The Magic Market Index for December 2, 2016

 

Welcome to The Magic Market Index. This article series documents the price changes of cards currently in print. This article will track how cards go from release to its time out of Standard, and as long as deemed necessary for non-Standard sets, as well as offer insight into what cards to invest in and what to ignore. The Magic market is a dangerous place, and this article is here to help guide players and speculators through the murky waters to greater returns.

 

This article will be updated once a week. Currently, this article series is tracking Battle for Zendikar Block (Oath of the Gatewatch, Battle for Zendikar, and Zendikar Expeditions), Shadows over Innistrad Block (Shadows over Innistrad and Eldritch Moon) and the Kaladesh Block (Kaladesh and Kaladesh Inventions). There are no current plans to track any promo sets, pack foils, or non-set releases. Otherwise, if it can be opened in a pack, it will be covered.

 

The Magic Market Index is a collaborative effort between the MTGSalvation staff. This week's edition is brought to you by accountant and MTGS content manager Alexandra Haggstrom.

Card Name 12/01
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Chandra, Torch of Defiance $19.99 $19.57 $19.94 $20.00 +$0.42 -$0.01 Chandra, Torch of Defiance posted a respectable gain this week, along with casual favourite Angel of Invention. That said, the set's overall value is still tumbling this week, with total set value sinking 2.8% compared to last week's 5.8% drop. We'll likely see these drops taper off as box EV settles closer to box market value. This is good for players looking to get into Standard, but realizing profits due to Kaladesh will remain difficult until the set's value settles down and we can start seeing some more gains.
Torrential Gearhulk $16.00 $16.49 $17.99 $18.99 -$0.49 -$2.99
Smuggler's Copter $12.58 $13.00 $13.97 $14.76 -$0.42 -$2.18
Verdurous Gearhulk $9.99 $10.92 $12.30 $13.52 -$0.93 -$3.53
Spirebluff Canal $8.74 $8.86 $9.25 $9.48 -$0.12 -$0.74
Nissa, Vital Force $7.38 $7.99 $8.86 $9.79 -$0.61 -$2.41
Noxious Gearhulk $6.70 $6.90 $7.25 $7.53 -$0.20 -$0.83
Skysovereign, Consul Flagship $6.49 $6.87 $7.23 $7.44 -$0.38 -$0.95
Dovin Baan $5.50 $5.99 $6.55 $7.16 -$0.49 -$1.66
Saheeli Rai $5.47 $6.11 $6.51 $7.19 -$0.64 -$1.72
Inspiring Vantage $5.21 $5.42 $5.70 $6.05 -$0.21 -$0.84
Aetherworks Marvel $4.93 $5.07 $6.00 $6.69 -$0.14 -$1.76
Combustible Gearhulk $4.09 $4.16 $4.49 $4.65 -$0.07 -$0.56
Blooming Marsh $3.99 $3.99 $4.07 $4.29 +$0.00 -$0.30
Concealed Courtyard $3.76 $3.75 $3.89 $3.99 +$0.01 -$0.23
Angel of Invention $3.71 $3.49 $3.27 $3.38 +$0.22 +$0.33
Panharmonicon $3.60 $3.50 $3.62 $3.77 +$0.10 -$0.17
Botanical Sanctum $3.39 $3.49 $3.70 $3.88 -$0.10 -$0.49
Metallurgic Summonings $2.94 $3.00 $3.32 $3.60 -$0.06 -$0.66
Aether Hub $2.88 $2.97 $3.23 $3.44 -$0.09 -$0.56
Cataclysmic Gearhulk $2.87 $3.06 $3.53 $3.87 -$0.19 -$1.00
Scrapheap Scrounger $2.50 $2.51 $2.76 $2.87 -$0.01 -$0.37
Electrostatic Pummeler $2.39 $2.60 $2.98 $3.19 -$0.21 -$0.80
Rare Slot Average: $2.04 $2.11 $2.25 $2.37 -$0.07 -$0.33
Rare Slot Deviation: $3.20 $3.27 $3.48 $3.66 -$0.07 -$0.46
Total Set Value: $207.22 $213.21 $226.69 $237.37 -$5.99 -$30.15
Booster Box EV: $104.89 $108.80 $115.65 $121.92 -$3.91 -$17.03

