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Weekly Update (Apr 05): Ikoria and Commander 2020 Previews



Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Previews


Double preview season is here, with both Ikoria and Commander 2020 cards coming out this week. For Ikoria, Godzilla makes an appearance as Wizards teams up with Toho to bring the kaijus to the multiverse. The promos will be available in Collectors Boosters (and as the Buy-A-Box promo), but regularly named Magic-themed versions of the cards will appear in regular boosters. We also learned of the new set mechanics: mutate, ability counters, and companion. In Commander news, we received the five face-commanders, also the news that each deck will come with a new Partner pairing. Full decklists for Commander 2020 will be coming Monday.


#GoldfishChallenge 1: Hundred Dwarves


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Ebay 10% off $50, or 15% off $200 [Targeted] (April 5, 2020)


Save 10%-15% off Magic: the Gathering products on Ebay!Read more


Budget Magic: 2020 MTG Challenger Deck Upgrades | GB Final Adventure Knights


How good is the Magic: the Gathering Final Adventure 2020 Challenger Deck straight out of the box, and how can you upgrade it cheaply to make it even better? Let's find out!Read more


Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


Storm Herald Solemnity Unbound Flourishing

This week, all of the biggest finance news is tied to the release of Ikoria and Commander 2020. In Standard, Storm Herald is the biggest winner, jumping 70% to $0.85 based on the spoiling of the biggest aura in Magic: Colossification. While the combo of Storm Herald and Colossification needs a third card since Colossification taps the creature it enchants when it comes into play, something like Fling or Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner offer a way to one-shot an opponent pretty early in the game.

Meanwhile in Pioneer, Solemnity increased a massive 341% to $7 thanks to Luminous Broodmoth. With a Solemnity on the battlefield, Luminous Broodmoth returns any of your other non-flying creatures to the battlefield when they die since Solemnity keeps the flying counter from being added. This not only offers removal protection, but allows for sacrifice-based combos where you can use something like Woe Strider to continually sacrifice a creature and drain the opponent out of the game with Zulaport Cutthroat or some other death-trigger-based payoff.

Finally in the world of Commander, Unbound Flourishing shot up 61% to $8 thanks to our new x-spell legend Zaxara, the Exemplary. In a Zaxara deck, Unbound Flourishing not only makes x-spells bigger, but also makes the tokens that Zaxara, the Exemplary makes twice as big. Expect to see more increases as spoiler week rolls along, especially as new Commander build-arounds are identified.

While the Magic market is still struggling through the pandemic, these price increases show that people are still buying cards, at least to some extent, which is a bit of encouraging news in an otherwise uncertain time.

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Against the Odds: Demon Blade (Modern)

We show how to build Legendary Tribal as a powerful grindy Control deck or an explosive all-in Combo deck in this 2-for-1 article! Read more

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Single Scoop: 250 Card Historic Special

Vintage 101: Team Paradoxical is Storming Off Again!

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Joe Dyer seeks out the power of Paradoxical in this deep dive! Read more


A Tactic for Dire Situations — Exclusive Ikoria / Commander 2020 Preview


When things at their worse, sometimes you've got to exile your enemy, regardless of the cost.Read more

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Kelsien, the Plague & Shiny Impetus | Exclusive Commander 2020 Preview

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Check out our exclusive C20 preview cards: Kelsien, the Plague & Shiny Impetus! Read more


Podcast 270: Ikoria Delayed and Legacy and Vintage with Joe Dyer


The crew talks Legacy and Vintage with This Week in Legacy and Vintage 101 writer Joe Dyer. Read more


Instant Deck Techs


Each day we'll be posting a short, three minute deck tech featuring some of the coolest decks that come across the site. The most popular deck will be made into videos the following week based on your views, likes and comments in the videos. Here's this week's Instant Deck Techs:


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