At long last, Murders at Karlov Manor is here. With prerelease events starting around the world, the wait for Magic’s murder mystery set is finally over. Unsurprisingly, this is an incredibly exciting time, especially since the set has some absolutely stellar cards. As if this wasn’t enough already, Murders at Karlov Manor also has mystery prerelease minigames to solve!
With many cards boasting format-warping potential, there are a lot of keen eyes on Murders at Karlov Manor. For better or worse, this can make prerelease events rather lucrative, thanks to many cards fetching a surprisingly high price. While these prices are somewhat speculative at the moment, there’s nonetheless money to be made.
To make sure you know what you’re looking for, today, we’ll be detailing the most expensive cards in Murders at Karlov Manor. Specifically, we’ll be looking at the priciest non-variant cards from the new Play Boosters! Before we get into all the juicy details, there’s one important caveat to go over first.
While prerelease events for Murders at Karlov Manor have begun, technically, the set isn’t out yet. That doesn’t happen until the 9th of February, 2024. Until that date comes, secondary market vendors like TCGplayer are only offering preorders with presale prices. With limited supply to meet demand, these prices aren’t always indicative of a card’s true value.
To mitigate this volatility, we’ll be updating this article frequently with the latest prices. Additionally, before release, we’ll be looking at the lowest available Near-Mint pricing, rather than TCGplayer’s average. So, if you want to know which cards to look out for when cracking packs, we’ve got you covered!
Now, without any further ado, let’s dive into all the information! Here are all the most expensive cards in Murders at Karlov Manor right now!
10 | Kaya, Spirits’ Justice
As the one and only Planeswalker within Murders at Karlov Manor, it’s no surprise Kaya, Spirits’ Justice is on this list of the most expensive cards. Boasting an impressive suite of abilities, this new Kaya definitely has potential as a multi-format menace. While it’s unclear right now if they’ll completely break any archetypes, they’re nonetheless strong.
At their core, Kaya, Spirits’ Justice’s most interesting party trick is resurrecting a giant creature from your graveyard. Facilitated through their +2 ability, this trick could pose a major threat on its own. The fact it comes with Surveil 2 attached to fill your graveyard is the icing on the cake!
Beyond this impressive play, Kaya, Spirits’ Justice’s -2 ability also has great potential, especially in Commander. Allowing you to exile a sacrificial lamb alongside major threats from your opponents, this repeated removal is a consistent threat.
Right now, while they seem powerful, Kaya, Spirits’ Justice is unproved, with few brews revolving around them. Once this set launches, however, Kaya may prove themselves as a serious force to be reckoned with. Should this happen, you can expect to see them shoot up this list in no time.
9 | Archdruid’s Charm
If you ask us, Archdruid’s Charm might just be the best card in Murders at Karlov Manor. Boasting an insane suite of abilities, this card has an insane amount of utility and multiformat potential. Whether in Standard, Pioneer, or Commander, Archdruid’s Charm is bound to make waves.
In Pioneer specifically, Archdruid’s Charm appears to be an absolute bomb of a rare for the Lotus Field Combo deck. Providing a land-focused tutor, this card makes finding Lotus Field that much easier. Since this is the namesake card of the deck, it should go without saying this will be beyond useful!
Despite our glowing recommendation, Archdruid’s Charm is surprisingly low down on this list. Somewhat remarkably, this card isn’t even the most expensive rare within Murders at Karlov Manor! In theory, this could make it a great time to pick up copies, but we don’t know where Archdruid’s Charm’s price will end up.
8 | Incinerator of the Guilty
Considering the multiformat potential of Archdruid’s Charm, its remarkable Incinerator of the Guilty is more expensive. Sure, Incinerator of the Guilty is a mythic card and technically rarer, but this card isn’t that fantastic. That being said, however, this Dragon does have a lot of utility as a repeatable targeted board wipe.
Facilitated through dealing combat damage and Collecting Evidence, Incinerator of the Guilty can completely clear an opponent’s board. Since this effect doesn’t hit you, or any other opponents, this can be incredibly useful, provided you have the resources. Thankfully, in Commander, this should rarely be a limiting factor that prevents success.
