The 2020 Standard meta was in limbo, but thanks to recent Magic: The Gathering bans and the release of Theros: Beyond Death, the value of some Core Set 2020 cards is on the rise.
Following the Standard rotation, many M20 cards worth money lost value and dropped below $10. The result was due to a shift in the Standard meta, primarily toward Simic and Bant decks that could beat Field of the Dead. But then there were several major bans in Standard.
The meta in Standard is once again thriving, along with certain Core Set 2020 MTG cards.
Ajani, Strength of the Pride
Since the release of THB, Ajani, Strength of the Pride has seen almost a 150-percent increase in value. The planeswalker continues to rise in price, valued at around $15.
Ajani had already seen some growth following the Standard bans in 2019 and the launch of Magic’s Pioneer format. If the trends continue, he could be worth almost $20 before the release of Ikoria, Lair of Behemoths.
Cavalier of Thorns
When M20 first released, Cavalier of Thorns thrived in Elemental builds. But the deck failed to become tier one and its value dropped. With the release of THB and the set’s Escape mechanic, it has quickly risen to the top once again thanks to dumping cards into the graveyard. Cavalier of Thorns is valued at around $15 but has seen a slight decrease in the last week.
Chandra, Awakened Inferno
Chandra, Awakened Inferno is a beast of a planeswalker. Once valued at almost $20 upon the M20 release, she dropped to around $14 with the release of the ELD set. But despite not seeing too much play in Standard with the release of THB, her value remains the same.
Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord
Once the lord of Orzhov Vampires prior to rotation, Sorin has maintained his value via other Magic formats. Vampires aren’t popular in Standard at the moment, but the legendary lord is still valued at around $13. His price will likely remain the same for the next several months, too.
Vivien, Arkbow Ranger
Vivien Arkbow Ranger began her rise in value thanks to Chris Kvartek, who added her to his unique Simic Food deck at Mythic Championship V. She went from around $3 to almost $15 and continues to see a value of around $14. Despite not seeing much play in Standard, for the moment, her price seems stable.
Leyline of the Void
Following the 2019 Standard rotation, Leyline of the Void dropped significantly in price but it’s become relevant once again. Valued at around $10, the enchantment has the potential to see a large amount of gameplay with the release of THB. In the last week, it’s risen around five percent in price. Once the major tournaments begin in the 2020 partial season, Leyline of the Void has the potential to see a price jump.
Cavalier of Night
Cavalier of Night has also increased in value over recent weeks thanks to the release of THB. Mono-Black has the potential to become a tier-one deck and many players are slotting in Cavalier of Night. The elemental knight is valued at around $8.50 and continues to grow each week.
Cavalier of Flame
The creation of Jeskai Fires without planeswalkers brought Cavalier of Flames to the forefront of top Standard gameplay. Even following the release of THB, the elemental has sustained its value, priced at around $8. Jeskai Fires is still a strong deck in Standard, meaning Cavalier of Flames won’t decrease in price anytime soon.
Yarok, the Desecrated
Yarok, the Desecrated is a powerful card that has seen play in a variety of Magic formats. It remains popular in Commander and has the potential to cause havoc in Standard due to the number of cards with enter-the-battlefield effects. For now, however, the horror remains valued at around $8 without any signs of growing or decreasing in price.
Update Jan. 29 4:20pm CT: The prices in this article were last updated at this time.