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Daily Stock Watch – Arena Rector

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Hello, everyone and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! There are lots of movement in the Standard market as decks are starting to emerge as new decks are starting to emerge one by one. In the wake of these developments, let us focus our attention on the market that everyone is not paying much attention to as this is where we could get some financial leverage in our spec buying. The format I'm talking about is Commander, and I would like to single out a card from the set that's now slowly being forgotten in Battlebond.


This card just reached its all-time low of $14.49 today and I think that this trend will slowly continue in the coming days. I'm not sure up to what price this could dip to, but I would be very interested to go all in on it for $10-$12. The card does the same effect as Academy Rector, although that card is a special case because it's part of the reserved list, and that the scope of "win now" cards in the form of enchantments are quite bigger than that of planeswalkers (which is what Arena Rector could fetch when it dies) With all these in consideration, it's still a pretty good investment in my opinion because it will always have casual appeal and the number of BBD boxes being opened will eventually dip. Guilds of Ravnica, Dominaria, and Core 2019 are all doing well at the moment and it's the primary source of income from the big market. Secondary markets would be more interested in the older formats and based on experience, most of the big bucks are particularly made on these cards than those that go up and down quickly in the course of the Standard season.

Battlebond Goodies

These are the cards that I'm targeting from the set and I think that going after their foils is the best idea for spec purposes. Doubling Season, Seedborn Muse and True-Name Nemesis are old reliables while the rest of the cards in my list are new cards that are exclusive to this set. There's a lot of value in the foils but casual favorites like Arena Rector will stand out because it's easy to splash and the pay off that players could get in showing off their planeswalkers (could easily be from SDCC, the Mythic Edition, or normal foil ones) when it dies is very interesting in its entirety. The card is not as powerful as it seems but everything that's written on it says otherwise. Just exactly the kind of card that we should be interested in investing on as it caters to the market where haggling and spending is not given that much attention to. There will always be a constant demand for this card in the future, and this is definitely one of those cards that we would want to have a stock of when everything goes MIA in stores.

At the moment, you could get copies of Arena Rector from online stores such as StarCityGames, Card Kingdom and multiple vendors from TCGPlayer for as low as $11.54 and up to $15.99. I would be very interested in these copies worth $12 and less but you could play it out a bit and see if it could go to as low as $10. Foil copies have been popular since day one (and pricey as well) but that's a bit justified since cards like this have so much appeal to collectors and high end players. If we're looking for figures, I'd say it's good to invest at $60 or less for the foil copies as they will be worth a lot by as early as next year when the next set that's set up just like BBD is released. It's a very safe investment if you ask me.

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!

2 thoughts on “Daily Stock Watch – Arena Rector

  1. Hello, thanks for your articles. I have one question, some of the Battlebond cards haven’t been printed in over a decade like Angelic Chorus in 10th edition ($5) but that version is more expensive than Battlebond’s (.50) printing, why? Other included Greater Good ($9 vs 3) Diabolic Intent ($10 v 5) Genesis Chamber ($2 vs .50). I think it would be a great idea to have an article about fringe sets like original Arch Enemy, Beatdown, Battlebond, and Conspiracy, sets that most pass on. I would think an article on Non Basic land from older sets, Pain Lands, Depletion lands, and etc. Some of these lands come out of nowhere, like FOIL Temple of the False God, FOIL Terrain Generator, all Snow-Covered..

  2. Hi, Jason and thanks for reading! As for your question, it’s a common occurrence in Magic that players favor those with old arts (or collectively known in the grapevine as OG cards) and this is the reason why they cost more than the reprints. I think the article you’re requesting for has been explained in different parts by my colleagues if you have Insider access but it’s something that we could surely ask if someone could write about all at one go. I focus more on those that trend out of nowhere but has a broader scale of audience who might be interested to speculate on them rather than fringe ones. But I do those from time to time every Friday!

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