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The Most Expensive Modern Horizons 3 Cards

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Modern Horizons 3 is finally here! Following prerelease events kicking off, MTG players have finally gotten their hands on 2024’s biggest set. At long last, this means MTG players can finally start cracking packs, en masse.

Whether you’re playing Draft or just opening packs for fun, it’s worthwhile being prepared for what you might find. On top of knowing about the set’s Limited archetypes, it’s well worth keeping an eye on the most expensive cards. Considering the format-warping power of many Modern Horizons 3 cards, to say they’re expensive is an understatement!

To make sure you know what to look out for, today, we’ll be going over all the most expensive cards in Modern Horizons 3. As a note, however, currently, TCGplayer only offers pre-sale/pre-order prices, which are heavily susceptible to change. To counteract this, we’ll be updating this article frequently so you always know which pulls are worth getting excited about.

Now, without any further ado, here are the most expensive Modern Horizons 3 cards.

13 | Ugin’s Binding

Ugin's Binding

Price: $16

While it’s not quite as obvious as past remakes, Ugin’s Binding follows in the footsteps of Cyclonic Rift. For seven mana, both these cards are capable of bouncing all your opponents’ nonland permanents back to their hand. While Ugin’s Binding does have a few quicks setting itself apart, this core ability is obviously incredibly enticing.

Unlike Cyclonic Rift, if you want Ugin’s Binding’s board wipe, you need to play, or mill, it first. Once if your graveyard, you’ll need to cast a seven-mana, or greater, colorless spell to get the desired bounce effect. In theory, this is a massive upgrade as this triggered ability is effectively free and almost uncounterable. In reality, there are some downsides to Ugin’s Binding that are worth remembering. 

Beyond the innate requirement of needing a colorless spell, Ugin’s Binding requires you to have another card. Depending on what deck you’re playing this may be no trouble at all, but it’s not guaranteed consistency. If your opponent exiles your graveyard, or you don’t get lucky with draws, using Cyclonic Rift would have been better.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, despite the initial surge of demand, the price of Ugin’s Binding has fallen off rather quickly. Initially priced at around $44, now this card is just worth $16. For better or worse, there’s a real change the price of Ugin’s Binding will plummet even lower once supply increases.

12 | Ocelot Pride

Ocelot Pride

Price: $18

Technically, Ocelot Pride is a one-mana token doubler. Before you rush out to buy a playset of this card, however, it’s worth clarifying there are several major caveats. For starters, Ocelot Pride needs The City’s Blessing in order to enable this doubling ability in the first place. Beyond this, Ocelot Pride can also only copy tokens that have been created this turn.

Despite these caveats, Ocelot Pride is still a good aggressive card that could see Modern play. That would be the case, at least, provided that Orcish Bowmasters didn’t exist. Since Bowmasters do exist, sadly the playability of Ocelot Pride in Modern is somewhat suspect.

Theoretically, Ocelot Pride does beat aggressive staples like Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer, giving them potential utility. As much as we’d like them to work in Modern, however, this card is just better suited for Commander. Here, Ocelot Pride will work wonders in Token, Go-Wide, and Cat-themed decks.

While there should be a fair bit of demand for Ocelot Pride, its current price does seem rather high. Due While there should be a fair bit of demand for Ocelot Pride, unsurprisingly its initial price was overly inflated. Following prerelease events kicking off, the price of this card has fallen dramatically. Now, Ocelot Pride is worth only $18 and its price may yet fall further.

11 | Flare of Denial

Flare of Denial

Price: $20

As one of only two rare cards on this list, Flare of Denial has some fierce competition right now. That being said, there’s no denying that it absolutely deserves its spot. If you play your cards right, Flare of Denial is a basically free counterspell. Unlike Force of Negation this effect can even be played on your own turn.

Unsurprisingly, from the moment it was revealed, it was expected that Flare of Denial would warp formats. Even before it’s been officially released, this card has already been pre-banned in Historic due to its intrinsic strength. It’s thanks to this strength that countless MTG players can’t wait to abuse and use this card in Modern and Legacy.

