Daily Stock Watch: Magus of the Moon

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Hello, readers and welcome to a new week of the Daily Stock Watch! I was crushed by the opposition over the weekend at Grand Prix Singapore, and missed out on a money finish after losing the last three rounds of day two. It was a fun experience, and I was able to meet some people who are readers of this segment, so I'd like to give a shout to these guys (sorry I didn't get your names!) and I hope that you continue reading our content here at Quiet Speculation.

I was able to get a glimpse of what cards were hot, as well as those that are not, based on the buylists of the different stores that were set up in the GP venue. Usual suspects include Reserved List cards, Standard and Modern staples, and cards from the Masterpiece series, but they still happen to buy pretty much everything that you'd like to sell them. This gives us more options on where to move our other cards around, besides your LGS and online stores.

That was quite an introduction! Let's talk about our featured card for today.

Magus of the Moon just hit its all-time low of $8.30 (for the Iconic Masters version) over the weekend, and it should go down a little more in the next two weeks as the holiday season closes in where I expect more IMA packs will be opened. The same is true for the Future Sight version, which has gone down to $19.92, which is a big drop from its high of $33.91 prior to the IMA reprint. This is also its lowest price since the year 2015, which further cements the trend that any card printed in a Masters set would definitely dip, value-wise.

Part of the blame of why the price went down is its inability to be consistently part of a winning deck. According to the Utility Tracker, only 0.6% of winning decks use an average 1.7 copies of Magus of the Moon on their main deck in Modern, while 0.7% of winning decks use 1.3 copies of it in their sideboard. It actually sees more action in Legacy as part of some Dark Depths and Dragon Stompy decks, where 2.6% of top decks use an average of three copies in their maindeck, and 1.1% use 1.6 copies in the sideboard.

Let's check out how an actual deck running Magus of the Moon in Legacy looks like.

This deck aims to draw out Marit Lage from Dark Depths by using Thespian Stage as the enabler, and have Magus of the Moon shutdown your opponent's mana base to allow your demon to operate freely. It's not really a popular deck choice, but it uses a full playset of the Magus, and could be used as a good reference of a competitive deck that uses it over Blood Moon. However, Blood Moon is still the consensus choice for Modern and Legacy players, as enchantments are harder to answer than creatures.

Blue Moon Pieces

These cards are all very disruptive and control-oriented by nature, so I don't see why Magus of the Moon won't fit in the deck in the near future. It has appeared more often in tournaments lately, and getting it to tier one territory will definitely help push Magus of the Moon's value back up to the double digit range again if it gets the much needed consideration to be part of the list.

At the moment, I'd like to keep an eye on Magus of the Moon from IMA. I'd like to start buying in if it hits $5, but I'm not entirely sure if it could go that low considering the players' awareness of its power. I'm inclined to believe that people just favor selling it more right now due to the influx of supply, but it should rebound a little sometime next year once the IMA box-opening fiasco has ended, and people have started shifting their attention towards Masters 25.

Right now, you could find copies of Magus of the Moon for anywhere between $6.99 up to $8.99 from Channel Fireball, TCGPlayer, Star City Games, and Card Kingdom. I'd like to stray away from the foil copies, as I think that investing on foil Blood Moons would be better in the long run. Don't give up on this card just yet -- it's still as good as it is back in the day when it was a $20 card.

And that’s it for the Monday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, as we check out new cards 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!


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