Traderous Instinct – How Green was my Commander

Welcome to part six of my seven-part series on the financial value of Commander!

This week, we’ll be talking about green: the color of giant, smashy monsters. Now, my favorite part of green is….oh, screw it, I’ll just let the Incredible Hulk do the talking for me.

It make good color pie sense that green be color of Hulk skin!

While angry part of Hulk be red, many best part of Hulk be green!

In heroes, Hulk strongest one there is. In Magic, green strongest one there is!

In green, only small monster is elf. Good news: elf help make big monsters come play sooner!

Many best green monsters trample – first punch guy they fight, then punch you.

Green also ok at draw card, but only if card is monster. Green only downfall is kind of dumb. No many tricks.

It also be shocking at how few time MS word grammar editor correct Hulk. Maybe Hulk grammar better than think!

In all seriousness, green is actually one of the stronger and more popular commander colors. Like it or not, green is inexorably linked with the “Timmy” psychographic, which has also long been (unfairly?) linked with new and casual players. Since Commander is a casual format at heart, green has been front and center from the format’s inception. I personally love green/blue commander decks, where I use green’s large, fun monsters to balance out my desire for broken blue spells.

Green’s best cards give you access to the following:
Powerful swarm strategies, usually featuring either elves or 1/1 tokens.
The best power/toughness stats that mana can buy.
Tier-1 artifact and enchantment removal.
2-for-1 creatures that manage to be threatening while also taking out a non-creature permanent.
Tier-3 card draw (usually for creatures only).
Tier-3 tutoring (again, usually for creatures only).
Tier-2 graveyard recursion.
Removal for opposing flyers.
The best mana acceleration/color fixing in the game.
Overrun-style effects that make a bunch of small creatures threatening in a hurry.
A small number of splashy combo cards (Genesis Wave, Doubling Season, etc.)

Green’s biggest weaknesses are its lack of constructed-playable combat tricks, removal, and evasive creatures. Green relies on trample as its primary mode of evasion, preferring to just smash through everything it can to hit its enemy in the face. It has very few fliers to speak of – only a few cards like Jugan, the Rising star that were part of cycles. It also has little in the way of targeted removal or mass removal for non-flyers. I’m still looking for a green or artifact creature at any mana cost that I can tutor up with a Green Sun’s Zenith or Tooth and Nail that can destroy a potential blocker in my Omnath deck. Sadly, my best bet seems to be hard casting Ulamog once I hit 11 mana.

Popular mono-green generals include:


Popular multi-colored green generals include:


Of course, the best green commander is the one that I forgot to put on this list. You know the one – it’s awesome! How could I have possibly forgotten about it?

Another quick note before we begin: yes, you can build an elf deck in commander. If you build it right, you can be very competitive in both duel and multiplayer Magic. That said, I am not going to be focusing on that strategy in this article. If you want to build an elf deck, I recommend the winning combination of lords plus creature tutoring. Those decks hinge on getting your Champion, Warcaller, Archdruid, and Eladamri online as early as possible and then overrunning. Focus on consistency and you’ll win more than you’ll lose.

Card-By-Card Analysis

For those who didn’t read my first article, let me start by explaining my methodology.

During this guide, I will be evaluating each card on a scale from one to ten based on three distinct categories:

Trade Appeal: How desirable is the card? Often there will be great cards with very low trade appeal because few people know about them yet. Cards with very high trade appeal are extremely sought-after Commander staples that I can’t keep in my binder to save my life.

Please note that this score is based solely on my own experience. Since the format is relatively new and very diverse, your experiences may vary completely as different cards will have ‘caught on’ in your area. This is also another reason to trade as much as possible in new areas!

Undervalued: Do I think the card will go up in value? I am not talking about the immediate future, but rather the long term future of the format. Undervalued cards are usually easy to trade higher than their book value and are cards that I will trade for at book value without missing a beat.

Likelihood of Reprint: Do I think this card will be reprinted? Since Wizards is making Commander pre-cons later this year, it stands to reason that many of the best Commander cards will be reprinted in them. While the print runs should be low enough to prevent the value of a card from tanking too hard, it will nonetheless hurt the trade appeal of the card. Often, cards with a high reprint number have already been reprinted in multiple sets or duel decks.

