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CardGameGeek
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Most sought after cards

Post by CardGameGeek » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:13 am

Hi,

Lately I was wondering which are the cards most sought after from each set both from a playing and collecting perspective.
Let's take out of the picture the Balrog set entirely ( and Longbottom Leaf with it) and AS R1, because they are clearly the top stuff each collector is after.

But for TW, TD, DM, LE, WH and other AS, which are the most interesting, powerful cards that still see play today and are mostly looked from collectors?

I'll start with some basic stuff, from a collector standpoint, but would really like to have some help and insight from the seasoned players here.

The Wizards
  • The One Ring
  • Assassin
  • Mouth of Sauron
  • Adûnaphel***
  • Akhōrahil
  • Dwar of Waw
  • Hoarmûrath of Dír**
  • Indûr Dawndeath
  • Khamûl the Easterling
  • Ren the Unclean**
  • Ûvatha the Horseman***
  • Witch-king of Angmar
  • Thief
  • The Will of Sauron
  • Bilbo
The Dragons
  • Emerald of the Mariner
  • Winds of Wrath
  • Thrain II
  • Wormsbane
  • Were-Worm
  • Many Sorrow Befall
Dark Minions
  • Durin's Bane
  • Long Dark Reach
  • Revealed to All Watchers
  • Aiglos
Lidless Eye
  • Lidless Eye
  • The One Ring
  • We Have Come to Kill
  • Heedless Revelry
  • Chill Them with Fear
  • Uruk-lieutenant
  • Adûnaphel Unleashed
  • Akhôrahil Unleashed
  • Dwar Unleashed
  • Hoarmûrath Unleashed
  • Indûr Unleashed
  • Khamûl Unleashed
  • Ren Unleashed
  • The Witch-king Unleashed
  • Ûvatha Unleashed
  • The Roving Eye
  • A Malady Without Healing
  • Bitter Cold
  • Freeze the Flesh
  • Gold Chains in the Wind
  • Veils of Shadow
  • Words of Menace and Deceit
  • Black Rain
  • Beorning Toll
  • Elf-Lord Revealed in Wrath
  • Landroval
  • Pirates
  • Thranduil's Folk
  • Uruk-Lieutenant
  • Wandering Eldar
  • Ruse
  • Ready to his Will
  • Threats
  • Plague
Against the Shadow
  • Thong of Fire
The White Hand
  • Rolled Down to the Sea
  • Await the Onset
  • Girdle of Radagast
  • The Great Hunt
  • The White Hand


Thanks
Last edited by CardGameGeek on Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:55 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Kjeld
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Re: Most sought after cards

Post by Kjeld » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:47 pm

From Lidless Eye, there's a long list of in-demand cards, especially since I.C.E. made so many utility cards rare. I'd add to your list, at the least:
  • We Have Come to Kill
    Heedless Revelry
    Chill Them with Fear
    Uruk-lieutenant
Also sought after:
  • Any of the Unleashed cards, especially Witch-king, Akhorahil, and Hoarmurath
    The Roving Eye
    Any of the rare magic cards, especially Malady and Black Rain
    Rare hazard creatures: Pirates, Thranduil's Folk, Wandering Eldar
    Utility resources: e.g. Ruse, Ready to his Will
From other sets, I'm not so sure. I feel like Dragons is easy to find, so not much there that's on demand, apart from perhaps a few useful non uniques like Winds of Wrath. Dark Minions it's harder to find, but also is known for its unique rares, I feel, so easier to fill a playset. White Hand, again, easy to get. Await the Onset, Girdle of Radagast, The Great Hunt, and The White Hand are perhaps among the more desirable cards.

CorumMc
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Re: Most sought after cards

Post by CorumMc » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:09 pm

This will be worth watching.

I have a fair collection mostly from love of the cards. I'm not a seasoned player and net deck or use slightly tweaked challenge decks mostly when I do get to play. It would be nice to have this list handy as a bank of utility cards to keep in mind when deck-building.

