3, Jun, 23

The 9 Most Expensive Cards on The List for MTG Lord of the Rings

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First introduced in 2020, The List is a rotating group of cards that provide the MTG community with much-needed reprints. In roughly one out of every four Booster packs, there will be one of these reprinted List cards. Given Magic’s vast history, there are a lot of different sets these cards could be from.

While a lot of the cards that get featured from set to set are done for flavorful reasons, there is still some value to be had in this card slot. Unfortunately, however, many hot commodities from The List for March of the Machine have recently been removed. This is the case for Urza’s Saga. Luckily, some fresh new valuable cards have helped fill a portion of the gap created.

It is worth noting a few things before getting started. First, every price cited in this article is based off of TCGPlayer’s Market price at the time of writing. Second, some cards will likely fall in price after being reprinted, especially old cards that have never seen a reprinting (Think Rain of Dagger from The List for March of the Machine).

While we do our best to keep things up to date, there may be some mild price inconsistencies. With all that out of the way, let’s delve into the most valuable cards this new iteration of The List has to offer!

Honorable Mention Dwarven Bloodboiler: $8

Dwarven Bloodboiler

Dwarven Bloodboiler is a new addition to The List for the upcoming Lord of the Rings set. Currently, it sits at about $8, but given its lack of reprints and having been originally printed long ago in Judgment, the card is likely to plummet in price.

It’s a cool card with some nice Dwarf synergies for specific Commander decks, but otherwise, it’s simply a nice reprint that’s sure to bring the price down. While this card currently holds a similar price tag as the next card on this list, I put it as an honorable mention as it likely won’t stay that way for long. Nonetheless, it’s a cool card added to The List and kicks off our ranking of the most expensive cards.

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#9 Sword of War and Peace: $8

Sword of War and Peace

Sword of War and Peace is an extremely iconic Equipment. As one of the five “original Swords” from Darksteel and Scars of Mirrodin block, it has a handful of very powerful abilities. Each Sword gives a power and toughness boost as well as protection from two colors, in this case, red and white.

Whenever the equipped Creature connects with a player in combat, two unique effects will trigger. These abilities are meant to be both meaningful and flavorful given the contrasting terms in the Sword’s name. In this case, these contrasting terms are “War ” and “Peace.” As such, the sword both deals damage to the opponent as well as gains you life, almost polar opposite effects.

Sword of War and Peace in particular is considered one of the weaker original Swords. Combine that with the fact that it has been featured on The List for a while and it’s no surprise this Sword is on the cheaper side. Even still, it has a powerful effect and is iconic nonetheless, so it still holds a decent price tag.

#8 Contamination: $9


Contamination is a prime example of an old reprint whose price took a big hit from being reprinted as a List card. One year ago, this Urza’s Saga powerhouse was $41! Since then, it has dropped by $32 and is much more affordable.

Unlike Rain of Daggers, Contamination is a powerful card in its own right, especially in EDH. This means there’s a reasonable amount of demand for Contamination, causing it to still hold a decent price tag. Contamination acts similarly to Blood Moon in its ability to shut off the ability of Dual lands to tap for different colors of mana. Blood Moon makes lands tap for red, Contamination makes lands tap for black.

The big difference is that Contamination affects any land that taps for mana, not just Non-basic lands, making it much harder to play around as the opponent. This does come with a major downside, however, in that you have to sacrifice a Creature every upkeep or sacrifice Contamination.

For EDH decks that can support it, Contamination is still an elite option to have. Pair Contamination with a Commander like Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools and you have a great game plan. This demand keeps Contamination from falling further in price, making the powerful enchantment a top pull from The List.

#7 Phyrexian Crusader $12

Phyrexian Crusader

Phyrexian Crusader is a premier Infect threat for Modern and Commander decks alike. Its protection abilities make it quite difficult for many decks to remove, and as such can be quite a nuisance. In addition to being reprinted as a List card, Phyrexian Crusader was also recently reprinted in the Showcase: All Will be One Secret Lair.

Despite this recent reprinting, Phyrexian Crusader holds a hefty price tag, in part due to Phyrexia: All Will be One bringing back Poison counters with the new Toxic mechanic. This additional support encouraged more people to build Poison-style EDH deck, where Crusader would continue to be a staple.

Since then, Crusader has dipped a bit from the $18 price tag it boasted initially as a List card for March of the Machine, and it may continue to dip a little more over time. At number seven on this list, it’s a great card to pull nonetheless.

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#6 Dolmen Gate: $14

Dolmen Gate

Dolmen Gate is one of the more expensive reprints to be newly added to The List with the upcoming Lord of the Rings set. While not quite living up to the same level of hype that Urza’s Saga commanded when first previewed as a List card, Dolmen Gate is still reasonably expensive and is a good EDH staple. After all, being able to aggressively attack into some big blockers without fear is big game.

