Welcome to the streets! Streets of New Capenna is coming soon, and with that comes a ton of awesome (and valuable) cards. With only a cursory knowledge of The Godfather and some casual enjoyment of The Sopranos informing my “mobster media” knowledge, I’ll skip the puns and get straight into the most valuable New Capenna cards!
10. Falco Spara, Pactweaver
Legendary creatures are abundant in Streets of New Capenna, as you’ll see on this list, and Falco Spara kicks it off. He’s a rather powerful Bant option, tapping into a counters theme that isn’t as common for this color combination. Also, at four mana and the ability to both provide some protection and card advantage, there’s some potential Falco could fly outside of the casual tables.
Falco is really a premiere Commander card, and like his competing bosses you’ll see soon, grabbing the etched foil is definitely the way to go for a high-end buy.
9 Luxior, Giarda’s Gift
Outside of the Triomes, Luxior represents the card with the highest potential play in Constructed. The obvious combo is with Devoted Druid, and we’ve seen brews going all-in on the combo or simply slotting it into an established deck like Hammer Time. There’s also a ton of fun rules nonsense you can do with this card, such as throwing an Illusionist’s Bracers on your planeswalker to double its loyalty ability or just smashing with a massive Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner early on. This card definitely can enable some powerful combos and fun nonsense, which often indicates a card with long-term value.
Like a few other cards on this list, Luxior having potential as a Modern staple means that there’s some value in owning cheaper versions en masse. However, the borderless version is definitely premium, and is definitely worth it for the decked-out combo player.
8. Raffine, Scheming Seer
Raffine may not seem like a lot on first read, but there’s a bunch of small pieces at play here. It’s a cheap creature that blocks well early in the game and later it can become a threat all on its own while looting away useless cards. This may be a nice card for Esper-colored control decks, as it also has some minor built-in protection to be a real roadbump for opponents. Also, if you’re looking for a sweet Esper madness commander, look no further (well, except Varina).
Raffine could have some fringe potential outside of Commander, but in the end, he’s a legendary creature with a cool ability. Grab the specialty version if you want to have the most pimp version for your Commander deck.
7. Ob Nixilis, the Adversary
Ob Nixilis presents a really powerful option at only three mana. The ability to make two planeswalkers to pressure your opponent’s life total is a serious threat, and with Lurrus just recently banned in Modern, the floodgates on three-mana cards have swung wide open. Also, did you know you can sacrifice Daemogoth Titan to this card and get 10 loyalty? Now you do.
Ob’s art deco showcase iteration is definitely the most expensive, and will be a valued piece for collectors, but you may consider picking up the other versions as well. If Ob is truly as powerful as people are saying, he may show up frequently in Modern (and beyond, perhaps), and people will be eager to grab playsets of even the cheap versions.
6. Bootleggers’ Stash
Not only is Bootleggers’ Stash highly valuable, regardless of printing, but it enables some insane shenanigans. Treasures are increasingly becoming powerful, and if you untap with this card, you probably win. Infinite turns with Time Sieve, gunning down opponents with Marionette Master, you name it, Bootleggers’ Stash dials it up to 11. To make a recent comparison, this card could be as valuable as The Meathook Massacre, which has stayed consistently high and was one of the safest buys from Midnight Hunt. As a side note, pick up artifacts-matters and Treasure-related cards as well, as this card will inflate their prices as well.
Bootleggers’ Stash is the most valuable standard version card in the set, and honestly the borderless printing is really not that much expensive. If you really want this card, you may as well spend the few extra bucks for a cooler version that will only increase in price.
5. Ziatora, the Incinerator
Ziatora is another moneymaker in this set, and not just from a Treasure standpoint. High-end versions of legendary creatures always come at a premium, and Ziatora provides an effect that’s just different enough from Korvold to make it a worthwhile commander. While Ziatora may not be tearing up many competitive tables any time soon, players are sure to flock to this Treasure/Fling themed commander.
As a Commander-focused card (although our very own Reid Duke has been brewing with Ziatora a lot in Standard), most players will want the most high-end version, so the showcase is where you should spring if you want the ultimate collector’s piece.
4. The Triomes
These are the obvious no-brainer buys off this list. They may not be the most valuable out of the gate (mostly due to being just rare), but these Triomes will see the most play across every format. If you picked up a bunch of Triomes early on in Ikoria’s life cycle, then you’ll know just how much mileage and value you can get out of picking up these staples early.
Unlike Ikoria though, these come in a sweet “skyscraper” art variant as well as a borderless version. If you want cheap versions for Modern, you can pick up the standard versions, but if you want to really pimp out your Commander decks, spring for an alternate one now before they skyrocket.
3. Urabrask, Heretic Praetor
Just like Jin-Gitaxias, Progress Tyrant and Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider before it, Urabrask is an iconic Phyrexian, powerhouse and sweet card in general. Also like the two previous Praetors, Urabrask is sure to make a splash, coming down a little cheaper than both and punishing draw-go control decks while giving you some card advantage. Urabrask isn’t the most backbreaking creature, but he’s got the right mixture of fun, mild hosing and power to be a continually popular choice.
Urabrask also comes in three flavors, with etched foil being the most expensive. However, there’s some merit to grabbing the Phyrexian language one, as it’s a cool collector’s piece that people will be eager to play next to their Phyrexian Vorinclex, Urabrask and perhaps Elesh Norn and Sheoldred in the future.
2. Lord Xander, the Collector
Boy howdy, that’s a lot of text to really ruin someone’s day. People began brewing Lord Xander before previews even started, looking to either combo-kill people with the mill effect and Bruvac or just make everyone miserable with a bevy of clone effects to get the ETB and dies trigger. Xander’s expensive, but the second he hits the board, he makes an immediate impact. Expect to see him at Commander tables, and perhaps even as a spicy reanimation target elsewhere.
The showcase version of Lord Xander is definitely the most valuable, but that doesn’t discount the value of having even a regular printing. If you happen to crack one in a pack, you’re still paying for that pack (and plenty more).
1. Elspeth Resplendent
Elspeth does a lot of powerful things, and is somewhat close to bearing the trademarks of a strong planeswalker – card advantage, built-in protection and a game-winning ult. She can downtick to find a blocker (or some other powerful permanent) or pump up your creatures to make them harder to punch through. She also ults in only two turns, and 15 power in the air can close out most games. If you’re looking to get into paper Standard with the Pro Tour coming back, she may worth looking into, especially for a Bant Superfriends deck. For collectors, she’s one of the standout cards in the set with awesome art and a spectacular “gilded” border, so she’ll be a fine piece to add.
There’s also a significant delta between the variants of Elspeth. The etched foil showcase one is far and away the most valuable, with a significant drop off on her borderless version and her standard printing being much more affordable.
What do you think? Will these cards retain their value or come crashing down? Is there a secret spec you’re making that could pay off? Let us know in the comments and pre-order these and any other New Capenna cards at ChannelFireball.com!