Modern Masters 2: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Rares
Tons of people are speculating on Modern Masters 2015 which will be released next year in May, and they are even starting to take reservations for the Las Vegas tournament. I’m pretty sure that event will be over 5001 players and will be split into 2 Grand Prix. As for Japan’s Grand Prix in Chiba, I expect there to be a minimum of 3500 players for the event. Considering they are printing cards in Chinese, Japanese, and English this time, I expect all players from China, Australia, and of course those in Japan to converge on that site. Heck, it might even be possible to break 5001 players in Japan as well. If you’re thinking of going, you should probably start looking at hotels in the area during winter vacation. Being close to Disney Land/Disney Sea means that hotels might fill up a little faster than you think.
Today I’ll be covering rares that I think will be reprinted in MM2. I’m guessing there are going to be 60+ of them, but I’m only going to cover about 30 today. My guest writer came up with a few good points last time about possibly reprinting not only cards played in Modern, but also cards that could be play in EDH like Iona. I also like to think that the Planeswalker reprints could either way. They could all be mono colored like Tezzeret the Seeker and Elspeth Tirel, or they could be multicolor ones such as Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas or Ajani Vengeant. I’ve looked through a lot of cards for this article and I think you’ll agree with me on most of them. Let’s take a look.
My first pick for rares in MM2 is Auriok Champion. It sees plays in a lot of white/X sideboards such as Soul Sisters, GW Hatebears, etc. and with only one printing has maintained a rather high price tag over the last year or so. It’s extremely powerful against decks like Jund and Junk, and also gets around most UR decks’ removal.
I don’t really think you can have Modern Masters 2 without the namesake of a tier 1 Modern deck in it. This is pretty much a sure thing, which makes me also want to say that Phyrexian mana will be back in this set filling up the uncommon/common spots with cards like Gut Shot, Gitaxian Probe, and other cards that could use a reprint from NPH. This is also the reason I went with Linvala in my Mythic Rare picks instead of Iona. It might be possible to build a fun Birthing Pod themed deck in limited. And if that’s the case . . .
If they are reprinting Birthing Pod, then I would guess there will be some signature mana creatures in this set. Noble Hierarch definitely needs a reprint and will either be Rare or Mythic rarity, but you also need something like Birds of Paradise as well if you’re going to build a good Pod deck in limited. If it doesn’t get reprinted in a multicolor heavy deck like Return to Ravnica or the Khans of Tarkir block, then I’d expect it to be in MM2 then.
We could also possibly see Bitterblossom return in MM2. UB Faeries is still relegated to Tier 2 or lower status, but you can’t deny this card is powerful. Vendilion Clique could definitely get another reprint at Mythic and still hold its value, and the addition of Mistbind Clique could make for some interesting Faerie decks as well. However, I think MM2 will focus more on the token theme as was hinted in their announcement, where Bitterblossom would still fit in. I’d like to see it find its way into a tier 1 deck one of these days if possible.
Bloodghast is another card that I’d like to see reprinted in MM2, but I don’t think there are really any reasons to reprint it at the moment. If we are returning to Zendikar in 2015/2016, this could easily be put in that set. I don’t think we’ll see Landfall in MM2 either.
This is the perfect rare to put in MM2. Its a heavily played sideboard card against Affinity in many green decks, yet it isn’t too expensive. I’m sure we can’t expect all 60+ rares to be awesome bombs, but at the same time this card is very functional and works well in limited against an artifact heavy strategy. This seems like a good candidate. I also wouldn’t be surprised if this card were to be reprinted as an uncommon in the set.
Lots of people have been saying Damnation should get a reprint in this set, and I’m going to join them on the bandwagon. This card hasn’t shown up in any supplemental sets like Commander 2014 or any other duel deck, so I think it’s time they reprint it. The card is way too strong for standard, especially after the bad taste that mono black devotion left in our mouths during Theros block, so I think MM2 is going to have it in one of its rare spots.
