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Daily Stock Watch: Triumph of the Hordes

Hello, readers and welcome to a new week of the Daily Stock Watch! It’s been an exciting year so far for Magic players as we’re all going to welcome Rivals of Ixalan in a few days time, and we’ll also see if there will be cards that will be banned or unbanned just before Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan. Prices are going up and down everywhere, and all we can do is speculate and hope that one of our specs will break out.

Today, I’m going to feature a card that has been slowly climbing the market’s ranks just like how Countersquall did it — somehow off the radar, steadily, and via a straight inclusion to a competitive deck’s list of 75. I have one issue here, though, and that is the fact that it’s not registering on my radar as a part of any top tier deck across any format.


Do you guys even know that this card just reached its all-time high of $4.25 today? I actually think that’s a high price for an uncommon that’s not even a household name in Modern or Legacy. To make things more interesting, it’s not even a permanent that you could abuse in Commander or other casual formats, although reading what it does could actually give you a false sense of assurance that it’s a game breaker.

So where do people actually use this card?

Nissa, Vastwood Seer

Commander (1)
Lands (36)
Creatures (40)
Instants and Sorceries (8)
Other Spells (15)

Here is an actual list of what I think is a budget EDH deck that runs a simple concept: just overwhelm your opponents with your creatures. Besides casual decks that you would usually see being played on a dining table, the only lists where I saw Triumph of the Horde being used are in Commander decks with lots of creatures or token generators that would try to steal a game by top-decking this in some crowded board state. I also just realized that this card is a sorcery spell, so the element of surprise during combat is non-existent even when you just drew it in a scenario where you could bluff to win.

Non rares that became gold over time

Ancient Stirrings
Unified Will
Countersquall
Shattering Spree
Path to Exile
Inquisition of Kozilek
Spell Snare
Remand

There are lots of other cards that deserve to be in this conversation, but these are the ones that are quite memorable for the last couple of years or so. They’ve all made their way to a top tier deck one way or another, and I just don’t see Triumph of the Horde doing the same. Its current price tag is a rip off for a casual favorite, but we love listening to money when it talks.

Right now, Star City Games is the only store that we usually feature here that’s still selling played copies of Triumph of the Horde at $2.05 each. Channel Fireball, TCGPlayer, and Card Kingdom are all out of stock, and they should be refilling at around $4 once they have new supplies. It’s worth noting that this is the only printing of the card, and infect is a unique mechanic to meddle with when reprinting it in supplemental sets. It might take some time for this to be reprinted (if it will be reprinted at all), so try trading for copies that you could move around whenever you see them. Card Kingdom is actually paying a good price for near mint copies, so finding ones from unsuspecting owners would be very profitable. Grabbing cheap foil copies would be quite a steal as well.

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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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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