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Weekly Update (Aug 19): Modern Deck Prices Have Increased 26%

Budget Magic: $97 (16 tix) UR Sai-Master (Modern)

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Can Sai, Master Thopterist join forces with Kuldotha Forgemaster to make a sweet budget Modern deck? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Temporal Mastery Groundbreaker Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

This week, most of the big finance news comes from Modern, where a couple of strange cards have doubled in price. First Temporal Mastery—part of the Taking Turns deck—jumped about 100% to around $20 (depending on the printing). We've reached the point where Modern Masters 2017 is far enough in the rear view mirror that cards reprinted in the set are increasing in price. Expect to see more of these increases in coming months, especially with themed Masters sets being the new norm. Second, Groundbreaker, the green Ball Lightning, spiked 161% to nearly $10 after showing up in 5-0 Mono-Green Stompy list, although this was certainly aided by the fact that the three-drop is an older card that has never been reprinted. I'd look to sell into the hype, especially for Groundbreaker which isn't even widely adopted in Mono-Green Stompy.

In Legacy, the new trend is Unlimited cards increasing in price. Traditionally Unlimited is much less desirable than the black-bordered Alpha or Beta printings, but as Alpha and Beta cards become hard to find and extremely expensive if you're looking to play Old School, Unlimited is a strong budget option. Plus, these cards are still quite scarce and collectible. While there is a ton more Unlimited than Alpha or Beta (with Alpha having 1,100 of each rare printed, Beta 3,200, and Unlimited 18,000), Unlimited's print run is much more similar to Alpha/Beta than it is to Revised, which had nearly 300,000 of each rare printed. Expect to see more Unlimited price spikes in the future as both collectors and players realize that the set is underpriced compared to its supply, especially with Old School growing in popularity.

Finally, in Standard Teferi, Hero of (em>Dominaria</em) ticked up 10% this week to $40, making it the most expensive card in the format. Considering that most of the cards that work well with Teferi survive rotation, it's not impossible that it climbs a bit higher if UWx Control proves to be the best deck in the format after rotation.

Modern Deck Prices Have Increased 26% in 2018

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After years of decreases, Modern prices are on the rise. What's causing the spike, and how can the problem be solved?Read more

Much Abrew: Legendary Jeskai (Modern)

Pauper Spellbook: Prophetic Prism

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How often can we flip Erayo, Soratami Ascendant on Turn 2, with the help of Mox Amber? Let's find out! Read more

There's mana to be fixed, cards to be drawn, and Atogs to be fed in this edition of Pauper Spellbook! Read more

Budget Commander: $20 Subjective Reality Upgrade

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Tomer breaks down Subjective Reality, showing how to make the best Top-of-Library or Blink/Donate deck, depending on your perspective!Read more

Against the Odds: Kaldra (Modern)

Playing Pauper: Eldrazi Reanimator

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What are the odds of assembling Kaldra in Modern? Let's find out! Read more

Is reanimating Ulamog's Crusher on turn two a legitimate Pauper plan? Let's find out! Read more

Brewer's Minute: Modern Sideboards - Fair vs. Unfair

Commander Clash S5 E6: 1 Ticket EDH (Arcanis vs. Karador vs. Selvala vs. Tetsuko)

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How do you build a sideboard for a fair deck in Modern? What about an unfair deck? Let's discuss! Read more

The crew build decks with a budget cap of only 1 ticket! Read more

Off to See the Wizard (UR Wizards, Modern) – Stream Highlights

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How does a non-budget Wizard deck function in Modern? 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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