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Weekly Update: August 16

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From the Vault Angels


From the Vault: Angels was fully spoiled this week. We're less than a week away from its August 21 release. Have you preordered your copy yet? Pre-orders are going for about $75 on Ebay. View the Complete Spoiler.

Budget Magic: $75 (22 tix) Standard Green Black Elves

Budgetmagic bg elves

Are you a fan of tribal strategies? Do you like beating the best decks in Standard for $75? Give GB Elves a try! Budget Magic: $75 (22 tix) Standard Green Black Elves. (Note, since we posted the deck, the online price has nearly doubled to 40 tix, but the paper price remains the same at $75).

Finance Update by SaffronOlive

Standard Rumblings

We have major prices increases for all the important pieces of the UR Tutelage Mill deck which took down Grand Prix San Diego last weekend. Temple of Epiphany shot up 119 percent to $9.04, which is especially staggering considering the scryland sees almost no play in eternal formats and will rotate from Standard in about six weeks. Meanwhile Sphinx's Tutelage is currently a $2.35 in-print uncommon after increasing 99 percent. The deck itself is in an odd place for this fall; while almost all of the card draw and the centerpiece will stick around until spring, without a reasonable replacement for Anger of the Gods and Whelming Wave, sticking with the Fog-less turbo fog plan will be difficult.

All of the Khans of Tarkir fetchlands (except for Windswept Heath) posted gains over the past seven days. The two blue fetches are the biggest winners in the group, with Polluted Delta up 16 percent to $23.01 and Flooded Strand up 7 percent to $18.29, but Wooded Foothills and Bloodstained Mire each increased 4 percent to $16 and $12 as well. This is almost undoubtedly the result of the "no enemy fetches in Battle for Zendikar" announcement, as players who are unwilling or unable to spend $80 on a single copy of Scalding Tarn turn to KTK for budget friendly substitutes.

Magic Online

The Magic Online market has calmed after nearly three weeks of daily losses. Play Points went into effect on Wednesday and while the early reviews on social media were more positive than expected, it's worrisome that Daily Event attendance appears to be down significantly across all formats, especially for Legacy and Vintage. The Great Magic Online Crash of November 2013 was driven by a lack of consumer confidence and Daily Events going offline, which is almost where we are today despite the fact that DEs still technically exist. The next month or two is key: If we get an announcement that Daily Events will have their payout fixed and/or prices start to rebound, it might be time to buy to take advantage of low prices on staples.

58K Games of Magic Origins Limited Analyzed

Delve into data! We have 58K games of Magic Origins Limited data to sift through! 58K Games of Magic Origins Limited Analyzed

Mythic Investments: Part One - Zendikar Block

Are mythics good investments? How often are they reprinted and in what sets? Saffron uses ZEN block as a case study in Pt. 1 of the series. Mythic Investments: Part One - Zendikar Block

Playtest: Magic Origins Clash Pack + $10 Upgrades


On the fence about buying a ORI Clash Pack? Come watch SaffronOlive and Richard battle through some matches to help you make your decision.Playtest: Magic Origins Clash Pack + $10 Upgrades

Budget Commander: Sydri, Galvanic Genius

Layers upon layers of combos and cool interactions in this budget artifact deck! Budget Commander: Sydri, Galvanic Genius

Magic Origins in Legacy

What Magic Origins cards have been creeping their way into legacy? Find out in Magic Origins in Legacy.

Cuddly Soft Combo #2


What is a 6/6, then two 12/12s, then three 18/18s? Cuddly Soft Combo #2

Magic Origins Clash Pack Giveaway

Need a Magic Origins Clash Pack? We're giving away a free copy in our Magic Origins Clash Pack Giveaway! Be sure to enter; contest ends August 24.

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. Jace Vryn's Prodigy (Magic Origins)
  2. Hangarback Walker (Magic Origins)
  3. Abbot of Keral Keep (Magic Origins)
  4. Nissa Vastwood Seer (Magic Origins)
  5. Sphinx's Tutelage (Magic Origins)

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