Over the last few weeks, there’s been a surge of demand by players excited for new Commanders from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. This caused many related cards to go up in value. Isshin, Two Heavens as One, Go-Shintai, of Life’s Origin, and Light-Paws, Emperor’s Voice are all examples of Commanders that caused some recent market movement.
This week, two cards spiked in price, because of yet another Kamigawa Commander. This set is truly making an impact across Magic: the Gathering formats and the secondary market.
As you can see in the graph below, Mindleech Mass took a steep incline in price, jumping from $2.00 to $10.00. Wizards of the Coast has only printed this card once in Ravnica: City of Guilds in 2005. As you might imagine, the supply of Mindleech Mass is quite low. At the time of writing, there are only 35 listings remaining on TCGPlayer.
Blightsteel Colossus spiked in price at the beginning of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty‘s spoiler season. But it is on the move again.
These days, Blightsteel Colossus is up to almost $65.00-$70.00! If you’re lucky, you can find a few listings around the $60.00 mark.
Why Are These Cards Going UP in Value?
Both Mindleech Mass and Blightsteel Colossus are going up for one reason: Satoru Umezawa.
Satoru Umezawa is currently the second most popular Commander from Neon Dynasty, according to EDHREC. It’s no wonder Satoru is hiking card prices up.
The exciting part about Satoru Umezawa compared to the other go-to Ninja Commander, Yuriko, the Tiger’s Shadow, is that it can give any creature in your hand ninjutsu. That means it can cheat massive creatures like Mindleech Mass and Blightsteel Colossus into play for relatively little mana.
In the case of Mindleech Mass, you can sneak it into play with ninjutsu, take the best card in your opponent’s hand, and play it for free. As for Blightsteel Colossus, you can outright kill an opponent with infect damage.
If you’re interested in Satoru Umezaw as a Commander, check out this deck guide for more card suggestions.