2024 is just kicking off, and a ton of incredible reprints graced the MTG community in the previous year. The Ur-Dragon, for example, is now comparatively cheap, available for only $20! This would have been a pipe dream a year ago.
A lot of different valuable cards got reprints over the year, making them much more accessible to a majority of MTG players. Capture of Jingzhou, for example, was an incredibly unreasonable purchase for many just a year ago, but is now not too expensive for the few who may want it.
That said, there are still some incredibly expensive cards that could use a reprint. These reprints wouldn’t plummet the cards to zero, nor should they, but it would make them accessible to a lot more MTG players that may want to use them.
Here’s a list of MTG cards that desperately need a reprint this year!
Wait… didn’t this card just get reprinted? We hate to say it, but Mana Crypt needs another reprint. Most importantly, it needs a better one.
If you’re a Commander player looking to spend a lot of money on one card, Mana Crypt is bar none the most important staple you can buy. This is one of the best cards in the entire format, and will have the heaviest impact on the power level of your Commander decks. Sol Ring is the only other card that competes for this slot, but that card does not have an accessibility problem.
Mana Crypt had a reprint in Magic’s most recent Standard set, but that reprint didn’t lower the price of the card at all. In fact, as of the last three months, Mana Crypt is actually getting even more expensive. This is thanks to the recent Mana Crypt reprint being a part of the Special Guests lineup. These cards are exclusively available in The List slot, making them absurdly difficult to obtain.
Because the reprint is so rare, despite it being in Magic’s most recent tentpole set, the reprint failed to impact secondary market prices much. Mana Crypt needs a reprint that’s a bit more accessible, but even with that reprint, the card should remain incredibly valuable on the secondary market.
Sheoldred, the Apocalypse
Despite being printed in a core set just a year ago, Sheoldred, the Apocalypse’s secondary market price is insane. Seeing play in top tier strategies in Standard, Pioneer and occasional play in Modern, Legacy, Commander and Vintage, finding a copy of Sheoldred for less than $70 is a difficult challenge. The card’s most expensive variants approach $150!
Sheoldred is so expensive that it is single-handedly responsible for raising the barrier to entry to some MTG formats. Players that need a playset of these cards should expect to fork up $280 at the absolute least. At the moment, I would be incredibly hesitant to recommend this card to a Commander player that wasn’t directly trying to synergize with it, as the money is likely better spent elsewhere.
Either way, Sheoldred is in desperate need of a reprint, and thanks to the massive amount of demand for the card, a reprint is unlikely to tank the card’s secondary market price too much.
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Edgar Markov is, bar none, the Commander card that needs a reprint the most. Edgar was already worth a ton of money, but the card has been spiking in price immensely as of late.
The recent reprint of The Ur-Dragon acts as a great case study for how a reprint of Edgar Markov may act, as they were both incredibly expensive cards that were originally printed in Commander 2017. The Ur-Dragon dropped by $80, worth $20 now, which is both affordable and significant. Edgar Markov is currently worth around $100-150 per copy, but a reprint could make this card a lot more affordable. Not only that, but this reprint could seriously help sell an MTG set, benefitting everyone involved.
I am looking forward to the day that Edgar Markov is no longer a card worth $50 or more, if that day ever comes.
To be clear, this nomination includes the original Triomes from Ikoria and the second wave of Triomes from Streets of New Capenna. Even though these cards don’t have the word ‘Triome’ in their names, they are a part of this list.
Much like Sheoldred, the Apocalypse, Triomes are driving up the barrier to entry to multiple different formats. Standard Domain strategies are certainly the most extreme example of this, but Triomes being reprinted would positively impact multiple MTG formats including Commander.
Any three-colored Commander deck would want access to at least one of the Triomes, and four-colored decks would likely want access to even more. Because these three-colored lands are Fetchable with Fetch Lands, they can impact your manabase far more than other individual lands can. Modern also wants these Triomes thanks to Fetch Lands, and Pioneer as well as Standard wants playsets of these cards.
Unfortuantely, because these Triomes are so desirable, prices for each of them range from $8 to $30 depending on the variant. Throw in that some formats require you to have a playset of these, and prices can start adding up quickly. Magic players could benefit from a reprint of these more than they know.
Mindbreak Trap is a card rarely seen outside of extremely powerful formats like cEDH, Legacy and Vintage, but it nonetheless is in dire need of a reprint. Despite the niche interest in the card, Mindbreak Trap is absurdly expensive, worth about $60 for a nonfoil version and over $250 for a foil one!
This card’s price comes from the fact that Mindbreak Trap only has one printing, and that printing was from a set released in 2009. Because the card has not been printed since, Mindbreak Trap has become incredibly scarce. Even though there isn’t a ton of demand for Mindbreak Trap, that demand far outweighs its supply. Even a free counterspell with a strict requirement is a desirable one.
Reprinting Mindbreak Trap should give players a card that they’re excited to open, while also making Mindbreak Trap a lot more accessible. I wouldn’t be surprised if the card went down by $40 or more with a single reprint. As long as the reprint is not incredibly rare, like a Judge Foil printing, even a small reprint could do a lot for Mindbreak Trap’s accessibility.