Daily Stock Watch – Sunscape Familiar

Hello, everyone and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! Brewing season in Standard has started, with Core 2019 slated for a full release party over this coming weekend. There will be lots of holdovers from the current season that will get some extra pieces or upgrades, while there will be some that won’t much (mono Red and B/R Aggro comes to mind) of the new cards from the new set. An interesting cycle of mythics are in play from M19, and these are new tri-color dragon lords that could tickle the fancy of the casual crowd and brewers alike. Our card for today is one that has been seeing lots of play in Pauper, but is suddenly surging because of its relevance to Arcades, the Strategist in table tops and Commander.

We usually get price spikes from lowly commons and uncommons from years ago because of a couple of reasons: one, they are on the Reserved List; two, they are seeing moderate to heavy play in Pauper; or they have some serious implications in the development of an existing deck or new archetype in Commander. Sunscape Familiar is now a $2.25 card thanks largely to the former, as it gives your Arcades Commander deck a lot of discount the entire way, and a two drop that swings for three when the coast is clear.

Just so we have a picture of how it looks like, here’s one list to take a look at.

Isn’t it lovely that walls can attack again? This is an idea that was originally brought to life by Doran, the Siege Tower, but the appeal of drawing an extra card every time a wall comes in to play is what made deck innovators in Commander drool for its potential. Although singling out Arcades regularly will be the best plan to beat the deck, it’s still a tall task to try and tumble it in the face of these mammoth defense system that almost nullifies opposing creatures from getting through. It’s an annoying deck to play with at the very least, and I’m sure that a lot of players will be looking forward to getting into the skin of their peeps. Sunscape Familiar is easily one of the best defenders on this list, both value and strength-wise, and it’s also worth noting that it’s from a set that was printed a long time ago. It’s time to dig your treasure chest for these wonderful walls.

The Walls of Jericho

Stalwart Shield-Bearers
Living Wall
Jeskai Barricade
Jungle Barrier
Perimeter Captain
Sylvan Caryatid
Wall of Denial
Tree of Redemption

Some of these guys will get some nice financial boost if Arcades is able to do its best impression of Doran decks from the past. The absence of black and red means there won’t be much removal outside of white, but the presence of blue gives the deck the card drawing-prowess that it needs to explode out of the gates. I think that we could be staring at an actual deck here in the long run, for WotC will continue to print defenders in the years to come.

At the moment, you could get copies of Sunscape Familiar from TCGPlayer for anywhere between $0.15 up to $2.45 based on card condition. Major online stores such as Card Kingdom, ChannelFireball, and StarCityGames are all out of stock, and will be expected to refill north of $3 in case they are able to do so. The foil will come at a premium price, and you should be lucky enough to find one in circulation nowadays. It should be a safe pick up at $2 or less, as there will be lots of room to grow for this card. Keep an eye out for it in your daily trades!

And that’s it for today’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!

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