 

Card Name 12/01
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Mana Vault $144.99 $145.88 $149.98 $150.00 -$0.89 -$5.01 Unlike its normal-framed sister set, Kaladesh Inventions posted a respectable gain this week. While total set value hasn't increased much, only going up about half a percent, it has increased, with a variety of cards recovering previously lost value. This makes sense, since the Kaladesh frenzy is dying down and thus more value can shift towards its Inventions, which make for a far better long-term investment. For collectors seeking gains in the market value of their collections, a well-diversified Invention binder is an important component of that collection.
Mana Crypt $136.49 $136.49 $140.13 $144.99 +$0.00 -$8.50
Sol Ring $130.00 $124.91 $126.50 $136.75 +$5.09 -$6.75
Mox Opal $115.16 $115.11 $120.63 $124.98 +$0.05 -$9.82
Aether Vial $99.99 $99.99 $99.99 $105.00 +$0.00 -$5.01
Crucible of Worlds $99.99 $97.98 $93.99 $97.90 +$2.01 +$2.09
Sword of Fire and Ice $85.49 $86.43 $85.99 $89.83 -$0.94 -$4.34
Sword of Feast and Famine $84.20 $83.24 $82.00 $83.57 +$0.96 +$0.63
Lotus Petal $80.72 $82.53 $83.99 $87.99 -$1.81 -$7.27
Sword of Light and Shadow $78.00 $78.00 $78.34 $79.63 +$0.00 -$1.63
Chromatic Lantern $59.98 $56.81 $57.67 $59.28 +$3.17 +$0.70
Solemn Simulacrum $57.75 $56.78 $56.92 $59.99 +$0.97 -$2.24
Torrential Gearhulk $57.00 $57.58 $60.24 $68.39 -$0.58 -$11.39
Scroll Rack $53.47 $52.65 $53.37 $55.90 +$0.82 -$2.43
Lightning Greaves $50.99 $50.45 $51.98 $54.99 +$0.54 -$4.00
Steel Overseer $49.88 $49.55 $49.95 $51.53 +$0.33 -$1.65
Verdurous Gearhulk $49.80 $51.48 $54.01 $55.70 -$1.68 -$5.90
Rings of Brighthearth $46.99 $44.96 $44.97 $46.08 +$2.03 +$0.91
Chrome Mox $45.00 $47.00 $47.50 $49.47 -$2.00 -$4.47
Noxious Gearhulk $44.80 $43.52 $42.99 $43.01 +$1.28 +$1.79
Painter's Servant $41.93 $42.71 $43.56 $47.12 -$0.78 -$5.19
Combustible Gearhulk $39.99 $39.99 $39.99 $38.99 +$0.00 +$1.00
Cloudstone Curio $38.64 $36.85 $39.31 $40.03 +$1.79 -$1.39
Gauntlet of Power $37.17 $37.49 $38.15 $40.00 -$0.32 -$2.83
Hangarback Walker $35.58 $35.00 $32.99 $35.00 +$0.58 +$0.58
Sculpting Steel $34.95 $34.95 $34.99 $34.99 +$0.00 -$0.04
Mind's Eye $32.64 $32.69 $32.97 $35.57 -$0.05 -$2.93
Cataclysmic Gearhulk $30.17 $32.40 $33.00 $35.40 -$2.23 -$5.23
Static Orb $29.99 $29.99 $31.32 $31.53 +$0.00 -$1.54
Champion's Helm $27.00 $26.42 $27.00 $28.03 +$0.58 -$1.03
Invention Average: $63.96 $63.66 $64.48 $67.05 +$0.30 -$3.10
Invention Deviation: $33.30 $33.03 $33.70 $34.88 +$0.26 -$1.59
KLD Box EV: $15.99 $15.92 $16.12 $16.76 +$0.07 -$0.77
Total Set Value: $1,918.75 $1,909.83 $1,934.42 $2,011.64 +$8.92 -$92.89

 

