Hello, everyone and welcome to another edition of the Daily Stock Watch! The ball continues to roll on today’s segment as I’m going to talk about a card that I didn’t really think would be seriously worth a second look when it first spiked, and I’m was caught off-guard when it went a notch higher this week. The card today is a component of “8-Ball” which is another Collected Company variant in Modern which appeals more to the casual crowd than the competitive one in my opinion.
I thought this card was a fad when it first spiked to $4 some time last week but apparently, any crazy idea in Modern is enough to merit a price spike for key pieces of the new “hot” deck. I don’t actually see any successful lists of the deck around but what we could clearly see are buyouts of this card across big online shops and that’s what has been causing the price surge. However, these spikes aren’t manipulated by random buyouts alone as there could be some decent interest in the deck that somehow looks appealing on paper.
It’s actually a deck with a gung-ho approach that’s combat-based where you could see Groundbreaker working side-by-side with Ball Lightning. Just imagine having a Primal Forcemage in play on turn turn two (assuming you have a turn one Birds of Paradise that survived) and a Collected Company on turn three that nets you those two ball breakers that smashes in for 18 damage or tramples its way to get your opponent in the red zone. Heck, even a Bloodbraid Elf on turn three on the same board state that cascades into one of the two 6/1 critters could hit hard if left unblocked and unscathed. It’s all fun and painful if it does something like that in that order on a consistent basis but Modern is too diverse for your BoP to even survive turn one without eating a removal. It looks more about fun and games or what is collectively known as casual gaming for me.
For good time’s sake, this Red Green aggro variant is something that could remind us of how decks back in the day steal games from unsuspecting opponents. Sure, it could probably win game one just by sheer funkiness and card synergy in the correct environment but it’s definitely not something that you would want to sleeve up in a tournament. Would you be interested in buying an $8.04 three-drop , green creature that disappears from play after your turn? The answer is probably a lot of people will and that’s how you could earn off this cute little spike from it. Better start moving your copies around before it gets reprinted somewhere else down the road. I wouldn’t even be buying this for $5 unless someone wins a tournament using it. Take advantage of situations like this very well most especially if you could maximize profit out of it. I’m quite sure you guys might have a bunch of this somewhere in your Planar Chaos bulk bin.
At the moment, Groundbreaker is out of stock at StarCityGames and ChannelFireball, while there’s still a lonesome copy sitting at Card Kingdom’s inventory as we speak. TCGPlayer vendors is your best bet at the moment if you want to go on a nostalgia ride and wreck your way to victory as there are still lots of vendors selling them for $2.05 up to $10.97 based on condition there. Foil copies are at $25 and above and is something that I wouldn’t even bother touching. Buy at your own risk but sell at will if you ask me. I’m not hating on the card but it’s just not that sensible enough for me to merit such a price tag in the long run.
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!