Daily Stock Watch – Goblin Lackey

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Hello, everyone and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Let's pick up where we left off yesterday by featuring another Legacy star that gained some steam following the departure of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe. This goblin has been popular throughout the existence of Magic, and its appeal isn't confined to casual crowds or competitive leagues alone. As of today, this card just reached its all-time high of $18.89 and it should only be the beginning of possible spikes from its kin in the event that they do succeed in upcoming Legacy tournaments.

Goblins have always been annoyingly destructive, and their right back in the max in a suddenly wide open Legacy format. There have been fringe finishes for Goblin players who have tried their luck in major tournaments as other decks such as Grixis Delver, Dragon Stompy, and Death and Taxes have been the decks of choice for those who tried an aggro approach in an otherwise blue-dominated format. Thanks to the recent bannings, everyone's back to the drawing board on what would be the new deck that dictates the meta, and the goblins are fast (and pesky!) enough to apply constant pressure to any opponent at any given game.

How would you draft your goblin list based on the field? One list that caught my attention looked like this:

It was funny seeing Thalia, Guardian of Thraben right in the middle of a goblin parade, but it was a welcome addition to a red deck that tried its best impression of Death and Taxes so it could setup its brigade. It looks deceivingly slow but trust me, this list is consistently able to put pressure on any opposing deck while keeping combo decks from going off with Thalia. A classic first turn Goblin Lackey, if left unchecked, will bring madness to the battlefield by setting up cards such as Goblin Ringleader, Goblin Matron, and Warren Instigator. Of course, there's always a case of going with mono red and Blood Moon over Thalia, but it remains to be seen how the meta will respond to the most recent changes in it.

Possible Goblin Gainers

I am by no means a Legacy expert, but I know good cards that work with other good cards when I see one. The cards above are all lethal pieces that could fit together seamlessly in the long run if the Goblins are really back in the mix. However, I don't like the chances of these red creatures in the foreseeable future, and I am going to move my pieces that have spiked by all means. Take it with a grain of salt but Legacy is a format that thrives in the power of stability and consistency of its deck pieces -- a bill that a rather slow looking Goblins deck isn't up to task.

At the moment, major online stores such as CardKingdom, StarCityGames, and ChannelFireball are all out of stock of both From the Vault: Exiled copies, and that from Urza's Saga. TCGPlayer still has some vendors that are selling those in bad conditions for somewhere between $16.19 up to $17.54, and nostalgia effect that it brings will somehow help in selling copies. I suggest that you move your copies while you could because this is a spike that's running on the heels of speculations. If you've had a hard time flipping them for $7 back in the day, now's your best time to try moving them around at a lesser price if you could tank it. I don't see any more wiggle room for success on this one unless it really dominates the format all of a sudden.

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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