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Weekly Update (Jul 22): Standard Budget Zombies

Budget Magic: $89 (35 Tix) Zombies (Standard)

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Core Set 2019 Standard is here. We kick off our (budget) exploration of the format with a much-improved tribe: Zombies!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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The big finance news was the M19 printing of Llanowar Elves, which for a short time was as high as $20. While this is partly because the card is from the Welcome Decks and partly because of a very small printing error, the real reason for the price spike is pretty simple: only one person was selling the card on TCGplayer and they were asking an unreasonably high price. When you see a crazy price spike, it's always smart to check and see how many copies of the card are actually for sale, because low supply often explains the pricing weirdness. As of today, there's more than 30 vendors selling Llanowar Elves and the price is under $6 (with some copies under $3) and dropping fast.

Meanwhile in Modern we had a few buyouts. Mausoleum Wanderer increased 262% to just under $5 on the back of Spirits seeing a huge increase of play thank to the printing of Supreme Phantom in Core Set 2019. Vedalken Archmage jumped 274% to over $7 in response to the announcement that UR Artifacts will be a Commander 2018 deck. Finally, Meishin, the Mind Cage was the biggest winner, shooting up a massive 518% to about $10, mostly likely due to the popularity of Arcades, the Strategist in Commander. The enchantment is a perfect fit for an Arcades deck since your team is dealing damage equal to their toughness anyway and because the card draw ability on Arcades, the Strategist helps power up Meishin.

Finally, speaking of Commander, if you're planning on building around or upgrading Commander 2018 decks, make sure to pick up the cards you need early (spoilers for the set officially start tomorrow). Obvious upgrade cards will get bought out quickly and often end up several times more expensive. If you pick things up early, you can beat the rush of players buying these cards and lock in better prices.

Preparing for Rotation: Rotation Finance

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We're nearing the next Standard rotation. What does this mean for your collection? Let's discuss!Read more

Much Abrew: Bant Spirits (Modern)

Deep Tracks: Palladia-Mors

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Can Supreme Phantom make Spirits a tier tribe in Modern? Read more

Incinerating objects comes naturally to Elder Dragons. Palladia-Mors just happens to be really good at it! Let's go! Read more

Against the Odds: Arcades (Modern)


What are the odds of winning with Arcades, the Strategist in Modern? Let's find out!Read more

Playing Pauper: GB Morbid

Name Game: Ponza

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Can GB Morbid Jund 'em out in Pauper and maybe take down some Delvers along the way? Read more

Magic has some crazy decks names, but where do they come from? Let's find out on Name Game! First up, Ponza! Read more

Commander Clash S5 Episode 2: M19 Elder Dragon Highlander! (Arcades vs. Chromium vs. Nicol Bolas vs. Vaevictis)

Podcast 181: Week One Standard, C18 Themes, Arena Exclusives

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Commander with the Elder Dragons, just like the original version of the format! Read more

The crew discuss the first week of M19 Standard play, the new Commander 2018 deck themes, and the big M19 Magic Arena Beta update. 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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