Good day, everyone and welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Today, I'll be featuring one of the more celebrated lands in the game that both new and old-school players are familiar with. It is part of the Reserved List, but I actually think that it's worth taking a look at, especially in the coming days.
Today, let's talk about Tolarian Academy
Tolarian Academy has been creeping up slowly over the past few weeks because of its strength in Vintage MUD decks. In case you're not aware, the deck is called MUD not because it's a Mono Blue Devotion deck (which is what the acronym stands for), but because the cards in the deck still have that brown border that gives it a "muddy" color. Some even think that it's a "Mishra-Urza-Deck" but you could only find Mishra cards in this deck, and no Urza in sight. Meh. In case you're wondering how the deck looks like, here it is:
This deck looks like a TriniStacks deck minus Smokestack, and we're down to one Trinisphere. Okay, so maybe this isn't that kind of deck after all. However, this deck relies on the synergy of artifact creatures that's powered by the always reliable Mishra's Workshop, and the presence of, well, six out of the "Power Nine" cards. There's no way to search for that singleton Tolarian Academy, but it is very strong when you draw it.
These lands are all part of the Reserved List, along with Tolarian Academy, and some other household names that we grew up playing with. Barring any MAJOR changes, the only place where you could get them with ease is via MTGO. However, such is not the case with Tolarian Academy, which I believe still has tons of potential to go up in value as soon as people realize how good it really is, and that it's not coming back anytime soon (I still believe that something will be done about the Reserved List in the future, but that's rather arbitrary).
Right now, you could find a Tolarian Academy in decks that run at least 20 artifacts in Vintage. Unless something crazy happens, Magic would continue producing artifacts, which means that more decks would want a copy of Tolarian Academy to play with. Although Vintage is not that popular anymore, and Tolarian Academy is an R1 card, I think that $37 (the listed price for TCGPlayer median price) is still a low price tag for a card with such a high power level. I'm thinking that $50 is what it's worth in the near future. I wouldn't mind speculating on this on a personal note, because there will always be a demand for it, however way you think of it.
You could still get copies of Tolarian Academy from TCGPlayer from anywhere between $20.99 up to $38, with the pricing range being that broad because of their differences in card condition. I'd say that you try to go for at least an MP copy if you're going to keep it for personal purposes, and try to buy the cheapest ones in the best condition possible for speculating.
And that’s it for the Wednesday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, as we'll have a special month-end edition to take a look at how my picks for the month of November are faring so far. 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!