Memory Jar articles attempt to capture the cards from sets that should be remembered, cards that should be on your default consideration list for a deck of a given color or archetype, the cards you need to put in your Memory Jar. With paper prices having bottomed out and in some cases begun to rise again and Commander Masters coming up in a few short months, we thought we would take a look back to last years Masters set, Double Masters 2022.
BPhillipYork: I vastly prefer these new full art Eldrazi to the older versions. Maybe this is just my hankering for a real taste of flavor from the Cthulu Mythos, but the new arts are mostly much more confusing and strange and bewildering, which I feel like the Eldrazi ought to be.
FromTheShire: These were badly needed reprints with the eternal Commander demand driving the prices sky high again in the years since they were reprinted in 2018 in Ultimate Masters. Now is a great time to snap up your copy before they start climbing again.
BPhillipYork: Glad we saw a bit of a price will drop, as always this card is crazy.
FromTheShire: Yeah this is another one that I would grab now because it’s already climbed about $8 in the last 6 months or so. The titans grow over time even while going in a somewhat lesser set of decks, but Smothering Tithe goes in basically every deck with white if you have the budget for it. Phenomenal ramp.
BPhillipYork: Another very solid white card that does something unique and powerful, nice to see it come back.
FromTheShire: Also following close to the same trajectory as Tithe, a huge number of decks run this card because of how great it is. Can’t find a better card to dodge certain death across multiple scenarios in the game, you want this in your deck.
Force of Negation
BPhillipYork: Well, this is an auto-include, so nice to see the price drop.
FromTheShire: It’s holding steady for now but I wouldn’t count on it to stay that way, this card sees lots of play in not just Commander but Legacy and Modern as well. That’s a recipe for increases.
BPhillipYork: Gee Imperial Seal lost 25% of it’s value when it was reprinted and is still a wildly expensive card. So yeah, this is a format that is totally friendly to new players. Reprint it until the original is $100 or less.
FromTheShire: Considering that the Portal 3 Kingdoms version has shot up while the reprint has dropped from $350 at release to “only” about $75 today, I don’t think the original is ever going to drop all that much based on actual rarity and collectability, but another reprint or two and playable current copies should be quite affordable since that price is being driven by actual play demand.
BPhillipYork: This is such a bonkers card. Good to see things from Jumpstart being reprinted, there’s about 6 more that need to be done.
FromTheShire: We at least got enough supply to let a lot of air out of the sails after the extremely limited amount that were available from Jumpstart. Still being driven by how crazy good it is.
Green Sun’s Zenith
BPhillipYork: Extremely solid re-useable tutor.
FromTheShire: It’s kind of fallen out of fashion these days, but turn 1 Green Sun for Dryad Arbor is still found in a lot of my decks and it still does work and then later on ends games. Another one that is starting to creep up, and it could easily double again back to near what it was before the reprint.
BPhillipYork: This can go out of control in various ways.
FromTheShire: This is finally down to where I can justify it for Commander decks, when it was like $75 based off of Modern play it just wasn’t worth it for an admittedly really good mana dork.
Oracle of Mul Daya
BPhillipYork: Playing more lands – Good. Seeing the Top – Good. Playing lands from the Top – Good. Elves – Good. 4 mana value 2/2’s – Not so good. But even so, for land drop decks, great, and all the play additional land cards are getting insanely expensive.
FromTheShire: Yeah this is another card I play in a ton of decks because it’s bonkers good. Always glad to get my copies cheaper and this was hitting $40 at one point, and may again if it goes as long without another reprint.
BPhillipYork: One of the best and most commonly played removal spells.
FromTheShire: It shows in the price as well, the Double Masters version has already rebounded to its release price and the other versions are showing similar rates of growth. The best time to pick up your playset was 6 months ago, but the next best time is right now.
Crucible of Worlds
BPhillipYork: Another card whose price has spiraled out of control, good card, glad to see it come back, so many powerful lands matter things you can do with it.
FromTheShire: Again, wildly popular card that only gets better the more useful lands are printed, and has shown that it shrugs off the price drops from multiple reprints.
Sensei’s Divining Top
BPhillipYork: Just really really solid card that also doubles as an insane combo piece. But you never know, is it value, or combo (combo). Blow it up. Glad to see it come back.
FromTheShire: Another one that has dropped in use somewhat but still sees plenty of play and is still as good as ever. Already showing some upward trends as well, pick yours up today.
BPhillipYork: A fun card that’s good to see coming back to lower the cost so more people can make Persistent Petitioner or Approach of the Dragon or, well, you know, decks.
FromTheShire: This one may stay down for a while but you never know. It took a long time and multiple spikes but this did hit almost $70 at one point, and it’s still a unique effect you can’t get anywhere else. Each time they print another Shadowborn Apostle-esque card another batch leaves circulation for decks, and at some point that is likely to drive it up again.
City of Brass
BPhillipYork: Keep reprinting, every Commander player needs N of these, where N = the number of more than 2 color decks they own.
FromTheShire: This card has seen a ton of reprints over the years, and yet it’s still in the $10 range. On the one hand this is unlikely to hit $20+, but on the other it’s never going to drop below about where it is now and it’s always going to be playable.
If there are cards from Double Masters 2022 that you think should be added to the list, that you’ll be putting in lots of decks, please leave a comment below!
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