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Weekly Update (Feb 09): Players Tour Phoenix Decklists

Players Tour Phoenix Pioneer Match Up Data

Players Tour Phoenix Pioneer Match Up Data.Read more

Budget Magic: $100 (42 tix) Rakdos Kroxa Discard (Standard, Magic Arena)

How do you fight powerful threats like Fires of Invention and Nissa, Who Shakes the World in Theros: Beyond Death Standard on a budget? Make the opponent discard them, of course!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Gideon of the Trials Plague of Vermin Castle Locthwain

This week, most of the important finance news come from Pioneer and the Players Tour events that have been taking place over the last two weekends. Gideon of the Trials was the biggest winner of the week, increasing 156% to $10. Along with showing up in the main deck of some white devotion decks featuring Heliod, Sun-Crowned and Walking Ballista, the planeswalker is hot sideboard tech to defeat the new menace of the format: Dimir Inverter. As long as you can keep a Gideon on the battlefield, the emblem of Gideon of the Trials is basically unbeatable for the Inverter deck. If you're looking for some copies, it's probably worth grabbing foils. So far they haven't increased much in price and you can pick up foil copies for $10-$12 in some places, making it essentially the same price as the non-foil printing. 

Meanwhile, in the world of Commander, Plague of Vermin was bought out this week, going from $1 to $7. The exact reason for the buyout isn't clear. It could be tied to the recent Secret Lair drop featuring Rats driving interest in Rat-themed Commander decks. It could also be thanks to Ayara, First of Locthwain Commander decks, where Plague of Vermin offers an interesting finisher, potentially draining the table out of the game if you can keep your life total higher than your opponents. If you can get anywhere near the current price of $7, sell or trade your copies away. While it's unlikely Plague of Vermin drops all the way back to $1 anytime soon, it should settle in the $3-$4 range when all is said and done. 

Finally, in Standard, some Castles are on the rise, with Castle Locthwain and Castle Ardenvale leading the way, increasing 20% and 47% respectively. The entire cycle is extremely playable, not just in Standard, but in Pioneer as well. If you don't have your copies already, they are probably worth picking up. As we move further and further away from the release of Throne of Eldraine, supply will start to dry up, and if they continue to see heavy Pioneer play (which they should), their prices could keep increasing. 

Much Abrew: Abzan Calix Sagas (Standard, Magic Arena)

Rough Drafts: Theros: Beyond Death (Limited, Magic Arena)

Can a more midrangey enchantment deck, fueled by planeswalkers like Calix, Destiny's Hand and Vraska, Golgari Queen, compete in Theros: Beyond Death Standard? Let's find out! Read more

What does Theros: Beyond Death look like in limited? Let's fire up a draft on Magic Arena and find out! Read more

This Week in Legacy: Leaving a Legacy

Joe Dyer talks a little about the Leaving a Legacy Open VI as well as everything else going on in the world of Legacy!Read more

Against the Odds: Deathbellow War Cry (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Vintage 101: Consulting Demonics

What are the odds of winning by tutoring up some MInotaurs with Deathbellow War Cry in Pioneer? Let's find out! Read more

Joe Dyer dives into looking at Thassa's Oracle in Vintage alongside Demonic Consultation! Read more

Fish Five-0: Abzan Foretold (Standard, Magic Arena)

Commander Clash S7 E21: Mythics of Theros Beyond Death | Klothys vs. Kroxa vs. Polukranos vs. Uro

Can Calix, Destiny's Hand help boost this enchantment deck to a 5-win league?! Read more

The crew continues their exploration of Theros Beyond Death by building decks around the new commanders from the set! Read more

Brewer's Minute: Beating Inverter

Inverter of Truth is dominating Pioneer. How can we fight against the new best deck in the format? Let's break it down in this week's Brewer's Minute!Read more

The Fish Tank: Sweet Viewer-Submitted Decks (Feb. 2-8, 2020)

Podcast 262: Players Tours Brussels and Nagoya

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

Crim and Seth break down Pioneer on the big stage at Players Tours Nagoya and Brussels and answer #MTGFishmail. Read more

Pioneer Peak: Bant Bogles (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Bant Bogles was fun in standard so can it work in Pioneer?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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