Magic: The Gathering's current set, Throne of Eldraine, has been incredibly popular and a few high-powered cards are already causing quite a stir. Wizards of the Coast recently decided that Field of the Dead decks were getting out of control and jumped in with the ban hammer, but that just opens up the playing field for another one of the set's powerful cards.
With Field of the Dead officially out of the way, the era of Oko, Thief of Crowns is about to begin. The three-mana planeswalker was already seeing a ton of play in the current Standard format, but its popular is only going to rise now that the meta-dominant Field of the Dead decks are out of the way. One unfortunate side effect of this twist of fate is that Oko's value just shot up through the roof. The extreme value of the card was obvious since Oko, Thief of Crowns card was spoiled, but its popularity is now at an all-time high.
As the Magic: The Gathering metagame begins to shift in the blue/green direction, players who already have a playset on Oko secured are going to be happy they opened or purchased the walker before this spike. As of this morning, the paper version of the Thief of Crowns is up to just under $65 according to MTG Goldfish. That's about a $20 spike since the ban announcement, which is a huge jump when it comes to Standard legal cards.
Keep in mind that it's not uncommon for values to fluctuate right after a ban and the value of cards usually levels out after the drama settles. Oko may not drop all the way back down to $40 (which is still expensive for a Standard legal Mythic Rare), but it will likely come down a bit as the metagame settles into its new norm. In addition to the price change, it will be interesting to watch just how dominate Oko becomes in the format. It seems unlikely that another ban is on the way, but there is some serious motivation to play blue and green mana right now.
Be sure to check back in the near future for more Magic: The Gathering strategy guides, news, and updates. Until then, draw well, planeswalkers!
Magic Arena is available now in select regions on Android and iOS devices. The Magic: The Gathering Throne of Eldraine expansion set will release October 4, 2019.
Source: MTG Goldfish