Time Spiral Remastered is an appealing set for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s fantastic to see all of these desirable reprints. Secondly, it’s incredible to see a throwback to the Magic: The Gathering of old with the timeshifted frames. With that, it could well mean we get more remastered sets in the future, and that’s exciting for budget-minded players.
Although you’ll have to wait a few weeks for Time Spiral Remastered to drop– there are a handful of cards that are worth picking up for your Modern collection. If you missed the previews last week, you can catch up with our dedicated spoiler gallery.
5 Best Budget Picks for Modern From Time Spiral Remastered
With that out the way, let’s delve into some of the budget options for Modern in Time Spiral Remastered.
5. Venser, Shaper Savant
Although he saw better days in Scars of Mirrodin, Venser, Shaper Savant is an excellent option if you are looking to frustrate your opponents. Often you’ll see Venser crop in Modern Blue-based Midrange or Contol builds as a way to generate tempo. What makes Venser a strong card is the ability to bounce uncounterable spells (I’m looking at you Dovin’s Veto) so you don’t lose out on momentum. What’s even better, is that Venser, Shaper Savant is now close to the bulk-rare pricing due to this printing in Time Spiral Remastered. With that, now you can annoy your opponents on the cheap, and who doesn’t love that?
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4. Pact of Negation
Who doesn’t love free countermagic? Pact of Negation sees a lot of Modern play in Amulet Titan and Ad Nauseam as a way to disrupt interaction without the need to keep any mana up. You do have the downside of paying the cost where you can lose if you don’t. However, you’ll either win that turn or have enough mana on the next upkeep to pay those costs. It’s an incredibly flexible spell that can do some silly things in Modern. It’s even ideal in Commander since the format slower, you’ll have enough mana to pay the upkeep costs so you can keep the game going.
Due to this, Pact of Negation is an expensive card. However, thanks to the incoming circulation in Time Spiral Remastered, there is sure to be more available dropping the price into a reasonable range.
3. Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Lands are often expensive in Magic: The Gathering and Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is no exception to the rule. Urborg sees plenty of play in Modern 8-Rack strategies to offset running utility lands such as Mutavault. Going further, Urborg is a common feature of Pioneer for similar reasons which influences the price further. Thanks to Time Spiral Remastered, Urborg looks to fall down into an affordable range allowing you to pick up the potent land for your eternal decks. If you prefer playing Commander, Urborg pairs incredibly well with Cabal Coffers– so you can make all the black mana!
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2. Dryad Arbor
Dryad Arbor is one of the most unique lands ever printed within the game. It’s the only land that is always a creature that has its own color identity. With that, it sees regular play in Modern within Selesnya Bogles and Simic Infect since you find Dryad Arbor off a fetch land. It’s a great way to push through damage during the late game or to protect your threats against sacrifice effects such as Liliana’s Triumph.
With that, it’s a weirdly expensive card despite seeing fringe Modern play. Even though it’s upshifted to rare in Time Spiral Remastered, the land should fall into a reasonable price range for Modern players to acquire.
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Originally printed in Planar Chaos, Damnation is the color-shifted take on Wrath of God that has seen heavy play across the history of Magic: The Gathering. As a result, Damnation commanded a high price given it’s the best of that effect in Black– and features in Modern midrange lists such as Jund and Golgari Rock. With the reprint, the price is looking to fall to half of its original value which is ideal for Modern and Commander players.
Plus, there is something quite elegant about only having text that says ‘Destroy all creatures. They can’t be regenerated.’ – it’s a clean and honest kind of board wipe.