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Weekly Update (Aug 02): Complete Double Masters Previews

Budget Magic: Mono-Black No Cat Archfiend Sac (Standard)

How good is Archfiend's Vessel in Standard? Is Mono-Black Sacrifice better without Cauldron Familiar and Witch's Oven? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Force of Will Gemstone Caverns Cavern of Souls

This week, the biggest finance news is Double Masters. We got the full spoiler on Friday, which means we can actually get a pretty good, early look at the expected value of the set. While we will have a full expected breakdown in the not super distant future, we've been keeping a real time spreadsheet with prices to track the set's expected value. Right now the average value of a mythic from Double Masters is about $26, while the average rare is just under $4. That puts the expected value of booster box at about $362 without foils, and around $400 with foils included. Toss in a couple of box toppers, which are currently very pricey, and — on average — a box of Double Masters has an expected value of around $500, which is extremely high. This means that prices will certainly continue to drop in the coming weeks, so if you need singles from the set, you'll likely get the best deal if you are willing to wait about a month for the set to be opened and hit the market.

Meanwhile in Modern, the biggest winner this week was Gemstone Caverns, with the Time Spiral land increasing 17% to just under $43. This is likely a side effect of Arcum's Astrolabe being banned in Modern. The primary home for Gemstone Caverns is Mono-Red Prison where it offers another way to play Blood Moon on turn one. Now that Arcum's Astrolabe is banished, Blood Moon is once again a legitimate option in Modern. If you happen to have copies you don't need, I'd look to sell or trade them away while prices are high. Gemstone Caverns has never been reprinted, which is the main reason it's currently so expensive; once the reprint inevitably happens, it will likely end up $10 or less. 

Finally, the other trend of this week is Modern and Commander staples like Cavern of Souls, Crucible of Worlds, and Liliana of the Veil which dodged reprintings in Double Masters. While it might seem like a good idea to snag copies now before prices get even higher, unless you need them to play with in the near future, it's probably better to wait. With the announcement of "the list" in Zendikar Rising set boosters and Commander Legends coming later this year, odds are that the expensive cards that didn't get reprinted in Double Masters will be reprinted before too long. Unless it's a card you need to play a deck right now, with so many products these days, waiting until a reprint happens and picking up what you need at a discount is a good way to save a few (or in some cases many) dollars. 

Much Abrew: Lukka-Hoof (Historic)

How good is Craterhoof Behemoth in Historic in a token deck that can cheat it into play on Turn 4 with the help of Transmogrify or Lukka? Let's see!Read more

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Today, thanks to Wizards, we have two Double Masters previews for you including one of the best cards in all of Magic! Read more

Joe Dyer looks over the current state of Aether Vial decks in Legacy, including Goblins and Esper Vial! Read more

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Single Scoop: Elfball (Historic, Magic Arena)

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Quick, the mobs of elves have arrived and TheAsianAvenger tries to swarm the best of one historic meta with our little green friends! Read more

Tomer is back with five more amazing budget cards that can be cast for no mana! Read more

Commander Clash S9 E3: Viewer Submitted Decks | Golos vs. Jeleva vs. Korvold vs. Reaper King

The Fish Tank: Spicy Viewer Decks (July 26-August 1, 2020)

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

What cool decks did viewers submit this week? Let's see! Read more

Historic 101: Tales from Historic's Crypt

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Can the fundead exist in the historic world? TheAsianAvenger tries to make Zombies work! Read more

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