Today, I take a look at a rare from Ixalan, Angrath’s Marauders, which is a more riskier proposition. I’ll explain why these types of “boom or bust” rares can be either huge hits or major misses.
In my preparation for today’s article, I was going to research two of the major tribes of the Ixalan set, Pirates and Dinosaurs, to see what I could dig up for recommendations for my new sub-series, MTG One Dollar at a Time. In the process, I uncovered a potential gem, Angrath’s Marauders.
Why should you be interested in a bulk rare? It has a market price of $0.16 for crying out loud! This is when appearances can be deceiving. Whenever I see a card that looks interesting, I take a look at who is actually selling it.
As I’m typing this, I can get 4 copies for $0.40, but then I'll have to find another few dollars of other cards I want from that particular seller in order to actually purchase it. This means that it’s actually sort of a difficult card to get from TCGPlayer. On eBay, you can get a full playset (four copies) for $1.60 and free shipping! So why is there such a crazy disparity in pricing?
This happens sometimes with certain bulk rares that aren’t really meant to be bulk rares. On eBay, you can get an idea of what cards people are actually buying, and this is a card that sells regularly. But why? On this card’s face, you see that 5RR casting cost and think, why the heck do people want this so much? The answer lies in what this creature does when they’re face-up on the battlefield.
“If a source you control would deal damage to a permanent or player, it deals double that damage to that permanent or player instead.”
That sounds pretty good. It’s essentially Dictate of the Twin Gods or Furnace of Rath on a 4/4 body! But wait… there’s more! Both of those enchantments read “If a source would deal damage...” but this creature says “If a source you control would deal damage…” This is much more powerful, as it's one-sided.
While this ability has existed on a few cards over Magic's history, most of the time it’s only for a turn. There’s also Gisela, Blade of Goldnight who has this as an ability, as well. The Marauders are like a “mini” Gisela. But, because Angrath’s Marauders is Red, this creature can fit into a wider variety of decks.
While this is a risky card to invest in, as cards like Dictate of the Twin Gods aren’t worth much, there is a chance that Angrath’s Marauders find their way into a lot of EDH decks over time. Would I risk $1 on a single copy? Probably not. Would I risk $1.50 on four copies - roughly $0.33 each? There’s a possibility that I would.
While Angrath’s Marauders may not be the card I’d drop money on this second, it is a great example of a potential “boom or bust” type of card to invest in. It could take some time, but the market for this card is already so volatile that it’s hard not to see it being worth $2 - $3 down the road, especially in foil. If anything, I’d probably buy the foil for $1.50 or less, especially if I planned on using it in a Commander deck in the foreseeable future.
What do you think of Angrath’s Marauders? Is it a card you’d consider picking up as a long-term investment, or even just to play with?
Are there other “boom or bust” type of cards from recent sets that you’d like to take a stab at and see if they pan out? Let us know in the comments!