Daybreak Coronet is another card that many people have been clamoring for, and another card that I agree should make an appearance in MM2. By reprinting this card, Wizards is opening up the Modern metagame even further. Sure its main beneficiary are Slippery Boggle decks, but I also expect other good Auras to appear in this set to supplement. Most likely they’ll be at the common and uncommon rarities. I would definitely love to see the Umbras make a return, and if Infect cards are coming back too, we’re going to see a lot of insane aggro decks in limited.
I discussed this possibly being a mythic rare, but it could just as easily be in the rares as well. This card has a lot of functionality and sees a lot of sideboard plays. There are a number of decks that use it and a reprint would be a great way to strengthen red and black sideboards of tier 2 decks. If the Man-lands such as Colonnade are reprinted, this would also be a great card to have in limited. With hybrid mana coming back in the next Khans set, it could just as easily be reprinted there, but I think we’ll be seeing it in MM2 instead. Great card that needs a reprint.
Gaddock Teeg is another card that could use a reprint. It sees a lot of sideboard play, especially in decks like GW hatebears or Zoo, and it would be well received by players I think. If you have an enchantment subtheme in Modern Masters 2, this guy would be absolutely great. You can stop Damnation and other nasty cards that cost 4 or greater. I think there is a good chance he’ll be back.
4 ofs in Burn, UR Delver, Zoo decks, sees play in Legacy as well . . . Goblin Guide shot up to over $30 not too long ago, and has only recently dropped in value. It’s still more than double the price it was a year ago. Wizards would be crazy not to reprint this card. Sure Monastery Swiftspear from Khans of Tarkir has taken some pressure off of it as the premier 1 drop attacker, but it would make a lot of players happy to be able to pick this up for $12-$15 instead of $20-$30.
If the Eldrazi are back, then there’s gotta be some kind of way to cheat them into play. If reanimator becomes a sub-theme of the set, then there is a good chance that Goryo’s Vengeance will be reprinted. Hopefully there will be other good legendary creatures to target at rare as well.
Hurkyl’s Recall is another card that is great in many a sideboard. Affinity is so widespread in the metagame that I think reprinting some hate against it will be happening. Creeping Corrosion is already on my list, and I’m sure a card like Shattering Spree will be on there as well. Lots of blue decks play this in the sideboards such as Merfolk, UWR Control, or even Twin, and if there is going to be an artifact theme in MM2, it would be nice to give each color something they can use to deal with them.
Great card to have in a limited environment with Birthing Pod, also great to have more of these in circulation now that players can use ALL of the Fetchlands in modern. It’s seen a slight increase in value, especially in Japan (where it’s about $3-4 in most places). Players wanting to put together Modern Death and Taxes and GW Hatebears could use these. My friend said it might be lowered to uncommon status, but I don’t know about that. I would think of something like Aven Mindcensor becoming a rare instead.
Leyline of Sanctity is in dire need of a reprint. It is a powerful sideboard card for white decks against burn and other decks that like to target you. It’s only been printed once which is probably the reason why it’s worth more than $20. Leyline of the Void on the other hand has been printed twice and its price reflects that. Leyline of the Void sees a lot less play, but would be a great way to shut down Eldrazi and other reanimator targets if that becomes a theme.
My guest writer S.B. Jackel said this will probably be a mythic rare in the set, but I’m not entirely convinced. Yes it’s a high value card, but that’s mostly because it’s only seen one printing. I don’t think it needs to be mythic, but rather a lower print rare. There’s a very good chance it will be reprinted.
The ladies love him (Soul Sisters), and the Birds of Paradise and other mana creatures are his best friend (in Birthing Pod deck), so what’s keeping him from being reprinted? His price has dropped recently, but I’ve seen him as high as $20 here in Japan.
Not all of the cards in the set have to be played in Modern. Rhys is a EDH favorite and his playability has pushed his value rather high. He would be a lot of fun in a token themed deck (which Wizards has said is making a return).
Scapeshift is another card that needs a reprint. The deck has put up some good numbers from time to time and being a 4 of in its own namesake deck means you’re going to need a lot more of these in circulation or the card is going to shoot through the roof when modern gets an influx of new players.
