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Weekly Update (Dec 29): Klothys, God of Destiny

Theros: Beyond Death Previews

We got a small of trickle of previews over the holiday season, highlighted with a new God Klothys. Preview season starts in earnest this Monday! Be sure to check out all the latest previews at

Budget Magic: $47 (12 tix) Mono-White Sram Auras (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Can a $50 deck be competitive in Pioneer? Let's take Sram, Senior Edificer and a bunch of cheap-but-powerful auras out for a spin and find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

The Scarab God Arcane Signet Morophon, the Boundless

This week, the biggest finance news is tied to the rise of Grixis Control in Pioneer with two key finishers shooting up in value. First, The Scarab God jumped 57% to $34, while Nicol Bolas, the Ravager increased 26% to $29.50. While the power of both cards is well-known from their time in Standard, it wasn't long ago that The Scarab God was under $15 and Nicol Bolas, the Ravager was around $10. Holding both through the Players Tour events in a couple of months is probably fine, although if you have no interest in playing Grixis or UBx Control in Pioneer, it's hard to see the price of either climbing too much more. Selling now and spending the proceeds on cards that you'll actually use is more than reasonable. It's probably also worth digging through your collection for other former Standard all-star mythics, just on the off-chance that they too develop into Pioneer staples and see an increase in demand and price.

Meanwhile in the world of cards that are technically legal but generally not all that playable in Standard, we finally got the long-awaited restock on Brawl decks. If you didn't get a chance to pick up your copies the first time around, check again with your LGS or big box store. The increase in supply is finally driving down prices on some of the most important cards in the set, with Arcane Signet dipping down 14% to below $7 and Shimmer Dragon and Korvold, Fae-Cursed King each ticking down on the week as well. While the Korvold, Fae-Cursed King deck is a slam dunk with Korvold itself hovering at just under $20 (roughly the cost of the Brawl precon) thanks to Standard play, the combination of Commanders staples and shocklands means that all of the Brawl decks still offer fine value for their price tag.

Finally, in the world of Commander, Morophon, the Boundless is on the rise, increasing 38% on the week to $9. The shapeshifting legend is among the most popular commanders overall in the Commander format and the most popular Modern Horizons commander. As a mythic, it could easily keep increasing in price over the next several years as the supply of Modern Horizons dries up. While there's always a chance of a reprint in a random Commander-focused product, assuming Morophon, the Boundless isn't reprinted in the near future, it's likely that we'll be looking back on its current $9 price as cheap. If you think you might need a copy or two for Commander, I'd lean towards picking them up now rather than waiting and risking a future price hike. 

Nothing New Under the Sun

Much Abrew: Yarok Reanimator (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Despite all of the changes and upheaval of the past couple of years, it might be that Magic in 2019 shares more with Magic in 2009 than most people think. Read more

Is a midrangey reanimator shell the right way to take advantage of Yarok, the Desecrated in Pioneer? Let's find out! Read more

Against the Odds: The Evil Christmas Tree (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Rough Drafts: Vintage Cube (Limited, Magic Online)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone! What are the odds of winning with the evilest of Christmas trees in Pioneer? Let's find out! Read more

Holiday season means one thing: it's Vintage Cube time on Magic Online! Let's fire up a draft and try to do something broken. Read more

Commander Clash S7 E15: Secret Santa | Kess vs. Niambi vs. Thrun vs. Yarok

'Tis the season for giving, so the Goldfish crew is gifting decks to each other for our Secret Santa episode!Read more

Vintage 101: The Holiday Buzz

Podcast 256: Formats Review

Joe Dyer celebrates the end of 2019 and the holidays with an AMA! Read more

The crew starts the process of wrapping up 2019 with a look at where the Magic formats have been in the past year and are heading in 2020. 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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