Daily Stock Watch – Street Wraith

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Hello, everyone and welcome to this week's final edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Spoiler season for Masters 25 is over, and not everyone is on the same page on how good (or bad) the set really is. The mythics have been rather disappointing for a 25th anniversary set, but some of the rares have somehow neutralized the lack of very solid mythics. It's also worth noting that a lot of great commons and uncommons have surfaced, and I'll be putting the spotlight on one of them today.

This was a common in Modern Masters that didn't get much recognition in the early days of the set until people started using it in very good Modern decks. At least five tier one/two decks today use a full playset of it (with Grixis Death's Shadow, BR Hollow One, and Living End as the most notables), and this has caused the price of Street Wraith to hit $10. It is a very efficient cantrip that nets you a card for almost no cost -- don't be fooled by the two life that's required as its alternate cost because it's what actually makes it very strong in a Death's Shadow shell, and it enables insane opening hands in a Hollow One deck with the help of a Faithless Looting.

Look at this Hollow One list and imagine the crazy things that you could do with an opening hand of two Street Wraiths.

The unfair advantage that Street Wraith gives goes beyond the "almost free" cycling effect. It also pads your graveyard as an extra crit for early recursion (in Living End variants), while it helps in thinning out the life total of a Death's Shadow player. The only drawback that this card has is in the midgame or late game where it becomes a liability instead of an asset when you're low on life, and you'd rather draw a threat instead of a 3/4 vanilla creature that basically does nothing but brick wall incoming attacks from the opposing player.

With all these in mind, I think it's fair to say that this card deserves the price tag that it commands. However, there will be lots of supplies out there in the coming months as people start cracking M25 boxes. You must be wondering if it's time to hoard these cards again before they start disappearing into oblivion once players realize that it's a very good Magic card.

They Will Always Need the Wraiths

Misery loves company, but these decks are for real and it makes your opponent look miserable instead. I don't really think that it's a question of how good will Street Wraith still be financially in the wake of this reprint, but how much are you willing to invest in getting as many copies as you could. It should be a $5-$7 card in the near future, but it shouldn't go lower than that if we realistically analyze what it could do. It also helps that it is an uncommon, so grab them at $5 or less if that opportunity comes up.

At the moment, we don't have visibility yet of how much online stores such as StarCityGames, ChannelFireball, TCGPlayer, and Card Kingdom will be pre-selling Street Wraith. There's also so much potential in picking up foil copies from M25, so it would be great if you could get them for around $10-$12 as a spec target. It would always be safe to buy copies of this at whatever price you deem is right if you need it. There's just no way that this would get banned in the foreseeable future, and I don't see the decks where it's being utilized falling out of favor for it. This is my personal pick as the best non-rare card of the set.

And that’s it for this week's edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next week, as I continue to preview five more cards from Masters 25. 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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