10 Most Valuable Cards from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty revisits the plane over a thousand years later. Traditional Japanese elements are infused with cyberpunk and technological advancement. Enduring trees stand next to skyscrapers, making them look small. In a set that features everything from Rat Samurai to Dragon Spirits and Equipment Lizards, what are the 10 most valuable cards?

Note: The most valuable variation of each card from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty is featured. This is done in order to avoid featuring duplicates within the 10 most valuable cards. This article was last updated Feb 21, 2022. 

10. Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

Tezzeret, Betrayer of Flesh is poised to quickly become a staple in many artifact-heavy decks. His stagnant ability alone reduces one artifact’s activated ability cost by two each turn. Should a player manage to obtain his emblem, they’ve got incredible draw power for the rest of the game – so long as their deck has plenty of artifacts with tapping abilities. 

9.Junji, the Midnight Sky (Borderless)

Junji, the Midnight Sky (Borderless)

Foil versions of this variation of Junji, Midnight Sky currently sell for just under $30. The red Dragon Spirit from the set, Atsushi, the Blazing Sky (Borderless) is right there in value as well. Junji, the Midnight Sky is a 5/5 with Flying and Menace for five mana value. That alone is a great deal. But when Junji, the Midnight Sky dies, the player also gets choice. They can either hit opponents where it hurts by making them discard two cards and lose two life. Or, the player can fetch a non-Dragon creature from their graveyard to put on the battlefield—with the small penalty of losing two life.

8. Farewell (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

Farewell (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

Currently valued around $30, Farewell is another card to make the list after release. What makes this card special is the text, “Choose one or more.” Rarely do board multi-tiered board sweeps allow a player to choose only the sweeps that will benefit them most. Farewell is that card. With the ability to Exile, this card is a powerful inclusion in any deck with white.

7. Blade of the Oni (Foil Etched)

Blade of the Oni (Foil Etched)

This is another card that didn’t make the original pre-release list but has now risen to the seventh spot, selling for around $35 a piece. This Equipment Demon is easy to put on the field for two mana. Another four allows the blade to be attached to a creature, making it a 5/5 Demon with Menace. Plus, with Reconfigure, it can be removed and attached as desired.

6. Nashi, Moon Sage’s Scion (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

Nashi, Moon Sage's Scion (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

Another card that climbed the list significantly, Nashi, Moon Sage’s Scion is fetching $40 on the market. ChannelFireball’s own, Martin Juza thinks this might be the best card in Kamigawa: Neon Dynastyand I can see why. This card utilizes the mechanic ninjutsu, making his main ability much harder to avoid. Successfully deal combat damage to a player and Nashi is not only able to play the top spell from every player’s library this turn – he gets to use life to pay for them. 

5. Kodama of the West Tree (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

Kodama of the West Tree (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

This is the first card that wasn’t on the list during pre-release. Now, it’s sitting at a cool $50. A wicked cool card, Kodama of the West Tree does a lot for its three mana value. Considered a hot new mono-green commander, Kodama of the West Tree offers insane mana ramping while providing all modified creatures with Trample. Essentially, find all your favorite beasts and make an unstoppable stomp deck with this valuable card. 

4. Kaito Shizuki (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

Kaito Shizuki (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

Kaito Shizuki is currently worth around $60. This planeswalker phases out at the end of the turn in which it entered the battlefield. Which is just a fancy way of completely protecting Kaito for its first round on the field. Adding a loyalty counter nets the controlling player an extra card that turn if they also attacked – which of course isn’t hard to do. The emblem, in particular, poses major problems for opponents. Every time the player’s creatures do damage to a player, they get to put a free blue or black creature straight onto the battlefield. Once this train gets going, it would allow a player to quickly amass an unstoppable army. Fun fact: Tetsuo Hara, the artist for the borderless variation, is the artist behind Fist of the North Star.

