Hello, readers and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! The Core Set pre-release is just around the corner, and I'm quite sure that there will be lots of new brews for Standard players to look out for. This leaves us with some time to focus on the other format gainers, and there's one that I'd like to talk about today. This legendary creature has been on the prowl in Modern, with at least six copies showing up in the top eight of the recently concluded GP Barcelona, making it somewhat relevant again as a prized mythic despite of its numerous reprints in recent years.
What might have been easily forgotten as once a $75 card is now back in the mix in the arguably most diverse format of Magic. It was lost in transition as Humans, Bloodghasts, and some Eldrazi lords starting dominating the big tournaments for the past year or so. Control was once deemed dead in this era of tempo, card advantage and attrition but thanks to these four UW-based decks in the final eight, it might be safe to say that Control is back. At the forefront of these strategies are the usual suspects such as Snapcaster Mage, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, and the new UW kingpin Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. Along with these powerhouses, Vendilion Clique gets to sneak in perfectly by trying to get the blue player some handy information on what to expect from the opposing side before planting its beloved planeswalkers.
This list had a split of Snap and Clique on the main list without clocking in extra copies on the side. One would have ideally built a full set of Snaps with probably one Clique as its sidekick, but this one focused more on getting the much needed information gathering before moving on to the bigger bombs of the deck. An unchecked copy of the card in the battlefield also helps in chipping your opponent's life with the help of some timely counter spells, especially in a format where you could blow up games wide open as soon as you clear the board with a timely Wrath of God or Terminus. Now must be the best time to play with this idea and concept until the meta has shifted to something else.
Based on the Utility Tracker, these creatures are the most played ones in Modern (and to no one's surprise, half of this list are components of the Humans deck) while Clique is nowhere to be seen in the top 20. It might be bound to change soon, as there is a tendency for players to start using successful decks more and more until something drastic (just like Hollow One) comes along. This should help the case of Clique financially, and help it ease back to at least $30 territory.
At the moment, you could get copies of Vendilion Clique from StarCityGames, Card Kingdom, ChannelFireball, and TCGPlayer from anywhere between $16.08 up to $25.99, with the copies from Masters 25 being the cheapest, and that from Morningtide as the more expensive ones. I still have hopes that it could very well reach $30 once more by the year end if it consistently makes it to the top eight of Modern events (or maybe some Legacy lists in the wake of the Deathrite Shaman banning) so I like the chances of this one getting that financial boost. It should take a while before WotC decides to reprint it again, so now must be the best time to get in for some copies in the $15 range. They should be worth more sooner than later.
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!