Hello, everyone and welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! In the wake of the recently concluded GP Portland, where 1,699 players slugged it out for the top prize, Magic's 2013 and 2014 World Champion Shahar Shenhar won his fourth Grand Prix title using a Temur Energy deck. I'll be featuring one of the key cards from that deck on today's segment.
In every Standard set, it seems that dragons always find a way to make it to top tier decks. They are big, nasty, firebreathing creatures that hover up in the skies over elves, kithkins, merfolks, and humans. They have always been the weapon of choice by aggro, midrange and control mages alike. It is arguable that angels are their main antagonists in the battlefield (uhhh, Baneslayer Angel), but this Standard season has been all about Glorybringer and its energy friends, despite of that temporary resurgence from Angel of Invention and her graveyard-loving peers.
Based on my Utility Checker, Glorybringer has been the most popular, usage-wise, among all these dragon superstars over the last fifteen years (Thunderbreak Regent is a distant second, in case you're wondering). Players have used an average of 2.8 copies in 7.6% of winning decks, and you could expect this number to rise after seventeen copies made it to the top 8 of GP Portland.
We could compare Glorybringer's case with Aether Hub, in a sense that they are both very popular, but their prices haven't gone up the entire time. Aether Hub is an uncommon, and Kaladesh was a very popular set because of the Inventions, so it makes sense that there is no shortage of supply for the card. However, Glorybringer is a rare card from a fairly good set in Amonkhet, so it would make sense if it gets occasional spikes after doing well in tournaments. It has been in the $5-$6 range since June and big online stores such as Star City Games, Channel Fireball, and Card Kingdom, are always filled to the brim with stocks of it.
I'm not sure if I'm overrating the card, or there are just too many copies of it out there. Personally, I think that there's still lots of potential for this card to at least go up in value, albeit $10 is the highest that I think it could go. My logic behind this is that something from Rivals of Ixalan could make it more powerful, or some component of energy decks could get banned if it continues to dominate in the next two months. In the case that a banning in Standard occurs, this card could become a real powerhouse when decks that are under the radar would start showing up, or Patrick Chapin comes up with some new brew that has Glorybinger as its centerpiece.
Right now, you could find normal copies of Glorybringer from anywhere between $5.34 and $6.49 from the same stores I mentioned earlier, while foil AMK copies are in the $7-$10 range. The Magic Gameday foil version is sold for $12, and it's worth noting that SCG is out of stock, while the other stores have minimal copies left. I recommend that you get normal copies for $4 if that's possible, and get the Gameday copies for $8. I think that this is a fine gamble with very little room for losses. People usually start disposing cards during the holidays, and card prices should start moving again once the new year enters. That should be the room to move your spare copies as soon as it's profitable to do so.
And that’s it for the Wednesday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, as we feature a new card that might be on the rise, or should be moved. 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!