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Daily Stock Watch – Secure the Wastes

Hello, readers and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Now that the Pro Tour is over, let’s go back to Modern cards for our speculation portfolio. For today’s segment, I’d like to put the spotlight on one of the biggest gainers in the format for the last few weeks. This card is now creeping towards the $10 barrier with much gusto, thanks to its importance in the now surging Jeskai Control deck.


If you can finish the game in one fell swoop by summoning a platoon of 1/1 soldiers during your opponent’s turn, you know that your deck is in control. This is the strategy that this new rendition of Jeskai is trying to implement, by mixing the usual suspects of its core (burn spells, cantrips, some counter magic and mass removal), and then splashing the ground with the tokens from Secure the Wastes to get the job done in a few turns.

The addition of Teferi, Hero of Dominaria gave this deck the much needed boost it lacked to reach tier one territory once more. With a permanent that threatens to end the game after a few turns if it goes unchecked, and is firmly protected by a turn four Wrath of God or Logic Knot on the turn that it goes down, Teferi, HoD has helped a lot in giving Jeskai players a lot of ways to win games against any matchup. One of the biggest beneficiaries of this addition is Secure the Wastes, which is an instant-speed threat that could neutralize early aggression from the opposition, or be a late game finisher that’s still recyclable, thanks to Snapcaster Mage. After staying at the $2 range for the past two years, Secure the Wastes is currently sitting at $9.44 as of writing, and should continue rising if more players decide to shift to this archetype.

Possible Inclusions for Jeskai

Gideon of the Trials
Ajani Vengeant
Karn, Scion of Urza
Spell Queller
Lyra Dawnbringer
Emrakul, the Promised End
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Geist of Saint Traft

Above are cards that could be seeing fringe play in these new Jeskai lists, or ones that I think are possible inclusions in future revisions of the deck. Any of them could see some financial movement if they do get included, but I don’t see any of them matching the spike that Secure the Wastes experienced over this past week. It’s been a trend for the past few months that whenever a new archetype emerges, one or more of its key cards will receive an unlikely financial boost (see Goblin Lore and Meddling Mage for reference) and still be able to maintain its price tag going forward. Good news for us is that this Jeskai list will probably continue evolving, and there will be more of where Secure the Wastes came from. Keep your eyes open.

At the moment, StarCityGames, ChannelFireball, and Card Kingdom is out of stock of Secure the Wastes, while there’s still some vendors via TCGPlayer that’s selling it for various prices based on its condition in the $7-$9 range. All online stores are expected to refill near the $10 mark, and expect foil prices to move up as well. I honestly think that Secure the Wastes is a good finisher for this archetype, and will always be included in the main or sideboard lists of any variant going forward. Start buying in now if you intend to play with the deck, and feel free to pick up a few copies for speculation purposes. This card is for real.

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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