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Weekly Update (Apr 23): Iconic Masters, Ixalan, and Amonkhet Brews

Commander 2017, Ixalan, Worlds & Organized Play


Tribal-themed Commander 2017, the next set Ixalan, pushing back the Pro Tour, Nationals, and changes to RPTQs and Top 8 Brackets.Read more

Iconic Masters Announced and Hour of Devastation Symbol


Iconic Masters is a new masters set featuring the most iconic creatures and spells in Magic's history.Read more

Amonkhet Planeswalker Decks

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The contents of the Amonkhet Liliana and Gideon Planeswalker Decks revealed!Read more

Brewing Amonkhet

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We have the full spoiler for Amonkhet, which means it's time to get brewing. Zombies in Standard? Fling? Cycling? Gods? Let's discuss!Read more

14 Amonkhet Brews by Kenji Tsumura (#KenjiWayfinder)


14 fresh Amonkhet brews from Kenji Tsumura at Hareruya.Read more

Budget Magic: $98 (30 tix) Modern Little Kid GW

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While we wait for Amonkhet to release, let's head to Modern and attack like little kids with undercosted GW creatures!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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The biggest financial news this week is the announcement of Iconic Masters, which will be the second "Masters" set of 2017. While it's too early to guess at what's in the set, from a big picture perspective, this is another reminder that Wizards is ready, willing, and able to reprint just about anything (other than Reserved List cards). As a result, it's becoming harder and harder to hold cards for years and year in hopes they will appreciate in value. This, in turn, means that playing off of seasonal influences like rotation is becoming even more important in managing your collection.

As for more immediate news, the biggest price changes this week come from Standard, with new cards from Amonkhet adjusting before they even officially release based on hype, set reviews, and other articles. Hazoret the Fervent, for example, jumped 72% to nearly $8, while Glorybringer increased 81% to almost $5, and Drake Haven 41% to just under $3. The exact reason for these changes isn't clear; while some of these cards have been ranked highly in various set reviews and articles, this isn't true of all the cards that increased. Generally speaking, I tend not to put too much weight in price changes during presales. For every card that pans out, there are two or three that end up falling flat.

Finally, Amonkhet continues to make its presence known in the Modern market as well, with Quillspike (another potential combo piece for the Vizier of Remedies / Devoted Druid deck) increasing 149% to $3.49. Whether or not this combo actually makes waves in Modern remains to be seen, but it wouldn't be surprising if Quillspike's price stuck since it is a popular casual card, and building -1/-1 counter-themed decks for the kitchen table or for Commander is getting much easier with the additional support from Amonkhet.

Commander Review: Amonkhet Part 1 (Mechanics, White, Blue, Black)

Commander Review: Amonkhet Part 2 (Red, Green, Colorless, Multi-Color, Lands)

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Cycling is now a legit archetype! New staples for Tokens, Tribal Zombies, and more! Read more

Bicycle lands! New commanders! Sweet new additions for many archetypes! Read more

Much Abrew: Legacy Leylines

This Week in Legacy: Legacy Classic, Challenge, 76th KMC and More Amonkhet

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Can we get some Turn-0 wins with Leylines in Legacy? Let's see! Read more

Sean runs through the other tournaments that went on as Worcester took the stage. He also goes through some of Amonkhet! Read more

Against the Odds: Tunnel Vision (Modern)

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What are the odds of winning in Modern with a deck built around Tunnel Vision? Can we harness its milling power? Let's see!Read more

Amonkhet Instant-Speed Tricks

Vintage 101: A New Mentor in Town

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A reference table of all the instant-speed tricks in Amonkhet. Read more

Amonkhet is fully spoiled! Check out the newest Vintage tech with Islandswamp! Read more

Modern Masters 2017 Box Opening (Worldwide MM3 Giveaway Winner)

Brewer's Minute: Answers in Amonkhet

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The worldwide MM3 booster box giveaway has reached its end, so it's time to announce the winner and open the box! Read more

Wizards has said the Standard pendulum needs to swing back from threats to answers, but how far did Amonkhet swing it? Read more

Commander Clash S3 Episode 3: Theros Gods

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With new Amonkhet gods arriving soon, we've decided to look back at the Theros gods! Which mono colored god will prove the strongest?Read more

Rec-Sur & Pros-Blood (Mirage-Tempest Historical Standard) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 117: Amonkhet Spoilers and Preview Stream, Magic Online Chests

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Let's battle some historical Standard with Magic Online's Throwback Gauntlet: Mirage-Tempest. Read more

The crew discuss the last two Gods, Nissa, news out of the preview stream, and the changes to Magic Online Treasure Chests. 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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