Snapcaster Mage

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Born from High Expectations

From 1997 to 2007, Wizards of the Coast invited pro players to the Magic Invitational Tournament. The winner of the tournament could submit a design for a card and the printed card – with or without changes from Wizards R&D – would bear a likeness to the player in its art. These Invitational cards ended up being very powerful, as was the case with Meddling Mage, Dark Confidant, and Ranger of Eos. So, when Tiago Chan won the very last Invitational in 2007, the Magic world waited with bated breath for the printing of his card. It wasn't until four years later, when Innistrad was released on September 2011, when the world was finally introduced to Snapcaster Mage. It was worth the wait, however, as Snapcaster Mage would become one of the most powerful creatures ever printed in the history of Magic: The Gathering.

Snapcaster Mage Is a Magic All-Star

Here's a good rule of thumb about Snapcaster Mage's place in a format: If Snapcaster Mage is a legal card, then it's one of the best in that format.

Snapcaster Mage sees heavy play in Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and in any blue deck that relies on Instants or Sorceries. The reason why the card fits so seamlessly in a wide range of decks and formats is due to its ability to give flashback to Instants and Sorceries in your graveyard. A tempo deck in Modern can close out a game by casting Lightning Bolt, playing Snapcaster Mage at the end of the opponent's turn, flashing back the Bolt, then dealing the last two points of damage via combat. In Grixis Control in Legacy, chain Kolaghan's Commands and Snapcaster Mages to make your opponent discard, return Snapcaster, then flashback the Command. In Blue-White Mentor lists in Vintage, Snapcaster Mage double-dips some of Magic's most powerful spells, Ancestral Recall and Treasure Cruise. Whatever the Instant or Sorcery, having the blue Human Wizard in your deck makes spells twice as good as they would be without.

Waiting for an Eager Return

Although Snapcaster Mage debuted with a price tag of around 20,00 €, the card has seen a sharp rise in value in the seven years since then. It now hovers around 50,00 € (Near Mint) even with a reprint as a RPTQ promo and a Mythic Rare in Modern Masters 2017 and Ultimate Masters (December 2018).

Due to its popularity, Snapcaster Mage has been the center of speculation whenever a reprint set is announced. But there's no guess as to when – or if – Tiago Chan's card will see another reprint that will bring down its price anytime soon. In any case, one thing is for sure: It's unlikely that a strict upgrade of Snapcaster Mage will ever be printed.


Comments (15)

Borlow(20.03.2017 11:04)

probably will drop to 30 for eng ones i dont see it dropping any more than that. But who knows:-)

markholm(15.03.2017 03:23)

Am I the only one who noticed that Kiefer Sutherland is our new Snapcaster.

mementopap(28.02.2017 09:26)

is wizard going to reprint snapcaster mage on Modern masters 2017?

elaxxl(18.11.2015 23:22)

I agree, you can bet your money that snapcaster mage and liliana of the veil will be reprinted in modern masters 3.

I also believe that Linvala, keeper of silence will be reprinted in modern masters 3.

DrownBot(01.11.2015 19:08)

Cant help myself, art looks like a brazilian soccer player to me..

Javimagic(29.10.2015 13:23)

You will very probably see him and Liliana of the Veil reprinted in Modern Masters 3. Wizards is not losing any equity with this super-scarce printing.

rosvojaska(27.10.2015 15:21)

This pretty much guarantees that we won't be seeing Snapcaster Mage printed again in years.

Tupie-San(13.07.2015 11:48)

I'm glad I traded these in. I traded the first 2 in when they were like €35 a piece. The third when it was about 50 and the last around 70 all trade value. It's crazy how much it's spiked in just 3 months (april to now). But it seems like it's dropping now...

mementopap(13.06.2015 18:28)

Ok it s very good card... but it s really very expensive at the moment.

hugo87(18.05.2015 23:31)

Thanks God this card came out as rare, because as mythic it would cost much more.

Zollverein(11.05.2015 14:55)

Amazing card, it's really expensive and it's prize is going to growth more, but it's essential in a lot of decks. Used in modern, legacy and even vintage

Closed-Cardmarket-Account-968735(09.05.2015 14:00)

I bought one maybe two months ago when it was still 35€ Price has almost risen 10€ since. Can't complain.

manelmolina(08.05.2015 21:39)

Best modern staple ever!!! This has to be the new tarmo, price goes up craxy!!

