Buying into Modern and Legacy Part 1: Eldrazi, Affinity and Infect

I’ve recently started playing Modern again and as such I have also dove into the prices of the cards on MkM and not only. What I want to tell you in this article is related to Modern and Legacy and what would cost to be able to buy into either format. I want to give out somewhat realistic numbers (excluding shipping or any other possible additional costs) to people who are entertaining the idea of starting Modern or Legacy. There will be a series of articles each week for this month and another one post-ban annoucement after the 4th of April.

The prices found in this article reflect the current state of the market tendencies and should not be taken into total consideration more than one or two months in the future. Some prices in Legacy don’t change that often, but even there we have seen a huge increase in cards on the reserved list with the announcement of the upcoming Eternal Masters set, so more changes could very well be on the way depending on other spoilers.

I will use as examples decks found on the mtgtop8 website from premier tournaments. The prices are taken from MkM and they are the current Price Trends, not the actual prices at which you may find the cards from various sellers. I am also disregarding the condition in which the cards could be. If there are cards that are available in different expansions, I will use the one that has the lowest price. The linking software that I am using is from the Wizards of the Coast card base and it automatically puts the image of the latest release of a card, which is why I will mention the cheapest version in brackets. The first price is for the single card, the second for the total amount of card copies found in the deck. Bare in mind that the total price for the deck is highly dependant on shipping costs and a card’s availability from the same seller. If you were to buy everything from different sellers, you can also add around 100€, or more, in shipping costs (assuming you would want to insure some shipments that are over 100€).I will also give my thoughts about buying into some of the cards listed in the decks.

Let’s talk about the big bad bully first: Eldrazi Aggro. There are two variants that are currently played in Modern.

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Eldrazi Aggro (Blue Red): Modern - 1st Place Pro Tour OGW (Jiachen Tao)

//LANDS (24)
Cavern of Souls
Eldrazi Temple
Eye of Ugin
Gemstone Caverns
Scalding Tarn
Shivan Reef
Steam Vents

Drowner of Hope
Eldrazi Mimic
Eldrazi Obligator
Eldrazi Skyspawner
Endless One
Reality Smasher
Ruination Guide
Thought-Knot Seer
Vile Aggregate

//INSTANTS and SORC. (3)

Chalice of the Void
Gut Shot
Hurkyl’s Recall
Ratchet Bomb
Relic of Progenitus
Stubborn Denial
Tomb of the Spirit Dragon


3 Cavern of Souls  – 46,43€/139,29€
4 Eldrazi Temple – 2,82€/11,28€ (Modern Masters 2015)
4 Eye of Ugin – 17,39€/69,56€ (Modern Masters 2015)
1 Gemstone Caverns – 4,26€
2 Island – 0,05€/0,10€
4 Scalding Tarn – 52,38€/209,52€
4 Shivan Reef – 2,23€ (Magic 2013)
2 Steam Vents – 11,10€/22,20€ (Return to Ravnica)
4 Drowner of Hope – 0,41€/1,64€
4 Eldrazi Mimic – 1,71€/6,84€
3 Eldrazi Obligator – 0,41€/1,23€
4 Eldrazi Skyspawner – 0,06€/0,24€
4 Endless One – 1,37€/5,48€
4 Reality Smasher – 4,12€/16,48€
2 Ruination Guide – 0,10€/0,20€
4 Thought-Knot Seer – 7,07€/28,28€
4 Vile Aggregate – 0,12€/0,48€
3 Dismember – 1,15€/3,45€ (New Phyrexia)
2 Chalice of the Void – 20,30€/40,60€ (Mirrodin)
2 Gut Shot – 0,27€/0,54€ (Modern Masters 2015)
3 Hurkyl’s Recall – 3,59€/10,77€ (Modern Masters 2015)
1 Ratchet Bomb – 0,85€ (Magic 2014/Scars of Mirrodin)
2 Relic of Progenitus – 2,60€/5,20€ (Shards of Alara)
1 Spellskite – 28,82€ (Modern Masters 2015)
3 Stubborn Denial – 0,24€/0,72€
1 Tomb of the Spirit Dragon – 0,09€