Of all the categories I weigh, this is the one that is the least scientific. Luckily, it is also the least important. I have no idea what is actually going to be reprinted, so this is mostly just my own educated guess.

It is good to know, however, which cards are on the reserve list. While Wizards will sometimes make a nearly functional reprint of a card on the list, (see: Fork and Reverberate) the more unique reserve-list cards are generally the safest possible investments you can make.

Important note: Many of the staples of commander have their values tied much more closely to their playability in other formats. Green Sun’s Zenith for example, is a totally sweet commander card. But since it is also an amazing standard and legacy card, I won’t be bringing it up here. Another good example: Krosan Grip.

I may bring up some cards that have uses in other formats, but in those cases I will be keeping my review aimed solely at their future in commander. These will usually be cards that are low enough in value that I think commander playability will affect their price. (Example: Terastodon.)

I also will not be listing recent commons and uncommons that still trade at very low prices. While it’s true that Wickerbough Elder is very good in a green commander deck, I don’t think you’ll have a problem getting one.

All prices are from Channel Fireball when possible. If Channel Fireball doesn’t have a price listed, I will be using prices from other large and well known singles sites. Please note that some foil prices are ‘out of stock’, and thus might not accurately reflect the cost of acquiring that foil on the open market.

Deadwood Treefolk

Planar Chaos – $0.25 ($1.50 Foil)

Deadwood is one of those awesome premium cable shows that I have yet to find time to watch. I bet I’ll enjoy it when I get around to it, though. Cowboys and cussin – what’s not to love?

There’s not a ton of value to be had in speculating or stocking up on copies of Deadwood Treefolk, but it’s worth plucking out of bulk piles and sticking in your book. It’s a wonderful card in the format, and it’s either made or been one of the last cuts in most of the green-based commander decks I’ve built. You should be able to get $1 for it in trade.

Trade Appeal: 2
Undervalued: 6
Likelihood of Reprint: 4

Doubling Season

Ravnica – $20.00 ($40.00 Foil)

Doubling Season is the granddaddy of all casual rares. A bulk rare for the majority of the time Ravnica was legal, more and more copies got snatched up as better token generators kept getting printed. Soon, the card became a must-have for all sorts of wacky casual combos and fun things. During Time Spiral block, the card was worth about $8.

Then the Planeswalkers came. And brother, you haven’t lived until you’ve played Elspeth, Knight-Errant and ultimated her right away, and then ultimated Sarkhan Vol immediately next turn, doubling the number of dragon tokens once with Rings of Brighthearth and again with Doubling Season.

This card is currently worth $20, and I can see the value climbing further. I personally asked Mark Rosewater via Twitter once if he would ever consider reprinting this card, and he told me that they couldn’t do it – its interaction with Planeswalkers is just too strong.

You will have no problem moving this card if you trade for it. To a subsection of people, this is the most powerful card available.

Trade Appeal: 10
Undervalued: 7
Likelihood of Reprint: 2

Eternal Witness

Fifth Dawn – $5.00 ($7.00 FNM foil, $15.00 set foil.)

Oh, original Mirrodin block. I still miss your sweet, sweet power uncommons. Isochron Scepter, Aether Vial, and Eternal Witness in the same block? Memnite has nothing on you.

My favorite interaction with this card came during the brief time when Onslaught and Fifth Dawn were legal in standard at the same time. For four amazing months, you could trigger the Witness once per turn with Astral Slide and keep bringing cyclers back to your hand. What. A. Beating. Nowadays, most people play a little more fairly with the Witness, though I do still use her with Man-O’-War and Aluren to create some seriously insane times.

Everyone loves this little elf, and you can often find her for $2-$3 in trade if you look hard enough. I recommend, uh, looking hard enough.

Trade Appeal: 8
Undervalued: 4
Likelihood of Reprint: 3


Garruk Wildspeaker 

Lorwyn – $7.00 ($15.00 Foil)

Blue has two Jaces, one and a half Tezzerets, and half a Venser. White has Gideon, two Elspeths, and one and a half Ajanis. Green gets Garruk, Nissa, and half a Sarkhan. Whoopee.

