MTG set releases are not like they used to be. Back in the day, players only had one type of booster product to look forward to. Nowadays, as the player base for Magic has grown immensely, Wizards of the Coast releases multiple different booster treatments with each set. These are most commonly referred to as Draft Boosters, meant for Limited players, Set Boosters, meant for players who want to crack packs, and Collector Boosters, for collectors who like their foils… and have some extra money to burn.
One of the aspects of the Set Booster experience that makes them more enjoyable to crack than Draft Boosters (which are better for playing Limited with) is The List. This involves a set of cards that can appear in your Set Boosters (at a rather infrequent rate). It may not seem like it, but The List can have a huge impact on the financial value on a Set Booster box. Looking back at Streets of New Capenna is a great example of this.
For players who prefer opening Set Booster packs, there’s a lot to be excited about. Before we look at the biggest reprints on the Wilds of Eldraine List, let’s quickly take a look at the new In-Universe cards that you can find on it. One of them still has a $50 value!
In-Universe Walking Dead
It took years to make this a reality, but MTG players finally have In-Universe variants to the mechanically unique Walking Dead cards that released way back in 2020. Considering Rick, Steadfast Leader still retails for $50+ thanks to not having a ton of supply and genuinely being a playable card, this was a direly needed reprint.
You can find Rick as Greymond, Avacyn’s Stalwart on The List. Listed below are the names of the other new Walking Dead In-Universe variants and what the Walking Dead iterations of the cards are currently going for. Do note that these In-Universe reprints tend to decimate secondary market values of the cards since a lot more copies of them tend to hit the marketplace.Daryl, Hunter of Walkers/Hansk, Slayer Zealot $2.50 Glenn, the Voice of Calm/Gregor, Shrewd Magistrate $4.80 Michonne, Ruthless Survivor/Enkira, Hostile Scavenger $1 Negan, the Cold-Blooded/Malik, Grim Manipulator $7.80 Lucille/Gisa’s Favorite Shovel $8
Your chances of opening one of these cards, should a List card appear in your Set Booster, is at 5%.
Best Wilds of Eldraine List Additions
There are a lot of big changes coming on The List for Wilds of Eldraine, with massive haymakers being added and taken off of The List. Ultimately, the changes do seem like a positive one.
Counterbalance is a cEDH staple that also sees consistent Legacy play. Able to counter any spell your opponents play that share a mana value equal to the top card of your library, Counterbalance can have a devastating impact on any game of Magic, especially when players can change the top card of their libraries. This card can quickly become aggravating alongside the likes of Brainstorm and Sensei’s Divining Top. Currently, Counterbalance averages around $17 for its cheaper variants.
The Meathook Massacre
Anyone who has played their fair share of MTG Arena should be familiar with what this card does. Meathook Massacre, now banned in Standard, is a devastating board wipe that doubles as an Aristocrat payoff. In any decks that want to kill off their own creatures, The Meathook Massacre drains you opponents’ life quickly, ending the game in short order.
The Meathook Massacre, since its Standard banning, predominately sees play in Commander. It can occasionally see play in other places, but it’s really just a Commander staple for the time-being. This card also doesn’t have a lot of printings at the moment, so scarcity could have an impact on this card’s price tag. You can find cheaper variants of this card for between $30-40 at the moment. This is a great reprint to have on the newest iteration of The List.
EmbercleaveThe Great Henge‘s red counterpart from Throne of Eldraine is coming back on the Wilds of Eldraine list! This card had a massive impact on the Standard format when it was legal, and still sees some play as a brutal finisher in Pioneer and Commander. This card has seen one reprint in the Heads, I Win! Tails, You Lose! Commander deck, but this doesn’t impact the card’s supply too much.
You can expect to find this card for around $7 at the time of writing.
Between Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth and Wilds of Eldraine, there’s been a lot of focus on the Food Token mechanic. Academy Manufactor, as a result, has seen an increase in interest thanks to Commander and Modern.
As long as you can create a decent amount of tokens that Academy Manufactor cares about, the card gets out of hand obscenely quick. Its not uncommon for Manufactor to create so many tokens that you’ll physically have trouble keeping track of them. If you want to try this card out in competitive formats, take a look at this deck we covered.
Thanks to renewed interest, Academy Manufactor is now going for about $7.50, but prices vary heavily.
Cavalier of Thorns
Cavalier of Thorns is, first and foremost, a massive part of one of the best decks in Pioneer, Explorer and Historic: Nykthos Ramp. The deck is currently considered the best in all of Pioneer, and is a common source of complaint from the MTG community.
Cavalier of Thorns is a good card in Commander as well. Able to potentially find a land, mill cards into your graveyard and put one back on top of your deck upon death, Cavalier of Thorns can do a lot.
Thanks largely to Pioneer, you can find this card for around $13.50 at the moment. Notably, Cavalier of Thorns is another card affected by a lack of reprints.
We’re not really sure why this card is suddenly appearing on The List now, but Eldrazi Conscription is one of the more powerful Auras that MTG players have access to. This can turn any creature into an absolute monster in Commander, which is quite devastating when used alongside Commander damage.