Total: 610,35€

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Eldrazi Aggro (Colorless): Modern - 2nd Place Pro Tour OGW (Ivan Floch)

Lands (24)
Blinkmoth Nexus
Eldrazi Temple
Eye of Ugin
Ghost Quarter
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Creatures (28)
Eldrazi Mimic
Endless One
Matter Reshaper
Ratchet Bomb
Reality Smasher
Simian Spirit Guide
Thought-Knot Seer

Other Spells (8)
Chalice of the Void
Sideboard (15)
Gut Shot
Oblivion Sower
Pithing Needle
Ratchet Bomb
Relic of Progenitus
Warping Wail


4 Blinkmoth Nexus – 7,94€/31,76€ (Modern Masters 2015)
4 Eldrazi Temple – 2,82€/11,28€ (Modern Masters 2015)
4 Eye of Ugin – 17,39€/69,56€ (Modern Masters 2015)
4 Ghost Quarter – 0,92€/3,68€ (Commander 2014)
3 Mutavault – 15,06€/45,18€ (Magic 2014)
3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth – 8,89€/26,67€ (Magic 2015)
2 Wastes – 0,12€/0,24€
4 Eldrazi Mimic – 1,71€/6,84€
4 Endless One – 1,37€/5,48€
4 Matter Reshaper – 3,10€/12,4€
4 Reality Smasher – 4,12€/16,48€
4 Simian Spirit Guide – 2,91€/11,64€
2 Spellskite – 28,82€/57,64€ (Modern Masters 2015)
4 Thought-Knot Seer – 7,07€/28,28€
4 Dismember – 1,15€/4,6€ (New Phyrexia)
4 Chalice of the Void – 20,30€/81,2€ (Mirrodin)
2 Ratchet Bomb – 0,85€/1,7€ (Magic 2014/Scars of Mirrodin)
3 Gut Shot – 0,27€/0,81€ (Modern Masters 2015)
3 Oblivion Sower – 3,13€/9,39€ (Battle for Zendikar)
2 Pithing Needle – 1,56€/3,12€ (Return to Ravnica)
1 Ratchet Bomb – 0,85€ (Magic 2014/Scars of Mirrodin)
4 Relic of Progenitus -.2,60€/10,4€ (Shards of Alara)
1 Spellskite – 28,82€ (Modern Masters 2015)
1 Warping Wail – 0,27€

Total: 468,29€

Cavern of Souls are perhaps a metagame call here, but this deck didn’t get to 1st place just because of luck. I would only recommend buying this card if you are going to play any tribal deck that wants to have the control match-up handled. It might get a reprint as it’s needed in the said tribal decks. Maybe Modern Masters 2017. It’s not staple enough for Eternal Masters I feel.

While everyone is expecting the axe to fall on Eye of Ugin in Modern, it’s fairly certain that the Eldrazi will be untouched in Legacy. The deck is very oppressive in Modern, but not as strong in Legacy. Legacy has the added bonus of Wasteland which solves the Eye of Ugin problem quite well, without the upside of Ghost Quarter used in Modern that gives the Eldrazi player a basic land as a consolation prize. If the ban does come on Eye of Ugin, most of the Eldrazis will fall flat to an all time low. If the deck becomes more popular in Legacy post-EoU ban, then some cards may grow in price, but that’s unlikely as the demand for the Eldrazi cards in Legacy is not as high for them at the moment. The deck would need to have a few top 8s to get the attention of more Legacy players. I would buy into Eye of Ugin after the ban annoucement. Most people will sell all their copies without much concearn for the Legacy variant.

Scalding Tarns are just Scalding Tarns…There isn’t much that can be said about this. The reprint of the Zendikar enemy fetchlands didn’t arrive as everyone hoped so the price for Scalding Tarn will stay steady at around 50€. The chances of this getting reprinted in a Standard expansion are very low. At most it might get reprinted in a set like Modern Masters 2017. Even if that’s the case, buying into them now isn’t going to set you back that much. Tarmogoyf was reprinted twice and both the new reprints (MM and MM15) are more expensive than the original one from Future Sight. The upside of getting a playset of Scalding Tarns is that you can also use it for a Delver of Secrets deck and you can also keep it for any Legacy deck if you plan on going into that format as well.

