Daily Stock Watch: Collective Brutality

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Hello again, everyone and welcome back to a new week of the Daily Stock Watch! The world is still trying to adjust to the most recent banning that happened in Standard, and we still have no idea if there will be any changes in Modern after Pro Tours Rivals of Ixalan. Some pros and finance junkies alike have already guessed that WotC won't shake up the world of Modern until after the PT, and that's just what happened last weekend.

In the aftermath of these changes, I'd like to focus more on Modern staples that could be in for a major price dip or spike after the much-awaited PT of the year. Today, we'll talk about a card that is seeing a lot of exposure across many formats and will rightfully continue to do so in the coming years.

This gem from Eldritch Moon just reached its all-time high of $13.05 today, and I don't expect it to slow down anytime soon. This set wasn't really able to produce good cards, as only mythics like Emrakul, the Promised End and Liliana, the Last Hope, and another Modern star in Spell Queller served as the money cards of the set along with Collective Brutality. I don't have enough data to support this claim, but it should be one of the less opened sets in recent Standard memory due to the lack of demand from the cards outside these four cards I mentioned. This notion, along with the fact that there is a high demand for Collective Brutality, will contribute to the continue in the rise of this card's price.

At least 15 competitive decks in Legacy and Modern use a copy of Collective Brutality, and new archetypes that will emerge in the future will continue to add this to their arsenal whenever it's possible. It disrupts your opponent's hand, kills a weenie-sized creature, helps you to win some close games with a pseudo-lifesteal effect, and enables you to set up a board position that favors discarding cards. The way that I see it, it's a two-mana Cryptic Command-like kind of card that is almost always relevant at any point in the game. Just how good is this card? Check out this Modern BR Reanimator list that runs a full playset of it en route to victory.

A card has to be very good for it to see heavy play in Legacy, and the Utility Checker states that 3.5% of winning Legacy decks last year have utilized 2.5 copies of Collective Brutality in their main decks. In Modern, 11% of these decks used an average 1.7 copies of the card, and it could definitely do better this year as more decks try to incorporate this into their lists.

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These cards will stay good all throughout the year, and I only expect Thoughtseize to outperform Collective Brutality in the utility department. At this rate, it should only be a matter of time before this card reaches the $20 barrier. It would be best to get copies while it's still at a reasonable price.

Right now, Star City Games and Channel Fireball are both out of stock for normal copies, while only a handful are left via TCGPlayer and Card Kingdom for $12.48 up to $14.99. Foil copies could be obtained for $33-$40, and it might actually be a good idea to pick them up in the lower $30's or for less, if that's possible. I strongly recommend that you trade in for this card while it's still peaking. The realization of how good it really is might just occur to everyone after the Pro Tour. Let's try to stay ahead while we can.

And that’s it for the Monday 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!

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