What is also nice for value hunters is that Dolmen Gate, having already been reprinted in Mystery Boosters, may not be susceptible to the same level of price decrease that some other reprints might fall victim to. While this card may not be as backbreaking as Contamination or as iconic as Sword of War and Peace, there’s no arguing with its price.

#5 Ketria Triome: $15

Ketria Triome

First released in Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, Ketria Triome is part of a cycle of three-color lands known as Triomes. Since being introduced to The List in March of the Machine, Ketria Triome has barely fallen in price. This is in large part due to its heavy demand.

Due to these lands all having basic land types, allowing them to be searched with Fetchlands, these Triomes are Modern and Commander staples. Ketria Triome allows multi-color Leyline Binding decks in Modern and even Pioneer to thrive, and helps make four and five-color singleton EDH decks more consistent.

The combination of these lands being able to tap for three colors, be searched for with Fetchlands, and even be cycled away in the late game makes every single Triome a multi-format staple. Ketria Triome’s colors align perfectly with Wrenn and Six too, a nice bonus to boot. There are plenty of useful ways to utilize Ketria Triome if you pull it from a Booster pack, and having this card stay on The List, despite some other powerful cards leaving this iteration, is great to see.

#4 Mycosynth Lattice: $17

Mycosynth Lattice

Mycosynth Lattice is an incredibly powerful card introduced to The List in Phyrexia: All Will Be One. While obviously a staple for any EDH artifact deck, Mycosynth Lattice’s biggest claim to fame was its powerful pairing with Karn, the Great Creator. After all, Mycosynth Lattice makes all permanents into artifacts.

Combine this powerful effect with Karn’s ability to shut off activated abilities of your opponents’ artifacts, and your opponents can no longer tap lands for mana. This can effectively lock your opponents out of the game as long as Karn stays alive. Most notably, this served as an elite finisher for Tron-style decks in Modern.

Unfortunately, with Lattice being banned in Modern and Lattice getting reprinted both as a List card and in Battlebond, the card has been steadily declining in value over the past couple of months. The card is still a great pull from The List, but will likely continue to drop in price over time.

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#3 Commandeer: $19


Despite The List losing some value from notable cards leaving, a few gems have been added to The List to help supplement the loss of Urza’s Saga, Force of Vigor, and more. At the top of the list of these new cards is Commandeer, sitting at a hefty $19.

Commandeer is an interesting card, somewhat reminiscent of Force of Will. It has a steep mana cost, but just like Force of Will, gives you the option to pay no mana at all by pitching blue cards to it. Commandeer does require pitching an additional blue card, which is a huge deal, and can only target non-Creature spells. As such, it is much more restrictive than Force of Will, but the upside of being able to gain control of your opponent’s spell and change targets for no mana is a huge upside.

As a result, the card can be quite strong in blue EDH decks that can draw a lot of cards to offset the exiling of blue cards from your hand to pay for Commandeer. Plus, there are ample juicy targets for Commandeer in EDH, making it a fun card to play with. That being said, the demand for this card isn’t super high. As is the case with many other old cards getting their first reprints, Commandeer is likely to drop in price significantly.

At the moment, it’s still a good card to pull from a pack. The real value here, however, is for those who have wanted to buy the card but have been waiting for a reprint.

#2 Blightsteel Colossus: $29

Blightsteel Colossus

The two most expensive cards on The List from March of the Machine have thankfully stayed on The List. For better or worse, this means these two cards haven’t fallen in price significantly. While this may not be good news for budget players, value enthusiasts can rejoice at least!

While certainly not cheap, both these cards have dipped in price slightly since March of the Machine’s release. Considering Blightsteel Colossus is a super iconic card, this may not come as a surprise. After all, it’s an Indestructible monster that can kill the opponent in one shot, what’s not to love about that?

While Blightsteel Colossus may continue to slowly decrease in value, it’s undoubtedly one of the best pulls from The List.

#1 Sword of Feast and Famine: $35

Sword of Feast and Famine

Just like with Blightsteel Colossus, Sword of Feast and Famine has retained its spot on The List. Similarly, it has dropped a bit in price since March of the Machine’s release but is still the most valuable pull available nonetheless.

Unlike Sword of War and Peace, Sword of Feast and Famine’s abilities are extremely powerful. The sword acts as a pseudo-mana doubler by letting you use your mana in main phase one, and then when you deal combat damage with the equipped Creature, you can untap those lands. This ability makes the Sword a powerhouse in Commander, and the sword has even shown up in Constructed formats alongside Stoneforge Mystic from time to time.

As a card that is both iconic and in relatively high demand, the Sword should still maintain a decent price tag over time.

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