Hello, everyone and welcome to a new week of the Daily Stock Watch! There has been a lot of price movements again across the market as people already have access to the full spoiler of Guilds of Ravnica and could start speculating on new cards that they feel would be gaining or losing value once the new expansion hits the shelves. Today's card is possibly one of those beneficiaries after dodging a reprint and holding its value (and now slowly increasing) while seeing a lot of play in Modern. It kind of felt unsafe when the whole multicolored guilds promotions was ongoing as this could have easily made it to the Selesnya ranks but here it is now at the $50 range once more and left unscathed.
It's hard not to fall in love with Tron's favorite Kithkin. At two CMC, Gaddock Teeg is a beat stick answer to Karn Liberated, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, or All Is Dust and leaving Tron's main deck with only Oblivion Stone as the possible answer to this old guy. To make matters worse, Bogles is an actual deck right now and it continues to crash top eights every now and then because of its consistency and ability to just smash its opponents in the face with a Voltron-esque approach.
Check out this recent Modern MOCS list of Bogles that made it to top with three copies of Gaddock Teeg in the sideboard.
As it is right now, the only way that big mana decks such as Tron could answer Gaddock Teeg off the board is with a card like Dismember. However, the legion of enchantments that could protect it with totem armor is bountiful and this is what makes it a relatively amazing card in those kinds of match ups. And as a testament to how good the card is, it actually makes its way to Legacy in decks such as Aggro Loam and Maverick where it plays a vital role even as a one-of in hosing big mana spells and mainstay win conditions such as Entreat the Angels if left unanswered. Overall, there's not much to hate about the card because of its all around utility and high power level. All that's left to hate is how expensive this has gotten and why it's hard to say no to acquiring one (or multiples of it) if you actually need it for a competitive deck.
Outside of Gaddock Teeg, the cards above are those that crack the $10 barrier easily in majority of online stores or markets, and it's worth noting that the mythic rare category didn't exist yet by the time Lorwyn was released 11 years ago. Its current price tag of $49.99 (at least for the remaining stocks left via Card Kingdom but TCGPlayer and StarCityGames has already pegged it at $59.99) is somehow justified considering the amount of supply out there, the demand for the card, and its actual utility. At this point in time, even a reprint won't hurt its stock that much as a lot of players would actually love to have multiple copies of this card. Gaddock Teeg should be pretty safe for until the release of the next expansion (where it could finally get reprinted, fingers crossed).
At the moment, there are still lots of vendor via TCGPlayer who are selling Gaddock Teeg for around $40 based on its condition, while Card Kingdom has near mint ones at $49.99 as of posting time. TCGPlayer median price has increased to $59.99 already which simply means that the vendors are adjusting their prices to cater to the price spike. The Judge foil version of this card is relatively cheaper if you are into getting premiums, and it's something that I would be interested in investing on at the moment. Always keep in mind that there's no harm in investing on staples such as this one as losses would be at a minimum in the worst case scenario. A reprint for this card would also merit a mythic rarity for it in my opinion.
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!