While the flip walker Liliana has appeared in some top Standard decks and a few decently performing variants on Modern Collected Company, her best format so far has been Commander. She has the raw ability to be a good card, less so as a creature and more as a planeswalker.
Being an iconic Magic character, Liliana cards are always going to be worth more than their playability would suggest. Still, getting a non-token creature you control to die is extremely easy. Getting a 2/2 Zombie and a useful planeswalker seems worth that. The problem is that Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is very similar to this Liliana as a creature, except better.
As a planeswalker, her discard ability is best suited for a Zombie deck or a deck that feeds off the graveyard. We've seen this be true with black green Cryptolith Rites decks in Standard. The reanimating ability is useful and the emblem is awesome. From a pure card advantage standpoint, she's good. But in competitive play, she's a role player, not a build around me card.
Still, being a decent Liliana card, she really has nowhere to go but up in the long run.
This has long been one of my personal favorite cards in the set. As a mythic rare angel, you can't expect this to be $3-5 forever. She's had some time in the limelight in Mono-White Humans as a nuisance on both offense and defense. Where she has been a true all star is in Commander where having three white mana symbols in her casting cost is less of a restriction.
I would not be surprised if this becomes a four of some day in Modern. While I'm not sure Devotion ever returns as a mechanic, having a white card that cares about counting mana symbols that makes a competitive impact in the future isn't impossible. The Archangel doesn't have a home in the current Modern environment, but you never know what could happen.
In any case, Archangel of Tithes is so good in Commander that this should be a $10 or more card within the next few years. How fast or slow that growth occurs is hard to say, but it should happen.
The Abbot has really fallen out of favor, which is strange considering there's also Stormchaser Mage and Monastery Swiftspear as Prowess companions. Bedlam Reveler is pretty good, too. How did this fall to $2?
Simply put, Prowess hasn't been putting up the results in Modern lately. Since prowess is now an evergreen mechanic, meaning you could see it in any set, I'm still pretty high on this card. The built in card advantage on Abbot is always going to be good. This is sort of a risky pick, especially with a reprint or getting outclassed at some point. But getting these at rock bottom seems like the right call. One top 8 Prowess deck could make this spike overnight. You just never know.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen! These are now available for 10 to 12 bucks a playset. That's close to preorder prices on a card a lot of the experts missed on at first. This card turned into an absolute pest in not only standard, but modern, Legacy, and even Vintage. Creatures that replace themselves are usually good. But the walker could replace itself with several pesky little fliers.
When the walker was first released, blue red artifacts was a real deck. While it continues to be a good card in other formats, it no longer had a home in standard after Ensoul Artifact and Ornithopter left Standard along with Magic 2015. Everyone who still needed copies for modern and other formats already had them. So slowly but surely, the price has plummeted from crazy highs of 20 bucks or more.
Why bother picking this up then? This creature originated in Kaladesh, the very plane that Standard is visiting next. Of course, it could mean Hangarback Walker gets reprinted right? It's possible. But as this is going to be an artifact themed set, it's more likely that Modern Affinity will get something new to play with. And even if the walker does get reprinted, having Magic Origins copies won't hurt you one bit.
Basically, this card is too useful to be this cheap and people will want these 4 at a time. It would be very hard to lose money here, especially in trade.
And besides Jace, the number one card we recommend from Magic Origins is…
Really, if you have played against this after your opponent dropped a Hardened Scales enchantment on turn one, you'll know why it's good. Every spell that's cast makes this better. Even in Modern, this is a pain to deal with. Lightning Bolt is sometimes too late to deal with it, and even Dismember barely kills it.
The best thing about Managorger Hydra is that it has trample. It just runs everything over. It's an absolute nightmare when paired with Avatar of the Resolute, making a one two punch that slower Modern decks can't deal with. Unfortunately, Hardened scales decks lack the gas necessary to consistently win in modem. That is, for now.
Managorger Hydra is such a popular casual card already that it should never be a bulk rare. This card is just so cheap currently that it's hard not to like. Buylists always want it because it's a card with so much raw power that just needs a deck it can win with long term.
This is a card that's been 3 dollars before, and could get high as 5 if it ends up in a competitive deck. Like Abbot of Keral Keep, you could triple or quadruple your money if you hold these long enough. Of course these could be reprinted and become bulk too. It's a risk probably worth taking.
There are many other cards in Magic Origins that should have long term value. Sphinx's Tutelage is no joke and has stolen some big Standard tournaments. It hasn't quite broken into Modern, but it could easily be a 5 dollar uncommon before you know it.
Hallowed Moonlight is good stuff. Infinite Obliteration has been good in Standard. Pia and Kiran Nalaar has done some work in modern in the past. Lots of mythic rares in this set have potential. It's a better set than some people think. I could go on forever how much of this set, including some uncommons and even commons are going to be above bulk for years to come.
One last note about this set. We didn't mention the pain lands like Battlefield Forge, Caves of Koilos, Llanowar Wastes, Shivan Reef and Yavimaya Coast. There's good reason for this. They've been reprinted a lot already, and likely could be again. That being said, they are never bad pickups, especially if colorless matters cards are printed on a regular basis. They should be, especially with Kaladesh on the way. So when these hit their floor after rotation, stock up on them for modern.
Do you agree with our picks, plus Jace of course, or feel we missed something? Let us know what cards you're targeting at rotation.
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