Mirrodin may have been besieged, but these prices are still holding their value!
With the brand-new Phyrexian-infused All Will Be One set just around the corner, there has been a lot of focus on Magic’s most ending archvillains. The last time they were up to their old tricks was on the plane of Mirrodin, where they ultimately triumphed over the plane in a struggle encapsulated in the set Mirrodin Besieged. The entire Scars of Mirrodin block had some pretty spicy cards join the card pool, and Mirrodin Besieged was no exception to that: there are some real bangers from MBS. Let’s get across the most expensive of them, over 10 years later!
10. Black Sun’s Zenith
Commander 2014 | Rare
Good sweepers are always very useful, and while Black Sun’s Zenith lacks the efficiency of something like Damnation, it makes up for it in other ways. In EDH, decks centered around -1/-1 counters are pretty popular – not as popular as +1/+1 counters, of course, but Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons and The Scorpion God are out there putting in work all the same. You would have to have a very, very good reason not to run Black Sun’s Zenith in either of those lists. Just think of the cards you’d draw and the 1/1 Snakes you’d create!
9. Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
Mirrodin Besieged | Mythic
I’ll always have a soft spot for Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas, as the first planeswalker I ever owned (I remember being astounded when I learnt the 5/5 you create remains creature a creature even after you pass the turn, how broken). He seems to be in his twilight years in terms of price – a massive spike around Shadows over Innistrad saw him break $40 – and even his $6 price tag doesn’t seem to be sustainable, with a definite downward trend over the last year or two. Still, he’s a defensible addition to artifact-based EDH decks, turning all those errant Treasure tokens into 5/5s (that stick around, who knew?).
8. Darksteel Plate
Double Masters 2022 | Rare
Market Price: $8.93
Indestructible, as an ability, is highly prized in Commander. With the overwhelming popularity of sweepers to reset out-of-control board states, cards like Darksteel Plate become sought-after as a way to mitigate the damage done by mass removal spells. It looks like a pretty innocuous card, on the face of it, but if you’re playing a deck that relies on reasonably fragile creatures, Darksteel Plate is a good way to keep key threats alive through both sweepers and point removal. So long as the sweeper isn’t Black Sun’s Zenith, that is!
7. Green Sun’s Zenith
Double Masters 2022 | Rare
Market Price: $9.11
One of the very few cards that demands you to shuffle your library twice while resolving it, Green Sun’s Zenith is, without a doubt, the best of the Zenith cycle. This is reflected in it being banned in Modern, as in conjunction with Dryad Arbor, it was a one-mana Rampant Growth – not to mention the extreme efficiency it offers in tutoring up any number of toolbox creatures, as the situation requires. Green Sun’s Zenith is one of my favorite cards to resolve in EDH, however, fetching everything from Wood Elves (we’re up to three shuffles now) to Craterhoof Behemoth, and I’m glad a couple of reprints has made sure this card is still a relatively affordable $7. Based on its power level, it could be much worse.
6. Hero of Bladehold
Commander: March Of The Machine | Mythic
It’s always really interesting examining the power level of threats at the 2WW slot. We’ve gone from Elspeth, Knight-Errant to The Wandering Emperor, and for awhile there Hero of Bladehold was one of the most respected four-mana threats in white. I think it’s that price memory that props up his card even today – that and a huge spike around a year ago, when Isshin, Two Heavens as One was previewed. Hero is… fine, it’s a respectable threat, obviously terrific with Isshin, fine with commanders like Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and Adeline, Resplendent Cathar. I don’t think it should be a $13 card, and I suspect even a single reprint will absolutely crater its price.
5. Phyrexian Crusader
Mirrodin Besieged | Rare
Market Price: $17.69
One of the premier infect threats, Phyrexian Crusader is an auto-include in any EDH deck centered around the infect mechanic that can play it (Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice) and a great place to put Equipment or Auras as you get in there. Infect plus first strike is a lethal combination, as you can shrink big blockers down to size before they do their damage, and despite being “just” a 2/2, this card hits a lot harder than you might think. Plus, it has the greatest creature type of all time – and no, I’m not talking about “Zombie.”
4. Consecrated Sphinx
Double Masters 2022 | Mythic
Market Price: $19.19
If you had asked me to guess the order of the most expensive cards in Mirrodin Besieged, I would have put Consecrated Sphinx second, without hesitation. This is the power of price memory – for me, Consecrated Sphinx “should” be a $40 card, and I was amazed to find that it’s actually half that. This card is absurdly powerful, a must-kill threat on the Commander table: fail to kill it quickly, and within a turn cycle the game will already be running away from you. However, it makes sense that despite its popularity and power level, Consecrated Sphinx has halved in price over the last couple of years, as it has been reprinted a fair few times, and supply has consequently outmatched demand.
3. Inkmoth Nexus
Mirrodin Besieged | Rare
Market Price: $36.46
Inkmoth Nexus might be the best infect card ever printed, and hasn’t just been limited to infect decks, either: it’s found in Hammer Time, Hardened Scales and before Mox Opal was banned in Modern, bringing about the end of Affinity, it was one of the best threats in that deck as well. Inkmoth Nexus can kill people out of nowhere, immune to sorcery-speed removal as it hides out amongst your lands, before emerging at the opportune moment. Load up a Nexus with pump spells or +1/+1 counters and slay your enemies in one fell swoop, before the Nexus returns to lurk safely in your mana base. This card still sees widespread play in Modern and Legacy, and its price tag reflects that.
2. Sword of Feast and Famine
Double Masters | Mythic
Market Price: $36.03
Arguably the best of all the Swords, Sword of Feast and Famine is just bonkers in games of EDH. Strap up an evasive creature with it and you effectively double your mana on each of your turns, plus the bonus Raven’s Crime that comes along with it. While Sword of Fire and Ice is usually favored in 60-card competitive constructed, you can’t beat Sword of Feast and Famine in EDH. Its mana-doubling effect is enough to make this sword the most expensive of the lot, and at $50, it has every right to be the most expensive card in Mirrodin Besieged, were it not for…
1. Blightsteel Colossus
Double Masters | Mythic
Market Price: $30.25
The best colorless non-Eldrazi threat ever printed, the best artifact creature threat ever printed, Blightsteel Colossus is right up there with the most terrifying, game-ending cards ever printed. A favorite target for Tinker in Vintage, Blightsteel Colossus also found new life in EDH with the printing of Satoru Umezawa, who can cheat it into play like never before with ninjutsu. I’m a little surprised to find it at around $60, given it doesn’t see that much play compared to something like Sword of Feast and Famine, but I guess the whole win-the-game-with-one-attack situation boosts its price because of how powerful and unique it is.