Daily Stock Watch – Terminus

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Hello, everyone and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! I was out for a while as I was stranded with other players in Hong Kong in the aftermath of the super typhoon that hit it while we were competing in the Grand Prix. We were blown away by the Green Tron that won the whole thing in a rather diverse top eight but the same thing cannot be said for GP Stockholm which was happening at the same time. Four UW Control Variants (three straight up and one Jeskai Control) made the top eight along with a pair of Bant Spirits (one which won the whole event). One card that pushed 12 copies into the final eight is our featured card for today as it is slowly scaring the ranks of the finance world.

This is easily the main reason why players are playing UW control if you ask me. Opt into Terminus is just plain absurd and getting to the point where you could just play Jace, the Mind Sculptor to fix the top of your deck to make it pop out in a very scripted manner is just absolutely back breaking. I have been playing Hardened Modular since it became popular, and I could bravely say that going up against UW Miracles is an absolute nightmare for the deck and it pushed me to play blue in the sideboard. This increase in playing exposure has pushed the Commander 2018 version of this card to $4 with relative ease, and the rest should follow suit once stocks continue to fade away in the open market.

Above is the list that Joel Larsson steered to the finals of GP Stockholm and you could clearly see how he could get away with having just one to three copies of the other cards in his deck and just lean heavily on the power of the Terminus playset. We've always known how good the card is in the correct deck, and it's hard to argue with the fact that this is the best deck for it in the format as it basically resolves every time as a one mana Wrath of God that doesn't care about hexproof, indestructible, or the threat of being killed by a sudden graveyard recursion that wrath effects can't deal with. It simply saves you from a horde of Humans even with the help of Selfless Spirit, or from a platoon of thopters that a Hangarback Walker has produced in crafting a jumbo-sized Arcbound Ravager. Oh, and the Welding Jar can't do anything about it either so it just makes every creature on the board disappear that easily. This is easily the de facto board sweeper that takes care of every creature on the board that's considered one by the time that it hits play.

Make Creatures Disappear

A lot of people were excited when Jace, TMS returned to Modern earlier this year. The hype quickly died down as Control stayed dead in the wake of the onslaught of big mana decks and the emergence of Humans. Now, there's no denying that UW is the scariest deck in the format as it easily has access to the best sideboard cards in the format and the resiliency to answer every threat that could come its way with the arsenal at its disposal. Terminus is as the forefront of this strategy, and it should be staying put for a while as more people shift back to Control. Picking up copies right now won't actually hurt as there could only be room for more growth ala penny stocks for this card.

At the moment, you could still get lots of copies of Terminus from online stores such as StarCityGames, TCGPlayer, ChannelFireball, and Card Kingdom for anywhere between $1.53 up to $5.49 based on the expansion and condition you like. I'd love to spec on the cheap copies under $2 as it is an easy card to dispose at $3 based on my experience. It's a fast trading tool that could get you places in no time.

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!

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