Over the last two days, Wizards of the Coast previewed Ravnica Remastered. The entire set, in just two days… With over 450 cards and variants being spoiled in an instant, it’s safe to say there’s a lot to go over. Thankfully, for the most part, this is all very exciting, with new art, anime cards, retro frames, and Commander staples galore!
Unfortunately, while Ravnica Remastered does have a lot of good, the set isn’t entirely faultless. The reprint equity or value, for instance, has become a sticking point from the moment the card list was complete. Considering reprints are the main purpose of a reprint set like Ravnica Remastered, it’s safe to say MTG players aren’t all too happy.
Much Maligned Mythics
Typically, within a normal MTG set, the 20 or so mythic cards are the most exciting offerings by far. Boasting the highest rarity, power level, and usually multiformat potential, these are the cards you’re hunting for when cracking packs. Within a reprint set, this is all the more true, since MTG has no end of incredible, and high-value, mythics.
Unfortunately, despite the potential for incredible value, Ravnica Remastered has very little of that. In fact, it might just be one of the worst sets for mythics in Magic’s entire history! Spotting this detail, Reddit user u/Simple_Man quickly collated the data once the entire card list for the set was revealed. Putting all of the set’s mythics into a handy spreadsheet, Simple_Man clearly demonstrated the lackluster value.
As you can see above, Ravnica Remastered has very few mythic cards that are worth getting excited about. Even the most exciting of these Bruvac the Grandiloquent isn’t all they’re cracked up to be. Having only been reprinted on The List, this card stands to utterly plummet in value. The same is true of Karlov of the Ghost Council which hasn’t been properly reprinted before.
While these reprints should work, Ravnica Remastered also has some consistent value. As a true Commander staple, the price of Cyclonic Rift isn’t likely to completely vanish overnight. Alongside this, some of the cheaper mythics should also retain much of their value, thanks to seeing steady Commander play. Dark Confidant and Utvara Hellkite, for instance, have already shown their resilience to reprints.
Unfortunately, while there are some good reprints and some valuable reprints, none are really that amazing. As you can see from Simple_Man’s table, the current average value of a Ravnica Remastered is less than $10. Considering a Draft Booster Box for the set costs $210, this isn’t isn’t the average that you’d hope to see.
After seeing Simple_Man’s report, many players were quick to jump aboard the critical bandwagon. Blasting the set for being “the biggest trap of 2024,” and “a dumpster fire,” it’s clear to see that players aren’t happy. Looking at the reprint value of other MTG sets, however, Ravnica Remastered doesn’t appear to be too terrible. Well, for the time being, at least.
Currently, the average price for a mythic from Dominaria Remastered is only $8.34. This value is propped up by Force of Will and Vampiric Tutor at $48 and $28 respectively. Beyond this, the set’s mythic value drops dramatically, with 15 of the set’s mythics being worth under $10. Out of these, eleven mythics are worth under $3.
While Ravnica Remastered does look better in comparison to Dominaria Remastered, there is a catch: Dominaria Remastered has been released. Having been on the market for almost a year, this set and its reprints have already done their job. For better or worse, this means that the set’s mythics are a lot cheaper than they were post-release.
Should the same trend of reprints actually working happen to Ravnica Remastered, players may be in for a disappointing shock. Based on speculation by Simple_Man, post-release, Ravnica Remastered could have the lowest EV ever! Considering the $210 price of a Draft Booster Box, this is a concern, to say the least.
A Slight Saving Grace
Thankfully, while the mythics within Ravnica Remastered might not be much to write home about, it’s not all bad news. After all, the set does contain the full cycle of Shock Lands, each one of which is rather expensive. Ranging from $16.50 to $7.50 these iconic MTG lands definitely could do with a reprint, as each sees extensive casual and competitive play.
Accompanying the full suite of Shock Lands, Ravnica Remastered also boasts a number of surprisingly valuable rare cards. Crypt Ghast, for instance, clocks in at around $10, while Chord of Calling sells for $8. Alongside these cards, there are also a handful of $5+ rares which should keep packs somewhat entertaining to open.
Unfortunately, while Ravnica Remastered does have a collection of decently priced rare cards, the set hasn’t been released yet. As a result, there’s an incredibly high chance that the price of the above cards will crash in value. Due to the “Mana Slot” within Draft Boosters, even the price of Shock Lands aren’t safe!
Thankfully, while the value of the set’s reprints might not last, there are alternative art printings available. Between the borderless treatments, new anime art, and serialized cards, there should still be some high-value cards within packs. Since these will be rather rare to find, however, the majority of pack openings may still be rather dull. Ultimately, we’re just going to have to wait and see what happens once Ravnica Remastered actually launches in January.