The Brothers' War, a new event set for Magic: The Gathering, has two types of cards catching the attention of investors: Meld cards and artifacts.
All three Meld cards are currently sitting around $10 a copy, and one of them even goes beyond the $20 mark. The new Prototype mechanic also has some exciting representations on the market alongside certain artifacts.
Although this second set after the standard rotation may not have such a significant impact on the market as Dominaria United, but there are several movements that you definitely shouldn't ignore.
Note that the listed prices correspond to the date of this article's publishing: November 15, 2022.
- Regular art price: $6.38
- Extended art price: $7.09
It seems that the new Prototype mechanic from The Brothers' War has gained some significant traction, especially in Commander format, where players can use Arcane Proxy to cast expensive spells from graveyard without paying their mana cost.
This card has some real potential in that regard and may even find its niche on the market. At one point, it traded for $13 a card but has dropped since. This does indicate some uncertainty, but there are also other indications that show this card's positive potential, especially in the Breya, Etherium Shaper lists.
Since the Prototype mechanic is still very new, it's hard to tell how this will play out.
- Regular art price: $8.51
- Extended art price: $8.32
Originally introduced in the Planeshift set, Diabolic Intent is one of the best reprints in The Brothers' War.
The original print cost was $34 a card, and surprisingly, that was the asking price for this reprint right after the reveal. But in just two weeks (November 15, 2022), the price has dropped to $8 a copy.
This shows that it will not be valued outside Commander and Vintage formats, where it has been predominantly used since its first printing. If the original card is not worth investing in right now, then surely this reprint will not have any impact on the market.
Titania, Voice of Gaea
- Regular art price: $9.80
This is the first of the three Meld cards from The Brothers' War, which combines with the new Argoth land, and creates Titania, Gaea Incarnate.
Meld mechanic is definitely very powerful, but it is hardly achievable. Although players across all competitive formats have an interest in this card, the heavy bear market movement since the reveal shows that it may not be as exciting as it first seemed.
Also, note that it is currently the cheapest Meld card of the three, which is another indication of diminishing interest from investors.
Portal to Phyrexia
- Regular art price: $10.50
- Extended art price: $14.28
Portal to Phyrexia is a pure Commander darling, as no other format could effectively use a 9-mana card, unless there is a way to put it on board without paying its gargantuan mana cost.
In EDH, on the other hand, this card can be played almost anywhere due to its colorless mana base. It is currently eyed by decks that utilize expensive creatures, including Urza, Prince of Kroog; Liberator, Urza's Battlethopter; Mishra, Tamer of Mak Fawa, and many others.
It's no wonder the market reacts positively to Portal to Phyrexia, so expect some sort of price spike in the near future.
Mishra, Claimed by Gix
- Regular art price: $11.78
This is the second Meld card in The Brothers' War set, which combines with Phyrexian Dragon Engine to create Mishra, Lost to Phyrexia.
Unlike Titania, this card may not find a home outside of Commander and Standard formats. In EDH, it may even take on the role of a Commander for a certain type of Rakdos deck.
After the initial reveal, Mishra, Claimed by Gix traded for $25 a copy, but now it's likely to stabilize. You won't see any signficant moves up or down right now.
Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim
- Regular art price: $11.96
- Borderless art price: $12.02
The new Teferi planeswalker is no Hero of Dominaria! It has fun abilities, but none of them come close to the ridiculousness of the same planeswalker from the original Dominaria set.
The initial asking price for Teferi, Temporal Pilgrim has been (unsurprisingly) as high as $50 a card, but it's lost steam in the past several weeks.
Note that this is not a bad card, and it will see play across all eligible formats, but it won't gain the momentum of the past Teferi planeswalkers or their market values.
Gix, Yawgmoth Praetor
- Regular art price: $14.39
- Extended art price: $21.43
Here is another powerful Commander card that may also find its way into other formats, even if it was clearly designed for multiplayer EDH.
The effect is strong enough to guarantee the creation of a new Mono Black archetype in Commander. Depending on its performance, the current price will be corrected.
For now, it holds in the range of $15-17 a card, but it has been at the $20-21 mark recently, indicating there is a chance that the price will return to its previous level if Gix, Yawgmoth Praetor performs as expected.
- Regular art price: $15.60
- Extended art price: $20.27
Phyrexian Fleshgorger is currently considered the best Prototype card in The Brothers' War, as it offers a strong combo with flicker effects, where you basically get a 7/5 creature for free.
Players across all formats have high hopes for the new mechanic, and if it shows good results, then expect Phyrexian Fleshgorger to rise in price. The current, most realistic margin would be $20-21 a copy.
Obviously, players will want to have a full playset of four cards, so it could get expensive.
Awaken the Woods
- Regular art price: $15.90
- Extended art price: $24.71
Paying mana to make more mana is quite an interesting take on card design, especially considering that summoned land tokens appear tapped, so you can't use this mana until your next turn.
Awaken the Woods definitely offers a very strong effect, but it will most likely see play only in Commander format, where there is no such thing as too much mana.
The first reactions to this card have been amazing, and it sold at pre-release for $40. Right now, it's going down, and it seems this fall won't stop anytime soon.
Myrel, Shield of Argive
- Regular art price: $18.12
- Extended art price: $24.67
Here's something new: a card that combines both hate effects and token generation. Since it's a legendary creature, there is a big chance that you won't see it much outside EDH, and the only other format that could use Myrel effectively would be Modern.
It's a bit too expensive and slow for Standard or Pioneer, and thus, will not go above its current price, which holds surprisingly well. There have been no significant price movements lately for Myrel, which indicates cautious confidence.
Urza, Lord Protector
- Regular art price: $23.97
The new Urza legendary creature is the most exciting new card from The Brothers' War not only in terms of abilities, but also its impact on the lore of Magic: The Gathering.
It is also the third and the last Meld card in the new set, which combines with The Mightstone and Weakstone legendary artifact, and creates Urza, Planeswalker.
Commander players seem to be very happy with it, and it has potential in Standard, as well. But don't expect it to break the ceiling in the market any time soon.
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