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Weekly Update (Apr 15): Challenger Deck Upgrades

Dominaria Spoilers

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The complete Dominaria spoiler was released this past Friday! The set is full of sweet Sagas, tons of Legendary permanents, and many throwbacks to the early days of Magic. Check out all the Dominaria spoilers at, and check out the important highlights of the set from SaffronOlive:

Dominaria Planeswalker Deck Decklists

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Dominaria Planeswalker Deck Decklists featuring Teferi and Chandra!Read more

Introduction to Magic Arena with Red Deck Wins

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George helps you grind out wins with Red Deck Wins on Magic Arena.Read more

Budget Magic: $99 (25 tix) Mardu Vampires (Modern)

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Do some sweet new Ixalan block cards and endless lords mean it's time for Vampires to shine in Modern? Let's see!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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The big news this week is that we got the entire Dominaria spoiler on Friday, and while a full EV breakdown will have to wait for next week (giving prices a chance to normalize), right now it looks as if the value of the mythics from the set is extremely high. Based on SCG preorder prices, the average mythic is worth about $13 at the moment, and even at TCGplayer-low it comes out to about $9.35, which is roughly double of some recent sets.

In Standard, the big winner this week is Combat Celebrant which jumped 42% to over $8. While infinite combos with Helm of the Host seem fun, it's the emergence of the UR God-Pharaoh's Gift deck that is driving the price movement. I'd sell copies soon if you aren't playing the deck; Standard rotation is only about five months away which means Combat Celebrant (and most rotating cards) will start declining in value soon.

Meanwhile, in the world of casual play we are seeing the legendary theme of Dominaria having an impact with Day of Destiny increasing more than 200% on the week to about $7. Over the past year or two Commander has proven to be one of the most influential formats as far as card prices are concerned and price spikes based on casual themes that get support in the newest set has become the norm. If you see a sweet theme to build a Commander deck around during spoiler season, pick up the cards you need early. There are likely hundreds or even thousands of players thinking the same as you and if you wait too long, you'll end up paying a premium, especially for older, low supply cards like Day of Destiny.

Much Abrew: Proteus Hunt (Modern)

Ode to Damping Sphere

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Can the plan of using Proteus Staff with no creatures to stack our deck in any order we choose work in Modern? Let's see! Read more

Storm and Tron are two of the most annoying decks in Modern, but perhaps not for long! Read more

Challenger Deck Upgrades: Hazoret Aggro

Challenger Deck Upgrades: Second Sun Control

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How should you go about updating Hazoret Aggro if you have 20 extra dollars? What about with an unlimited budget? Read more

How should you go about updating Second Sun Control if you have 20 extra dollars? What about with an unlimited budget? Read more

Challenger Deck Upgrades: Vehicle Rush

Challenger Deck Upgrades: Counter Surge

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How should you go about updating Vehicle Rush if you have 20 extra dollars? What about with an unlimited budget? Read more

How should you go about updating Counter Surge if you have 20 extra dollars? What about with an unlimited budget? Read more

GOAT Magic: Old School—BantamGeddon vs. Underworld Dreams

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With the focus of the Magic world on the game's past thanks to Dominaria, Seth and Richard explore the most historic format around!Read more

Against the Odds: Devoted to Korlash (Modern)

Collective Voyage, a D&D Adventure: Ixalan (Season Finale)

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Does Korlash, Heir to Blackblade have what it takes to compete in Modern with the help of the devotion mechanic and Torment of Hailfire? Read more

The party have finally reached the Temple of Aclazotz, but will they be able to retrieve the mighty chalice? Read more

Temmet, Vizier of Brawl

Brewer's Minute: Read the Whole Card

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Conner Vance builds for the spirit of Brawl. Read more

If you build a lot of decks, it's easy to become desensitized and stop really reading the cards, which leads to missing cool interactions. Read more

Commander Clash S4 Episode 25: Competitive Commander (Breakfast Hulk vs. Doomsday vs. Ruric Thar vs. Teferi Stax

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The crew plays the most competitive (and expensive) decks they can find!Read more

FoF 'em Out (Arcane Unesh, Standard) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 167: Standard Tournaments, Dominaria Spoilers

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Can the combo of Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign and Arcane Adaptation actually compete in Standard? Read more

The crew discusses the current state of Standard and all the remaining Mythics from the Dominaria previews. Read more

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