We near the end of the Lost Caverns of Ixalan spoiler season, and this set looks incredibly powerful. A ton of new cards that look disturbingly similar to existing powerhouses have appeared. There already appears to be a new kill combo similar to the Heliod Ballista packages of old that could revitalize Collected Company strategies in Pioneer.
The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, alongside some new powerful cards, is introducing some rather complex mechanics to Magic. If it weren’t for the existence of Cascade, Discover may have MTG players scratching their heads. Fortunately, aside from a few differences, Cascade and Discover are almost the same thing. You can read more about that here.
With Discover increasing the number of synergies regarding cards being cast from Exile, the Exile zone is causing a lot of price spikes! This, coupled with the new Modern hotness that coincidentally interacts with Exile as well has Exile-based rewards increasing in price this week!
Straight from the Exit from Exile Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate Commander deck, Passionate Archaeologist saw a gigantic price increase over the course of October, and it’s not surprising to see why. The new Discover mechanic from The Lost Caverns of Ixalan synergizes fantastically with Passionate Archaeologist, allowing you to cast spells from Exile. Between Discover and Cascade, it’s rather easy to cast a massive amount of spells from Exile from just one trigger. Passionate Archaeologist turns that into direct damage, threatening to kill someone out of nowhere.
Since the beginning of October, Passionate Archaeologist has been on a huge tear financially. Originally worth about $4, the card is now asking for about $17-18, and seems to have settled there at the moment.
Questing Druid does interact with Exile, but Modern is primarily to blame for this card’s overnight price spike. Increasing from a little under $3 to over $10 as the week progressed, Questing Druid was seeing experimentation as a potential upgrade in two popular Modern archetypes. The card primarily saw play in Modern Murktide strategies, but also began to see experimentation in Modern Scam strategies as the past week progressed.
While a lot of excitement was had for the Druid going into last week, its results this weekend were a bit mixed. Regardless, Questing Druid does remain a powerful MTG card. Whether it’s still worth over $10 is a different argument.
If you want to read more about how Questing Druid is innovating the Modern format, we wrote about it in further detail here.
Now that we know Cascade 2.0 is releasing in The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, cards that synergize well with the mechanic are beginning to spike in price. Even before the reveal of the Discover mechanic, the new Paradox Power Doctor Who Commander deck may have peaked some players’ interest in this already but, either way, Wild-Magic Sorcerer is a strong card for players who want to cast a lot of spells from Exile.
Able to grant the first spell you cast from Exile Cascade, Wild-Magic Sorcerer can turn your Discover triggers into multiple spells! There is a ton of value to be had here, so Wild-Magic Sorcerer’s price increase is rather understandable. That said, the price increase hasn’t been too severe, only increasing from about 80 cents to now selling for an average of $3.75 over the course of the last two weeks.
Notably, Wild-Magic Sorcerer does not exactly have a lot of available printings. Only available in Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate and the related Commander expansion, this lack of availability may cause a little demand to have a much larger effect on the card’s financial value.
Jeska’s Will’s prowess in the Commander format is not breaking news. This card was discovered pretty quickly to be a powerhouse, making it one of the most valuable chase cards around the release of Commander Legends.
Able to provide a ton of mana and Impulse Draw three times, Jeska’s Will offers players card advantage and the mana to cast the cards Exiled, as long as you have your Commander out. Even if you don’t, either of these abilities for just three mana is still powerful enough.
A larger focus on playing cards from Exile thanks to Paradox Power and the new Discover mechanic likely has players interested in utilizing this powerhouse in a synergistic way for new Commander decks.
Jeska’s Will had quite the price tag before it saw a reprint in the Exit from Exile Commander deck. The reprint was direly needed and helped modify prices somewhat. Dropping to $12.35 in mid-July, Jeska’s Will gradually spiked until it hit $23 a few weeks ago. Nowadays, the card is selling for a variety of different prices, generally between $18 and $24.
Exit From Exile
Seeing as Exile cards and related payoffs have players excited at the moment, it makes sense that the entirety of the Exit from Exile Commander deck is rising in price. Many of the individual cards in this set of 100 cards are rising in price thanks to varying degrees of synergy with the new Discover mechanic.
Exit from Exile, as far a Commander preconstructed decks go, has always been one of the better ones. Faldorn, Dread Wolf Herald is a powerful Commander that comes online fast and can quickly get out of control when left unaddressed. Naturally built-in card advantage via Impulse Drawing means that Exit from Exile can start punching early and rarely runs out of things to do.
Exit from Exile, notably, started to see a dip in September dropping it to $34.52. This ended at the beginning of October, where the deck started climbing in price aggressively. TCGplayer market prices have this deck selling for about $38, but Exit from Exile commonly sells for over $40 on the platform.
Regardless of whether you manage to find Exit from Exile for $35 or $40, the secondary market value of Exit from Exile is still hugely in your favor. Currently, the contents of Exit From Exile is currently valued at over $90 meaning that, regardless of the above prices you pay, you are acquiring more than double your expected value.
It should be noted, however, that a majority of the cards in this deck are not even worth a dollar. Most of the value for this deck is held between two cards: Jeska’s Will and Passionate Archaeologist.
Either way, if you’re looking to build a Discover or Cascade-focused deck, Exit from Exile is a great way to start and, if you’re after Jeska’s Will and Passionate Archaeologist anyway, you may as well pick up this deck instead since the secondary market value of both of those cards is about the same as the entire Commander deck.