Card Name 12/01
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Liliana, the Last Hope $40.76 $40.00 $40.50 $40.72 +$0.76 +$0.04 Despite being a risky investment, Eldritch Moon actually performed well this week, with a slight gain of about half a percent to its total value. Liliana, the Last Hope's fluctuation aside, the incorporeal elephant in the room is Selfless Spirit, which may have overcorrected downward ever since it started to drop at the beginning of November. It shouldn't reach its previous peak value again, but depending on how the post-Aether Revolt metagame shakes out, there could well be some life left for the Spirit. If you're risk-averse and can manage to realize that bit of extra value, there's no harm in taking what you can get and trading away now, though there's still a possibility the Spirit could break the $10 mark. Just beware that a miniature Languish will be running around, so its value will be inversely proportional to that card's playability.
Grim Flayer $21.49 $21.19 $20.47 $20.44 +$0.30 +$1.05
Emrakul, the Promised End $18.67 $18.48 $18.83 $19.19 +$0.19 -$0.52
Tamiyo, Field Researcher $10.95 $10.77 $11.00 $10.99 +$0.18 -$0.04
Gisela, the Broken Blade $9.99 $9.99 $9.89 $9.52 +$0.00 +$0.47
Selfless Spirit $9.87 $8.89 $8.99 $9.50 +$0.98 +$0.37
Ishkanah, Grafwidow $8.10 $8.00 $8.14 $8.12 +$0.10 -$0.02
Spell Queller $7.00 $6.93 $6.99 $6.99 +$0.07 +$0.01
Collective Brutality $6.22 $6.08 $5.99 $5.99 +$0.14 +$0.23
Thalia, Heretic Cathar $2.89 $2.90 $2.95 $2.98 -$0.01 -$0.09
Eldritch Evolution $2.83 $3.10 $3.42 $3.61 -$0.27 -$0.78
Tree of Perdition $2.75 $2.85 $2.89 $2.99 -$0.10 -$0.24
Elder Deep-Fiend $2.74 $2.93 $3.03 $3.19 -$0.19 -$0.45
Bedlam Reveler $2.33 $2.38 $2.47 $2.51 -$0.05 -$0.18
Collective Defiance $2.33 $2.55 $2.99 $3.37 -$0.22 -$1.04
Summary Dismissal $2.24 $2.23 $2.32 $2.33 +$0.01 -$0.09
Decimator of the Provinces $2.00 $2.05 $2.16 $2.28 -$0.05 -$0.28
Rare Slot Average: $2.32 $2.30 $2.35 $2.39 +$0.02 -$0.07
Rare Slot Deviation: $5.24 $5.13 $5.16 $5.20 +$0.11 +$0.04
Total Set Value: $210.51 $209.45 $211.79 $213.13 +$1.06 -$2.62
Booster Box EV: $99.70 $100.00 $100.77 $101.67 -$0.30 -$1.97

 

Card Name 12/01
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Archangel Avacyn $20.86 $19.99 $19.46 $18.99 +$0.87 +$1.87 Shadows over Innistrad continues its trend of centralizing value in key high-end mythic rares. Archangel Avacyn's ascent is unsurprising, but Jace also gained approximately 11.6% in value this week. That said, the total set value did manage to drop overall, which is an illustration of how diversification can sometimes have only a limited effect. Considering Shadows over Innistrad as its own market for the moment, the value simply isn't there at the bottom of the set to overcome variations in the higher-end cards. Comparing it to the opposite end of the spectrum, a set like Kaladesh Inventions can easily offset losses at the higher level with gains at the lower level, but older sets currently in Standard simply don't have the ability to do that. Lands aside, making money in cards other than the high end of this set depends heavily on one's ability to read Standard playability.
Nahiri, the Harbinger $17.96 $18.00 $18.63 $18.95 -$0.04 -$0.99
Jace, Unraveler of Secrets $8.92 $7.99 $8.00 $7.99 +$0.93 +$0.93
Thing in the Ice $7.99 $8.15 $8.58 $8.67 -$0.16 -$0.68
Arlinn Kord $7.37 $7.82 $8.00 $8.24 -$0.45 -$0.87
Relentless Dead $5.99 $6.79 $7.09 $7.35 -$0.80 -$1.36
Sorin, Grim Nemesis $5.90 $6.28 $6.49 $6.75 -$0.38 -$0.85
Declaration in Stone $5.35 $5.51 $5.78 $5.86 -$0.16 -$0.51
Tireless Tracker $4.30 $4.24 $4.31 $4.31 +$0.06 -$0.01
Game Trail $3.74 $3.50 $3.40 $3.38 +$0.24 +$0.36
Port Town $3.37 $3.00 $3.00 $2.98 +$0.37 +$0.39
Prized Amalgam $3.33 $3.69 $3.84 $3.85 -$0.36 -$0.52
Foreboding Ruins $3.32 $3.19 $3.14 $3.09 +$0.13 +$0.23
Traverse the Ulvenwald $3.03 $3.33 $3.42 $3.51 -$0.30 -$0.48
Westvale Abbey $2.97 $3.10 $3.25 $3.25 -$0.13 -$0.28
Olivia, Mobilized for War $2.72 $3.07 $3.23 $3.37 -$0.35 -$0.65
Fevered Visions $2.10 $2.30 $2.45 $2.43 -$0.20 -$0.33
Rare Slot Average: $1.39 $1.43 $1.46 $1.47 -$0.04 -$0.08
Rare Slot Deviation: $2.10 $2.10 $2.17 $2.21 +$0.00 -$0.11
Total Set Value: $194.03 $197.30 $199.80 $200.78 -$3.27 -$6.75
Booster Box EV: $65.58 $68.56 $69.31 $70.59 -$2.98 -$5.01

