A unique Magic: The Gathering set full of folklore spells and fairy tale creatures has maintained its value during a pandemic and despite a lack of tabletop events.
Containing 269 cards, the Throne of Eldraine (ELD) set features new styled cards and spells that previously brought about a major shift in the MTG Standard metagame. ELD also features Adventure creatures, a Food mechanic, and lots of Knights.
Prior to the release of Strixhaven: School of Mages, only seven ELD cards have risen in value while the rest have dropped well below $10. Several cards are still being played in Standard Constructed meta decks, like Brazen Borrower and Bonecrusher Giant. But with the release of STX in April, cards that have dropped dramatically could rise in value once again.
Here are the top ELD cards worth money.
The Great Henge (Mythic Rare)
The Great Henge was one of the best Artifacts in the ELD set. It initially had trouble being played in Standard but has since found traction and risen to the top as the ELD card worth the most money. It began climbing with the release of THB and rose to around $20. Following the release of KHM, the Legendary Artifact has skyrocketed to around $55.
Oko, Thief of Crowns (Mythic Rare)
Oko, Thief of Crowns just won’t go away, despite being banned in just about every major MTG format. Once priced at $60, the Planeswalker has taken a great fall. But Oko continues to retain his value, priced at around $20. He may eventually decrease to around $10, but it seems like the obnoxious ELD Planeswalker plans on sticking around for a bit.
Rankle, Master of Pranks
Rankle, Master of Pranks fell off the ELD cards worth money list shortly after the release of Eldraine. Played in a variety of Magic formats, the Faerie Rogue has retained its initial value and risen in price to around $15. Most often seeing gameplay in the Commander format, the release of STX could provide Rankle with more opportunities in Standard, along with another possible price increase.
Brazen Borrower (Mythic Rare)
Following the ban of Oko, Brazen Borrower rose to almost $23 and was one of the most played cards in Standard. The release of THB and IKO reduced the Rogue’s value to around $14.50. Despite its popularity in Control and ramp builds throughout KHM, Brazen Borrower is still priced at around $15.
Questing Beast (Mythic Rare)
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Questing Beast continues to hang onto its value. The Planeswalker killer fell to around $15 with the release of THB and then dropped to roughly $12.50. With the release of KHM, the Standard meta shifted again and Questing Beast has risen slightly in value to around $14.
Embercleave (Mythic Rare)
Once a $5 Legendary Artifact, Embercleave rose dramatically in price thanks to Mythic Championship V. But it dropped to around $14 shortly after. The release of IKO and companions hurt Mono-Red Aggro and Embercleave dropped to around $10.50. Following the launch of KHM, the Equipment rose slighty and is now priced at around $12.
Fabled Passage (Rare)
Fabled Passage was a land that many knew would retain its value due to its playability in multiple Magic formats, such as Standard, Pioneer, Commander, and Modern. Sacrifice decks continue to put the land to use, along with Commander players. It was valued at $19 before the COVID-19 pandemic but has since dropped to around $10 with fewer Sacrifice decks in the meta.
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Update March 31 12:20pm CT: The entries and prices in this article were updated prior to the release of STX.