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Weekly Update (Jul 19): Is Twin Good in 2020?

Banned and Restricted Update, July 13, 2020: Astrolabe Banned in Modern

Astrolabe banned in Modern and lots of changes to Pauper, Historic.Read more

Goat Magic: "Unban Twin!!!" — Is Twin Good in 2020?

What would happen if Splinter Twin actually was unbanned in Modern? Would it dominate the format? Is it even good? Let's find out on today's Goat Magic!Read more

Introducing the MTGGoldfish Arena Companion for MacOS

The MTGGoldfish Arena Companion is now available for MacOS users!Read more

Budget Magic: Richard's Birds (Standard)

Is a flock of 1/1 fliers backed by the combo finish of Rally of Wings the way to compete with the best decks in MTG M21 Standard on a budget? Let's try Richard's infamous aggro-combo UW Fliers deck and see!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Oath of Nissa Qasali Slingers Mana Crypt

This week in the world of finance, our bigger winner comes from Monday's Banned and Restricted announcement, with Oath of Nissa — newly unbanned in Pioneer — tripling up from $2 to $6. Before it was banned last fall, the enchantment saw heavy play in both Devotion strategies and Kethis Combo, although even during its peak last October, it never broke $6. While there is certainly demand, once the initial hype of the unbanning wears off, it's likely to start trending back down. If you have extras, it's probably worth selling now into the hype.

Otherwise, Core Set 2021 is still having an impact on Commander prices with both Qasali Slingers and Honden of Cleansing Fire doubling in price this week to $5 and $2.50 respectively. Cats are one of the most popular tribes and considering they get new tribe members seemingly every set, other cheap, staple Cats might be worth picking up. Assuming they don't get reprinted, they are likely to slowly continue to increase in price as more Commander players build Cats decks. Meanwhile, most of the Champions of Kamigawa Shrines have already more than doubled in price as players build Sanctum of All decks featuring the new Core Set 2021 Shrines. While they aren't super expensive, they are expensive enough to make it worth sorting it out from your bulk to sell or trade away if you have some extras around. 

Finally this week, there has been a huge discussion over Double Masters VIP boosters, which are selling for around $100 each. While $100 is unheard for a single booster pack, VIP boosters are also the only way to get foil copies of the Double Masters showcase cards. While we will know more this week as the set is spoiled, so far five showcase cards have been previewed — Doubling Season, Blightsteel Colossus, Atraxa, Praetors' Voice, Kaalia of the Vast and Mana Crypt —- and the average price of their non-foil printing is currently well above $100, which makes getting two foil versions from a $100 booster seem like a steal. If the other 35 showcase cards are of the same quality, the expected value of a Double Masters VIP booster is likely to be quite high, despite the massive price tag.

Much Abrew: Historic Soul Sisters

This Week in Legacy: The Legacy Round Table

Can Speaker of the Heavens and some recent Historic Anthologies additions make a Modern-esque version of Soul Sisters work in Historic? Read more

Joe Dyer is joined by a veritable round table of Legacy aficionados to talk about Legacy BnR philosophy! Read more

Against the Odds: Discontinuity March (Standard)

What are the odds of winning with the combo of Discontinuity, Mirror March, and Terror of the Peaks in Standard? Let's find out!Read more

Modern Mayhem: Grixis Delver

Single Scoop: Bloodsuck'n Ghouls (Historic, Magic Arena)

Remember that card Delver of Secrets? An Insectile Abberation told me TheAsianAvenger trying it out in Modern but with some sweet Core 2021 cards! Read more

Silversmote Ghoul means Zombie Vampires are a thing and it's actually quite fun when paired with a Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord! Read more

Eight New Jumpstart Historic Brews!

In celebration of the release of Jumpstart Seth shares some of his favorite Jumpstart Historic brews to play on MTG Arena!Read more

Vintage 101: Showcase, Redux

The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy Viewer-Submitted Decks (July 12-18, 2020)

Joe Dyer dives into the second Season Two Showcase Challenge for Vintage! Read more

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

5 Free EDH Decks on MTGO | Commander Quickie

Tomer covers five sweet Commander decks that you can play for free on MTGO!Read more

Collecting Jumpstart on Arena: Techniques, Problems and Solutions

Podcast 258: Bannings Across Formats

How can you get the cards you need from Jumpstart on Arena? What problems are there with the way Jumpstart was released on the client and how can they be fixed? Let's discuss. Read more

The crew breaks down today's huge banned and restricted announcement and answers #MTGFishmail! Read more

Commander Clash S9 E2: Jumpstart | Inniaz vs. Sethron vs. Tinybones vs. Zurzoth

The crew gets a jumpstart on showcasing the newest set before they hit the shelves!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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