At the end of the day, while Incinerator of the Guilty definitely has potential in Commander, elsewhere they’re somewhat lacking. In theory, with Haste, they could potentially be a devastating game-changer or finisher, but sadly that’s not something they have. As a result, Incinerator of the Guilty is likely never going to be a stellar multi-format staple. Don’t be surprised if they fall off this list before too long because of this.
7 | Undergrowth Recon
Capable of putting lands from your graveyard onto the battlefield, Undergrowth Recon is an incredibly useful ramp engine. In the right deck, this card can essentially offer a free land drop every single turn. Despite this fantastic potential, Undergrowth Recon may struggle to find its home.
Costing three mana to get the ball rolling, Undergrowth Recon is hardly the fastest ramp engine. Automatically this limits the card’s potential in Modern and Pioneer too. Even Standard may find this card too slow, as green stompy decks rarely flood the graveyard. As a result, Undergrowth Recon appears to be yet another mythic destined to only see Commander play.
While it may be limited to Commander, Undergrowth Recon should excel in the format. Paired with Lord Windgrace and Spelunking, the card can offer oodles of value. As nice as this is, competitive tables will likely shy away from this easily removed Enchantment since it’s rather slow.
6 | Leyline of the Guildpact
Thanks to the implicit rarity of mythic cards, Leyline of the Guildpact is the last rare card on this list. Just like Archdruid’s Charm, this means the card is seriously powerful with multiformat potential. If this potential is realized, this card could very well climb further up this list post-release.
From the moment it was revealed, Leyline of the Guildpact has caught the attention of many players. Potentially offering free Devotion and Domain from the very start of the game, this card offers exceptional utility. Provided it’s in your hand when you start the game, this card is completely free to cast too!
With Domain and Mono-Green Devotion seeing play in Standard, Modern, and Pioneer, this card has multiple homes already. Despite this, MTG players are divided on whether or not Leyline of the Guildpact is actually good. Given its current price, it seems a lot of players are willing to put their money where their mouth is to try it out.
5 | Rakdos, Patron of Chaos
Moving back to the mythic cards, Rakdos, Patron of Chaos is an incredibly punishing card in both Commander and Limited. By forcing an opponent to sacrifice two permanents lest you draw two cards, this iconic Demon offers some tough choices. Despite this strength, however, their playability is somewhat dubious in constructed formats.
Currently, Rakdos is still a force to be reckoned with in Standard, Pioneer, and even Modern, but is held back by its massive mana value. In theory, Rakdos, Patron of Chaos could find their way into these decks, however, they are rather lean. Typically the majority of Rakdos decks don’t run anything that costs more than four mana. The exception to this trend is Standard’s Rakdos Ramp deck.
Unfortunately for Rakdos fans, this ramp deck is hardly a dominant tier-one force. That being said, Rakdos, Patron of Chaos may still find its home here thanks to the consistent value they offer. Either punishing your opponent or pushing you ahead, there’s no denying that this card is strong. The only trouble is their mana cost which will likely hold them back.
Due to their dubious playability, there’s a real chance Rakdos, Patron of Chaos’ price will drop post-release. Whether or not this will happen, however, remains to be seen.
4 | Vein Ripper
While Vein Ripper didn’t quite make our list of the most powerful cards in Murders at Karlov Manor, they’re nonetheless a strong contender. Offering a supercharged variant of Blood Artist’s ability, Vein Ripper is a natural fit within Aristocrats decks. Since Aristocrats is a beloved and popular archetype in Commander, it’s no wonder this card commands a decent price tag.
Unfortunately, since they cost six mana, Vein Ripper is admittedly doomed to the Commander format. Thankfully this is hardly the end of the world as Commander is the most popular format on paper. Since they’re an auto-include within any Aristocrats deck, there’s unsurprisingly a lot of attention around this card.
Currently, as with the majority of Murders at Karlov Manor cards, it’s unclear where the price of Vein Ripper will stabilize. Considering they’re a staple within a Commander deck, it’s reasonable to expect continued interest, but they are nonetheless niche. As much as they have a powerful ability, Commander has no shortage of powerful six-drops for decks to utilize.
