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Daily Stock Watch – Council’s Judgment

Hello, readers and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! The movement for Legacy cards continues as the search for the next best deck is on. Sneak and Show has proven its worth by dominating some early tournaments after the banning, while Death and Taxes has made some noise with the inclusion of Brightling. Our card for today is another one that has made its resurgence in the format, and is already one of the most coveted cards in Commander prior to its financial spike recently. It also helps it cause that it has only been printed once, and that a reprint is not looming in the horizon in the near future.


It’s a household name in Commander, and is a very powerful removal in Legacy that could erase even the most powerful planeswalkers in the game. When Conspiracy was released in 2014, it was already considered as one of the best cards from the set despite of its confusing mechanic (for new players, at the very least!) and it hasn’t lost a beat since. Now that white is making a splash again in Legacy via Miracle Control and D&T among others, Council’s Judgment is making its way to $30 territory due to the lack of supply in the market, coupled in with the high demand for it. Could you imagine just how much the foil of this card is going to reach if this trend continues?

Just like what I have stated in the past, I am no Legacy expert but I know a good card that will keep its value when I see one. Check out this list where it is used in the main deck of Miracles Control.

An all around card that let’s you exile any permanent is gold all day. There aren’t too many spells out there that could help you rid of planeswalkers without the danger of your opponent getting them back (Oblivion Ring, Banishing Light effects) for such a low value (Hero’s Downfall is the only other non-multicolored spell I could think of at the moment). Of course, this makes us think that cards like Dreadbore or Maelstrom Pulse are just as powerful in the same context, but its worth noting that this belongs to arguably one of the two best colors in older formats when it comes to removals (with black being the more obvious choice). It’s hard to see its value dipping anytime soon, and I don’t see a reprint coming as well because of the mechanic “Will of the council”.

Walker Busters

Maelstrom Pulse
Dreadbore
Hero’s Downfall
Ruinous Path
Vindicate
Silumgar’s Command
Yawgmoth’s Vile Offering
Oblivion Ring

Planeswalkers have been stronger after the rule change was implemented, and I don’t mean to highlight the importance of Council’s Judgment based on how effective it is against them. But in a format where a resolved Jace, the Mind Sculptor could end games if it’s left unchecked, cards that could deal with it as soon as they hit the board become vital cogs of winning decks. And know that there will always be a home for it in any Commander deck given its raw power and versatility. You are a grand winner by now if you managed to hold on to your copies of this card for spec purposes.

At the moment, you could still get non-foil copies of Council’s Judgment for anywhere between $17.09 up to $23.99 via StarCityGames, TCGPlayer, ChannelFireball and Card Kingdom. Just take note that they are drying out pretty quickly, and that there shouldn’t be a restock of them anytime soon. Foil copies are already missing prior to this, and they should easily hold an $80 value with a possibility of hitting $100 as time goes by. I am a buyer at below $20, as this will easily be a $30 card in no time. I like the upside of this one.

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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