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Weekly Update (Feb 02): Players Tour Pioneer Decklists

Players Tour Wrap Up and Brussels Pioneer Match Up Data

Let's breakdown the top Pioneer decks from Players Tour Brussels.Read more

Unsanctioned Previews and Decklists

All five Unsanctioned Decklists including the new full-art lands!Read more

Budget Magic: $86 (17 tix) GW Auras (Standard, Magic Arena)

Can a deck with four non-land rares in the main deck actually compete in Theros: Beyond Death Standard? Let's aura our way into some matches and find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Ajani, Strength of the Pride Inverter of Truth Crystal Shard

This week was a busy one in the world of Magic finance with the impact of the paper release of Theros: Beyond Death being felt in Standard, and Pioneer Players Tour events shaking up older formats. Some of the biggest winners of the week have crossover appeal, showing up in rising decks both formats. Ajani, Strength of the Pride (up 75% to $13) has benefited from the printing of Heliod, Sun-Crowned and is showing up in white-based lifegain decks in both Pioneer and Standard. Along the same lines, Absorb (up 104% to $5) has shot up in demand thanks to the rise of UW Control in Standard and Pioneer. 

In Pioneer, the new Inverter of Truth / Thassa's Oracle combo deck is driving prices. Jace, Wielder of Mysteries (usually a two-of backup version of Thassa's Oracle) more than doubled in price on the week to just over $7 while Inverter of Truth itself increased a massive 403% from near bulk to just under $10. While it's always risky to trust new combo decks since they sometimes run into problems once the metagame adjusts and people start packing more hate cards in their sideboards, there are some signs that the deck is real, with the biggest being that it came in as the most-played archetype at the two Players Tour events this weekend. If you have copies of either card sitting around, the best plan is likely to sell or trade them into the hype. It's hard to imagine that the Inverter Combo deck is good enough to remain in the top tiers of the Pioneer meta, but not too good that it avoids the banned list conversation. 

Finally, Crystal Shard doubled up to over $4 this week. This might seem strange considering that the card doesn't see any tournament play, but it seems to be a case of the Game Knights effect. The artifact recently saw play in a Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath deck in the popular Commander gameplay series, and it doesn't take that many of the series more than 500,000 viewers buying a copy of an old, relatively low-supply card for it to increase in price. With the focus on Commander in 2020 and the huge popularity of Game Knights, make sure to keep an eye on cards that look good on camera. There's a decent chance that they will end up increasing in price, especially if they are older and haven't been reprinted recently. 

Players Tour Brussels Top 8 Deck Lists

Players Tour Nagoya Top 8 Decks

Here are your Top 8 decklists from Players Tour Brussels. Read more

Here are your Top 8 decklists from Players Tour Nagoya. Read more

Much Abrew: Bant Enigma Pod (Standard, Magic Arena)

This Week in Legacy: The Gods At War

How good is our new enchantment Birthing Pod—Enigmatic Incarnation—in Theros: Beyond Death Standard? Let's find out! Read more

Joe Dyer dives deep into the impact that Theros: Beyond Death is already having on Legacy! Read more

Thirty Casual Decks under $20 for Magic: The Gathering Theros: Beyond Death

Thirty under $20 returns, featuring a ton of cheap, casual decks featuring sweet new cards from Theros: Beyond Death!Read more

Against the Odds: Underworld Dredge (Standard, Magic Arena)

Vintage 101: Alternative Thinking

What are the odds of winning with Underworld Breach in Theros: Beyond Death Standard? Let's find out! Read more

Joe Dyer dives into the concepts of format identity, and how it relates to Wizards' management of Vintage from a B+R perspective. Read more

Commander Sleepers: Alliances

Commander Clash S7 E20: Gods of Theros Beyond Death | Heliod vs. Nylea vs. Purphoros vs. Thassa

Which Alliances cards deserve a second look in Commander? Let's discuss (in both video and written form)! Read more

The crew dukes it out with the new gods from Theros Beyond Death! Which god will emerge victorious? Read more

The Fish Tank: Theros: Beyond Death Edition (Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2020)

Podcast 261: Unsanctioned Previews, Theros Standard and Upcoming Pioneer PT

What interesting decks did viewers submit this week? Let's find out! Read more

With Richard away Seth and Crim talk about some new silver border cards, look forward to the impending Pioneer Players Tour events and an... Read more

Pioneer Peak: Rakdos Dragons (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Remember when Dragons were all over standard? Well, let's travel back in time! With all this time traveling and dragon talk, maybe we've all got some Sarkhan in us...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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