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Daily Stock Watch – Arclight Phoenix

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Hello, everyone and welcome to a new week of the Daily Stock Watch! Guilds of Ravnica continues to bring us some pleasant surprises as it continues to balance out its financial value by providing us with more gainers and potential sleepers. Assassin's Trophy has started dipping as expected, and there aren't enough reasons for now for us to believe that it will regain its bearing as the hype has died down. In the wake of its decline, another surprise has emerged in the form of today's featured card which has been a revelation to a lot who didn't see this coming (myself included!)


It was a $2 card that looked like one of the crap mythics of the set when out of nowhere, Runaway Steam-Kin made it look like a superstar. There have been Standard brews that tries to explore the advantage that this card possesses, but a Modern list looked better as its new home. I would have loved to see this work in a Mardu shell that could revive one of the more loved decks in the format, but I think that it works best in this list that's fueled by everything that has burn written all over it.

[deck title= Arclight Burn]
[Lands]
18 Mountain
[/Lands]
[Creatures]
4 Arclight Phoenix
4 Bedlam Reveler
4 Runaway Steam-Kin
[/Creatures]
[Other Spells]
2 Gut Shot
3 Risk Factor
4 Desperate Ritual
4 Manamorphose
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Fiery Temper
2 Tormenting Voice
3 Lava Spike
4 Faithless Looting
[/Other Spells]
[Sideboard]
3 Surgical Extraction
2 Shrine of Burning Rage
3 Dragon's Claw
2 Blood Moon
2 Anger of the Gods
2 Abrade
1 Risk Factor
[/Sideboard]
[/deck]

I would have loved to see Simian Spirit Guide on this list just so we could go off with card]Runaway Steam-Kin[/card] on turn one, and go bananas with tons of damage on turn two, but it would be best to start the experiments with this build. Depending on an alive Steam-Kin on turn three seems like a farfetched idea for me in a world filled with Lightning Bolt. Path to Exile, and Fatal Push but if you manage to pull it off out of nowhere, your opponent is in a world of trouble. Arclight Phoenix would be the gravy to your strategy that would be built around a sturdy Steam-Kin, some burn spells to the dome, and Bedlam Reveler to make sure you don't run out of gas. Somehow, this looks like a very backbreaking strategy on paper, but I don't like the chances of this deck to go all the way in a competitive tournament. It may or may not be as resilient and as threatening as stock Burn, but there's plenty of promise to make this strategy work going forward.

Guilds of Ravnica Mythics

These are the mythics from GRN that I think would have financial implications in the near future when things get discovered or broken in other formats such as Legacy and Commander. I'm keeping a close eye on March of the Multitudes and Thousand-Year Storm in particular, as their foils continue to demand huge prices in the market and have a strong following. Arclight Phoenix looks like a better fit in multiples for competitive play and if history is to be followed, we are supposed to invest on the normal copies of this card instead of the foil ones for more profit and easier access to disposal. If you were able to get a hold of the phoenix since day one, you should be cashing out real soon.

At the moment, you could find copies of Arclight Phoenix from online stores such as StarCityGames, Card Kingdom, and TCGPlayer vendors for anywhere between $11.99 to $14.99, while foil copies are just a shade above $20. I would be interested to acquire them for $10 or less and cash out at $18-$20, as I see this card as more of a hype thing than a successful spec. I love how old decks have resurfaced in the Modern metagame thanks to cards from GRN (hello, Dredge and Creeping Chill!) but I don't think that we'd see the list anytime soon that would push this card and its new deck over the top. There's plenty of room for growth and speculation on this card but I'd say don't go all in on it. There's lot of potential, but I don't see the need to build around it. There are always better ways to win in the same fashion as 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!

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