Bomar(08.05.2015 20:53)

Made in the likeness of Tiago Chan, it was his invitational card!

noqxo(08.05.2015 09:42)

This is one of the main legs to almost every blue deck in the modern format. It let's you rebuy a card from your graveyard, as well as leaving behind a 2/1, which often results in card-advantage.

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ConstructedBy Rone (2018-09-11)

Summer is over and the Guilds of Ravnica spoilers have officially begun. While waiting for new cards to improve or create new archetypes, let's review how the Modern format has been performing during the past three months divided into winners, losers, and new brews.

Storming Off in Prague

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2018-09-06)

The Modern Metagame is in a constant state of change these days. A few months ago, Andifeated thought his pet deck U/R Gifts Storm has been pushed out of the top decks because of an abysmal Humans matchup, but the tides have changed again. Follow him through his deck choice process and tournament for Grand Prix Prague.

The Post-GP Prague Metagame Breakdown

Event CoverageBy HansD (2018-09-05)

Although the European Modern scene leans toward control more than its American counterpart, the numbers that W/U Control put up at GP Prague came as an eye-opener for someone like me who expected things to be a lot more linear. Regardless, I want to take a look at the archetype's performance, examine an up-and-comer from the tournament, and wrap things up with a look towards the future. Without further ado, let's jump right into the deck of the hour, W/U Control.

Five Legacy Decks That Could Play Snapcaster Mage But Don't

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-29)

No other creature plays such an important role in Legacy and Modern alike. Snapcaster Mage truly is the most flexible creature in all competitive Magic and, for some reason, there are still some decks not playing him.

Fighting the Good Fight - Snapcaster Mage

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-08-28)

Welcome to another edition of "Fighting the Good Fight," and this past weekend's GP results couldn't have come at a better time for today's discussion of the best blue card in Modern: Snapcaster Mage. Snapcaster has been a mainstay in Modern since the format's very start, but with how well UW Control fared, we're expecting this wizard to be even more prevalent than usual. In that case, it's doubly important that we know how we can fight against one of Modern's most powerful cards!

The Golden Rules of Modern - Part Two

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-08-22)

Enjoyed part one of "The Golden Rules of Modern"? You're in luck because this week caps off the second and final part of the series. Join Hans as he shares with you his last three "Golden Rules" when it comes to the best format in Magic!

Top 3 Decks for Legacy from Pro Tour 25

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-15)

The team Pro Tour 25 in Minneapolis featured Legacy and many players had feared drastic changes to the format once the pros start working on decks. In the end, we experienced a rather average snap shot of the meta paired with some smaller surprises. In the following, I present my top three conclusions from the Pro Tour and how they will affect the near future of Legacy.

Dangerous Propositions: Stoneforge Mystic

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-08-15)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with 33 inmates, some of which pose a potentially serious threat to the meta. But now that Big Jace has been released, anything can happen. Let's review each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time we talk of the infamous equipment dealer.

Fighting the Good Fight: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-08-08)

Modern's circle of best two-drops for each color are well documented: Tarmogoyf for green, Snapcaster Mage for blue, Young Pyromancer for red, and Dark Confidant for black. White, oddly enough, has many people pointing towards the banned Stoneforge Mystic, rudely ignoring the true best two-drop white has to offer in the format: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. If you've faced off against her, you know how powerful she can be, and this article is devoted to answering the question, "How can we plan around her?"

Beating Your Opponents Down with Green-Black Elves

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-07-31)

During a conversation last week, my friend Stefan asked me if I would be interested in playing in a large Modern tournament the following week. He has a large collection of Modern staples, which he offered to lend if there was a deck I wanted to play in particular. He had decided on playing Grixis Shadow for the tournament, and I picked up Black-Green Elves. Here's the deck list for my 75.

Fighting the Good Fight: Liliana of the Veil

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-07-26)

Modern is filled to the brim with powerful cards, so it's natural that we want to figure out how to stop our opponents from utilizing them as a part of their arsenal. In this article, I'm going to go over what makes [Liliana of the Veil] so powerful, and then I'll present the macro and micro decisions you can make to combat her. Without further ado, let's dive right in!

