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Daily Stock Watch – Diabolic Intent

Hello, everyone and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Battlebond is coming to town, and it’s about to rock the world of MTG Finance once more. With reprints to lots of Commander and Legacy cards that have been expensive for a while, now’s the perfect time to get a hold of some of them for speculation purposes. I’m quite sure someone from our team will give a more in-depth analysis about the set, but I’ll probably touch some of these cards in the coming days. For today, I would like to talk about one of my favorite reprints from this set, and what financial implications lies ahead of it.


I didn’t see this reprint coming and I’m thinking that you weren’t expecting it as well. Diabolic Intent is probably one of the best tutor cards out there if you consider its casting cost and color efficiency, and I’m sure a lot of Commander players are quite happy with this development. It’s basically a Demonic Tutor that requires a sacrificial lamb to enable but more often than not, it’s even used as a sac outlet to set off some combo strategies, or get rid of a creature that prefers the afterlife to make things work such as Academy Rector.

Just how good of a card is Diabolic Intent? Check out the synergies that it brings to the table in this Iname, Death Aspect Combo Control deck.

In this deck, the spirits are very much willing to die at every opportunity it could get, making Diabolic Intent a very reliable tutor spell with the likes of Bloodghast, Nether Shadow and Nether Traitor hanging around. One Living Death (the card that I assume is tutored out of the library the most once Iname has done its job) later, and your opponent is toast.

The Tutor League

Enlightened Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Worldly Tutor
Gamble
Living Wish
Glittering Wish

Cards that help you fetch the ones that you don’t have in your hand are always very good cards. Just one look at the list above and you could already tell that each and everyone of it are game changers. Diabolic Intent belongs to the same league despite of its presumed drawback of having to sacrifice a creature to make it work, but it does what Demonic Tutor can do without having to fulfill certain conditions on what card to find. I’d love to have foil copies of this card from Battlebond, and I wouldn’t mind hoarding a lot of the normal ones, given that the price is right. There’s very little room for error on this one.

At the moment, StarCityGames is pre-ordering copies of Diabolic Intent for $11.99, while ChannelFireball and Card Kingdom has it for $9.99. There are lots of vendors via TCGPlayer that are selling it for $8.93 up to $9.54 for normal copies, and I’d say that we wait for it to reach the $6 range before buying in. Foil copies are currently at above $20, and I don’t know up to what extent will the prices go down to. I’m a sure buyer at $12-$15 though, if ever it makes it to that range. This card is a tried and tested staple, and you can’t go wrong with it.

And that’s it for today’s edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next time, as we check out a new card that should be on the go, or good enough for speculating. 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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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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