fierce guardianship
20, Aug, 22

MTG Staples are Breaking the Bank! Another $100 Card Emerges?

Article at a Glance

Dominaria United preview season is in full swing! Price fluctuations as a result of some spoiled cards are widespread. Spoiler seasons are made to create hype, after all. A somewhat unusual trend is the overall price increase of established Commander staples over the past few weeks. I hope you picked these up while you could because they are costly now!

Fierce Guardianship

fierce guardianship

Highlighted by multiple different market watches for MTG, Fierce Guardianship is the talk of the town. This card was only worth about $60 a week ago but has since skyrocketed to about $85 on average! If that wasn’t enough, recent copies of Fierce Guardianship are selling for as much as $100! Recent sales suggest that Fierce Guardianship may be a $100 card soon. Should you desire to pick one up, doing so now could be a gamble. Since we are mid-spike, Fierce Guardianship could find a lower stabilization price. That being said, current indicators show that the stabilized price may be higher than $85. Judging by the steep price increase this card is seeing into spoiler season, it is unlikely that Fierce Guardianship will see a reprint in sets coming out soon.

It’s easy to see why Fierce Guardianship is becoming so expensive. Demand is king, and Fierce Guardianship currently only has one printing that wasn’t even part of a core set. Fierce Guardianship is a free Negate as long as you have a Commander in play. It’s obvious why this card is considered one of many Commander staples.

Dockside Extortionist

dockside extortionist

Commander’s infamous goblin is beginning to revert to its pre-reprint prices. As Double Masters 2022’s flood continues to recede slowly, Dockside Extortionist prices are slowly crawling up. Many MTG players are pretty frustrated by this since it looks like Dockside Extortionist may never be under $50 again. Double Masters 2022’s Dockside Extortionist has stabilized around $60, with constant sales between $50 and $70 being recorded.

Dockside Extortionist is renowned for ending the game by entering the battlefield. All Dockside really does is create a bunch of one-time mana, but since you can recur Dockside, there are a ton of ways to break it. This card is the talk of social ridicule in Commander so often that it recently came up in an article discussing the social problems of Commander.

Smaller Commander Price Increases

crescendo of war

In addition to the two heavy hitters listed above, a few smaller price jumps in Commander staples may be noteworthy. Crescendo of War was a card outlined by multiple sources last week that has continued to see a price increase this week. This card is a lot stronger than what it reads like in a four-player game. If you want more information, we discussed it in a bit more depth last week. Crescendo of War is now approaching $20. This is a huge spike considering that it was only worth $4 two weeks ago.

klauth, unrivaled ancient

A new Game Knights has appeared! As MTG’s premier Commander show, it’s not surprising to see the game’s results affect market prices on some level. Klauth, Unrivaled Ancient is capable of creating a ton of mana as soon as it gets to turn sideways. An Ur-Dragon deck on Game Knights used this ability to create a vast tempo swing on the table! Klauth is currently hovering at $10.75, a $5 increase from the end of July.

How Will Dominaria United Affect the Marketplace?

We’ve seen many cool effects come out of MTG’s most recent spoilers, and it will likely only take a little time for the marketplace to start moving as a result. While these Commander movements are more likely reacting to the strong possibility that these cards will not be seeing reprints (among competitive Commander becoming a more popular format), there could be a multitude of reasons for these cards’ movement. Heck, the Fierce Guardianship spike could be a targeted buyout, but this is unlikely.

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