After just one week, Feb. 27 to March 3, the entire Modern Masters 2017 set has been made public, down to the last card.
Unlike in expansion set spoiler seasons, Modern Masters 2017 came in fast and hard, with multiple “wow factor” cards coming to light per day, alongside many cheaper, more common cards to fill out the set. Early spoilers such as Damnation and the five Zendikar fetch lands kept up the momentum into later days, when mega-hits such as Liliana of the Veil, Snapcaster Mage, and Cavern of Souls joined the set.
Unlike the earlier Modern Masters 2015 set, this new draft set concentrates more of its monetary value into the rare slot than the mythic rare slot. According to mtggoldfish.com, this new set’s average card value of the mythic rare slot is $17.66 (though prices fluctuate after a set’s release), and the mythic cards of Modern Masters 2015 averaged out to $28.40. This is an appreciable drop, but mythic rares only make up a small fraction of a set, and typically, only three appear in a 24-booster box of a masters-type set.
By contrast, at current prices, Modern Masters 2017 contains many more valuable rare cards than its predecessor, and given how many more rares than mythics appear in a box or draft, more value can be found in this set than ever before. The Zendikar fetch lands, Damnation, Goblin Guide, Abrupt Decay, Stony Silence, Venser, Shaper Savant, and many more fill the rare slot with value, while Modern Masters 2015 did not even have that many high-dollar rares.
Another improvement of this set over Modern Masters 2015 is the uncommon and common rarity slot. No set has the bulk of its value in uncommons, but booster pack costs can be offset by valuable uncommons, and Modern Masters 2017‘s inclusion Path to Exile, Inquisition of Kozilek, Might of Old Krosa, and Flickerwisp can go a long way to strengthen the set’s booster pack appeal. Even some commons in the set, such as Burning-Tree Shaman, Arcane Sanctum, Spell Pierce, and Explore are all worth 50 cents to $1.50 on starcitygames.com, relatively expensive for commons. Other powerful commons such as Magma Jet and Rewind help round out the set’s common slot.
Other rares and mythics, meanwhile, aim to flesh out Modern Masters 2017‘s draft and sealed pool experience rather than bring down prices of high-profile rares. Being a draft set, Modern Masters 2017 makes use of cheaper rares that can provide explosive, skill-intensive gameplay in any draft or sealed pool event. Mizzium Mortars, while barely 50 cents on starcitygames.com, can be cast as a devastating burn spell to turn a game around, while creatures such as Desecration Demon and Thragtusk, which were all-stars in bygone Standard tournaments, promise to re-deliver all that power in a new gameplay environment.
Even the uncommons are poised to help shape entire games, such as Intangible Virtue (especially in green-white Populate decks), Vampire Nighthawk (another old Standard powerhouse), and Lingering Souls (a card famous for its token creation).
It is not only Modern that benefits from these reprints. Commander/EDH decks make use of nearly any card imaginable, including those popular in Standard and Modern. Modern Masters 2017 brings back classics such as Sphinx’s Revelation, Bonfire of the Damned, Cyclonic Rift, and Scavenging Ooze, and while none of them have massive prices like Tarmogoyf (which also appears in this set), Modern Masters 2017‘s reprint run ensures that nearly any player can find copies of desirable cards like these anywhere.