07 Dec 2018 5:32 PM +00:00 UTC

Watch: MTG Pro Ross Merriam Wins in Style With The Power of Arclight Phoenix


Without a doubt, the most powerful card from Guilds of Ravnica is Arclight Phoenix. The card isn't just seeing play in Standard, it's making an impact in the Modern format as well, and Magic pro player Ross Merriam has shown us the power of the new Phoenix. 

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Merriam recently won SCG Open Baltimore and now, you can watch him win Round 2 of the Starcity Games Season 2 Invitationals in the video above.

As you can see, Merriam was playing Izzet Phoenix, the powerful new red-blue archetype thanks to the printing of Arclight Phoenix in Guilds of Ravnica. He's playing against Austin Collins' Krark-Clan Ironworks combo deck. In the clip, Merriam is only at 5 life while Collins is still at 11 but luck was on Merriam's side when he played Manamorphose to draw a second copy of Lightning Bolt and bringing back his two copies of Arclight Phoenix to deal enough damage and win the game. 

There's also a viable Izzet Phoenix deck in Standard. You can watch me play that deck here: 


Just in case you missed the Esports announcement trailer, you can watch it below: 

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