Magic: The Gathering community has been on spot during the release of the Kaldheim set earlier this year, when it came to predicting the market direction for its most expensive cards.
This time we enter the world of Strixhaven that has a few truly unique cards, so let's see if the community will be as farsighted as it has been before.
There are some really impactful commanders in Strixhaven that will shake up the market, as well as some cool new planeswalkers. But there is also too much hype surrounding some of the spells, and that's where you need to be careful.
Hopefully, our list of the most expensive MtG cards from Strixhaven will help you find the best possible investement this season.
The abundance of keywords and a really strong ability make Velomachus Lorehold one of the more exciting cards from Strixhaven.
However, all this hype comes from just one source, which is EDH community. The card has no attractive points for any other competitive formats, which makes this Elder Dragon a short-lived star.
It's a very expensive card at seven mana and it's just too slow for most of the formats. This means that the price will drop significantly, even for the borderless art, which usually stays quite high. Expect it to end up at the $2-3 range per card by the end of the year.
This is another example of a card hyped by the commander community. The Simic Token players are understandably very excited about Body of Research, but it will most likely have no serious impact beyond that specific archetype in any other format.
It can be well paired with The Ozolith from Ikoria, which has doubled up in price since the release. So there is definitely a very powerful synergy there. The question is: Will players find it attractive enough to invest in Body of Research, too?
The current sentiment is that this sorcery will stumble at around $4-5 price tag.
Modal double-faced cards are back in Strixhaven, and Mila, Crafty Companion is one of the most exciting new cards of that type.
The main spotlight here is the flip side represented by the 6-mana planeswalker: Lukka, Wayward Bonder. His second ability can put any creature on board from your graveyard and give it haste until end of turn.
That is one powerful ability that could be used to a great extent in any format. Such broad range of application could keep the card's current price long and steady.
The front side of this MDFC card is a very unusual lord that will likely never see play, but the flip side, Search for Blex, is a sorcery that can draw you five cards for four mana.
Of course, there is a huge downside, as you lose three points of life for each card you put in your hand. But you can choose to put them all in your graveyard instead.
In any case, there are plenty of decks in all formats that wouldn't mind either of those "downsides". This puts Search for Blex in an interesting position, which may keep its price quite high.
Wandering Archaic is proving to be the staple commander card due to its wonderful taxing ability and colorless mana cost. This means that everyone can play it regardless of the archetype.
There is no doubt that this Avatar creature will gain huge popularity in the coming season and beyond. Expect it to double up in price in the course of the year.
If Wandering Archaic doesn't stop at $20 a piece, then it will easily become even more expensive. You also should count in the fact that it's an MDFC card, which won't be reprinted that often.
This is another spell in the vein of Body of Research that offers some extraordinary effect for a lot of mana.
Putting your entire graveyard in your hand can make up for some incredible plays, but it doesn't save you from graveyard hate cards that can easily disrupt your strategy.
Most likely, Harness Infinity will be a very flashy niche card in graveyard archetypes that will produce some amazing Twitch clips online. But that alone doesn't make it a solid investment.
As it stands, Harness Infinity will repeat the destiny of Body of Research and will go down to about $6-7 per card.
Among those few Elder Dragons presented in this list, Galazeth Prismari is a much better option than Velomachus Lorehold.
Galazeth Prismari is already gaining a lot of popularity among the EDH crowd that claim it to be one of the best new commanders from Strixhaven. It also gains traction in modern, standard, and historic formats.
This means that people really put a lot of faith in this card, and if it does meet all those expectations, then Galazeth Prismari could possibly reach the $30 price tag in just a few months.
Jadzi is one of the very first victims of extreme pre-release hype. This card started the pre-order train at $50 after the reveal, and has since dwindled to just $15-16 per copy.
This happens to cards that have strong and unique abilities, but unfortunately, are too expensive mana-wise to be viable in any of the competitive formats.
For example, the flip side is represented by the Journey to the Oracle sorcery that puts all lands from your hand onto the table. How many decks would want this? Not that many, which sort of hints on the playability of this card.
In that case, Jadzi, Oracle of Arcavios won't get over the $10 price tag.
Beledros is a very solid commander that will have no impact on any other format except EDH.
Golgari players will have a blast playing Beledros, and activating that untap ability. But other than that, it's simply too expensive at seven mana, and the ability, although quite strong, has a few other, more viable alternatives already in the metas of other competitive formats.
That's why this card will not be able to hold such a high price for long. Expect it to drop to at least $10 or less.
Just like Jadzi, the new Liliana planeswalker was severely overhyped right after the reveal.
In just a couple of weeks the price dropped from $50 to 20$, which indicates uncertainty among Magic investors. On one hand it's a new Liliana, but on the other it's too costly at six mana and the abilities aren't exactly overwhelmingly powerful.
It is an interesting planeswalker that will be played as a single copy in the Tergrid decks in standard and in some commander decks as well. But for most of the part it will be quickly forgotten and drop in price heavily.
The biggest selling point of the Kasmina planeswalker is her passive ability that gives all your other planeswalkers her active abilities.
This means that you can give your uncommon planeswalkers, such as Ashiok, Dream Render and Narset, Parter of Veils, a plus ability that will keep them active.
That is a game changing strategy that could be very much sought out by many control players in all formats.
If this card turns out to be as good as it looks, then it should at least keep its current price or even go a little higher.
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