Back in my Magic Origins Best Value Buys article on 8/1/2015, I wrote that this card is very similar to Sanguine Bond, a card that was once $10 before it was reprinted three times. Today, Sanguine Bond is a dollar rare, mostly thanks to Iconic Masters downgrading it to uncommon and even devaluing the once safe Magic 2010 foils. Tainted Remedy, however, does something a bit different than Sanguine Bond.
Whereas Sanguine Bond is an instant win combo with Exquisite Blood, Tainted Remedy instead gives you the ability to build a deck that lets you play cards that would ordinarily gain life to instead cause your opponent damage. Early on, I saw Tainted Remedy as a sideboard card to thwart decks that gain tons of life, especially in Modern, Legacy, etc. It also has a great synergy with Beacon of Immortality, as I pointed out in an All Time High article awhile back.
(Side note: Exquisite Blood has reached $17 on TCGPlayer, which is pretty nuts when you consider that back in 2012 this was a 0.50 card! But when you have a winning combo, and you’re not reprinted after being in Innistrad, that sort of thing can happen!)
As I predicted, Tainted Remedy did see some sideboard play, as seen in some U/R Prowess lists in Standard. It popped up in Modern a bit, too, as seen in this Abzan Midrange deck. But it wasn’t adopted to the degree that I thought it would be. Still, there’s been enough casual and Commander interest to keep this card on a steady rise over the past two years.
Foil copies of Tainted Remedy are only just under $2, which is very low. Honestly, all it takes is some lifegain deck to dominate the meta in Modern for people to turn to a card like this. Really, its best place is in Modern or as a tech card in Commander. Still, cards like this can still be $3 or more in the long run. It’s not getting cheaper, although a reprint could tank its value.
I don’t see Tainted Remedy being reprinted to death, however, as Sanguine Bond has. What it does is pretty unique and it can hose a lot of decks. It’s one of those stash-away sort of cards, and if I were looking to spend roughly $1 on an investment target today, Tainted Remedy would definitely be a card I’d consider, especially if I could pick up at least 2 or 3 copies.
While I don’t see a price ceiling of $15+ for this card, it’s not impossible for this to be worth at least $2.50 or more in the next few years. If there’s a great combo piece to go along with Beacon of Immortality printed in the future, this card could go out of control. At its current price, it’s not a bad gamble, as there is always an out for it.