It’s that time again for new event decks to be announced. While Return to Ravnica hasn’t even been officially released, Wizards has already given us the decklists for the latest event decks. Let’s take a look at their current financial value and if they are worth the suggested MSRP of $25.

Rakdos: Wrack and Rage


1 Dragonskull Summit
13 Mountain
2 Rakdos Guildgate
8 Swamp
2 Hellhole Flailer
3 Knight of Infamy
2 Lightning Mauler
4 Rakdos Cackler
4 Rakdos Shred-Freak
3 Rix Maadi Guildmage
2 Stonewright
2 Stromkirk Noble
2 Brimstone Volley
1 Devil’s Play
1 Mizzium Mortars
1 Nightbird’s Clutches
4 Pillar of Flame
1 Rakdos Charm
4 Searing Spear
2 Brimstone Volley
3 Duress
2 Electrickery
2 Faithless Looting
1 Grafdigger’s Cage
2 Murder
2 Ultimate Price
1 Vexing Devil

Looking at the Rakdos deck, we see the most valuable card is Vexing Devil at $6. The rest are pretty weak from there and the only rare Return to Ravnica card is Mizzium Mortars, valued at $4. While a pair of Stromkirk Nobles are nice, it’s only a $2 card. Not a lot of value in this one and Star City value of the deck is $43. If we put the real value at half of that, we are still only at $21, less than the MSRP of the deck. This is not a buy if you are looking for value.



Golgari: Creep and Conquer


4 Evolving Wilds
8 Forest
3 Golgari Guildgate
1 Grim Backwoods
7 Swamp
1 Woodland Cemetery
2 Daggerdrome Imp
3 Dawntreader Elk
1 Deadbridge Goliath
1 Disciple of Bolas
2 Dreg Mangler
4 Drudge Beetle
1 Druid’s Familiar
3 Korozda Guildmage
2 Slitherhead
2 Trusted Forcemage
1 Ulvenwald Tracker
4 Vampire Nighthawk
1 Wolfir Silverheart
2 Golgari Charm
4 Tragic Slip
1 Ultimate Price
2 Victim of Night
3 Bramblecrush
2 Duress
2 Ghost Quarter
4 Strangleroot Geist
1 Thragtusk
3 Vile Rebirth


The Golgari deck has given us some good value rares. Thragtusk returns to an event deck once again and is joined by Woodland Cemetery as the $15 cards for the deck. Value does drop from there with Wolfir Silverheart at $4. Again, while the Star City price is $68 for this set, real value is looking at $34. This is well over the MSRP of the event deck. Is it a value purchase though, it’s hard to tell.


Both of these decks come with one big caveat. They have been spoiled almost a month before release. Prices can fluctuate a lot during this period. Currently, the only card I believe will keep value is Thragtusk. Woodland cemetery is a hot card at the moment but could drop. Vexing devil has been fluctuating back and forth but I don’t see it rising higher than $8. This does make the prediction of the value tough at the moment. In comparing the two, the choice is simple and Wizards has once again provided us with a color code on purchase. Red means don’t buy and green means buy. Of course, if you are looking just to have fun with the decks, it is up for you to decide which one you would enjoy more. As time goes on, we will keep an eye on the prices of the decks and see how they progressed in value. In the meantime, if you want to preorder the decks, I would do so now and get the Golgari one. It has the best value cards and will probably sell out when released.