Of course, Garruk is no slouch. He still sells for $7 despite three printings – one at regular rarity – and sees on-again off-again play in standard to this day. His utility in commander is similar to his utility in competitive constructed: he can accelerate you, build an army, and provide a powerful finisher in one small package. Plus, if you get him, you can trade him to standard players too.

Trade Appeal: 8
Undervalued: 5
Likelihood of Reprint: 9


Judgment – $12.00 ($20.00 in foil if you can find it anywhere)

Genesis has been one of the largest gainers of the commander boom. A year ago, you could get him anywhere from $3-$4 and foils were trading at $6-$8. Now he’s solidly over $10 – and that’s due almost entirely to his status as a tier-1 commander card.

Genesis is a great fit in nearly every deck, and I can see him hitting $15+ this year easy. Most people don’t even know he’s worth this much, so pick him up when you can.

The foil version is also one of the hardest cube cards to get. If you can get one at $20, by all means do it. You should be able to find a buyer at $40.

Trade Appeal: 10
Undervalued: 7
Likelihood of Reprint: 3

Genesis Wave

Scars of Mirrodin – $1.50 ($6.00 Foil)

If you are into Magic investment for the long haul, I recommend scouring these lists for cards that don’t see much standard play right now but will hold casual value for years to come. Pick some up, and cash in once the sets are out of print and the cards begin to get scarce.

Genesis Wave is a good example of this. The card is $1.50 now, but if commander is still popular in a few years, it should be worth quite a bit more. It is a unique, awesome effect that could even become a real player in standard before its day is done. It sees fringe play now, and who knows if Zvi or someone will find a way to make it tier 1?

Trade Appeal: 6
Undervalued: 6
Likelihood of Reprint: 4

Indrik Stomphowler

Dissention – $0.25 ($3.00 Foil)

You can stomp and howl all you want, but that doesn’t mean Indrik won’t do it better.

Similar to Deadwood Treefolk, this isn’t the sort of card that’s going to put your daughter through college. It is a good card to snag out of bulk and stock in your book, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes a $1-$2 card before long.

Trade Appeal: 3
Undervalued: 7
Likelihood of Reprint: 4

Kamahl, Fist of Krosa

Ravnica – $4.00 ($8.00 Foil)

If you’re lazy and don’t want to go to all the trouble to actually build a commander deck, just get a Kamahl to be your general and stick him in a deck filled with 100 basic forests. I bet you’ll be able to kill a couple of people before anyone figured out what was going on. Hmmm…I wish I were in position to issue some sort of challenge over this…

Regardless, Kamahl provides you an entire army in a single, convenient package. Looking for a reason to run green? This is it. For extra fun, stick him in a red/green deck with Goblin Sharpshooter and bin all your opponents’ lands!

Trade Appeal: 7
Undervalued: 6
Likelihood of Reprint: 5

Loaming Shaman

Dissention – $0.50 ($4.00 Foil)

I find it fascinating which commander cards are shooting up in value and which ones aren’t. Genesis has hit $12 but Loaming Shaman is a $0.50 rare? I don’t buy it. This is a $2-$3 card easy, and eventually the rest of the world will catch up with me and understand that.

What’s great about this guy is that he plays double duty so well. Got some tutors in your hand? Playing against a mill deck like Wrexial? Shuffle your graveyard back into your library. Playing against a deck that runs any sort of reanimation/recursion package? Make them do the shuffle. Oh – and you get a perfectly fair 3/2 for 3 out of the deal. What’s not to love?

Trade Appeal: 6
Undervalued: 9
Likelihood of Reprint: 4

Lurking Predators – M10 – $0.50 ($2.00 Foil)

Lurking Predators is the Doubling Season of our era. There, I said it.

Now by that I don’t mean that this will be a $20 card one day. There are more copies of this card in circulation, and I doubt we’ve seen its last printing, either. It also only has one purpose – powering out monsters stupidly fast – while Doubling Season has hundreds of possible interactions.

What I’m trying to say is that this is an absurd casual card that should one day surpass most of the other M10 cards in value. It really is that good. I’ve seen people flip 5 for 6 giant monsters in one spin around the table without breaking a sweat. It provides laughable card advantage and acceleration to a color that thrives on both, and if this year is going to be the “summer of commander,” I expect Lurking Predators to trade very well.

