Typically, since its first appearance in 2020, The List has been a welcome source of what MTG players love; reprints. Found within Set Boosters roughly 25% of the time, The List has been instrumental in reducing the cost of some in-demand MTG cards. While this is great news for players on a budget, it’s also obviously great news for players hunting for some extra value.
For Wilds of Eldraine, The List has seen a dramatic shift, with a number of high-price staples finally leaving the list. Thankfully, to take their place, The List has also received a number of in-demand MTG cards maintaining value overall. Due to this, our list of the most expensive cards on The List looks quite different compared to past sets.
As a quick note, before we dive into things, the prices we’ll be citing in this article are based on TCGplayer’s Market Price at the time of writing. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that the prices of MTG cards are always subject to change, especially after being reprinted. Subsequently, once Wilds of Eldraine gets released, the prices of these cards may fall somewhat.
Now, without any further ado, let’s dive right into the list! Here are the top 10 most expensive MTG cards on The List for Wilds of Eldraine.
Honorable Mention | Universes Within Cards
To go back on what we literally just said, we’re not getting into the list right this second. Instead, it’s worth highlighting an honorable mention which is, by far, the most expensive card on this list. As astute players will know, this card is Rick. Steadfast Leader from The Walking Dead Universes Beyond crossover.
Three years after it was first released as a Secret Lair drop, The Walking Dead cards are finally getting Universes Within reprints. Considering Rick. Steadfast Leader is now worth over $56, this is certainly better late than never. At this price point, Rick is over $20 more expensive than the next best card on this list. For better or worse, however, this price point may not last.
Looking at past Universes Within reprints, each card is significantly cheaper than the past Secret Lair printings. So much so, in fact, that the most expensive Universes Within card is worth only $2.45. With each card following a similar trend, there’s no doubt that these reprints seriously tank the value of these cards.
In the case of Rick, Steadfast Leader, there may not be as dramatic a decline as we’re expecting. This is thanks to the card being seriously good, easily one of the best choices in Human Typal Commander decks. Even with this in mind, however, the reprint of Rick, Greymond, Avacyn’s Stalwart is still likely to be a lot less than $56.
As for the other cards in The Walking Dead crossover, for better or worse, none are nearly as expensive as Rick. The closest competitor is Negan, the Cold-Blooded which is valued at $7.37. Once Wilds of Eldraine launches, expect this card to only be worth a few dollars at most.
10 | Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes
To kick off our list properly, we have a new addition to The List. As you can see above, this card is, obviously, Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes from Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate. Since that release last year, Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes has been fairly popular in both Commander, as well as Constructed formats.
Within Constructed, Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes is part of surprisingly powerful Temur decks in Legacy. Here, Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes are valued for their ability to dish out damage quickly, as well as provide card draw. Similarly enjoyed for the same reasons in Commander, this version of Minsc & Boo is just an all-around good card!
Currently, on TCGplayer, Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes sells for just under $9. While this will more than pay for your pack, it’s far from the most expensive card on this list. That being said, however, it may be one of the most desirable thanks to the recent release of Baldur’s Gate 3. Thanks to the popularity of this game, there’s a lot of interest in the D&D crossover cards, so the price may not fall as significantly as some expect.
9 | Burgeoning
Previously, Burgeoning was the fourth most expensive MTG card on The List for Commander Masters. Clocking in at an impressive $19.57, this Commander staple offers incredible value, by allowing you to play additional land. Thanks to this, it was no wonder MTG players were excited for the reprint on The List.
One month on from the release of Commander Masters, the price of this staple has obviously fallen quite dramatically. This is undoubtedly thanks to the new reprint of the card, which currently costs around $4 less than other variants. Considering Burgeoning has been reprinted four times now, it’s surprising the price has dropped so significantly, but it’s welcome all the same.
From this point, we’re not too sure how much cheaper Burgeoning will get. This is thanks to it still being an incredibly popular card in Commander due to its awesome ramp potential. While it is likely a few more dollars may be knocked off the price, there is undoubtedly a value floor we’re approaching. After all, according to EDHREC, Burgeoning is played within over 60,000 Commander decks.
8 | Eldrazi Conscription
Another new entry to The List, the price of Eldrazi Conscription is a bit of a weird one. If you’re looking for just the cheapest variant, as we are, then it’s available for just under $12. This copy, however, is a Secret Lair Drop series card, however, so the art is far from normal. If you’re looking for a traditional-looking card, like the one appearing on The List, you’ll have to fork over $13.50 at least.
As for the card itself, Eldrazi Conscription is pretty much solely played in Commander. This, however, doesn’t mean that the card isn’t popular, as the opposite is true. In fact, thanks to the recently released Eldrazi Unbound deck in Commander Masters, this card is more popular than ever before!
Alongside this recent spike in popularity, Eldrazi Conscription is simply a very powerful card. Offering +10/+10 and Annihilator 2, this Tribal enchantment can turn any card into a massive threat, making a Commander damage knockout surprisingly trivial. Since it also fits in any deck by being colorless, it’s no wonder it’s played fairly heavily in Commander.
7 | Oppression
Since joining The List in Commander Masters, the price of Oppression has not fallen too significantly. In fact, the 7th Eiditon version card is nearly worth exactly what it used to be, around the $14 mark. Miraculously, the new copies of the card from The List are even more expensive than this, currently selling for $16!
In theory, this should put Oppression two spots higher on our list, however, there is another new copy. In the Wilds of Eldraine: Enchanting Tales bonus sheet, Oppression is being reprinted once again. Following past precedent, this reprint may cause the price of Oppression to plummet to the floor.
