Hello, everyone and welcome to the Thursday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Today, I'll be featuring a card that I think will benefit from the arrival of more copies of Bloodline Keeper in From the Vault: Transform. From the makers of "Twilight", I present to you..
This mythic from Return to Ravnica never found its bearings while it was in Standard, and spent most of her time sitting in bulk rare bins. Cards with its ability should somehow be popular to casual players in Commander, but it never went above the $2 threshold until recently when From the Vault: Transform was spoiled, and its name popped up in the Explorers of Ixalan special set. It went to as high as $5.20 back in September, and it's still floating around the $4-$5 range as of writing.
So why is it suddenly gaining some steam? Check out this Edgar Markov Commander deck that won a "Clash of Commanders" event in Libourne, France:
Wait.. Where's the Necropolis Regent?
That's exactly what I'm trying to say in this post. This card isn't part of the only logical deck in Commander where it could fit, and from a personal perspective, I don't see a need to squeeze it in there. Besides the fact that it's slow, you could get better impact from lower casting cards such as Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Bloodline Keeper without having to go through the tedious process of waiting for a sixth land to cast it. In case you noticed, the end of the curve for this deck is five mana, which is occupied by Malakir Bloodwitch. It's basically a good game by the time it hits the battlefield in a match where you only need to deal twenty damage to win. Necropolis Regent simply doesn't belong with its kind in this case.
With all this in mind, we could consider a possible buyout for the price spike. However, I checked online stores and there's no sign that something like this happened. People had funky ideas, like pairing this with Walking Ballista to deal triple damage on a turn, but this could easily be trumped by better two-card combos. Perhaps, the casual demand from those who wanted to have it in their Commander decks was enough to keep its price above the $2-line where it was floating around for years.
Edgar Markov decks in Commander have been winning tournaments left and right. It's so strong that you'd almost always see at least two of it in the top eight of Commander leagues. History dictates that troublesome commanders should be banned to create a healthy field for players again; otherwise, people will just build the same deck and hope they get better draws than their opponents. The two cards above are the primary heirs to the vampiric throne. In the case that Edgar Markov gets the axe, people who've already built a vampire tribal EDH will try the same concept with a different commander, and I'm expecting that Drana or Olivia will get some consideration in case that happens. The deck should be slower by then, and that's the time that Necropolis Regent would fit in just fine.
At the moment, you could find copies of Necropolis Regent (both the Return to Ravnica and Explorers of Ixalan versions) from anywhere between $3-$6 in online stores such as TCGPlayer, Starcity Games, Channel Fireball, and Card Kingdom. I'd like to pick up copies of the card at $2 each, but I'm a seller/trader if people are willing to pick it up right now for $6. This is one of those cards that are a bit tricky to grade but since it's a mythic, there might be some upside in keeping a few copies for now. Just stay away from the foils if that's possible.
And that’s it for the Thursday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, as we talk about a new card that should be on the go, or worth speculating 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!