Daily Stock Watch – Pact of Negation

Hello, everyone and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Prices have started crashing for cards from Masters 25 and I am loving it. I have already cracked at least four cases (16 boxes) of the set and I must say that there’s an awful lot of variance in what you could be getting when you open them pack by pack, rather than doing it box by box. There’s a world of difference in opening a Jace, the Mind Sculptor and cracking one that has Brion Stoutarm inside. You would understand the pains of getting these bulk rares when you get your packs for retail prices, so I’d like to help you out for a bit on what should be best to do to cut your losses from booster-tripping. This is something that I will talk about in a future article so if opening packs tickles your fancy, it might be something that you’d like to check out.

In today’s segment, I’m going to talk about one of the cards that is suffering heavily from the expected price crash due to its A25 reprint. I think that this card is very good across all formats that it’s legal to be used, and should rebound nicely in the future. It just reached its lowest price since being reprinted at $12.99 today, and I wouldn’t be surprised if its goes lower in the coming weeks while supplies are its peak.

Pact of Negation is a card that could win you games on the moment that you cast it. It has been well-documented as a vital piece of combo decks that would love its Force of Will-level prowess that prevents your opponents from having an answer to what you’re doing. It is not really a shoo-in when you’re watching Legacy decks in action (as there are a plethora of other counter magic that’s available in that format which doesn’t have the drawback of Pact of Negation) but it is almost always included in Modern juggernauts such as Ad Nauseam and Amulet Combo.

You know you’re in trouble when the combo player just goes off with Ad Nauseam and they have other cards in their hands. That somehow means that they already have a Pact of Negation (or two) in tow to stop you from killing their Laboratory Maniac or countering their Angel’s Grace. Force of Will is a $80 card for a reason and if we look at it on a power-level perspective, Pact of Negation shouldn’t be far behind financially. The only thing stopping it from being too broken is its game-ending drawback but we all know this works. Don’t be deceived by this weakness because this card is for real.

A Blue Mage Loves These Cards

Force Spike
Force of Will
Pact of Negation
Mana Leak
Spell Pierce

I’ve always been a blue mage at heart so I know how annoying these spells could get when you run into them. Pact of Negation should easily break your list of top three best counter magic all-time if you’re a blue player, in my opinion. I wouldn’t mind picking up copies of the card in the near future once it hits my projection of $10 as its lowest point, so I would recommend that you do the same if you’re into long term speculation.

At the moment, you could find lots of copies of Pact of Negation from online stores such as StarCityGames, Card Kingdom, ChannelFireball and TCGPlayer for as low as $12.99, and a high of $14.99 for the A25 version. Future Sight copies have been able to preserve its value for a little bit but should suffer just like every other card in the set for the foreseeable future. I would love to get the A25 copies as soon as they hit $10 and just stash them somewhere for a while. There’s no doubt in my mind that it will be a good decision in a year or so. Just move them around accordingly if you’re into short term speculations.

And that’s it for today’s edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, as I preview new cards that should be on the go, or good enough for speculation purposes. 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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Jamie Robertson San Juan

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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