Hello, everyone and welcome to the freaky Friday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Friday is that day of the week when I feature a card that’s a bit funky or not too mainstream, but is still able to gain some financial traction. For today, I will be talking about a card that I never imagined getting the spotlight on this segment because of its power level. Thanks to some speculations and a few twists and turns in Standard, I believe that now’s the time to consider my opinion on this card.
Karn, Scion of Urza on the Daily Stock Watch? Yes, seriously. After hitting Jace, the Mind Sculptor-like levels financially when it almost breached the $70 barrier exactly a month ago, the card has considerably simmered down to a mid-level price of $51.49 as of this writing. Its meteoric rise finance-wise wasn’t caused by any buyouts or hype, but mainly because of the absurd strength of the card on any deck where it can be used, and the Modern consideration that is has garnered as a colorless planeswalker. Albeit it’s still a $50 card, the $20 price drop is quite a big letdown, especially for the people who have started purchasing theirs in the $60 range in fears of it hitting the $80-$90 range not before long. However, the success of Goblin Chainwhirler decks in Standard have slowed down Karn wielding decks considerably, but this works out just fine for us who weren’t able to buy in on it during the window of its financial rise.
But is Karn, SoU still a good investment going forward? Maybe the victory of Raja Sulaiman using this Orzhov Benalia list will help you decide if it’s still worth investing on it.
This win does a lot of good things for a lot people who are playing Standard. First, it lowers the chance of Goblin Chainwhirler getting the banhammer come July 2; second, it helps in keeping the price of Karn, SOU within the $50 range despite of the its dwindling success; and third, it gives finance junkies that much needed window to start getting cheaper copies of Karn before it skyrockets once more in the case that WotC decides to ban some key pieces of the very dominant red archetypes in Standard. I can’t really say that Karn is that broken when it hits play based on the current scenery of the format, but it will be prominently strong once more in a world that’s not ran ablaze by one-mana red creatures or a certain planeswalker called Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. There will be lots of room to work on new decks if that chain yielding goblin gets the axe, and trust me that Karn and Teferi will be the biggest gainers in that scenario.
These cards are centerpieces of some very good decks that are fringe-level playable nowadays in a world filled with angry Earthshaker Khenras, Hazoret the Fervent and [card]Glorybringer[Card]s. Some, if not all of these cards, should get a great financial lift if things get a major shakeup come July. I like picking up some Karns now while the supplies are at its all-time high, and with the price having gone down considerably because of its inability to produce wins in a mono red world.
At the moment, you could get copies of Karn, Scion of Urza from stores such as StarCityGames, Card Kingdom, ChannelFireball, and multiple vendors on TCGPlayer from anywhere between $37 up to $51.94. I think that getting it for $40 is a big steal, but it’s also possible that there might be some room for you to wait and see if it could go to as low as $30-$35, and be at a 1:1 range with Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. Foils are great pickups due to some multi-format relevance, and I would recommend getting them if they fall within the $60 range. Goblin Chainwhirler has saved Karn from getting banning considerations (for the time being, that is), so still be weary in your approach when acquiring copies of it.
And that’s it for this week’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!