Modern Shadows Part 1: Grixis

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-07-19)

Death's Shadow has been one of the most dominant cards in Modern these recent years. In this series of articles, Rone discusses its evolution and the various shells that thrive on self-inflicted pain. Part one is focused on the Grixis shell and its past, present and future.

Rogue Deck Review 2: Summer Notables

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-07-18)

Welcome to the second installment of Rogue Deck Review! Today we're taking a look at five rogue decks that are worth sharing, whether it's because of quirkiness, metagame viability, or accessibility. Without further ado, let's jump right in to our first list!

Looking at GP Barcelona and the Post-Tournament Metagame

Event CoverageBy HansD (2018-07-09)

Isn't Modern great? Non-interactive decks like KCI and Tron run roughshod over the metagame, and in one weekend, we get five UW Control decks that top sixteen a Modern GP. It's a wild, wild world, and I want to take a quick look at how the direction of the format provided a window of opportunity for the control archetype, how the UW decks took advantage of the opportunity, and what this will mean for the metagame going forward. Let's jump right in!

Grand Prix Barcelona Tournament Report - Choosing a Modern Deck

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2018-07-05)

In formats as old, diverse, and full of different viable strategies as Modern, one does not need to choose a deck based on the current metagame. Most competitive decks you may face only achieve about 3% meta-share, leading to almost unpredictable pairings, giving players who try to get an advantage by making smart deck choices and choosing strategies that are well placed against popular decks a hard time. This time though, it was a different story.

Why Ancient Stirrings Is So Powerful

EntertainmentBy HansD (2018-06-22)

In this week's article, Hans takes a look at the green, one-mana cantrip and discusses what makes the card the powerhouse that it is. Are you interested in an in-depth analysis of the card that has everyone talking after KCI's win at GP Las Vegas? You've come to the right spot!

A Step-By-Step Guide for Buying into Modern

FinanceBy HansD (2018-06-15)

Looking to buy into your first Modern deck? Don't know where to start? You're in luck because that's exactly what we're talking about in this week's article! Hans explains the step-by-step process of buying your first Modern deck for someone who's starting from close to scratch – take a look at what he has to offer!

Deck Review - Hollow One in Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-06-13)

Hollow One has become one of the most played decks in Modern since his first major appearance at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan. Rodrigo has been spending tons of time with the deck and aims to explain its growing popularity alongside with some deck variants and sideboard strategies.

Teferi and the Resurgence of Jeskai

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-06-07)

Forget that other blue planeswalker, Teferi is here and ready to play, and Hans is devoting this article to Teferi and the deck lists that have utilized successfully in recent tournaments. Come find out what Hans has to say about the true hero of Modern's premier control deck!

Azorius in Cube: Blinking the All-Seeing Eye

LimitedBy SanchoN (2018-06-06)

Blinking, flickering and sliding are some of the names given to the effect of removing a permanent from the battlefield only to return it to play immediately or at the end of turn. This seemingly odd effect is at the core of a tried and tested cube archetype for Blue and White. In this installment of Cubes for squares you will learn the basic tricks associated with blinking and get some inspiration for implementing blink in your own limited environment.

Rogue Deck Review: The Recent Notables

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-24)

Looking for something spicy and different to play this week? Hans has you covered in this week’s article as he digs up the rogue decks that have caught his attention. The only way to find out if there’s something of interest is to take a look inside!

Exploiting Delve: BUG Delve(-r) in Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-05-14)

In this outing, I look at a mechanic that has seen two of it rank banned or restricted in nearly every major format: Delve. I look at an aggressive application of Delve in Legacy's strongest three-color combination and how it presents a unique take on Tempo in a format dominated by blue tempo decks.

Legacy's Two-Cost Cantrips

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-04-30)

Drawing cards in Legacy is not a job relegated only to Brainstorm. There are many other potent spells that can step in and provide the much-needed card quality or card advantage. Many of these fall at a converted mana cost of two. Join me as I venture into the world of cmc two spells.

Dominaria Set Review for Modern

SpoilersBy Rone (2018-04-24)

Dominaria's release is on the horizon and that means once thing for Modern players: time to brew decks and figure out which cards help which archetypes. This time, we have lots of reprints, awesome callbacks, Historic Spells and the new Enchantment mechanics: Sagas.

