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Weekly Update (Aug 16): Amonkhet Remaster Crafting and Rare Drafting Guide

Amonkhet Remastered Crafting and Rare Drafting Guide

Amonkhet Remastered releases today on Magic Arena. Which cards from the set do you actually need to play Historic and (eventually) Pioneer? Seth gives you his list, color by color.Read more

Budget Magic: Izzet Tutelage (Standard)

Does last week's huge banned list update mean its finally time for mill to be competitive in Standard thanks to Teferi's Tutelage and a ton of cheap card-draw spells? Let's see!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Jace, the Mind Sculptor Gaea's Cradle Gate to Phyrexia

This week, the focus of the finance world is still on Double Masters. Prices from the set are still bouncing around, but in general there hasn't been a huge crash since the set officially released a week ago, and some of the top cards have already increased a bit in price. However, there are some great deals to be found on the singles market, especially for foils. In many instances, you can pick up foil copies of Double Masters reprints for roughly the same price as non-foils, even for some of the most in-demand cards in the set. For example, a non-foil Cyclonic Rift is currently $25 while a foil copy is $30. Likewise, a regular Jace, the Mind Sculptor comes in at $65 while a foil is just $75. Meanwhile, further down the list there are a ton of playable foils in the $1-$2 range including cards like Dualcaster Mage, Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer, Master of Etherium, Ratchet Bomb and a bunch of good commons and uncommons. If you don't mind (or even like) foils and are in the market for Double Masters singles, make sure to check both the foil and non-foil prices, you might be surprised to find that you can "upgrade" to foil without spending much (or even any) additional money.

Meanwhile, the price of Reserved List Commander staples is once again on the rise, with perhaps the biggest example being Gaea's Cradle which shot up from around $600 to near $1000 in the past week, although cards like Gate to Phyrexia, Memory Jar and Tithe also roughly doubled in price over the past seven days. Until Wizards gets ride of the Reserved List, there's not a whole lot that Commander playgroups can do other than normalize the use of proxies. While counterfeit cards are never acceptable, $1,000 is not a reasonable price for a single Commander staple. Take a basic Forest (254), sharpie "Gaea's Cradle" at the top and have fun playing Commander.

Finally, we're closing in on Standard rotation and the release of Zendikar Rising. Assuming things work as the normally do, spoiler season should start sometime in the beginning of September. With paper Magic mostly on hold at the moment, selling or trading away rotating cards that you don't need for Commander or formats like Pioneer or Modern is a solid plan. Meanwhile, if you are thinking of preordering a box, keep the new Set Boosters in mind. While we still need more information to calculate the expected value, if you're opening a box because you enjoy opening boxes (and not planning to draft) they will likely strictly better than a traditional Draft Booster box. Just don't pay too much for a box. From everything I've heard Wizards estimate of a Set Booster costing about $1 more than a Draft Booster should be correct, which means current pre-order prices of $126 on Amazon and around $170 on Ebay are likely too high (and in the case of Ebay way, way too high). Considering a Set Booster box only has 30 packs, each pack costing $1 more than a Draft Booster would put the price in the $110-$115 a box range. Prices should drop as we get closer to the release of the set.

Much Abrew: Pioneer Dredge

From Core 2020 to Core 2021: A Standard Retrospective

Is Pioneer fixed thanks to this week's huge banned-list update? Can Silversmote Ghoul make for a dredge-like, graveyard-centric deck in the format? Let's see! Read more

2020 has been a rough year for Standard. Niuttuc goes back through it to see how the metagame evolved through turbulent waters. Read more

Budget Commander: Skullbriar, the Walking Grave

Tomer finally gets around to finishing a Budget Commander that he started seven years ago!Read more

Single Scoop: Gadrak Control (Standard, Magic Arena)

This Week in Legacy: Chalice Factory

Gadrok sure does love his treasures like TheAsianAvenger loves his removal spells and that is why we're going to see if a the two are the perfect match for the best of one queues! Read more

Joe Dyer dives into the wide wide world of Chalice of the Void in Legacy! Read more

Against the Odds: Phage's Vengeance (Modern)

Fish Five-0: Rogues of the Peaks (Standard)

What are the odds of winning with Phage the Untouchable in Modern? How many times will we kill ourselves with Phage's enters-the-battlefield trigger? Let's find out! Read more

Rogues and Dragons? You darn right! TheAsianAvenger continues his quest to find a home for Terror of The Peaks. Read more

Vintage 101: Showcase, Round Three

A First Look At Post-Ban Standard

Joe Dyer dive into the results of the final Season 2 Vintage Showcase! Read more

How is Standard shaping up now that Teferi, Wilderness Reclamation, Growth Spiral and Cauldron Familiar at banned? Read more

Commander Clash S9 E5: 5 Tix Decks! | Arcades vs. Feather vs. Talrand vs. Tatyova

The Goldfish Crew duke it out with decks that cost only 5 Tickets to purchase on Magic Online, aka FREE to borrow with Cardhoarder!Read more

Theorycrafting Amonkhet Remastered

The Fish Tank: Spicy Viewer Decks (August 9-15, 2020)

Amonkhet Remastered has hit Historic and is sure to shake up the meta. TheAsianAvenger shows off a few decklists he's looking to try out for opening (Re)Release weekend! Read more

What cool decks did users submit this week? Let's find out! Read more

Podcast 289: Double Masters The Set Is Great, But Everything Related To It Has Been A Disaster

The crew discusses Amonkhet Remastered, more issues related to Double Masters, post-banning Standard and Pioneer and answers #MTGFishmail.Read more

Instant Deck Techs

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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