4. Boseiju, Who Endures (Borderless)

Boseiju, Who Endures (Borderless)

Most recent sales of the foil version of this card have it valued at $70. This card’s art encapsulates the cyberpunk theme of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. An enduring tree surrounded by tall buildings – this green legendary land captures Kamigawa in a way few others do (check out the full art to fully appreciate this). Its channel ability allows a player to discard Boseiju, pay two mana and destroy any artifact, enchantment or nonbasic land an opponent controls. That opponent gets to search and play a basic land, but that’s a small price to pay in many scenarios. This has huge competitive potential.

3. Tamiyo, Compleated Sage (Phyrexian) (Foil Etched)

Tamiyo, Compleated Sage (Phyrexian) (Foil Etched)

Currently valued around $70, Tamiyo, Compleated Sage is arguably the planeswalker with the most flavor in this set. Tamiyo, Compleated Sage enters the battlefield with five loyalty counters – unless a player chooses to pay with life. If they do not, it will only take two turns (three to avoid losing Tamiyo) to receive her notebook. A legendary artifact token, Tamiyo’s Notebook makes all spells you cast cost two less and taps to draw a card. Alternatively, Tamiyo can create a token copy of any nonland permanent card in your graveyard. This is a dynamic planeswalker with a wide array of useful abilities.

3. The Wandering Emperor (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

The Wandering Emperor (Showcase) (Foil Etched)

Climbing two spots on our list since pre-release, this The Wandering Emperor variation is currently selling for $130. The combination of The Wandering Emperor’s two stagnant abilities allows the planeswalker to be played as an instant with multiple options – all of which can be immediately used. Mono-white and four mana to play, this card offers highly useful activated abilities that would round out many decks in need of extra exile power and counter generation. 

2. Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant (Phyrexian & Foil Etched)

Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant (Phyrexian) (Foil Etched)

Currently sitting around $130, this insane card is worth the seven mana it costs. Once per turn, an artifact, instant or sorcery you play is copied and new targets can be chosen. Additionally, the first artifact, instant or sorcery an opponent casts is countered once per turn. If that isn’t enough for you, the Phyrexian version pictured is a totally unique and stunning version of the card.

1. Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos (Neon Ink Red)

Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos (Neon Ink Red)

The week after release, this card is selling for $1000 and rising. The Neon Ink Yellow, Neon Ink Green, and Neon Ink Blue variations currently sit at $500, $300, and $100, respectively. Hidetsugu has the potential to be a powerful commander in a Rakdos deck and has strong utility in many others. The blue, green, and red treatments only appear in 1% of Collector boosters and each color treatment has a different rarity, making the red version one of the rarest cards in the set.

Most Expensive Neon Dynasty Commander Deck Cards

Alongside with Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, two commander decks were released: Upgrades Unleashed and Buckle Up. Cards from these decks can be pulled in Set boosters and Collector boosters, but the decks offer a guaranteed way to grab them. With Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, Wizards of the Coast introduced commander cards that can only be found in Set or Collector boosters. The first card on our list below is one such card.

Go-Shintai of Life’s Origin (Extended)

Go-Shintai of Life's Origin (Extended)

This five-color card has spiked the price of Shrine tokens, which can only be pulled in Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Set boosters. Four mana value puts this 3/4 Legendary Enchantment Creature, that is also a Shrine, onto the battlefield. From there, it’s activated ability can return any enchantment from the graveyard to the battlefield. Its stagnant ability has the potential to creature a bunch of 1/1 Shrine tokens for a deck running a lot of other Shrines. 

Kappa Cannoneer (Extended)

Kappa Cannoneer (Extended)

From the Buckle Up deck in Azorius colors comes Kappa Cannoneer. A Turtle Warrior, Kappa Cannoneer costs six mana value; however, it has Improvise. This allows the player to pay one mana value for each untapped artifact they tap. An opponent’s best bet is to counter this spell as soon as it’s played, but that won’t be easy with Ward 4. Once out, every artifact that enters the battlefield gives Kappa Cannoneer a +1/+1 counter and he can’t be blocked that turn. Clearly made for artifact-heavy decks, Kappa Cannoneer provides insane power for specific deck-types. 

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