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Weekly Update (Jan 21): Standard Bannings, Arena Economy

Banned and Restricted Update, January 15 2018: Attune, Refiner, Ferocidon, Ramunap Ruins Banned


Major bannings to Temur Energy and Ramunap Red Standard!Read more

Acquiring Cards in the Magic: the Gathering Arena Beta

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New eight-card boosters, "Wildcards," and The Vault!Read more

Budget Magic: $85 (35 tix) Mono-Red Hollow One (Modern)

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How quickly can we flood the board with Hollow Ones and Prized Amalgams in a mono-red shell in Modern? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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The biggest finance news of the week is the resetting of Standard with a combination of bannings and the release of Rivals of Ixalan. At least for week one, the biggest winners in this new environment are Merfolk (which had Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca, Deeproot Elite, and Jadelight Ranger spike in price), Dinosaurs (with Carnage Tyrant, Regisaur Alpha, and Ripjaw Raptor increasing) and control (with The Scarab God and Search for Azcanta on the rise). While none of these cards doubled in price or anything crazy like that, they are went up between 7% and 37% on the week based on increased demand.

Pauper is starting to make its presence felt in the paper world. Prismatic Strands nearly doubled on the week, with Circular Logic, Standard Bearer, and Moment's Peace on the rise as well. If Pauper takes off in paper, expect more of the same over the short term, although sooner or later Wizards will take notice and start slipping these cards into supplemental products to bring down the price. One of the upsides of Pauper is that basically every important card is reprintable, and Wizards is very much in need of finding more valuable, older cards to reprint.

Finally, on Magic Online, the early Standard winners are a bit different, with Glint-Sleeve Siphoner and Rekindling Phoenix leading the way thanks to some success with Grixis Energy/Midrange decks, along with RB Midrange. The digital market often moves faster than paper, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see these cards show up as winners in the paper market over the next couple of weeks.

The Expected Value of Rivals of Ixalan

Much Abrew: Grixis Unearth (Modern)

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How much value can you expect to pull from a Rivals of Ixalan booster box? Let's break it down! Read more

Is getting back a board full of Extractor Demons and Sedraris Specters with Crypt of Agadeem a real plan for Modern? Let's find out! Read more

Rivals of Ixalan: Top 10 Standard Cards

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Seth is joined by Zac Elsik to talk discuss some of the best Standard cards from Rivals of Ixalan! Read more

Rivals of Ixalan: Top 10 Commander Cards

Rivals of Ixalan: Top 10 Modern Cards

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Tomer and Seth break down their favorite Commander cards from Rivals of Ixalan! Read more

Richard and Seth break down the top Rivals of Ixalan cards for Modern! Read more

Commander Spotlight: Gishath, Sun's Avatar

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Now that Rivals of Ixalan has arrived, Tomer can finally build a complete version of Gishath! Let's start brewing Dinosaur Tribal!Read more

Possibility Storm: Rivals of Ixalan Preview #1

Sorry We... Put Brainwash Online Instead of These Cards (Part 3)

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Rivals of Ixalan previews are here! Can you find the right line to win this turn? Read more

Our first "top" 10, where we look at the "best" stuff of the early sets. Totally straight face over here, I swear. Read more

Against the Odds: Four-Color Journey to Eternity (Modern)

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Does Journey to Eternity have what it takes to compete in Modern in a value-filled four-color shell? Let's find out!Read more

Rough Drafts: Rivals of Ixalan

Brewer's Minute: Rivals of Ixalan—Seven Modern Combos

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Rivals of Ixalan is here! How does the set play in draft? Can we open some sweet bombs or spicy Elder Dinosaurs? Let's see! Read more

What sweet new combos does Rivals of Ixalan enable in Modern? Let's discuss! Read more

Commander Clash S4 Episode 13: Viewer Submitted Decks (O-Kagachi vs. Seizan vs. Riku vs. Tymna)

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The crew duke it out with decks submitted by you, the viewers!Read more

This Week in Legacy: Axion Legacy Masters and Hareruya's The Last Sun

Podcast 155: RIX Prerelease, Huge Standard Bannings

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Sean runs through some tournaments around the world - Axion Legacy Masters in London and The Last Sun of Japan! Read more

The crew discuss the Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease and the banning of Attune with Aether, Rogue Refiner, Rampaging Ferocidon, and Ramunap Red. 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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