Chord of Calling sees considerable Modern play, and as such, is probably not going to fall all that much at Standard rotation. It does also see considerable Commander play - in over 2000 decks according to EDHREC. There’s always going to be plenty of demand for this card, and as it’s a reprint, it’s the less expensive version. At $8 it’s a good pickup as it’s not going to stop seeing play. Future value I’d say is $12, but could go up as more players demand playsets, so this is a pretty strong buy.
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth has shown up in over 5000 of a possible 31000 decks on EDHREC, so it’s pretty clearly a staple in the Commander format. It’s also occasionally seen in Modern. It may fall a bit from its current $8-10 price tag, but should rebound to $15 again eventually. Wait until after rotation for a bit if you need your copies.
Now onto the good stuff. From here on out we’re breaking things down into planeswalkers, Legendary Creatures, regular creatures, instants/sorceries, and artifacts/enchantments. It’s going to be a long series, so grab your favorite snacks and drinks and enjoy the ride!
All stats from EDHREC.com
Current price: $9-10
Post-rotation price: $6-7
Future value: $10-15 / $40-50 foils
Standard: Lots of R/G Devotion and some Abzan play. Has petered out as Khans block as continued.
Eternal playability: Not relevant in Modern, Legacy, or Vintage
In the 99: Seen in about 500 decks. Staple in Nissa, Vastwood Seer and Titania, Protector of Argoth. Key contributor in Omnath, Locus of Mana, Freyalise, Llanowar’s Fury, Kamahl, Fist of Krosa, and many others.
Nissa, Worldwaker is an excellent planeswalker for any mono green deck. She makes your lands into 4/4 Elemental creatures with trample, untaps up to four of your Forests every turn, and can empty your deck of lands and turn them all into 4/4 Elementals with trample. This set of abilities is super awesome. It’s sort of what Anthoussa, Setessan Hero from Theros wanted to do, but Nissa does it far, far better.
As a 5-mana planeswalker that’s been pretty much pushed out of Standard, she probably won’t plummet much as spikes clear out their binders simply because most of them are probably sold by now. She may fall to as low as $6, but she’ll probably rebound to $10 over time, and perhaps even $15 (especially if all planeswalkers become legal as commanders in the future).
Nissa has the black SDCC foil printing that’s currently running about $80-90. But most people will just be looking to the regular foil, which is currently $25. I’d wait and see if it drops a bit, but as a mythic planeswalker that sees considerable EDH play, I’d be in on those as they could appreciate quite a bit.
Current price: $8
Post-rotation price: $5-7 / $20 foils
Future value: $8-10 / $25-30 foils
Standard: Saw lots of hype, had some Abzan/Sultai Control play. Only fringe play as rotation nears.
Eternal playability: Not relevant in Modern, Legacy Vintage
In the 99: Seen in about 350 decks. Honorable mention in Pharika, God of Affliction, Tasigur, the Golden Fang, Skullbriar, the Walking Grave, Sliver Hivelord, Sliver Queen, and Jarad Golgari Lich Lord, among others.
While the 7-mana Garruk has actually had some moments in Standard, he’s just a bit too costly for competitive play. He does a lot of things, though, and they’re all good things. As such, he fits into a wide array of Commander decks, especially in Golgari colors. It’s a bit interesting to see so many Sliver lists include him, but it’s probably because that emblem is so mean and nasty. I mean, come on, give +5/+5 and trample to any creature that attacks target opponent? That is just super horrible.
The casual demand for this Garruk should keep him from completely tanking. $5 seems a reasonable floor. I also don’t see him getting much past $10 unless he becomes a staple in some very popular deck. Foils are already at a decent multiplier at $20 and as he’s not going to be as much a staple as Nissa, Worldwaker, his foil price could take awhile to increase past $25.
Current price: $7 / $12 foils
Post-rotation price: $7 / $12 foils
Future value: $8-10 / $15-20 foils
Standard: Fringe play in Control decks
Eternal playability: Not relevant in Modern, Legacy, Vintage
In the 99: Seen 2900+ times in 14500+ possible decks. Staple in pretty much every mono-black Commander deck ever.
I shouldn’t have to say much about the original Liliana. She already has 5 printings, including an alternate art Duel Deck printing (a 6th if you count the Duel Deck Anthology version as well). Still, her cheapest version is $7, and it’s the one from Magic 2015. If you want Liliana Vess for your Commander deck, this is the version to get. $7 probably is her floor and if you can find her cheaper, by all means pick her up. The worst that will happen is that she stays around $8. These are the cheapest set foils, too. One of the best holds in Magic the Gathering.
Current price: $6-7 / $13 foils
Post-rotation price: $5-6 / $12 foils
Future value: $8-10 / $15-20 foils
Standard: G/W Hardened Scales is best fit at present
Eternal playability: Not relevant in Legacy or Vintage, Borderline for Modern
In the 99: Seen in 500+ decks. Key contributor in Daghatar the Adamant, Dragonlord Ojutai, Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Nahiri the Lithomancer, and Jazal Goldmane. Honorable mention in Angus Mackenzie, Narset, Enlightened Master, Anafenza, the Foremost, Sliver Hivelord, and Odric, Master Tactician, among others.