An Introduction to 1v1 Commander

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-04-18)

1v1 Commander is a relatively new format originally introduced last year on Magic Online. The format is built on interesting decks and allows you to play with many different cards from Magic’s past. If any of this appeals to you, I have what you need to get started in this format.

Choose Their Poison: The Collective Brutality Story

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-04-11)

Modal spells - everyone's favorite way to pack a bigger bang for your buck while dealing with the inherent available slot restrictions in 60-card decks. The best of such cards were frequently chase rares in the past and Collective Brutality is no exception; let’s choose to see why.

Bloodbraid Elf: Proving Its Weight in Modern

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-04-06)

It’s been almost two months since Bloodbraid Elf came off the ban list, and we’ve seen a wide variety of lists running the four-drop. In this week’s article, Hans ponders the effect Bloodbraid Elf has had on Modern and compiles a compendium of recent deck lists playing the elf!

GP Madrid Aftermath: A Weekend Full of Magic

Event CoverageBy Rone (2018-03-19)

The Magic Grand Prix is the perfect excuse to spend a whole weekend enjoying our favorite hobby. Normally, the main event is what attracts most players’ attention – its coverage, Top 8 decklists, and of course, the GP winners. But there are many other things that one can have a go at aside from the competition.

Zero Thrill: The Pact of Negation Story

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-03-14)

Were Force of Will available in Modern, the format would be dramatically altered. And yet, Modern does already contain a piece of non-conditional zero-cost countermagic, and while it's not played as much as Vintage and Legacy's signature counterspell, it's been tentatively around since Modern's early days.

One More Thing! A Second Look at Legacy Miracles

ConstructedBy Alakazimdk (2018-03-13)

I ran the Mentor build in the MTGO Legacy Challenge this week and I feel that is a good opportunity to showcase a slightly different way to build Miracles than we saw last time. I'll go through the list and then my rounds.

The Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit: The Egregious Price of Modern

FinanceBy HansD (2018-03-13)

Modern prices have been spiraling out of control, and I dive right in to ask what exactly has led us to this point of fifty-euro Snapcaster Mages. What solutions do I suggest to make Modern MTG a more accessible format? Continue reading to find out!

The 5 Most Underrated ETB Midrange Creatures

EntertainmentBy Kumagoro (2018-03-06)

Enters the battlefield is a Magic trigger that immediately catches our attention when we peruse the creatures of a new set. What better way to infuse value into a higher CMC critter than to add a juicy ETB clause? Let's see which ETB creatures have flown under the radar thus far.

Jace Jam: Slam Dunk Deck Lists for Jace the Mind Sculptor

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-28)

Well, it happened: Jace, the Mind Sculptor got unbanned and the world lost its collective cool. Now that we have a solid grouping of 5-0 MTGO decklists behind us, let's look at where the now-legal planeswalker shows promise. See for yourself what Jace has brought to the Modern metagame!

The Seven Sins of Sideboards and Sideboarding in Modern

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-26)

In this article, I walk you through the pitfalls of sideboards and sideboarding, and there’s quite a few of them! Could you be committing any of these cardinal sins? Take a look and find out if you are and what you can do to stop making these easy-to-fix mistakes!

Team Cardmarket Member Pascal Vieren on his PTRIX Top 8

Event CoverageBy HansD (2018-02-12)

Pascal Vieren lit up the Pro Tour with his Top 8 finish at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan, and this week he shares his thoughts about the Pro Tour, his deck, Modern, and more in an interview. What does the Gold pro have to say about the format and the creation of Blue-Red Pyromancer? You’ll have to look inside to find out!

Highlights in Bilbao: Modern at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

Event CoverageBy Rone (2018-02-06)

Last weekend, the best Magic players in the world gathered in Bilbao to fight for the crown at PTRIX. After two years without a Modern Pro Tour, everyone was excited to see if the Pros could shake up the format and bring new strategies and cards from recent sets. Here are the tournament highlights.

Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan: Just What the Doctor Ordered

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2018-02-06)

Following a Pro Tour most players buy the cards they need to play the hot new decks, but that isn't what you should be doing to be financially efficient. The day after the Pro Tour is in fact the day to sell all the cards which you correctly identified as the future hotness way before the Pro Tour.

