Daily Stock Watch – Grasp of Fate

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Hello, everyone and welcome to this week's last edition of the Daily Stock Watch! It's time for our freaky Friday pick and I'm going for a safe one this time in a sense that it's something that's really seeing play in Commander, but isn't really something that's game changing based on its power in the format where it's utilized. It's more of a multiplayer superstar otherwise, we'd consider it as a glorified Oblivion Ring at best.

If you're playing against two to three friends, this card is an absolute superstar that could annoy your opponents and put you in a good position to win especially if they're playing around their commanders or certain pieces in their deck. That reason (and appeal) alone has pushed it to an average price of $12.38 as of writing time which is good enough to merit our attention for this writing. But is it really good enough to invest in a $10 card that does something that other cards of way lesser value can do?

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These cards can get the job done and sometimes even better than what Grasp of Fate can do but none of them costs higher financially than it. I understand that multiplayer Commander is a real format that's popular among a lot of players and that Grasp of Fate has only been printed once via Commander 2015 and it has been able to dodge the proverbial reprint axe in Commander 2018. Fears of buying in has subsided after the full list of the set has been spoiled and there's no sighting of the card which then allows those who kept their faith in it to gasp a sigh of relief and start moving their copies for more value. Unless WotC decides to come up with a set that's very much like Battlebond in the near future, I don't think we'll be seeing any trace of this card anytime soon. In the best case scenario, a functional reprint could occur which spares Grasp of Fate from financial damages and further boosts its reputation as a $10+ with potential room for more growth.

Upon further research, I was able to find out that there are still multiple copies of Grasp of Fate out there in the market which only means that its price has climbed up due to the consensus of the vendors to refill their once empty inventories at the current rate. Something like this occasionally happens to cards that have only been printed once and is possibly due for a reprint in an up coming set based on calculated predictions (a Commander exclusive set is printed once a year which precariously placed Grasp of Fate in the risk of getting reprinted there) or if a new theme in the upcoming Commander set would make it stronger (which was the case with the spike of Temporal Mastery and other cards with the creature type "ninja"). With all these factors in mind, my assessment is that we could actually have a bit of a wiggle room to spec on the card since there won't be much supplies of it in the open market soon once current stocks run dry and the knowledge that there will be a continuous demand for the card because it is a strong role player for any multiplayer or even a basic duel Commander deck that would like to run multiple copies of cards that has the Oblivion Ring effect. There should be very little room for error in betting on this card.

At the moment, you could still get copies of Grasp of Fate from StarCityGames, Card Kingdom and multiple vendors on TCGPlayer for anywhere between $9.97 up to $12.99. There are no foil copies of this in existence yet and it would definitely cost quite a fortune if it gets a foil version. I think that now's the best time to get your preferred number of copies for speculation and usage purposes while the window of opportunity is out there. We could possibly be staring at a buyout of it real soon.

And that’s it for this week'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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