Let’s take a look at the fifteen cards, the current values of their original printings, and if they’re worthy of being in this set.
Shadows Over Innistrad Market Price (Nov. 17): $4 non-foil / $20 prerelease foil
Archangel Avacyn was a bomb in Standard for a while, and even though her price dipped as low as $4, this is only because of a massive sell-off due to her rotating from Standard. Her price won’t remain this low forever, but because her current demand is basically only EDH and casual play, it will take a while for her to regain her past value. Still, this is an awesome inclusion for this set as she’s a powerful card who fits into a lot of decks and this is now a very easy way to acquire her.
Ixalan Market Price (Nov. 17): $1 nonfoil / $5 prerelease foil
Being such a new card without an obvious home in Standard, Arguel’s Blood Fast is a dollar bin special as this set releases. But already finding homes in EDH, this Legendary Enchantment offers cheap card draw and the ability to transform into a land. This land, Temple of Aclazotz, is not only able to provide black mana, but also allows you to gain life by sacrificing creatures. This could find a competitive home later on, but even if it doesn’t its power level warrants its inclusion in the set.
Shadows Over Innistrad Market Price (Nov. 17): $3 nonfoil / $12 prerelease foil
Arlinn never really caught on in Standard, which is sad, because she’s actually a really cool planeswalker. With werewolves a real Commander deck now, thanks to Ulrich of the Krallenhorde, she sees a fair bit of play in that deck. However, despite transforming into a werewolf, she actually fits into a lot of Commander decks, as well as many decks at the kitchen table. Still, this is a very good card, and this set is only going to get better.
Bloodline Keeper / Lord of Lineage
Innistrad Market Price (Nov. 17): $15 nonfoil / $20 foil
Bloodline Keeper’s price has already taken a hit with this announcement from a $15 price tag to around $10 for lightly played copies. This Vampire barely sees Modern play, yet is one of the more expensive Vampires. That’s because Vampires are a super popular tribe, and this is one of the best Vampire creatures out there. The Keeper can make a ton of tokens, as can the Lord who also gives other Vampires +2/+2! The crazy thing is that this isn’t close to the most expensive card in the FTV Transform set.
Eldritch Moon Market Price (Nov. 17): $1 nonfoil / $6 prerelease foil
While Bruna, the Fading Light isn’t a “money” card, her combination with Gisela, the Broken Blade to form Brisela, Voice of Nightmares is a powerful one. In fact, Bruna is one of the more popular Angels out there. This is because beyond being a solid body with 5/7 flying and vigilance, she also brings a Human or Angel creature back to the battlefield when you cast her. She’s worth casting for seven mana and is a staple of many casual Angel decks and pops up in a ton of Commander decks due to her versatility.
Magic Origins Market Price (Nov. 17): $2.50 nonfoil / $6 prerelease foil
Chandra from Magic Origins flirted with top tables in Standard for a bit, but never really caught on. However, she’s a casual all-star and actually has become a nice little Commander herself. Chandra, Roaring Flame is actually a underrated planeswalker with a devastating emblem. She’s a great little inclusion here.
Delver of Secrets / Insectile Aberration
Innistrad Market Price (Nov. 17): $1.25 nonfoil / $8 foil
One of the all-time biggest design mistakes in Magic: the Gathering history, Delver of Secrets is just fragile enough before he transforms that he isn’t quite broken enough to ban due to his very efficient flip-side. The new artwork is solid and people will seek these out just to complete their playset of alternate artwork Delvers. This card would probably cause people to buy multiple copies of the set by itself, but there’s another card that’s far more valuable, and we’ll get to him in a little bit.
Dark Ascension Market Price (Nov. 17): $4 nonfoil, $12 foil
Elbrus, the Binding Blade is probably worth more than you thought! That’s because this is one of the most powerful equipment cards ever printed. Despite a hefty casting cost of seven mana, it’s cheap to equip and transforms into a 13/13 flying, trampling juggernaut with intimidate very easily. Not only that, but in multiplayer games, when a player loses the game, he gains thirteen +1/+1 counters. Geez.
Despite the raw power of this card, many players don't seem to like its inclusion. No, it's not a card that more competitive players want to see in a collection like this, but due to it being a casual hit, it belongs.
Innistrad Market Price (Nov. 17): $5 nonfoil, $18 foil
It’s sad what happened to Garruk. But this is a really good planeswalker card. Plus, he gets new artwork, which everyone, including myself, likes. While he was really good in Standard, he hasn’t really caught on in other competitive formats as much. He has seen occasional Modern and Legacy play, but not much. His main appeal is to Commander players and the kitchen table crowd. As a previously fairly expensive foil, this is a really nice inclusion. It seems like in the early going, he's probably one of the inclusions that players are most excited about.
