MTG Core Set 2021 cards worth money

The year 2021 has breathed new life back into several M21 cards.

Standard rotation in Magic: The Gathering has increased the value of some Core Set 2021 cards while Kaldheim and the upcoming Strixhaven set have boosted the prices of several others.

The release of Zendikar Rising drove up the 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).

Prior to the release of STX, several cards have continued to rise in value. Ugin, the Spirit Dragon remains the top dragon, valued at over $30, followed by Terror of the Peaks and Fiery Emancipation.

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

M21 Ugin The Spirit Dragon MTG
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 in 2020. But the release of KHM brought it back to around $23.

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon remains a powerful card within Sultai Control Standard Constructed decks. And leading up to the release of STX, the dragon’s value has increased to around $35.

Terror of the Peaks

M21 Terror of the Peaks MTG
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 and skyrocketed to almost $20 in the fall of 2020. Prior to the release of STX, Terror of the Peaks is valued at around $25.

Fiery Emancipation

M21 Fiery Emancipation MTG
Fiery Emancipation

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.

The release of KHM increased Fiery Emancipation’s value to around $15. The Enchantment began rising in price once again at the start of the year, though, and is now valued at around $22.

Chromatic Orrery

M21 Chromatic Orrery MTG
Chromatic Orrery

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, it rose to $12.50. Chromatic Orrery’s value began climbing fast in February and is now valued at around $21.

Grim Tutor

M21 Grim Tutor MTG
Grim Tutor

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 launch of ZNR and then to $14 with the release of KHM. Prior to the launch of STX, Grim Tutor is priced at around $17.

Elder Gargaroth

M21 Elder Gargaroth MTG
Elder Gargaroth

Elder Gagaroth clawed its way out of the bottom rankings, once valued below $10. The beast creature rose to around $20 and then dropped to around $14 at the launch of KHM.

With keywords like Reach and Trample on a 6/6, Elder Gagaroth has increased to around $16.50 prior to the release of STX.

Heroic Intervention

Heroic Intervention

Played in Mono-Green Stompy Standard Constructed decks and several Commander builds, Heroic Intervention was at one time worth around $5. At the start of 2021, the Instant spell’s value began to increase. Prior to the release of STX, Heroic Intervention is priced around $12.50.

Teferi, Master of Time

M21 Teferi Master of Time MTG
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. The release of KHM increased Teferi, Master of Time’s value slightly and the Planeswalker is now priced at $11.


All images via WotC, Magic: The Gathering.

Update March 31 8pm CT: All entries and prices were updated prior to the release of STX in April.