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Stock Watch- Saheeli Rai

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When the banlist announcement was moved up, everybody knew there would be cards banned from Standard, though most of it thought it would be an emergency ban of the Saheeli combo. In case you haven't heart about this, here is the "new Splinter Twin":

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You could make the argument that neither of these cards are as good when you're not comboing as Deceiver Exarch was, and you would probably be right, though the ability to win on turn four is not to be written off. It's also noteworthy than with six lands, you can cast Felidar Guardian, blink a land, and then cast Saheeli Rai and go off that turn. This combo is generating a ton of hype, and as such Saheeli jumped from $5 to $25.


While I do believe that this combo has potential, I believe that Saheeli is a sell as of now. The reason being that it was also announced that there would be another banlist update five weeks after the Pro Tour. As such, if this combo has a dominant Pro Tour performance, it will likely be banned, and if it doesn't perform, then the card will naturally lose value. Saheeli could potentially see more growth in the very short term, though I don't believe that the risk is worth it.

Ryan Overturf

Ryan has been playing Magic since Legions and playing competitively since Lorwyn. While he fancies himself a Legacy specialist, you'll always find him with strong opinions on every constructed format.

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