14, Dec, 21

You'll Dread it if this Famous MTG Necromancer Gets More Expensive

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All versions of Tourach, Dread Cantor, are rising in price! The card has gained much popularity in Modern, and because of this, there’s a chance it will continue with its upward market momentum.

Tourach, Dread Cantor

Tourach came out not too long ago in the set Modern Horizons 2. Modern Horizons sets are designed to introduce cards directly into the Modern format. These can be exclusive cards, old cards that were not previously legal in Modern, or in the case of Tourach, new spins on old cards, many of which would otherwise be overpowered in the context of Modern.

Upon its release, Dread Cantor seemed like it would be the closest thing we’d get to Hymn to Tourach in Modern. But a four mana version of Hymn is obviously nerfed and many players deemed the creature version of the card as lackluster.

That’s why Tourach, Dread Cantor was less than $2.00 when it first came out. But today, the regular art Tourach is about $5.00+ and trending upwards. Just check out the price history in the graph below.

Price history of Tourach, Dread Cantor, (traditional frame) supplied by TCGPlayer

The retro and alternate art versions of Tourach have both had similar spikes. The retro-framed version jumped from $4.00 to about $10.00! And the alternate art increased from $2.00 to $6.00-$7.00.

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Why did Tourach, Dread Cantor, Rise in Price?

Tourach, Dread Cantor, is a key piece in two extremely successful Modern decks: Red-Black Midrange (sometimes referred to as Rakdos Rock), and Grixis Death’s Shadow.

Rakdos Rock in particular has put up strong results in recent tournaments, including a 1st place finish at Channel Fireball’s Las Vegas Magic Fest. In addition, the popular YouTuber, Aspiring Spike, is a big advocate of this deck. Here’s his decklist:

Reasons to Play Tourach

Tourach is well positioned in the current Modern metagame for two reasons:

  1. The card works particularly well with Lurris of the Dream Den. Despite the companion’s deckbuilding restriction, limiting you to playing cards with mana value two or less, Tourach meets this requirement while also serving as a powerful four-mana creature.
  2. “Protection from white” should not be taken lightly, as it matches up well against many of Modern’s prominent spells like Solitude and Prismatic Ending.

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Will Tourach’s New Price Hold?

Tourach has likely found a new price threshold. The card has proven its worth in the Modern format. And if more Lurris decks continue to adopt the Dread Cantor, even as just a sideboard tech, there’s a possibility that it could rise further in price.

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