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Weekly Update (Jan 19): Modern Bannings



Banned and Restricted Update, January 13, 2020: Opal, Oko, Lattice Banned


Mox Opal, Oko, Thief of Crowns, and Mycosynth Lattice banned in Modern.Read more


Budget Magic: $98 (22 tix) Cats (Pioneer, Magic Online)


On this week's claw-some episode of Budget Magic, we look to build the purr-fect budget Cat deck for the Pioneer format!Read more


Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


Mox Opal Yawgmoth, Thran Physician Lazav, the Multifarious

This week's finance news is dominated by two things: the major Modern bannings from earlier on the week and the start of Theros: Beyond Death Standard (at least digitally). On Monday Mox Opal, Mycosynth Lattice, and Oko, Thief of Crowns were all banned in Modern. Unlike some of our recent Standard bannings which didn't have a huge impact on card prices, being banned in Modern (and either banned or illegal in Pioneer) is a huge deal for these cards. While each has some demand from Legacy, Vintage, and Commander, Modern was the format primarily supporting the high prices of Opal, Lattice, and Oko. Mox Opal is already down near $80 from a high of almost $120 a few months ago, and its $41 buylist price suggests that it will continue to fall into the $65 range. Oko, Thief of Crowns has experienced perhaps the fastest rise and fall of any card in Magic's history, peaking at over $60 soon after it released, it's now down to $23 with buylists at $11.50. Finally, Mycosynth Lattice had been stable near $60 but has fallen below $50 and likely to trend towards $35 based on its $21 buylist price. 

On the other hand, there have been a few cards to benefit from the Modern bannings. Yawgmoth, Thran Physician was already on the rise thanks to its performance during last week's SCG Tour event and doubled in price over the past week to near $20 based on speculation that the undying combo deck it fuels could be even better in a post-ban meta. Along the same lines, the always underappreciated Mox Amber, a potential Mox Opal replacement for Urza, Lord High Artificer decks and some artifact-based Grinding Station combo builds, increased 29% to just under $23 based on the idea it will see an increasing amount of play with Mox Opal no longer an option in the Modern format. 

Finally, in Standard, the biggest winners among non-Theros: Beyond Death cards were Lazav, the Multifarious (up 63% to $6.25), which does some cool tricks with the new Elder Titans Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger and Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath by copying them from the graveyard to get around the "sacrifice unless you escaped" trigger, and Niv-Mizzet Reborn (doubling in price to $7). While Niv does see some Standard play, the real reason for its rise in price it is has suddenly become the centerpiece of the hottest deck in Pioneer: a Five-Color Niv Goodstuff build. Moving forward, expect more Standard price movement, especially from Theros: Beyond Death cards, as players figure out which ones play better than they look on paper. Thassa, Deep-Dwelling is an early example, with the God doubling in price to $18 based on the early success of various Blue Devotion and Elemental strategies that take advantage of the God.


Much Abrew: Gitrog Golgari (Pioneer, Magic Online)


Can the power of The Gitrog Monster support a land-synergy heavy Golgari deck in Pioneer? Let's find out!Read more

Commander Review: Theros Beyond Death | Part 1 | White, Blue

Commander Review: Theros Beyond Death | Part 2 | Black, Red

Tomer begins his Commander review of Theros: Beyond Death with the White and Blue cards! Read more

Tomer covers the best Black and Red cards from Theros Beyond Death for Commander players! Read more

Theros: Beyond Death Instant-Speed Tricks

Theros: Beyond Death Removal List

A reference table of all the instant-speed tricks in Theros: Beyond Death. Read more

Theros: Beyond Death removal by color, rarity, and converted mana cost. Read more

This Week in Legacy: Escape From the Underworld, Part 2

Against the Odds: Mardu Lich's Mastery (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Joe Dyer finishes his escape from Erebos's clutches as he digs into the rest of Theros: Beyond Death for Legacy Read more

What are the odds of winning with Lich's Mastery in Pioneer? Let's find out! Read more


Seven Theros: Beyond Death Infinite Combos for Commander


Theros: Beyond Death has brought with it a ton of new combos that are perfect for the Commander format. Let's break down seven new ways to go infinite with Theros: Beyond Death cards!Read more

Theros: Beyond Death: Top 10 Standard Cards

Theros: Beyond Death: Top 10 Pioneer Cards

What Theros: Beyond Death cards will make the biggest impact on Standard? Seth and Crim break it down! Read more

Seth and Crim break down their top ten Theros: Beyond Death cards for Pioneer in video form! Read more


Commander Clash S7 E18: Original Theros Commanders | Erebos vs. Medomai vs. Phenax vs. Tromokratis


With Theros: Beyond Death about to be released, the Goldfish crew try out commanders from the original Theros set that spawned the sequel!Read more

First Impressions of Theros: Beyond Death Standard

Vintage 101: The Gods Have Spoken

Need a place to start for some #MTGTHB decklists? Check these lists out! Read more

Joe dives into the world of Theros: Beyond Death and also covers the Vintage Format Championship event! Read more

The Fish Tank: Theros: Beyond Death Edition (Jan. 13-20, 2020)

Podcast 259: Major Modern Bannings and Full Theros: Beyond Death Preview

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

With Crim stuck at the airport Richard and Seth talk about some huge Modern bannings, the full set of Theros: Beyond Death and answer #MT... 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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