Murders at Karlov Manor is coming up on us rather quickly. At this point, we’ve had a ton of intriguing spoilers revealed, as well as information regarding collecting unique cards associated with Karlov Manor, such as those with Showcase Dossier art. Beyond just the cards in the set, though, there’s a ton to look forward to.
For instance, a ton of different promos for various events have also been revealed. While some of these promo cards are rather bland, there are some exciting ones that you may be able to get your hands on. By far the most enticing promo out of the bunch is none other than the winner’s promo for the Murders at Karlov Manor Store Championship.
The range of Store Championships are set to take place from March 2-10. These events are Standard exclusive from now on, but that doesn’t mean that there can’t be some sweet promos available to get a hold of. Let’s start by taking a brief look at the participation promo.
As is custom with every Store Championship, there are three tiers of promos players can earn throughout the event. The first is simply a participation promo, given to everyone who plays in the event. Consider this a nice little bonus for signing up.
As you might expect, given that these promos are given to everyone, they are typically cheap. Mortify is no exception. Mortify currently sits at under 25 cents in its cheapest form according to TCGplayer market price. The good news, at least, is that Mortify is a Commander staple, giving the Mortify promo a place to be utilized. This comes soon after Tail Swipe was the participation promo for Wilds of Eldraine, which saw virtually no play anywhere.
However, this is a noticeable drop-off from the featured promo for The Lost Caverns of Ixalan: Cauldron Familiar. Cauldron Familiar, despite being an uncommon, at least held some value as a Pioneer staple, making the promo more attractive.
Angel of Despair
Unfortunately, things don’t get much better for our top 8 promo. If you manage to make top 8 of your Store Championship, the promo you will receive is Angel of Despair. This card really hasn’t stood the test of time and is a bit of a weird inclusion. Sure, it was printed back in Guildpact so it has some Ravnica-related ties to the new set.
Still, since the printing of Ashen Rider, Angel of Despair has mostly become obsolete. Not to mention, the card was not only reprinted in Ultimate Masters, but also downgraded to uncommon. As such, the card is worth less than $1 in its cheapest form.
For reference, the top 8 promo for The Lost Caverns of Ixalan was Dark Petition, which was both worth more and a role player in Pioneer Lotus Field combo decks. In this sense, Angel of Despair is a rather disappointing top 8 promo.
The good news, though, is that things heat up quite a bit if you are lucky enough to win your Store Championship. The winner’s promo is none other than Dauthi Voidwalker, which is a powerful Modern staple. This card is most well-known for its role in Rakdos Scam, which remains quite prevalent to this day.
As a three-power Creature with Shadow, Dauthi Voidwalker an evasive threat that demands an answer. It also acts as graveyard hate while in play. If the opponent can’t kill it immediately, bad things can happen. For example, you can Thoughtseize your opponent, take a massive bomb, then sacrifice Dauthi Voidwalker to cast that bomb for free.
Dauthi Voidwalker sits at roughly $11 in its cheapest form and is worth every penny. This makes it more valuable than Lier, Disciple of the Drowned, which was the winner’s promo for The Lost Caverns of Ixalan Store Championships.
Also, it’s worth noting that these cards are full-art, textless versions that typically are in minimal supply. As such, they often go for significantly larger sums of money than their traditional counterparts. The promo versions of Lier go for almost $40 while Moonshaker Cavalry, the winner’s promo for Wilds of Eldraine Store Championships, is still worth over $65. Given how popular Dauthi Voidwalker is, it’s possible the Store Championship promo variant gets even higher.
While Dauthi Voidwalker is an appealing promo value-wise, it is rather strange for Wizards of the Coast to keep choosing textless promos of rather complicated cards. In the case of Dauthi Voidwalker, there’s a lot to remember. In a more competitive setting, given how much Modern play this card sees, there’s a good chance that there will be a lot of judge calls in the future of players asking for Oracle text on the card.
“Why is a standard only store championship the only way to get this dauthi voidwalker. This is a modern card.”@Fridgemuffin09
It is also worth noting that none of the promos this time around are Standard legal. Given the recent change to making all Store Championships Standard specifically, this is a bit of a strange choice. Even if Dauthi Voidwalker is a desired card, you are forced to play in a Standard tournament to potentially win a Modern card.
This only further showcases how the inclusion of Angel of Despair as a promo is a very strange choice. Nonetheless, Dauthi Voidwalker will almost assuredly be under heavy demand, so perhaps its inclusion encourages non-Standard players to get into the format and play at their local game store.