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Weekly Update (Jan 7): Complete Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers

Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers

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The complete Rivals of Ixalan spoilers were released this week. We have two walkers in Huatli and Angrath, a ton of tribal support for Merfolk, Pirates, Vampires, Dinosaurs, and some cards making waves in older formats (such was Blood Sun). Check out all the Rivals of Ixalan spoilers at, or you can check out our Daily Spoilers video with commentary from SaffronOlive:

Budget Magic: $94 (49 tix) UW Monks (Modern)

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Can the addition of Opt to Modern power up a deck built around Monastery Mentor and Myth Realized? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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The biggest finance news this week is the full Rivals of Ixalan spoilers which came out Friday. Right now the set is in a weird place, with a ton of mythics bunched up in the $8 to $12 range. Over the coming weeks it seems likely that two or three of these mythics will rise to the top and shoot up to $15 or $20, while a bunch tumble down towards $5. While a banning for energy (which could happen on January 15th) could lead to some big spikes, this process will likely be slower and than normal with Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan being Modern rather than Standard.

Rivals of Ixalan is having some impact on older cards as well, with the clearest example being Lotus Vale. With a Blood Sun on the battlefield, the land doesn't have a downside and taps for three mana, which is extremely powerful. Whether or not there is real potential for a Legacy combo deck featuring these cards is murky, but since Lotus Vale is on the Reserved List, there is little downside in buying it out now and figuring it out later. The most likely outcome is that Lotus Vale trends down over the next couple of months, but probably never goes all the way back down to $12.

In Pauper, which had its first official Grand Prix side events this weekend, the big story is Ash Barrens. The common land from Commander 2016 has tripled in price from $3 to $9 in the past week. The reason for this is twofold. First, Ash Barrens is one of the best dual lands in Pauper for thee color decks (and the most played nonbasic land in the format). Second, even though Ash Barrens is technically a common, all the cards in Commander decks are really the same rarity since you get one of each per deck. The price might tick down a little over the coming months, but if you need copies to play Commander today, you will probably need to bite the bullet and pay the new higher price (or shop around for Commander 2016 decks to get your copies).

Modern Mana on a Budget

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Looking to get into Modern but don't have the money for an expensive mana base? We've got you covered!Read more

Much Abrew: Temur Evolve (Modern)

Induced Amnesia—Exclusive Rivals of Ixalan Preview

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Is using Pongify and Rapid Hybridization to upgrade undying creatures and trigger evolve a legit plan in Modern? Let's see! Read more

Who am I? Where am I? What are these strange, colorful pieces of cardboard? Is this a spoiler article I'm writing? Read more

Possibility Storm: Between Season Special #2

Sorry We... Put Brainwash Online Instead of These Cards (Part 1)

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Waiting for Rivals of Ixalan to kick off the next season, the Possibility Storm crew jumps poetically into the world of Un-sets. Read more

Caliban is back for a journey of discovery (and mockery) examining the "Top" 150 cards not on Magic Online. Read more

Against the Odds: Spellweaver Volute (Modern)

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What are the odds of winning with Spellweaver Volute in Modern? We're about to figure it out!Read more

Brewer's Minute: Pauper Primer

Bridge over Troubled Walkers (RB Planeswalkers, Modern) – Stream Highlights

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With Pauper side events starting at a Grand Prix this weekend, let's break down the basics of the format! Read more

Is adding some black creatures and planeswalkers the right way to abuse Blood Moon and Ensnaring Bridge? Read more

Commander Clash S4 Episode 11: Secret Santa! (Mistform Ultimus vs. Xenagos vs. Nazahn vs. Ludevic & Sidar Kondo)

Podcast 153: Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers, Dominaria

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The crew gets in the holiday spirit with a game of Secret Santa! Read more

Rivals of Ixalan spoilers are here! Seth and Richard kick spoiler season off with the two new planeswalkers: Angrath and Huatli! 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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