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Weekly Update (Dec 9): Ultimate Masters CASE Opening

Budget Magic: $92 (13 tix) Mono-Red Frenzy (Modern)

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How many cards can we cast in a turn with Experimental Frenzy in Modern? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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The big finance news this week is the official release of Ultimate Masters which is having a massive impact on the prices of cards reprinted in the set. Ultimate Masters cards dropped almost across the board this week, with most of the mythics and rares in the set being less than half of their pre-reprint price. While prices might come down a bit more over the next month, the current prices are low enough that if you need cards for Modern, Legacy, or Commander, don't be afraid to pick them up.

Speaking of great deals, the combination of Ultimate Masters, constant reprints in Treasure Chests and a bit of a panic selloff has made eternal staples incredibly cheap on Magic Online at the moment. While Magic Arena is the go-to client for Standard, there's no evidence that older formats will be on the client soon or even ever. If you're interested in playing some cards that are amazingly expensive in paper (like original dual lands or the power nine) or just want to grind Modern or Legacy from the comfort of your home, it's a great time to pick up eternal staples on Magic Online.

Finally, as far as the expected value of Ultimate Masters, it's come down a lot in just the last few days. With the recent price decreases, the expect value of a sealed box (with box topper) is somewhere around $280 — roughly the break even point. While this is a far cry from the EV a couple of weeks ago which was over $400, you still have a reasonable chance of breaking even on a box, and with some good running, it's very possible to come out ahead.

Much Abrew: Shadowbown Shelldock Combo (Modern)

The Fastest Decks in Modern (And How to Beat Them)

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Is the potential for a Turn 3 Emrakul worth playing 34 Shadowborn Apostles? We're about to find out! Read more

Modern is in an extremely fast and broken place. How do the unfair decks in the format win, and how can we fight them? Let's discuss! Read more

Free-To-Play Fish: Azorius Artifacts Attack! (Standard, Magic Arena)

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What happens when a Skilled Animator, Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle, and a bunch of small artifacts walk into a bar..... Come watch this week's episode and find out what happens with TheAsianAvenger!Read more

Podcast 200: 200th Podcast and Predictions

Playing Pauper: Mono-Black Land Destruction (Pauper, Magic Online)

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Seth and Richard celebrate episode 200 by looking to the past...and the future. Read more

Is blowing up all of the opponent's lands—perhaps starting on Turn 1—a legitimate plan in Pauper? Read more

Vintage 101: Defense Against the Dark Arts

Free-To-Play Fish: Saproling Swarm (Standard, Magic Arena)

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Joe Dyer gets into the dark art of Magic the way it was intended - by talking about Dredge! Read more

Come watch TheAsianAvenger be super sappy on today's episode of Free To Play Fish! Read more

Against the Odds: Jodah (Standard, Magic Online)

Goldfish Gladiators: Gruul Frenzy (Standard, Magic Arena)

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What are the odds of winning with Jodah, Archmage Eternal in Standard? Let's find out! Read more

Are Wayward Swordtooth and Dryad Greenseeker the right way to Frenzy in Standard? Let's find out! Read more

Budget Commander: Niv-Mizzet, Parun

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Tomer shows you how best to draw cards and ping stuff with the best guildmaster in all of Ravnica!Read more

Fish Five-0: Grixis Conjecture Control (Standard, Magic Arena)

Ultimate Masters CASE Opening!!! 96x Boosters, 4x Box Toppers!

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Is Grixis Conjecture Control the truth? Slap on your detective gear and let's find out together! Read more

It's release day for Ultimate Masters and the set is so sweet that opening a box just isn't enough, so let's crack a case and see what goodies we find! Read more

Commander Clash S5 E22: Ultimate Masters! (Gaddock vs. Kozilek vs. Sigarda vs. Tasigur)

Attack of the Clones (Temur QuasidupliFrenzy, Standard, Magic Arena) – Stream Highlights

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The crew celebrate the release of UMA by building decks around the reprinted commanders! Read more

Quasiduplicate and Experimental Frenzy, together at last! 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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