CardGameGeek
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Re: Most sought after cards

Post by CardGameGeek » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:32 am

Kjeld wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:47 pm
From Lidless Eye, there's a long list of in-demand cards, especially since I.C.E. made so many utility cards rare. I'd add to your list, at the least:
  • We Have Come to Kill
    Heedless Revelry
    Chill Them with Fear
    Uruk-lieutenant
Also sought after:
  • Any of the Unleashed cards, especially Witch-king, Akhorahil, and Hoarmurath
    The Roving Eye
    Any of the rare magic cards, especially Malady and Black Rain
    Rare hazard creatures: Pirates, Thranduil's Folk, Wandering Eldar
    Utility resources: e.g. Ruse, Ready to his Will
From other sets, I'm not so sure. I feel like Dragons is easy to find, so not much there that's on demand, apart from perhaps a few useful non uniques like Winds of Wrath. Dark Minions it's harder to find, but also is known for its unique rares, I feel, so easier to fill a playset. White Hand, again, easy to get. Await the Onset, Girdle of Radagast, The Great Hunt, and The White Hand are perhaps among the more desirable cards.
This is really useful thanks.
What about AS ? You don't mention it at all, but I am quite sure some of the R2 have a play value, isn't it ?
Also I think, while non unique cards have an higher market value, for a reference unique cards are worth to be taken into consideration as well.

Will update the main post soon, thanks again.

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Re: Most sought after cards

Post by the Jabberwock » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:19 pm

I'll throw out a quick list on the fly, and will try to update later if I think of other cards to include. Some of these will duplicate what Kjeld listed. As a general rule, rare cards which are both non-unique and useful in a great variety of decks SHOULD be the most valuable. For an unknown reason, however, this is not always the case. For example, it is easy to see why Assassin is priced high - one can use 3 per deck and it can be included in just about any deck. On the other hand, a card like The One Ring is only used in very specific decks and you only need one copy. Yet both versions of The One Ring still seem to demand a higher price. Unique cards which are highly useful and can be used in any deck still have higher values (ie. Mouth of Sauron).

WIZARDS
- All 9 Nazgul (Adunaphel and Uvatha being the best; Hoarmurath and Ren being next best; all of the Nazgul are great due to their extreme flexibility: they can be used as a big creature if your opponent goes to a Dark Hold/Dark Domain, they can be used for their special Event ability, or they can be used to access your sideboard).
- Mouth of Sauron
- Assassin
- Thief
- The Will of Sauron
- The One Ring
- Bilbo (unique characters in general aren't all that in demand because you only need one and they aren't used in every deck; however, Bilbo seems to be the highest valued from this set. My guess is that it is because: 1) He is a sage and therefore generally more useful than Frodo who is a diplomat; 2) He was never printed at all in the Dutch version of Wizards; 3) Elrond is reprinted in the Challenge Decks.

DRAGONS
** Keep in mind that due to the extreme over-printing of this set by ICE, none of the cards are all that hard to find or valuable, but these IMO are the most useful overall.
- Thrain II
- Emerald of the Mariner
- Wormsbane
- Were-Worm
- Many Sorrows Befall

DARK MINIONS
- Long Dark Reach (the fact that this card is an R3 makes it easier to get of course)
- Revealed to All Watchers
- Aiglos

THE LIDLESS EYE
** Wow, lots of great cards from this set! I'm just going to name the most prominent that jump out at me.
- The Lidless Eye
- Elf Lord Revealed in Wrath
- Chill Them With Fear
- Heedless Revelry
- We Have Come to Kill
- A Malady Without Healing
- Uruk-Lieutenant
- The Roving Eye
- The One Ring
- Akhorahil Unleashed (typically a spell specific to 1 avatar wouldn't be all that in-demand, but since Akhorahil seems to be the Ringwraith used the most at competitive levels, it seems his spell is in higher demand).
- Threats
- Ready to His Will (in my opinion, this card is less valuable than it should be, possibly due to the fact that it was reprinted in the Challenge Decks).

AGAINST THE SHADOW
** It's not that there aren't any good rares from this set, but most of the rares are used in more specific decks and thus overall less desirable than those that can be used in just about any deck (We Have Come to Kill, etc.). The reduced availability of the cards in this set is therefor what drives prices higher.
- Thong of Fire

THE WHITE HAND
** I feel the non-unique Stage R2s would be more valuable if it weren't for 2 things: 1) They are Avatar specific and thus less overall useful in more decks; 2) Some players (sadly) don't even build Fallen Wizard decks. Radagast certainly is the most popular at the competitive levels, thus likely the reason his non-unique is more valuable.
- Girdle of Radagast
- Rolled Down to the Sea

CardGameGeek
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Re: Most sought after cards

Post by CardGameGeek » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:59 pm

Many Thanks!

I updated the first post to reflect your suggestions.

Let me say that would be nice to know the few Deck Specific Cards that are staple in these given decks (Resource and/or Hazard part).
Also while I do understand unique cards are less in demand, I think they should show up on the list for reference to new players as well that may be helped to understand what's good and what not.

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