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Weekly Update (Dec 4): Aether Revolt Ajani, the Unshakable!

Aether Revolt Spoilers


Christmas has come early as we get our first peek at the upcoming Aether Revolt expansion, to be released Jan 20. Ajani is back and ready for some super friends shenanigans! Be sure to check out the Aether Revolt spoilers at where we'll post new cards as they're available.

February FNM Promo: Fortune's Favor

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Fortune's Favor is February's FNM Promo.Read more

Frontier Metagame is Live!

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We now have a Frontier metagame section!Read more

Budget Magic: $97 (67 tix) Modern Mono-White Blink

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Can we blink and flicker our way through Modern with the help of Akroma, Angel of Fury and Wall of Omens? Let's see!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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If you've ever doubted the power of the casual market, this week's biggest finance news provides an stunning example of just how Commander can move the price of cards. We talked about Doubling Season last week, but it's up again, another 24% to $65. But this is nothing compared to Contagion Engine which jumped 205% to $15. Both of these increases are because of Commander 2016 (primarily Atraxa, Praetors' Voice), and it's likely some of the other Modern moves like Arcum Dagsson, Krark-Clan Ironworks, and Time Sieve (all up between 28-60%) are based on Commander demand as well. At this point, there's not much to be done this year, but in future years, the lesson is to get your Commander upgrade cards quick—while the price of the cards from the Commander releases will be dropping, the price of the upgrade cards will spiking.

In Standard, things are pretty quite, with nearly all of the movement being from staples. While a few are up, headlined by Jace, Unraveler of Secrets which is pushing $10 (partly because of Commander), most are down between 3-6%. Typically the peak for Standard prices, especially for cards rotating in the fall (so Battle for Zendikar block and Shadows over Innistrad block) is January through March, but it's possible it comes early this year if people move to other formats earlier than usual because they're sick of GB Delirium and UW Flash.

Finally, on Magic Online, in just the last day we've seen a big increase from Aetherworks Marvel. By the numbers, Aetherworks Marvel decks have recently tied GB Delirium as the second most play in the format, and this week's Top 8 at the SCG Invitational featured five Aetherworks decks. Unless there's a surprise banning (perhaps Emrakul, the Promised End) to increase attendance at Standard events, I expect that at some point in the next few months, Aetherworks Marvel will end up being worth twice as much as its current $5 price tag. If you're thinking of playing the deck, get your copies soon.

The History of Standard Bannings

Much Abrew: Mono-Blue Mill (Modern)

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Why do cards get banned in Standard? Let's use the history of the format to see, and maybe learn something about the future too! Read more

Our mission this week is to figure out whether Mono-Blue Mill is just another bad deck or literally the worst deck in Modern. Let's see! Read more

This Week in Legacy: GP Chiba

Magic History: King of the Fatties

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Sean outlines everything of interest at Grand Prix Chiba! Read more

Join Islandswamp as he interviews the King of the Fatties, Jamie Wakefield! Read more

Standard Showdown Booster Opening

Against the Odds: Walls of Glory

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Wizards hooked us up with some Standard Showdown boosters. Let's crack them open and see what we can find! Read more

What are the odds of winning with Barren Glory in Modern? We're about to figure them out! Read more

This or That Magic: Lobster People or Fishermen?


It's Deadliest Catch week, Magic style, as Tomer and Seth look to answer the This or That Magic question: Lobster People or Fishermen?Read more

Vintage 101: Power Nine Time!

Brewer's Minute: Five Infinite Mana Combos for Modern

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Take a look at the most recent Power Nine Challenge with Islandswamp! Read more

Making infinite mana is one of the most powerful things you can do in Magic. Here are five ways to do it in Modern with only two cards! Read more

Commander Clash S2 Episode 17: Commander 2016 Preconstructed Decks

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The crew dukes it out with the new C16 preconstructed decks!Read more

Marvelous (GR Marvel Breach, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 097: Is Standard Solved Too Fast? Legacy Tech, Treasure Chests

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Does Aetherworks Marvel have a home in Modern, cheating Emrakul, the Aeons Torn into play? Read more

The crew discusses if Standard is stale, Nissa and Palace Jailer in Legacy, and the current state of Treasure Chests on Magic Online. 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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