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Weekly Update (Aug 9): BFZ Fetchless, C15, FTV: Angels Spoilers

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From the Vault: Angels Spoilers

Another week, another two FTV: Angel spoilers. 6 of 15 cards have now been spoiled and we're less than two weeks away from release (Aug 21). Rumors have it that the full list will spoiled on Monday, so be sure to keep an eye on our FTV: Angels page. Pre-orders on ebay are currently about $80. %h3 Holiday Gift Box 2015 Announced


The new Holiday Gift Box for 2015 has been announced. Releasing November 19, it includes five Battle for Zendikar packs, 20 basics, a storage box and an (undisclosed) alternative-art card. MSRP is $24.99. You can find all the latest information on our Holiday Gift Box 2015 page.

Commander 2015

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Commander 2015 was announced this week to be enemy-color decks. The precons will release November 13 with a MSRP of $34.99 and will include 55 brand new cards. Find all the spoilers and decklists when they become available on our Commander 2015 page.

No Fetchlands in Battle for Zendikar

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The big news this week is that the Zendikar fetchlands will not be reprinted in Battle for Zendikar. This announcement sent prices spiking through the roof; in fact, the five enemy fetches were not only the five biggest winners in Modern, but (discounting Alpha Timetwister), the biggest winners in all the multiverse. If you are willing to round a little, there current prices are actually pretty easy to remember: $80 Scalding Tarn, $70 Misty Rainforest, $60 Verdant Catacombs, $50 Arid Mesa, and $40 Marsh Flats. Most of the financiers I know have been selling into the hype, either on the expectations that they will be reprinted in the second set of BFZ block this spring or simply because they see the current spike as hype/fear-based.

You can read more about the announcement and the implications in Fetchless

Finance Update by SaffronOlive

Weekly Winners and Losers

In Standard, we are still feeling the after-effects of last weeks Pro Tour Magic Origins. The winners list is dominated by cards like Abbot of Keral Keep (up 19 percent to $8.26), Exquisite Firecraft (up 19 percent to $8.80), Ghostfire Blade (up 73 percent to $1.75) and Temple of Epiphany (up 21 percent to $3.79, all of which performed well on Magic's biggest stage. Typically spikes related to a Pro Tour don't last that long, so I expect all of these cards will trend down over the coming weeks. This is especially true for the cards in the UR Ensoul Artifact deck since it is unlikely to survive rotation.

The losers in Standard are all Magic Origins cards that didn't shine at the Pro Tour. This is just the normal process of things as supply increases post set release and this trend is likely to continue as Magic Online redemption for Origins comes online in a week or two. Hit especially hard this week were Jace, Vryn's Prodigy (down 16 percent to $31.94) who didn't get much camera time at #PTORI in a format hostile to slow blue decks, and an big group of mid-tier (and underplayed) mythics including Day's Undoing, Kytheon, Hero of Akros, Archangel of Tithes and Erebos's Titan which gave back between 10 and 16 percent each.

Magic Online Economy

As for Magic Online, individual card prices are still mostly a mess, having dropped significantly since the Play Points announcement a couple weeks ago. But in one way this decline has created opportunity; If you are not familiar with the Magic Online economy, one of the perks of buying digital cards is that you can trade in a complete set plus a $25 fee and get a complete set of physical cards. Using this method you can currently get a complete set of Khans of Tarkir for $95 (StarCityGames is selling just the five fetchlands for $108), a complete set of Fate Reforged for $66 (which contains not just $40 of Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and Monastery Mentor, but a bunch of solid mid and long term spec targets like Tasigur, the Golden Fang, Soulfire Grand Master and Outpost Siege as well), while a complete set of Dragons of Tarkir will set you back $125. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to expand your collection or to acquire cards for investment, keep Magic Online redemption in mind; it's a great deal at the moment and the worse the Magic Online economy becomes, the better the deal gets.

Finally, one more Magic Online note: Wizards announced this week that the upcoming Commander 2015 decks will not be sold in the store and the only way to acquire the 55 new cards from the set will be through prize packs given away for performing well in Legendary Cube drafts that start in November. It is premature to speculate on supply since we don't know how (or how many) prize packs will be paid out, but unless Wizards manages to get the numbers just perfect, there is a very real possibility these cards will be either very cheap or very expensive. If they decide to give away one prize pack per draft to the winner, there is a chance that supply will be extremely low, pushing the value of any Legacy playables to extreme levels. On the other hand, if they give away eight packs (4-2-1-1), we could end up with card akin to True-Name Nemesis and Containment Priest having the value of "store activity" promos (i.e. they will be worthless). Regardless of how it turns out, I am happy that Wizards is providing some non-Play Point incentive for playing in these events.

Budget Magic: $35 (15 tix) Standard UR Tutelage Mill


A competitive mill deck in Standard? Yes! Budget Magic: $35 (15 tix) Standard UR Tutelage Mill

Pro Tour Magic Origins: By the Numbers

Which decks performed best at #PTOrigins? @SaffronOlive breaks down the data on the biggest Magic event of the summer! Pro Tour Magic Origins: By the Numbers

Commander Spotlight: Pinball Karona (5-Color Enchantress)

Watch your opponents kill themselves for your amusement while you sip a mojito. Commander Spotlight: Pinball Karona (5-Color Enchantress)

Lost in Rotation: What Decks Survive This Fall, Part 2

Poppu continues reviewing the current tier one and up-and-coming Standard archetypes in preparation for this fall's rotation. Lost in Rotation: What Decks Survive This Fall, Part 2

Magic Origins Deck Builder's Toolkit Review

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What exactly is inside the Deck Builder's Toolkit? Should you buy one? Find out in our Magic Origins Deck Builder's Toolkit Review

Cuddly Soft Combo #1

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Looking for a combo that will provide a ton of value for not a lot of money? Cuddly Soft Combo #1

Tournament Results

Articles Recap

Several great articles were published on MTGGoldfish this week:

#Trending Cards

The five most viewed cards on MTGGoldfish this past week were:
  1. Hangarback Walker (Magic Origins)
  2. Jace Vryns Prodigy (Magic Origins)
  3. Scalding Tarn (Zendikar)
  4. Abbot of Keral Keep (Magic Origins)
  5. Exquisite Firecraft (Magic Origins)

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