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Weekly Update (Jan 15): Standard Bannings



Banned and Restricted Update, January 9 2017


Emrakul the promised

Emrakul, Copter, Reflector banned in Standard. Probe, Grave-Troll banned in Modern.Read more


Introducing the Ancestral Fish Playmat


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Introducing the new Ancestral Fish Playmat!Read more


Aether Revolt Planeswalker Decks


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Complete decklists for the Aether Revolt Planswalker Decks Ajani and Tezzeret.Read more


Budget Magic: $99 (134 tix) Legacy Burn


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Budget Magic in Legacy? It's finally time! So, this week, we are looking to throw some bolts at faces and burn our opponents out!Read more


Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


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Clearly the biggest news of the week was the surprise bannings of a bunch of cards in both Standard and Modern, highlighted by Smuggler's Copter and Emrakul, the Promised End getting the axe. As a result, both of these cards have started to drop in value. If you are waiting to pick up copies for casual play or Modern, the floor is still yet to come. Smuggler's Copter should end up in the $2-$3 range, and Emrakul, the Promised End will be below $10 before too long.

On the other hand, some cards benefited from the bannings. Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger jumped 35% to over $21 as a replacement for Emrakul, the Promised End in Aetherworks Marvel decks. Torrential Gearhulk, meanwhile, saw a 16% increase on the assumption that the format will be a bit more friendly for control without Emrakul, the Promised End ending games on turn four.

Finally, in Modern, the bannings of Gitaxian Probe and Golgari Grave-Troll haven't had a significant impact on the price of other cards, although Surgical Extraction is down on the week (but this may just be the price normalizing after a big increase last week). On the other hand, if you are looking for some treasure in your bulk binder, make sure to go digging for Chancellor of the Annex. It was a bulk rare only a couple of months ago, but after a breakout performance in Legacy RB Reanimator at GP Louisville, the Angel is currently $16. I'd definitely look to sell my copies now—while Chancellor of the Annex won't drop all the way back to bulk, falling back into the $5–$10 range seems likely over the next few weeks.


Comboing and Brewing with Aether Revolt


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Aether Revolt looks like one of the most powerful sets in modern times. How can we harness its power for Standard and Modern? Let's see!Read more

Much Abrew: Mono-White Devotion (Modern)

This Week in Legacy: GP Louisville Round-Up and Aether Revolt

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Is using Borderposts to generate mana with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and tutoring with Thalia's Lancers a legitimate plan for Modern? Read more

Sean goes through GP Louisville and the great new technology that debuted, and looks at Aether Revolt. Read more


Commander Review: Aether Revolt Part 1 (White, Blue, Black)


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Tomer reviews the new Aether Revolt cards for Commander! (Part 1)Read more

Against the Odds: Quest for Ula's Temple (Modern)

Vintage 101: Aether Revolt Part Two

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What are the odds of winning with Quest for Ula's Temple in Modern? We're about to find out! Read more

Islandswamp reviews some Aether Revolt cards for Vintage and tells you how to find homes for newly banned Standard and Modern staples! Read more

Aether Revolt Instant-Speed Tricks

Aether Revolt Removal List

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A reference table of all the instant-speed tricks in Aether Revolt. Read more

Aether Revolt removal by color, rarity, and converted mana cost. Read more


Commander Clash S2 Episode 23: Anything Goes


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The crew dukes it out with whatever decks they feel like playing!Read more

Brewer's Minute: Understanding the Bannings

Bird Brains (Esper Bird Brain, Modern) – Stream Highlights

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This week brought with it some of the most impactful bannings we've ever seen. What do they mean from a brewer's perspective? Read more

Let's pick some brains and cheat some birdies into play! Read more

Podcast 103: Surprise Standard Bannings, Aether Revolt Combos

Podcast 104: Stoddard Standard, Magic Digital Next, Arena-esque Drafts

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The crew reacts the surprise Standard bannings of Emrakul, Copter, and Reflector Mage, and discuss overall Aether Revolt spoilers and com... Read more

Early episode! The crew reacts to Stoddard's Standard update, Wizards CEO's press release, and the new Arena-like MTGO drafts. 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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