28, Oct, 22

MTG Commander Sleepers Begin to See 400% Increases!

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The MTG marketplace has been quieter this week. While a specific subset of Warhammer cards looks to be a trap, others are seeing a massive increase. As players discover the true gems hidden in this set, some unique cards rise to prominence. Here are the newest Commander staples that you should be watching out for!

Delayed Blast Fireball

delayed blast fireball

Delayed Blast Fireball has seen a massive uptick in price this week, but everyone seems to be reporting different reasons for this. Some claim that this was a buyout, some claim it’s an uptick in Commander play, while others reference some Delver lists in Legacy that have this card popping up in sideboards.

While all these seem true, the biggest motivator appears to be the price spike seems to simply be the card being underrated in Commander. There has been an uptick in interest once people realized how good it was, but not to the point that it caused a massive buyout.

For reference, there are many ways to cast this card from exile. Should you do so, you get an incredibly cheap board wipe. Expressive Iteration in Legacy, for example, is a fantastic way to cast this.

Regarding price spikes, Delayed Blast Fireball started at around $2.40. While it is now going for around $10, the card saw its double alone this week from $5 to $10. This card is still relatively affordable, but it may not continue the way this card has been spiking.

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Shadow in the Warp

shadow in the warp

The MTG community has had some time to consume the Warhammer product, and the standout cards are starting to rise in price. Shadow of the Warp seems to be the biggest winner here, skyrocketing from $4 to about $25! As has been seen with past price patterns with Commander cards, this card began to see a ton of attention when it showed up on The Command Zone as, in their opinion, one of the best MTG Warhammer cards available. This card is genuinely quite powerful. While providing a very small clock to opponents, Shadow in the Warp also propels you two turns ahead as long as you’re focused on casting creatures.

Celestine, the Living Saint

celestine, the living saint

While some of the more community-renowned cards from the MTG Warhammer set are increasing, this card’s increase is a bit quieter. The non-foil version of this card is seeing a somewhat rocky ride, but the Surge Foil of this card has been seeing a strong uptick, which is against the general trend for these premium cards.

Only worth about $30 at release, Celestine is now going for $50 in its Surge foil variant. The card’s normal version has been susceptible to a lot of movement, and it’s currently seeing an increase to $12. This is not the highest Celestine has gone for in its normal version.

While there may be some variables involved behind the scenes, an Extra Turns game was notably won by this Commander on the Command Zone recently. Besides genuinely being a very powerful effect in a life-gain deck, this could also have caused the card to spike somewhat.

Exalted Flamer of Tzeentch

exalted flamer of tzeentch

The pinger archetype has been prevalent lately! This archetype refers to many recurring sources that can deal one damage at a time. Exalted Flamer of Tzeentch is a pinger, but its other ability is much more valuable. At the beginning of your upkeep, this Flamer offers some recursion, returning a random instant or sorcery from your graveyard to your hand. This goes hand-in-hand with its second ability, which turns that spell into a ping.

This card’s increase has been absolutely massive. After decreasing to a measly $2, Exalted Flamer of Tzeentch saw a near-500% increase up to $15! While this card is currently selling for around $14.50, it seems that the opportunity to grab this for cheap has passed.

Ironically, the Surge Foil version of this card is currently going for an excellent rate! The Exalted Flamer is presently only going for $20 in its Surge Foil version! This is an incredibly small multiplier compared to the $32 difference between versions of Celestine, the Living Saint. If you’re interested in one of these for your Commander deck, I highly recommend buying the Surge Foil version for the extra $5. There is a very strong chance that this card will see an increase in the near future.



Bloodthirster seems to be one of the last cards seeing a massive increase from the MTG Warhammer collaboration. Demons have become a rather popular commodity on the secondary market lately due to the Demon support seen in the Chaos Commander deck in this set. Bloodthirster ensures that every opponent you have is going to get whacked once Bloodthirster starts swinging out. This card has its best synergies with Vigilance strategies since the extra combat steps that Bloodthirster produces will only untap itself.

Around the beginning of October, Bloodthirster immediately started receiving attention. This card quickly rose to as high as $30 before backing off in price to $21. That said, most Bloodthirsters are still selling for about $24, while some are selling for as low as $9, even in near-mint condition. For whatever reason, the community does not seem totally aligned on this card’s price point. There could be some opportunities for those willing to spend some time finding this card for a reasonable price.

Take Ahold of the Opportunities!

These insights outline some pretty awesome opportunities. The Surge Foil price on Exalted Flamer of Tzeentch is particularly attractive. It took a bit of time, but it looks like MTG players have more or less solved MTG’s newest EDH expansion. That said, there are a ton of new cards available with this one. It would, therefore, not be surprising to see something get missed. What do you think it will be?

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