I wrote a piece last week about how Narset Transcendent was a very disappointing planeswalker. Currently Narset is in a nosedive towards its price floor. A lot of sellers are still posting her in the $25-$30 range, but don’t let that fool you. More and more copies are showing up on TCGPlayer for just over $20.
Sarkhan Unbroken is similarly tanking in value, however, his price is worth paying attention to. Gerry T highlighted a sweet Temur brew over on SCG this week that features a full four Sarkhans! While I don’t think that this deck will immediately take Standard by storm, seeing four copies of Sarkhan in a deck allowed me to finally see him for what he is…
When you don’t care about keeping him around, Sarkhan is literally just a Broodmate Dragon that takes a turn of setup, but also costs one fewer mana. That card once crushed Standard, and recently Wingmate Roc saw a lot of play due to its similarity to the once mighty dragon. Wingmate Roc has seen a steep decline in Standard playability, with both Stormbreath Dragon punishing the birds from the other side of the table as well as Abzan decks having a myriad of other options to explore.
Don’t be surprised when curving Rattleclaw Mystic into Savage Knuckleblade (or Thunderbreak Regent) into Sarkhan Unbroken becomes a major player post-rotation. I fully expect getting in at Sarkhan’s floor to be lucrative in the same way that Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and Xenagos, the Reveler were.