Standard rotation has arrived in Magic: The Gathering, causing a major shift in the Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths cards that are worth money.
Upon the release of IKO, Companion cards dominated the meta. With the release of Zendikar Rising and Standard rotation, though, a number of cards are slowly climbing in value once more. Only two IKO cards are valued over $10, however, and seven are priced above $5.
Despite their lower price values, there are a number of IKO cards still worth playing, especially after the launch of Kaldheim (KHM). Yorion, Sky Nomad has become one of the most popular Control decks in Standard since the release of KHM, and Esper Doom Foretold is seeing a revival as well.
From a legendary human warrior on the Banned and Restricted hot seat to an enchantment that creates shark tokens, here are the IKO cards worth money.
Gaining value within Standard and other Magic formats before the release of ZNR, Shark Typhoon rose in price to over $15. The enchantment’s price dropped to under $10 but has since risen back up to around $12. With the release of KHM, Shark Typhoon may return to $15 in the near future. The big bad shark is seeing gameplay via Sultai Control in Standard, alongside Yorion Control builds.
The release of IKO brought back three color mana fixing with Triome lands Zagoth Triome, Savai Triome, Ketria Triome, Indatha Triome, and Raugrin Triome. The set of lands is an enemy wedge cycle with a focus on the central color, flanked by two allies. Zagoth Triome is worth the most, valued at around $10. The Ketria Triome is priced at around $8 and Raugrin Triome is at around $6.50.
Providing value in multiple Magic formats, Luminous Broodmoth is one of the few IKO cards that has retained its value over time. The Flying insect slots into Goblins via Historic and a handful of Commander decks. Once valued over $30, Luminous Broodmoth is priced at around $9.50.
Graveyard shenanigans won’t go out of style in Magic and Fiend Artisan slots nicely into a number of Commander builds. At the release of IKO, the Nightmare creature was priced at almost $20. Fiend Artisan fell to around $12 with the launch of ZNR, and is priced around $9 with the release of KHM.
The Ozolith is a powerful legendary Artifact that’s able to retrieve counters off creatures that die and place them on another target creature. It wasn’t valued highly upon the release of IKO but slowly rose in value to around $6. The legendary Artifact slots into a number of Commander decks is priced at around $8.50 with the release of KHM.
Vivien, Monsters’ Advocate
Vivien, Monsters’ Advocate never exceeded expectations within the Standard format but has retained her value for the most part. Valued at around $8, Vivien has dropped about $1 in price since the IKO launch. And with the release of ZNR, she’s continued to decrease slightly.
Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy
Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy has found a home in multiple Magic decks, like UG in Historic and its own Commander build. The human druid dropped to around $8, and has since fallen to $6.
Lurrus of the Dream-Den
Lurrus of the Dream-Den was one of the most-played companions in Magic across multiple formats. But a ban of the companion within the Vintage and Legacy formats hurt its value some, especially in tabletop. Lurrus of the Dream-Den is only worth $5 in paper but has a digital value of almost $9.
Winota, Joiner of Forces
Winota, Joiner of Forces from IKO was first suspended in Historic and later fully banned. Players have been calling for a ban of the legendary human warrior in the Standard format, with the creation of Naya Winota following the release of ZNR. Winota, Joiner of Forces is only worth around $4.50 via paper.
Yorion, Sky Nomad
Yorion, Sky Nomad has seen a revival with the release of KHM. The Companion requires at least twenty cards more than a minimum deck, has Flying, and has a home in Standard via Sultai Control. Once priced at around $12, Yorion has fallen to around $2.50. But with its popularity in Standard, Yorion could continue to rise in value over the coming weeks.
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Update Sept. 23 3pm CT: All cards within IKO that are worth money were updated.
Update Feb. 9 at 11am CT: This article was updated following the release of Kaldheim.