Commander Legends is the very first Commander (EDH) centric set released by Wizards of the Coast, and contains new and exciting cards for competitive and casual players. Commander Legends also includes a multitude of reprints, including the Commander 2016 partner commanders. With 361 cards in the primary set and additional cards in pre-constructed decks and Collector Boosters, Commander Legends is a solid homerun for EDH fans.
Tymna the Weaver" || "Tana, the Bloodsower
Speaking of partner commanders, WOTC truly outdid themselves with the etched foiling. The etched foils of commander cards, past and present, look fantastic. Another bonus is that Partner commanders are more affordable now, thanks to an increase in supply. While not all etched foil commander reprints resulted in lower card prices, they definitely serve as a beautiful alternative.
Commander Legends contains dozens of desirable reprints beside the 32 etched foils—many of which are on EDHREC's list of top 100 played cards over the past two years. From Avenger of Zendikar to Preordain, Commander Legends is packed full of reprint equity.
Before spoiler season, market prices for versions of multiple reprints in Commander Legends were not low. It is especially true for cards like Rings of Brighthearth, Staff of Domination, Three Visits, and Command Beacon. All four of these cards cost significantly less to purchase copies now.
Rings of Brightearth" || "Staff of Domination
The amount of reprints with incredible price discounts is far more than those mentioned above. Instead of listing out every card reprinted in Commander Legends, I want to focus on the top budget-friendly cards. In this article, I will highlight EDH reprints with average market prices under $4.00. I chose $4.00 because that is the unspoken MSRP for a Standard set booster pack. If the average player can walk into an LGS and purchase a booster pack of MTG cards, they can likely afford a few low-cost Commander Legends singles.
I pulled prices for the previous regular version printed to calculate the market price discount for Commander Legends' budget reprints. I used historic TCGplayer market prices from October 24th through 25th, 2020. The reason for using these dates is because Commander Legends' spoiler season officially kicked off on Monday, October 26th, 2020. Current TCGplayer market prices for regular versions of reprints came from the week of January 2nd, 2021. With that said, current market prices may have fluctuated up or down since then.
Avenger of Zendikar is a powerful mythic reprint under $4.00 (at least, at the time of writing). This mythic is available only in the Reap the Tides preconstructed deck. As one of the 100 most played cards according to EDHREC, Avenger of Zendikar is an EDH all-star. Even with the inclusion of Avenger of Zendikar in Double Masters, the market price was $9.08. Since Commander Legends' release, Avenger of Zendikar's market price dropped to $3.89, a 57% discount. The market price for Avenger of Zendikar has not been this low since its printing in Commander 2018. With two reprints in 2020, I believe the floor price for Avenger of Zendikar is close to where it stands today.
Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder" || "Kraum, Ludevic's Opus
There are a handful of mythic etched foil partner commander reprints available for around $4.00. The budget-priced partners with dramatic discounts are Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder, Reyhan, Last of the Abzan, Akiri, Line-Slinger, Sidar Kondo Jamuraa, and Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist. These commanders saw close to a 70% market price drop, and are climbing back up in market price. Two other partner commanders that saw around a 50% market price decrease are Kraum, Ludevic's Opus, and Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix. It is worth noting that the market price for Tana, the Bloodsower is a little over $5.00. While these commanders are not as sought after as Tynma the Weaver or Thrasios, Triton Hero, they are fine pickups at current prices. I wouldn't wait too long to grab etched foil partners, as their prices have risen since Commander Legends' release weekend.
The group of reprinted rares contains frequently played cards and a few outstanding pickups. Among the popular reprints, players should immediately notice Blasphemous Act. Hovering at around $1.50, this red rare is a phenomenal deal. The recent printing of Blasphemous Act in Double Masters had a market price of about $4.00. As the 45th most played card on EDHREC, Blasphemous Act's market price is almost certainly going to increase over time.
Some of the best-discounted cards in Commander Legends are white. Austere Command is one prime example, selling at a 71% discount from its Double Masters price point. The Commander Legends version of Austere Command is the lowest market price it has ever been. Now, it may seem a little odd that Austere Command, along with Blasphemous Act, was reprinted in both Double Masters and Commander Legends. However, I believe WOTC is making a conscious effort to lower secondary market prices and increase supply for the most played EDH cards.
Another rare white reprint that is selling at a discount is Sram, Senior Edificer. This card used to be $1.00 rare, until the creation of the Pioneer format. Even though Sram, Senior Edificer is only available in the Arm for Battle preconstructed deck, his market price has dropped 61%. Instead of paying about $6.00 a copy, the Commander Legends version is selling for around $2.00. Sram, Senior Edificer is one of the most popular mono-white commanders, and sees plenty of play in other EDH decks focused on auras and equipment.
