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Weekly Update (Aug 6): Fraying Sanity Mill

Budget Magic: $93 (32 tix) Madcap Gearhulk Reanimator (Standard)

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How many Gearhulks can we get on the battlefield, and how quickly can we get them there? Let's see!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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This week, the biggest finance news is the aftermath of Pro Tour Hour of Devastation. Among the 10 biggest winners in Standard, seven are cards from the Ramunap Red deck that put six players into the top eight. The big question is how good the deck will be now that it has a target on it. Unless you plan on playing the deck heavily over the next couple months, it might be wise to sell it now and rebuy later after rotation if you want to play the deck. This is doubly true of rotating cards like Village Messenger (current $1.50 as an uncommon) and Falkenrath Gorger (currently $2.49). Cards almost always decrease in price after a Pro Tour spike, even if the deck remains near the top of the format.

In older formats, the trend of the week is Reserved List buyouts. While this probably isn't newsworthy in and of itself, the fact that people are now buying out cards from The Dark (one of the comparatively high supply old sets) is interesting. The two big ones this week were Stone Calendar (up nearly 1500% to $42.50) and Mana Vortex (up 336% to about $28). This shift away from low-supply sets like Arabian Nights and Legends towards high supply sets like The Dark means it probably isn't a bad idea to pick up any Commander or casual cards you need from any early sets now, because you never know what will spike tomorrow.

Finally, looking to the future, this week will feature Commander 2017 previews. We know the tribes are Cats, Vampires, Dragons, and Wizards, so keep a close eye on older cards of these creature types (or tribal matters cards in general). It would be surprising if we didn't see some big spikes this week of random, casual cards. If you plan on building around any of these tribes (or upgrading Commander 2017 decks), you'll save yourself some money by buying early rather than waiting until after the inevitable buyouts and price increases.

Pro Tour Hour of Devastation: By the Numbers

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Which decks and cards flew, and which ones failed at Pro Tour Hour of Devastation? Let's break them down by the numbers!Read more

This Week in Legacy: MKM Prague

Vintage 101: There Can Be Only One!

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Sean runs through the recent MKM event in Prague, as well as a few other events in Paper and Online! Read more

Islandswamp talks about the early days of the restricted list and how it compares to today! Read more

Against the Odds: Fraying Sanity (Modern)

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What are the odds of winning in Modern by milling opponents out of the game with Fraying Sanity? Let's find out!Read more

Hour of Devastation Box Opening (Giveaway)

Brewer's Minute: Why Brewers Should Net Deck

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We have a winner in our Hour of Devastation booster box giveaway! Read more

People tend to video brewing and "net decking" as competing forces, when they actually work together hand in hand. Read more

Commander Clash S3 Episode 18: HOU Standard Commander

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The crew builds decks made only from Standard-legal cards!Read more

Angels and Gearhulks (Gift Reanimator, Standard) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 133: Pro Tour Hour of Devastation Results, HASCON Promos

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Is reanimating Angel of Invention and Cataclysmic Gearhulk with God-Pharaoh's Gift the new way forward in Standard? Let's see! Read more

The crew discusses the results from Pro Tour Hour of Devastation and the three revealed HASCON promos. 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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