 

Card Name 12/01
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Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet $20.99 $20.99 $21.92 $22.00 +$0.00 -$1.01 This whole block is suffering from Dragon's Maze Syndrome, and while Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet certainly does his job of being a good, efficient Standard creature while punishing the graveyard, there isn't really much good anyone can say about this set's value prospects. The best anyone can hope for in terms of value is for Aether Revolt to create a spike due to some staple or another having synergy with something from this set, but that's a long shot. If you have a crystal ball or can stomach high risk, try playing that game. Otherwise, this block isn't going to yield much value for the effort involved in gambling on it.
Kozilek's Return $9.49 $10.00 $10.77 $11.35 -$0.51 -$1.86
Wandering Fumarole $5.99 $5.99 $6.11 $6.33 +$0.00 -$0.34
Chandra, Flamecaller $5.93 $6.42 $6.75 $7.07 -$0.49 -$1.14
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar $5.50 $5.65 $5.77 $5.99 -$0.15 -$0.49
Thought-Knot Seer $5.40 $5.41 $5.57 $5.73 -$0.01 -$0.33
Eldrazi Displacer $4.76 $4.76 $4.80 $4.93 +$0.00 -$0.17
Needle Spires $4.09 $4.28 $4.45 $4.49 -$0.19 -$0.40
Kozilek, the Great Distortion $3.57 $3.65 $3.74 $3.80 -$0.08 -$0.23
Hissing Quagmire $3.36 $3.34 $3.42 $3.38 +$0.02 -$0.02
World Breaker $3.29 $3.37 $3.52 $3.69 -$0.08 -$0.40
Sylvan Advocate $3.20 $3.50 $3.76 $3.94 -$0.30 -$0.74
Reality Smasher $3.15 $3.23 $3.39 $3.49 -$0.08 -$0.34
Crush of Tentacles $2.99 $3.00 $3.15 $3.25 -$0.01 -$0.26
Matter Reshaper $2.24 $2.40 $2.57 $2.71 -$0.16 -$0.47
Linvala, the Preserver $2.21 $2.25 $2.28 $2.34 -$0.04 -$0.13
Oath of Nissa $2.05 $2.14 $2.31 $2.39 -$0.09 -$0.34
Rare Slot Average: $1.61 $1.65 $1.71 $1.75 -$0.04 -$0.14
Rare Slot Deviation: $2.69 $2.72 $2.85 $2.90 -$0.04 -$0.22
Total Set Value: $131.61 $134.01 $138.27 $140.78 -$2.40 -$9.17
Booster Box EV: $79.41 $80.67 $83.35 $85.60 -$1.26 -$6.19

 

