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Top Five MTG Most Expensive Eldrazi Cards

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One of the cool things about MTG is the sheer magnitude of different Creature types available for players to build decks around. Many players enjoy crafting synergistic decks that focus on one specific Creature type. From Elf Commander decks led by Ezuri, Renegade Leader to Humans decks in various Constructed formats maximizing the power of Thalia’s Lieutenant, Creatures of all shapes and sizes have their appeals.

With Modern Horizons 3 releasing soon, we thought it would be nice to go over one of MTG’s most exciting Creature types: Eldrazi. Eldrazi are known for having some of the biggest, scariest Creatures in the whole Magic universe. As it turns out, many of the most massive monsters are also quite expensive. Today, we’re going to highlight the most expensive Eldrazi out there.

Of note, we will not be including Eldrazi spoilers from Modern Horizons 3 in our rankings yet. Preorder prices are simply too inflated at the moment, but we will make sure to update our rankings close to the set’s release. With that out of the way, here are the top five MTG most expensive Eldrazi cards.

#5 | Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

Price: $20

Kicking things off, we have a massive haymaker in the form of Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger. This iteration of Ulamog debuted in Battle for Zendikar and quickly became a staple in Modern Tron decks. Obviously, 10 mana is a lot for a card in Modern. However, thanks to the Tron Lands like Urza’s Tower, casting Ulamog as early as turn four is not out of the question.

Much like some older enormous Eldrazi Creatures that we will see later on this list, Ulamog threatens to end the game very quickly after you play it. Ulamog’s realistic mana cost coupled with its interactive cast trigger made it the go-to top-end spell for Tron.

Beyond Modern, the card is still a great inclusion in Eldrazi-themed Commander decks. It currently sits at about $20 in its cheapest form, according to TCGPlayer market price.

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#4 | Void Winnower

Void Winnower

Price: $30

Next, we have a rather amusing Eldrazi with a potentially devastating effect on the game. Void Winnower, which ensures that your opponents “can’t even,” greatly reduces the range of plays available to them. In Commander, landing Void Winnower means that your opponent likely can’t attack you for too much damage until it’s removed. This is especially true considering that general Creature tokens have a mana cost of zero.

Sometimes, Void Winnower will pop up in other formats as a unique card to cheat into play. Decks like Rakdos Transmogrify in Pioneer, for instance, can use Void Winnower out of the sideboard in specific matchups. Decks like Rakdos midrange have few ways to remove Void Winnower, since two-mana removal like Go for the Throat doesn’t work.

Void Winnower has only been printed in Battle for Zendikar and in a Secret Lair. As such, its price is rather high, currently sitting at roughly $30 in its cheapest form.

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#3 | Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

Price: $35

Coming in at number three, we have the original Ulamog from Rise of the Eldrazi. Ulamog comes equipped with all the usual Eldrazi Titan mechanics. It has a solid cast trigger, is tough to remove once in play, has Annihilator, and shuffles itself and your entire graveyard back into your library when it hits the graveyard.

Unfortunately, in Constructed, Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre is in a rather weak spot. It’s generally worse than Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger in big mana decks. While it does have Annihilator, most decks that utilize Goryo’s Vengeance or Sneak Attack as ways to enable immediate attacks choose Emrakul, the Aeons Torn as the premier threat option.

Still, Ulamog is a solid Commander card. Despite numerous reprints, even the cheapest version of this powerful mythic rare has a price tag of $35.

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#2 | Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

Kozilek, Butcher of Truth

Price: $40

Just off the top spot, Kozilek Butcher of Truth commands a pretty serious amount of money to purchase. Kozilek, much like Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre, is a premier threat complete with Annihilator, a brutal cast trigger, and the usual graveyard-shuffling ability.

In Commander, Kozilek provides a nice flow of card advantage, something that colorless decks don’t typically get a lot of. Outside of Commander, Kozilek will sometimes show up in Modern Tron sideboards. Notably, the graveyard-shuffling ability associated with the original Kozilek, Ulamog, and Emrakul can make Dimir Mill decks have to jump through hoops to beat you. Kozilek typically is the choice inclusion over Ulamog or Emrakul since it’s the easiest to cast when applicable.

Once again, Kozilek has been reprinted many times, but that hasn’t prevented it from having a hefty price tag. Right now, Kozilek sits at $40 in its cheapest form.

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#1 | Emrakul, the Promised End

Emrakul, the Promised End

Price: $44

Last but not least, we have Emrakul, the Promised End. This variant of Emrakul appeared in Eldritch Moon and wreaked havoc on that Standard format. While it has a high mana cost of 13, it’s not too difficult to reduce this cost significantly. In Standard Delirium shells, players would often cast Emrakul for seven or even six mana!

From there, gaining control of the opponent’s next turn often puts the nail in the coffin. You can send the opponent’s Creatures to their deaths in combat, cast the opponent’s spells in ways to mess with their board, and simply clean them out of resources needed to remove Emrakul itself. Sure, the opponent gets another turn afterwards to themselves, but this is often too little, too late.

Emrakul was rightfully banned in Standard in short order. The card has shown up in Modern before as a way to break open multi-color Omnath, Locus of Creation mirrors, but is primarily a Commander card nowadays. Yet to have a reprint outside of a Secret Lair, traditional Eldritch Moon versions of Emrakul boast a whopping $44 price tag. This makes Emrakul the most expensive MTG Eldrazi out there at the moment.

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