6, Mar, 24

Broken Ixalan Commander Staple Soars past $30

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It seems like every other week, at this point, we write a finance article about price movements thanks to Voja, Jaws of the Conclave. This Murders at Karlov Manor prerelease exclusive is surprisingly Standard legal, unlike the past Commander promos offered in these kits recently. These, of course, create their own issues thanks to being unplayable in prerelease decks, causing an excessive amount of confusion.

While Voja is Standard legal, it definitely has left its mark on Commander instead. Offering a payoff that rewards a cross-typal strategy with Elves and Wolves, the uniqueness of Voja’s payoffs may make it seem like this Commander can only be moderately powerful but, outside of cEDH, Voja looks like a menace.

Despite individual opinion on this Commander, Voja is impacting the secondary market in a big way. Week after week, Wolf and Elf typal cards continue seeing price increases. While we’ll take a look at some recent increases, let’s start by looking at Voja itself, and then look at a shocking $30 Commander staple that, while not exclusively spiking because of Voja, is absolutely insane in the deck.

Voja, Jaws of the Conclave

Voja. Jaws of the Conclave

Voja, Jaws of the Conclave may present some hoops to jump through, but compared to the value it can provide, it’s really not that much work. As long as you are actively playing Wolves, Voja will keep your hand stocked up, making sure you don’t run out of cards. Elves help make your boards into win conditions, allowing Voja to basically turn them into repeatable anthem effects for your entire team. Ward 3 makes removing Voja without wiping the board a lot more difficult than it seems. As long as you’re willing to play by Voja’s rules, you’ll get rewarded, big time.

Even though Voja is quite the popular Commander at the moment, it hasn’t been spiking in price. That hasn’t stopped Voja from demanding a rather relevant $12 secondary market price, however.

Roaming Throne

It’s a bit difficult to judge if Roaming Throne is spiking exclusively because of Voja (we doubt that it is). This card is simply absurd in any Commander deck with a typal strategy. As long as your Commander has triggered abilities, Roaming Throne is a card you’ll want to include in the deck.

In this case, Roaming Throne doubles Voja’s triggers as long as you name Wolf with it, and can even draw you two cards when its in play and you attack with Voja. This will also double any value that Voja creates as a result of other creatures, and doubles any triggers coming from your other Wolves, making it one of the best things you can include in your deck.

Whether the price spike has been caused by Voja or not, Roaming Throne has seen consistent price increases since its release in The Lost Caverns of Ixalan. Starting just under $15, Roaming Throne has seen a gradual spike, landing at a current price of $32.

This makes Roaming Throne quite expensive. While its inclusion in many EDH decks can only benefit them, a question that some players may ask now is whether they have the budget to make it worth including. Even at this price, Roaming Throne should be an auto-include in Voja, as it can easily snowball into a victory.

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Master of the Wild Hunt

Master of the Wild Hunt is, more or less, seeing play in Voja decks because of its triggered ability that occurs on upkeep. Creating a Wolf each turn, especially when Voja turns that into card draw, demands that Master of the Wild Hunt is dealt with as soon as possible. The activated ability can be used to deal with problematic creatures when they come up, but the upkeep cost does feel more valuable than the activated ability a majority of the time. That said, Voja does synergize well with this thanks to Vigilance and only needing to attack personally to draw cards.

Either way, as pictured above, while all the variants of Master of the Wild Hunt are spiking in price, this particular Secret Lair variant is spiking the hardest. Worth about $2.50 pre-spike in mid-January, this variant of the card has a TCGplayer market average of $4.56 at the moment, but is selling for as much as $6.86 nonfoil this week. Foils are selling for a bit more at the highest ends.

Other variants of Master of the Wild Hunt are also spiking, but only go for between $2-3 at the moment, with all variants trending up.

Hollowhenge Overlord

Hollowhenge Overlord

Hollowhenge Overlord is a card we reported on recently. Of all the price spikes to Wolf support cards, this one was one of the heaviest. While this card seems to have found its new price point, it only did so recently.

If you’re planning on trying Voja for yourself, Hollowhenge Overlord is a fantastic card to consider. Not only does this Wolf come in at instant speed, but it doubles the number of Wolves you control each one of your upkeeps. Having this trigger resolve even once is all you need for Voja to refill your hand. Considering this card has Flash, getting that one trigger may be easier than you think.

Around the end of February, Hollowhenge Overlord finally saw an end to its price increase. Settling around $17, this Innistrad Crimson Vow Commander card is no longer a budget option. Players planning on building Voja upon its reveal were likely able to pick the card up for closer to its pre-spike price of $4.50.

If you’re planning on buying a Crimson Vow Commander deck to snag a copy of this, you’re out of luck. Hollowhenge Overlord is a set and Collector booster exclusive, making opening the card particularly challenging.

Smaller Spikes to Flavorful Inclusions

There are a lot of smaller spikes happening to some cheaper MTG cards that play double duty in a Commander deck manned by Voja. While these spikes are interesting percentage-wise, they aren’t actually getting that much more expensive. As such, we’ll simply talk about them briefly so that you can keep an eye on them if you’re trying to build Voja for yourself.

Wren’s Run Packmaster is beginning to see some interest. The card needs both Elves and Wolves to excel, making it an interesting pick for Voja. Championing an Elf to get this out is harsh, but granting all of your Wolves Deathtouch, as well as offering a mana sink for more Wolves, could make it worthwhile.

Howling Moon is also seeing some interest. This isn’t particularly new, but spikes have been picking up recently. Once again, this is a great tool for creating extra Wolf tokens if your opponents are apt to cast multiple spells in their turn. The combat buff is less relevant, but does turn Voja into a three-turn clock if your opponents cannot afford to block it.

Either way, regardless of what your opinions on Voja, Jaws of the Conclave are, it is certainly causing a lot of secondary market unrest.

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