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Weekly Update (Jul 23): WU God Pharaoh's Gift

Budget Magic: $99 (36 tix) Sunmare White (Standard)

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Hour of Devastation is here! We start off our exploration of the new format with the most underrated card from the set: Crested Sunmare!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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The biggest finance news of the week comes from Standard, where we had our first new breakout deck of the Hour of Devastation format: WU God-Pharaoh's Gift. The deck, which won a Magic Online PTQ over the weekend, caused several key cards to spike on Magic Online, and some have started to creep up in paper as well. These cards include Angel of Invention (the biggest paper winner of the bunch, up 32% to just under $3) along with Cataclysmic Gearhulk, Void Winnower, and Mausoleum Wanderer. Although it's probably wise to take a wait and see attitude with Pro Tour Hour of Revelation coming next weekend, it's also likely a good idea to cash out at least the rotating cards (Void Winnower and Mausoleum Wanderer) into the hype.

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Apart from God-Pharaoh's Gift hype, this week also provides another great example of the power of the casual/Commander market, with Mindmoil jumping more than 300% due to its synergy with The Locust God. At this point, it seems like the right thing to do is just hold onto all of your bulk rares, because you never know when something seemingly unplayable will spike thanks to a popular new Commander seeing print.

Finally, a quick check on Hour of Devastation as a whole: the price of the set hasn't really dropped at all since it was released. Back on July 9th when I published the expected value of the set, the complete set price was $183.50, today it's $188.80—almost exactly the same. With Pro Tour Hour of Devastation coming next weekend, it's likely the set increases a bit more, at least over the short term, which is making it look a lot like Dragons of Tarkir; a set infamously underpriced during presales, that actually ended up being a bit above average in value.

Much Abrew: Marvelous Dragonstorm (Modern)

Wizards' Data Insanity

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Is Aetherworks Marvel finally a way to make Dragonstorm work in Modern, backed by some Against the Odds-worthy cards? Let's see! Read more

This week, Wizards announced it'll be publishing even fewer decklists. What does this mean, and why is it the wrong choice? Let's discuss! Read more

This Week in Legacy: 80th and 81st KMC, 07/15/17 Legacy Challenge

Against the Odds: Desert Tribal (Standard)

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Sean runs through the recent KMC events and Legacy Challenge! Read more

What are the odds of winning with a deck overflowing with Deserts in Standard? Let's find out! Read more

Vintage 101: Let's Get Weird!

Brewer's Minute: Failure

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Islandswamp shows off at three of the weirdest decks he could come up with this week! Read more

How do you become a good deck builder? By building bad decks over and over and over again. Read more

Commander Clash S3 Episode 16: Hour of Devastation Legends

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The crew dukes it out with the mono color commanders from Hour of Devastation!Read more

The Sad Enchantment (Solemnity, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 131: Hour of Devastation Standard, FNM Promos

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Does out Against the Odds: Solemnity deck have what it takes to compete in a league with a few tweaks? Read more

The crew discusses the week one Hour of Devastation results and the recent changes to FNM promos. 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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