Outside of competitive formats, Flare of Denial is going to be an auto-include within many Commander decks. Much like Force of Negation, even if you’re not playing this card for free, you’re not getting a bad deal. Should you have a nontoken blue creature going spare, however, the value you get is utterly fantastic.

Since the official release of Modern Horizons 3, Flare of Denial has fallen from grace somewhat. Despite seeming like a sure thing, more and more players are feeling like this card was somewhat overrated. As such, it appears the immense initial demand has petered out somewhat, with prices subsequently dropping.

10 | Kozilek, the Broken Reality

Kozilek, the Broken Reality

Price: $20

While they may be the cheapest Eldrazi Titan on this list right now, Kozilek, the Broken Reality is no slouch. For nine mana, this titan offers 19/17 stats spread across three bodies alongside some ever-useful card draw. With Kozilek themselves packing 9/9 of this punch, they’re more than capable of dishing out serious damage.

Unfortunately, compared to past Eldrazi titans, Kozilek, the Broken Reality is lacking one killer feature, immediate impact. While they do create some useful bodies and provide card draw, you’ll have to wait a turn to use your new threats. This will be the case, at least, provided you don’t have a board of colorless creatures.

Should you have a stacked colorless board already, this Kozilek turns them up to 11. Outside of Affinity lists, however, it’s rare to find these board states, and Kozilek sadly doesn’t really fit Affinity decks. Thankfully, while they may not be too Modern playable, Kozilek, the Broken Reality still has legs in Commander.

Whether you’re playing an Eldrazi Typal deck or just one with a lot of colorless creatures, Kozilek, the Broken Reality is a fantastic late-game bomb. Since Kozilek can Manifest cards for up to two players you can even employ some tactical shenanigans. Ultimately, Commander is likely going to be the only home for Kozilek, the Broken Reality, but that’s no bad thing.

9 | Phyrexian Tower

Phyrexian Tower | Modern Horizons 3

Price: $21

At the time of writing, Phyrexian Tower is the only reprint on this list. Considering old versions of this card sell for around $35, it’s a wonder it wasn’t on this list sooner. For better or worse, this reprint is evidently already working, as its price is far lower than older variants.

As for the card itself, Phyrexian Tower is seeing some early play in Modern following prerelease weekend. Outside of this Phyrexian Tower has long been a staple in Commander. By providing an early ramp and a handy sacrifice effect, Phyrexian Tower is a true staple in Commander.

Thanks to being a Commander staple, there’s no shortage of demand for Phyrexian Tower. Due to this, even if this card flops in Modern, it should retain a healthy price point. As we’re seeing already, the final resting price for the new Phyrexain Tower will likely be far lower than past variants. That being said, with how good this card is, it likely won’t be cheap anytime soon.

8 | Nadu, Winged Wisdom

Nadu, Winged Wisdom

Price: $21

Out of all the cards from Modern Horizons 3, Nadu, Winged Wisdom has potentially gotten the most attention. Sure, the Eldrazi Titans are impressive and the Flares are powerful, but Nadu is in a league of their own. Offering an insane amount of combo potential, this card appears to be the real deal in Modern.

Alongside Shuko and a handful of Cheerios, Nadu can quickly mill your own deck. Ultimately, this allows you to win by dropping Thassa’s Oracle at the last minute. Remarkably, this deck is a lot less meme-y than it sounds, as it’s already proving to be seriously powerful in Modern.

After boasting impressive early results, the price of Nadu, Winged Wisdom has been on the up and up. Already this card was expensive thanks to initial demand and speculation, but these results have solidified its status. So long as it doesn’t end up getting banned in Modern, this card may climb even higher up this list.

7 | Nethergoyf

Nethergoyf

Price: $25

At first glance, Nethergoyf is clearly a reinvented and rebalanced version of Tarmogoyf. As an iconic Modern card, this new variant is incredibly interesting, however, there is one problem. For as iconic and powerful as it was during its heyday, Tarmogoyf is no longer relevant in Modern.