Eldritch Moon Market Price (Nov. 17): $5 nonfoil / $15 prerelease foil
Despite never really breaking through in Standard, Gisela, the Broken Blade is a solid four-drop. She did work her way into a few decks in Standard, but having three toughness made her an easy target for efficient removal. But her pairing with Bruna, the Fading Light is why casual players eat her up. She’s still a fairly valuable card.
Dark Ascension Market Price (Nov. 17): $9 nonfoil / $37 foil
Here’s a great card with amazing new artwork! A Standard all-star, Huntmaster of the Fells is one of the best transform cards ever printed. The Huntmaster has also been in and out of Modern Jund decks for a long time. The artwork turns the Huntmaster into a she, and while I’m fine with this, there may be some controversy here. The crazy thing is, with $35+ foils, you’d think this was the most valuable card in this set. But it’s not.
Magic Origins Market Price (Nov. 17): $20 nonfoil / $47 foil / $40 prerelease foil
This inclusion either makes you very sad or very happy based on when you bought into one of the surprisingly best cards in Magic. Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy came out of seemingly nowhere to nearly become one of the first $100 cards in Standard for awhile. It’s not that he’s overpowered. His ability to card filter and then become a fairly good planeswalker for only two mana is what makes him good. His sheer efficiency made him a mainstay in a wide range of Standard decks. He’s so good that he still sees a fair bit of play in Modern, Legacy, and even Vintage! This is the guy who will sell the set.
Magic Origins Market Price (Nov. 17): $4 nonfoil / $8 prerelease foil
While obviously a huge step down in value from Jace, Kytheon flips into the only one-drop planeswalker there is. I don’t feel like Kytheon ever got the chance to be as good as he could’ve been in Standard. Still, he saw enough play to be a $15 card for a time. As a 2/2 that turns into a planeswalker, you’d think he’d see play beyond Standard. Alas, since Lightning Bolt exists in Modern, Legacy, etc. he’s an easy target. He’s basically relegated to kitchen table white-weenie decks and Commander now, but he’s good enough to be worth a few bucks.
Magic Origins Market Price (Nov. 17): $8 nonfoil / $21 foil / $18 prerelease foil
As the first of the “flip” walkers to be revealed initially, there was a lot of hype around this gal. Liliana has always been one of the most popular planeswalkers and this card actually turned out to be pretty good. She’s even seen some Modern play! Her playability in Commander was instantly obvious and she’s obviously a casual all-star, too. With foils not cheap, this is a nice quick way to get a foil copy.
Magic Origins Market Price (Nov. 17): $6 nonfoil / $16 foil / $13 prerelease foil
Who would’ve thought that a Borderland Ranger would be one of the best cards in Standard for awhile? That’s because Nissa, Sage Animist is really powerful. She could provide a lot of value and then end the game almost all by herself by giving you six 6/6 lands to beat down with. She’s also become a very powerful Commander, especially in the 1v1 Commander format on Magic Online. This is an awesome way to round out the set!
If we tally up the non-foil market prices of these 15 cards, we come up with a number between $80-85. Being foils, you’d think we should be looking at the foil numbers. But due to a different foiling process that has in the past led to bent and damaged cards, they aren’t ever worth nearly as much as set foils. I included the foil prices to give an idea of what it would cost right now to obtain foil copies of these cards for reference.
Since these are premium cards, the overall value of the cards in this set is north of $100. Currently, Amazon doesn’t yet list this set and neither does TCGPlayer as the spoilers just came out as of this writing. (I will add links later). This is a great set and if you manage to get a copy of this set for the actual MSRP of $34.95, you should most certainly do so. The Bloodline Keeper, Huntmaster of the Fells, and the Jace, Vryn’s Prodigy are already worth it.
While this set will put a damper on the price of some of the included cards, it’s likely this set will go very quickly. Copies of the competitive cards such as Delver, Huntmaster, and Jace will be going into competitive decks. Because Delver and Huntmaster have alternate artwork, their value will obviously be a bit higher.
(Update: eBay started with presales of FTV Transform starting at $95 on 11/7. So I pegged the market values correctly! However, as of 11/9, TCGPlayer now has FTV Transform preorders starting around $75. Already, the value of the set is starting to settle.)
What do you think of this set? Is it something you see yourself buying, even at a greatly inflated market price?