Daily Stock Watch – Thrashing Brontodon

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Hello, readers and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Pro Tour Dominaria is upon us, and the biggest question that the format poses is "what deck will be good enough to beat B/R Agrro on a consistent basis?" I guess we'll just find out over the weekend what the answer is (or it will take a stroll in the park and just clobber everyone again). For now, let's focus on one of the cards that has gained steam heading to the event, and how good it will be after everything has been said and done.

Despite the dominance of Blue White Control, Black White Aggro and Black Red Aggro, there are still decks out there that are trying to swing the balance to their favor, and most of them are splashing green for flexibility. One of the best cards that could go offensively and defensively is Thrashing Brontodon, which at three mana and its 3/4 power and toughness, is a very solid crit in a number of decks that tries to pummel the opposition while being able to neutralize some of its biggest threats at the same time. Its presence is felt most prominently in this Golgari Midrange deck which tries to maximize the brute force of green, and the removal efficiency of black.

Not a lot of decks could feature a sideboard-material card on its main list, but this dinosaur fits just right on this one. In case you aren't aware, Thrashing Brontodon is already a sub-$3 card as we speak, and that's a pretty nice price tag for an uncommon in Standard. I'm not really sure what the ceiling of the card is once the vehicles have rotated out of Standard (even though the saga series will stick around), but I'm looking at a $5 card if one to two copies of a green-based deck makes it to the top eight of the event with it on its 75.

What the Dino Could Trash

The card is a walking beatstick that could answer the likes of what you could see above, and it benefits some more for being in the same color pool as that of Verdurous Gearhulk and Winding Constrictor. Already sturdy as it is, it's something that you could draw at any point of the game and still be effective on both ends. It is a steady roleplayer in an era of big bombs, and it could be due for a break out if a green deck goes over the top. This should be a safe pick up right here, and a good investment if you hoarded it early.

At the moment, you could easily get copies of Thrashing Brontodon from StarCityGames, ChannelFireball, Card Kingdom and TCGPlayer for anywhere between $2.49 up to $3.23. There won't be any shortage of uncommons from a Standard set at this point in time, but buyouts could change the story if it does occur after this card gets a boost from the Pro Tour results. I'd recommend going after the foil copies as there are better utility cards in the older formats that does the same thing as it, so just try picking up loose ones in some bulk trades or packages. It would be a good feeling for you if you stored them in your bins while it was still under a dollar. Either way, I still like it as a solid pick up at $2 or less, and you could still gain some value out of it in the coming months as the Nationals approach.

And that’s it for today's edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, 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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