Daily Stock Watch – Benalish Marshal

Hello, everyone and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Dominaria is coming out this week, and the hype for the set has somehow lived up to its expectations. A lot of players are excited to play Standard again, and financial-wise, mythic rares from this set have started acting like they are indeed ones that are worth the most when you crack packs. One particular mythic that I have kept an eye on is History of Benalia, which I think will be a breakthrough card in Standard if things go according to my speculation. In lieu of this, my focus for today will be on one of the cheaper cards from the set where we could possibly get some financial gains by speculating on it.

There are a handful of knights in Standard that could receive the boost from History of Benalia’s bonus effect once it hits the third phase of its saga, so I’m quite sure that it’s going to be an actual deck given the push. With the presence of Clifftop Retreat, Inspiring Vantage, Isolated Chapel and Concealed Courtyard in the format, it’s still very much possible to play the mana-restricted Benalish Marshal as the three drop in your curve. This crit gives your deck a pseudo-Glorious Anthem effect which is very much needed in a deck that aims to put constant pressure on your opponent. One particular list that I am trying to build is an Orzhov variant which gives us the ability to have removal for opposing creatures, and some powerful cards off the board to help in keeping us relevant against control decks.

At its current price tag of $1.99 via MTGStocks, it’s actually a decent creature that could either hit $5 easily, or go down to a $1 if the deck doesn’t get the exposure that I’m expecting it to. I’m just looking at it as a possible spec target because it might work well with one of the chase mythics from the set, but this could also end up as a bust if History of Benalia doesn’t end up as one of the major players in Standard. The three mana color-restricted cycle from DOM was made for a reason and I’m looking at Benalish Marshal as a good pick up now at this price because there’s very little room for error for such a cheap card with high upside on it, despite of the limited decks that it might be present in. We could gauge how this goes once the Pro Tour is over, so I’m really excited about picking them up now while supplies are at its peak.

At the moment, you could find copies of Benalish Marshal for anywhere between $1.49 up to $1.81 via TCGPlayer, Card Kingdom and StarCityGames for anywhere between $1.49 up to $1.99 for non-foils. I’m not seeing any competitive Modern use for the card (but I could be wrong, ofcourse!) so getting foils isn’t really my priority right now, and isn’t also across the horizon for my taste. I would trade for a few copies of this card if it’s within a dollar’s range once supplies flood the market, and wait out if it sees some gains after a few Standard tournaments. I see very little room for error if we pick up a few sets of this card at its current price tag. There will always be a casual appeal for white creatures with effects like Benalish Marshal even if it doesn’t end up as a roleplayer in the format. Let’s get them while it’s cheap!

And that’s it for today’s edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next time, as we continue to speculate on cards that might be on the rise, or try to get rid of the ones that are at risk of losing value. 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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