Daily Stock Watch – Big Game Hunter

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Hello, readers and welcome to a new week of the Daily Stock Watch! The most recent Modern online tournaments have provided us with a clearer picture of what decks to expect in the upcoming months. BR Hollow One and Humans have been dominating lately and although a lot of players have been playing with Jund and Storm, they have been producing inferior results. Although this trend could push the rest of the field to adjust to a very aggressive metagame, cards that are performing well in the primary antagonists of the format are bound to see some price increase eventually. Such is the case for our card today, which also happens to be an ace off Hollow One's sideboard plan.

BGH is no Goblin Lore, but it is in the deck for all the right reasons. With the growing number of decks that have chunky creatures with power four or greater, discarding this to a Goblin Lore, Faithless Looting or Burning Inquiry would mean a world of pain to your opponents. Any Human piece is capable of reaching four power at any time, with Mantis Rider as probably being the biggest threat along with a turn one Champion of the Parish. A mirror match would help you eliminate a Gurmag Angler or Hollow One with ease, and this is definitely Death's Shadow's most feared creature. Today, it is currently sitting at its all-time high of $4.48 as a one-of in the sideboard of arguably one of the top three best decks in the format, and it might not be a farfetched idea to pad the list with more copies of the card.

For reference, let's take a look at how the deck is stacked right now. This list just won a recent MTGO Modern Challenge, so it's a pretty recent update on how players prefer their builds to look like.

BGH is a pretty decent card if you have discard effects that could maximize its power via madness. Some decks have tried incorporating it to their lists with less success, but that doesn't mean that this card is only suited for Hollow One. There are some pretty tricky implications on when WotC decides to reprint cards with a certain mechanic, but this one is probably ripe for the picking anytime soon. I'm leaning towards seeing more of it in other decks if the metagame doesn't change anytime soon so I like our chances of snagging copies of this card for spec purposes at the moment.

Off the Board Superstars

Some of the most expensive cards in Modern are found in the sideboards of tier one decks. Above are some of these cards which you would always see getting boarded in for key match ups. Despite the power level of these cards, they still need roleplayers like BGH to join the fray in neutralizing opposing decks. The power of speculating lies in micromanaging these lesser players rather than churning out big bucks for the big guns. I'd rather invest in the likes of BGH, Rest in Peace, Stony Silence or Grafdigger's Cage for the time being.

At the moment, StarCityGames is out of stock of this card at $4.49. They should be restocking in that range soon enough but good news is that you could still find lots of it via TCGPlayer and Card Kingdom for anywhere between $2-$3.99 based on card condition. If you're not really picky about having used copies for playing purposes, now might be the best time to grab your copies. I'd suggest that you try to trade away some unwanted pieces and pick them up for $3 if possible. This could be a $5-$8 card easily if Hollow One continues to dominate the format along with Humans. Pick up foil copies at your own risk, as I'm not really sure as to when this might get reprinted.

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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