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Weekly Update (Feb 21): Early Strixhaven Previews

Strixhaven: School of Mages Previews

Wizards dropped some early Strixhaven previews this week, revealing the five colleges in Strixhaven alongside their signature command cycle. In addition, the new showcase style "Mystical Archive" was previewed, including special Japanese edition Mystical Archive cards featuring different art and card frames. Be sure to check out all the latest STX previews at Strixhaven: School of Mages Spoilers — February 18 | College Commands

Banned and Restricted Update: Formats Overhauled and Rule Change

Huge changes to Historic, Pioneer, Modern, Legacy and Vintage, along with Cascade rule changes!Read more

Top 10 Most Tedious Magic: the Gathering Cards

Some cards are fine as far as power level goes but just aren't a whole lot of fun to play with because they require too much counting, die rolling, and time. Here are the 10 most tedious cards in MTG!Read more

Budget Magic: Human White Weenie (15 Rares) | Standard

Tired of losing to grindy Yorion decks on the ladder? The best budget-friendly solution might be getting aggressive with a Human-themed White Weenie deck with just 15 rares!Read more

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Elvish Harbinger Stuffy Doll Sliver Legion

This week the Magic market is still sorting through the impact of Kaldheim, even with Time Spiral Remastered spoilers starting on Thursday and a surprise early sneak peak of Strixhaven during the last Wizards stream. Looking at the biggest non-Reserved List winners of the week, they are almost all either related to the themes of Kaldheim or potential themes for future sets (some random cards with "Phyrexian" in the name are trending up on the speculation that we're heading into a Phyrexian-based plane next year). We've been talking a lot about Elves over the past couple of weeks, and the trend price increases due to Kaldheim (Lathril, Blade of the Elves) and Commander Legends continued this week with Ezuri, Renegade Leader (up 46% to $18.50), Elvish Harbinger (up 46% to $18), and Gilt-Leaf Palace (up 24% to $19) increasing this week. While both Ezuri, Renegade Leader and Gilt-Leaf Palace see play in Modern Elves (which has also been on the upswing thanks to the printing of Realmwalker and Elvish Warmaster), Elvish Harbinger does not, so it's pretty safe to assume players building GB Elves in Commander are the primary driver of Elf prices.

Along the same lines, Stuffy Doll self-damage style Commander decks are also on the rise thanks to Kaldheim offering two new legends to support the strategy (Toralf, God of Fury and Aegar, the Freezing Flame) to go alongside Jared Carthalion, True Heir from Commander Legends. Leading the way was Star of Extinction which shot up 67% to $9. The original Time Spiral version of Stuffy Doll spiked as well, up 69% to $15. Star of Extinction makes sense: it is a unique sweeper with weird combo potential with cards like Toralf, God of Fury and Jared Carthalion, True Heir. On the other hand, you should probably stay far, far away from Stuffy Doll. Even if you need a copy, it's exceedingly likely to get reprinted in Time Spiral Remastered. If you need one to finish a deck, wait a couple of weeks and you should be able to pick one up for a fraction of its current price. 

Speaking of Time Spiral Remastered, while the most exciting part of the set is the old-border reprints, there are some really solid, in-demand cards from the block itself. While we don't know exactly which ones will be reprinted, it's a pretty safe assumption that most of the valuable cards from Time Spiral, Planar Chaosand Future Sight will show up in the set. This means if you need cards like Vesuva, Gauntlet of Power, Gemstone Caverns, Damnation, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Sliver Legion, or Akroma's Memorial (along with a bunch of other cards that are in the $30 price range) you should probably wait to see if they end up getting reprinted. In general, chase cards lose around 50% of their value when reprinted.

The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy Veiwer Decks (February 7-13, 2021)

Crim's Top 10 Kaldheim Commander Cards

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

Crim picks 10 cards he'll be jamming in Commander! No, they're not all Counterbalance. Can you believe that? Read more

Single Scoop: Mono Black Tergrid (Standard, Magic Arena)

Tergrid is terrifying in Commander but can we make our standard opponents respect the legend in Standard?Read more

Gonti Steals Kaldra | Commander Clash Moment #6

This Week in Legacy: The Dawn of a New Age

This means war. Read more

Joe Dyer dives into one of the most impactful shakeup bans in Legacy! Read more

Against the Odds: Jeskai Orvar (Standard)

Serving Some Ice Cold Puns | Stream Highlight

What are the odds of winning with Orvar, the All-Form in Kaldheim Standard? Let's find out! Read more

You asked for it. Read more

Vintage 101: The Cat is Free!

Fish Five-0: Grixis Control

Joe Dyer dives into an UNBANNING in Vintage of Lurrus, the Dream-Den! Read more

Grixis hasn't been a tier 1 control deck in Standard for some time so let's see what TheAsianAvenger can put together! Read more

Commander Clash S10 E3: $50 Budget Brews | Orvar vs. Toski vs. Miara & Numa vs. Esior & Radiant

The crew builds decks with a $50 budget!Read more

Much Abrew: GB Elves (Pioneer)

The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy Veiwer Decks (February 14-20, 2021)

Can some new Kaldheim cards make GB Elves into a real deck in Pioneer now that some of the most broken cards have been banned from the format? Let's see! Read more

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

Single Scoop: Rakdos Superfriends (Historic, Magic Arena)

Can a Rakdos Superfriends deck keep up with the Historic Best of One meta? TheAsianAvenger definitely hopes so!Read more

Meme or Dream? "I Wish I Owned More Angels" (Standard)

Podcast 316: Is Magic Back On The Menu?

Youthful Valkyrie with seven Angels. Sixty-five cards in the main deck. No sideboard. A million off-color scrylands to make sure our mana comes into play tapped as often as possible. It's Meme or Dream? time! Read more

The crew discusses one of the biggest banned and restricted announcements in the history of the game! Read more

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