Card Name 12/01
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Gideon, Ally of Zendikar $29.45 $29.65 $28.77 $31.34 -$0.20 -$1.89 GrumpyCat
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger $13.46 $13.82 $14.43 $14.44 -$0.36 -$0.98
Ob Nixilis Reignited $3.95 $4.32 $4.49 $4.62 -$0.37 -$0.67
Smoldering Marsh $3.72 $3.72 $3.66 $3.49 +$0.00 +$0.23
Drana, Liberator of Malakir $3.70 $4.00 $4.10 $4.19 -$0.30 -$0.49
Cinder Glade $3.67 $3.63 $3.66 $3.79 +$0.04 -$0.12
Part the Waterveil $3.49 $3.51 $3.56 $3.64 -$0.02 -$0.15
Prairie Stream $3.49 $3.51 $3.54 $3.50 -$0.02 -$0.01
Shambling Vent $3.10 $3.00 $3.01 $3.00 +$0.10 +$0.10
Sunken Hollow $2.81 $2.83 $2.89 $2.90 -$0.02 -$0.09
Kiora, Master of the Depths $2.69 $2.91 $2.95 $2.96 -$0.22 -$0.27
Canopy Vista $2.19 $2.36 $2.44 $2.48 -$0.17 -$0.29
Dragonmaster Outcast $2.07 $2.12 $2.15 $2.19 -$0.05 -$0.12
Rare Slot Average: $1.24 $1.27 $1.28 $1.30 -$0.03 -$0.06
Rare Slot Deviation: $2.99 $3.02 $2.98 $3.18 -$0.03 -$0.19
Total Set Value: $140.51 $143.42 $143.41 $146.10 -$2.91 -$5.59
Booster Box EV: $73.29 $75.86 $76.14 $78.15 -$2.57 -$4.86

 