Unlike many of the other rebalanced cards on this list, Nethergoyf is actually more powerful than its predecessor. This is despite it only caring about the cards in your graveyard, not all graveyards. To upgrade its power, Nethergoyf has Escape, allowing it to be an easily repeatable threat.

As a quickly scaling one mana threat, Nethergoyf appears to have strong legs in Modern. If you ask us, this card is easily within the top ten best cards from all of Modern Horizons 3. Outside of Modern, the playability is more suspect, as they’ll never get that massive in formats like Commander.

That being said, Modern Horizons 3 is releasing a Lhurgoyf Typal deck in Graveyard Overdrive. Since Nethergoyf is an automatic upgrade to this deck, there’s definitely some interest from Commander players. Whether or not this current interest will maintain and subsequently keep the price high, remains to be seen.

6 | Ral, Monsoon Mage

Ral, Monsoon Mage

Price: $26

Recently, Ral, Monsoon Mage has absolutely shot up in price. This followed the discovery of their potency within Storm decks. Sculpted by Aspiringspike, many Storm lists were created, but Ral, Monsoon Mage was always a fixture within them. This quickly led to an insane spike in demand, pushing their price up to newfound heights.

Currently, it’s a bit early to say whether or not Ral, Monsoon Mage is the real deal in Modern Storm. Since Modern is in a state of flux right now, there’s not really a defined meta for them to be tested against. That being said, Ral and Red Storm decks do appear to be incredibly potent, justifying their demand.

Outside of Modern, Ral, Monsoon Mage is bound to see healthy play in Commander too. For better or worse, this means they’ll also be somewhat expensive, even if their current peak falls flat.

5 | Necrodominance

Necrodominance

Price: $26

Necrodominance is one of the many fixed reimagined cards appearing in Modern Horizons 3. Mimicking Necropotence, this card has some seriously powerful roots. Thankfully, Necrodominance has been toned down, but it’s nonetheless strong.

With Necrodominance in play, if you want to, you can draw five cards for five life on your endstep. While Modern can be a fast-paced format, this cost is nonetheless very payable in Modern. Even if you don’t pay the full five life, Necrodominance is a fantastic source of card draw whose downside will rarely ruin you.

Outside of Modern, Necrodominance is likely going to see a great deal of play in Commander. Alongside this, Necrodominance has already been proving itself to be immensely powerful in Legacy. This card is doing so well in Legacy, in fact, that it may even end up being banned!

While Necrodominance has been falling sharply as Modern Horizons 3’s release drew near, it’s now climbing again. As the card continues to perform in Legacy and other formats, it may even climb further up this list as time goes on. For now, Necrodominance is an incredibly deadly threat, even if it’s not quite on the level of Necropotence.

4 | Tamiyo, Inquisitive Student

Tamiyo, Inquisitive Student

Price: $34

If you ask us, Tamiyo, Inquisitive Student is one of the most overrated cards from Modern Horizons 3. Yes, they are technically a one mana Planeswalker, but they do require a lot of work to get going. In Modern, flipping them is a lot easier said than done, so we don’t expect them to break the meta.

While we’re Tamiyo doubters, evidently many MTG players can’t get enough of this card. Recently, the price of Tamiyo, Inquisitive Student has been spiking to an all-time high now that they’re actually playable. With many players rushing to try them out in Modern and Commander, there’s certainly a lot of interest right now.

Outside of Modern, Tamiyo, Inquisitive Student does seem to be a powerful card in Commander. Not only is flipping them a lot easier but the defensive Tamiyo, Seasoned Scholar has more time to shine. Ideally, this will allow you to activate their ultimate ability more reliably, which basically guarantees you the win.

Ultimately, it remains to be seen how expensive Tamiyo, Inquisitive Student will end up being. While there’s a lot of interest in them right now, there’s no telling how long that will last. Ultimately we’re just going to have to wait and see what happens and who was right.

