Ultimate Masters is finally here. Let’s take some of the cards that have caught my eye price wise.
The “You Better Buy These Before They Become Even More Expensive” Group
Noble Hierarch – Noble was originally reprinted in Modern Masters 2015 and saw its price become extremely affordable. Then the card’s supply dried up, its demand continued to grow, and it reached astronomically high prices. With the Ultimate Masters reprint incoming, that particular version of the card is under $50. Originally, the Modern Masters reprint saw a low of around $30 before nearly tripling in price. This is not only the best mana dork in Modern, but its also a key card in some of the most popular decks in the format. Demand for this card isn’t going anywhere. If you want them, get them before you regret it.
Cavern of Souls – Replace Modern Masters 2015 with Modern Masters 2017 and you can copy verbatim what I put down regarding Noble Hierarch. The one thing to note is that Cavern is a mythic, not a rare, meaning supply will be even more limited than Noble. After its last reprint, it bottomed out at $40 before doubling. I’d be shocked if the same thing doesn’t happen again.
Snapcaster Mage – It feels like the “normal” price of Snapcaster Mage is around $70. Currently, the Ultimate Masters version is around $50. Control decks have become more popular thanks to Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. Control will continue to be popular and, arguably, become more sought after thanks to the lower price points on Celestial Colonnade/Creeping Tar Pit. What I’m trying to say is this: Snapcaster Mage will not stay this cheap for long.
The “Dropping Steadily” Group
The biggest hit of Ultimate Masters is, undoubtedly, the Worldwake lands. Sure, Lavaclaw Reaches and Stirring Wildwood weren’t exactly high quality reprint targets, but their relatives absolutely are.
Celestial Colonnade – The Worldwake version approached $60 earlier this year. Currently, the Ultimate Masters version is available around $25. That price should get even lower as supply enters the market.
Raging Ravine – Same deal as Colonnade, only the price is even more affordable. What was once a $20 card is now available for $4.99 (the Ultimate Masters version).
Creeping Tar Pit – Third verse, same as the first. A high this year of just under $30, you can pick up the Ultimate Masters version of Creeping Tar Pit for $6.
The “Thank Goodness For a Reprint” Group
Engineered Explosives – Two months ago, this was a $90 card. Now I’m seeing Ultimate Masters copies around $30. It’s a powerful card, don’t get me wrong, but its a powerful sideboard card that’s suffering from a lack of supply.
Phyrexian Altar – This may not have the dramatic drop that Imperial Recruiter had thanks to EDH demand, but it’s still nice to see a $50+ EDH staple see a reprint and drop in price.
Temporal Manipulation – This will have the dramatic drop that Imperial Recruiter had.
Life from the Loam – Thanks to Creeping Chill, Dredge was gaining popularity again in Modern. This is a well-timed reprint to prevent another costly rice for the archetype’s staple.