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Top 10 Best Treasure Producers in MTG – Riley Ranks

Bootleggers’ Stash is proving to be one of the marquee mythics in New Capenna, no doubt driven by its extreme potency in Commander. Treasure generation is here to stay, it seems, with a recently renewed emphasis on Treasure cards since the mechanic debuted in Ixalan (although a handful of cards made “Gold” tokens before that). With so many ways to make Treasures these days, which are the best? Which cards are the most powerful Treasure producers of all time? Let’s find out!

 

 

10. Prosperous Innkeeper

Prosperous Innkeeper

Prosperous Innkeeper isn’t a famously Treasure-focused card, but it still sees a lot of play in Standard and sometimes beyond due to its flexibility and utility. Ramping from two to four is always welcome (particularly as the mana remains even if the Innkeeper dies), and the incidental life gain is always welcome. It’s not a standout card and can’t really be broken in half like some of the other Treasure producers we’ll talk about today, but little Prospy is still a very respectable two-drop and a great way to open up a game of Magic. 

9. Xorn

Xorn

Xorn doesn’t produce Treasures by itself, but any Treasure-based deck will be interested in playing it, given how explosive its effect can be. Particularly with mass Treasure generation, Xorn can provide you with countless, untold riches that will propel you a long way ahead very quickly. Its relatively fragile 3/2 body isn’t exactly ideal, as it does die to more or less everything, but if Xorn sticks around uncontested, you’re going to be swimming in Treasure like Scrooge McDuck. 

8. Fable of the Mirror-Breaker

Fable of the Mirror-Breaker // Reflection of Kiki-Jiki

Sort of like Prosperous Innkeeper, this card isn’t a dedicated Treasure-maker, but still provides you with a useful bump in mana whenever you can get in there with the little Goblin it makes. Fable of the Mirror-Breaker is proving to be too good not to play in red decks of all kinds – even those that don’t take advantage of its final chapter for degenerate combo nonsense – and a part of that is the ability to juice up your mana production with the first chapter’s 2/2. 

7. Pitiless Plunderer

Pitiless Plunderer

If you’ll believe it, this is a $13 uncommon! Pitiless Plunderer is such an important part of sacrifice-based EDH decks that it commands an absurd price tag, but you can see why – any sacrifice deck will want to trigger their Mayhem Devils not just with creatures being sacrificed, but also Treasure tokens. Pitiless Plunderer is perfect, therefore, providing more sacrifice fodder (after a fashion) for you to keep the Korvold engine humming along. Only ever having been printed in an unpopular and little-opened set from four years ago, Pitiless Plunderer makes it worth checking through your Ixalan bulk to see if you’ve got any laying about!

6. Smuggler’s Share

Smuggler's Share

This card shot to prominence as being a legitimately good way for white decks to draw cards, but it doesn’t stop there. Being able to churn out Treasure tokens to as to try and keep pace with all the green decks and their Rampant Growths isn’t something to overlook, and Smuggler’s Share will, I think, be a difficult card to leave out of your white decks moving forward. If you’re playing white-blue, you’ll still want it for the Treasures, and if you’re playing white-green, you’ll still want it for the cards – and in mono-white, the card will do a lot of heavy lifting in keeping you on the same level as your opponents. Smuggler’s Share is, I suspect, here to stay!

5. Goldspan Dragon

Goldspan Dragon

Purely as a 4/4 hasty flyer, Goldspan Dragon is a respectable threat. There are plenty of Dragons with similar stats who have done great work in Constructed formats, their other abilities notwithstanding – but Goldspan Dragon’s ability to generate absurd amounts of mana very quickly indeed separates it from the pack. Best with blue as its support color, Goldspan Dragon allows you to defend it the turn it’s played by allowing you to cast Negate or other defensive spells and fend off removal spells, and that’s not even taking into account the silly things you can do by netting mana with one-mana targeted spells. It’s no secret: Goldspan Dragon is really good. 

4. Bootleggers’ Stash

Bootleggers' Stash

People are going crazy for this card, and it makes a lot of sense as to why. In EDH, the absurd things you can do with Bootleggers’ Stash are difficult to properly enumerate. In sacrifice decks, it gives you a ton of sacrifice triggers every time you spend mana. In big mana ramp decks, it allows you to stockpile your mana for those huge Genesis Waves. In any weird green-based artifact deck, you get a renewable source of “free” artifacts. In any other green decks, it’s just… a really good card. I’d get your copies now, because this card’s price isn’t going anywhere but up. 

3. Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer

Speaking of prices going up, allow me to introduce you to Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer. This card still hovers at around $80, and is a Modern staple that doesn’t seem to be slowing down in popularity. Played in everything from Murktide Regent to GDS to Omnath to Jund, Ragavan is absolutely everywhere you look in Modern. Providing extra mana, extra cards and a sometimes-hasty 2/1 attacker, Ragavan does an extraordinary amount for what is, at the end of the day, a fancy Savannah Lions. We’ve come a long way from Jackal Pup!

2. Smothering Tithe

Smothering Tithe

It’s difficult to play a white deck in EDH that doesn’t run Smothering Tithe. “Pay for Rhystic Study?” has been joined by “pay for Tithe?” as another one of those phrases you hear all-too-often at the EDH table (along with “wait, who’s turn is it?” and “hang on, let me count my mana again…”). What felt like little more than a boring, bulk rare to many when drafting Ravnica Allegiance has become an EDH format staple worth around $50. I wish I hadn’t got rid of all my copies when it was a tenth of the price!

1. Dockside Extortionist

Dockside Extortionist

When it comes to Treasure production, however, nothing comes close to Dockside Extortionist. Many EDH players are clamoring for it to be banned, and with good reason – it’s unusual for this card to create less mana than it cost, and if you can blink or recur it in any way, you’ll very quickly be drowning in more mana than you know what to do with. This card would probably still be powerful at five mana, let alone two, and as far as I’m concerned remains the single most powerful Treasure producer ever printed. 

 

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