Hello, readers and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! The meta in Modern is always changing, and the first major piece from Core 2019 has somehow helped in shaping up a new Human-esque type of deck in Spirits. Our card for today is one of the major gainers from that archetype, and you have Supreme Phantom from M19 to thank for that. People seem to have learned from the surprise that the Humans deck has brought to the table, and they are taking this new spike in stride. Today's featured card has doubled its value in a week's time, and I wouldn't be surprised if it goes way beyond $10 if the deck succeeds just like how the Humans did.
Multiple versions of the deck has showed up, and you could read more about it here in Edward Eng's segment. It seems that people have been fond of the idea of showing up in Legacy tournaments using their modern decks, and I'm all up for it considering that they are bound for success owing to the synergy that decks such as Merfolk, Human, Elves, Goblins, and now the Spirits, do possess. I'm building my own version of the deck for testing, and I'm still not certain if I'm going to use Esper, Bant, or go straight UW version. If you've got an idea on what you think is the best way to go, hit me up on the comments section.
For now, here's the list that I'm looking at:
There's so much power in the whole list, that there are really a couple of ways that you could go about on how to play spirits. At two mana, Selfless Spirit is a very strong card that could protect your board from a removal hitting a jumbo-sized Mausoleum Wanderer, or saving your Geist of Saint Traft from an Anger of the Gods or Supreme Verdict. The presence of Aether Vial also gives you the instant-speed effect of giving your creatures hexproof via Drogskol Captain, or giving your creatures more power by sneaking in another spirit lord in Supreme Phantom. Based on testing so far, I could say that this deck could give you that feel that you're using a higher level of Merfolk, and it somehow gives you the vibe that you're also using a flying version of Humans. We'll see how it fares in the upcoming tournaments before we could pass judgment on how good the card is.
Some of these cards are already pricey prior to this iteration of Spirits, but they have the potential to shoot up some more if the deck becomes popular. The spike of Selfless Spirit is still debatable, but I've already bought three sets as of writing at $6 each. I like where the deck is headed, and it's also notable that even Humans or other White creature-based lists use it in their 75. If you're going to ride the hype train, now's the time to do so.
As of posting, you could get copies of Selfless Spirits via CardKingdom and TCGPlayer for anywhere between $7.50 up to $7.99, while StarCityGames has a pair of German copies sitting at $5.49. Normal foils are out of stock at $14.99, but there are still a few Pre-release copies via TCGPlayer at around $8. These copies might seem like a good buy right now seeing that it is in the same price range as normal ones, and they might take in some value in the future once supplies have dried up. I don't think it's bound for a reprint soon, so start getting your copies. This might just be the next version of Meddling Mage.
And that’s it for this week’s edition of the Daily Stock Watch! See you again next time, 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!