Hello, everyone and welcome to the freaky Friday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! We've been talking about Modern cards for the whole week and almost all of the cards I featured in this segment are parts of the BR Vengevine list from the recently concluded Pro Tour 25th Anniversary. But since it's a Friday, I'll be featuring a card that has spiked outta nowhere even though it's not seeing competitive play in Standard, Modern, or Legacy. Today's star is a mythic rare from Battle for Zendikar who is actually a pretty decent choice for a general in Commander.
Omnath, Locus of Rage had a mini spike today as it returned to the $5 mark after spending the past two years in $2 territory. Is there a new combo that's making Omnath suddenly precious? I certainly haven't heard of anything special but if you know something that we don't, just hit the comments section and share the secret with us.
I've done some research and what has caused this uptick in its price is the buyout that has just happened online to the major stores such as StarCityGames, ChannelFireball, and Card Kingdom. This is usually the case for mythics (or even rares) that have lots of casual and Commander appeal and hasn't been reprinted yet in any supplemental product or Masters sets. This card was barely playable when it was Standard legal, as it was deemed too slow and not so impactful value-wise if you're topdecking a bomb in the late game with an empty hand. The same can't be said for Commander, as there will always be value for it at any point of the game whenever you have the mana to cast it. Building around this will result in a mana-heavy, stompy like deck that looks to take advantage of its abilities and land count.
This deck has so much love for lands and it's easy to see why. You could start dropping 5/5 elementals every turn by turn 4 or 5 consistently, considering that Omnath is active in play and has yet to eat a removal from your opponent(s). It's a fairly competitive Commander deck at the very least but it's not really popular among the hardcore crowd. This price will surely stick until its next reprint so I guess we'll have to get used to it for a while.
There's a healthy dose of cards out there that trigger their abilities off the landfall mechanic and we could only expect more of them to come in coming sets. It could actually be one of the themes that could be considered for future Masters sets for all we know so there might be an added incentive in investing on some of these cards. As much as I love Omnath's design, I just don't think that it's gonna hold its value once it reaches $10 (which I think it inevitably will in the coming months) so now might be both the best time to speculate on it and sell it.
As I've mentioned earlier, the major stores are out of stock of this card and there are still a few vendors via TCGPlayer who are selling copies in the $5-$9 range. Foil copies of this card have always been in the $20 and above range, but it might be a better spec than normal copies if you could get it for $15 or less. There should be some short term growth for it financially and that would be our window to make a profit out of it.
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!