The Magic: The Gathering Standard-Legal Cards That Went Up In Price Since Oko Was Banned

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November 19, 2019  12:05 PM


Monday's Magic: The Gathering ban and restricted announcment dramatically changes the Standard format thanks to the banning of three cards: "Oko, Thief of Crowns", "Once Upon A Time", and "Veil of Summer", causing certain cards to go up in price. 

In the Standard format, we see some powerful creatures and planeswalkers go up in price since the banning of those three cards. According to the price change data by MTGGoldfish, the creatures that got the most price increase lately are "Korvold, Fae-Cursed King", and "Brazen Borrower". Korvold, with the current market price of $14.28 increased by $2.28 this week while "Brazen Borrower" went up by $1.59. "Korvold" will most likely continue to see play in Food sacrifice strategies while "Brazen Borrower" will surely be used in Control, Blue/Red Flash or Blue/Green Flash archetypes in Standard. 


"Rankle, Master of Pranks" and "Voracious Hydra" also saw a price increase this week but not as much as the Korvold and "Brazen Borrower". 

It's not surprising to see some powerful creatures in Standard get a price increase now that Oko, a card that invalidates big creatures, is gone in the format. 

Another Commander from a Throne of Eldraine Brawl preconstructed deck saw a price increase recently: "Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale", a Mardu-colored legendary knight that went up by 5% but I doubt that it will see Standard play even if "Oko, Thief of Crowns" is no longer legal. 

Three Standard-legal Planeswalker cards made it to the Top 10 weekly price change data: "Vivien, Arkbow Ranger", "Liliana, Dreadhorde General", and "Teferi, Time Raveler" with Vivien getting the biggest spike this week (+$6.79) with the current market price of $18.55. Vivien will most likely see play in Green-based Adventure archetypes. With Oko gone in Standard, more players will be able to keep big creatures on the board instead of being turned into 3/3 Elks with no abilities. 

Meanwhile, "Nissa, Who Shakes the World", a card often seen in Oko decks, decreased in price by 2% with the current market price of $6.20. 

However, the biggest surprise when it comes to Planeswalker price changes is "Oko, Thief of Crowns" himself. Soon after Wizards of the Coast banned Oko in yesterday's announcement, its price continued to crash down to around $31 but now it's going up again by 5% recently with the current price of $35. It's most likely because people are realizing that Oko is still legal and viable in other formats like Modern and Commander. 




A couple of land cards also saw some price increase this week: "Blood Crypt"  (+6%) and "Castle Locthwain"(+41%). Both cards produce black mana and will most likely see more play since Red/Black aggressive strategies will probably be more viable in Standard now that Oko is banned. "Field of the Dead" also went up by 10% but that card is banned in Standard. 

Here's the weekly price change data from MTGGoldfish:

Are you surprised with the recent price changes following the big ban and restricted announcement? What cards do you expect will continue to go up or down? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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