Here are 7 cards to watch out for in foil that players may be looking to unload below retail value.
This common is really, really good. It’s been very playable in Standard, and it also is in Modern. Most famously, it’s been a staple in some very powerful Pauper decks with Kiln Fiend on Magic Online. Foils are already a few dollars and since you need multiple copies in any deck you build, it’s only going to have room to grow. Like with some Khans of Tarkir cards, it has a keyword on it, Ferocious, that makes it difficult to reprint in a Standard-legal set. In fact, it’s Ferocious that makes this card so deadly. This is pretty safe for awhile.
Out of all the Siege cards, Outpost Siege has been the most Standard playable. In Commander, it hasn’t really become a main player. However, there are a lot of decks that use it for card advantage. Also, there is the second mode that some people forget about, the part where if a creature you control leaves the battlefield, you deal 1 damage to a target creature or player. Note that the creature doesn’t even have to die. In some popular Commander decks, this can outright kill multiple players all by itself. This is why foils are worth something.
Some Zoo decks in Modern have been using it for the card advantage, and Combo Elves are interested in that second mode. There could be a popular combo deck one day in Modern that Outpost Siege is the lynch-pin for. It’s only 4 mana, so it’s definitely possible. In any case, it probably won’t be reprinted, so you can’t go wrong with this card.
Unlike Outpost Siege, Monastery Siege is definitely Modern playable. Some Merfolk decks have toyed with it, as well as some other decks. It’s played in a lot of Sphinx’s Tutelage decks, which are still Standard playable until October 2016. Usually, it’s played for the draw a card, discard a card ability. But one of the more interesting applications is in some builds of Infect, and in this case, for the second ability. Being able to make your opponent’s spells that target you or a permanent you control cost 2 more to cast can buy you an extra turn. As it is, it’s mostly a sideboard card. But as you want multiples available to you, foil copies will often be bought at least 2 or 3 at a time. There’s definitely upside here. Like Outpost Siege, the reprint risk is low, and foils of sideboard cards in Modern can reach some silly prices.
Very popular in Commander, Merciless Executioner is a functional reprint of Fleshbag Marauder. The symmetrical sacrifice ability can be cheated around in many Commander decks Also, the decks that want it run both cards, so foils of this will only get rarer. It could be reprinted in some future product, but probably not in foil. Believe it or not, being an Orc Warrior makes it not fit into the flavor of many sets.
Already a nice casual hit, Black Commander decks really want Archfiend of Depravity. This guy proved too slow for competitive Constructed play, but some people still tried it. The Archfiend absolutely wrecks go wide strategies. Any deck that benefits from sacrifices can use it to some extent. In Commander, it's best with Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest who benefits from any permanent being sacrificed. But really, it’s good in any deck.
Forcing your opponent to only keep two of their best creatures may not always be all that relevant in a format like Standard, and 5 mana is a bit much to squeeze this into Modern. But it’s a solid card, and Commander players over time will realize just how underrated this is, and snap up the really cheap foils. Being a 5/4 flyer is also a nice little feature of this guy, and he’s a Demon, which makes tribal players happy. Always liked this guy in non-foil, so foils are just going to be even better long-term investments.
This is one of those board-wipes that mostly benefits Dragon decks. It’s done a lot of damage during its time in Standard as what can often be a one-sided boardwipe. Commander players don’t mind running this even if they don’t play a dedicated Dragon deck. But Dragon decks are popular, and plenty of them play Black. This won’t spike in price overnight most likely, but Standard players will be happy to part with them, especially foils, for cash or new ammo.
Perhaps the most popular Legendary Dragon in the set, not only has Kolaghan been Standard playable, but she’s quite a good Commander. Pretty much any Dragon deck in Commander wants her, too. Also, while many casual players don’t really care about foiling out decks like some competitive and many Commander players do, this seems to always sell well in foil. A lot of that is likely the many Dragon card collectors out there who really want the foils. Because this Dragon is actually good, too, there’s a lot of long-term upside here.
Note: Atarka, World Render is another Dragon to look at in Foil, although she doesn't seem to be bought at the same rate as she is red & green, not red & black. Her foil price has been trending higher, but the buy lists offer higher for Kolaghan. She is a pretty sweet Commander, though, and she fits into a lot of decks.
Any other Fate Reforged or Khans of Tarkir foil cards you think we should look at? Let us know.