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Weekly Update (Jul 16): SDCC Promos, Hour of Devastation Week One Standard

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San Diego Comic Con Egyptian-themed Planeswalkers for 2017!Read more

Hour of Devastation Booster Box Opening (+ Giveaway)

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It's release day for Hour of Devastation, which means it's time to crack open a box and see what we can find!Read more

Budget Magic: $84 (50 tix) Mono-Black Vehicles (Modern)

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As we wait for Hour of Devastation, let's head to Modern to play a banned in Standard card—Smuggler's Copter—in Mono-Black Vehicles!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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While it feels weird to write this, the biggest financial news of the week is pretty clearly Mill in Standard. While the archetype hasn't put up any finishes yet, rumor has it that some pro players will be releasing Standard mill lists built around Fraying Sanity this coming week. As a result, both Fraying Sanity (up 325% to $6) and Startled Awake (up 261% to $7) spiked this week. While it would be sweet to see mill break Standard, considering Startled Awake rotates in a couple months, it's probably wise to sell your copies now and spend the money on cards for post-rotation Standard.

Meanwhile in Modern, Solemnity is making its presence felt with its lock partner Phyrexian Unlife and infinite damage combo friend Geralf's Messenger, both doubling in price this week. While I'm probably biased, I think the deck is really solid, and I wouldn't be that surprised to see one or both cards stick near their current price until they are eventually reprinted in a Modern Masters, especially Phyrexian Unlife, which has additional demand as a key piece of Ad Nauseam.

The other big winner in Modern this week was Training Grounds (which nearly doubled to $14). While this might look like casual demand, and probably is in part thanks to the enchantment being a popular combo enabler, the major reason for the movement was a Magic-League list which used Training Grounds to enable the Pili-Pala combo. In a world with less deck lists from the mothership, it's going to be even more important to track lists from lesser known tournaments. These lists seem primed to become more significant for both gameplay and finance with less official lists being released.

The Expected Value of Hour of Devastation

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How much value can you expect to open from a box of Hour of Devastation? Let's break it down!Read more

Much Abrew: Wu Charbelcher (Modern)

Hour of Devastation: Top Standard Cards

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Goblin Charbelcher? In Modern? Read more

Chaz and Seth sit down to discuss the best Hour of Devastation cards for Standard! Read more

Hour of Devastation: Top Modern Cards

Commander Review: Hour of Devastation Part 2 (Red, Green, Colorless, Multicolor, Lands)

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Richard and Seth discuss the best Modern cards from Hour of Devastation. Read more

We wrap up the Commander review of Hour of Devastation! So many goodies! Read more

Worldwide Hour of Devastation Giveaway

Vintage 101: Brew Something!

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Enter to win an Hour of Devastation Booster Box! Read more

Islandswamp takes a look at a few interesting brews and discusses the future of the restricted list! Read more

Brewer's Minute: The Power of Choice

Commander Clash S3 Episode 15: Hour of Devastation Gods

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Beneath everything else, building decks and playing Magic are about making good choices, and there's power in giving ourselves options. Read more

The new gods of Hour of Devastation battle for supermacy! Which god will emerge the victor? Read more

Statues and Stuff (Monumental W/U, Standard) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 130: HOU Pre-Release, SDCC Promos, Cat Tribal

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Moving from Mono-White to Blue-White, does Oketra's Monument have what it takes to be a tier deck in Standard? Read more

The crew discusses the HOU prerelease, the new Egyptian-themed SDCC Promos, and Cat Tribal from Commander 2017. 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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