian Stage[/CARD], which requires you to get the correct land in play, this one works on its own, depending more of your many other cards.

    This is a multiple-mana generator card, and unlike the cradle, it counts the mana symbols on your board. Not only counts your colored creatures, but a Boros Reckoner can be counted as 3 mana instead of 1 for example, and the enchantments, planeswalkers and colored artifacts matter too.


    Even if it won't approach the price of cabal coffers which is about 5$. It is niche and situational and functionally not as solid as Cabal Coffers.
  • #21
    and even more so, I tested a little with Purphoros for example on cockatrice - one of the biggest issues with these gods is that you can only really run 2 copies, drawing 2 Purphoros is a totally dead card as it is very unlikely that a god will be removed.

    Couple the fact that none of these gods are a sure fire inclusion right now in any deck, not even Purphoros, the problem that they won't see play outside of standard and that even the niche decks that play them only play 1 or 2 copies of them tells me that all of the gods prices will plummet.
  • #22
    This belongs in Market Street, not the Rumor Mill...

    Where, of course, we have been discussing prices for days already.


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