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11, Dec, 23

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The past week has been full of news about upcoming MTG sets releasing in 2024. There were a bunch of cards previewed for Murders at Karlov Manor, the first premier set of 2024. We got a glimpse at what the murder-mystery set was all about. Beyond just the individual spoilers, we also saw a handful of new card treatments from Murders at Karlov Manor, including Dossier showcase cards designed to provide clues about the suspects.

Speaking of clues, there was some information released about Ravnica: Clue Edition, a unique game variant set to feature Shock Land reprints! It’s no surprise to see both Ravnica: Clue Edition and Murders at Karlov Manor as major focal points right now within the world of MTG, considering both are Ravnica-focused.

Murders at Karlov Manor isn’t the only set being released in 2024 focused on Ravnica, however. While Murders at Karlov Manor is the first premier set, the first set overall to be released next year is none other than Ravnica Remastered.

Recently, it was confirmed that Ravnica Remastered would feature serialized cards. Still, there weren’t a ton of spoilers to look at. That is, until today. Tolarian Community College showcased a ton of new spoilers on their Youtube channel. Today, we are going to take a look at some of the best reprints this upcoming set has to offer.

Cyclonic Rift

Cyclonic Rift

First, we have a very pricey reprint: Cyclonic Rift. Cyclonic Rift is an excellent Commander card with a potent Overload ability. Getting to return all of your opponents’ non-Land permanents on the end step right before your turn is an enormous tempo swing. It allows you to make good attacks and gain an even bigger board presence. Given how lengthy Commander games can be and how vital board presence is, this card has the potential to be quite devastating.

Despite seeing a multitude of reprints over the years, Cyclonic Rift is still $27 in its cheapest traditional form according to TCGplayer market price. Notably, this reprint version of Cyclonic Rift is a mythic rare, which differs from reprints from various “Masters” sets.

This mythic rare reprint is also getting an anime borderless version, as shown above. It’s unclear how rare these will be and therefore how much more valuable they will be by comparison. That being said, there’s a good chance they will be worth a decent chunk of money. For instance, while typical versions of Smothering Tithe from the Wilds of Eldraine Enchanting Tales bonus sheet are worth roughly $17, the borderless anime variants currently sit at nearly $52, which is a big difference.

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Guardian Project

Guardian Project

Next, we have another Commander staple in Guardian Project. Guardian Project is a bit narrower in the sense that it’s at its best in a Creature-heavy deck. That said, if you are playing green and also playing Creatures, Guardian Project is sure to deliver as a nice source of card advantage. The only downside of Guardian Project is that it only counts Creatures that don’t share a card name with Creatures you control or Creatures in your graveyard. Luckily, in a Singleton format like Commander, this is nothing to worry about.

Guardian Project is also being reprinted as a mythic rare, another example of an upshift in rarity. Guardian Project was originally printed in Ravnica Allegiance and holds a current price tag of roughly $12.

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Utvara Hellkite

Utvara Hellkite

Utvara Hellkite is another nice mythic rare reprint, though this time it is not being upshifted in rarity. This card may cost a lot of mana, but in Commander, it can be a strong payoff when built around. Getting to generate a 6/6 Dragon Creature token with Flying whenever you attack with a Dragon is very strong in a deck with lots of Dragons. Importantly, this card doesn’t say “one or more” Dragons, so if you attack with an army of dragons, you end up with an army of 6/6 Fliers out of the deal. Utvara Hellkite is a perfect addition to a Scion of the Ur-Dragon deck as a result.

This powerful Dragon costs about $11 in its cheapest form according to TCGplayer market price. This marks the third mythic rare reprint of $10 or more.

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Crypt Ghast

Crypt Ghast

Crypt Ghast, much like the cards mentioned already, is primarily a pricey card due to its impact in Commander. As a four-mana card that easily dies to cheap removal, the card never really had a place in more powerful Constructed formats. However, in Commander, the card is very strong.

A huge part of many Commander games is being able to set up your mana. While ramp is abundant in green, black decks typically have to resort to Artifact-based mana rocks. Crypt Ghast is powerful because it provides Swamp-heavy decks with a huge mana advantage for as long as it sticks around.

Additionally, Exploit drains each opponent, which is a nice bonus in a multiplayer game. Crypt Ghast was printed in Gatecrash and saw another printing in Commander 2014, but hasn’t been reprinted since. As a result, it currently sits at $10 and is a very welcome reprint.

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Life from the Loam

Life from the Loam

Life from the Loam is an interesting card that has shown up in various Constructed decks over the years. Dredge is an incredibly powerful mechanic, as we can see with the banning of Golgari Grave-Troll in Modern. In Commander, this provides decks with the ability to repeatedly bring Lands back from the graveyard and play them.

Getting to consistently hit your Land drops is strong, but for decks built around cards like The Gitrog Monster that allow you to play multiple Lands during your turns and benefit from Lands being put in your graveyard, Life from the Loam can be an elite engine. Life from the Loam has been reprinted in a multitude of “Masters” sets, but still holds a price tag of roughly $8 in its cheapest form.

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Spark Double

Spark Double

Last but not least, we have Spark Double. Spark Double is a decent Clone variant in Commander[/tooltips] but has been quite impactful in Pioneer over the last month. Spark Double is a vital piece of the Discover combo deck in Pioneer that utilizes Quintorius Kand as a win condition. Similarly, Spark Double is a big factor in Gyruda, Doom of Depths combo in Pioneer.

The card’s unique ability to copy Legendary Creatures or Planeswalkers but still stick around despite the existence of the “legend rule” is key to its success, including in Commander as a way to copy your own general. Spark Double sits at about $6 in its cheapest form. This price may even go down a bit if the Pioneer hype dies down over time. Nonetheless, it’s a nice reprint to have considering its viability in Constructed and Commander alike.

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