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Top 10 Most Expensive Planeswalkers in MTG

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First introduced in 2007’s Lorwyn, Planeswalkers have had a long and storied history in MTG. Throughout the past 15 years, Wizards has printed 292 Planeswalker cards to date. Some of these cards are utterly broken, such as Oko, Thief of Crowns. Other Planeswalkers like Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded, however, are barely worth the cardboard they’re printed on

While there certainly have been some problematic Planeswalkers over the years, they’re nevertheless a deeply beloved MTG card type. Despite this, however, thanks to March of the Machine: The Aftermath, this card type is almost going extinct. 

In order to recover from the Phyrexian Invasion, countless MTG Planeswalkers have given up their spark. Subsequently, new Planeswalkers cards may be very few and far between. While this is definitely sad news for many MTG fans, it has ushered in the perfect time for reflection.

To do just that, today, we’ll be highlighting the most expensive Planeswalkers in MTG. So, without any further ado, let’s get right into the list… After some all-important caveats first. 

The Caveats 

Consider | Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
Consider | Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

Before we get into the list properly, it’s important we clarify how we’ll be determining the prices of cards. Thankfully, doing this is quite simple, as we’re just using TCGplayer’s Market Price. Typically, this metric is a useful pricing barometer, however, pieces at other websites and stores may differ somewhat. 

Alongside this important information, it’s worth highlighting how we’ll be constructing this list. Unlike some of our previous lists, for the most expensive Planeswalkers, we won’t be looking at the cheapest variant of each card. Instead, we’ll be doing the opposite, highlighting the most expensive variant which players can show off with. 

While this has resulted in a very fancy-looking list, we know this version might not be what everyone is after. If that’s the case for you, worry not, as in this list, we’ve got the best of both worlds! Here’s a very quick rundown of the most expensive Planeswalkers in MTG, based off their cheapest variants. 

  • 5 | Tezzeret, Master of the Bridge | $19.00
  • 4 | Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast | $21.05
  • 3 | Teferi, Hero of Dominaria | $26.60
  • 2 | Jace, the Mind Sculptor | $30.71
  • 1 | Wrenn and Six | $43.85

Now, with that extra bonus list and the caveats out of the way, it’s time to get into the list properly! So, without any further ado, here are the top 10 most expensive Planeswalkers in MTG!

10 | Ajani, Caller of the Pride 

Ajani, Caller of the Pride | San Diego Comic-Con 2013

Price: $219.84

To kick off our list, we have a card that is typically only worth a few dollars. First printed in Magic 2013, Ajani, Caller of the Pride is hardly the cream of the crop for Planeswalkers. That being said, however, while they’re no competitive powerhouse they do still have some utility in Commander. 

Synergizing with Commander’s high starting life, Ajani, Caller of the Pride can generate a powerful board surprisingly quickly. Admittedly, this powerful ultimate ability can be utterly hosed by a Cyclonic Rift, however, it’s nevertheless a good time until then. Due to this, Ajani, Caller of the Pride is played within a fair number of Commander decks.

As you might be able to tell from the art above, the version of Ajani, Caller of the Pride we’ll be talking about today isn’t the bog standard Magic 2013 variant. Instead, this copy of the card hails from San Diego Comic-Con 2013. Here, MTG’s parent company, Hasbro, offered a bundle of “black-on-black” Planeswalkers, as you can see above. 

Since these MTG cards were only available for four days, each of the five Planeswalkers printed in this style is exceptionally rare. Due to this, these cards are also outstandingly expensive, so much so that three of them are on this list! Alongside being incredibly rare, each of these cards is also utterly gorgeous. As a result, it’s no wonder that Ajani, Caller of the Pride is so expensive. 

9 | Basri Ket 

Basri Ket | Planeswalker Championship Promos

Price: $263.32

Like Ajani before them, Basri Ket is another Planeswalker whose cheapest variant is barely worth a dollar. Their most expensive variant, however, is over 200 times more expensive than that! Similarly to all the cards on this list, this immense price tag is due to the card’s outstanding exclusivity and rarity. 

Hailing from the Planeswalker Championship series, MTG’s most expensive Basri Ket was given out to tournament winners in 2021’s Spring. While these tournaments took place all across Japan, these Planeswalker cards are nevertheless incredibly rare and sought-after. After all, not only do these cards look good, but owning them also lets you pretend you’re a tournament winner. 

When it comes to Basri Ket themselves, they’re hardly the strongest Planeswalker in MTG, however, they’re still plenty useful. Predominantly being played in Commander, more so than Ajani, Basri offers useful protection, as well as an everpresent ultimate. Potentially providing a useful stream of tokens, Basri Ket helps mitigate the crushing feeling of a well-timed board wipe. 

8 | Karn, the Great Creator

Karn, the Great Creator | War of the Spark Promos

Price: $273.74

In a welcome change from the start of this list, Karn, the Great Creator is always a fairly expensive Planeswalker. Even if you’re after the cheapest variant, you’ll still find yourself forking over at least $15. While this is a non-insignificant amount of money, compared to $270, it’s a veritable bargain!

