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Weekly Update (Aug 18): Commander 2019 Upgrades

Budget Magic: $104 (44 tix) Twiddle Storm (Modern, Magic Online)

Can untapping Lotus Field repeatedly with cards like Twiddle lead to a fun, new budget-friendly Storm-style deck in Modern? Let's see!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Psychic Puppetry K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth Balthor the Defiled

This week, the biggest winner was Psychic Puppetry (up 1365% to $3.25), which is one of the main combo pieces of Twiddle Storm: a new Modern deck looking to untap Lotus Field a bunch of times to generate mana before eventually winning with traditional storm finishers like Grapeshot. While we did play a version of the deck on Budget Magic last week, the biggest reason for the price increase is that the deck managed to go 12-3 at a Modern Grand Prix last weekend, just missing the top eight. Lotus Field is another card to keep an eye on moving forward. If the deck takes off and starts posting top eights, it could be next in line for an increase.

Meanwhile, in the world of Commander 2019, K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth was one of the most viewed cards on the site this week. While its price has been stable, it is currently selling for between $22 and $28, which is absurdly high for a card in a $40-ish preconstructed deck. If you need a copy you might as well just pick up the preconstructed deck for $40-$45; the deck has more than enough value outside of K'rrik to make it worthwhile. Otherwise, it's hard to imagine that K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth can actually stay over $20 while Commander 2019 is on store shelves, so if you don't want the entire deck, you might as well wait a couple of months for prices to normalize. 

Finally we have Balthor the Defiled, which Command Zone recommended as an upgrade to the Rakdos Madness Commander 2019 deck, which in turn lead to the Judgment rare being bought out and spiking from $5 to $23. While the card is good with Chainer, Nightmare Adept and K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth (where you can activate Balthor the Defiled's reanimation ability for six life), the price should come back down over the next few weeks. If you have copie,s try to sell or trade them away into the hype, and if you need a copy, you are best off waiting. While it will be a while before Balthor the Defiled hits $5 again (if it ever does), it wouldn't be surprising to see it closer to $10 before long.

The Lore of Commander 2019

Joe Dyer digs into a little lore refresh on some of the older characters appearing in Commander 2019!Read more

Modern Mayhem: Weird Phoenix (Modern, Magic Online)

This Week in Legacy: Magic Online Legacy Challenge and MKM Frankfurt

What if the Phoenix Deck got just got a weird minor modification? Read more

MKM Frankfrut and Legacy Challenge with some new card evaluations Read more

Against the Odds: Liliana's Contract (Modern, Magic Online)

What are the odds of winning with Liliana's Contract and a bunch of "demons" in Modern? Let's find out!Read more

Single Scoop: Leyline Tribal (Standard, Magic Arena)

Vintage 101: The General Idea

Leyline Tribal! It's pretty much free spells. Read more

Joe Dyer gets his brain game on with some cards from Commander 2019! Do they pass the test? Find out! Read more

Commander 2019: Ranking the Decks

The full deck lists for Commander 2019 came out a few days ago. Which deck is best? Let's rank them and find out!Read more

Fish Five-0: Ral Combo (Standard, Magic Arena)

Budget Commander: $20 Primal Genesis Upgrade

Remember Ral Storm? We sure do! Read more

Grow the C19 Primal Genesis precon deck into a monstrous powerhouse with just a $20 upgrade! Read more

Budget Commander: $20 Mystic Intellect Upgrade

Budget Commander: $20 Merciless Rage Upgrade

Let's use $20 to tune Mystic Intellect into the perfect Graveyard Spellslinger deck! Read more

Turn the C19 precon "Merciless Rage" into a bloody good Madness Vampire deck for only $20! Read more

Seth Gon' Niv It To Ya (Niv to Light, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Can Niv Mizzet, Reborn power up a five-color control deck in Modern? Let's see!Read more

Much Abrew: Kuldotha White (Modern, Magic Online)

Podcast 237: Commander 2019 Discussion

Is it time for Kuldotha Rebirth to shine in Modern, backed by some aggressive threats and new Modern Horizons cards? Read more

The crew discusses the rest of the sweet new legends from Commander 2019 and talks about the deck they like best. 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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