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Weekly Update (Jan 26): Theros: Beyond Death Top 10s

Budget Magic: $59 (48 tix) Izzet Scissors (Pioneer, Magic Online)

What's is one of the fastest ways to kill opponents in Pioneer on a budget? Turn a random cheap artifact into a 5/5 with Ensoul Artifact!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Heliod, Sun-Crowned Starfield of Nyx Sacred Guide

The biggest finance news of the week is the release of Theros: Beyond Death in the paper world, which means that prices of cards in the set — even chase cards — are dropping quickly. In fact, with the exception of Dream Trawler which ticked up slightly, every rare and mythic in the set is worth less today than it was a week ago, with Gods like Heliod, Sun-Crowned (down 36% to $15) and Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded (down 44% to $4.41) leading the way. Altogether, this amounts to an 18% decrease in the value of the set as a whole. Expect the trend to continue over the new few weeks, although as we start having big paper tournaments, some breakout cards will likely buck the trend and increase in value. 

Meanwhile in Pioneer, Theros: Beyond Death is having an impact as well, with Starfield of Nyx (up 25% to just over $10) leading the way as the bigger winner of the week. Starfield of Nyx is extremely synergistic with Sagas, allowing you to keep reusing cards like History of Benalia and Elspeth Conquers Death by continually returning them from the graveyard to generate a huge amount of value. At this point, the archetype is still in its infancy, but there have been a handful of Starfield of Nyx decks to post 5-0 finishes on Magic Online recently, and it might be that getting a bunch of new Theros: Beyond Death enchantments will put the archetype over the top. This coming weekend marks the first Pioneer Players Tour event, so keep an eye on the results and expect some meaningful price swings as the format finally gets its chance to shine in the paper world.

Finally, we have Sacred Guide. The weird old tempest rare increased about 800% on the week from bulk to $4.50 based on its potential to combo with Thassa's Oracle, most likely in some weird Commander deck. In theory, if you have no other white cards in your deck, Sacred Guide is a one-mana creature that allows you to exile your entire library for just two mana. Of course, this plan comes with a fairly harsh deckbuilding restriction that you need white mana in your deck but can't play white cards apart from a singleton Sacred Guide, which means it might be something that looks better on paper than it works in practice. Speaking of Thassa's Oracle, there have been some rumblings about a broken Pioneer deck built around it and Inverter of Truth. If it does exist we'll probably find out next weekend during the Players Tour event, and Inverter of Truth could end up a lot more expensive than it is today. The Oath of the Gatewatch mythic already went from bulk to $5 on Magic Online, although in paper it's still just $1.24.

The Expected Value of Theros: Beyond Death

How much value should you expect to open in a booster box of Theros: Beyond Death? Let's find out!Read more

Theros: Beyond Death: Top 10 Modern Cards

Theros: Beyond Death: Top 10 Commander Cards

Seth and Crim break down the top Theros: Beyond Death cards for Modern in video form! Read more

Seth and Tomer count down their favorite Commander cards from Theros: Beyond Death in video form! Read more

Much Abrew: Vraska, Swarm's Eminence Combo (Pioneer, Magic Onine)

Single Scoop: Esper Aphemia (Standard, Magic Arena)

Going infinite with Walking Ballista is all the rage in Pioneer thanks to the new Heliod, but there's more than one way to make Walking Ballista into an infinite damage machine. Read more

Theros: Beyond Death has brought a ton of new enchantments into the meta. Does that mean Aphemia and Alela make a wonderful tag team on the best of one ladder? Read more

This Week in Legacy: The Golden Chicken

Commander Review: Theros Beyond Death | Part 3 | Green, Multicolored, Colorless, Lands

Joe Dyer gets deep with a little Buffalo Chicken Dip Legacy! Read more

Tomer covers the best Green, Multicolored, Colorless, and Land cards from Theros Beyond Death for Commander players! Read more

Against the Odds: Thassa's Oracle Combo (Standard, Magic Arena)

What are the odds of comboing off with Nyx Lotus and winning with Thassa's Oracle in Theros: Beyond Death Standard? Let's find out!Read more

Vintage 101: Go Ninja Go Ninja Go!

Fish Five-0: Bant Bogles (Standard, Magic Arena)

Joe Dyer gets down with Ninjas in Vintage! Read more

Thanks to Theros: Beyond Death, the idea of a standard bogles style of deck is possible! Read more

Commander Sleepers: Ice Age

What Ice Age cards deserve a second look in Commander? Let's talk about a few!Read more

Commander Clash S7 E19: Viewer Submitted Playgroup | Riku vs. Roon vs. Selvala vs. Ur-Dragon

The Fish Tank: Theros: Beyond Death Edition (Jan. 21-28, 2020)

The crew plays viewer decks all from the same playgroup! Read more

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

Pioneer Peak: Kroxis, Titan of Fun (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Podcast 260: Theros: Beyond Death Standard and Limited

The Titan of Death's Hunger has teamed up with Nicol Bolas! Will this boost Grixis' power level in Pioneer? Read more

The crew breaks down the impact of Theros: Beyond Death in both Standard and Limited and answers #MTGFIshmail. 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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