The four-mana red and blue planeswalker saw a good amount of Standard play at one time. Today, he sees a strong amount of play in EDH / Commander and fringe play in Modern. So, what is a copy of Ral Zarek worth? Here's a quick price guide for this powerful planeswalker Magic card.
Ral Zarek is a solid planeswalker with three abilities. His first ability adds one loyalty counter to Ral and both taps a permanent and untaps another permanent. The second ability costs 2 loyalty counters and deals 3 damage to a target creature or player. These are both solid abilities. The last ability costs 7 loyalty counters and allows you to flip 5 coins. For each of those 5 coins that lands on heads, you take an extra turn. It's a very powerful ability that can win you the game in the right deck.
Because of his powerful ultimate ability, Ral Zarek sees some Modern play in rogue Doubling Planeswalker decks, due to his strong interaction with the enchantment Doubling Season. That Enchantment allows Ral Zarek to come into play with eight loyalty counters, meaning that he can use his ultimate ability to take extra turns right away. In Commander, however, the deck he sees the most play in is the massively popular Narset, Enlightened Master.
In 2019, thanks to the C19 reprint, you can find copies of Ral Zarek listed as low as $1.50 USD. Original Dragon's Maze copies can still command $3.50 or so. However, you can find lightly played Dragon's Maze copies for closer to $2, as players are opting to buy the Commander 2019 version instead.
Ral Zarek is a solid planeswalker who is a solid addition to any Magic the Gathering card collection. He is a card with solid value and a price that has been relatively steady. Barring another reprint, Ral Zarek should be a solid investment for your deck building toolbox or trade binder.