3 | Emrakul, the World Anew

Emrakul, the World Anew

Price: $38

From the moment they were spoiled during the First Look for Modern Horizons 3, Emrakul, the World Anew has been tremendously expensive. Considering this version of Emrakul can steal each opponent’s creatures, this isn’t a surprise at all. In the vast majority of formats, if you play Emrakul, the World Anew, you just win.

Considering this Emrakul costs 12 mana, you’d expect hope for an effect as potent as this one. To set themselves apart, Emrakul can be played for just six colorless mana if you discard this card. So long as you have enough colorless mana, this turns Emrakul into a surprisingly aggressive mid-game threat.

In theory, Tron decks in Modern could provide the colorless mana Emrakul, the World Anew needs. With a discard engine like The Underworld Cookbook and Tron Lands, you could get Emrakul on turn three. While this sounds amazing, Emrakul, the World Anew is best when stealing creatures.

Thankfully, even if you do eke out a turn three Emrakul, they at least have a potent protection ability to keep them safe. This may well give them legs within new Tron lists, however, that remains to be seen. Ultimately, even if they’re not a Modern powerhouse, Emrakul is bound to see play somewhere and be rather expensive as a result.

2 | Ugin’s Labyrinth

Ugin's Labyrinth

Price: $57

To put it bluntly, Ugin’s Labyrinth is an utterly fantastic MTG card and an insane addition to Modern. So long as you can pay the imprint cost, Ugin’s Labyrinth can tap for two colorless mana on turn one. Considering fast mana cards like Mox Opal are banned in Modern, Ugin’s Labyrinth appears to be bonkers.

Thankfully, while the potential of Ugin’s Labyrinth is insane, its Imprint cost is a major hurdle. Currently, no Modern deck runs an excess of seven mana colorless cards. While Tron and Affinity decks do run a handful of applicable cards, they hardly guarantee Ugin’s Labyrinth will hit.

Despite looking fairly unreliable in Modern today, Ugin’s Labyrinth can easily warp lists to facilitate its inclusion. Should this happen, this card may well become a Modern staple within multiple decks. Regardless of how it fares in Modern, Ugin’s Labyrinth will be Commander playable, but perhaps not as good as you think.

Thanks to the availability of high-cost colorless cards, especially in Eldrazi Typal decks, activating Ugin’s Labyrinth should be significantly easier, but you do need to build your deck with larger consideration to this card. Thanks to this, the price point of Ugin’s Labyrinth now seems remarkably fair. Depending on how big of a deal Affinity and Eldrazi decks are, this card may even get more expensive.

1 | Ulamog, the Defiler

Ulamog, the Defiler

Price: $58

Last but not least, at the very top of the value pile, we have Ulamog, the Defiler. Costing a staggering $58, this card is currently the most expensive card in all of Modern by quite some margin. For the sake of MTG players actually looking to use this card, we certainly hope this presale price doesn’t stick around.

Unfortunately for anyone looking to get Ulamog, the Defiler on the cheap, this card is likely going to stay expensive. This is thanks to this Ulamog simply being an absolute powerhouse that does it all. Offering a potent Mill effect, insane stats, Annihilator, and a devastating Ward cost, Ulamog, the Defiler is utterly brutal.

Even if you’re against an aggressive deck, Ulamog, the Defiler should drop, as a 10/10 with Annihilator 3, at least. While this potential stat line is a conservative estimate is enticing, obviously it does come at a major cost. Even with Tron lands and Ugin’s Labyrinth, you’re unlikely to cast Ulamog, the Defiler quick enough to beat most decks.

On top of the problem of Ulamog’s mana cost, it also doesn’t impact the board immediately. Due to this, this version of Ulamog may not usurp the current Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger. That being said, Ulamog, the Defiler is still bound to see an immense amount of play in Commander.

Right now, since we’re still in the presale period, it’s unclear where the price of Ulamog, the Defiler may end up. Given this card is bound to see extensive Commander play, it’s unlikely to be cheap anytime soon. That being said, its current price tag does seem rather excessive considering its potential.

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