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Welcome to my second article of the week! The past few days have been so dense with Magic news that I decided to split my column up into three parts. If you want to read my thoughts on the financial ramifications of Magic: The Gathering Arena, you can find that here. If you're waiting on the second part of my Ixalan financial set review, don't despair: it's coming tomorrow morning. For now, it's time to take a first look at the contents of Iconic Masters.
Back in May, I spent a week pontificating on the true meaning of the word "iconic" in hopes that it would give us a hint about what might be reprinted in Iconic Masters. In the end, it turned out that "iconic" just meant "Modern Staples that haven't been printed in a while plus some Sphinxes and stuff." I can't say that I love the set from a conceptual perspective, but the content is dynamite. I was expecting the most casual Masters set ever, but instead we got…well, take away a few cards, and you could have called this set Modern Masters 2018.
From a financial perspective, there are two major questions that come with every Masters set. First, how far are the major reprints likely to drop? Second, how good is the set's overall value? Today, I'm going to cover all of the mythics and rares (as well as some of the key uncommons) in an attempt to answer both questions.
These are all fantastic reprints. Most mythics like this lose about half of their value when they're reprinted, so we can expect them settle in the $15-$20 range.
Mana Drain is amazing, unexpected, and the clear chase mythic of the set. I can't imagine it drops below $80, and it'll probably stay closer to $100-$120. The art is fantastic, too. Consecrated Sphinx should end up in the $15-$20 range, while Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur should end up around $10.
Our first uninspiring batch. Sheoldred should end up in the $12-$15 range; the other two will settle in around $5.
There just aren't that many good red mythics, are there? Urabrask and Thundermaw Hellkite are $4-$5 cards, and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker seems pretty immune to dropping below $10 no matter how many times it's reprinted.
Overall, this is a solid but not overwhelming group of mythics. I'd be happy opening nine of the fifteen, and there are only a couple that are serious bummers. Mana Drain might be the coolest card in any of the Masters sets combined, but the fact that Avacyn, Angel of Hope is the second-priciest mythic is a little weak.
Average Mythic Value (current): $30
Average Mythic Value (predicted): $17
- Auriok Champion - $25
- Serra Ascendant - $20
- Austere Command - $11
- Yosei, the Morning Star - $5
- Restoration Angel - $4
- Emeria Angel - $1
- Path of Bravery - $0.50
Two of the seven white rares are winners, though Auriok Champion is going to take a big value hit over the next couple of months. The fact that it was only printed once, in Fifth Dawn, is a major part of why it's worth so much. Expect it to end up around $15, the same as Serra Ascendant.