The Standard rotation within Magic: The Gathering caused 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). Shark Typhoon remains a competitive MTG Standard Constructed card while Godzilla, King of the Monsters tramples over opponents in Commander.
From a legendary human warrior 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 and rose slightly to around $12 with the release of KHM. Shark Typhoon is seeing gameplay via Sultai Control in Standard, alongside Yorion Control builds.
Prior to the release of STX, the IKO shark was priced at around $14.
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 $13. The Ketria Triome is priced at around $11, while Raugrin Triome sits at around $9.
Zilortha, Strength Incarnate—Godzilla, King of the Monsters
Zilortha, Strength Incarnate, also known as Godzilla, King of the Monsters, has found a home among Commander players. Valued at around $8 in 2020, it began to rise in February 2021 to around $11. And in the weeks prior to the release of STX, it’s rising at a rate of about three percent each week.
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 $8 with the release of KHM. Prior to the release of STX, the legendary Artifact is priced at around $10.50.
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 $10.
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 fell to around $5 in 2020 but has risen to around $9 leading up to the release of STX.
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.
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 launch of IKO. The Legendary Planewalker has maintained her value, though, still priced at around $8.
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 shortly after the release of IKO and then to $6 at the end of 2020. Leading up to the release of STX, Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy is priced at around $7.
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Update March 30 9pm CT: This article was updated prior to the release of Strixhaven: School of Mages.