Hello, readers and welcome to a new week of the Daily Stock Watch! It’s interesting to note that price of Modern staples has increased by 26% this year alone and it’s quite possible that we’re looking at a 35% clip by the end of it. Today’s featured card is another one of those Modern gainers, having seen its last reprint back in Modern Masters 2017 which could mean that its next appearance is in another Masters set in the not so near future.
This card was sitting at a decent $9 a week ago and did surprise a few eyebrows by hitting its all-time high of $21.49 just a few days back. It’s not really a part of any tier one decks as of writing as the Miracles deck has yet to incorporate it into their list or even as a part of its sideboard plan. This probably has something to do with the popularity of Nexus of Fate in hopes that someone would break an unlimited turns deck in Modern. But then again, it’s also possible that it’s all about the buyouts that occurred across all big sites when someone decided that it’s time to tank and remove every other cheap copies out there to raise its value.
Ever since I started playing BR Bridgevine, my love for unfair decks that try to win out of nowhere has suddenly increased. Temporal Mastery is no Nexus of Fate in a dragging game, power-wise, but it is no slouch either in decks that could take advantage of that extra turn to win via combat (something we have tried before during AVR days with an RUG variant) . The only drawback I see from playing this card is its inability to be abused like how Nexus of Fate is being utilized in Standard right now because ideally, playing with a card that gives you an extra turn should help you net lands or generate enough resources to find a means to create more board advantage. This is where Nexus of Fate shines as a build around card as opposed to Temporal Mastery, but there’s no denying that a Time walk effect for two mana in a format that’s not called Vintage is just too good to be abused. For this particular reason, Temporal Mastery has never gone beyond broken and will always be a strong card to draw at any point of the game in the right deck.
Before this spike, Temporal Mastery was easily one of the cards that we could have included in the list above as mythics that we don’t actually want a reprint of for a Masters set. It’s also worth noting that I only highlighted cards from the Modern Masters series and that there are other busts in the other special sets (Tree of Redemption probably just beat Comet Storm as the worst ever) so I’m not quite sure why we should be buying in to the hype of this card. If you know something that we don’t about any tech that’s abusing the power of this card, the comments section is open for your response. I’ll firmly take my stand for now that selling this card is a must if you have multiples while the price is high.
At the moment, major online stores such as Card Kingdom, StarCityGames, and ChannelFireball are out of stock of both AVR and MM3 copies of this card both foil and non-foil. TCGPlayer still has vendors that’s selling them for $18 and above for near mint normal copies. If you’re someone who needs this in their deck, I’m hoping that you were able to acquire it for its previous price before this spike occurred. Otherwise, I could firmly suggest that you wait for a while for this to settle down back to $10-$13 range once stores are back up with supplies. If you’re someone who made this a spec target, now’s the time to cash out as $15 for this card is just too much in my opinion. There are always better options to use that has the same effect and we’ll never know when this could be due for a reprint. After all, WotC has a knack for doing it for mythics in Masters sets.
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!