Hello, readers and welcome to the midweek edition of the Daily Stock Watch! There has been some noise from the Modern community that the "big decks" are starting to dominate the format again, based solely on the result of Grand Prix Oklahoma, where there was an all-Scapeshift finals that occurred, and other Tron or "unfair" decks, also cracked the Top 8. With this in mind, we'll stray away from Modern specs for now and continue to focus on some Commander and casual cards (unless a big spike or drop in price for a Modern-used card occurs).
Our card for the day is Forced Fruition
This was one of my favorite cards back in the day, as I loved meddling with decks that just saps the life out of your opponent at one go. It worked very well with Megrim and Underworld Dreams, and also made some rather unplayable creatures such as Gnat Miser and Locust Miser seem useful. Bear in mind, though, that this was just a casual deck that I used to toy around with when playing with my classmates.
The deck looked just like this:
[deck title=Forced Fruition Fun Deck]
2 Reliquary Tower
4 Drift of Phantasms
4 Gnat Miser
4 Locust Miser
2 Copy Enchantment
4 Font of Mythos
4 Forced Fruition
4 Howling Mine
4 Liliana's Caress
4 Underworld Dreams
Looks just like any other kitchen table deck, right? Even the lands are all basic with the exception of Reliquary Tower. I mean, where else would you find all these nasty artifacts and enchantments, all coming down to play one-by-one, without the support of hand disruption or permission spells? If you're thinking of a casual deck, then you definitely got that right.
I went to my handy Utility Checker and checked if Forced Fruition is seeing action somewhere else, and was not surprised to find that it's not being used in any competitive Legacy, Modern, or Commander deck. Since Lorwyn was its only printing, and it has been a decade since that set was printed, it's safe to say that the price spike has been caused by some LGS supply shortage, which has prompted some players to purchase them from online stores. As of this writing, there should be less than 100 near mint copies of the card from different online vendors such as Star City Games, TCGPlayer, Card Kingdom, and Channel Fireball.
Based on TCGPlayer's purchase tracker, these are some of the cards that customers who bought Forced Fruition also purchased. I think we could all agree that none of them are the usual suspects in any potent tier one or two decks in Legacy or Modern, so I really don't see a reason for Forced Fruition to maintain this new price tag in the long run. This card is also barely playable in any sideboard strategies, considering its high casting cost, and you'll need other pieces that would interact with it, to win games.
Right now, you would find copies of Forced Fruition from the usual online stores where we check card prices, from anywhere between $9-$11.99. What's funny is that the foil prices of the card didn't even go past $15 from any of the said stores -- a clear indication that the card is only wanted in the casual community.
With the information we have on hand, I think it's safe to say that you could trade away or sell your copies for a fair deal that's near the amounts I've stated above. I'm not sure if this is going to be reprinted anytime soon, but the card doesn't require any major storylines or synergy, to be included in any support product within the coming year. For all we know, it could be part of Rivals of Ixalan for no apparent reason, so it would be best that you get your profit now while it's still hot.
And that’s it for the midweek/Wednesday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, as we check out a new card that should be on the go, or good enough for speculating. 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!