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Weekly Update (Dec 22): Commander Clash Holiday Special

Theros: Beyond Death Previews

This week Theros: Beyond Death previews continue with a trickle of casual Collector Booster cards (not available in the main set). Be sure to check out all the latest previews at

Banned and Restricted Update, December 12, 2019: Oko and Nexus Banned in Pioneer

Oko, Thief of Crowns and Nexus of Fate banned in Pioneer!Read more

Magic Arena: Historic Artisan Guide and Decklists

Magic Arena is celebrating the holidays with a special Historic Artisan event. Here's all you need to know and some decklists to get you started!Read more

Budget Magic: $98 (20 tix) Mono-Red Devotion (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Can red join blue, black, and green as a competitive devotion color in Pioneer thanks to the power of Fanatic of Mogis and triple-red three-drops like Gobin Chainwhirler and Boros Reckoner? Let's see!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Starfield Mystic The Great Henge Lotus Field

This week in the world of finance, players begin preparation for the release of Theros: Beyond Death. The biggest Standard winners of the week include Starfield Mystic, which increased 45% to $1.77 based on early Theros: Beyond Death spoiler which suggests the set is overloaded with enchantments and Casualties of War (up 59% to $2.67), which is already seeing heavy play, but presumably will be even more important once our return to Theros releases a bunch of powerful enchantments into the format. While they haven't seen much price movement yet, keep an eye on potential devotion support cards over the next couple of weeks including the tripled colored three-drop cycle featuring Gadwick, the Wizened and Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig, and the Cavalier cycle of Core Set 2020. We know devotion is returning and if it's anywhere near as powerful as it was the first time around, these cards could be in line for a huge jump in play in the not too distant future.

Meanwhile, The Great Henge ticked up another 13% on the week to just under $15 from a low of near $11 a few weeks ago. While The Great Henge isn't especially heavily-played in either Standard or Pioneer, it does see a bit of play in both, while also being one of the most-played Throne of Eldraine cards in Commander, which is enough to make it one of the most expensive cards in the set. If there's one lesson we've learned over the past few years and will be even more important in 2020, it's not to sleep on casual cards. Commander is driving much of the paper market these days, which makes seeing heavy Commander play almost as important as seeing heavy Standard play when it comes to card prices. As for The Great Henge in specific, it wouldn't be a surprise if it continued to tick up slowly. It's a card that most green Commander decks will want, which makes whatever Standard and Pioneer play the mythic sees a bonus.

Finally, keep an eye on Lotus Field. The card has developed into a Pioneer staple and the driver of one of the best combo decks in the format. This had caused a huge price spike on Magic Online where Lotus Field was under $1 a month ago and over $9 today. Assuming there are no bannings that target the deck, the Storm-esque Lotus Field deck seems like something pro players might gravitate towards for the Players Tour events coming up in February, which could lead to Lotus Field seeing a spike in paper as well. Worst case, Lotus Field is a card that from the day it was previewed, looked like it could be broken eventually, so it probably isn't the worst card to have in your collection even if Pioneer isn't the format that breaks it.

The Future of Paper Magic

Where is Magic heading as we close out the second decade of the 2000's and head into the third? Let's discuss.Read more

Much Abrew: Naban Elemental Wizards

Podcast 255: Theros Previews, Arena News and Magic Legends

Let's curve Naban, Dean of Iteration into Risen Reef and Master of Waves to draw some cards in Pioneer! Read more

The crew gives their first take on Theros: Beyond Death spoilers, breaks down a ton of Arena news and a new Magic game before answering y... Read more

Historic 101: Irencrag Gruul (Historic, Magic Arena)

Vintage 101: The Doomsday Device

Its always a good day if you can cheat out Drakuseth, Maw of Flames Read more

Joe Dyer preps the Doomsday Device with Vintage Doomsday and special guest Desolutionist! Read more

Against the Odds: Sage of Hours (Pioneer, Magic Online)

What are the odds of taking infinite turns with Sage of Hours in Pioneer? Let's find out!Read more

Fish Five-0: 5C Binder Fires (Standard, Magic Arena)

Why not play all the cards when you've got Niv-Mizzet reborn helping out? Read more

The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy User-Submitted Decks (Dec. 15-21, 2019)

Pioneer Peak: Jund Pact (Pioneer, Magic Online)

What amazing decks did viewers submit this week? Let's jump into The Fish Tank and find out! Read more

What this ol' thing? Its just a harmless Demonic Pact right? Let us see if Crim or his opponents will take a loss from Demonic Pact! Read more

Commander Clash S7 E14: Holiday Colors | Atla Palani vs. Gahiji vs. Heidar vs. Marath

The crew gets into the holiday spirit by building decks around the holiday colors!Read more

Instant Deck Techs

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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