Ob Nixilis, Unshackled is leading the way right now at #45 on the Top 100 Single Cards list, with a price of about $2. Considering that you can easily get copies for a dollar right now else where, this probably isn’t the best place to pick him up right now. However, as popular as he is in Commander, this could be a $5 card within the next couple of years. Punishing tutors and getting big quickly off of creatures dying is very welcome to have in any Black Commander deck. He’s probably going to be the best long term sleeper in Magic 2015.
Garruk, Apex Predator isn’t far behind at #52 with a $9 price tag. The 7 mana black/green Planeswalker does see Standard play in Abzan Midrange decks, but he can be had for as little as $7 (free shipping) if you look around. As a card in Commander, though, all 4 of his abilities can be quite relevant. He hasn’t quite reached his low yet, and I’d wait until he hits $6 or even $5 before buying him. Major buylists don’t pay less than $4 on average, so he has a high floor. Long-term he’s probably a 10 dollar bill.
Bearer of the Heavens sits at #58 and I’m not quite sure why. His effect is definitely cool and can be a blowout in Commander. There must be quite a few kitchen table Magic players in love with this card. It’s selling for $1.15 on Amazon right now, when you can easily get 5 copies for that price (shipping included) from TCG Player. I highly doubt this guy is ever any more than a bulk rare, but he’s one of those cards with a crazy effect that could become $2 some day. Better off picking these out of the bulk bin at your local game store or picking up those 5 copies to stash away somewhere to trade away some day for a buck a piece.
Managorger Hydra is at #69 and at $3 he’s right at his fair market price. The Hydra should be expected to see much more widespread Standard play come rotation, and could easily be a $5 card. This guy gets big fast and has trample, so he’s definitely going to have his time in the most widely played competitive format. If you’re looking to fill up your playset, now is as good of a time as any, really.
Liliana Vess can often be found on this list, and here she is again at #72. At $8, that’s pretty much a fair market price, although copies of her M15 printing can be found for $5. Still, you can’t go terribly wrong picking up one of the most popular casual planeswalkers out there, and the original Liliana sees tons of Commander play. You’re not losing much by buying her on Amazon.
Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen is at #73, and her $1.80 price tag isn’t much above her TCG Player mid of $1.50. Reach on a 3 / 4 is pretty good in Standard right now, blocking annoying Thopter tokens even pumped up to 3 power. She’s not the best Elf lord out there, but the pump is good and the lifegain is non-negligable. You can probably find her at a dollar elsewhere, but this is a fine buy, as she’ll probably be at least a $3 card if Green/Black Elves solidify as a somewhat competitive deck in Standard.
In Garruk’s Wake is a one-sided boardwipe that also deals with planeswalkers, but at 9 mana, it doesn’t see any Constructed play. At roughly $1 shipped, this is an okay deal if you need it for your casual or Commander deck, but I’d be focusing on the Launch Party foil if you’re buying this card at all. At #78, vendors are actually selling the regular set version very quickly, but long term that foil is probably more desirable. Commander demand alone should bring this to at least a $2 card eventually, as mono-Black keeps getting better and better.
That’s it for now. We’ll be back when Battle for Zendikar pre-orders flood the scene!