3 | Massacre Girl, Known Killer
From the moment they were spoiled, it was a given that Massacre Girl, Known Killer would be expensive. Giving each creature you control Wither, this card is the latest mono-black menace that’s bound to torment formats. As a result, it’s no wonder they’re a good deal more expensive than the last card on this list.
Being a 4/4 for four with an oppressive ability, Massacre Girl, Known Killer gives Sheoldred, the Apocalypse some fierce competition. As if Wither wasn’t enough, however, this Massacre Girl can draw cards by Withering your opponent’s creatures! Thanks to this utility, Massacre Girl, Known Killer may have some compelling competitive potential, especially in Standard.
While Massacre Girl, Known Killer has some interesting potential in Standard, in Commander they’re the real deal. Synergizing with the format’s slower pace and wider strategies, Massacre Girl should work wonders here. In Historic Brawl, Massacre Girl, Known Killer is going to be an absolute nightmare alongside Toxrill, the Corrosive.
Even before they make any competitive waves, Massacre Girl, Known Killer is still an incredibly popular card. Ordained to be a new staple within black Commander decks, this card’s price is well deserved. Over time, it’ll be interesting to see if it rises or falls, but for now, it’s a great pull.
2 | Delney, Streetwise Lookout
Without question, Delney, Streetwise Lookout is one of the best cards in Murders at Karlov Manor. In both casual and competitive formats, Delney has huge potential that players can’t wait to realize. Thanks to this, Delney is currently rather expensive, to say the least, and they may get even more so. Depending on how well they perform, Delney, Streetwise Lookout could easily become the most expensive card in Murders at Karlov Manor.
In Commander, Delney, Streetwise Lookout is an auto-include within a multitude of popular and powerful strategies. Within the right deck, Delney can essentially be Panharmonicon but cheap and squishy. Doubling the effects of Knight of the White Orchid, Mesa Enchantress, or even Brago, King Eternal the possibilities are endless.
To put it lightly, a lot of Commander decks are going to want Delney, Streetwise Lookout. On top of this, the card may also become a staple within Standard. Thanks to protecting your little dudes, Delney is likely to see some experimental play within White Weenie decks. Alongside this, Bant Toxic stands to get a major upgrade through Delney, Streetwise Lookout.
By doubling the Toxic output from the triggered ability of Venarated Rotpriest, Delney, Streetwise Lookout massively speeds up this deck. In theory, this could massively propel it up the competitive order, however, it’s already near the top. Whatever happens, it’s clear that Delney, Streetwise Lookout is an incredibly powerful card that’s well worth looking out for.
1 | Anzrag, the Quake-Mole
Sitting at the top of the table, for now, we have MTG’s one and only Mole God. Boasting insane stats and additional combat phases, Anzrag, the Quake-Mole is absolutely cracked. Hell, even if they were just an 8/4 for four, this Mole would see play! When you factor their insane abilities into the equation, it’s no wonder Anzrag, the Quake-Mole is the most expensive card in Murders at Karlov Manor!
Since they swing in for eight damage every turn, players don’t really have a choice but to block Anzrag. Even if they don’t want to, however, their ability allows you to force opponents to do exactly that. This effectively guarantees you’ll get another combat phase, potentially even multiple if Anzrag isn’t dealt with quickly.
In Standard and Pioneer, it’s safe to say that Anzrag, the Quake-Mole is going to make waves. The same is true in Commander, as their power is just too good to ignore. Ultimately, Anzrag only has one downside which is that they die to pretty much everything. Without Hexproof or some other protection, four toughness is a very vulnerable sweet spot, so you best be careful.
Initially priced at a staggering $35 on TCGplayer, Anzrag’s price has mercifully fallen quite a bit during the presale period. Unless they completely take over multiple formats like Sheoldred, the Apocalypse, it’s likely their price will fall even further. Regardless of what happens in the future, there’s no doubt that Anzrag, the Quake-Mole is a fantastically fun MTG card.