Steam Vents are at a standard price right now. Oath of the Gatewatch didn’t bring with it the enemy Battlelands and this left the prices for some reprinted Shocklands in the Return to Ravnica block untouched or not that affected by the new Battlelands. Overgrown Tomb is a curious case as it has not had a Battleland copy, although the 23,46€ Twilight Mire compliments the lower price of the Tomb. Some Shocklands are very cheap right now. Hallowed Fountain is available for 7€. That’s really really cheap. While these Battlelands are working right now, Shocklands still have a reason for being better. The turn 1 play having a stable setup for a turn 2 play is far superior than any tapped Battleland, even with the downside of losing 2 life points. I would buy into any Shocklands that are under 10€ right now to complete playsets. Worst case scenario the Battlelands will find permanent homes in Modern decks and you will only use 1 or 2 copies of Shocklands. The price will never get to 5€ no matter what though, so it can only go up from where it is right now.

Chalice of the Void is declining in price slowly on MkM. Even with the Eye of Ugin ban, I don’t expect the Chalice to go back to it’s 10€ price tag from a few months ago. The Eldrazi decks have shown the power of a turn 1 chalice with 1 counter, even with 0 counters and denying half the Affinity deck from the start of the game. Decks that don’t have a plan versus Infect, Affinity and Delver based decks have been shown the solution very clearly. In a parallel world Wizards of the Coast ban Chalice and leave the Eye alone, their logic being that by baning the Chalice, players can respond with answers like Lightning Bolt, Path to Exile, Darkblast, Gigadrowse, etc. Maybe that could also happen, since in my opinion the MVP of the Eldrazi deck is Chalice. Even if you can deal with Chalice with things as Kolaghan’s Command or Viridian Corrupter, you first need to get to turn 3 and by that time the Eldrazis are already swarming over you. I would buy this card mainly if I want to play Eldrazi. It’s the backbone of the deck and it’s impossible to play without it.

Spellskite is floating around 30€. I fully expect this to get reprinted in Modern Master 2017, but that’s a year and a half away. If you want to play Modern in the mean time, I suggest getting 2 copies of this card in your folder. It will set you back 60€, but the upsides of this card are just too many. All in all, a great purchase regardless if you buy into it now or later.

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Eldrazi Aggro (Colorless): Legacy - 5th/8th StarCityGames Philadelphia (Harlan Firer)

Lands (25)
Ancient Tomb
Cavern of Souls
City of Traitors
Eldrazi Temple
Eye of Ugin
Mishra’s Factory

Creatures (22)
Eldrazi Mimic
Endless One
Phyrexian Metamorph
Phyrexian Revoker
Reality Smasher
Thought-Knot Seer

Instants and Sorceries (5)
Warping Wail

Other Spells (8)
Chalice of the Void
Umezawa’s Jitte
Sideboard (15)
Leyline of the Void
Ratchet Bomb
Spatial Contortion
Warping Wail
Winter Orb


