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Weekly Update (Apr 1): Spellbook Seth!

Introducing Signature Spellbook: Seth, Probably Better Known as Signature Spellbook: SaffronOlive

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Wizards loves printing new supplemental products, but this time they might have gone a bit too far.Read more

Dominaria Spoilers

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This week was another light week of spoilers, highlighted mostly by beautiful Saga artwork and the Planeswalker deck contents. Community spoilers start in earnest on Monday, so we should be getting a flood of exciting new cards. Check out all the Dominaria spoilers at, and check out the important highlights of the set from SaffronOlive:

Budget Magic: $100 (44 tix) GR HasteBraid (Modern)

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Can the unbanning of Bloodbraid Elf enable a super-aggressive and budget-friendly haste-themed Zoo deck in Modern?Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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The Reserved List buyout train stationed in Mirage this week with some really, really bad cards being bought out. For example, Telim'Tor's Edict increased around 600% in price from near bulk to almost $5, with Political Trickery and Teferi's Isle following along. Either buy the Reserved List cards you need now, no matter how unplayable they might look, or pretend that cards on the Reserved List don't exist. If Telim'Tor's Edict can get bought out, literally nothing on the Reserved List is safe.

In Modern, the two biggest winners this week were Heartbeat of Spring and Amulet of Vigor. Amulet of Vigor (up 58% to $14) makes sense; the Amulet Titan deck has picked up the pieces post Summer Bloom banning and has reestablished itself as a playable deck in the format. As for Heartbeat of Spring (up 83% to over $12), I'm not sure what's happening. The card is powerful, but I haven't been able to find any new deck lists or specific Dominaria synergies that would explain the spike.

Finally, Noble Hierarch is getting extremely expensive, climbing up to $85 from down in the $50s not that long ago. While this means the mana dork should be near the top of the reprint list for a future Masters set, just how soon this reprint will happen is anyone's guess. If you need copies, the original Conflux foils are only $105 (in part thanks to the weird, all foil packs sold for Shards of Alara block) and spending a bit more for pack foils offers a nice way to hedge against a future reprinting since the original pack foils generally hold value better than the other versions of a card.

The Problem with Unique Promos

Much Abrew: Unexpected Tron (Modern)

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Why is only releasing Firesong and Sunspeaker such a risky move by Wizards, and how can Wizards avoid this risk in the future? Read more

As expected, the results of last week's Instant Deck Tech voting mean we're looking to Turn 3 some Eldrazi with Unexpeted Tron! Read more

Against the Odds: Maralen and Friends (Modern)

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What are the odds of winning with a deck built around Maralen of the Mornsong in Modern? We're about to find out!Read more

Possibility Storm #9: Rivals of Ixalan

Collective Voyage, a D&D Adventure: Ixalan (Part 2)

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Can you find the right line to win this turn? Read more

The crew plays Dungeons and Dragons, exploring the jungles of Ixalan! Read more

Playing Pauper: Zubera Storm

The Unfair Mana Base

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Is it really possible to storm off with Zubera in Pauper? We're going to find out on today's Against the Odds-esque Playing Pauper! Read more

Sean presents a guest article from Cheng Zhi. He has undertaken a statistical analysis of many decks' mana to categorize fair and unfair! Read more

Brewer's Minute: Building with Legends

Commander Clash S4 Episode 23: Seth Presents (Atogatog vs. Niv-Mizzet vs. Scion vs. Silas)

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With Dominaria on the horizon, learning how to build decks with legends is going to be important to Standard brewing. Let's discuss! Read more

Seth crafts decks for us to play. The results are what you'd expect. Read more

Ooze Brews (Necrotic Evolution, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 165: Arena, FNM Promos, Brawl

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Can Necrotic Ooze revolutionize a Griselbrand reanimator deck in Modern? Read more

The crew discusses MTG Arena, the new FNM Promos, Firesong and Sunspeaker, and Brawl! Read more

Instant Deck Techs

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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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