Right now, there are tons of these cards in binders owned by tournament grinders who have no use for a six mana enchantment that doesn’t affect the board when you play it. Once that stock is depleted, it’s game on for this card to leap up in price.

Trade Appeal: 3
Undervalued: 9
Likelihood of Reprint: 7

Mana Reflection

Shadowmoor – $2.00 ($5.00 Foil)

Mana Reflection now is Lurking Predators in a year. This is also a six mana enchantment that doesn’t affect the board when you play it, (unless you have more than six lands out) and it never saw so much as a whiff of a tournament table. For years, it was available as bulk in pretty much any trade you wanted.

Now it’s a $2 card and climbing fast. I put one of these in every green commander deck I make, and am always trying to trade for them. This card should be $5 a year from now, and I strongly recommend you buy in before that happens.

Trade Appeal: 7
Undervalued: 8
Likelihood of Reprint: 4

Multani, Maro-Sorcerer

Urza’s Legacy – $2.00 ($12.00 Foil)

I don’t think I’ve ever actually put this guy in a deck. He seems pretty good, and he’s usually pretty huge, but for some reason he never makes my final hundred. A lot of people disagree with me, though, and I’ve certainly traded away my fair share of Multanis. Pick some up in bulk trades if you can.

The real value here lies in the foil copies. He’s a pretty good general, he’s on the reserve list, and he’s from the very first foil set. $12 is a bargain, and you should be on the lookout for these at any price under $20. It may take you a while to find a buyer, but when you do the sky is the limit in terms of your return.

Trade Appeal: 5
Undervalued: 7
Likelihood of Reprint: 0 (On reserve list)

Omnath, Locus of Mana

Worldwake – $3.50 ($10.00 Foil)

Omnath never caught on in constructed, and he probably never will. He’s amazing in commander, though, and is my personal mono-green general.

Everyone plays with Omnath in different ways. My personal favorite is to dump 6-7 mana in him, attack someone, and then play an action spell in my second main phase. I’ve also seen some people hold back until they can threaten lethal with him in a single hit. There is no wrong way to kill with him, especially if you’ve got some [card]Lightning Greaves[/card] for Om-nom-nom to wear.

Pick these up for $1-$2 when Zendikar block rotates. The effect is so unique; chances are good the causal crowd will never abandon him.

Trade Appeal: 6
Undervalued: 6
Likelihood of Reprint: 2

Oracle of Mul Daya

Zendikar – $3.50 ($10.00 Foil)

Yeah, Oracle is seeing constructed play at the moment. By all accounts, I should either hold off on him or start making entries on this list for Primeval Titan, Krosan Grip, and Green Sun’s Zenith.

Why am I singling out the Oracle? Personal preference, mostly. She is my favorite card in Zendikar block, and I loved her and traded heavily for copies of her before Valakut Ramp was so much as a notion. Heck, I will probably keep trading for copies of her long after Zendikar goes to the great set rotation in the sky. There’s an Oracle involved in most of my absurd green commander stories, and if you haven’t tried her in this format yet, you absolutely need to. For best results, pair her with Future Sight or Magus of the Future. As Jamie Wakefield would say, that’s some good.

The Oracle’s demand is super high now due to competitive constructed application. It should stay fairly high afterward due to casual considerations.

Trade Appeal: 9
Undervalued: 4
Likelihood of Reprint: 3

Praetors Counsel

Mirrodin Besieged – $1.50 ($10.00 Foil)

For the life of me, I cannot understand why this mythic rare is $1.50. Part of me wants to run to the Channel Fireball register right now and buy all 20 copies they have in stock. I cannot see how this card can be so cheap. I mean, yeah – it’s 8 mana. So what? That’s like 4 mana in a real format. And for 8 mana, all it does is get you back every card you’ve ever played and act as a free Reliquary Tower to boot.

I traded for these at $4 all last month, and am not even a little remorseful about that. One day you’ll see the power of this card. Oh, you’ll all see…:: cue mad scientist laugh::

Trade Appeal: 6 (for now)
Undervalued: 10
Likelihood of Reprint: 3

Regal Force

Eventide – $4.00 ($12.00 Foil)

Why do so many of the best Magic cards start with letters late in the alphabet? I’ve only got nine letters to go, but there are still 12 more cards to talk about. And this phenomenon isn’t unique to green – it’s been true throughout. Go check – I’ll wait.

