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Weekly Update (Feb 16): Challenger Decks and Worlds Decklists

Challenger Decks 2020 Decklists

Challenger Decks 2020 contents!Read more

Secret Lair Spoilers — Theros Stargazing

Secret Lair Theros Stargazing is here featuring the Gods!Read more

Budget Magic: $88 (33 tix) AnaxCleave Red (Standard, Magic Arena)

Does the printing of Anax, Hardened in the Forge mean that Mono-Red is ready to compete again in Standard on a $100 budget? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Robber of the Rich Athreos, God of Passage Purphoros, God of the Forge

This week most of the biggest finance news comes from Worlds, which has had a major impact on the price of Standard cards. The biggest winner of the week was Robber of the Rich which jumped a massive 258% to about $7.50 after being a four-of in the Red Aggro decks at Worlds as well as a four-of sideboard card in some Jeskai Fires builds. Combine this with the fact that the two-drop is a mythic, further limiting supply, it seems very possible that Robber of the Rich can stick at its new post-spike price and might even continue to climb as we move further away from the release of Throne of Eldraine.

The other big news of the week was the announcement of the latest Secret Lair drop featuring the 15 original Theros block Gods in the constellation frame. They are broken down into five drops each featuring three Gods, with individual drops costing $40 and all five going for $150. Right now, one original non-foil copy of the Gods combined costs roughly $150 (although they are much more expensive in foil), which means you aren't getting a massive discount by buying direct from Wizards. So far, most of the Secret Lair drops have offered decent value, especially considering they have come with a bonus Japanese art planeswalker; whether this trend will continue remains to be seen. With so many products coming in 2020, the most important thing you can do for your bank account is to focus on the ones that are especially important to you personally, and avoid making questionable, unnecessary purchases based on the fear of missing out (which is something that is especially important with Secret Lairs thanks to their limited availability). 

Finally today, from a more meta perspective, thanks to Collectors Boosters and the proliferation of alt-art versions of cards, foils from Theros: Beyond Death are incredibly cheap. Traditionally foils are worth around twice as much as non-foils with some popular Commander cards commanding even more of a premium, but for Theros: Beyond Death, many popular and playable foils are only worth a tiny bit more (maybe 25%) than their non-foil printing. If you're a fan of foils and looking to pick up singles, there's little financial reason to pick up non-foils at this point with prices being so similar. Long term it will be interesting to see what happens with these foils. It might be that they will be replaced by things like constellation frames and extended-border cards as the "bling" of choice, which could mean that it takes a long time for even the most popular Commander foils to increase much in price, if they ever do at all.

Much Abrew: Heliod Combo Company (Modern, Magic Online)

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

Heliod, Sun-Crowned has gotten a lot of hype for Pioneer, but how good is our new God in Modern with Spike Feeder and friends? Let's find out! Read more

Can the dream team of Lazav, Kroxa, Nicol Bolas, and Ashiok keep up with Standard? Lets find out! Read more

Budget Commander: Siona, Captain of the Pyleas | Aura Token Combo | $30, $60, $90

Siona may be a lowly uncommon, but she punches way above her rarity! Check out how you can turn her into a powerful budget brew!Read more

This Week in Legacy: Leveling Up

Ready to Brawl Updates

Joe Dyer dives into the subject of learning how to level up your play in Legacy! Read more

Jess Williams is back with a ton of Theros: Beyond Death updates for the Ready to Brawl series! Read more

Against the Odds: Smothering Tentacles (Standard, Magic Arena)

Vintage 101: Hazardous Materials

What are the odds of winning with Nadir Kraken in Standard? Let's find out! Read more

Joe Dyer covers local Vintage with the Hazard Invitational! Read more

Modern Mayhem: Modern Inverter (Modern, Magic Online)

Budget Commander Update: Edric, Spymaster of Trest | Aggro Tempo | $30, $300

Inverter of Truth has dominated Pioneer but can it do the same in Modern? Read more

This Valentine's Day, Tomer has decided to renew his vows with this one true love: card draw, also known as Edric, Spymaster of Trest! Read more

Commander Clash S7 E22: Theros Beyond Death Finale! | Dalakos vs. Gallia vs. Kunoros vs. Siona

Our final Theros Beyond Death episode pits some Aggro decks looking to party vs. one good boi complaining about the loud music! Who will win?Read more

The Fish Tank: Sweet Viewer-Submitted Decks (Feb. 9-15, 2020)

Pioneer Peak: Boros Superfriends (Pioneer, Magic Online)

What sweet decks did viewers submit this week? Let's find out on the latest edition of The Fish Tank! Read more

TheAsianAvenger has been looking for an excuse to run Gideon of the Trials in the main deck and Boros Superfriends will be the first deck up! Read more

Commander Quickie: Top 10 Theros Beyond Death Cards Under $1

Podcast 263: PT Phoenix and Commander Talk

Tomer goes over the sweetest Theros Beyond Death commander pickups currently under a buck! Read more

The crew breaks down Players Tour Phoenix and talks about the state of Pioneer as well as some potential future changes to Commander! 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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