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There's something awesome about the first week of a new Standard format, isn't there? It feels like anything is possible—a rogue deck winning out of nowhere, a new combo being discovered, the toppling of a former boogeyman...it's all on the table. I don't have the time to watch the livestream for every SCG Open event, but I never miss the Week 1 coverage.
This might be why Week 1 tends to have an outsized impact on card prices. It's the first real data point we have for the new set and our first chance to see the most exciting new cards in action. People tend to overreact because of this, and it can lead to fairly mediocre cards being bought out. I've long preached caution about buying into the hype of Week 1 results.
This time around, however, I feel a bit different. Hour of Devastation is the least-hyped set in a long time, and Standard prices have remained fairly sluggish across the board.
At some point, that is going to change.
It might not happen until Ixalan is released—a lot of players sit the summer out anyhow—but if this new format is good, Standard's public perception might start to shift as soon as this week. You should make sure that you've got your staples before that happens. Trusting the Week 1 results too much is risky, but it might be worth it.
- 3 Angel of Invention
- 4 Bygone Bishop
- 4 Hanweir Militia Captain
- 4 Selfless Spirit
- 4 Spell Queller
- 4 Thraben Inspector
- 2 Thalia, Heretic Cathar
However the new format shakes out, it's clear that W/U Monument will continue to be one of the best decks going forward. It was a Tier 1 choice before Hour of Devastation, and it was the most prevalent Day 2 deck at SCG Cincinnati. It's also pretty affordable right now, especially for how well it continues to perform. It's rare that you have the chance to buy a deck that is both cheap and likely to continue being good, but that's where we are right now with W/U Monument.
Currently, W/U Monument's most expensive maindeck cards are Spell Queller, Selfless Spirit, and Westvale Abbey. I like all three of these cards over the short term—Spell Queller and Selfless Spirit both have a history of being top-end Standard rares, and Westvale Abbey is a key card in Standard Zombies as well.