Theros Beyond Death expansion for Magic: The Gathering marks another era for the TCG by introducing a new Pioneer format. This post-Modern eternal format opens up more ways for market interaction, as more players gain access to the game.
Well established formats like Modern and Commander will keep defining certain cards, as well as Standard. Theros Beyond Death is a rather special set that brings veteran players back to the days of original Theros by reprinting some of the most iconic cards in Magic's history, as well as introduces brand new mechanics such as Escape.
While the last couple of sets focused on Planeswalkers, this expansion brings legendary Gods and enchantments into the game, which will shift the market focus onto the EDH Commander playerbase.
If you wish to know how things might look in the next few months, then head over to our list of the 11 most expensive cards from Theros Beyond Death in MtG.
Dredge players have been really happy to see this card in Theros Beyond Death, especially for its two red mana Escape cost. This means that it can be already played from graveyard on turn two with the help of Stitcher's Supplier and Stinkweed Imp.
If this works as intended in Modern, it could easily drive the prices up to $20 a card. The Vengevine archetype could also support this, if it turns out to be as good as it looks.
In any case the official tournaments are starting soon and that's when the situation regarding the price of Ox of Agonas will be solved.
Just like Ashiok there isn't much room for the new Elspeth planeswalker in other formats except Standard. It should do great in Mono-White Devotion lists that focus on a lot of smaller creatures that can attack as early as possible.
These types of decks are especially popular in online versions of Magic: The Gathering, since these types of decks are usually moderately priced. But that doesn't mean that Elspeth will stay in the "cheap" category. She may as well be the most expensive card in the deck.
If Elspeth, Sun's Nemesis goes up in price, then not too much, and should stop somewhere around $12 range.
Kroxa has a similar design to Uro, but with an opposite effect. It is still a very cool card and will mostly be played in Mardu Aristocrats decks in Standard and Modern.
It can also find its way into 8-Rack lists in Modern that don't despise playing two colors instead of the usual mono-black. But control players shouldn't look past it either.
Taking all this into account may influence the market share of Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger and alleviate it above other similarly priced cards simply due to its sheer range of application.
Klothys is mostly destined to find a place in Commander format. However, there are some promising lists popping up in other formats as well.
For example, it can take off in Modern Jund and Gruul lists in Pioneer and Standard. This means that Klothys will mostly end up in midrange and aggro lists that look for cheap ways to get a lot of damage out really fast.
If it were a mono-red creature, then this would have a much better pricing situation. Since it needs to be paired with green color, then it makes the card less attractive. Still, the current price is good enough.
While most other cards on this list have a rather widespread support throughout formats, it looks like the new Ashiok Planeswalker has only one viable application: Blue-Black Control decks in Standard and Pioneer.
This color pair is not as strong in Modern, where blue-white decks fill in the niche pretty nicely. But Standard and Pioneer can really make this work in the best way possible, including Grixis lists.
The current price for Ashiok is about right, and there should be no drastic movements on the market. If you feel like playing it, then this is a good time to grab a playset. But if you want to invest, then be more patient.
This is another ramp-oriented card that will definitely have an impact on most ramp decks in Standard, Pioneer, and Modern. Just like Nyxbloom Ancient it can become a part of the Simic Ramp family, but it could also find place in Titanshift decks with Valakut.
One thing is sure that it will be heavily tested in Titanshift decks in Modern, and if it's going to show good results, then this will naturally increase the market price of Dryad of the Ilysian Grove.
But in case it gets polarizing reviews, then it will settle at around $8 a piece.
This Elemental creature seems too expensive for Standard, but Pioneer and Commander players look fondly at Nyxbloom Ancient.
It probably won't have a massive support, as this is simply a "win more" card, meaning that if you already have seven mana to cast it, then you're winning anyway.
You will surely see it in Simic Ramp decks both in Standard and Pioneer, alongside Hydroid Krasis and Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath. The Pioneer lists also usually run Walking Ballista, and that's where Nyxbloom Ancient will play a huge role.
It should settle somewhere around $10 price unless it will have some unexpected results, although that is doubtful.
This is a dark horse of the Theros Beyond Death set. You can't really open Ironscale Hydra in a normal booster pack, but one can find it only in Theme Boosters and Collector Boosters.
This means that the price has been formed mainly due to the rarity of the card rather than the actual power, although some players predict it to do really well in certain Standard decks.
Usually, these kinds of scenarios generally develop in a similar fashion. As soon as the card gets circulated a bit, the price drops heavily. You should expect the same outcome for Ironscale Hydra.
Here is another Commander winner - a new form of the Thassa goddess. There is also a big chance that it will see play in the current Mono-Blue Devotion decks in Standard, Pioneer, and Modern.
All this should play a big role in Thassa's price formation. Currently it stands at about $20, but it may go up if it proves to be better than its predecessor Thassa, God of the Sea from the original Theros set.
On the other hand, if it shows little support in eternal formats, then it will probably shrink to about $10 a piece.
Heliod is a terrific God card that is going straight into Standard white life gain decks alongside Ajani Pridemate and Ajani, Strength of the Pride.
Of course, there is also an infamous infinite damage combo with Walking Ballista in Modern and Pioneer, but there is a big chance that it may get banned. Wizards of the Coast really don't like when these kinds of combos lift off.
With all that said, the main market for Heliod will be the EDH format. Heliod is a perfect commander and may get all the attention it deserves from the EDH crowd.
Uro has found equal support in Standard, Pioneer, and Modern formats. All players agree that this is a fantastic Simic card that works on a level of Hydroid Krasis, a past favorite.
But the biggest market for Uro is Commander. That's where this card will find the largest following. It's got a lot of potential for brewing and finding win conditions.
If it shows good results in Modern, especially in Sultai Control decks, then this will further drive up the price. So expect Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath to keep going up at least for a bit.
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