Since the release of Modern Horizons 2, the Modern format is becoming the most expensive set it’s ever been with powerful cards sweeping the format. But for those who have cards lying around, or are unsure what the value of their cards are, here are some of the most expensive cards seeing play in Modern at present.
Modern is a broad and exciting format with a wealth of options. The format uses cards from Eighth Edition onwards so there is plenty of choices, and there’s plenty of value to be found too.
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Seeing huge Eldrazi is fairly common in the Modern format with Emrakul, the Aeon’s Torn seeing the most play. With Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, the Eldrazi sees play in Mono-Green Tron as a way to circumvent the Mill match up as you shuffle the cards back into your library. With the combination of the Tron lands, you can cast the Creature with ease and draw a bunch of cards.
Another reason the card commands a high price is because of Commander application. It’s a great threat in singleton formats as you can use the Annihilator ability to remove tricky permanents. Extending outside of Tron, you can run Kozilek in Through the Breach as an alternative to Emrakul. Either way, Kozilek is a powerful beater that sees heavy play in both Modern and Commander.
Sword of Feast and Famine
Since the unbanning of Stoneforge Mystic, the Sword cycle sees regular play in Modern as they can enter the battlefield from the Kor Artificer’s ability. As such, there’s been a rise in the price of these Equipment cards as they are meta-dependant, one being Sword of Feast and Famine.
With the rise of Death’s Shadow and Jund at present, the pro-Black and Green sword is well-placed in Modern at present. Going further, this particular Equipment is featured in Commander heavily since it offers ramp in colors that can’t normally do it. The discard ability on the card is less relevant, but can come up in constructed formats such as Modern. Either way, the Equipment is powerful alongside Stoneforge Mystic and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon.
It was a big deal back in Innistrad, Snapcaster Mage is one of the best creatures in the Modern format. For two mana, you have the ability to give an Instant or Sorcery in your graveyard Flashback. This is powerful as Modern uses plenty of cheap spells such as Lightning Bolt, Unholy Heat, and Consider which Snapcaster Mage can recast with ease.
Often in Modern, you want to cast the Human Wizard to generate an advantage in Control or Tempo strategies. Usually, you see the card in Death’s Shadow and Blue-heavy decks for late-game value, or to beat in for the last few points of damage. Snapcaster Mage is a staple of the Modern format, and only becomes better the more Instant and Sorceries are printed.
Chalice of the Void
Want to counter those cheap spells? Chalice of the Void has you covered. The artifact is one of the best hosers when it comes to dealing with cheap spells, which is something you often see in Modern. It’s that good, Chalice of the Void sees frequent play in Legacy as it attacks on a similar axis.
With the introduction of Karn, the Great Creator from War of the Spark, it’s never been easier to acquire the artifact from your sideboard. The only tricky part about playing with Chalice is remembering your triggers, as your opponent may cast spells to see if they get through. This artifact is expensive for a reason, it does so much work for so little mana investment. You often see Chalice feature in artifact-heavy decks such as Tron, Whirza, and even Mono-Red Prison. As long as cheap spells exist in Modern, Chalice will reign supreme.
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Force of Negation
From Modern Horizons 1, Force of Negation is one of the most effective counterspells in Modern. In a similar vein to Force of Will, you can exile a Blue card from your hand (as long as it’s not your turn) instead of paying costs. If you do this, you successfully counter the opponent’s spell.
With these free costs in mind, it’s natural to want to run a playset in heavy-Blue decks to give yourself the option to counter your opponent’s spells. With that, Force of Negation commands a high price for this reason alone. It also sees incidental play in Legacy and Commander as it’s an effective counter alongside Force of Will.
Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer
It’s one of the most expensive cards in Modern Horizons 2, Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer is one of the most powerful one-drops ever printed. It’s in every Red-based aggressive deck, or any deck that wants to generate value.
The fact the Monkey Pirate has Dash enables you to do something on turn two, create a Treasure token and you can play an opponent’s card. With that, you never want to run less than a set since it’s so effective at what it does and there is enough removal in Modern to answer it. You’ll see Ragavan most in Jund, Jeskai, and Izzet Tempo, and these decks are some of the best in Modern at present. With its current singular printing in Modern Horizons 2, Ragavan will retain a commanding price given the low mana value for the effect it offers.
Cavern of Souls
It’s the perfect land for tribal strategies in Modern, Cavern of Souls does so much for so little. When it enters, you name a creature card type, then anytime you cast the card using this land with that typing, it becomes uncounterable. This is such a huge headache for Control strategies and lets you deploy creatures with ease.
With its upshift in rarity and two genuine printings, Cavern of Souls is a very expensive card. In terms of Modern, Cavern of Souls sees play in Elementals, Eldrazi Tron, Humans, and Spirits. The land sees play in Legacy in various tribal strategies too, either way, the card is expensive and you’re going to run a whole playset. Let’s hope for a reprint in Double Masters 2022 next year.
Liliana of the VeilLiliana of the Veil is one of the hallmark Planeswalkers to grace the Modern format. Modern is full of unfair strategies which often means you need to play a strategy to balance the scales in your favor, and this is where Liliana comes in.
Liliana’s plus ability forces each player to discard a card, this ensures that both players will be top decking while your Planeswalker is on the battlefield generating loyalty. Combo strategies that depend on synergy will see their win rate tank as they have to discard a card every turn, losing the chance to combo off. Liliana can also deal with specific creatures with her second ability, making sure you can control the board. Admittedly, Liliana sees less play these days but remains a powerful option if you play Jund, Reanimator, or Rack strategies in Modern.
Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
From Saviors of Kamigawa, Oboro, Palace in the Clouds is a unique land that sees play in Modern Mill archetypes to trigger landfall with Ruin Crab and Hedron Crab. As it was from an unpopular set, there aren’t many copies about driving up demand further.
Also, it sees play in Commander in three/four-color Omnath strategies for a similar reason, either way, the land is very unique and we haven’t seen another one like it since. This is another reason why the Legendary Land maintains a high price.
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Wrenn and Six
From Modern Horizons 1, Wrenn and Six is the most expensive card in Modern at present. It sees extensive play in Jund and other Red Green strategies as you can rebuy your fetch lands. Otherwise, you can ping low toughness threats all for two mana. Wrenn’s ultimate doesn’t come up often, but sometimes you want to re-cast your Instant and Sorceries for additional value.
Fortunately, the card will be seeing a reprint in Double Masters 2022 as teased by Wizards of the Coast back in August, so the price will come back down at some point. Either way, Wrenn and Six is one of the most mana effective Planeswalkers we’ve ever seen, and will continue to dominate Modern.
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