If the intention behind Double Masters 2022 was to make a section of highly sought-after and expensive cards come down in price, there’s no doubt it has succeeded. When it comes to almost every single chase rare and mythic, prices are tumbling thanks to Double Masters 2022 reprints, with cards shedding up to 50 percent of their value after being reprinted.
I’m all for this. Even when I have expensive cards of my own that are affected by price drops like this, I don’t mind too much because I don’t see Magic as an investment, I see it as a – if you’ll believe it – game I enjoy playing with other nerds like me. Players being able to afford the game pieces in the first place is more important to me than treating the secondary market like an unregulated stock market.
So I’m glad to see all these prices come down: I’m glad that the at-times ludicrous barrier to entry into Magic is becoming a little easier to overcome. Today, with the whole set finally available for perusal, we’re going to get across one final round of high-profile reprints.
City of Brass ($15)
City of Brass sat very comfortably between $5 and $10, creeping up slowly between 2013 and 2020. Then, two price spikes in 2020 and 2021 saw some versions rise as high as $40 before settling back in the $20-$30 range. Double Masters is already bringing that price down to $15 or so, and those looking to smooth out the ambitious mana of their four- and five-color decks will be glad the card is back on the way down. True five-color lands don’t come along very often, and City of Brass is a classic, so it’s good to see it become more accessible.
Aether Vial ($20)
Once a Modern all-star in various aggressive tribal decks such as Humans, Merfolk and Spirits, Aether Vial has taken a bit of a back seat in recent years. The card hovered around $70 at its peak, but has slowly trended down with its reduction in playability and this reprint will help bring that price down even further. It’s still popular in what are, by now, fringe Modern strategies, and sees play in a few Commander decks as well – but demand for the card is pretty low these days, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the price fall further.
Dragonlord Dromoka ($20)
A popular card for those EDH players who just want to play their sorcery-speed cards without interruption, Dragonlord Dromoka has done very well for itself over the years. It’s not the most popular Selesnya commander by any means, but retains a dedicated following of those who want to cast their big, splashy Mirari’s Wakes, Karametras and Avacyns without being disrupted. It’s also a common inclusion in five-color tribal Dragon decks under The Ur-Dragon or Tiamat, so Dragon players everywhere will be glad to have renewed access to the card.
Liliana, the Last Hope ($20)
Liliana, the Last Hope once meaningfully competed with Liliana of the Veil for the title of best Liliana, but it well and truly lost the race when the Modern metagame shifted away from X/1 creatures (maybe it’s time for her to return, given the preponderance of Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer?). In any case, this version of Liliana will be cheaper than ever with this reprint, and given that it doesn’t really have much of a home in any decks at the moment, it may yet become cheaper still as new copies enter the market.
Aurelia, the Warleader ($25)
I was somewhat surprised to see just how Aurelia is, almost a decade on – it makes sense, as she offers a powerful effect as your commander and can head up both tribal Angel decks as well as decks dedicated to extra combat steps. Still, compared with the other Return to Ravnica block guild leaders, she’s a long way ahead in terms of price, and notably is the only one of them to appear here in Double Masters 2022. I don’t think she’ll return to her post-rotation $5 price tag, but I’m confident her price still has some downward movement in it
Bloom Tender ($25)
Bloom Tender was one of those cards that needed a proper reprint so very badly for such a long time. After being printed in Eventide, it didn’t get reprinted until its appearance in Mystery Boosters as well as a Secret Lair, which may have helped bring the card down from being a $50 mana dork. Thankfully it costs half that, now, although that’s still pretty steep in the grander scheme of things. I don’t think this card has as low a floor as some of the others we’ve talked about today, given how good it is in multicolor decks, and given how stunted supply has been in the past.
Kaalia of the Vast ($25)
A string of reprints has kept Kaalia’s price relatively consistent over the years, averaging out to about $30. Will that change with this reprint? She still remains an extremely powerful cross-tribal commander, and if historical data is to be believed, this reprint won’t cause her price to tank as it has with some other reprints in Double Masters 2022. For that reason, I suggest you pick up a copy of this card reasonably quickly if you’re on the market for it – based on past reprints, the floor for this version of Kaalia seems to be about $20.
Crucible of Worlds ($35)
Despite being reprinted in a Core Set, Crucible of Worlds has held its value incredibly well and remains a pricey card for anyone looking to recur lands from the graveyard. It has remained popular, of course, in all sorts of Commander decks: Titania, Lord Windgrace, The Gitrog Monster, even weirder decks like Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician. Coming off a post-M19 high of around $60, Crucible has fallen back into the mid-30s, and hopefully this reprint will only bring it down lower so more people can enjoy Strip Mining their opponents into oblivion.
With the number of times Bitterblossom has been reprinted – in Modern Masters 2015, Ultimate Masters and a few other promos and Secret Lairs – it’s amazing the card is still as expensive as it is. It’s not played in great numbers outside of Commander, and even in Commander it’s not like Bitterblossom is a cornerstone of the format. Is it the memory of its dominance in competitive formats gone by? I don’t know. I do know that its current price feels unsustainable, and that this should be a $10 to $15 mythic, not a $30 to $35 one. I’m ready to be wrong about it, but if I had to bet I’d say Bitterblossom is about to shed some value.
Warrior’s Oath ($150)
Some huge Portal: Three Kingdom reprints have really spiced up Double Masters 2022, and Warrior’s Oath is right up there with Imperial Seal as a card that had an impossibly steep price tag brought low by this new reprint. It’s not even that spectacular a card – it’s cool and splashy, sure, but it’s not going to be slammed into each and every red deck the moment it becomes available. No, much like another absurdly-priced red Portal card, Imperial Recruiter, Warrior’s Oath will tumble in price and be more accessible than ever before.