My latest article, Selling Sealed - Holiday Gift Edition, is now live on TCGplayer Infinite! This week's article covers all of the Holiday Gift Boxes, Packs, and Bundles since 2012. Did you know Wizards of the Coast released on Holiday Gift Box in the spring for Shadows Over Innistrad? If you want to see why the Throne of Eldraine Holiday Bundle is valued at $65 or have an interest in MTG finance, give it a read.
In the Magic: The Gathering card game, a reprint policy protects cards featured on a Reserved List from being printed again. Iconic cards like Tropical Island, Grim Monolith, and Time Vault are on the Reserved List.
Last year, a renewed interest in Reserved List cards caused prices to skyrocket. Players and investors began purchasing Reserved List cards driving prices to new highs. As a result, prices have climbed to a point where the average player cannot afford or would be unwilling to pay hundreds of dollars for one card.
However, a handful of Reserved List cards have seen alternative options printed over time. Some of these alternative card choices are almost identical to their Reserved List counterpart. One example of this is Fork and Reverberate.
In my latest article, Three Reserved List Cards with Affordable Alternatives, I highlight three Reserved List cards and their alternative options. Players can purchase some functional reprints for a fraction of the price of their Reserved List equivalent. This article is of particular interest to players looking to include Reserved List cards in decks but turned away from high prices.
My latest article, Budget Kaldheim Cards for Commander, is live on TCGplayer Infinite. In the article, I highlight four Kaldheim rares that cost less than the price of a booster pack. These cards have the potential to shine in EDH. Also, I believe some of these cards may see play in Standard post-rotation in October 2020.
Among the four rares mentioned, my favorite budget rare is Birgi, God of Storytelling. This card is fantastic in red EDH decks; especially, mono-red. There are many infinite combos (I outlined one in the article), along with strong synergies with popular red commanders. The incremental mana is nice. Also, the backside of the card, Harnfel, Horn of Bounty, is very powerful. This card is even better than the popular Outpost Siege in the right decks. Once you have played both sides of Birgi, you will understand how strong this card really is in EDH. Finally, I believe Birgi could see Standard play post-October rotation.
The next card I really like is Realmwalker. WOTC has pushed Elves in recent sets between Kaldheim and Commander Legends. This card is an easy include in the new Elves Precon deck. It is similar to Vizier of the Menagerie but has more upside in the right decks. Players love tribal EDH decks, and Realmwalker plays well with multiple tribes. I particularly like the card with Elves, Hydras, Bears, and even Scarecrows. Also, this card could see Standard play in the future. It has a powerful effect and plays well on the curve. The 2/3 body can block early attackers while offering a sudo-card advantage.
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