Standard rotation in Magic: The Gathering has shifted the meta, increasing the value of some Core Set 2021 cards while stabalizing and dropping others.
The release of Zendikar Rising has flipped the Standard meta, skyrocketing the price of Elder Galgaroth while potentially increasing the price of Terror of the Peaks. 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 seven with the release of ZNR.
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 dipped slightly with the release of ZNR but is still valued at around $26 due to his versatility in multiple Magic formats. Ugin, the Spirit Dragon has also become the top planeswalker to play in the Four-Color Omnath deck, the best build in Standard at the moment.
Elder Gagaroth has clawed its way out of the bottom rankings to take the second spot on the list of M21 cards worth the most money spot. Once valued below $10, the beast creature has risen in price to $22. Since the release of ZNR, Elder Gagaroth has increased in price more than any other M21 card. With keywords like Reach and Trample on a 6/6, Elder Gagaroth is getting played in Sultai Control and is a sideboard card in Mono-Green Stompy.
Teferi, Master of Time
Teferi, Master of Time was once the most detrimental M21 card in Standard. Despite getting bumped by Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and Elder Gargaroth, the time-manipulating planeswalker is still valued at around $20. Teferi, Master of Time also has a home in one of the best ZNR decks, Sultai Control. And if Uro, Titan of Nautre’s Wrath gets banned in Standard, Teferi could rise in value once again.
A reprint of Grim Tutor has lowered the price of this card 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. Vauled as a Sorcery spell in the Commander format, Grim Tutor has dropped to around $13.50.
Terror of the Peaks
Terror of the Peaks has found a home in the Standard format via 4C Omnath, the best build within the format at the moment. 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 hasn’t climbed as of yet, priced at around $13 still. But with a ban is Standard likely, Terror of the Peaks’ future remains unknown.
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 and dropped to under $9, but since the release of ZNR, it’s returned to around $10.
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 has shifted a dollar here and there, valued at around $10 following the release of ZNR.
Azusa, Lost but Seeking
Azusa, Lost but Seeking was a solid reprint within the M21 set that didn’t have any high expectations in the Standard format. And with the release of ZNR, she still isn’t seeing too much action. Commander has saved her value, however, with the human monk priced at around $8. Players should keep a close eye on Azusa, Lost but Seeking since she has the potential to increase in value.
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.
Update Sept. 23 10:30am CT: All prices and decks containing the M21 cards worth money have been updated following the release of Zendikar Rising and rotation within the Standard format.