Cheers to a new week, everyone and welcome to the Monday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! This weekend, Bilbao will be host to Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan, the premier Modern event of the year that will feature some of the biggest names in the Magic world. I will be making personal picks everyday for this week's segment of what I think will benefit or suffer the most in the aftermath of the Pro Tour. Today, I'll be wedging my bet on a cheap card that could see some great movement if its namesake deck wins it all.
The deck BR Hollow One has all the tools to be great; it is explosive, has some really nasty draws that could consistently threaten the opponent all throughout the game, and has resilience which is important in a deck that feels more like a combo variant than an aggro one. What makes this deck tick is the element of luck via cards like Burning Inquiry (which could ruin your opponent's hand on turn one and fine tune yours) and Goblin Lore (which helps you cast free Hollow Ones while you bury your Bloodghast and Flamewake Phoenix), and the power of delve cards such as Gurmag Angler and Tasigur, the Golden Fang. But more importantly, this deck won't run as smoothly as it should if you don't power out an early Hollow One (or a pair, if you're really lucky) or Gurmag Angler.
For the record, this is how a stock BR Hollow One deck looks like:
I like this deck a lot for many reasons, and I like Hollow One because it is a cheap spec that could have some great rewards if the gamble pays off. The foil copies of this card was something that I actually wanted to focus on, but the urge to resist writing about normal copies is kind of hard to do. Standard sets have been performing particularly bad since WotC decided to remove the Masterpiece inserts, and this card came from one of the few remnants of the sets that had them. I don't think people would actually buy Hour of Devastation booster boxes to crack and try to get a Thoughtseize Invocation, so holding on to copies of Hollow One could still pay off in the near future if it doesn't succeed now. As a key piece to a concept that's actually working, there's very little room for error in keeping this card.
Some of these cards are suddenly relevant in multiple formats, thanks to Hollow one, and they could still go a long way if it gets some significant air time during the weekend's event. Some players have already tried incorporating it in lists in both Vintage and Legacy, as the card is really something that's quite broken given the correct sequence of plays and decks where you'll use it. Although the Utility Tracker doesn't have that much data to support its claim to success during the latter part of last year and the early part of this year, a lot of Modern tournament's top eight lists are already home to the BR Hollow One deck. One more good card in the coming sets could get this deck over the top. I'd love to take the risk now while it's still cheap.
At the moment, you won't have trouble finding copies of Hollow One for under a dollar from Star City Games, Card Kingdom, Channel Fireball, or TCGPlayer. Even your LGS should have HOD binders that are still full to the brim with copies of the card. But just like what I've said earlier, try getting foil copies now while you can. There's a lot of potential for growth in that investment, and it's one that I'll more likely try to get at the same pace as the normal ones whenever the opportunity presents itself.
And that’s it for the Monday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, as I continue this week's Pro Tour special edition. 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!