The 10 Most Expensive Magic: The Gathering Modern Staples Prices Before and After Covid-19

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By Brian McCormick | More Articles Comic book geek and Magic: the Gathering player
July 23, 2020  12:59 PM


Paper Magic hasn’t been the same since March 23. On that date,  WOTC announced all in-store play of Magic: the Gathering was suspended. It started as a temporary restriction until May 10 and hasn’t been lifted since. Without paper tournaments, what has happened to the cost of Modern Staples? Are they dropping in value? That’s what we are trying to find out.

Here is the price history of the 10 most expensive Modern Staples (excluding EDH price-driven staples).

1Jace, the Mind Sculptor

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Current Price: $87
Pre-Covid Price: $95
Change: $8 decrease

Jace has dropped a small amount. It does see play in a few Modern decks, including Bant, Sultai, and Azorius Control. It’s going to drop a bunch soon though, because it’s being reprinted.

2Misty Rainforest

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Current Price: $84
Pre-Covid Price: $69
Change: $15 increase

Misty Rainforest actually edges out Scalding Tarn as the most expensive Modern land. Despite a secret lair reprinting and COVID, Misty Rainforest has somehow managed to increase in price over the last few months. Simic builds in eternal formats have gained strength thanks to the relatively new cards Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath and Ice-Fang Coatl.

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