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Weekly Update (Jul 26): Double Masters Previews

This week was the official start of Double Masters previews. Many valuable reprints were revealed, as well as the new-art box topper promos for many of the set's chase cards. Be sure to follow for all the latest previews, and check SaffronOlive's daily breakdown:

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Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Cyclonic Rift Ethereal Forager Honor-Worn Shaku

This week, the biggest finance news isn't a card, but a set: Double Masters. We're currently just a bit over half way through preview season, and the set is already having a major impact on the price of reprinted cards. Right now the average value of a mythic is $31 and a rare is $4.08 (you can see all of the prices, updated as more cards are previewed, here), but this is the post-reprinting price. Many highly playable cards are already significantly cheaper than they were a week ago, and most are still trending down. While there are too many examples to list, some of the big ones include Commander staples Cyclonic Rift dropping $15 from $35 to $20 and Hammer of Nazahn going from $30 to $12. Even cards being printed at mythic like Jace, the Mind Sculptor (down from $93 to $64), Mana Crypt (down from $123 to $99), and Atraxa, Praetors' Voice (from $50 to $22) are falling fast. While the debate over the cost of a booster pack and box will likely continue, there's no debate that Double Masters is doing its primary job of increasing supply and decreasing prices of important, playable singles.

Meanwhile, outside of Double Masters, the biggest winner this week was Ethereal Forager which more than tripled in price from $1.70 to $4.50. The Commander 2020 Elemental Whale hasn't developed into a Commander staple, but it has been making its presence felt in Legacy in a new Mono-Blue Delver shell that can consistently delve the six-drop onto the battlefield on turn two with the help of cheap and free spells like Gut Shot and Daze and fetchlands. While it is fair to wonder how much power Legacy has over card price in 2020, and doubly so with paper Magic mostly being shut down in many places due to the pandemic, Ethereal Forager shows that the format is still relevant. Keep an eye on some of the new Jumpstart cards as well, especially Muxus, Goblin Grandee and Allosaurus Shepherd, both of which are already expensive thanks to the low supply of the set, but could theoretically benefit from seeing Legacy play. 

Finally, this week we have some Commander news, with Honor-Worn Shaku doubling up from around $2.50 to $5. I've always wondered why the mana rock didn't see more play in the format. Potentially adding several mana each turn by tapping planeswalkers or legendary artifacts or enchantments that work the same whether they are tapped or untapped seems powerful. It seems that players are finally catching on to its possibilities. If you have extra copies it's probably worth selling or trading them away while prices are high, Honor-Worn Shaku seems like an easy way to add a bit of extra value to a future Commander-focused supplemental product.

Theorycrafting Jumpstart

TheAsianAvenger is sharing a few decklists to help you get a Jumpstart on the Historic format!Read more

Much Abrew: Taunter Extinction Combo (Historic)

Budget Magic: Hardened Human Allies (Modern)

Can the 20-damage combo of Brash Taunter and Star of Extinction compete in Historic in a mono-red artifact ramp shell? Let's see! Read more

Can Hardened Scales and Conclave Mentor power a Ally/Human hybrid tribal deck in Modern on a budget? Let's find out! Read more

Single Scoop: DiMill (Historic)

This Week in Legacy: The Journey

TheAsianAvenger answers the question on all of our minds, "What about Mill!?" Read more

Joe dives into a more introspective look into Legacy. Read more

Against the Odds: Tinybones, Trinket Thief (Historic)

What are the odds of winning with Jumpstart favorite Tinybones, Trinket Thief in Historic? Let's find out!Read more

Vintage 101: All About That Combo

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Joe Dyer dives into the various combo decks in the Vintage metagame. Read more

It's not even Halloween yet but TheAsianAvenger is about to get spooky with all these new spirits! Read more

Shrine Tribal | $50, $100, $200 | Budget Commander

Tomer shows you how to build a powerful deck around the eleven shrine cards in Commander!Read more

The Fish Tank: New Historic Combos Week (July 19-25, 2020)

Podcast 286: Double Masters Previews and VIP Edition

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

The crew talks about new Double Masters cards and weighs in on the Double Masters VIP Booster controversy before answering #MTGFishmail. Read more

Historic 101: Disco Inferno

Which card? Discard! But on top of discarding cards, TheAsianAvenger tries to make opponents feel the burn while empty-handed!Read more

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