The Most Impactful Cards of Magic: The Gathering Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

Iymrith, Desert Doom

Iymrith is a beast: a 5/5 flyer is extremely strong, but add in card draw and protection and you have an immaculate top-end threat. That’s why she’s a finisher for two of the top-tier decks in Standard 2022 – red-blue dragons, and blue-black control. Iymrith is the best of a LOT of dragons introduced in AFR, at least in Standard. That means she should hold onto her value at least until the next rotation cycle, in September 2022. And with her abilities, she will likely become a staple in some mono-blue and dragon commander decks, helping that value grow from her $15 price today.

Grab a copy of Iymrith, Desert Doom here.

Power Word Kill

Power Word Kill was one of the earliest previews of the set, and it took a minute for people to realize what it could do. There are a lot of exclusions to its otherwise very efficient removal ability. That said, there are a lot of exclusions to Eliminate’s very efficient removal ability, too, and that card was a staple in any deck that touched black since it hit. Power Word Kill’s biggest weakness is that, in Standard 2022, it’s useless against the best deck in the format (red-blue dragons). But that means in eternal formats, where the best creatures are phoenixes, artifacts, and people holding giant hammers, it’s great. You can get a full playset of Power Word Kill for less than $5 now, but I’m willing to bet that goes up over time.

Buy Power Word Kill here.

Hobgoblin Bandit Lord

Hobgoblin Bandit Lord brought an entirely new archetype to life in Standard: Goblins. Long a staple of older formats, mono red goblins didn’t have anywhere near enough juice to compete since cards like Muxus, Goblin Grandee, or Krenko, Mob Boss rotated out. But since Hobgoblin Bandit Lord pumps up the whole board and has an activated ability that can win the game with one good turn, standard goblins is now a going concern. Hobgoblin Bandit Lord is hovering around $4 a card now, but the more people get to play with it (and the more they realize it can help set up an alternate win condition in goblin commander decks), the more they should be able to charge for it.

Buy Hobgoblin Bandit Lord here.

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