Players can now purchase Commander 2021 decks and singles based on the five colleges in Strixhaven: School of Mages. Leading up to the release, new cards and decklists got spoiled—on March 25th, 2021, WotC spoiled five commanders headlining each Commander 2021 deck:
Players quickly discovered powerful interactions and combos with some of the spoiled commanders. As a result, several card prices spiked due to innovative synergies. Purchasing copies of synergistic cards was a risk, since Commander 2021 decklists were unknown at the time. If a particular card showed up in Commander 2021 decks as reprints, spiked prices could fall back to previous levels or even lower.
Starting on April 5th, 2021, WotC held a week-long spoiler event for each of the five Commander 2021 decklists:
Commander 2021 decklist spoilers caused more price movements in the secondary market. Interestingly, focal cards that spiked in price due to the initial spoilers on March 25th, 2021, weren't featured in Commander 2021 decklists, causing their prices to rise even higher!
The first and second wave of Commander 2021 spoilers caused a handful of intriguing price movements. Historic price charts for a few cards tell a fascinating story. Let's look at the average selling price history for noteworthy cards with initial price spikes between March 25th and April 9th, 2021.
Thousand-Year Storm initial average price of $8 rose steadily following March 25th. The blue line in the chart above represents the average selling price, while the green bars represent the number of copies sold per day. Additional sales of Thousand-Year Storm following March 25th drove its price to a peak of $13—a 63% increase.
product-hover id="235089" is an ideal home for Thousand-Year Storm. The mythic rare copies an instant or sorcery you cast for each other instant or sorcery spell you've cast before it this turn. Casting a low-mana spell like Ponder or Brainstorm can set up explosive sequences with Thousand-Year Storm. An example of a powerful casting order could be: Brainstorm, Seething Song, and Apex of Power. This casting order creates a copy of Seething Song, which produces a total of ten red mana for Apex of Power. Since Apex of Power gets copied twice, any following instants or sorceries cast during the same turn get copied three, four, five, or even six times!
Zaffai, Thunder Conductor works well with Thousand-Year Storm on the battlefield. Each cast and copied spell triggers Zaffai, Thunder Conductor magecraft ability. Thousand-Year Storm can quickly escalate the amount of value gained from Zaffai, Thunder Conductor. With both on the battlefield, the above-mentioned three-card casting order would trigger:
The extra value gained from Thousand-Year Storm and Zaffai, Thunder Conductor, may turn the tide of battle in your favor. Throw Veyran, Voice of Duality, into the mix to double Thousand-Year Storm triggered ability! Thousand-Year Storm may become a force of reckoning for players running Zaffai, Thunder Conductor.
Mox Tantalite spiked following the initial spoiler of Osgir, the Reconstructor, on March 25th. The average selling price for Mox Tantalite shot up from about $6 to $16—a 167% increase. Since then, Mox Tantalite average selling price has trickled down to around $11.
Mox Tantalite synergizes with Osgir, the Reconstructor since it doesn't have a drawback when copied from the graveyard. Osgir, the Reconstructor, may also create two copies of Mox Tantalite from your graveyard for zero mana! Players can place Mox Tantalite in the graveyard with Faithless Looting or Daretti, Scrap Savant—both included in product-hover id="235092". Anyone interested in playing with Osgir, the Reconstructor should consider adding Mox Tantalite to the 99.
The 2021 Commander deck causing the most cards to spike in price is product-hover id="235090". Adrix and Nev, Twincasters—the premier commander for product-hover id="235090"—doubles the number of tokens created under your control. Putting Parallel Lives on a commander enables additional synergies with other MTG cards.
Tempt with Reflections saw a significant price spike once product-hover id="235090" spoiled on April 7th. The average selling price for Tempt with Reflections dramatically increased from $4 to $14—250%! With Adrix and Nev, Twincasters in play, you create two token copies of a creature you control with Tempt with Reflections. Also, each opponent who chooses to make a token copy gives you two additional token copies. Even if your opponents are not tempted by the offer, creating two token copies of a creature you control for four mana is a decent return.
Faerie Artisans is another blue card that makes token copies of creatures. Unlike Tempt with Reflections, Faerie Artisans average selling price more than doubled what it was before the March 25th Commander 2021 spoilers. Faerie Artisans ability creates a copy of each nontoken creature that enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, except it's an artifact in addition to its other types. However, creature tokens created by Faerie Artisans get exiled each time a new nontoken creature enters the battlefield under an opponent's control.
Adrix and Nev, Twincasters ability causes Faerie Artisans to produce two creature token copies each time a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under an opponent's control. The same rules apply to both tokens. There is a way to keep all creature token copies created by Faerie Artisans on the battlefield permanently. Suppose Faerie Artisans leaves the battlefield and returns for any reason. In that case, creature tokens created by the previous version of Faerie Artisans remain in play indefinitely (unless removed by another spell or ability). Faerie Artisans repeatable ability looks promising in Adrix and Nev, Twincasters 99.
Fable of Wolf and Owl is an exciting enchantment from Eventide. Between new demand and the scarcity of Eventide cards, Fable of Wolf and Owl average selling price spiked from $5 to $15 (and is holding steady). Fable of Wolf and Owl creates creature tokens depending on the colors of a spell. Casting a blue and green colored spell will get you a 2/2 green Wolf creature token and a 1/1 blue Bird creature token with flying. If you happen to have Adrix and Nev, Twincasters on the battlefield, you can make four creature tokens!
It's relatively easy to create an army of Wolf and Bird creature tokens with token-doubling effects. Players can use the creature tokens to attack opponents, sacrifice to Phyrexian Altar, convoke with Chord of Calling, or other purposes. Your opponents may be hard-pressed to ignore Fable of Wolf and Owl when it hits the battlefield.
Helm of the Host average selling price spiked when Adrix and Nev, Twincasters was spoiled on March 25th, and continued rising through the spoiler for product-hover id="235090". Equipping Adrix and Nev, Twincasters with Helm of the Host creates 2059 token copies on the third turn, if left alone by opponents. I don't foresee Helm of the Host current price dropping much farther until it receives a future reprint.
Commander 2021 adds 81 new cards with unique and exciting abilities. It's not surprising a few caused some existing cards to rise in price. While not all of the price spikes mentioned above will hold long-term, a few will stay around current levels unless reprinted or demand subsides. Even with the price spikes, players have a nearly endless amount of card options for upgrading and experimenting with Commander 2021 decks.