She’s an iconic MTG character and a multi-format all-star. Naturally, this made her card rather expensive over the years. But not anymore! Now is the perfect time to pick up your copies of Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, while she’s available for her absolute lowest price ever.
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben was originally printed in Dark Ascension, back in 2012 as part of the original Innistrad block.
Before any reprintings, the original Thalia climbed to as high as $20.00. A reprinting in Masters 25 helped bring that price back down. But Thalia continued floating around $7.00-$8.00 still.
Why was she so expensive? Here’s why: “Non-creature spells cost 1 more to cast.” It’s such a simple line of text. Yet, it’s absurdly impactful. Taxing your opponent’s instant, sorcery, planeswalker, enchantment, and artifact spells is a massive tempo play that wreaks havoc on your opponent’s mana curve.
Why is Thalia’s Price So Low?
MTG Lead Designer, Mark Rosewater, likes to tease players about unreleased cards from upcoming sets. Before Innistrad: Crimson Vow was released, he mentioned that we’d be getting “a popular and powerful creature card from a [previous] Innistrad set”.
This was an enticing hint as Innistrad is a fan favorite plane with are so many iconic Magic cards. And Mark didn’t let us down. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, is back! And her most recent printing is just $2.00-$3.00 at the time of writing.
Is it Worth it to Buy Thalia Now?
Yes. 100 times yes. You should definitely pick up some Thalia’s while she’s just $2.00-$3.00. She’s simply used in so many decks going all the way back to eternal formats like Legacy.
The Guardian of Thraben has had an immediate impact on today’s Standard. She gave Mono-White Aggro decks a big boost, and she’s one of the best ways to counteract the format’s prominent spell-heavy decks like Izzet Turns.
In Modern, Thalia serves as a key role player in both Humans and Death & Taxes decks.
And in Legacy, Thalia is a crucial part of Death & Taxes decks as a way to combat all of the cheap and free spells in the format such as Daze and Force of Will.