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Scalding Tarn $233.09 $231.74 $234.81 $242.27 +$1.35 -$9.18 The best news this week seems to have come from everything not focused on Standard. A good Zendikar Expeditions binder will have gone up about three quarters of a percent, which is at least a damn sight better than some banks will give you right now. That aside, while a lot of the smaller gains were simply due to noise, the usual highly-played suspects of fetchlands, shocklands, and lands desirable in Commander and Legacy are starting to see some gains, with room for growth, especially after rotation. There isn't much precedent for tracking the value of special subsets once their parent sets leave Standard, and Ugin's Fate largely consisted of undesirable cards, but as these cards are generally quite desirable in non-rotating formats, have a unique border, and aren't likely ever to be reprinted in this form, there's little reason not to have them in your collection.
Polluted Delta $208.22 $209.99 $209.99 $215.00 -$1.77 -$6.78
Misty Rainforest $197.99 $194.15 $196.90 $203.14 +$3.84 -$5.15
Verdant Catacombs $175.32 $173.99 $175.32 $189.95 +$1.33 -$14.63
Flooded Strand $155.47 $150.89 $149.99 $156.59 +$4.58 -$1.12
Wasteland $119.99 $124.57 $125.00 $127.55 -$4.58 -$7.56
Arid Mesa $119.95 $118.75 $119.24 $118.75 +$1.20 +$1.20
Wooded Foothills $115.25 $116.54 $118.36 $120.95 -$1.29 -$5.70
Windswept Heath $114.99 $112.05 $113.99 $122.71 +$2.94 -$7.72
Ancient Tomb $112.58 $105.80 $107.82 $122.05 +$6.78 -$9.47
Bloodstained Mire $107.09 $105.90 $103.46 $109.54 +$1.19 -$2.45
Horizon Canopy $99.37 $99.95 $100.42 $108.00 -$0.58 -$8.63
Marsh Flats $98.38 $101.97 $100.25 $100.94 -$3.59 -$2.56
Steam Vents $94.49 $93.58 $94.78 $99.60 +$0.91 -$5.11
Godless Shrine $84.94 $83.24 $85.21 $89.95 +$1.70 -$5.01
Overgrown Tomb $81.82 $81.92 $82.01 $84.49 -$0.10 -$2.67
Stomping Ground $79.57 $79.56 $79.95 $84.04 +$0.01 -$4.47
Breeding Pool $74.95 $74.93 $74.81 $75.00 +$0.02 -$0.05
Watery Grave $73.42 $73.39 $73.49 $74.98 +$0.03 -$1.56
Strip Mine $70.33 $69.95 $69.72 $70.12 +$0.38 +$0.21
Temple Garden $69.95 $64.99 $65.74 $69.99 +$4.96 -$0.04
Sacred Foundry $69.80 $65.54 $67.58 $71.94 +$4.26 -$2.14
Blood Crypt $64.28 $62.99 $64.95 $67.86 +$1.29 -$3.58
Hallowed Fountain $63.94 $62.99 $63.94 $64.77 +$0.95 -$0.83
Eye of Ugin $61.90 $60.01 $60.63 $62.99 +$1.89 -$1.09
Twilight Mire $60.00 $59.95 $61.38 $62.99 +$0.05 -$2.99
Cascade Bluffs $49.95 $48.38 $49.68 $51.72 +$1.57 -$1.77
Mana Confluence $48.94 $47.50 $47.47 $48.95 +$1.44 -$0.01
Flooded Grove $48.02 $48.59 $48.03 $50.21 -$0.57 -$2.19
Fetid Heath $47.99 $47.97 $47.89 $49.45 +$0.02 -$1.46
Mystic Gate $45.72 $45.60 $45.44 $47.94 +$0.12 -$2.22
Sunken Ruins $42.93 $43.43 $43.74 $45.70 -$0.50 -$2.77
Fire-Lit Thicket $42.51 $42.51 $42.91 $44.98 +$0.00 -$2.47
Wooded Bastion $37.59 $37.31 $37.49 $38.49 +$0.28 -$0.90
Graven Cairns $35.09 $34.99 $35.62 $37.98 +$0.10 -$2.89
Rugged Prairie $35.00 $37.64 $36.91 $37.12 -$2.64 -$2.12
Dust Bowl $34.95 $34.93 $35.53 $37.24 +$0.02 -$2.29
Tectonic Edge $34.95 $34.99 $35.96 $37.60 -$0.04 -$2.65
Cinder Glade $34.13 $33.45 $33.47 $35.06 +$0.68 -$0.93
Forbidden Orchard $33.93 $34.37 $35.26 $36.75 -$0.44 -$2.82
Kor Haven $33.43 $33.95 $33.95 $34.00 -$0.52 -$0.57
Prairie Stream $32.62 $32.99 $33.74 $35.02 -$0.37 -$2.40
Sunken Hollow $32.55 $33.22 $33.49 $35.73 -$0.67 -$3.18
Canopy Vista $31.95 $32.03 $32.33 $33.24 -$0.08 -$1.29
Smoldering Marsh $29.89 $30.00 $30.95 $31.80 -$0.11 -$1.91
BFZ Average: $97.76 $96.83 $97.55 $101.33 +$0.93 -$3.57
OGW Average: $54.76 $54.62 $55.04 $57.59 +$0.14 -$2.83
BFZ Box EV: $24.44 $24.21 $24.39 $25.33 +$0.23 -$0.89
OGW Box EV: $13.69 $13.65 $13.76 $14.40 +$0.03 -$0.71
Total Set Value: $3,539.22 $3,513.18 $3,539.60 $3,685.14 +$26.04 -$145.92

 

 

Overall Summary

 

Outside of Eldritch Moon, older sets in Standard have been punished hard this week. With Aether Revolt drawing near, now is the time to stock up on anything that seems like it might be good with what we know about the set. This is by nature a high-risk strategy, so for those who can't stand to lose some money, the best advice I can give is the same as I give for traditional financial instruments: Find something steady and stable and safe, invest in it, and don't fret about it. Nothing beats the market in the long term, and while Magic can outperform traditional instruments, nothing beats the Magic market in the long term. If it could, then it would simply become the new normal. For the sets currently in Standard, as opposed to investing in Modern cards, Legacy cards, Commander cards, reserved cards, and such, the Masterpiece sets are that safe investment, but this comes with a very large caveat. Depending on the frequency and content of these Masterpiece sets, future instances may wind up being rather lacklustre compared to earlier instances. For a good example of this effect in action, refer to From the Vault: Exiled and From the Vault: Relics and compare them to From the Vault: Annihilation and From the Vault: Angels. If that kind of investment is to your tastes, don't wait and hope that we're going to get anything more exciting than fetchlands, shocklands, and the like. While Mark Rosewater has confirmed that Masterpieces can be reprinted in other Masterpiece themes, it's not likely to happen soon.

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