Oh, you don’t have a monumental amount of time to waste checking on something that no one cares about? Well, then I guess I’ll have to say something about Regal Force. Uh, it’s good. Really, really good. It’s so good that it even saw constructed play despite costing seven mana and not winning you the game. (Are you listening, Praetor’s Counsel?) It will draw you a billion cards. Heck, maybe even two billion if you’ve got a thing for tokens. I like playing it as the last card in my hand in order to re-load my army for a second assault, though you’ve got to be careful not to end up with it as your first card after a wrath.

No one but you knows that the foil version of this card sells for $12. So if you see one in a trade binder, ask about it.

Trade Appeal: 7
Undervalued: 5
Likelihood of Reprint: 4


Revised – $1.20 ($18.00 Judge Foil)

Regrowth pales a little compared to Revised power uncommons like Demonic Tutor and Sol Ring, but you can still get $2 in trade for copies of this card. I don’t think it’s going to surge up in price anytime soon, but it’s a slow, steady mover. Not every card can be Genesis, right?

Trade Appeal: 4
Undervalued: 5
Likelihood of Reprint: 3

Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary

Urza’s Destiny – $12.00 ($60.00 Foil)

No, Rofellos cannot be your general. The president of EDH (or someone) decided that powering out your entire hand on turn three would be a little too degenerate unless you actually drew the card naturally.

Don’t let Rofellos’ ban as a general keep it out of your deck, though. There are few cards I’d rather see in my opening hand, and the one time I had both this and Gaea’s Cradle out by turn 2 was a day for the ages. One of the pitfalls a green commander deck builder can make is not including enough mana acceleration, and for me the ‘A’ list starts here.

Note: foil copies of this card are worth $60 WITHOUT being a legal general! Prices would hit $100+ overnight if it ever got unbanned.

Trade Appeal: 8
Undervalued: 5
Likelihood of Reprint: 0 (On reserve list)

Seedborn Muse

Legions – $3.00 ($6.00 Foil)

Usually, the best thing that a green mage can do is to power out a giant dude and then pass the turn. Seedborn Muse is the cure for that, as she combos with Vedalken Orrery and/or any number of activated abilities in order to give you a ton of stuff to do on everyone else’s turn. My Momir Vig deck usually wins by having Seedborn Muse, Momir, Azami, and Teferi in play at the same time. That allows me to basically draw/tutor for infinite cards and play them on everyone else’s turn. Combine this with Glen Elendra Archmage to prevent anyone from disturbing you, and global concession time is not too far off.

Oh – and this card is super underrated right now. I’ve never cut this from a green deck, and most of the time it is the most powerful card you can draw. It should be $5+ easy, and foils should break $10.

Trade Appeal: 8
Undervalued: 8
Likelihood of Reprint: 6

Survival of the Fittest

Exodus – $23.00 ($40.00 Judge Foil)

Raise your hand if you knew this card was still over $20 despite its banning. None of you? Me either.

Survival is an excellent pickup right now, because it is still very sought after by casual, commander, and cube building folks. There are still tons of copies in the hands of dedicated Legacy players, and most of them will trade them to you for far less than its current retail value. After all, it’s a purely casual card from this point forward.

I still doubt I’d trade for it at retail, though. I’d probably pick ‘em up for $15 or less, and hope to get full value from a casual player who will still get to use the awesome raw power of this card.

Trade Appeal: 8
Undervalued: 2
Likelihood of Reprint: 0 (On reserve list)

Sylvan Library

4th Edition – $8.00 (No foil, but Legends version is $20.00)

I knew the Legends version of this card was up near $20, but I had no idea the standard version of this card had doubled in value in recent months. Regardless, this card provides a very powerful effect for just two mana and some life. Remember, this card is very good in 20 life formats. With 40 to work with, its relative power level goes through the roof.

When you’re studying for an exam, it’s often worth your time to take a trip to the library. When trading for commander staples, make sure you heed the same advice.

Trade Appeal: 7
Undervalued: 4
Likelihood of Reprint: 3


Worldwake – $1.00 ($4.00 Foil)

As you may remember from my story column two weeks ago, I have approximately infinite Terastodons sitting around my apartment from when I traded a Karakas for some guy’s entire trade binder. So, um, believe me when I tell you that this is the most undervalued card in Magic history. It will be worth $200 by this afternoon. You should buy every copy you can, especially from me.