4 Ancient Tomb – 9,95€/39,8€ (Tempest)
4 Cavern of Souls – 46,43€/185,72€
3 City of Traitors – 86,25€/258,75€
4 Eldrazi Temple – 2,82€/11,28€ (Modern Masters 2015)
3 Eye of Ugin – 17,39€/52,17€ (Modern Masters 2015)
3 Mishra’s Factory – 1,06€/3,18€ (Fourth Edition)
4 Wasteland – 33,32€/133,28€ (Tempest)
4 Eldrazi Mimic – 1,71€/6,84€
4 Endless One – 1,37€/5,48€
2 Phyrexian Metamorph – 2,55€/5,1€ (Release Promos)
4 Phyrexian Revoker – 1,44€/5,76€ (Magic 2015/Mirrodin Besieged)
4 Reality Smasher – 4,12€/16,48€
4 Thought-Knot Seer – 7,07€/28,28€
2 Dismember – 1,15€/2,3€ (New Phyrexia)
3 Warping Wail – 0,27€/0,81€
4 Chalice of the Void – 20,30€/81,2€ (Mirrodin)
2 Trinisphere – 8,65€/17,3€ (Darksteel)
2 Umezawa’s Jitte – 12,80€/25,6€ (Betrayers of Kamigawa)
2 Dismember – 1,15€/2,3€ (New Phyrexia)
2 Endbringer – 0,26€ (Release Promos)
4 Leyline of the Void – 4,08€/16,32€ (Guildpact)
2 Ratchet Bomb – 0,85€/1,7€ (Magic 2014/Scars of Mirrodin)
2 Spatial Contortion – 0,10€/0,20€
1 Warping Wail – 0,27€
2 Winter Orb – 2,88€/5,76€ (Foreign White Bordered)

Total: 906,14€

The mana base of this deck is what makes it so powerful. There is no way around not buying these lands. It’s just painfully obvious how much a player needs these lands to make this deck work as intended. The total cost of the deck reflects the depth at which you have to dig in your pocket. This version isn’t as expensive as many other Legacy decks actually. We are at a steady 900€ and with shipping costs and availability of the cards we could end up at around 1100€. Not too bad for an up and coming competitive Legacy deck.

This, City of Traitors, is what you would most likely think twice about buying into. The total amount of 3 cards eclipses everything else from the deck. Not long ago City of Traitors was at around 50€, but now it’s getting close to 100€. The annoucement of Eternal Masters has just left everyone guessing and people scrambling to spike any cards in their folders that are on the Reserved list. As a result City of Traitors has spiked considerably. I would wait to buy into them. The price can’t go any higher unless for some reason they consistently appear in lists in the next months. Hold off for this if you don’t want to go into Legacy Eldrazi right now. The Reserved List mania might die down, at least a little bit.

Wasteland is going down and down and to the ground. People seem to forget one important thing: Eternal Masters is a limited set, even more limited than Modern Masters. This means that the amount of Wastelands that will pop up will be small and even then, kept mostly by people who open the boosters. In any case, my advice is to buy into them now when everyone is selling. I saw a copy, albeit in terrible condition, for as low as 24,95€.

Back to modern there’s a very well known deck that has seen a lot of play: Affinity. Unfortunately its Legacy counterpart isn’t getting the same amount of love and has been dropped mostly in favor of a similarly fast deck: Infect. Affinity, however, got to the semifinals of the latest Pro Tour with this list:

[su_spoiler title=”Affinity : Modern – 3rd/4th Pro Tour OGW (Patrick Dickmann)” style=”fancy”]

Affinity : Modern - 3rd/4th Pro Tour OGW (Patrick Dickmann)

Creature (29)
Arcbound Ravager
Master of Etherium
Signal Pest
Steel Overseer
Vault Skirge

Sorcery (2)

Artifact (16)
Cranial Plating
Mox Opal
Springleaf Drum
Darksteel Citadel

Land (13)
Blinkmoth Nexus
Inkmoth Nexus
Sideboard (15)
Etched Champion
Ancient Grudge
Chalice of the Void
Ghirapur Æther Grid
Grafdigger’s Cage
Gut Shot
Stubborn Denial