You can currently find this card for about $12.
Greensleeves, Maro-Sorcerer from Dominaria United’s Lost Legends line is surprisingly expensive. The card is quite capable in Commander Landfall decks, providing a massive body and an army-in-a-can that creates adorable 3/3 Badgers! The protection won’t be relevant at your Commander table all the time but, considering that one of the newest Commander decks is focused on Planeswalkers, Greensleeves is probably even better now than average.
Greensleeves currently demands a price of about $30!
If the new Rat synergies from Wilds of Eldraine have you feeling down, a Rat hoser is available on The List for this set. Hungry Lynx specifically has protection from Rats because it gives your opponents Rat tokens. Since the death of said Rat Tokens can buff your entire board of Cats, however, Hungry Lynx is a common inclusion in Cat Commander decks.
Hungry Lynx is currently worth about $8, but varies in price widely from $5 to $10.
Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes
One of the best Planeswalkers in the Legacy and Commander formats, Minsc & Boo, Timeless Heroes is capable of doing just about everything. Whether its creating a massive token, recurring said token, or drawing cards, Minsc & Boo is very difficult to deal with.
Thanks to its Legacy popularity and Commander play, Minsc & Boo is currently retailing for about $10.
Pemmin’s Aura has only seen one printing in its lifetime, and is a part of a handful of infinite combos in the Commander format. Anything that can tap for blue mana and something else generates infinite mana when enchanted with this spell. Pemmin’s Aura can also give your enchanted creature Shroud, making it quite difficult to deal with.
Pemmin’s Aura is currently worth about $7.
Cards Leaving The List
There are a ton of fantastic cards joining The List in Wilds of Eldraine. We didn’t even cover some of the $5 options like Questing Beast, so while this is the best stuff coming on The List, there are some smaller goodies being added too like Cauldron Familiar.
Unfortunately, since so much good stuff is coming to The List, it makes sense that other strong reprints are being taken away. Sadly, there are some very expensive reprints now being taken off The List.
Sword of Feast and Famine
Sword of Feast and Famine has been the most expensive List card for quite some time. The card’s List reprinting has definitely affected its secondary market price for the better. Back in early 2022, Sword of Feast and Famine was going for $70 apiece. Now, the card is only going for about $29. This is a fantastic demonstration of what List reprints are capable of.
Sword of Feast and Famine remains a fantastic value option for Commander decks thanks to its ability to untap your lands whenever you deal combat damage with a creature equipped with it. The Sword is much more accessible than it used to be. While I’m happy about the price drop, it’s still sad to see Sword of Feast and Famine go.
Another candidate for the most expensive card of the current list, Mycosynth Lattice is, as has been written many times, rather infamous thanks to its interaction with Karn, the Great Creator. Able to completely lock down an opponent’s resources, this card is now banned in Modern, and is quite popular alongside Karn in Legacy. Of course, Mycosynth Lattice is also pretty fun in artifact decks in Commander.
Here is another brilliant demonstration of what List reprints are capable of. Mycosynth Lattice’s List copy was worth $38 on average when the printing was announced. Nowadays you can find them for $12. Considering the price drop seen for the Lattice, its departure from The List is fine at this point.
Sword of War and Peace
Sword of War and Peace is considered one of the worst of the Sword cycle. Regardless, it is still a Sword, so it has a decent secondary market value. Once valued at $12, the card has lost half its price tag thanks to this List reprint.
Out of nowhere, Blightsteel Colossus saw multiple reprints thanks to The List and to the Transformers Secret Lair. Before these reprints, Blightsteel Colossus’s price tag exceeded $50, and for good reason. This is one of the scariest creatures one can run into in the Commander format thanks to its Indestructibility and ability to remove a player from the game after dealing combat damage once. The card also sees some play in older formats thanks to it being a decent Tinker target.
Two reprints were needed to half the price of this Colossus, bringing it down to about $25. Honestly, at that price point, Blightsteel Colossus could have stuck around on The List for a bit.
Archaeomancer’s Map is the last notable card leaving The List that hasn’t had its price nuked to oblivion thanks to The List’s reprint. This is one of the better ramp spells available in white for Commander players who do not have access to green. On entry, the Map immediately finds two lands which can be cheated into play whenever an opponent plays a land; provided that they have more lands than you do. Since there’s a lot of ramp in the Commander format, its not uncommon for this to be the case. Honestly, this only needs to trigger a few times to be worth it.
Unlike the other cards being removed from The List, Archaeomancer’s Map’s secondary market value wasn’t affected much by this reprint. The card has come down a little bit over the last year from $11 to $7, but the price of this card has been rather erratic in general.
This summarizes the biggest changes to The List thanks to Wilds of Eldraine, but does not cover what the best cards you can open from the Wilds of Eldraine List are. This article definitely contains a few within, but if you want to know what your best hits are on the Wilds of Eldraine’s entire List contents (not just the changes), we’ll have that update out shortly.
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