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Weekly Update (Apr 8): Challenger Decks Playtest

Playtest: Challenger Decks

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The Challenger Decks look good on paper, but how do the play? Richard and Seth playtest to find out!Read more

Budget Magic: $60 (20 tix) Wurm Revolt (Standard)

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What happens when Wurms revolt in ultra-budget form? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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The biggest finance news of the week was the release of the Challenger Decks on Friday. While many of the chase cards are ticking down as more supply enters the market, all of the decks represent good value compared to buying the cards as singles. However, while retail prices have stayed fairly strong, buylist prices have tanked, which means it's unlikely you'll be able to flip any of the Challenger Decks for an immediate profit. This is probably a good thing since it will keep the decks on the shelves for players to enjoy some cheap Standard over the summer.

Speaking of Standard, things have been mostly quiet, although a handful of cards have seen gains based on synergy with some of the new cards coming in Dominaria. For example, Combat Celebrant (up 18% to $2.62) goes infinite with Helm of the Host, and even if the combo isn't competitive, it's fun (and cheap) enough that players will pick up copies to try it out at FNM. As the rest of Dominaria spoilers roll out this week, keep an eye out for these combos and synergies. If you identify them early, you can often pick up the copies of the cards you need before they increase as other players buy in.

In Legacy, Lion's Eye Diamond nearly doubled in price this week to about $250. While a lot of the Reserved List buyouts we've talked about recently don't really impact players because they don't see heavy play, Lion's Eye Diamond is one Reserved List card that is actually a Legacy staple. While the artifact will probably come back down a bit in the coming weeks, buylist prices today are about where retail prices were a couple months ago, so it will likely be a long time before Lion's Eye Diamond hits $150 again, if it ever does.

Much Abrew: Black Lake (Legacy)

Top 20 Wizard Enters-the-Battlefield Triggers (Exclusive Dominaria Preview)

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Can a budget-friendly deck built around Lake of the Dead compete in a format as powerful as Legacy? Let's see! Read more

We've got a sweet new Wizard version coming in Dominaria! The multiverse can never have too many Panharmonicons. Read more

Against the Odds: Sorin Tribal (Modern)

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What are the odds of winning with a deck featuring every Sorin card ever printed in a powerful format like Modern? Let's see!Read more

Collective Voyage, a D&D Adventure: Ixalan (Part 3)

This Week in Legacy: GP Kyoto and SCG Cincinnati

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The party enters the spooky swamp of evil on their quest for the chalice! Read more

Sean runs through the decks of two team events - GP Kyoto and SCG Cincinnati! Read more

Commander Clash S4 Episode 24: Viewer Submitted Decks (Marchesa vs. Modular vs. Revel vs. Trostani)

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The crew play decks submitted by you, the viewers!Read more

All Glory To The Hypnotoad (Frog Town, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 166: Dominaria, Brawl

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Can Heartless Summoning finally make The Gitrog Monster playable in Modern? Check out the stream highlights! Read more

The crew discuss the latest Dominaria spoilers and the new casual format 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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