Hello, readers and welcome to this week's first edition of the Daily Stock Watch! In the aftermath of Pro Tour 25th, we've come to realize a few things about Modern: one, that Hollow One and Humans still remain as top tier deck choices for pros; two, that control never died as exemplified by the inclusion of two UW Control decks in the top 8; and that three, we could still be surprised even on an event this big by a new deck that could flip the world upside down. Our card for the day is probably something that you already know by now, but might not be aware that it has already spiked big time.
This card has always been crazy good even though back in the day when Fauna Shaman was its buddy. It was so good that it actually led to Survival of the Fittest getting banned and WotC had to make a Grand Prix version of it. A 4/3 beater with haste that could recur over and over and over for as long as you're casting creatures is just plain sick, and the fact that you could have four of it in play at the same time when you have a nuts draw as early as turn two (we're talking Modern here!) is just unfair. Its power was in full display over the weekend as Jacob Nagro steered his BR Vengevine deck to the top eight of PT 25th's Modern portion with lots of fanfare.
You might be wondering why Hollow One and Vengevine didn't much have success as a tag team, but the answer to that is a bit complicated. Although both of them have made a living out of Faithless Looting abuse, those two cards are better off in shells of their own and that was very much prominent based on their performance at the PT with Ben Hull's Hollow One topping the list. This doesn't hurt the stock of Vengevine financially, many thanks to Bridge from Below along with a the platoon of zombies, constructs, a naughty goblin, and a giant beast.
The hype was insane on Vengevine that it reached highs of $94.52 for the Rise of the Eldrazi version, while the WMCQ Foil almost peaked to $100. Some players would think that Vengevine was the sole reason why the deck is so good, only to realize later that it's actually Bridge from Below that's really causing a lot of powerful starts for it. In that case, why aren't we talking about the Bridge instead? The answer is pretty simple to that: you could break a deck using the vines without even having the shadow of the bridge in a list's 75. I'm expecting another brew in the coming days that might be built around our favorite green elemental along with Stitcher's Supplier. The BR Vengevine deck seems to lack an element that Hollow One already possessed, and it might be in another shell where it could really go off and reach tier one territory.
These cards belong to archetypes of their own that command how a deck should be built around them. We're made to believe that Vengevine is currently good in a Bridge from Below deck but there will be new people who will try reviving their Hollowvine lists, or try out the Jund version of it. Whatever happens with brewing for it in the coming days would barely nudge the new standard that has been set for its pricing will stick until it gets reprinted in Standard (Guilds of Ravnica?) or becomes part of the next Masters set (probably a graveyard-recursion theme?) I'd say that you should go get your own playset only if you'll be playing with the deck but outside of that factor, I wouldn't be paying that much for a creature not named Tarmogoyf, Dark Confidant or Snapcaster Mage. Proceed with caution if you'll be doing it for spec purposes.
At the moment, Vengevine is out of stock in major online shops such as Card Kingdom, StarCityGames, and ChannelFireball. There are still some vendors in TCGPlayer that has it for prices varying from $48.90 up to $95.00 (be wary of the language and card condition!) while WMCQ versions are there for $62.94 up to $99.99. I would be a seller at $90 of either version and will only be a buyer if it goes for less than $50. I would even be skeptic to get them at that price, to be honest.
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!