7, Mar, 22

Big Market Changes to Come After Exciting Ban Announcement

Article at a Glance

Goodbye Lurrus of the Dream-Den and good riddance! If you haven’t heard, Wizards of the Coast made a B&R announcement, banning Lurrus in Modern.

Lurrus of the Dream-Den | Wizards of the Coast

This is a BIG change. The banning impacts a variety of decks, and consequently, the entire metagame will shift.

Even the secondary market will shift due to Lurrus getting the ax. Because Lurrus restricted decks from playing permanents with mana values greater than two, many Modern decks stopped playing three-drops altogether. As a result of the recent banning, many powerful three-drops will see an increase in play and likely in price too.

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What Decks Are Affected by the Modern Ban?

More than 30% of all Modern decks used Lurrus as a companion. Top-performing Lurrus decks included Hammer Time, Grixis Death’s Shadow, Burn, Jund, Hardened Scales, and Rakdos Midrange.

Some of these decks are more affected by this banning than others. But all of them will make some changes. A couple of these decks may make complete overhauls to their strategies.

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What Cards Will Increase in Price After Lurrus Leaves?

Lurrus’s banning will breathe new life into Modern. Many cards are

Seasoned Pyromancer

Seasoned Pyromancer
Seasoned Pyromancer | Wizards of the Coast

Before Lurrus was banned, Seasoned Pyromancer reached as low as $23.00-$25.00. I doubt its price will stay that way for long. Jund, Rakdos Midrange, and possibly Death’s Shadow decks will likely flock to Pyromancer as a source of card draw.

Liliana of the Veil

Liliana of the Veil
Liliana of the Veil | Wizards of the Coast

This classic Jund staple was pushed out of the format by Lurrus. But with the Cat gone, the Queen will rise again. Liliana of the Veil was about $57.00 before WOTC’s B&R announcement.

Grist, the Hunger Tide

Grist always seemed like a promising planeswalker from MH2, but it was mostly pushed to the wayside because of Lurrus. Now, decks like Jund and Golgari Rock could pick up the Insect planeswalker, causing its price to rise from its current $5.00.

More Modern Cards Freed After Lurrus Leaves

Death’s Shadow held the highest percentage of the metagame before Lurrus’s ban. The deck traditionally played Street Wraith as a means of self-damage and card draw but cut the cycler in place of Lurrus. Additionally, the deck used to play big delving creatures like Gurmag Angler. With Lurrus gone, it’s possible Death’s Shadow falls back to its roots and includes Street Wraith and Murktide Regent.

Hammer Time won’t change too drastically when it gets rid of Lurrus. But the deck may pick up Kaldra Compleat and Batterskull as additional targets for Stoneforge Mystic’s ability.

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