First printed in War of the Spark, the ultra-expensive version of Karn, the Great Creator is yet another Japan-exclusive card. More than just being an interesting alternate art variant, however, this Karn is also a Prerelease promo. Unlike the usual Japanese alt-art cards found in regular packs, these promos were printed in incredibly low numbers. Subsequently, the price of these Prerelease promos is rather high, to say the least. 

As if it wasn’t enough to be rare and have awesome art, Karn, the Great Creator is also very powerful. Played extensively within Commander, Pioneer, Modern, and even Vintage, Karn, the Great Creator has myriad uses. Between nullifying your opponent’s Artifacts and pulling cards from the sideboard, this variant of Karn does it all! Subsequently, it’s no wonder that there’s demand for this ultra-exclusive version of them to bling out competitive decks. 

7 | Jace, Memory Adept

Jace, Memory Adept | San Diego Comic-Con 2013

Price: $282.67

In a wonderful return to form, Jace, Memory Adept is an incredibly middling Planeswalker in MTG. Like many Jace cards, this Magic 2012 variant excels at drawing and milling cards, however, this doesn’t come cheap. Costing a non-insignificant 5 mana to cast, Jace, Memory Adept practically only sees play in Commander. 

In Commander, Jace, Memory Adept is hardly a format staple, however, they do see a good amount of play. This is fairly unsurprising considering that their ultimate can draw you and your allies 20 cards each! Due to the rather appealing prospect, Jace, Memory Adept still commands a decent $6 for their cheapest variant. 

On the other end of the price spectrum is the version of the card we’re interested in. Clocking in at a staggering $282.67 this variant is another black-on-black promo from San Diego Comic-Con 2013 promo. Similarly to the Ajani, Caller of the Pride we talked about earlier, these exclusive promos are in incredibly short supply. Subsequently, for niche yet beloved pet cards like this, prices can absolutely soar!

That being said, however, unlike many cards on this list, there are several copies listed for sale on TCGplayer. Despite the cheapest of these being available for $225, sales rarely happen, so there’s evidently not overwhelming demand. Nevertheless, due to the scarcity of this promo, it’s never going to be a cheap MTG card.

6 | Nissa, Who Shakes the World

Nissa, Who Shakes the World | War of the Spark Promos
Nissa, Who Shakes the World | War of the Spark Promos

Price: $464.96

Since they were released in War of the Spark, Nissa, Who Shakes the World has been a fantastic ramp engine. Initially making massive waves in Standard, Nissa has retained decent popularity in Pioneer and Commander following its rotation. Considering this Nissa can double the effectiveness of a mono-green deck’s mana base, this is absolutely no surprise. 

Despite being rather good and seeing play within almost 50,000 Commander decks, variants of this card are rather cheap. Prerelease promos, for instance, are only double the usual $3.50 value. Remarkably, the stained glass Secret Lair version of the card is even cheaper at just $5 each! While these low prices may indicate a lack of love for Nissa, Who Shakes the World, that’s definitely not the case. 

For diehard Nissa collectors, there is the ultra-exclusive Japanese alternate art Prerelease card. Similarly to Karn, the Great Creator from earlier in this list, these cards are phenomenally rare. So rare, in fact, that sales typically only happen once every few months, as these prized collectibles aren’t listed very often. When they do sell, however, it’s typically for progressively higher and higher prices! 

5 | Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Liliana, Dreadhorde General | Planeswalker Championship Promos

Price: $499.99

To continue the trend of repeating promotional treatments from earlier in this list, this Liliana, Dreadhorde General is another Planeswalker Championship series card. Specifically, this Liliana was given out to winners of tournaments in the Spring of 2020. Due to this, just like Basri Ket, there are very few copies of this card in existence.

Unlike the Basri Ket we covered before, the Planeswalker Championship promo Liliana, Dreadhorde General doesn’t have unique art. Despite this, however, the card still commands a very hefty price tag due to its popularity. Boasting a pair of devastating symmetrical effects, Liliana’s Dreadhorde General is a massive potential bomb in Commander. Enough of one that over 60,000 decks choose to use this beloved Planeswalker. 

While there’s no beating the almost $500 Planeswalker Championship card, every variant of Liliana, Dreadhorde General is rather expensive. Basic copies of the card, for instance, sell for around $20 on average. Even more expensive is the Japanese alternate art treatment which typically costs around $120, showing the love for collectible variants.

4 | Liliana of the Dark Realms

Liliana of the Dark Realms | San Diego Comic-Con 2013

Price: $520.25

As you can see above, like Jace and Ajani from earlier in this list, the most expensive Liliana of the Dark Realms is a San Diego Comic-Con 2013 promo. Due to this, they have the same exclusivity and rarity as the other cards from the limited-time product. As a result, it’s no surprise to see them claiming a spot on this list.