What is Dead May Never Die: A Look at Legacy Miracles

ConstructedBy Alakazimdk (2018-02-02)

Miracles was supposed to die with the passing of Sensei’s Divining Top, but somehow Tundra lovers managed to resurrect the archetype and pilot it to many top 8 finishes in major tournaments. Read below to find out how Miracles works and how it performs in the current Legacy metagame.

Back to Basic Lands: Mono Color Decks in Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-01-31)

Starting over in Magic is always difficult, especially Eternal formats where there is no rotation, and card staples tend to be expensive. Fortunately, there are some budget archetypes that allow you to start playing Modern and then evolve into a tier deck. Today, we are going to break down some mono color decks for Modern.

The 5 Most Timmy-Pleasing Mono-Blue Finishers

EntertainmentBy Kumagoro (2018-01-26)

Blue is definitely not the creature color nor is it the color that true Timmies like to play the most. Yet, all those draw-go decks must often rely on some kind of finisher to seal the deal, and some of those are big, flashy monsters perfectly capable to make any Timmy smile.

The Three Cards to Beat at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-01-24)

Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan is right around the corner and three cards are expected to dominate headlines and board states – can you guess which ones they are? Here are hints: A flashy Innistrad favorite, an enchantment control decks have been looking for, and a perfectly balanced planeswalker.

My Legacy Picks for Team Trios Constructed GPs

Event CoverageBy Alakazimdk (2018-01-23)

This article will try to give you and your team some options for the Legacy component of upcoming Team Constructed events. I’ll give each deck two scores, the first for experienced Legacy players and the second for players who are not as familiar with Legacy as a format. As with all Legacy lists, expect a high learning curve in a format with Wastelands, Brainstorms, and consistent turn 2-3 combo kills.

The 5 Most Successful Modern Decks of 2017

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-01-19)

For better or for worse, the year that just ended consolidated the current Modern meta. But who were the kings of the season? Meet the five decks that placed more consistently in the Top 8 of Modern events during 2017, while scoring victories at the largest tournaments.

Top 5 Rivals of Ixalan Cards that Might See Modern Play

SpoilersBy Rone (2018-01-18)

Pirates, Vampires, Merfolk, and Treasures! Rivals of Ixalan brings a lot of new powerful cards for 2018. Which ones will see play in Modern? This is our list of the Top 5 cards to watch out for in the coming months.

The Two Sides of Legacy's Top 8

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2018-01-16)

The dust has settled after the first stop of the MKM Series 2018 in Frankfurt. Among the over 1,800 registered participants who entered the four main events and various trials during the weekend, 380 players sleeved up their Brainstorms, Force of Wills, and Chalices of the Void to duke it out in the widely diverse Legacy format.

Three New Year's Resolutions for Modern in 2018

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-01-16)

After a tumultuous year shaped by bans and new archetypes, Modern has never looked better – but could there be improvements in the new year to make it even more interesting?

Modern lies in Ruins

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-11-26)

One card to rule them all.

Told You So

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-05-30)

The best part about predicting the future is getting to say "told you so" afterwards.

Switching colors

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-05-29)

How does Modern look with the addition of Amonkhet a few weeks after players started brewing?

Modern for the Masses

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-03-07)

Will MM17 be able to grow the already most popular format even further?

MM17 Spoilers Part1

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-02-27)

What a nice surprise!

Modern Masters 2017 packaging

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-02-21)

The Modern Masters 2017 packaging has been revealed.

Brave new worlds

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-08-31)

Magic seems to be evolving on lots of levels in recent years and these independent developments may push the game to another level.

EMA and Legacy decks

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-06-14)

Today we will continue to look at the effect of Eternal Masters on various Legacy decks.

GP Minneapolis and GP Manchester

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-06-01)

There were two Standard GPs on the last weekend, one in Minneapolis and one in Manchester.

Pre GP Charlotte and Los Angeles

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-05-20)

What is the state of Modern after three big events last weekend and what should you look out for this weekend?

Tales from the Crypt

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-04-20)

Graveyards are everybody's favourite resource.

Blessed Shadows

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-11-03)

There were a whole lot of news revealed regarding future products, but what does that mean for us?

Milwaukee and Prague

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-10-20)

Catching up after Pro Tour Milwaukee and MKM Series Prague

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Modern

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Legacy

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