Fans of landfall decks are rejoicing with the reprint of Ramunap Excavator. This inconspicuous Naga Cleric had a market price of $14.17 before Commander Legends. Ramunap Excavator saw a rapid spike in price between July and October 2020. Technically, this Crucible of Worlds on a creature card is only available in a preconstructed deck, Reap the Tides. This limitation has not stopped Ramunap Excavator from falling in price by about 75%. As a top 50 EDH green card, I would not expect Ramunap Excavator's market price to stay under $5.00 for too long.
One of the most exciting reprints in Commander Legends is Command Beacon. This gem, initially printed in Commander 2015, was in dire need of additional supply. Command Beacon is particularly good with high casting cost commanders and those that can play lands from the graveyard. I believe the amount of copies of Command Beacon played in decks will increase dramatically, with the market price dropping from $29.52 to $3.10 (and rising). It is hard to beat a discount of almost 90%. Command Beacon is my top pick for the best budget reprint at rare.
The most significant inclusion at uncommon is none other than Three Visits. This functional reprint of Nature's Lore had a market price of about $115 until it was spoiled for Commander Legends. The scarcity of supply drove this high price point. When comparing the two versions of Three Visits, the market price dropped an incredible 97% to $3.50. The reprinted version of Three Visits is also less expensive than the market price for Nature's Lore. It is definitely appealing that players can run a copy of Three Visits and Nature's Lore in the same EDH deck. Anyone who has played Nature's Lore knows that Three Visits is a strong ramp card in multicolor decks running green. Looking ahead, I foresee Three Visit's market price increasing slowly over the next six months to around $5.00, similar to the lowest market price for Nature's Lore.
The next best savings for reprinted uncommons comes from Thought Vessel, one of the most substantial two mana rocks available. Thought Vessel is a great mana rock with some new commanders like Eligeth, Crossroads Augur and Kwain, Itinerant Meddler. The Mystery Booster printing of Thought Vessel was not enough to keep the market price from reaching $8.66 in October 2020. Thankfully, the market price has fallen to $1.67 due to Commander Legends. According to EDHREC, Thought Vessel sees play in over 40,000 decks. I feel that Thought Vessel's deck inclusion will rise due to the lower price and ample availability.
WOTC included a fair amount of reprint equity in the common rarity of Commander Legends. The best dollar savings at the common level is Path of Ancestry. This tribal synergy land had a market price of $2.99 before Commander Legends, even with its reprinting in Commander 2020. Path of Ancestry is included in over 35,000 decks and counting on EDHREC. As WOTC adds more tribal creatures like Squirrels and Dwarves to MTG, Path of Ancestry's playability will continue to grow. The current market price for Path of Ancestry is $0.36, a savings of $2.63 or 88%. I can see plenty of players picking up multiples of Path of Ancestry to avoid swapping a copy between decks. For casual players and tribal fans, Path of Ancestry is a great card at a low price.
Fire Diamond" || "Sky Diamond" || "Charcoal Diamond
It would be a huge miss not to mention the diamond cycle of artifacts at common. These mana rocks have not seen a thorough reprint since Commander 2014. Fire Diamond, Sky Diamond, and Charcoal Diamond had market prices over $2.50 leading to Commander Legends. Moss Diamond and Marble Diamond are the least expensive of the five due to their color pairings. The diamond cycle of cards has seen an overall discount of 90% in market price since being reprinted at common. Now is as good of a time as any to pick up any missing diamonds.
I checked market prices for 58 Commander Legends reprinted cards under $4.00, including some cards only in preconstructed decks. The average market price per card (omitting Three Visits) fell from $4.26 to $1.58—a 63% discount! Lower prices are a win for EDH players, since versions of popular and playable cards are more affordable.
Surprisingly, many of the reprinted cards were also available in other sets released in 2020. I counted 15 found in Mystery Boosters, Double Masters, or Commander 2020. Also, 12 of the reprinted cards I checked prices for are on EDHREC's list of the top 100 most played cards. It looks like WOTC is paying attention to what cards see the most play and have reprint equity. In 2021, I would expect to see cards like Smothering Tithe, Enlightened Tutor, Mystical Tutor, and Mirari's Wake appearing in supplemental products or Masters sets.
Commander Legends is a fantastic product for making powerful, highly-played EDH cards more affordable for players. There's even a ton of value packed in just the commons and uncommons.
In the near term, I predict prices will continue to buoy up and down a bit more as additional supply hits store shelves. That said, I believe Commander Legend's expected value will appreciate nicely in the long term. If you were on the fence about picking up reprints in Commander Legends, now is not the wrong time for many of the budget-friendly cards.