Hello, everyone and welcome to the freaky Friday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! We are a week away from Ultimate Masters, but let’s talk about something different to end the month of November. It’s another one of those cards that has spent its life living in bulk territory, and is now something that you could suddenly make a profit out of.
It’s a minor victory of sorts if you’ve already started buying fringe cards from the Commander series since card prices from the sets started spiking recently. One question I’ve always posed for this idea is “how efficient could this card be in a multiplayer setup?”, and if it seems “fun” or “brutally harsh” for my standards, that card would have lots of potential. Do you know how painful it is to receive a Xantcha, Sleeper Agent in a six or eight man Commander game? It could just end your night right there and then if everyone has enough mana to do so. This is the same feeling you get when someone else passes today’s card, Card of Doom, which has just enjoyed its all-time high of $3.49 as of this week, to you in a game setup that way.
Have you ever tried playing against competitive Najeela, the Blade-Blossom or creature-heavy Purphoros, God of the Forge decks? Those decks could just straight up dump their generals on the board on turn one, and start slaughtering competition on turn two or three. Access to Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, Mana Crypt, Sol Ring, and Mana Vault (which will be pretty abundant come next week courtesy of UMA) makes multiplayer games crazy and broken to the point of no return. If you haven’t built your deck to combat these kinds of early game dominance, you have to find a way to stay alive against cards like Crown of Doom. It’s just like being reminded of how painful two to three copies of Jinxed Idol on your board feels like back in the day; only this time, there are a couple of people out there who are trying to beat you outside your control.
I think it’s safe to say that we’ve come to that point in time of the game of Magic that a lot of players are trying to be as innovative as they could in winning games in a unique format such as Commander. While it’s true that some cards are just too good to be dealt with fairly on a regular basis (Yuriko, Tiger’s Shadow/Derevi, Empyrial Tactician comes to mind quickly), it’s also good to have two-card combos in your deck to win games, or one like Crown of Doom that allows you to tilt the favor towards you in a single turn. Some politics or negotiating is all you need to pin someone on the ropes when they’re almost winning — while giving yourself that time to recover or have the same shot as everyone else to win while the biggest threat on the table is being ganged up on. Cards like this one also gives players that sense of having “minor victories” even if they don’t win the whole game altogether. Casual appeal brought by Crown of Doom and every other card on the list I made above is just pretty high as more players continue to shift to Commander. There’s lots of love out there for this one.
At the moment, you could still get cheap copies of Crown of Doom from StarCityGames and Card Kingdom ranging from $1.49 up to $2.49. TCGPlayer vendors already have it at $2.73 at the minimum and the median price was already adjusted to $3.39. There are no foil copies of this card as this was only printed once in Commander 2014. If you have a steady customer base of EDH-popular cards, this is a must have for $2 and less. It should be regarded as a penny stocks investment of sorts with lots of potential to be strong in the long run. Don’t be shy to pull the trigger at its current price.
And that’s it for this week’s edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next week, 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!