Hello, readers and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! It has been hard to find cards that are multi-format superstars (sees play in at least two to three formats) that aren't considered staples yet so we'll talk about one that could actually make the cut if it makes a strong push to become one. It stayed as a fringe Commander card for some time but thanks to some of our Japanese friends, this card might be able to make a case as an actual Modern threat.
Hall of the Bandit Lord just peaked today with its all-time high of $12.51. It is a legendary land that gives your chosen creature some steroids so it could go bananas on the turn it hits play, and something of this caliber could set off some nice fireworks in formats where a combo piece could just end the game on the turn it hits play. Wondering how you could abuse this card? Check out this fun deck that Atsushi Ito created some time last year and it's starting to look like it could actually be a tournament-viable deck.
The tandem of Devoted Druid and Vizier of Remedies has brought Creatures Toolbox to new heights and this rendition of their tagteam is no stranger to that approach. One problem that players of that deck has encountered is the inability of the druid or vizier to stay alive before it could actually combo out (if it didn't come in to play at the end of your opponent's turn via Collected Company) and this is where Hall of the Bandit Lord comes in. By giving the Devoted Druid haste, it allows you to beat your opponent on turn three consistently or even as early as turn two with the help of Wild Cantor or Manamorphose. Having access to infinite mana allows you to dig for your entire deck with the help of Oath of Nissa, Traverse the Ulvenwald or your Duskwatch Recruiter // Krallenhorde Howler (given that it stays alive) with the support of Pact of Negation. It is a pretty sweet combo that unsuspecting opponents wouldn't survive if they don't know about your deck yet -- and we're only talking about how good Hall of the Bandit Lord could be with one creature in this case.
My late grandfather once told me that it's best to invest in real estate, and I have no qualms that it is best to do that same thing even in Magic. We've seen Mikokoro, Center of the Sea resurface in Masters 25, so seeing some of these lands in the future wouldn't be entirely impossible. However, they should continue to gain more value in the coming years barring the dreaded reprint that will cause its stock to crash. I like how Hall of the Bandit Lord is positioned now in the coming months, so let's start buying in while we can.
At the moment, StarCityGames is out of stock of normal copies of Hall of the Bandit Lord for $13.99. Card Kingdom, ChannelFireball and TCGPlayer still have copies for anywhere between $12.75 up to $13.99. I'm not sure how popular this card is in your LGS, but you should be able to trade for them at the $10 threshold at this point in time. It's not really a popular card to begin with, but its stock will continue to climb in the coming months. Stay away from foils if you could as an encore of what WotC did to Boseiju could also happen to this card.
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!