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Eventide dropped back in 2008, concluding the two-set Shadowmoor block. It’s a small set and wasn’t overloaded with hugely powerful cards, but there are still some diamonds in the rough for us to get into. From widely played lands to archetype staples, Eventide has a handful of cards that have held pretty respectable prices — let’s get across them!
It won’t surprise you to learn that Inundate is quite popular in exactly one type of Commander build and virtually unplayed in any others: Mono-Blue! You’ll see it crop up in decks like Svyelun of Sea and Sky or Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign, but even then not in huge numbers. The fact this card costs $6 isn’t because of massive demand from Mono-Blue diehards, but because it hasn’t seen a reprint thus far — not even once, in any form — and so this Eventide version is the only way to get your hands on the card. Any future reprint will completely tank the price, so think carefully before investing. What am I saying? You’re a Blue player, of course, so you’ll think carefully (and for way too long). It’s what you do!
#9 Fetid Heath
The Filter Lands remain reasonably popular with players unafraid of an ambitious mana base who want to curve Voice of the Blessed into Necropotence. Fetid Heath is here to help! A ton of reprints have helped to manage this card’s price over the years, and you can pick up a more recent version for under $4. Boomers and purists, however, who want the genuine Eventide article, are looking at $6.50. However, it’s no secret that lands are a good place to invest — you’ll always need ’em, and if you need to tame a particularly wild mana base, Filter Lands will certainly help you do that.
#8 Helix Pinnacle
You’ve built a sweet deck. It has synergy, it has utility, it’s flexible and responsive, and answers threats and disrupts opposing game plans. No one’s going to be able to beat you. But will you be able to beat them? In case you ever forget to, you know, to include a win condition, you can always play Helix Pinnacle. It’ll take a long time, sure, but it’ll win you the game eventually! In truth, this $7 card is mainly played in big mana decks (Omnath, Locus of Mana being the classic example) by those who don’t want to bother themselves with the indignity of going through combat steps. I’ve won many games with Helix Pinnacle, and it’s an experience I recommend very highly — until they hit you with a Dromoka’s Command, that is.
#7 Twilight Mire
Twilight Mire is a desirable card for all the same reasons as Fetid Heath. However, it comes in at the slightly higher price point of $7.25 at the time of writing (while reprinted copies are closer to $6 than $4). Why? This card is in demand in 60-card constructed: Modern decks like Golgari Yawgmoth, which need to curve Strangleroot Geist into [Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, make excellent use of a Filter Land like Twilight Mire. Fetid Heath and Twilight Mire are priced quite reasonably, really: compare them to Sunken Ruins, which was only reprinted once, and comes in at a pretty hefty $23!
#6 Endless Horizons
I will be honest and say I had no idea this card existed. I guess I haven’t played with or against enough Mono-White Commander decks to ever see Endless Horizons, but my first impression of this card is that it’s… really good? You hit your land drops every single turn, and are guaranteed to draw business for the rest of the game. It doesn’t seem to be very commonly played, however, and the $7.25 price tag is because it hasn’t been reprinted, like Inundate, rather than due to overwhelming demand. I suppose there’s always the risk that the Enchantment is destroyed, in which case you’re never playing another land, but just whack a Cavalier of Dawn in there somewhere and you’ll be fine.
A must-include card in decks built around -1/-1 counters, Necroskitter is a mainstay of decks like The Scorpion God, Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, and -1/-1 builds of Yawgmoth, Thran Physician. The ability on offer here is so powerful: plop a -1/-1 counter on something with old Scorpion God or Hapatra, kill it, and then it turns its coat and returns to your side of the battlefield, thanks to Necroskitter. No wonder it’s an $8 card — it’s only been reprinted once, in Modern Masters 2015, and has to be amongst the most powerful utility cards a specific archetype could hope for.
#4 Glen Elendra Archmage
A brutal lockout card, playing Glen Elendra Archmage always causes a collective groan at the table as players immediately revisit their priority list when it comes to spell deployment. Having two Negates locked and loaded on the table is no joke — and if you’ve got a way to remove the counter the Archmage gets after dying the first time, you can counter everything forever and ever. I play this card very happily in my blink deck and would be happy to pay $8 for the privilege of doing so. It’s great in Faeries, it’s ideal in Muldrotha, the Grave Tide it’s just a great card. Assuming you’re not on its receiving end, that is.
#3 Ward of Bones
Here we have another pricey Eventide card that has never been reprinted — like Inundate and Endless Horizons — Ward of Bones is far more expensive than it should be due to restricted supply. This card’s $12 price tag is not reflective of its value, as it sees very little play in Commander and so unless the 67-card casual kitchen table crew is buying up all the copies (unlikely, you would think), this card should cost a lot less. It’s pretty spicy in Taniwha decks — opponents can’t ever play lands – but overall, this card is clunky, over-costed, and definitely not worth $12.
#2 Bloom Tender
Would you believe, gentle reader, that Bloom Tender was once a $60 card? The prices of Inundate, Endless Horizons, and Ward of Bones are what you get when an Eventide card has low supply and low demand, but when the card instead has low supply and high demand? Before being reprinted properly in Double Masters 2022, Bloom Tender was just about the most expensive mana dork on the market. Now, thankfully, these reprints have brought the card’s price back under control, and you can pick up a copy for $12 — or save yourself one whole dollar and grab a Double Masters version for $11.
#1 Waves of Aggression
Well, by now, you’re probably able to figure out why Waves of Aggression is around $20. It does see play: any extra combats deck that dips into white is more than happy to have a way to recur this effect, and you’ll find it in everything from Narset, Enlightened Master to Aurelia, the Warleader. It is not, however, priced sustainably. Have a look at the price history of Bloom Tender, a much more in-demand card, and you’ll understand what will happen the second this card gets reprinted. The price will plummet and will return to its old price point of $6 or so. If you have extra copies of this card and don’t need them, now is a terrific time to offload them before it’s too late.