Modern Masters 3 (2017) has been fully spoiled for a couple days now and this set looks amazing. Without a doubt, this is the best Masters set WotC has produced. Top-notch rares and even some solid un-commons, make the EV of this set pretty dang good. Let’s look at the cards that are going to have the biggest impact.
Zendikar fetches – Since we got the Onslaught fetches in Khans of Tarkir, players have been clamoring for the Zendikar fetches to be reprinted. Every time a new set comes out, players hold their collective breaths hoping to see them spoiled. Now, finally, we are getting them.
The timing of the reprint is perfect as cards like Scalding Tarn and Verdant Catacomb continue to stay north of the $50 mark. Currently, the pre-order price of Scalding Tarn is $44.99 on starcitygames.com.
Goblin Guide – Aside from the fetch lands and Liliana, this is possibly the card players wanted to see most. Goblin Guide is the best one-drop goblin in the game. Played in aggro decks, some Jund decks, Jeskai aggro, and more Goblin Guide is a busy little goblin scout. Its price tag has been creeping up near the $40 mark for some time now so this reprint is appropriate. Currently, Goblin Guide is preselling for about $15.
Cavern of Souls – This land is simply amazing! Cavern of Souls made its presence known from the moment it was printed in Avacyn Restored. Tribal decks love it, Bant Eldrazi players love it, heck anyone trying to get a creature on the board without it being countered loves this card. Again, and I know I sound like a broken record, Cavern was above the $50 mark. This reprint helps to bring it down to a pre-order price of $34.99
Liliana of the Veil – Wizards took their time spoiling this beauty, that’s for sure. The reprinting of Liliana is absolutely needed. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I hate that my playset just got devalued but I figured it was coming. Before being spoiled, Liliana was priced at above $80.00. Closer to $100 to be truthful. Currently, the Innistrad version is $79.99. Pre-orders for the new MM3 version is $69.99. There is no doubt she is one of the chase rares in this set.
Damnation – Aside from a judge foil printing, Damnation has not been reprinted. Originally printed in Planar Chaos and carrying a price tag of more than $50, Damnation is a popular sideboard card for just about any Modern deck running black. A reprint of this card was in order. Damnation is currently pre-selling for $34.99.
Tarmogoyf – Yep, that’s right, the best Lhurgoyf in the game is back. Despite being printed three times, ‘goyf has continued to hover around the $140 mark. Clearly, this is a card that is widely sought after by players and simply deserves another reprint. Currently, the original printing of the card is selling at $139.99. The Modern Masters 1 is selling for 109.99, and the MM2 is at an all-time low of 109.99. Pre-orders for the newest version are a mind-blowing $99.99.
Snapcaster Mage – My favorite mage is back and with new art! When I first game back to Magic, Dark Ascension, this was one of the cards I hunted for. I quickly traded my way into a playset and held on to them. Now featuring new art, this favorite of Grixis and control players has seen a price tag over $50. Currently, the original printing is selling for around $39.99. Interestingly, the pre-order is the same.
Blood Moon – Finally dropping below $50, Modern players will be happy to grab this card. Blood Moon is mostly played in sideboards; however, mono-red decks love to run it in the main. Blood Moon has been printed in three sets prior to MM3 (The Dark, 8th edition and MM1) but it continues to carry a high price tag. Pre-orders for this land hosier is 29.99.
Understand, there are some great cards in this set. So much so, we couldn’t list them all here. So, here are the other cards getting much-needed reprints, Craterhoof Behemoth, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Griselbrand, Scavenging Ooze, Gifts Ungiven, Restoration Angel, Stoney Silence, Phantasmal Image, Pyromancer Ascension, Gifts Ungiven, Deaths Shadow, Voice of Resurgence, Entreat the Angels, Terminus, Bonfire of the Damned, and Blade Splicer.
As you can see this set looks incredible. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to drafting this set! What are the top rares in the set according to you? Let us know in the comments below.
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