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8, May, 24

Two New Secret Lairs Boast Eight Potent Legend Reprints!

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Coming soon, the Secret Lair Spring Superdrop 2024 will go live, giving players the opportunity to get their hands on some unique cards with gorgeous art. A handful of different Secret Lair products have already been revealed. From an intriguing MTG Hatsune Miku Secret Lair crossover to a wanted poster-themed Secret Lair, the Spring Superdrop 2024 should have a lot of different choices for whatever tickles your fancy.

Today, we have yet another group of Secret Lair cards to share with you. In a recent Youtube video showcased by Good Time Society, two Secret Lairs each featuring four cards with similar art styles were revealed. Outlaw Anthology Vol. 1: Rebellious Renegades and Outlaw Anthology Vol. 2: Sinister Scoundrels are here, so let’s take a look at what each one has to offer.

Tezzeret, the Seeker

Tezzeret the Seeker
Via: Good Time Society

Our first card from the Rebellious Renegades Secret Lair is none other than Tezzeret, the Seeker. Boasting artwork that makes it look the card came straight out of a comic book, Tezzeret the Seeker is an awesome inclusion in Artifact-themed Commander decks. If you have a bunch of mana rocks already in play, Tezzeret’s +1 ability can provide a big boost of mana. Untapping Artifacts like Mana Vault and Grim Monolith for free is particularly nice.

Otherwise, you can go tutor up any Artifact with mana value four or less right away, making Tezzeret a great toolbox element. If your opponents aren’t careful, the ultimate can threaten a ton of damage in the late game, too.

Tezzeret first appeared in Shards of Alara, but has since been reprinted multiple times. Still, this Planeswalker sits at $18 in its cheapest form according to TCGPlayer market price. Considering that most non-foil Secret Lairs go on sale for $29.99, this is a good start.

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Griselbrand

Griselbrand
Via: Good Time Society

Next up, we have Griselbrand. For many years, Griselbrand was the primary haymaker to cheat into play in Legacy. Whether you were pairing Griselbrand with Show and Tell or using Reanimate to return Griselbrand to play after getting it into your graveyard, the opponent was in for a world of hurt once the powerful Demon hit the board.

Unfortunately, Atraxa, Grand Unifier and Archon of Cruelty have since challenged Griselbrand’s reign. After all, paying seven life to draw seven cards when Orcish Bowmasters runs rampant is a very risky proposition. Despite not being quite as dominant in Constructed as it used to be and being banned in Commander, Griselbrand manages to maintain an $8 price tag in its cheapest traditional form.

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Grenzo, Havoc Raiser

Grenzo, Havoc Raiser
Via: Good Time Society

Grenzo, Havoc Raiser is a neat Commander option if you like playing aggressive decks. The goal is to go wide and start smashing. If you can continue to connect in combat, Grenzo will keep generating tons of card advantage or Goading large opposing Creatures to keep your opponents on their heels.

Grenzo is certainly a sweet legend, but at this point, holds very little reprint value. It just appeared in one of the Outlaws of Thunder Junction Commander decks and saw its price drop to roughly 30 cents as a result.

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Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Via: Good Time Society

The last card in the Rebellious Renegades Secret Lair is Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker. Nicol Bolas is definitely a bit hard to cast, and its large mana cost has prevented it from seeing much Constructed play over the years. That doesn’t mean it isn’t an iconic card, however. Seeing MTG’s ultimate villain appear on a Planeswalker that breaks the game wide open once in play is super cool.

As far as reprint value is concerned, Nicol Bolas currently sits at just over $3 in its cheapest form. It’s no Tezzeret the Seeker but isn’t a bad option to see round out a solid Secret Lair, nonetheless.

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Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger

Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger
Via: Good Time Society

Moving onto the Sinister Scoundrels Secret Lair, we have Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger to start us off. Vorinclex is a pretty nasty ramp payoff in EDH. If your opponents can’t remove it immediately, they’ll be in for a rough time. Doubling your mana for future plays is already strong, but taxing your opponents’ mana at the same time makes this card a real threat. Sure, eight mana is a lot, but there are plenty of ways to turbo out Vorinclex in green.

Vorinclex has been reprinted multiple times, including in the Multiverse Legends bonus sheet associated with March of the Machine. As is the case with most bonus sheet cards, Vorinclex has dropped in price a fair bit and now sits at about $6.

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Karona, False God

Karona, False God
Via: Good Time Society

Karona, False God is next. This strange legend is a funny card to build a Commander deck around. Its ability to pump your Creatures makes it quite scary on your turn. The problem is that because Karona ends up getting passed around the table from player to player over the course of the game, you need ways make sure you don’t get repeatedly attacked. Fortunately, cards like Shiny Impetus ensure that Karona attacks other players besides you each turn, and in this case, you even get Treasures for your troubles.

Up to this point, Karona has only appeared in Scourge. It may only be worth roughly $3, but it’s nice to see this legend get new art treatment for the first time.

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Korvold, Fae-Cursed King

Korvold, Fae-Cursed King
Via: Good Time Society

Korvold is the ultimate sacrifice-theme payoff. In Commander, enabling Korvold is trivial. Whether you’re sacrificing Treasure tokens created by cards like Dockside Extortionist or sacrificing Creatures to Ashnod’s Altar, Korvold generates a huge amount of card advantage in the process. On top of that, Korvold grows rather quickly, so your opponents always have to be weary of Commander damage.

Korvold has seen play in Constructed as well, having paired nicely with Witch’s Oven and Cauldron Familiar back in Throne of Eldraine Standard. Other than its appearance on the list, Korvold has yet to be reprinted (though it will be appearing as a Year of the Dragon 2024 promo). It currently holds a price tag of $12.

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Memnarch

Memnarch
Via: Good Time Society

Finally, we have yet another legend in Memnarch. Memnarch is once again a bit on the expensive side but has the potential to singlehandedly swing the game in your favor. At minimum, you can spend seven mana to turn any of your opponents’ permanents into an Artifact and steal it. With the help of cards like Mycosynth Lattice and Training Grounds, though, you can start gaining control of a bunch of permanents every turn. Memnarch can even gain control of Lands, so just know you may make some enemies in your Commander pod if you’re not careful.

Memnarch sits at around $7. While it’s been reprinted a couple times, this is the first time Memnarch will feature different art.

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Financial Analysis

Karona, False God

Ultimately, both Secret Lairs offer decent value. Rebellious Renagades has a total non-foil reprint value of about $30, which is definitely solid. Sinister Scoundrels is not far behind at all, coming in at about $28.

Things get even more interesting when factoring in foils. See, Karona may only be worth $3 in non-foil. Given the low supply of Scourge foils, though, foil copies of Karona jump all the way to about $55. So, not only does Karona get new art, but for anyone who wants to pick up a foil copy to lead their Commander squad, you should be able to do so at a much more reasonable price.

The Secret Lair Spring Superdrop 2024 is set to go live May 13, which is only five days away. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for anymore Secret Lairs that get revealed before then. So far, these products look super sweet, and both Outlaw Anthology Volumes are no exceptions.

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