Daily Stock Watch – Niv-Mizzet, Parun

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Hello, everyone and welcome to a new week of the Daily Stock Watch! The Pro Tour has come and gone, and we were blown away by the quick attack that Boros Aggro decks have executed during the event. Price spikes usually occur after these events, but the lack of a clear cut "money card" prevented that from happening. I do think that today's featured card was close to breaking out during the PT until the Boros onslaught ruined its plans. We might be looking at a $5-$8 card when the meta has adjusted, but I could just be another biased blue mage who loves to draw. Either way, I see lots of potential for this card.

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The card is sitting at an average price of $3.75 right now, and it just moved a little from $3.30 last Friday before the PT coverage has started. I was keeping an eye for this and I even bought copies in advance in case it goes bonkers and just won the whole PT, but it seems that it's kind of slow now in a world suddenly dominated by Legion's Landing and History of Benalia. We kind of knew that History of Benalia was great in a Boros Angels shell, but we didn't really see this variant coming. It's a known fact that pro players brew more online and share secrets among themselves (and their teammates), showing up at actual big events with new archetypes that the rest of the world will soon follow. For this particular event, my friends and I actually tried to speculate on cards that are in Izzet/Jeskai lists with the mentality that control decks would be making it to the final eight. Only two of these decks survived the field of 500+ Pro mages, and both of them were using Niv-Mizzet, Parun in their sideboards.

Izzet Drakes


4 Arclight Phoenix
3 Crackling Drake
4 Enigma Drake
4 Goblin Electromancer

Other Spells

4 Chart a Course
4 Discovery / Dispersal
3 Lava Coil
1 Maximize Velocity
4 Opt
4 Radical Idea
4 Shock


7 Island
1 Izzet Guildgate
5 Mountain
4 Steam Vents
4 Sulfur Falls


1 Beacon Bolt
2 Disdainful Stroke
3 Entrancing Melody
3 Firemind's Research
1 Murmuring Mystic
2 Ral, Izzet Viceroy
1 Spell Pierce

Niv-Mizzet would have been a really strong card if its casting cost wasn't too color intensive, but an easier path to its prowess would have rendered it a mythic rarity. It is very strong, without doubt, and could end games in an instant if its controller gets to untap after it has resolved. I still think that this card would break through at some point in time (maybe Ravnica Allegiance has more fun tools for Izzet?) once players have figured out a way to solve the new Boros puzzle. Deafening Clarion would be a good starting point, but Sweltering Suns is definitely missed. Adanto Vanguard has also found a way to become annoying once more as it could survive removals in the early parts of the game. Now if only Niv-Mizzet could find some allies to dominate...

Niv-Mizzet and Friends

The path to Izzet's success runs through these cards, and Niv-Mizzet is possibly at the forefront of that attack if it somehow ends up as the best deck in the format in the near future. I like to buy in now that it's just sitting at below $4, and foils would be awesome pickups for Commander in the long run as you can't go wrong if you get it for $10 or less if you ask me.

At the moment, StarCityGames and Card Kingdom are running low on copies of the card at $3.99, but a wide variety of vendors still have it via TCGPlayer for as low as $3.12. Foils are running north of $11.99, and I wouldn't mind getting them for $10 or less for as long as it's available at those prices. It's one of those rare cards that gives you the mythic feel because of its power level, and I have no doubt that it will prove its worth in 2019.

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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