Having only one printing, I like Ajani Steadfast’s chances of falling to about $5-6 at rotation, then slowly rebounding over the next couple of years to be a $8-10 walker. His abilities would seem to fit into a good number of mono-white decks. The fact that he can pump all your creatures with a +1/+1 counter and increase your planeswalker loyalties by 1 at the same time is a really unique ability, and he can potentially do that at least twice before having to be sacrificed. That’s a really solid deal for 3W.
Like Garruk, Apex Predator there should be enough long term casual demand to keep this guy’s price from tanking, but he is open to so many more decks. He’s a really great choice for any Super Friends strategy, as well as those crazy about +1/+1 counters.
Current price: $3-4 / $12-15 foils
Post-rotation price: $2-3 / $10-15 foils
Future value: $5-7 / $15-20 foils
Standard: Mono Red, Black/Red Dragons, Mardu Dragons, R/W Aggro.
Eternal playability: Not relevant in Legacy or Vintage, Playable in Modern Jund
In the 99: Seen in 460+ decks. Staple in Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh. Key contributor in Jaya Ballard, Task Mage and Zurgo Bellstriker. Honorable mention in Heartless Hidetsugu, Ashling the Pilgrim, Narset, Enlightened Master, Purphoros, God of the Forge, Keranos, God of Storms, among others.
Poor Chandra, Pyromaster. She’s probably the best Chandra that Standard has ever seen, and probably the third best that Commander has ever seen (behind Roaring Flame and Chandra Ablaze). She’s even playable in Modern, although she’s far from being a staple. Her 0 ability is really good for decks that want to play hard and fast. There are quite a few of those in Commander, but she’s not really going to last long. Her ultimate is nice, and some Keranos and Melek lists include her, but she’s far from being an auto-include.
What really kills Pyromaster is having three core set printings. She may never be much more than $5 barring a crazy spike from a Top Modern deck that plays multiple copies of her. You can probably have her for $2 after rotation, as she still sees enough play that copies will be entering circulation rather quickly.
Current price: $2.50 / $8 foils
Post-rotation price: $2 / $6-8 foils
Future value: $3-5 / $10-15 foils
Standard: Fringe Sultai Control
Eternal playability: Not relevant in Modern, Legacy or Vintage
In the 99: Seen in 200+ decks. Key contributor in Stitcher Geralf. Honorable mention in Sidisi, Brood Tyrant. Also seen in Narset, Enlightened Master, The Mimeoplasm, Damia, Sage of Stone, Brago, King Eternal, and Oloro, Ageless Ascetic.
Poor, poor Jace the Living Guildpact. Heck, this guy pre-ordered for only $15 as a JACE PLANESWALKER, and that price only held for about a week. He was $10 at release, then barely saw any play. The only reason Jace, Architect of Thought got so cheap was because of a Duel Deck printing and even then I’m not sure why he’s only two dollars, come to think of it.
So this may be the worst Jace. Yet, his ultimate is a better version of Timetwister. That's a power 9 card by the way - which believe it or not is legal in Commander should you happen to have a $500 lying around. This version is actually better than the $500 2U sorcery - as only you draw the 7 cards; your opponents are left to top deck. His card filtering ability seems good for delve but running him in Standard never seemed optimal. It seems he was designed to fill a certain niche that Wizards thought he'd fill in standard. Turns out fetches and Sidisi were enough for Delve to be overpowered anyway. The -3 bounce a non-land seemed fine, but it wasn’t enough to save this 4-mana planeswalker from the bulk bin. He's not a horrible planeswalker, really. There was just no place for him in the metagame.
Honestly, the Commander environment hasn’t welcomed the Living Guildpact with open arms, either. Only Stitcher Geralf and Sidisi, Brood Tyrant seem to want to have much to do with him, with a variety of other Commanders who are looking for some consistent card filtering jamming him in a bit awkwardly. None of these decks really want to Timetwister, unless the board position is such that it’s actually advantageous. He’s sort of a planeswalker without a home.
All that being said, this Jace could see more play than he does. I’m surprised to not see more Tasigur lists running him, or Sidisi, Brood Tyrant for that matter. It feels like more blue/black Zombie decks should want him, too. THat’s why I think this single-printing planeswalker may hit $5 one day with foils creeping towards $10. Worst case, he sits where he is. Unfortunately, if Architect of Thought sees about 5 times the play and still has a $2-3 price tag, that doesn’t speak well for this guy. The single printing could help his cause, but this isn’t where I’d put my money unless you have a real need for him.
Ajani Steadfast: B
Chandra Pyromaster: C
Jace, the Living Guildpact: C-
Liliana Vess: A
Nissa, Worldwaker: A-
This is a pretty good set as far as planeswalkers are concerned with Liliana Vess already being a staple in the Commander format. Ajani and Nissa should find enough homes to remain decently priced and continue to be relevant. Chandra Pyromaster will probably be more at home in Modern than Commander, so her financial future isn’t great. Lastly, the Jace has some nice things it can do, but it doesn’t fit into a lot of things. He’s probably slightly underrated as a walker, but he’s easily one of the weaker ones out there.
Next up: the six Legendary Creatures of Magic 2015.