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Hello, readers and welcome to the freaky Friday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! This isn't exactly the favorite day for some of you who are reading this segment (based on the feedback that I received) but this is that time of the week when you learn that a silly rare or mythic card parked in your binder and bulk bin is actually worth something nowadays. Today's card is notoriously (pun intended) rising from out of nowhere because of casual appeal and some stock issues, but we'll be fine with the knowledge that it's actually worth something now even though we're not sure where it's actually good at.
A four to cast, blue sorcery that gives you flying tokens? Legit. Pay the prowl cost after hitting your opponent with a rogue and you'll take an extra turn after this one? Gold. However, as good as it looks on paper, getting this sequence done (and the mana needed to accomplish the feat) is easier said than done in any format you could think of. A UB-based Commander deck that runs Bitterblossom is probably your best shot at doing this, and this isn't enough reason for me to make it the sub-$7 card that it is right now with almost zero competitive lists out there for it in Legacy, Modern, or even Duel Commander. Prowl is a unique mechanic, and it has been a decade since Morningtide was released so those must be valid reasons as to why this card is worth something now.
I'm not sure how popular prowl was as a mechanic a decade ago but I could clearly see how strong they are upon triggering. Taking an extra turn with Notorious Throng is pretty good in Commander especially if you have a troop of 1/1 rogue faeries at the time that you hit your opponent with it. I was also thinking that the new ninja UB deck had something to do with this price spike as the tokens that you create from Bitterblossom could be good means of ninjitsu for Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow which easily became a darling among Commander players because of its strong ability and potential to grind out wins on its own. We don't have enough data to back this claim right now, but I think that Notorious Throng and Bitterblossom are both shoo-ins for the Yuriko deck both in Duel Commander and multiplayer games.
There are lots of ways to take extra turns just by casting a spell alone but none of these are as efficient as Notorious Throng based on synergy with creatures even though its a restricted archetype that it caters to. Still, I don't see this card hitting $10 anytime soon and have enough audiences to entertain based on its current price tag. I'm pretty much moving my copies of this card at $5 and I think that selling for $6 is absolute value considering how narrow its power level is. It's time to cash out while it's possible so we can move on to better specs that will actually be of more use and potential in the future.
At the moment, you could still get copies of Notorious Throng from StarCityGames, TCGPlayer, and Card Kingdom for anywhere between $4.85 up to $5.99 based on conditions. Some foreign ones are available as well and should be cheaper pick ups if you want to try messing around with the card and you're not really keen on trying to resell them afterwards. Foil copies of this card is amazingly high at north of $15 and is something that you could consider for spec purposes if you could find one at the $10 range. I wouldn't be too keen overall on getting this card for finance reasons so I would suggest that you move yours for whatever you could squeeze out of it for the time being. It's another one of those "good on paper, bad when in play" cards that is driven up by low supply and casual appeal alone.
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!