Standard rotation in Magic: The Gathering has shifted the meta, increasing the value of some Core Set 2021 cards while stabilizing and dropping others.
The release of Zendikar Rising drove up prices on a number of cards, such as Terror of the Peaks and Elder Galgaroth. Upon the release of M21, there were nine cards valued at $10 or more. That number dropped to just three cards prior to fall rotation but has since increased to eight with the release of Kaldheim (KHM). Most of the M21 cards are once again rising in value and may continue to increase as the metagames across multiple Magic formats become established following the release of KHM.
From a dragon used in the Four-Color Omnath build to a Green stompy beast with multiple keywords, here are the M21 cards worth money.
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Upsetting Teferi, Master of Time for the top spot in M21 cards worth money, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon remains a valuable MTG legendary planeswalker. The dragon’s price dipped slightly from around $26 to $20. But with the release of KHM, it’s back on the rise due to his versatility in multiple Magic formats. Ugin, the Spirit Dragon is a staple in many multicolored builds and is valued at around $23.
Terror of the Peaks
Terror of the Peaks found a home in the Standard format via 4C Omnath and continues to get slotted in various builds with the release of KHM. The powerful M21 dragon punishes opponents for either removing it or choosing to leave Terror of the Peaks on the battlefield. The dragon’s price was only around $13 but has since skyrocketed to almost $20. It’s likely that Terror of the Peaks will continue to rise in value over the next few weeks.
Hanging onto its value due to play in Commander, Fiery Emancipation is an Enchantment that deals triple the amount of damage from a source you control that dealt the damage in the first place. Once priced at around $12, Fiery Emancipation dropped to around $10 following the release of ZNR. With the release of KHM, it’s risen in value once again to around $15.
A reprint of Grim Tutor lowered its price from around $200 to about $27. And while many MTG players knew the reprint would lower the cost of Grim Tutor, no one expected it to fall to almost $10. Grim Tutor rose in value slightly with the luanch of ZNR and is priced at almost $14 with the release of KHM.
Elder Gagaroth has clawed its way out of the bottom rankings. Once valued below $10, the beast creature got up to around $20 and then dropped to around $10. Since the release of KHM, Elder Gagaroth has increased in price once again. Valued at around $14 with keywords like Reach and Trample on a 6/6, Elder Gagaroth is a main deck card in Mono-Green Stompy.
Chromatic Orrery was a suspected sleeper within the M21 set. As a colorless Artifact that has a CMC of seven, it can add five mana of any color once on the battlefield and tapped. And for an additional mana ability, it can draw a card for each color among permanents that player controls. It was initially valued at around $10, dropped to under $9, and returned to $10 at the launch of ZNR. With the release of KHM, Chromatic Orrery is rising in price once again, valued at around $12.50.
Teferi, Master of Time
Teferi, Master of Time was once the most detrimental M21 card in Standard, valued at around $20. The Planeswalker dropped in price significantly to almost $10. Since the release of KHM, Teferi, Master of Time risen in value slightly, priced at around $11.50.
Liliana, Waker of the Dead
Expectations surrounding Liliana, Waker of the Dead have mostly fallen flat. Her value tied to being a planeswalker and a key character in Magic lore has sustained the M21 card somewhat, leaving it at around $5 following Standard rotation.
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Update Feb. 9 10am CT: This article was updated following the tabletop release of Kaldheim.