While the fact that they’re expensive is almost unremarkable, it’s hard to ignore just how expensive they are. Clocking in at almost twice the price of Jace, Memory Adept, this immense value is simply staggering. To explain the value, it’s once again all thanks to their appeal in Commander. 

Featuring in just under 20,000 decks, Liliana of the Dark Realms is hardly the go-to black Planeswalker bomb. If you’re looking for that, Liliana, Dreadhorde General is a much better option. Thankfully, while they may not be a game-ending threat,  Liliana of the Dark Realms does offer compelling ramp abilities. This makes them particularly effective in Commander, especially if they can be played early.

Despite the popularity and rarity of this Liliana of the Dark Realms, unlike many cards on this list, their value hasn’t been increasing. In fact, over the past few months, it’s been doing the opposite. Looking at sales on TCGplayer, the price of this Liliana is falling hard, tumbling from around $570 down to $435! Should this price fall much further, it may not be long before it loses a spot on this list!

3 | Jace, the Mind Sculptor 

Jace, the Mind Sculptor | Secret Lair

Price: $601.65

First printed in Worldwake, Jace, the Mind Sculptor hardly needs an introduction. Part of the infamous Caw-Blade deck, Jace was arguably one of, if not one of the best Planeswalkers in all of MTG. Providing card draw, removal, and a game-winning effect Jace, the Mind Sculptor does it all.

Thanks to being such a devastating threat in both Standard and Modern, Jace, the Mind Sculptor would ultimately be banned. This secured their place within MTG history alongside Oko, Thief of Crowns. Unlike, Oko, however, Jace, the Mind Sculptor would eventually be unbanned in Modern, allowing them to be played today. 

Unfortunately for Jace fans, in the years since Jace, the Mind Sculptor’s release, Modern has been through dramatic format-warping changes. Due to this, Jace is by no means the competitive staple they once were. In fact, according to MTGDecks, only a few hundred Modern used this one all-conquering card. While this is definitely quite the fall from grace, thankfully, Jace, the Mind Sculptor still gets played in Commander. 

While Jace may no longer be the powerhouse the used to be, they’re nonetheless an incredibly iconic card. Due to this, there’s a huge demand for collectible variants of this card. Out of all the available options, this Secret Lair copy of Jace is undoubtedly the rarest. Given out to MTG players who participate in Pro Tours or the World Championship during 2023, this card is as rare as it is visually striking.

2 | The Wandering Emperor

The Wandering Emperor | Planeswalker Championship Promos

Price: $650

In a nice twist to the pricing trend of this list, The Wandering Emperor isn’t expensive just thanks to Commander. Don’t get me wrong, the card still sees a good deal of play in the format, however, that’s not its only use. Predominantly, The Wandering Emperor is a competitive powerhouse, more so than a casual one. 

Offering instant speed removal, a defensive body, or a nifty combat trick, The Wandering Emperor is an incredibly well-rounded threat. Due to this, they currently see extensive play in control and midrange decks within Standard, Pioneer, and even Legacy! As you might expect, due to all the demand, copies of The Wandering Emperor can get very expensive. 

On the low end, a run-of-the-mill copy of The Wandering Emperor costs around $18 which isn’t to be scoffed at. Moving up from this, however, players can easily spend $60 to $160 on alternate art versions of this prized Planeswalker. For those who really want to go all out, the most expensive copy of The Wandering Emperor costs $650. 

As you might be able to tell from the fancy plaques printed on it, the $650 Wandering Emperor is another Planeswalker Championship card. Awarded to players during the Spring 2022 season, this promo is once again spectacularly rare, with sales happening incredibly infrequently. While $650 is the currently calculated average, the highest recent sale for this card has reached $699.

1 | Narset, Parter of Veils

Narset, Parter of Veils | War of the Spark Promos

Price: $782.49

As if it wasn’t enough to be the most expensive card on this list, Narset, Parter of Veils is almost the cheapest card as well. Available for just $1.80 on TCGplayer, there’s definitely no shortage of supply for this version of Narset. Despite this, however, due to their incredibly useful abilities, Narset, Parter of Veils is also deeply collectible. 

By preventing opponents from drawing more than once each turn, Narset, Parter of Veils can shut down countless MTG decks. Due to this, they see plenty of play in Pioneer, Legacy, and even Vintage, where the card is restricted! If that wasn’t enough, they’re also the most popular Planeswalkers for Commander in all of MTG. According to EDHREC, Narset, Parter of Veils is currently used within over 100,000 decks. 

Due to the amount they’re played, it should be no surprise that Narset, Parter of Veils is the most expensive Planeswalkers in MTG. Especially not since they have a Japanese alternate art Prerelease variant. Just like the other Prerelease cards on this list, this makes Narset phenomenally rare, with very few copies in existence. When one of these copies goes up for sale, typically it’s for an utterly outstanding price. The most recent sale on TCGplayer, for instance, was for a whopping $796!

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