4 Blinkmoth Nexus – 7,94€/31,76€ (Modern Masters 2015)
4 Darksteel Citadel – 0,19€/0,76€ (Darksteel)
4 Glimmervoid – 24,19€/96,76€ (Mirrodin)
4 Inkmoth Nexus – 25,26€/101,04€
1 Island – 0,05€
4 Arcbound Ravager – 29,64€/118,56€ (Darksteel)
4 Master of Etherium – 8,01€/32,04€ (Planechase)
3 Memnite – 1,22€/3,66€ (Scars of Mirrodin)
4 Ornithopter – 0,07€/0,28€ (Fourth Edition)
4 Signal Pest – 0,90€/3,60€ (Mirrodin Besieged)
2 Spellskite – 28,82€/57,64€ (Modern Masters 2015)
4 Steel Overseer – 8,60€/34,4€ (Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Tezzeret)
4 Vault Skirge – 0,47€/1,88€ (New Phyrexia)
2 Thoughtcast – 0,21€/0,42€ (Modern Masters 2015)
4 Cranial Plating – 0,61€/2,44€ (Fifth Dawn)
4 Mox Opal – 35,39€/141,56€ (Scars of Mirrodin)
4 Springleaf Drum – 0,53€/2,12€ (Lorwyn)
3 Ancient Grudge – 0,22€/0,66€ (Innistrad)
1 Chalice of the Void – 20,30€ (MIrrodin)
1 Dismember – 1,15€ (New Phyrexia)
2 Etched Champion – 3,05€/6,10€ (Modern Masters 2015)
2 Ghirapur Æther Grid – 0,11€/0,22€
1 Grafdigger’s Cage – 3,85€
1 Gut Shot – 0,27€ (Modern Masters 2015)
1 Stubborn Denial – 0,24€
2 Thoughtseize – 16,50€/33€ (Theros)
1 Whipflare – 0,31€ (Commander 2014)

Total: 695,07€

This is even more expensive than either of the two Eldrazi Modern lists mentioned above. This deck is blistering fast at times with explosives draws that can kill early enough in the game. It struggles versus Chalice of the Void though, a card that the Eldrazi abuse on.

This deck wants you to caugh up the cash for:
Glimmervoid, Arcbound Ravager, Mox Opal – You should buy these cards if you want to dedicate yourself, and your piggybank, to Affinity. There is a chance for Glimmervoid and Arcbound Ravager to get a reprint in MM17 as they skipped a set. Other than in an artifact deck I don’t see the use for such cards, so think about this purchase before making it.

Inkmoth Nexus – Thankfully this is an easier purchase to make. Let’s say that you somehow get a playset of Inkmoth Nexus and then you can decide to go into either Affinity or Infect. Right now the price tendency for this card is lowering every day. I don’t really know why, since this card is being played in both Modern and Legacy, had a top 4 finish at the PT OGW and is available in only one expansion. I expect to see a reprint of this Land in Modern Masters 2017 though. Still, that’s a while away, so follow this card and wait for it to get as low as possible and then buy a playset if you want to infect people.

[su_spoiler title=”Infect: Modern – 5th/8th Bazaar of Moxen Madrid (Barbier Guillou Aloysius)” style=”fancy”]

Infect: Modern - 5th/8th Bazaar of Moxen Madrid (Barbier Guillou Aloysius)

Sideboard (11)
Kitchen Finks
Melira, Sylvok Outcast
Nature’s Claim
Pithing Needle
Pulse of Murasa
Wild Defiance


3 Breeding Pool – 11,01€/33,03€ (Gatecrash)
Forest – 0,05€
4 Inkmoth Nexus – 25,26€/101,04€
2 Pendelhaven – 6,71€/13,42€ (Time Spiral)
4 Windswept Heath – 12,40€/49,6€ (Khans of Tarkir)
4 Wooded Foothills – 16,25€/65€ (Khans of Tarkir)
4 Blighted Agent – 0,66€/2,64€
4 Glistener Elf – 0,60€/2,4€ (New Phyrexia)
4 Noble Hierarch – 35,62€/142,48€ (Conflux)
2 Viridian Corrupter – 0,20€/0,40€
3 Become Immense – 0,3€/1,2€
1 Dismember – 1,15€ (New Phyrexia)
4 Gitaxian Probe – 3,56€/14,24€ (New Phyrexia)
2 Groundswell – 0,57€/1,14€ (Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi)
4 Might of Old Krosa – 4,26€/17,04€
1 Mutagenic Growth – 0,66€ (New Phyrexia)
1 Slip Through Space – 0,06€
2 Spell Pierce – 1,71€
2 Twisted Image – 1,63€/3,26€
4 Vines of Vastwood – 0,68€/2,72€ (Modern Masters 2015)
2 Rancor – 2,02€/4,04€ (Planechase/Urza’s Legacy)
1 Dismember – 1,15€ (New Phyrexia)
2 Dispel – 0,1€/0,2€ (Battle for Zendikar)
2 Kitchen Finks – 9,28€/18,56€ (Shadowmoor)
1 Melira, Sylvok Outcast – 4,33€
3 Nature’s Claim – 0,33€/0,99€ (Conspiracy)
1 Pithing Needle – 1,56€ (Return to Ravnica)
1 Pulse of Murasa – 0,08€
1 Spell Pierce – 1,71€
1 Twisted Image – 1,63€
1 Viridian Corrupter – 0,20€
1 Wild Defiance – 2,92€

