Hello, readers and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! My first feature for the week will be a card that I’ve kept my eyes on for quite a while. It’s one of those cards that has maintained its price tag since its initial spike, and is still relevant in more than one format up to this day.
Goryo’s Vengeance is responsible for the re-emergence of Reanimator decks in Modern a few years back. Often paired with Through the Breach, it gave sense to cards like Griselbrand and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn (not that they don’t make sense; it’s just that they aren’t living up to their full potential prior to Goryo’s renaissance), and made Reanimator an actual threat in the format again, long after the departure of Dread Return.
Speaking of format versatility, check out this Legacy list where Goryo’s Vengeance is having some air time:
One would expect Legacy to be the format where a card like Goryo would excel. Despite access to almost all the legendary creatures in the game via Legacy, it didn’t find its footing in staple decks in the format until Shallow Grave became a mainstream favorite. These two have since formed a lethal tag-team that’s known to many as “Instant Reanimators”.
However, Goryo’s Legacy buddy is in the Reserved List, and it’s Modern ally has already resurfaced as part of the Masterpiece series.
Please bear in mind that the word “possible” meant more like “my dream” reprints in this case. If we’re really getting cards from each set that haven’t been reprinted yet (and is not on the Reserved List), Goryo’s Vengeance, along with quite possibly some of these cards, has the word reprint all over it.
With that in mind, I wanted to feature Goryo’s Vengeance because it’s one of those cards that’s seeing quite some play, and is hard to find for those who want to actually have their own playsets. It is hard to just reprint in any other set because of the arcane mechanic, but Desperate Ritual, Dampen Thought, Glacial Ray, Horobi’s Whisper, and Torrent of Stones have already appeared in Modern Masters. In theory, Goryo’s Vengeance could be primed for a comeback in a future Masters set and after missing the cut in Iconic Masters, I think that Masters 25 is the perfect time to bring it back. What other card from that set would you rather see reprinted more than Goryo?
We have tons of time to speculate on what could be included in Masters 25, as we still have Unstable in two weeks time, and Rivals of Ixalan in January. It won’t make a sudden appearance in any of these sets (fingers crossed on RIX), and spoiler season should start somewhere in February, barring any major leaks or changes. As a spec junkie, people barely buy things during the holiday season, and are leaning more towards selling off their prized collections. Prices usually rebound in the early part of the year once everything has settled down, and that would also be the window for you to dispose your specs for the latter part of the year — and I strongly feel that you should include copies of Goryo’s Vengeance in your to-sell list.
Right now, you could find copies of Goryo’s Vengeance for as low as $41.72 to as high as $49.99 from TCGPlayer, Card Kingdom, and Star City Games. Channel Fireball is currently out of stock, and will probably restock around the same price range as the other stores. Across all sites, only Star City Games has a foil copy of the card, which is up for grabs at $67.99.
I’d recommend that you let go of your Goryo’s Vengeance copies whenever you could. Decks that use the card aren’t that successful right now, and I think that the reprint is really happening next March. Proceed with caution when buying normal copies that are for speculation purposes, as I don’t see much room for its price to increase in the near future. Grabbing foils might be a good idea if the price is somewhere in the $60 range; otherwise, I’d stay away.
And that’s it for the Monday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, as we take a look at a new card. As always, feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below. And if you want to keep up with all the market movement, be sure to check in with the QS Discord Channel for real time market information, and stay ahead of the hottest specs!