The sequel to the highly acclaimed Modern Horizons set, designed specifically for modern and other eternal formats, is now live on Magic Online. The printed set will be released on June 18, which isn't that far off.
As expected, Modern Horizons 2 is a set of high power and value, including three new planeswalkers, fetch land reprints, strong Squirrel and Merfolk tribal support, and many other cool features.
Currently the Magic: The Gathering market is experiencing a serious shake up, so it's time to review some of the most expensive cards in Modern Horizons 2.
Note that the listed prices correspond to the date of this article's publishing: June 03, 2021.
This card started really low during the spoiler season at around $10 a card. But once players looked beyond the "squirrel" tag and actually started building decks with it, that's where the price started to soar.
Chatterfang can become a very useful token generator with some extra abilities, which will see a huge demand in commander format. It can easily support the green token archetype with Deranged Hermit and Deep Forest Hermit at play.
However, this kind of hype doesn't extend into the modern format, where there isn't much room for Squirrels tribal deck. Still there is a slight indication that Chatterfang may go up in price.
Dauthi Voidwalker is undoubtedly a very strong card, but it also has a few drawbacks that can be easily overlooked.
Right now it's getting some love from both commander and modern players. The upsides are obvious: almost unblockable due to Shadow ability, hates on opponent's graveyard, and provides card advantage. What's not to like?
But it can also easily die to something like Fatal Push, and maybe get resurrected by Lurrus of the Dream Den for a turn or two. But that is not enough to justify the $40 price tag, so expect it to dwindle down to about $25 a piece on the secondary market.
The Evoke cycle of cards in Modern Horizons 2 is a real winner. Solitude is just one of the pieces, but it's truly grand in scope and will change the landscape of the modern format, and perhaps other eternal formats as well.
It has already been proclaimed as the "Force of Plowshares", referring to Swords to Plowshares removal spell, but with the manaless casting cost of the infamous Force of Will. If you add the Ephemerate spell to the combo, then you get something very dangerous.
The current price seems perfectly balanced for such a strong but new card. If it doesn't get banned, then it may find itself on a steady growth throughout the years.
The new cycle of swords in Modern Horizons 2 is getting a lot of support from the EDH crowd. Sword of Hearth and Home is a very good ramp card with protection from relevant colors for the format, as well as, very useful blink effect.
The old cycle of swords, with Sword of Feast and Famine being the leader, is still better, but that doesn't mean that commander players won't find another slot for this new card.
However, there isn't much hype amongst the modern players, so Sword of Feast and Famine may not have such a solid growth as expected. The current price is well adjusted, unless it dips a bit in the next few months.
Grist is both planeswalker and a creature that can be used as a commander. Such combination is destined to do well in various formats, but nobody knows for sure how well it actually performs.
This creates a sense of uncertainty on the market. Commander players will push it as much as they can, but its price will tank if it turns out to be just a gimmicky card with some questionable value.
Since this is a very new card that requires thorough testing, there is no definite answer as to the best strategy. Just wait and see how Grist performs in different formats before the prices settle.
Jund players must have been elated when this card was revealed. It's an instant staple that will be played as much in modern as its predecessor Noble Hierarch did.
Since this is the very first printing of Ignoble Hierarch, it can easily sustain its current price, and may even go up a bit in the coming months. But if Wizards of the Coast decide to reprint it as much as they chose to do with Noble Hierarch, then the price will inevitably go down.
For now, it's an excellent investment, and probably the safest one in the entire Modern Horzions 2.
All five enemy fetch lands from the original Zendikar set make a return in Modern Horizons 2. Verdant Catacombs, Scalding Tarn, and Misty Rainforest are all priced at $50+, while Arid Mesa and Marsh Flats at $30+.
These lands are obviously very pricey but valuable nonetheless. The various arts will hold their high price, while the regular prints may settle at around $40-50 range due to reprint factor and then go up in time, just like it was the case with Modern Masters 2017.
Investing in these lands during the release can be a good deal at the current price, but it will take the market a few months to evaluate the real prices of these newly reprinted fetches.
Force of Negation from the first Modern Horizons set was a real hit. While Subtlety isn't as good, it still holds some value in control decks that want to get rid of an early aggressive creature or planeswalker.
The current price is getting revved up due to the manaless casting cost, but once people realize that this effect isn't as strong as it seems, then the price will most likely go down.
It should end up at around the same price range as Solitude, which is about $40-45 per card or even less.
Here is another high value reprint, but this time from the Torment set. It's a huge commander card, which has been evaluated at nearly $100, but with the current Modern Horizons 2 release, it has fallen to $60.
Everything indicates that the fall will continue, so buying this now is not advisable. Wait before the prices settle, and then it would be wise to get them at $30-40 range as a long-term investment.
Since cards like these stand the test of time, it will gain more value in the next few years unless Wizards of the Coast decide to reprint it once again, which is doubtful.
As is the case with Solitude and Subtlety, this card is going to drop in price at the release and then slowly build up the price as the time goes.
Grief will be played in most eternal formats, but it looks like commander crowd is not particularly big on this one. This could be an indication of an even steeper drop as soon as the card hits the secondary market.
But it could perform exceptionally well in modern and legacy, and if that's the case, then the price will correct itself. The question remains: how strong this correction will be?
Ragavan is basically Robber of the Rich but for one mana, which is a strong contender for the best new red card in Modern Horizons 2.
Everybody loves this card across all legal formats. This is why the prices have been soaring and there is no indication of a drop.
EDH players are already betting on it to be one of the best red commander cards. This should keep its high value throughout the release weekend and beyond.
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