Zendikar Rising arrived with the 2020 Standard rotation in Magic: The Gathering, containing several cards worth money.
Released via tabletop on Sept. 25, Zendikar Rising contains a total of 280 cards that feature the return of Landfall while also introducing Modal Double-Faced cards to Magic. Better known as MDFCs, these cards are a basic land on one side and a spell on the other. They can also be two basic lands, with either side offering different colored mana.
Fall 2021 Standard rotation will take place on Sept. 17, removing four MTG sets from the format. In conjunction with the upcoming release of Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms (AFR), as well as Innistrad: Midnight Hunt (Sept. 17), cards within Zendikar Rising could see a spike in value. Prior to the release of AFR, there are a total of five ZNR cards valued above $10. A number of cards remain valued above $5 and could spike in the coming months.
Here are the ZNR cards still worth money:
A Black Modal DFC Sorcery, Agadeem’s Awakening became the top-valued ZNR card due to its inclusion within the Dimir Rogues deck. Reanimation builds also used Agadeem’s Awakening, taking advantage of the land on its backside.
Months later, Dimir Rogues are still hot in within the Standard meta. Agadeem’s Awakening has also seen a good amount of gameplay in the Historic format, which could give it value should it not find a home in Standard following the fall 2021 rotation. Prior to the release of AFR, Agadeem’s Awakening remains consistently valued at around $14.50.
Scourge of the Skyclaves
Scourge of the Skyclaves is a popular Mythic Rare ZNR card played primarily in the Historic, Commander, and Modern formats. The Demon was worth almost $30 digitally but has recently dropped slightly to around $25.
Scourge of the Skyclaves dropped below $10 in paper and then saw a slight revival prior to the STX release. Heading into fall rotation and the release of AFR, Scourge of the Skyclaves is worth around $12, rising to the number two slot of ZNR cards worth money.
Ancient Greenwarden has found a home in a number of Commander decks within the Magic format. It’s a Mythic Rare Elemental with Reach in Green, meaning its cost at six isn’t too big of a deal and allows for graveyard shenanigans. Ancient Greenwarden was valued at around $17.50 but has dropped to about $13 prior to the release of STX. Heading into the 2021 fall rotation, the Elemental has stabilized at around $12.
Lithoform Engine is a Mythic Rare Artifact that has seen a good amount of gameplay in the MTG Commander and Brawl formats. The legendary Artifact was once valued at around $26 before almost dropping under $10. Since the release of STX, Lithoform Engine has stabilized at around $12 and could rise again after Standard rotation.
Sea Gate Restoration
Sea Gate, Reborn//Sea Gate Restoration released with a value of less than $5. Finding a home within Sultai Control Standard Constructed decks, the MDFC rose in value to around $8.50. The Sorcery spell has also found builds in the Historic and Commander formats.
With the release of STX, the MDFC climbed in value at a rate of about five percent per week, where it stabilized at around $10.50. Sea Gate, Reborn//Sea Gate Restoration’s value should survive fall rotation.
Skyclave Apparition saw a boost in value in November 2020 and had a good run where its price steadily rose. Playable in multiple Magic formats, primarily Historic and Standard, the Kor Spirit was previously priced at around $2 before the November spike. It spiked at about $12.50 with the release of STX but has since fallen under $10 to around $8.50
Ashaya, Soul of the Wild
Ashaya, Soul of the Wild is a Mythic Rare Legendary Elemental that thrives off the number of lands on the battlefield. The creature had a significant price decrease, dropping from $20 to around $9 at the start of 2021. Ashaya, Soul of the Wild slots into a number of Commander decks but has been on a slight decline in value since the release of STX.
With fall rotation just a few months away, its possible Ashaya, Soul of the Wild could see a revival. Heading into the release of AFR, the Elemental is priced at around $7.
With the release of Modern Horizons 2, Forsaken Monument has risen in value by over a dollar and continues to climb at a slow and steady rate. Most commonly played in the Commander format, the Legendary Artifact fuels builds that run colorless creatures. Heading into fall rotation and the release of AFR, Forsaken Monument is worth around $6.50.
The release of KHM in Standard revived the MDFC Shatterskull Smashing. Playable in Gruul Adventures, one of the best Standard builds at the launch of KHM, the Sorcery spell has climbed slightly in value. Before the release of STX, Shatterskull Smashing remains valued at around $7.50.
Mono-Red builds overtook Gruul Adventures following the release of STX, dropping the MDFC to a value of around $4.25. Fall rotation could change Shattersull Smashing’s value dramatically depending on the meta with its value possibly rising back to $7 and beyond.
Update March 30 at 6pm CT: All entries and prices were updated, with several entries being removed from the list and others added.
Update June 27 at 11:50am CT: All entries and prices were updated prior to the MTG release of AFR and Standard 2021 fall rotation.