Total: 490,61€

[su_spoiler title=”Infect (Berserk Poison): Legacy – StarCityGames – Philadelphia (Tom Ross)” style=”fancy”]

Infect (Berserk Poison): Legacy - StarCityGames - Philadelphia (Tom Ross)

Creatures (13)
Blighted Agent
Glistener Elf
Noble Hierarch
Viridian Corrupter

Instants (23)
Crop Rotation
Force of Will
Spell Pierce
Vines of Vastwood

Sorceries (4)
Gitaxian Probe
Green Sun’s Zenith
Basic Lands (1)

Lands (17)
Inkmoth Nexus
Misty Rainforest
Tropical Island
Verdant Catacombs

Land Creatures (1)
Dryad Arbor

Legendary Lands (1)

Sideboard (15)
Rest in Peace
Sylvan Library
Force of Will
Krosan Grip
Nature’s Claim
Piracy Charm
Spell Pierce
Swords to Plowshares


1 Dryad Arbor – 4,74€ (Future Sight)
1 Forest – 0,05€
4 Inkmoth Nexus – 25,26€/101,04€
4 Misty Rainforest – 37,08€/148,32€
1 Pendelhaven –  6,71€ (Time Spiral)
4 Tropical Island – 131,63€/526,52€ (Foreign White Bordered)
4 Verdant Catacombs – 41,04€/164,16€
1 Wasteland – 33,32€ (Tempest)
4 Blighted Agent – 0,66€/2,64€
4 Glistener Elf – 0,60€/2,4€ (New Phyrexia)
4 Noble Hierarch – 35,62€/142,48€ (Conflux)
1 Become Immense  – 0,3€
2 Berserk – 59,07€/118,14€ (From the Vault: Exiled)
4 Brainstorm – 0,91€/3,64€ (Ice Age)
1 Crop Rotation – 1,47€
3 Daze – 2,80€/8,4€ (Nemesis)
3 Force of Will – 54,45€/163,35€ (Alliances)
3 Gitaxian Probe – 3,51€/10,53€ (New Phyrexia)
1 Green Sun’s Zenith – 5,35€ (Mirrodin Besieged)
4 Invigorate – 1,04€/4,16€ (Mercadian Masques, Duel Decks: Garruk vs Liliana)
1 Ponder – 0,91€ (Lorwyn)
2 Spell Pierce – 1,73€/3,46€
2 Vines of Vastwood –  0,68€/1,36€ (Modern Masters 2015)
1 Sylvan Library – 16,32€ (Fourth Edition)
1 Bojuka Bog – 0,39€ (Worldwake)
1 Crop Rotation – 1,47€
1 Dismember – 1,15€ (New Phyrexia)
1 Flusterstorm – 38,79€ (Commander)
1 Force of Will – 54,45€ (Alliances)
1 Hydroblast – 0,54€ (Ice Age)
1 Karakas – 89,34€ (Legends)
1 Krosan Grip – 0,32€ (Commander 2015)
1 Necropede – 0,36€
1 Seal of Primordium – 0,16€
2 Submerge – 1,77€/3,54€
1 Surgical Extraction – 4,7€ (New Phyrexia)
1 Viridian Corrupter – 0,2€
1 Wasteland – 33,32€

Total: 1697,35€

Another fast deck that appears in both Modern and Legacy is Infect. This deck can kill on turn two with the right cards in hand in both formats. But the Eldrazi players can also delay the poison counters with Chalice of the Void if they can play a turn one Chalice on with one counter. The Viridian Corrupters have crept into Infect lists as a preemptive answer to Challice.

