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Weekly Update (Aug 25): Breaking into Oathbreaker

Budget Magic: $94 (16 tix) Sephara Stompy (Modern, Magic Online)

Can Sephara, Sky's Blade and Empyrean Eagle support a all-flying aggro deck in Modern on a budget? Let's see!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Kethis, the Hidden Hand Psychic Puppetry Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis

This week in Standard, the biggest finance news was the rise of Kethis, the Hidden Hand. The legendary three-drop has suddenly become the key piece of one of the most-hyped decks in Standard: a historic-based combo deck named after Kethis that looks to mill with Diligent Excavator by looping historic spells from the graveyard with Kethis. While the deck is good now, it likely won't survive the rotation of Mox Amber. While Kethis, the Hidden Hand is a fine longer term hold for Commander, I'd look to sell into the hype before rotation.

As for Modern, we're still seeing the impact of Twiddle Storm. Last week it was Psychic Puppetry that shot up in price, this week it was Dream's Grip (up 507% to $1.80), Ideas Unbound (up 75% to $2.95) and Past in Flames (up 53% to $10). The deck could very well be real, but we'll have to wait until after tomorrow's banned and restricted announcement to find out for sure, as Modern will certainly adjust and one of the current reasons to play Twiddle Storm is that it's actually decent at racing Hogaak decks with its turn three kills. For now, the best move is likely to dig through your bulk for cards like Psychic Puppetry, Past in Flames, or any of the other cheap pieces in the deck.

Finally, a reminder that tomorrow is the next banned and restricted announcement, and pretty much everyone agrees that Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis will be banned. This should open up the Modern format, so keep an eye on non-Hogaak Modern Horizons cards over the next few weeks. It's possible that something like Seasoned Pyromancer, Urza, Lord High Artificer, or Wrenn and Six ends up the centerpiece of the next best deck in the format and could spike as a result. Along the same lines, if you're holding onto Hogaak-centric piece like Vengevine or Bloodghast, selling or trading them away pre-banning makes sense, although at this point it might be too late to get a great price.

Breaking into Oathbreaker

SumNeuron provides an overview of the new hyped format Oathbreaker, a deck template for brewers and several deck lists to get you started.Read more

Modern Mayhem: CrimJitsu (Modern, Magic Online)

This Week in Legacy: MTGO Legacy Challenge, MTGO Legacy MCQ, and The 14th God of Legacy Hareruya Japan

Time to become the Hokage in Modern! Read more

Legacy Tournament Results, Metagame and Deck evaluation Read more

Against the Odds: Ayula Bear Loam (Modern, Magic Online)

What are the odds of winning with Ayula, Queen Among Bears in Modern (and does Ayula really have a good matchup against Hogaak)? Let's find out!Read more

Commander 2019: Merciless Rage Commander Review

Single Scoop: Mono-White Lifegain (Standard, Magic Arena)

How good are the new legends in the Merciless Rage Commander 2019 deck? Tomer and Seth break them down! Read more

How much life can we gain? Lets find out! Read more

Commander 2019: Faceless Menace Commander Review

From 1-3-Drop to 12-3 (18th Place) at Magicfest Seattle, Part Two

How good are the new legends in the Faceless Menace Commander 2019 deck? Tomer and Seth break them down! Read more

9-0'ing Day One at Magicfest Seattle Read more

This Week in Legacy: The Best Deck in Legacy

The best of each archetype as the metagame gets hashed out.Read more

Fish Five-0: Sultai Control (Standard, Magic Arena)

Vintage 101: Swept Under the RUG

How does control work without Teferi? Let's find out! Read more

Joe Dyer goes full on Temur with a Xerox Control deck featuring Wrenn and Six in Vintage, and also talks about the upcoming Banned/Restricted announcement! Read more

Commander 2019: Mystic Intellect Commander Review

Tomer and Seth break down the sweet new legends and other fun cards from the Mystic Intellect Commander 2019 deck.Read more

Wit’s End (Battle of Wits Friends, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 238: Major Organized Play Announcement

Is a million planeswalkers the way to make Battle of Wits work in Modern? Read more

The crew discusses Magic Esports and organized play, some new Magic merch and answers #MTGFishmail. Read more

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