In all seriousness, I am a little shocked that a card I play as a Legacy finisher (last Reanimator player standing!) is only worth a buck. I expect these crazy elephants to be a slow but steady gainer over the next few years. It’s a constructed playable card that is absurd in Commander – either give yourself a billion power by nuking your own useless basics, or take out three of the most problematic permanents on the board while still giving yourself a 9/9 beat stick. Oh – and it’s a creature, which means you can tutor it up. Don’t go after these aggressively, because the market for ‘em isn’t really there yet, but it will be someday.

Trade Appeal: 3
Undervalued: 6
Likelihood of Reprint: 4

Tooth and Nail

Mirrodin – $6.50 ($15.00 Foil)

Tooth and Nail was a spicy card years ago when it grabbed Kiki-Jiki and Darksteel Colossus. Over the years, well, it hasn’t really lost much. I think it’s Legacy playable, though I haven’t actually seen a deck with in years, so I might be mistaken. Regardless, it is a must-have for nearly every green Commander deck. It can get Terastodon and Woodfall Primus if you need to destroy permanents, it can get Eldrazi if you want to smash face, it can get Loaming Shaman or Genesis or Eternal Witness…and that’s just the green creatures!

If they don’t reprint this in the pre-cons, I can see this card hitting $10 within the year. Pick yours up soon.

Trade Appeal: 8
Undervalued: 4
Likelihood of Reprint: 5

Verdant Force

Tempest – $1.00 ($3.00 Foil)

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Years ago, this was the best fatty there was. I mean, it gave you an additional threat on every player’s upkeep! But, as anyone who has been playing a long time can tell, you, Magic has had a slow, steady progression toward more powerful critters and less powerful spells. Thus, Force of Will keeps going up in value while former greats like Verdant Force end up on the cusp of the bulk bin.

That said, this ol’ girl still has a little life left in her. Don’t pay a lot for Verdant Forces, but it still does have its fans – especially within the ranks of the token deck brewmeisters. Make sure you have 1-2 on hand if possible, but don’t go crazy trying to acquire them.

Trade Appeal: 5
Undervalued: 4
Likelihood of Reprint: 7



Lorwyn – $5.00 ($10.00 Foil)

I vigorously like this card. While all the incarnations from Lorwyn are useful, Vigor is probably the best. Play it with some protection (say a Steely Resolve or Privileged Position) and your whole army will be unbeatable in combat. Yeah, most of the time they’ll have a wrath, but if they don’t and you’ve got any kind of ground forces (you’re playing green, right?) then you’ve just won the game.

The $5 price tag is a recent thing, and I don’t see Vigor going too much higher any time soon. That said, most people still think it’s only worth a buck, so go hog wild.

Trade Appeal: 6
Undervalued: 3
Likelihood of Reprint: 5

Woodfall Primus

Shadowmoor – $4.50 ($15.00 Foil)

Ah, Woodfall Primus. This guy makes my “Karmic Guide All Stars” list for commander cards that I can never keep in my binder for more than a couple of days. I was getting $5 in trade for this guy back when he was only worth a buck, and the market has finally come up to match that. I think he still has some room to grow – would you be surprised to see him at $7? – and I would still pick him up at retail when I could. The card just does so much, especially in the color that tutors up creatures like nobody’s business. I think I’ve cast Tooth and Nail for this guy more than anyone else.

Trade Appeal: 10
Undervalued: 8
Likelihood of Reprint: 4

Worldly Tutor

Mirage – $4.00 (No foil available.)

Yeah, it’s no Vampiric Tutor. It’s no Enlightened or Mystical Tutor, either. It’s not even as good as Gamble most of the time.

But that doesn’t make it bad.

Worldly Tutor is card disadvantage. But in faster green decks that REALLY want an elf lord and don’t want to cast a cumbersome spell like Tooth and Nail, this card is really versatile. It’s not for every green deck, but it’s still a good part of the color’s arsenal to know about. In the right build, it can provide an amazing amount of consistency.