I already talked about Shocklands previously so I will skip Breeding Pool. The major buys for the first deck are the 8 Khans Fetchlands, the 4 Inkmoth Nexus and the 4 Noble Hierarch. I would recommend getting the fetchlands as soon as possible regardless if you decide to play this deck or any other modern or legacy deck.The reasoning is that the current standard players who have started playing MtG since Khans came out will not trade away their fetchlands easily if they plan on playing for a longer period of time. After Khans and Fate rotate out of standard and both expansions become out of print (Fate Reforged is already out of print), the demand for the fetchlands will grow. Their lowest price should be right around now as they will start climbing once Shadows over Innistrad Pre Release arrives and professional sellers spike the prices for the fetchlands. This will create a ripple effect and everyone will soon get on this boat. Again: get or complete your playsets for the available 5 fetchlands now.

Noble Hierarch is a great purchase regardless of where you’ll end up placing the 4 copies. This card is just all around good for too many decks. You want them and you want them badly. They might see another reprint in the next Modern Masters, but even then the price won’t go under 30€ for them. This is a no-brainer buy if you want to build a cardpool for Modern and Legacy.

The Legacy side of this deck is considerably more expensive. Considerably is an understatement.
Dual lands are an aboluste necessity in Legacy. You can try putting in Shocklands, but you just won’t have the same results like with Duals. Tropical Island is in this deck to stay. The price for the all Duals has gone up thanks to Eternal Masters. It’s not like you would have gotten them cheaper beforehand either. Don’t worry. Mostly the Alpha and Beta Duals have gone up considerably (even 1500€ jumps in the case of the Alpha Underground Sea). Buy into the Foreign White Bordered. You might even learn a bit of Italian or French from this. Should you get these if you want to play Legacy Infect? Of course. Drop the cash on the table and leave any regrets at the door. End of story.

The Verdant Catacombss are just here to inflate the price of this deck. There is no need for this exact Fetchland as you have no black source to fetch for. You want to have any Fetchland that can fetch for a green source. Get something from Khans of Tarkir for that.

Berserk is a must. You could play 3 copies if you have a different list, but 2 are also enough. This card will not get any other reprint soon. The From the Vault version looks awesome too so we have that going for us at least.

I’m glad I can talk about Force of Will a little bit. It has always been a great card to have. For the past month is has been on the decline. But today, as I am writing this, it has spiked back up. Perhaps people have caught on to the fact that Force of Will will be reprinted as a MYTHIC and not as an uncommon (seriously: what were people thinking when they started selling their Force of Will copies for anything less than 60€?). Sadly the boat has already left the harbor with this one. If you had any plans on buying Forces you should have done so anytime in the past month. I would recommend buying them now while there may be snoozers who haven’t caught up with the fast paced MkM market shifts though.

Karakas is a Legendary land. Keyword: Legendary. You will always have one on the battlefield for actual use. Sure you can bounce a legendary then play another Karakas to bounce another, but let’s not fly into Magic Wonderland now. Most decks run 1 copy of this card. It’s enough most of the time. Just get one and you should be good. The price is trending down because people expect this to be reprinted in Eternal Masters as Karakas isn’t on the Reserved List. This is great news actually, but if it gets reprinted as a mythic, which I expect it would be, it will get back up to 130€ per piece. I would buy a few when the spoiler hits that Karakas will be reprinted and the price hits 70€ or (crosses fingers) even less.

To put things into perspective: buying the Infect Legacy deck would almost equal to buying the Modern Eldrazi (610,35€) + Modern Affinity (695,07€) + Modern Infect (490,61€) and this without taking into consideration any multiples that might pop up in any of the deck lists. You can make what you will with this comparison as this article is about prices, not personal preferences about what MtG format is “better” to play.

Welcome to “Buying into Modern and Legacy”: a short series of articles about how much it costs to play competitive Magic the Gathering. And as always…

See you in the Arena!

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