Serra Ascendant seems like another good match for Modern Masters 2. It works with Ranger of Eos, and more importantly it would make the Soul Sisters deck cheaper and allow newer players to buy into the format at a lower price.
I don’t think you can get away with printing up to Scars of Mirrodin block and NOT including Spellskite. Great sideboard card in a variety of decks.
Another card that created it’s own deck around it. Kiki Jiki was printed in the first modern masters, so it’s only natural that we get a reprint of Splinter Twin in MM2 to help out all those players who want to play UR Twin.
We won’t see phyrexian mana again for a long time, so the only way were going to get the Gitaxian Probes for UR Delver or Surgical Extractions for our modern and legacy sideboards are going to be a reprint in MM2. I just hope they use the promo art from the card above. Looks much cooler than the regular one!
Lots of other websites have said the possibility for a reprint of Threads of Disloyalty is looking pretty good, if only to bring the price under control. I agree with them.
Lands have become a big talking point in Modern Masters 2 already. There is wild speculation about what will be included and what won’t be. First off, we have the Filter lands from the Eventide block. Some people say that they would be great inclusions in the set, but at the same time that would take 10 spots from other more deserving rares. Therefore I agree with those that are saying they will be brought back in a future block. I’m not sure we’ll see Zendikar fetches in MM2, because it’s looking more and more like they’ll be in the Khans Block, possibly next summer.
The other possible cards we could get back in MM2 are Grove of the Burnwillows (GR Tron) or Horizon Canopy (GW Hatebears). I think those are more realistic, and it wouldn’t be bad to have River of Tears and Nimbus Maze in the mix. I’m still on the fence about these cards being reprinted in MM2, so I can’t really make a wager on them yet.
Celestial Colonnade sees a lot of play in UW based control decks as a 4 of, and there are always players that want to play control (especially in Japan). I think this is a strong candidate for a reprint, and they might just do a cycle of man lands like Creeping Tar Pit and Stirring Wirewood. They help out in decks like UB Faeries and GW Hatebears and wouldn’t be totally pointless to reprint. The only way they wouldn’t be in MM2 would be if they are getting reprinted in the return to Zendikar block in the future.
Artifacts are going to be a thing, Affinity is big in the Modern metagame . . . there are a lot of factors that point towards Inkmoth Nexus being included in the next set. Heck, Blinkmoth Nexus was in the first one, so it would be a shame not to include this one.
There are a few cards that are right there on the edge that I think have a chance of making it into the set next year, but probably don’t need a reprint. For starters, Melira, Sylvok Outcast could be a possibility if infect is a theme. Mirran Crusader might be a good card to reprint and would be pretty tough to get rid of, Living End might be fun to play with, and Orzhov Pontiff also seems like it would be a good reprint alongside of Birthing Pod. If Mirran Crusader is going to make a comeback, you’ll have to bring back his opposite Phyrexian Crusader as well. Phyrexian Metamorph is another card that could make a comeback, as it fits in both Birthing Pod and artifact strategies that are possible themes in MM2.
While UR Storm isn’t that much of a deck anymore (I think UWR Jeskai Ascendancy unseated it as the go to combo deck), reprinting Pyromancer Ascension is also not a bad idea. The only reason I don’t see it being reprinted is because storm was a theme during the last set with Grapeshot. I also like the chances of a possible Steel Overseer reprint for affinity decks to play with. If you’re going to print a lot of artifact creatures or a Tezzeret, then Steel Overseer would be a good addition to that limited pool.
Going back to my prediction of having a reanimator theme in this set, I think it’s also possible to guess that a card like Through the Breach could just as easily be reprinted instead of Goryo’s Vengeance.
But Wait, there’s more!
We’ve only scratched the surface of the possible offerings Modern Masters 2015 could have. I only talked about 35 or so possible rares, but that still leaves roughly 50% more to go through. I’m sure there will be some EDH and casual cards with high price tags in there like Primalcrux or Regal Force, and also some other less played but nonetheless powerful cards from the blocks concerned. I’ve talked about the most obvious ones at this point, but as more of the themes and other tidbits of information leak out, we’ll be able to speculate a little bit more on the set. However, I’d like to say that this is a good start.