Trade Appeal: 4
Undervalued: 5
Likelihood of Reprint: 4

Yavimaya Elder

Urza’s Destiny – $1.00 ($10.00 Foil)

Before there was Viridian Emissary, before even Sakura Tribe-Elder, there was this little fella. Yeah, it sucks that you can no longer stack damage and then sacrifice him to draw a card, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a four-for-one some of the time and a three-for-one all of the time. Green doesn’t have much to do at the three spot, especially in Commander, but this is the sort of card you should be looking to find room for. He doesn’t look unfair, but he still kind of is.

It’s a common, and while it trades for a buck you can find it for less. Make sure to snag it from people’s bulk boxes who bought Phyrexia vs. The Coalition – you can probably get that version as a throw-in most of the time, and you’ll find a taker at its retail price before long.

Trade Appeal: 3
Undervalued: 5
Likelihood of Reprint: 8

Pick of the Week: Putrefax

Say it with me, folks: Infect is a real deck. Two different builds did well at the Star City Open last week, and casual players looooove this mechanic. Just think about how many people in your local store were trying to brew with poison back when only Scars was legal.

For now, it seems that green is the stronger of the two Infect colors. While I expect [card]Hand of the Praetors[/card] to remain a casual favorite for years, Putrefax has the strongest shot of being a short-term gainer. You can pick these up on this very site for less than 80 cents, and if it becomes a 3 or 4 of in a good deck, they’ll hit $5 easily. Even if you don’t believe me enough to buy in now, make sure you do once Wizards formally announces that the third set in the block will be New Phyrexia.

Until next week –
Chas Andres

27 thoughts on “Traderous Instinct – How Green was my Commander”

  1. as for tutorable removal, you have to play Duplicant. he can get rid of opposing Ulamogs or BSC/DSC, leaves you with a decent body and is relatively cheap mana-wise.

  2. Missing Primeval Titan and Avenger of Zendikar as well as popular ramp such as Explosive Vegetation.

  3. as green is my favorite colour of all time and my best EDH deck is green I’ll point out a few cards that you missed, the ones mentioned above are huge, titan especially. Here’s a few you missed:

    Harmonize (not hard to explain)
    Natural Order (turn 3-4 progenitus/primeval titan/terastodon etc. etc. etc. not broken AT ALL)
    Green’s Sun Zenith is another card that adds a ton of consistency, searching up rofellos turn three or primeval titan turn 5-7 or whatever is pretty sick)
    Acidic Slime A simple two for one that is always really good.
    GREATER GOOD… yea just the single greatest card advantage engine ever in green
    Fierce Empath, another nice two for one that can wear equipment and provide a nice dose of consistency.
    ritual of subdual Not quite Armageddon, but in mono green half of the good spells you’ll be playing are colorless anyways and who needs to play spells when you have a ton of green fat in play?

  4. Primeval Titan and Avenger are not present because they belong in other formats. If I remember right, Chas mentioned in his pilot article that he would avoid staples that belong in other formats.

    But Vile is right, there are a lot of missing green.

  5. Greater Good. In other news, Genesis is $12!?!?

    At least mention that Primeval Titan’s value will hold quite a bit after standard rotates because of Commander.

    Can’t wait for the artifacts, the list will be huge!

  6. Traded for a Genesis at four dollars a few weeks ago, then checked and realized I had majorly ripped the guy. Oops. 🙂

  7. There is only so much room in an article… he can’t mention EVERY card in your green deck.

  8. Hi, looking for good link to your previous articles. The search function is not working so well.

  9. If you go to the articles tab, you can see his column listed and by clicking on his name, a list of articles come up.

  10. Don’t forget about gilder bairn in that doubling season/rings of brighthearth/planeswalker deck… Going ultimate two turns in a row with a freshly cast planeswalker is way fun.

  11. How do you as a writer for a major MTG website not know that you should run duplicant as a tutor target for creature removal? If youre going to write an article on a format, shouldnt you actually know something about the format you are writing about?

  12. No one can remember or write about all the great cards in a color.
    One of the best parts about these articles is when people post all the crads they love from a color. It helps to complete the list of green comander cards.

