Sol Ring

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Power to the People

While not a member of the Power 9 family, Sol Ring is without comparison the most powerful card you can find for less than a Euro. And in some of the formats where you may encounter it, it is often judged as the strongest card available.

Among the widely played formats, only Commander and Vintage allow you to put a Sol Ring in your deck. Since Commander is a singleton format and because the card is on the Restricted List for Vintage, there’s no mainstream format where you can play more than a single copy of the card. This makes sense because if you've ever played a (or against) a deck with four Sol Rings, you will know just how explosive starts can get that multiple copies on the battlefield can create. Some seasoned players even unequivocally recommend picking Sol Ring above any of the Power 9, including the great Black Lotus, in Limited environments such as Cubes.

Commanding the Sun

In Commander, Sol Ring is considered almost symbolic and hardly any Commander deck ever misses out on the opportunity to include this powerful artifact. Often when evaluating the course of a game of Commander, the outcome can boil down to someone casting the one-mana artifact on their first turn.

As expected from a card this popular in formats where players often put a lot of pride into blinging out their decks, special versions of Sol Ring command a healthy price. The card has been printed in four different illustrations and in more than 20 different versions, half of which were for Commander-specific products, featuring Mike Bierek’s near iconic depiction of the ring. Even more famous is certainly Mark Tedin’s "ring of fire" artwork that goes all the way back to Limited Edition Alpha (August 1993) costing you at the very least 2.000,00 € a piece. Unsurprisingly, the Alpha print is only surpassed in price by the exceedingly rare Summer Magic (July 1994) misprint of the card at around 4.500,00 €. The Sol Ring of Limited Edition Beta (October 1993) and later special versions such as the ones from Judges Rewards Promos (June 1999) and Kaladesh Inventions (September 1016) while still costly, seem quite affordable by comparison, costing you hundreds instead of thousands of Euros.

Sol Ring Ding Dong Ring-a-Ding Bling Dong

If you need a Sol Ring for a casual Commander deck or kitchen table play, your best bet is to buy one of the latest Commander or Commander Anthology printings. You will definitely end up paying a lot less than for an Uncommon card. But if you want to invest in a card that will make opponents, spectators, and friends drafting your Cube take notice, any special version will do.

Whatever you put out, you are very likely to get it back if you choose to sell your copy. The numerous Commander players around the world are almost certain to keep demand high and prices increasing, or at the very least stable when it comes to any of the less run-of-the-mill Sol Rings.


Comments (1)

MarsHoffmann(26.02.2020 15:57)

One of the most enigmatic cards, as well a all time favourite in my deck. The FBB is still the nicest print next to alpha :) Definitifly a thing to have ;)

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Battlebond reintroduced partner commanders and even though it was a bit different from their 2016 debut, the Partner mechanic did not disappoint. Having two commanders is a powerful option in the ever-popular Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH) aka the Commander format. In this article, I will be looking at an unusual pair: Krav, a demon and Regna, an angel – lovers and partners. Here's a casual fun Commander deck built around them.

Fallen Empires Strike Back

By SanchoN (2018-07-30)

Ridiculed, despised, and even hated, but never forgotten. The early Magic expansion Fallen Empires has a reputation like few other sets in the history of the game. One thing the once mighty empires of Sarpadia cannot be accused of, though, is being boring. Join us on an archeological dig into the piles of cards from one of the most overprinted and least appreciated products from Wizards of the Coast. Hidden gems and surprises await us under each layer … and perhaps even some of Magic's rarest and most expensive cards.

How to Beat MUD: A Vintage Tier 1 Deck for 15 Years

By Elric (2018-05-23)

Most archetypes in Vintage Magic have defining cards which have not changed over the years. MUD, however, has changed entirely, yet it remains as one of the decks to beat. Why is that so and how can this deck be beaten?

Rock Around the Cube

By SanchoN (2018-05-18)

A good mana rock gathers no moss – it is often an early pick in a Cube Draft. Some mana rocks are even first picks every time and considered too good for many a limited environment. In this installment of Cube for Squares, we climb the Big Rock Candy Mountain and survey the landscape for pebbles, boulders, and paleolithic power tools to include or leave out of your Cube.

5 Dragons You Might Meet on the Battlefield

By Kumagoro (2018-03-23)

Dracarys! Despite their typical casting cost being midrange and beyond, Dragons always find a way to show up in decks of all kinds. Their current situation across the formats is not too shabby, and not just in red-based builds. Here’s a selection of the flying terrors all the cool kids are playing.

The 5 Best Land-Fetching Spells and Their Categories

By Kumagoro (2018-02-14)

In a typical game of Magic, lands are the main mana producers, the fuel for the majority of spells and the more fuel you have, the farther you can travel along the mana curve. Enter several categories of spells whose main or only purpose is to increase your land count, for a variety of purposes.

Amazing 2-Drops

By DrHoeh (2017-10-09)

What costs two and is amazing?

C17 has landed

By DrHoeh (2017-08-11)

The Commander 2017 deck lists have been revealed!

Happy New Year - 2017!

By DrHoeh (2017-01-02)

I don't know whether you are into new year resolutions or not, but my favorite resolution each year is to never stop learning.

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