Hidden Gems - Phyrexia: All Will Be $1.99 or Less
Welcome to Hidden Gems, the new series from your local mad prophet. I’ll be digging into Magic’s past to unearth cheap cards whose prices are prime for a spike. My focus will be on Commander, because that’s the format I know best.
As for who I am–I’ve been playing Magic for over 20 years. My professional background is in sketch comedy. I’ve published two Young Adult Fantasy novels. In high school, I traded a single mini-donut for a
Today, I’ll be making wild prophecies about the upcoming set, March of the Machine ("MOM"). Elesh Norn is your mom now and she’s a single mom who works too hard, loves her kids, and never stops trying to take over the multiverse.
Five Commander decks will be released with MOM. While little is known about them, it seems a safe bet that, in a set about Phyrexia versus everyone else, one or more of these decks will focus on the Phyrexians.
Back during the release of
Pick up this little removal engine and other old cards that gained the subtype from errata. Assuming they dodge a reprint, demand for them could shoot up.
This tricky little man loves Commander politics. Leave mana open to ward off attacks or disincentivize opponents from casting their best creatures. You can even pull some silly tricks with this (at instant speed) and don’t even have to give up the Infiltrator.
I’ll let Gatherer explain: [I]f you control this card and another creature, you can use this card’s ability and target the creature you control. You can then use this card’s ability again and target a creature your opponent controls. The second usage resolves first and you get your opponent’s creature in exchange for this one. The first usage then resolves and swaps your other creature for the Infiltrator so you get it back. The net effect is that you can swap any creature you have for any of theirs if you can pay this ability twice. Note that your opponent does get the chance to use the Infiltrator if they have the mana in between your two usages and can mess you up.
#3 Phyrexian Token Generators
If MOM features any cards that care about having a lot of Phyrexian creatures or Phyrexian creatures entering the battlefield, cards that can make multiple will gain more value. There are only a handful and most are pretty cheap - at least for now.
And if Wizards prints a commander to try and unify the Phyrexians of the game’s history, we can try and identify overarching themes. Paying life, sacrificing creatures, and poison counters all stand out. Cards that play into those strategies may see increased demand, but only time will tell.
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Adam started playing Magic on his 14th birthday, when Judgment just released and the game's first Gorgon was born (It's a girl!). Since then, he's delved deep into Commander, written for television and film, and learned how to drive. He's published two YA Fantasy novels, Rainbringer and The Broken Pantheon. His favorite card is Repay In Kind, which is really all you need to know.