Daily Stock Watch: Knollspine Dragon

Hello, everyone and welcome to the Friday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! I’ll be going back to speculating on Modern pieces that could benefit or hurt its stock in the aftermath of Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan next week, so I’ll tackle a card from a different format today. It’s another one of those cards that’s not really game changing at all times even in Commander, but has gained so much steam due to the low number of supplies out there in the market.

Knollspine Dragon reached its all-time high today of $6.28, and we could say that this happened because this has only been printed once (Shadowmoor), and that dragons are, well, really popular crits in the world of Magic. It has this rich casual appeal that attracts players to just randomly insert it in their big mana Commander decks, or just be a fodder for collection purposes. The card’s ability is something that’s very enticing to use at the point of the game where it is castable, although the condition required to achieve its full potential is something that would usually make a pro’s face turn sour due to disgust. In a format where all you have to do is deal 20 damage to win, the extra card draw from that one turn when Knollspine Dragon enters play could go a long way into dictating where the game is headed, albeit you should be in a winning position on the next turn if you’ve drawn enough cards to end the game sooner than later.

I’ve double checked with the Utility Checker if this card is seeing play elsewhere besides dungeon cages or Commander decks and to no one’s surprise, this card is nowhere to be found in competitive decks’ lists. If you’re not really building a deck on a budget, check out this list where Knollspine Dragon makes an appearance among the more expensive and efficient dragons of Magic.

Scion Dragons

Commander (1)
Lands (36)
Creatures (24)
Instants and Sorceries (16)
Other Spells (23)

Playing with dragons and its kin gives me extra cool vibes, especially if I get to ransack my opponent on one fell swoop. This is the kind of feeling that I get whenever I win Commander games back in the day by abusing a role player’s ability to snatch a win out of nowhere, and players won’t have a shortage of that upon resolving a successful Knollspine Dragon. However, this isn’t enough to convince me that this card is worth more than $5 today and in the near future.

At the moment, Star City Games, Card Kingdom, Channel Fireball, and TCGPlayer have a few stocks left of the card from anywhere between $5.33-$6.99. I’m not really into spec buying of this card, but I think it should be good to buy your personal pieces now while it’s cheaper than what it’s expected to reach in the future, barring any immediate reprints. I’d stay away from foil copies if I were you, but it doesn’t hurt to get some of them in lopsided trades that makes you give up second stringers that you barely need at all.

And that’s it for this week’s edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next week, 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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Rob has been playing Magic since 2004 and is a control player by nature. He was able to crack the top eight of the 2011 Nationals in the Philippines, and he has multiple Grand Prix top-64 finishes. He's a finance junkie nowadays, but he still dreams of winning a Pro Tour someday.

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