While this is bad news for MTG players hunting for value from The List, it’s great news for those looking to actually play Oppression. Considering Oppression forces your opponents to consistently discard spells, this is definitely something you might want to do. Thanks to this, it’s hard to be upset about the impending drop in value.
6 | Ketria Triome
Miraculously, since last appearing on The List, Ketria Triome has actually gotten more expensive! Previously, around the release of Commander Masters, Ketria Triome was worth just under $11. Now, however, the card has jumped a little in value to around $13.
Curiously, the cheapest version of Ketria Triome used to be the gorgeous showcase art by Robbie Trevino. In my opinion, this was the art to own, however, it was briefly around two dollars cheaper than all other variants. Recently, however, the price has climbed back up, making The List variant finally the cheapest at $13.
To stop talking about art for a moment, Ketria Triome is also a spectacularly useful MTG card. Not only does it produce three colors of mana, but it also has Cycling for 3 mana. This allows the card to be useful even in the late game, as you can replace it for a marginal cost. The biggest boon to this card, however, is its inclusion of basic land types, allowing players to find it with Fetch Lands.
Thanks to this, there’s nary a reason to not include it in your decks, if you care about the colors it provides.
5 | Cavalier of Thorns
While technically played most in Commander, Cavalier of Thorns is famously known in another format: Pioneer. Here, Cavalier of Thorns is a core component of the Mono-Green Devotion deck. As one of the strongest, and most popular decks in the format, it’s safe to say this card gets played a lot.
The cause of this popularity, as we see frequently on this list, is Cavalier of Thorns simply being good. Offering a potential additional land, and mild graveyard tutoring, Cavalier of Thorns is value on top of value. If that wasn’t enough, they’re also a 5/6, which allows them to punch in for some massive damage!
Having only been printed in Core Set 2020, there’s definitely demand for the new reprint courtesy of The List. Despite this, however, I wouldn’t expect the card’s price to completely plummet like some old unreprinted cards. After all, Core Set 2020 is a fairly modern set that was printed in high volume. Due to this, the price of the card should be somewhat more stable, although it will hopefully drop a little at least.
4 | Counterbalance
After a brief look at Counterbalance, it should be no surprise that it’s a fairly popular, and therefore expensive, card. Played primarily in cEDH, as well as a little in Legacy, Counterbalance essentially offers free counterspells. Sure, there’s only a chance of this happening, and it does reveal information, but it’s nevertheless a very potent effect.
Thanks to its potential for power, Counterbalance has maintained a fairly hefty price tag. That being said, however, it has fallen recently thanks to a Secret Lair reprint of the card earlier in the year. Dropping from highs of $30, the cost of Counterbalance has been steadily decreasing. Following this trend, The List reprint should make this card even cheaper.
3 | Flusterstorm
Retaining its spot, Flusterstorm is the last card on this list which isn’t a new addition. First introduced to The List in Commander Masters, the price of this MTG card has thankfully fallen a fair bit. Interestingly, however, this is only the case for the new variant from The List. Other copies of the card, such as those from Iconic Masters, have actually increased in value slightly, climbing two dollars to almost $22.
As for the card itself, Flusterstorm is incredibly powerful and capable of completely shutting down decks. While Storm decks are the intended target, Flusterstorm is fantastic at winning counterspell wars by creating multiple instances of itself, making it very difficult to deal with via utilizing a counterspell. Thanks to this strength, Flusterstorm sees a good amount of play in Modern, Legacy, and even Vintage!
Beyond its utility within constructed decks, Flusterstorm also has a strong presence in Commander. In fact, according to EDHREC, this card is used within over 95,000 decks! As a result of this popularity, the price of Flusterstorm may not fall too much further, however, it evidently has some wiggle room.
2 | Greensleeves, Maro-Sorcerer
Only released as part of Dominaria United Commander, Greensleeves, Maro-Sorcerer currently fetches a surprisingly high value! Clocking in at just under $26, this card is definitely due a reprint despite it still being in print. Hopefully, now that it’s on the list, we should see this Commander-favorite fall in value somewhat.
While Greensleeves, Maro-Sorcerer can be your Commander, this isn’t their main use case. Instead, they’re often found as a powerful part of Landfall-themed decks. Capable of creating an army of 3/3 Badgers as well as becoming a threat themselves, Greensleeves, Maro-Sorcerer has the potential to be utterly devastating.
If that wasn’t enticing enough already, Greensleeves, Maro-Sorcerer also has in-built protection from Planeswalkers and Wizards. While this won’t always come up, it’s nonetheless nice to have, especially following the recent release of the Planeswalker Party deck.
1 | The Meathook Massacre
Somewhat miraculously, the last card on our list of The List’s most expensive cards is different for a change. For the longest time, this spot was occupied by Sword of Feast and Famine priced at around $27. Now, however, this has obviously changed, as not only has it left The List, but a new MTG card is even more expensive!
Fetching an immense $34, The Meathook Massacre now reigns supreme as The List’s most expensive card. In case you’ve somehow never heard of it before, this price point is justified by the card’s incredible popularity. Capable of wiping boards with enough mana pumped into it and sticking around for added value, The Meathook Massacre offers crippling pain and gain.
Predominantly, like most cards on this list, The Meathook Massacre sees play in Commander first and foremost. Alongside this, you’ll also find The Meathook Massacre running amok within Pioneer and many Rakdos lists. Thanks to this demand, the price of this card has been high for some time, and it likely won’t fall significantly.