Daily Stock Watch – Jace, Cunning Castaway

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Hello, everyone and welcome to a new week of the Daily Stock Watch! I hope you enjoyed our special Iconic Masters review last week, where we talked about possible good acquisitions and things that we should start selling soon. Today, I'm going to talk about a card that is slowly hitting rock bottom.

I wasn't impressed at all by this card when I first saw it. People were easily attracted to the hype because, well, this is a Jace planeswalker after all. It was pre-selling at $19.95 and I really feel bad for those who bought them. The early buy-ins (or price manipulation) helped raise it to $24.94 but since then, things have gone way south for this card.

Online stores have stocks of Jace, Cunning Castaway for as low as $4.95, which is its all-time low since it was printed. In case you're wondering why a Jace is valued this low, I checked how many decks actually use this card with the help of my Utility Checker, and I found out that only a half percent of top performing decks since Ixalan became Standard legal have actually used JCC. To make sure I'm not missing out on anything, I checked Modern and Legacy and just as I guessed, not a single trace of it could be found there as well.

I'm not raising my hopes for JCC, but this deck actually won a tournament using four copies of it:

The deck looks decent and competitive at first glance if you're not aware of the Standard metagame. A platoon of energy decks are on the loose in the format along with some Ramunap Red variants, so let me be the first one to tell you that this isn't that format-breaking deck you're looking for. However, this build should give some decks in your LGS or FNM a run for their money, so maybe you could actually try it out. This is the only deck in Standard right now where four copies of JCC would make sense.

On a financial aspect, I think that $4 is the lowest that JCC would go. With no signs of any breakthrough in Modern, it might sustain that price tag until more cards from Rivals of Ixalan are spoiled. Ixalan is starting to look like a very bad set with only Vraska, Relic Seeker as the saving grace for those who are still cracking packs. Sooner or later, one or two more cards are bound to trend upwards when new toys from RIX arrive and allow us to brew new archetypes. I'm not really a fan of where Standard is headed until energy is out of the format, but I feel strongly that JCC is one of the cards that might actually see some positive spike some day.

Since I don't cover a lot of Standard cards here at the Daily Stock Watch, here are some things that you might want to consider buying from Ixalan while they are cheap:

Ixalan Prospects

I'm not gonna go into details as to why I like those cards, but I look at them with the same regard as JCC. Of course, these picks are rather arbitrary, so proceed with caution when buying them. If you could pick up foil copies of Field of Ruin, get lots of it. It will be a hit soon.

Right now, you could get JCC copies from TCGPlayer for as low as $4.95. Channel Fireball and Star City Games are still selling them for $6, while foils are available in the $16-$25 range. I'd probably start buying two to three sets once it hits $4, but I'd stay away from the foils for now. I don't mind paying that price for a lousy Jace.

And that’s it for today's edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, as we take a look at a new card that we could keep our eyes on. 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!


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