Magic: The Gathering's upcoming multiplayer set, Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate, officially releases in just a few days — specifically, on June 10th, 2022. Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate (that is, Commander Legends 2) blends the original Commander Legend's set structure and Limited format with the flavor of Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. The mechanics, reprints, and new-to-MTG cards found in Commander Legend 2 all offer a compelling player experience.

For Commander Legends 2, Wizards of the Coast decided to bring back several mechanics, including myriad, adventure, and goad. Astoundingly, Mark Rosewater, Head Designer for MTG, stated that goad is now MTG's first evergreen multiplayer mechanic! As for new mechanics, backgrounds are an alternative to the partner mechanic, and taking the initiative is a twist on the classic monarch and dungeon mechanics.

While Commander Legends 2's mechanics are fun and interesting, players seem most excited for its new-to-MTG cards. Furthermore, synergies between Commander Legends 2 cards and older cards have caused multiple price spikes. Let's look at a few cards that skyrocketed in price due to Commander Legends 2.   

Vengeful Ancestor

Vengeful Ancestor is a four-mana, 3/4 red Spirit Dragon with flying, and whenever it enters the battlefield or attacks, it goads a target creature. Vengeful Ancestor also possesses a triggered ability that says whenever a goaded creature attacks, it deals 1 damage to its controller.

Vengeful Ancestor's typing and abilities synergize with many cards in Commander Legends 2, but especially Dragons. The spoiling of cards like Ancient Silver Dragon, Wrathful Red Dragon, and Oceanus Dragon all contributed to Vengeful Ancestor's average market spiking in price.

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The above chart for Vengeful Ancestor shows sales volume by date across the bottom, and the blue line shows the average price sold. During Commander Legend 2's spoiler season, Vengeful Ancestor's average market price rose from $0.60 to $2 or 233%. It seems likely that speculation was a major factor in Vengeful Ancestor's price movement. There was a single transaction on May 12th for 300 copies at $0.59, and another transaction the same day for 61 copies at $0.59. Although organic demand seemingly maintained Vengeful Ancestor's price point around $2.50, a reprint in the Draconic Dissent Commander precon deck will inevitably lower its average market price.

Maze's End

Maze's End is a nonbasic land from Dragon's Maze that produces colorless mana, searches your library for Gate cards to put onto the battlefield, and possesses an alternative win condition. Paying three mana to activate the search ability of Maze's End will trigger a check to see if you win the game by controlling ten or more Gates on the battlefield. With the inclusion of Nine-Fingers Keene and nine new Gate cards in Commander Legends 2, increased interest in Maze's End caused its average market price to spike.

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A leaked image of Nine-Fingers Keene on the Internet was probably the catalyst for Maze's End to jump from $2 to $10 per copy. Fascinatingly, foil prerelease versions of Maze's End are available at a lower price than a regular version! It will be exciting to see how players build Nine-Fingers Keene Commander decks and if they can consistently win with Maze's End.     

Worst Fears

Journey into Nyx gave MTG players Worst Fears, an eight-mana sorcery that allows you to control a target opponent during their next turn. Players may be familiar with similar wording found on Emrakul, the Promised End and Mindslaver

Before Commander Legends 2, Worst Fears saw some play in decks led by Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge. However, the introduction of Zevlor, Elturel Exile in Commander Legends 2, catapulted Worst Fears' playability and average market price upward.

Zevlor, Elturel Exile's activated ability can target Worst Fears, thus copying it for each opponent. Ten mana may seem like a ton to take control of multiple opponents' next turns, but in practice, taking control of various opponents' next turns can quickly change the tide of battle in your favor.

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Worst Fear's average market price rose from about $2 to $6 following the reveal of Zevlor, Elturel Exile, but although its average market price initially jumped by over 200%, its heightened price point has declined. Worst Fear's average market price will probably settle between $3 or $4 in the near term.     

Herald of the Host

Initially printed in Commander 2015, Herald of the Host is a five-mana 4/4 Angel with flying, vigilance, and myriad. Herald of the Host sees occasional Commander play in decks led by commanders like Lyra Dawnbringer, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, and Marisi, Breaker of the Coil. Since Commander Legends 2 added several myriad cards such as Battle Angels of Tyr and Legion Loyalty, player demand for Herald of the Host skyrocketed.

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In early May, Herald of the Host's average market price jumped from $1 to $2.50 or 150%. Interestingly, one or more individuals purchased 20 copies of Herald of the Host at $0.88 each and 28 copies at $0.95 each on April 25th. That said, there appears to be some organic demand since many transactions on TCGplayer contain a single copy of Herald of the Host. Don't expect Herald of the Host to slide back to $1 due to its Angel typing and myriad ability. 

Commander Legends 2 includes a legendary Human Boar named Raggadragga, Goreguts Boss, who synergies with mana creatures like Llanowar Elves and Birds of Paradise. Raggadragga, Goreguts Boss has three abilities to turn creatures you control with mana abilities into threats. MTG cards that grant mana abilities to creatures also synergize with Raggadragga, Goreguts Boss.

Citanul Hierophants

Citanul Hierophants from Urza's Saga is a Human Druid that enables creatures you control to tap for one green mana. Citanul Hierophants compliments Raggadragga, Goreguts Boss on the battlefield by giving all of your creature cards a mana ability to receive additional buffs. Due to Citanul Hierophants' supply scarcity and synergy with Raggadragga, Goreguts Boss, its average market price dramatically increased.

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The spoiling of Raggadragga, Goreguts Boss on May 20th, led to a buying frenzy for copies of Citanul Hierophants. As a result, the average market price of Citanul Hierophants increased from $4 to $25 before settling close to $16. If player interest in building Commander decks led by Raggadragga, Goreguts Boss remains strong, Citanul Hierophants' average market price will likely stay above $10.  

Cryptolith Rite

Another green card that synergies with Raggadragga, Goreguts Boss is Cryptolith Rite, an enchantment from Shadows Over Innistrad. Cryptolith Rite is a popular inclusion in creature token-themed Commander decks as it grants creatures you control the ability to tap for one mana of any color. The average market price of Cryptolith Rite steadily rose throughout 2022, with a recent surge due to Raggadragga, Goreguts Boss

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While Cryptolith Rite did not experience the same spike as Citanul Hierophant, its average market price recently rose by 25%. Since Cryptolith Rite is a commonly played Commander card with one printing, its average market price may continue to climb. Moreover, other cards granting mana abilities to creatures like Jaheira, Friend of the Forest and Ashaya, Soul of the Wild may soon experience an uptick in demand and price.