Daily Stock Watch – Mutavault (GP FOIL)

Hello, everyone and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Modern has been fairly quiet and prices have been dropping left and right so we’d like to take a peek at what we could speculate on while the prices are low enough for us to hedge our bets on. Today’s featured card is supposedly a staple in aggro decks, but Spirits is excelling without it and this is what has been stopping it from exploding out of the gates financially. I have a soft spot for foil cards that could be worth more given the right time, and I still have hopes for this card.

I’d like to particularly focus on the Grand Prix Promo of this card for today’s segment as this has already dipped to its all-time low of $11.36 as of writing time, and I do think that it deserves a way better price tag than this in the future. Gone are the days when Merfolk could just lord over other aggro decks with its tempo-based approach that allows Mutavault to be a lethal threat that’s quite hard to catch with removals. Today, decks such as Humans, Hardened Modular, and Red Deck Wins are the more popular aggro approach decks that player resort to and none of them have any interest in having Mutavault on their lists.

One particular deck that has shown some need for Mutavault is Spirits (although the Bant archetype of it has been more successful thanks to Collected Company) where UW lists still have two to four copies of the card on their 75. Here’s a list that’s still showing some love for Mutavault.

Mutavault acts like a one to cast spirit in this deck with the capability of going extra big with the bonuses that spirit lords such as Drogskol Captain and Supreme Phantom could give. It benefits a lot from the hexproof bonus that the captain provides as it becomes a sneaky threat that is hard to time with the best removals in the format. It’s just sad to see that the more successful Spirits build have focused more on its midrange prowess that aims to finish games by pushing with its threats off a well-timed Collected Company. The need to balance out its mana base made Mutavault dispensable, as it would be hard to support a three color deck by including a colorless mana source. I still think though that this land will gain its financial value over time. I am quite interested to pick it up now that it’s being undervalued in the market.

Sleeping Lands

Creeping Tar Pit
Celestial Colonnade
Raging Ravine
Treetop Village
Faerie Conclave
Inkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus

Man lands are some of the best things ever created in the game in my opinion as they keep your opponents guessing and on their heels at every point of the game where they could act as legal threats. Most prominent in ending games on this list is arguably Inkmoth Nexus in my opinion, especially in the Hardened Modular list where it could do the trick in three turns. Mutavault is the most efficient to be included in any list because of its activation cost and built-in ability to be every creature type possible.  This is the reason why I think that this is a good pickup now as it will soon be a $20 card again that foil lovers would be looking for.

At the moment, the GP Foil Promo of Mutavault is available via TCGPlayer, StarCityGames and Card Kingdom for anywhere between $9.30 up to $13.99. I would love to get my hands on copies under $10 (probably three to five playsets) and wait for it to reach $15-$20 in the coming year. Guilds of Ravnica has shown some love for aggro decks with some really nice additions, so we could probably expect the same from Ravnica Allegiance. We could be in for a pretty surprise there so keep your eyes and ears open!

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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Rob has been playing Magic since 2004 and is a control player by nature. He was able to crack the top eight of the 2011 Nationals in the Philippines, and he has multiple Grand Prix top-64 finishes. He's a finance junkie nowadays, but he still dreams of winning a Pro Tour someday.

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