Hello, everyone and welcome to a new edition of the Daily Stock Watch! I've always been a believer of the fact that buy-a-box cards were made exclusive to that regard because of its absurd power level. Even though we might beg to disagree with this assessment based on Firesong and Sunspeaker's inability to even become relevant in any format, there's just so much that we could do with today's featured card. I heard that a couple of pros are going to bring a deck that's built around this to the upcoming Pro Tour 25th Anniversary and why shouldn't they? I'm a fan of this card as well.
Tagged by many Commander players as "Nexus of Disaster", this BaB promo card is sending shock waves to the world of competitive Magic with talks that it could dominate this weekend's showcase. Pro player Ali Aintrazi was never shy in being vocal about how many times he tried breaking this card for competitive use and I see no reason why he shouldn't. An instant-speed Time Walk that doesn't touch the graveyard naturally and comes back to your library is just absurd. But how come no one has broken it since it was released? The answer for this one might be easy -- they have saved their secret weapon for this big event.
I'm still not sure how the pros would build the deck, but let's a quick look at how Aintrazi built his list.
A case for having a green base to ramp up to Nexus of Fate is much more plausible right now, but that idea has drawn opposition from players who think that having so much mana would basically let you win games without even needing the Nexus. This version is playing with the idea of using the Nexus to beat your opponent just like how a straight up UW deck with Teferi, Hero of Dominaria would, so why not ramp to the Nexus instead? That might be the case over the weekend, but that is yet to be seen. There are other factors to consider in assessing one's dominance during the Pro Tour anyway (the player could have a perfect Standard record but messes it up in another format and misses the cut). If a good list with four copies of Nexus of Fate makes it to the top eight, then we might have a situation at our hands.
There are many cards out there that lets you take an extra turn upon resolution, but none has ever come close to being as scary as Nexus of Fate because it's an instant. The possibility of drawing it on your extra turn because it returns to your library is very likely, and it allows you to have a shot at having infinite turns or ramping up your planeswalkers till you can beat your opponents using its ultimate. The dream set up for this card in Standard might be in a Bant shell filled with planeswalkers, but let's not forget how good this could get in Commander as it joins the list above. At just a shade above $20 right now, I don't think it's too bad to get our own copies (as they will be limited due to the fact that this is a BAB card) now and save it for spec purposes. There's a good chance that this could hit the $40 barrier in the near future if its lives up to the hype.
At the moment, ChannelFireball, StarCityGames, and Card Kingdom are all out of stock of Nexus of Fate. This might be the case for a while and this could generate a buzz about how bad print runs for Buy-a-Box cards are right now. There are still multiple vendors via TCGPlayer who are selling it for somewhere between $20.72 up to $44.99, and I expect these stocks to disappear anytime soon as news spreads like wildfire when it gets some camera time during the Pro Tour. Grab your copies now! The window to get your own might be closing real quick on this one.
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!