With the release of Modern Masters 2017 on the horizon, there is much speculation about what should be in the set. With card prices rising, and a slim chance of many of these cards being reprinted in a legal Standard set, Modern Masters may be our only hope to help the affordability of the game we all love.
Before we get started, here are some parameters a card must meet to be on this list;
- First, it must be Modern legal and see at least some competitive play.
- Second, it must be a card that has not been printed in a recent set including Masterpieces (expeditions are allowed due to their age), even though that kind of printing doesn’t affect its price very much, WotC most likely doesn’t want to compete with a new selling point for their currently available products.
- Finally, although not required to be on this list, there will be special attention to cards from Innistrad and Return to Ravnica, as they were specifically stated to be represented in this set by WotC.
And with that out of the way let’s get right into the list with:
Number 8: Blood Moon
Blood Moon has the ability to shut down decks completely, if it is not planned for and dealt with accordingly. This powerful enchantment transforms all non-basic lands into Mountains, yep plain old Mountains. This is a huge setback to land-based decks like Tron and many multicolored decks due to the fact that it disables their fetchlands and turns their shocks into Mountains. Even though this card currently has five printings, that hasn’t stopped its price from climbing to heights unaffordable for many.
Number 7: Cavern of Souls
This land from Avacyn Restored is perfect for any tribal strategy, especially one that plays multiple colors. Not only does it give you the colors you need to cast your tribe’s creatures, it also makes them uncounterable. You could even use this in a pinch to make any creature uncounterable in a variety of non tribal decks. Unfortunately, Cavern of Souls has currently only been printed once, in Avacyn Restored, causing the cost of playing many tribal decks like Elves, Merfolk, Slivers, and many more to slowly rise over time.
Number 6: Snapcaster Mage
While currently less expensive than Cavern of Souls, Snapcaster Mage sees significantly more play in both Modern and Legacy alike. This card is great in any blue deck trying to squeeze some extra use out of their instants or sorceries, to get a counterspell in a pinch or a surprise kill spell for your opponent’s threats. Unfortunately, this creature has only had a few printings, one in the original Innistrad and the other as a Pro Tour promo.
Number 5: Damnation
This timeshifted version of the classic white card Wrath of God, has only received one Standard printing ever, in Planar Chaos, causing players everywhere to ask for a reprint in almost every set it could be in. After upsetting many by not including it in From the Vault: Annihilation it could be a missed opportunity from WotC not include it here.
Number 4: Noble Hierarch
The most expensive mana dork in the game comes in at number 4 on our list. While you may be able to get by playing Birds of Paradise in some decks, many strategies like infect really need that extra push Noble Hierarch’s exalted provides.
Number 3: Fetchlands
While technically they were reprinted recently as Zendikar expeditions, Fetchlands are an important part of any format they are available in, and are a necessity for most multicolor decks to even function. If you look at any multicolored deck in Modern or Legacy chances are it is running some quantity of fetchlands for both, the mana fixing and deck thinning they provide. Unfortunately, the Zendikar fetchlands have not had a regular printing since their original run, which has made the cost of building multicolored decks skyrocket.
Number 2: Tarmogoyf
Second on our list, (due to its price alone) just barely being beaten by our number one spot is Tarmogoyf. Even with printings in both of the previous Modern Masters sets, Tarmogoyf currently has a $100 price tag and without further reprints, this price is going to keep climbing as it sees play in popular decks such as Jund and Zoo.
Before we get to the number one card for Modern Masters 2017 let’s look at some other notable cards.
- Voice of Resurgence: Probably the only reason we are returning to Return to Ravnica
- Deathrite Shaman, Abrupt Decay, Supreme Verdict, and Shocklands: All great cards, but their price is too low to be on this list
- Mox Opal, Engineered Explosives, Chalice of the Void: All cards in need of a reprint, but they are unlikely to get one due to their printing as Kaladesh Masterpieces
- Goblin Guide, Dark Confidant, Karn Liberated: All cards that cost way more than they should, but just didn’t make the cut
Number 1: Liliana of the Veil
While not currently priced as high as Tarmogoyf, Liliana of the Veil is a spectacular card, seeing play in both Modern and Legacy alike. This planeswalker is a powerhouse in midrange and control decks, with its ability to disrupt your opponent’s hand and deal with their creatures through her edict effect. Additionally Liliana cannot easily be reprinted in a Standard legal set due to lore issues and its power level. If it doesn’t get a reprint in a set that is specifically for Modern Innistrad reprints, then where else will it?
What do you think of this list? Do you agree? Disagree? We would love to hear your opinion, so feel free to leave you own list in the comments below.