by Kelly Reid
White gets the first “Buy” rating of the set, since mythics had none. It also gets a ton of EDH power, as well as the return of a core set staple in slightly modified form and a potential sleeper in a popular cycle.
A quick refresher on pricing: $1 cards are bulk rares (and get no rating), $2 cards have niche use or casual appeal, $5 have some tournament use or are popular casual cards. $10 is a very heavily used rare. Rares above $10 are not regular occurrences in sets containing mythic rares.
Angelic Arbiter kicks off White’s selection in M11. There’s no chance this sees competitive play, but it’s sure to be an agonizing card in EDH. Irrelevant.
Day of Judgment is back, and low usage combined with reprinting to lower its price to the $5 range. The card is widely available and in low demand, but could regain value. Hold.
Honor of the Pure is finally down to the $2 range where it belongs. Mono White isn’t close to tier 1 right now, thus the card is just a niche role player. Sell
Knight Exemplar is a very fun card that finally establishing Knights as a relevant creature type. The card’ll be popular, as all tribal cards seem to be, but will eventually settle as a $2 rare. Sell.
Leyline of Sanctity is one of Doug‘s favorite cards in the set, it would seem. It has far-reaching implications, even as far as to be an effective counter, on occasion, to Leyline of the Void in Legacy! Clearly, that won’t be it’s main role, but it shows you just how powerful starting the game with Shroud can be. Given its niche and potential power, $5 seems accurate. Hold, because heavy tier 1 use could raise the price and it has no real danger of declining.
Serra Ascendant is a card that Chapin discussed a bit in his most recent article, in an effort to raise the overall quality of set reviews. Serra Ascendant has a ton of potential, and can play quite a few reviews. Ignoring EDH, it seems that a defensive deck using Perimeter Captain, Wall of Omens, Soul Wardens, Lone Missionary,and other such efficient, powerful life-gain cards can easily protect a 1-drop 6/6 lifelinking flier. It isn’t far-fetched to consider the angel-in-training as a great control finisher? At $3 or so, it could be a bargain. Buy.
Silence is a utility man, a role-player, a narrow use card. These cards are meant to be $2, and they are. Sell.
Vengeful Archon is a really sadistic card, capable of punishing in big-deck formats. Tier 1 play is not in the discussion, so you’ll be able to find a foil copy in a generous dollar box. Sell.
Don’t forget to check the mythic review article here!
Kelly Reid has been playing Magic since Revised Edition, when his first purchase was a starter deck and a Scrye magazine. He threw away the magazine and kept the price guide. Years later, he founded Quiet Speculation, the first website dedicated to the financial side of Magic: The Gathering. Preferring to leave strategy to the professionals, Kelly writes about potential sleepers, undervalued cards, and trends as well as covering a wide breadth of theory articles.
Kelly’s work has been published across the Internet, including Star City Games,The Starkington Post, ManaNation, MTGO Academy and soon, Blackborder.com. He has appeared on the Top 8 Magic podcast, the Yo! MTG Taps podcast, and Evan Erwin’s Magic Show in addition to having his decks featured on MagicTheGathering.com. As editor and content manager of Doubling Season, Kelly will be covering a wide variety of topics. His main competitive format is Standard, and he prefers to leave the Eternal formats to Doug and Jonathan.