Daily Stock Watch – Ultimate Masters Watch Edition Part 1

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Hello, everyone and welcome to a new week of the Daily Stock Watch! It's Thanksgiving week right now and that also means that it's time for the Ultimate Masters spoilers to start popping out. There are already a few surprises as early as now and this is the reason why I decided to start with an article about these cards that we've seen by now and try to analyze how it impacts its financial value in the long run. I will try to talk about cards that I am familiar with since I am into competitive Commander gaming and that's where I see some of them seeing play.

This was a $90 card when I featured it right here so it's kind of painful to see for those who got their copies anywhere that price range. It went mojos last September as it even hit a high of $300 before eventually going back down to $150 territory. It's now sitting at $81 (average price) and I wouldn't be surprised if it continues to dwindle down as the release of UMA approaches. I was very scared of speculating on the card back then because it's not part of the Reserved List and rightfully so, the reprint came sooner than expected. A good job to you if you were able to let go of these copies at its peak!

Another card that went berserk financially early this year is Runed Halo. As an almost exclusively sideboard card for UW Control, this went to as high as $49.99 back in January until it settled in the $40 range when I wrote about it. This reprint in UMA will definitely hurt its stock, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it dip down to $10-$15 as the Shadowmoor version is now at $28.50 (average price). It was clunky for me from a financial standpoint back then and I was never a fan of the card. This rendition of the card was merely an attempt from WotC to help stabilize the market for cards like this one that only saw print almost a decade ago.

I was so glad when I was able to sell my copies of this card for $50 just a few days ago when the spoilers wasn't up yet. I've had them with me for a while now and I remember getting lectured by some of my readers about how good this card was when I talked about it and honestly spoke bluntly about it in an actual game situation. Any sacrifice outlet is great in Commander, and I'll stand by that claim from here on out that this is probably the best one you could use on any deck that runs creatures (Food Chain is a green card and you could just right about insert the altar on any deck you want) so this reprint is actually good for those who wants copies of this card. I expect this to drop in the $20-$30 range once UMA is out in the market.

Back then, I thought this card was part of the Reserved List along with the likes of Volrath's Stronghold and Yavimaya Hollow but apparently, I didn't know much. This is one of the better cards that lets you sacrifice your creatures and have a decent pay off out of doing it by giving you two black mana instead of just producing one. It is another one of those reprints that's very much welcome to the Commander community, and I think that more of its kin are coming in the new few days of spoiler season. Although there's always a premium on lands regardless of format, I don't think that its current price tag of $48.45 will hold out because of lack of demand. It's an almost strictly EDH card for now and based on how Rishadan Port was hit hard by the Masters 25 reprint, expect the same to happen to this one. Another one of those cards that will go down eventually to $20-$25 territory once supplies hit their peaks.

WotC just can't stop printing Goyf. It has been included in every Modern Masters version, and it's no surprise that it was included in this one as well. I must say that this was the poster card of the whole Masters concept, and the lack of its success in Modern and Legacy has transitioned to a more affordable price of the card than its peak price of $219 each back in 2015. We've gone a long way since and the $65 price tag that it carries now will continue to slide as more copies of it are circulating in the market. I must say that the art for this card is pretty sick, and it should attract enough attention from a financial standpoint. I would still be after the box topper version of this card, though.

And that’s it for this edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next time, as I continue to talk about more cards from Ultimate Masters. 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!

Jamie Robertson San Juan

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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