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Weekly Update (Jan 28): RIX Budget Magic Updates



Rivals of Ixalan: Budget Magic Updates


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We've got a bunch of new cards to play with, which means it's time to update some old Budget Magic decks for Standard and Modern!Read more


Budget Magic: $53 (26 tix) RB Pirates (Standard)


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Do the new Rivals of Ixalan cards have what it takes to push Pirates to the forefront of the format in an ultra-budget shell?Read more


Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


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In Standard this week, while there haven't been any huge price spikes, we have seen a lot of smaller adjustments as the format figures itself out post-banning. The biggest winners are mostly tied to tribal strategies with Unclaimed Territory leading the way, up 38% to just under $4 (which is impressive for an in-print uncommon). Otherwise, Sanctum Seeker (up 27% to $2.70) and Legion's Landing (up 12% to $5.74) also ticked up on the week thanks to Vampires posting a finish online, along with Jadelight Ranger (up 14% to $12) and Rekindling Phoenix (up 17% to $18), which have separated themselves from the Rivals of Ixalan pack as two of the most playable cards from the set.

Rivals of Ixalan is making its presence felt in the Commander/casual scene as well, with two of the biggest winners in Modern being tied to Merfolk Commander. Surgespanner and Merrow Commerce (both of which more than doubled in price this week to between $4 and $5) not only work well with Merfolk in general, but in Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca decks in specific, taking advantage of the fact that Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca taps other Merfolk for value.

Finally, Pauper is becoming a legitimate format in terms of finance, with Oubliette shooting up to over $40 and Tortured Existence tripling up in price this week to over $3. If you are looking for some Pauper cards, you should be picking from your bulk and make sure to check out the Intro to Pauper Finance article on the site!

Much Abrew: UG Merfolk (Standard)

Possibility Storm: Rivals of Ixalan Preview #2

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With the recent Standard bannings, do Merfolk have what it takes to develop into a top-tier strategy? Let's find out! Read more

Can you find the right line to win this turn? Read more

Sorry We... Put Brainwash Online Instead of These Cards (Part 4)

Commander Spotlight: Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca

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It's time to wade into the frozen depths of some of the worst Magic sets of all time, to find cards #55-41 to bring online! Read more

Tomer shows how you can tapdance your way to victory with a sweet new Merfolk Tribal deck led by Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca! Read more


Against the Odds: Mono-Black Gateway (Standard)


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Does Azor's Gateway have what it takes to compete in Rivals of Ixalan Standard in a mono-black shell? Let's find out!Read more

Vintage 101: Looking Forward

Brewer's Minute: Brewing in Open Formats

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Islandswamp is looking forward to what the 2018 Vintage metagame will look like! Read more

How is brewing different in an open format, compared to a format where the best decks are known? Let's discuss! Read more


Commander Clash S4 Episode 14: Rivals of Ixalan Part 1! (Azor vs. Etali vs. Kumena vs. Zacama)


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The crew build decks around the new RIX commanders!Read more

This Week in Legacy: SCG Dallas

Huat in Here (Bant Huatli, Standard) – Stream Highlights

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Sean looks at the main event and Classic at SCG Dallas, as well as some other decks from around the net. Read more

Does Huatli, Radiant Champion have what it takes to revitalize tokens in Rivals of Ixalan Standard? Check out the stream highlights! Read more


Podcast 156: Week One RIX Standard, MTG: Arena Economy


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The crew discuss the first batch of tournament results and the latest details regarding the MTG: Arena economy.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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