The release of the Magic: The Gathering C19 set is just one week away and certain singles are already starting to spike in value.
Following the debacle of poor sales from the MTG Commander 2018 set last year, WotC made major improvements within C19. Containing four preconstructed decks this year, each one is designed around an evergreen mechanic. The decks are playable (out of the box) and left room for players to construct their own unique builds.
The release of C19 has caused several top-priced cards to drop significantly while others have remained steady. As the weeks progress, players can expect additional drops but also a handful of cards to rise in value as well.
Top priced C19 singles
Due to the amount of hype surrounding the C19 set and the announcement of Brawl coming this fall to MTGA and tabletop, interest in the Commander format has reached an all-time high. Command Zone during the Las Vegas MagicFest will help establish the value of not only the C19 preconstructed decks but singles too.
K’rrik, Son of Yawgmoth
Rated as perhaps the best card in C19, K’rrik, Son of Yawgmoth uses Phyrexian Mana, a mechanic that hasn’t been seen in MTG for some time. Due to the hype surrounding K’rrik pre-release, his value was on the rise but has suddenly slipped slightly for digital and paper since the release of Commander 2019.
K’rrik Son of Yawgmoth is priced at $20 via paper and $3.85 for digital
Chainer, Nightmare Adept
Giving Madness (Merciless Rage) cards haste when cast, Chainer, Nightmare Adept also gains haste when cast from the command zone. When casting from the graveyard and casting another card using Madness, Chainer, Nightmare Adept applies haste to both as they enter the battlefield.
This is a top-tier card to have in any Black or Red deck and it also makes for a solid commander. Due to its versatility, Chainer, Nightmare Adept is rising the quickest in value (other than Greven, Predator Captain) and is priced at $19.72 for digital and $8.66 for paper.
Commander of the Merciless Rage C19 preconstructed deck, Anje Falkenrath is the spark that lights up the Madness mechanic. The static ability of Falkenrath is also versatile in other archetypes, raising her value to $15.52 for online.
Who doesn’t like a crazy goblin in Red who generates value off of your opponents? Since first spoiled, Dockside Extortionist has been a hot topic of conversation. It’s versatile beyond the Mystic Intellect deck it comes in and it only costs two mana to cast.
Through paper, Dockside Extortionist is valued at $15.00, dropping by a few cents over the past week. Digitally, however, it’s only priced at $3.76.
It’s not often in Magic that an artifact comes along that costs nothing to equip, and that’s a big part of the value found in Lightning Greaves. Found in the Naya Primal Genesis deck, it provides an equipped creature with haste and shroud (can’t be the target of spells and abilities).
Lightning Greaves is a hot commodity and, in paper, it’s valued at $5.98. If you’re looking to purchase digitally, however, it’s a steal at only $0.04.
Atla, Nest Tender
Atla, Nest Tender is a solid commander for Dragon tribal or token builds. Found in the Primal Genesis deck, the card’s value has continued to spike following the release of C19. Atla, Nest Tender is valued at $15.86 via online.
Volrath, the Shapestealer
Once a legendary villain, Volrath, the Shapeshifter is an alternate commander included in the Sultai Faceless Menace deck. This card is able to reduce the power of creatures with a minus one/minus one counter and it can copy any creature with a counter on it while keeping remaining a seven/five.
Volrath, the Shapestealer is a solid commander who continues to climb in value every day (over 200 percent within the couple weeks). Following the release of C19, Volrath is valued at $13.56 online.
Featured during the Gen Con Commander 2019 reveal, Seedborn Muse fits into just about any Commander deck that’s playing Green and comes in the Faceless Menace C19 deck.
Untapping all your permanents during an opponent’s untap stage is a recipe for success when blocking, dealing with Flash decks, and overcoming instants and sorcery spells. Through paper, Seedborn Muse is priced at $5.60. But like Lightning Greaves, it’s only valued at $0.03 online.
Providing ramp in Commander is always a reason to celebrate. Solemn Simulacrum fits well enough into the C19 Merciless Rage deck, but its value is in its versatility. Priced in paper at $4.41, online purchases can grab Solemn Simulacrum for only $0.35.
Greven, Predator Captain
For many in the MTG community, Greven, Predator Captain was an unexpected treat. Found in the Merciless Rage deck, it’s priced at $10.35 digitally and $3.78 for paper.
Marisi, Breaker of the Coil
Using the mechanic Goad, Marisi, Breaker of the Coil is fun and powerful. Found in the Primal Genesis deck, Marisi shot up into the top-10 priced cards in less than a day. With a value of $9.82, it continues to rise in value post-release, increasing 22 percent this week.
Ghired, Conclave Exile
The commander of the Primal Genesis deck, Ghired, Conclave Exile is great for populate and token decks. It’s also solid in MTG Cube. Ghired is priced at $9.91 and is continually climbing (42 percent post-release).
Pramikon, Sky Rampart
Making MTG history as the first legendary wall, Pramikon, Sky Rampart is found in the Mystic Intelect C19 deck. Pramikon opens the door for several unique Commander builds and has risen its value 44 percent post-release to $10.72 for online.
Pramikon, Sky Rampart is giving Greven, Predator Captain and Chainer, Nightmare Adept a run for their money as to who can climb in price faster. This is a must-have card for collectors and players.
Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer
Powering the Sultai Faceless Menace C19 deck, Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer was outside of the top 10 but rose to the No. 8 spot in less than 12 hours pre-release. Following the launch of Commander 2019, Kadena has continued to climb and is valued at $10.58 (an increase of 34 percent post-release).
Sevinne, the Chronoclasm
Commander of the Jeskai Mystic Intelect deck, Sevinne, the Chronoclasm is another card that’s quickly risen in value within the top 10. Because it’s able to work with Flashback, Retrace, Aftermath, and Jump-Start, the MTG community agrees that Sevinne has potential and versatility in a variety of formats. For online purchase, Sevinne is valued at $8.43 (up 30 percent post-release).
Paper C19 cards on the rise
With the release of Commander 2019, several paper cards are on the rise in value as their versatility within various archetypes becomes apparent.
Found in the Sultai Faceless Menace C19 preconstructed deck, Thran Dynamo is an artifact that adds three colorless mana when tapped. When combined with Guilded Lotus, expect major acceleration. Thran Dynamo is valued at $3.97 for paper and $1.25 via digital.
Sanctum of Eternity
An extremely versatile land found in the Rakdos Merciless Rage deck, Sanctum of Eternity has risen almost 100 percent since the release of C19 to $5.05 in paper and 73 cents via online.
Geth, Lord of the Vault
Expected to cause havoc in the Rakdos Merciless Rage deck, Geth, Lord of the Vault is living up to his reputation. It rose quickly and has leveled out at $4.64 via paper. However, since the post-release, it has dropped 23 cents. For online purchase, Geth has only valued at 14 cents.
MTG Commander 2019 released on Aug. 23.
Update Aug. 25 10:12am CT: The prices in this article were last updated at this time.