    Green cards i love to use

    Defence of the heart
    Tajuru Perserver
    silkslash spider
    mirris’ guile
    multani’s acolyte
    dereanged hermit

    Please post any other fun/strong/amazing green cards

  13. popular monogreen generals: mirri is not one. but the rest are plausible. not bad. A-

    popular multi-green generals: Stanng, Rosheen, Tolsimir, and Treva are pretty unpopular. B-

    Now, for specific cards:

    -Deadwood Treefolk: my hat’s off to you if you can get $1 out of this, unless you meant the foil. Who the hell pays $1 for garbage old uncommons? Statements like this make me think you haven’t actually ever traded – or _I_ haven’t!

    -Genesis: you have the foil price too low by at least half. $20 is a steal; it’s properly valued closer to $30.

    -Regal Force: well, a disproportionate number of English words start with R, S, and T (that’s one reason those are part of the free Wheel of Fortune letters in the final round!). So there’s your answer.

    -Worldly Tutor: actually this card is great in every green deck with creatures. Get something like a Terastodon or Oracle or Primeval Titan and recoup the card disadvantage immediately. Also, getting your general back after it’s been tucked by a Hinder or Hallowed Burial is one of the strengths of green in this format, and Worldly Tutor is one of the reasons why.

  14. Hrm. I now see why most of the other writers on here choose not to respond to comments made on their articles.

    For those complaining that cards like Primeval Titan and Green Sun’s Zenith weren’t on this list, GO BACK AND READ MY ARTICLE. I MENTIONED THOSE CARDS BY NAME AND EXPLAINED EXACTLY WHY I DIDN’T TALK ABOUT THEM. Remember – this is a FINANCE column. The price of those cards are buoyed almost entirely by far more relevant and popular competitive formats!

    That’s also why I didn’t bring up too many cards like Fierce Empath and Explosive Vegitiation, though since I did put Indrik and Yavimaya Elder on this list, I guess that’s a more fair critique.

    re: Duplicant, I sure do know about him and have played him in tons of decks. I don’t know why he slipped my mind when writing this article, especially because HE’S IN THE DECK I WAS TALKING ABOUT. Yeah. Go me!

    Yeah, there’s a lot of green cards missing. There were a lot of white, blue, black, and red cards missing. You have to keep in mind that these are 5,000+ word columns already. During the next few weeks for artifact and gold, I am going to have a more comprehensive list. I’ll talk a lot about some of the cards, and very little about others. That way, I should be able to go over more stuff.

  15. Chas,

    I play EDH as my primary format and this column is the one I look forward to each week. I just wanted to let you know to keep up the good work. I really appreciate it!

    – Tog

  16. RE: Praetor’s Councel. I don’t know anyone that really likes it because bojuka bogs et al are rampant. I think more and more people are accepting that they need to run graveyard hate to be successful so the graveyard cards may cool some.

  17. At a buck, and with a lot of that value from kitchen table players of all styles, I don’t think that Greater Good fits into the theme of the article. What Chas is trying to provide here are some hot tips for traders. This means cards that he expect to gain in value (Terastodon) or are already starting to trend upwards (Woodfall Primus).

    Personally, I think Sakura Tribe Elder (FNM promo) is a great pick up since you can get them for about a buck or two without much effort. Another random Portal card that is not an every day find is Three Visits. Along with Sylvan Tutor, I find that to be the bigger omission. Heck, perhaps an article Portal (1 2 3 and Starter) and its impact on EDH/trading could be nice.

    Chas, I like your series. Like any other content I may not agree with everything or like everything, but I still enjoy what you offer. I find no reason to say bad things, but I will still chime in (in a non hostile way 🙂 ).
    Thanks, Chefy

  18. I will admit to have never even heard of Three Visits before. It doesn’t actually seem that great to me, though. Sylvan Tutor is just another Worldly Tutor that costs more money – it’s only good if you really need a second Worldly, which does happen but is rare.

    Sakura Tribe-Elder was a bigger deal when damage stacked and before you could run Sylvan Ranger or Viridian Emissary to do the same job. He’s still great, though.

    Good advice on P3K/Portal stuff – I did a bunch of analysis of that over on QS when I wrote there, and I’ll bring some here too.

  19. Three Visits gets a lot more mileage than you realize because it can grab dual lands and put them into play untapped. In some of the combo decks or more aggressive 5 color decks that I’ve played, this is usually a huge card for me.

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