Hello, everyone and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! In case you missed last week's special edition, you could check out a week long worth of posts that I dedicated to reviews of cards that won us some profit, or helped save us some bucks by not speculating on them. Today, we will be back to our regular segment and I will be talking about a card that has gained some leverage off a new card from Guilds of Ravnica, but is still the same old, dangerous creature that it ever is.
Zoo is back on the map and all of this is because of Pelt Collector. It has superb interaction with all the cards in the deck designed to cater to it when it hits play on turn one as the likes of Kird Ape, Wild Nacatl, and our featured card Vexing Devil all become enablers for this card that could make your opponents nudge in fear as soon at it gets the counters it needs to push with trample. You might be wondering why we're talking about Vexing Devil instead of Pelt Collector, but I'll give you more insight on that later. For now, check out this list that people are brewing featuring our very aggressive friends.
When news about this deck broke out, Vexing Devil was sitting at sub-$9 range and was still being used everywhere because it's a very strong yet situational red card. Modern Burn decks have already ditched it in favor of Monastery Swiftspear, Goblin Guide, Eidolon of the Great Revels, and Grim Lavamancer as of late. However, this new deck brew makes Vexing Devil a pretty strong enabler for Pelt Collector on turn two with utter disregard if your opponent chooses it to stay on the field, or just take four damage to see it go (which leaves you with a 3/3 Pelt Collector for a potential seven damage on turn two). Multiple copies of the card on the first three turns along with the right creature mix is just straight up lethal if left unanswered. But is this enough reason to believe the hype that made this creature reach its all-time high of $15.99?
I'm not sure if a Legacy rendition of this deck is possible, but I would be thrilled if it does as that would boost the stock of these cards (probably the foil ones) in the long run. There will always be love for aggressive decks even in casual formats, and it should take a while before the meta adjusts to a new shift in power if it does occur. I think this price tag will stick around for a while unless Vexing Devil becomes reprinted in any new sets. If you were able to acquire copies before the spike and you intend to use it, it should be safe to keep it. Otherwise, I don't really recommend that you get copies now for speculation purposes because UW is still a tier one deck in Modern, and one Terminus could flip the game around. I'm not saying that it automatically loses to that deck (hello Timely Reinforcements because there are tons of other decks in the format but if I am to invest in one, I would be looking at something that would be able to beat the consensus best decks in the format. With all these in mind, I wouldn't be buying Vexing Devil at this price but I won't mind holding on to them either. If they do reach $20-$25 though, I would be glad to let them go.
At the moment, both StarCityGames and Card Kingdom are out of stock of Vexing Devil while only a few vendors are left with near mint copies via TCGPlayer for $15.50 and above. There's a low ceiling for foil copies of this card so I suggest that you stay away from it, and just try trading in some cards for it if you want to speculate. Always proceed with caution when dealing with red creatures that's not named Grim Lavamancer.
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!