Hello, readers and welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! We've been talking alot lately about cards that we should be buying so for a change, I'd like to feature one that I'm not really sold about. I might get some flak for having this opinion, but a man is always entitled to having one. Without further delay, here's our card for today!
A $42 sideboard card that singles out a win condition if left unanswered? Pretty strong. Is the price justified enough by what it can do? Somehow, I'd like to say yes. However, it takes up slots that could rather be used elsewhere for different matchups. What if the opposing player sides out the card that you just named on your turn two Runed Halo? But then again, you could drop this card on a deck that has no immediate solution to it (just like in the case of UR Storm where you could name either Grapeshot or Empty the Warrens) and it will look like a genius choice siding it in. Just like any other sideboard card, this card is very good at what it does, but the color restriction makes its availability limited to decks out there that aren't white-heavy.
With this in mind, I could only think of UWx decks as the best landing spot of this card. Celestial Colonnade has been absurdly expensive, and Leyline of Sanctity is slowly gaining its ground (although some players take the risk of siding it in without having access to the mana to cast it) in some lists whenever Runed Halo is not around. As a matter of fact, Runed Halo garnered lots of attention again after Alex Majlaton used one in his maindeck enroute to a masterful 9-1 finish in the Modern portion of Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan.
It takes a lot of format knowledge to play a card like this in the main deck, as it could either spell you doom, or reap you great rewards. In such a high level tournament like the Pro Tour, there is a sense of predictability in what your opponent is playing after a few turns, so taking this risk was something that Alex Majlaton was able to make. Although he wasn't able to crack the top eight, his version of this deck left an impression to control players out there who'd still love to see the archetype return to prominence.
There are countless ways to hate on your opponent's best win conditions, and there's no doubt that Runed Halo belongs in the upper echelon of these cards. It's just that I don't really like the idea of buying a card that's not really on one of the best decks in the format at this price, so I'd like to stay away from it for the time being.
At the moment, you could get copies of Runed Halo from StarCityGames, TCGPlayer, ChannelFireball, and Card Kingdom for anywhere between $39.99-$47.99 based on its condition. I'm not really encouraging you to sell your copies, but I think that this has already peaked (barring any reprint in Masters 25) and should be comfortably able to keep this price tag until it re-appears again in any new set or product. The foil copies are sitting somewhere in the $80 range, and I'm not really a fan. I'd rather invest somewhere that has more gains (Hollow One, anyone?) than risks for the time being.
And that’s it for the Wednesday edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again tomorrow, 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!