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Hello, readers and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! New Standard brews are starting to show up on MTGO and this means that it's time to see some market movement on format staples (and former sleepers). Today, we'll feature one of the format's best sweepers (if it's not the best yet) as it reached its all-time high of $9.99 since being printed today. Let's shift to Standard for a while as the Pro Tour is already close!
In case you're not aware, UW Control is actually a hot thing in Standard right now, and we're not talking about a God-Pharaoh's Gift or Approach of the Second Sun deck. We're finally talking about a deck that gives you that UW feel of the good ol' days, featuring the new Baneslayer Angel of Dominaria in Lyra Dawnbringer.
Nothing beats a one-sided board wiper in a slow format. Fumigate comes off the board in this deck as a backup against creature-heavy decks that would require a hard reset, but the fact that only a singleton copy is being used says a lot about how good Settle the Wreckage is. With how Standard is looking right now, even non-control decks could actually run the card and live with the results of giving your opponent a few basic lands in exchange for their threats. This actually bodes well for a deck that is in an attrition war with an opposing creature-based deck and in a world where everybody is playing tons of creatures, Settle the Wreckage is actually insanely powerful.
There aren't too many sweepers in the format, so these cards are definitely standing out in their respective decks. Today's Standard field will be defined by decks that run white, thanks largely to the presence of creatures like Shalai, Voice of Plenty, Lyra Dawnbringer, and Shanna, Sisay's Legacy. The arrival of DOM paved way for the rise of new decks while old archetypes were somehow missing based on the results of the most recent MTGO Standard PTQ. I'm expecting Settle the Wreckage to reach somewhere near $15 if the trend continues, so it would be best to pick up your copies now while people are still not too sold on any deck. There's very little room for error on this one, as this is probably the best wrath effect on the format, outside of the fact that there are less packs of Ixalan being cracked in the market right now.
At the moment, you could still get copies of Settle the Wreckage from online stores such as StarCityGames and TCGplayer for somewhere between $7.10 up to $9.99. ChannelFireball and CardKingdom are both out of stock, and they should be back with it in the higher $10 range once the remaining supplies on the other stores run dry (which is already happening, as we speak). I wouldn't really encourage getting foils of the card as this isn't really high on my list of Modern sweepers (although it is being used in UW Control variants there as well). Get them now if you need them, as the window for this price might be closing soon. The Pro Tour might even push this a nudge higher if it really dominates.
And that’s it for today's 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!