Hello, everyone and welcome to the last part of our UMA Box Toppers special edition of the Daily Stock Watch! I’ve focused on the cards that I think will be good in the first two parts of this special so today, I will be talking about the cards that I think are fairly average finance-wise, and I could be on the fence for keeping or investing on. Consider it as the “middle ground” of what we would like to put our money on. Without further ado, let’s go over to the list!
I’ve always had a love/hate affair with this card, as I find it too narrow for Modern use off the sideboard or as a singleton in the main board for decks that could use extra creatures at a certain pace. It is widely regarded as a strong card in Duel Commander and as a source of tokens in multiplayer cEDH, and these are the primary reasons why I think the card is still finding its niche as a mythic in a world of crazy good cards. If this happened five years ago, I would have easily been sold on purchasing the box topper for $109.99 but since we could just about put our investment elsewhere, I would think twice before doing so. Pretty decent at $100 if you would use it or collect it, though.
It’s hard to argue with people who loves playing combo decks for a number of reasons that’s beyond us. I fell in love with the concept in cEDH, and I found myself playing with Through the Breach and Sneak Attack in no time. Hitting someone in the face with Blightsteel Colossus to ruin their night is kinda fun, and TtB is one of the cards that gives you that power to do so out of nowhere. Grishoalbrand is still a threat in Modern, and partnered with the other box topper that I will talk about later on, the deck could still do wonders if it gets lucky enough to get paired with the right match ups. The normal price of the card dipped from somewhere around $60 to $20 in an instant, so I’m not so sure if getting the topper for $89.99 is a pretty good idea right now. Maybe $60-$70 would be more like it.
The less loved among the two combo pieces in Grishoalbrand, Goryo’s Vengeance is surprisingly low at $59.99 as a box topper after spending majority of its existence as a normal card in the $50 range. As an instant-speed reanimator, the card should be considered quite broken at many levels but no thanks to the restriction that only allows it to legendary creatures, it’s kept at bay from being shelved as a broken combo card. I wouln’t be indulged on investing in it at the current price tag of the box topper, but I do think that this is a good pick up at around $40. There are still plenty of legendary cards that will be coming in future sets, and it could simply be one good legend away from becoming relevant again. A hit and miss scenario for speculation with lots of upside.
My first pick among the eldrazi trinity, there are lots of casual appeal for Kozilek, Butcher of Truth than the other two eldrazi lords that were reprinted in UMA. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is banned in multiplayer Commander, and there has always been a toss up on which Ulamog people would prefer to use in their decks. $79.99 is still a bit too steep for me, but $60 wouldn’t have me thinking twice if I should pick them up.
This was close to hitting $70 as a normal card until it suddenly hit that proverbial brick wall called reprint in UMA. In a number of ways, it’s healthy for the community as more players are given the chance to play with UWx-themed decks in Modern (I see this as a strictly-Modern card as I haven’t played against someone who uses it in Commander) for a lesser cost. The $87 tag for a topper is somehow justifiable for me, but I think that people are still overselling the fact that this is just another one of those manlands that’s just in a better color pie right now. Maybe you could get me to grab some for $60, but I’m not stopping you from getting your own now if you need it. Just not that good of an investment at that price if you ask me.
And that’s it for the third part of this special edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next time, as we continue my review of the box toppers from the UMA set that I think will be bad pick ups for now. 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!