Daily Stock Watch – Grim Lavamancer

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Hello, everyone and welcome to a new week of the Daily Stock Watch! There has been a rumor on the loose about the Reserved List that could possibly alter the Magic universe if it really does happen. I'm pretty sure someone in our team would take this topic on if the need arises in the near future. One of the reasons why I stray away from RL talks is because it could get really testy, and everyone will have varying opinions about it. This is also one of the reasons why I stopped talking about cards on that list for the Daily Stock Watch since I featured Tolarian Academy, and it should be a step in the right direction for those who would like to make profit out of the cards that tackle here.

That was quite an introduction to start your financial week just right! Let's get to the cool stuff with my pick for today.

This card has been on the prowl for quite some time for a lot of obvious reasons. I won't be shy to admit that I hate this card to my guts (I'm a Humans player and this card could just flat out wipe my entire board in game 1!) as it has always been a mean source of damage if left unchecked. I have always respected its abilities, but I didn't actually expect that the day would come when it becomes a near $20 card because of the multiple print runs out in the market, and the lack of relative success for red in Modern. As of posting, it has just reached its all-time high of $15.24 for M12 copies, and I expect the rest to follow suit in no time. It now sees play in a platoon of top tier decks in the format, and is almost exclusively an auto include in the 75 of decks that wish to abuse its raw power in a format run amok by fetches and cheap spells that fill graveyards to the brim early. I still think that it works best though in a shell where it could consistently give you a value for its ability, and what better way to get it running than in a classic Boros Burn list.

Red has been underwhelming against Humans, but not when you have this on the board early. The spirits are slowly gaining traction in the format, and they only have Path to Exile to get rid of this guy on their main decks. Even Legacy decks are punished well by this guy off the board of Grixis Pyromancer decks, all the more now that Deathrite Shaman is nowhere to be seen. It is very useful and powerful at such a low cost, and it isn't painful at all if its gets dealt with at any point of the game. The window to target this as a spec might have passed already, but it isn't too late to pick them up for playing purposes. After all, this could easily get reprinted at any point in time with the upcoming Standard expansion as a possibility.

Guys Who Hate Grim Lavamancer in Modern

I'm sure a lot of other creatures with toughness two or less hates this guy to the bone, but these are pretty much the ones that are obvious choices. It's no surprise that most of them are Human pieces, but my Utility Checker has done its dirty job for us by telling us that these creatures are seeing the most play in the format. Not much should change as far as the meta is concerned, so it's safe to assume that this list won't be changing for a while.

At the moment, you could get copies of Grim Lavamancer via TCGPlayer, Card Kingdom, StarCityGames, and ChannelFireball for anywhere between $10.11 (from the Fire and Lightning series) up to $25.99 (Judge Foils). It would only continue to spike as the season goes on, so be sure to get your copies if you really need it in your deck. There should be a good number of Modern and Legacy tournaments ahead as the year progresses and this will be one of the hottest cards out there. Don't hesitate to pull the trigger. Not even a reprint should hurt its stock now.

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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