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Weekly Update (Jul 28): Mythic Championship IV Modern Decklists



Budget Magic: $73 Standard Bogles (Standard, Magic Arena)


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Can Season of Growth support a Bogle-esque hexproof deck in Standard on a budget? Let's find out!Read more


Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis Scapeshift Mana Breach

This week, the biggest finance news came from Mythic Championship IV. The Modern tournament was historically dominated by Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis, which was especially jarring considering Hogaak was just targeted with the banning of Bridge from Below a couple of weeks ago. As a result Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis increased 73% to around $9 on the week as the new level zero of Modern. The problem is that Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis was so good and heavily played at Mythic Championship IV (making up 21.4% of the day one metagame and 55% of the decks that managed eight or nine wins in constructed at the end of the weekend) that the odds of another banning in the near future are high. If for some reason the Avatar remains legal it could shoot up towards $20 again, but unless you plan on playing the Hogaak deck in the next month (before the next scheduled banned and restricted announcement the end of August) the safer plan is to sell or trade your copies now into the hype. The same is likely true of Vengevine, which has double for $16 to over $20 in the last couple of months and has little demand outside of the Hogaak shell. Basically, move you're expensive Hogaak cards now, because it's really hard to see a world where the deck doesn't get banned at the next opportunity.

Meanwhile in Standard, Scapeshift is all the rage. Field of the Dead — the Core Set 2020 land which powers the Scapeshift archetype in Standard — doubled up to $3.19 on the week, while Scapeshift itself has been slowly and consistently climbing in price since April, when it was just $7.50 (it's now almost $20). While holding Scapeshift long term makes some sense, considering it is a Modern staple, the lifespan of Scapeshift in Standard is short, as the card (and likely the deck as well) will rotate in a couple of months when Throne of Eldraine releases. If you think you might want to play Modern Scapeshift at some point in the future, you might as well hold onto your copies, otherwise the newfound prevalence of Scapeshift in Standard offers an attractive window to dump your copies (at near full price, since buylists are currently offering as much as $18.50) before rotation reduces demand.

Finally, in the world of casual play, Mana Breach was bought out this week. Both versions of the uncommon enchantment increased more than 1000% on the week to $7 (for the 7th Edition printing) and $13 (for the original Exodus printing). The reason for the spike seems to be Omnath, Locus of the Roil Commander decks, where Mana Breach punishes opponents while also taking advantage of the absurd number of lands Risen Reef can put on the battlefield and the fact that Omnath, Locus of the Roil actively wants lands coming into play to trigger its card draw ability. If you need a copy, wait a few weeks, and if you have copies, try to sell or trade them in to the spike.


Mythic Championship IV: Wrap Up


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A final look at Mythic Championship IV. How good was Hogaak? What other decks stood out? Which spicy decks showed up? Let's discuss!Read more

Mythic Championship IV: Day One Wrap Up

Mythic Championship IV: Day Two Wrap Up

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The important numbers and info from day one at Mythic Championship IV. Read more

All the important decks and info from day two at Mythic Championship IV. Read more


Mythic Championship IV Barcelona Top 8 Decklists


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The Top 8 Decklists from Mythic Championship IV Barcelona.Read more

Preparing for Rotation: The Decks

Modern Mayhem: Mardu Shadow (Modern, Magic Online)

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Rotation is just two months away. Which decks from our current Standard format are likely to survive, and which will probably die when Ixalan block, Dominaria, and M19 leave the format? Let's break it down! Read more

To Mar-du Shadow or Mar-don't? Let's find out! Read more

This Week in Legacy: Spice On The Fringes

Single Scoop: Nissa Tron (Standard, Magic Arena)

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Spice and Brews on the Fringes of Legacy Read more

Want to see an updated version of Nissa Tron? TheAsianAvenger gives you his latest take on it! Read more


Against the Odds: Five-Color Scheming Sultai (Standard, Magic Arena)


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What are the odds of winning with Scheming Symmetry in Standard? Let's find out!Read more

Vintage 101: Climbing the Mystic Forge Mountain

Playing Pauper: Four-Color Mono-Black Pestilence (Pauper, Magic Online)

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Joe Dyer climbs mountains made out of tiny robots as he seeks understanding in Vintage! Read more

How far can Arcum's Astrolabe take a manabase in Pauper? Is it enough to play four colors of spells with only black lands? Let's see! Read more


Babel Fish S1Ep2 - Exploring Vintage with Joe Dyer


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Welcome to episode two of Babel Fish, a social battle series featuring MTG personalities!Read more

Fish Five-0: Grixis Binder (Standard, Magic Arena)

Commander Clash S6 E24: Core Set 2020, Part 2! (Golos vs. Rienne vs. Sephara vs. Vilis)

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What if we took all the sweet Grixis cards....and put them into a deck? Read more

The crew continues to brew around the new commanders from M20! Read more

Day of the Dragons (Drakuseth Reanimator, Standard) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 234: Throne of Eldraine Announcement and First Brawl Previews

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How devastating is a hasty, reanimated Drakuseth, Maw of Flames in Standard? Read more

The crew breaks down a bunch of announcement from San Diego Comic Con, including Throne of Eldraine, and answers #MTGFishmail. Read more


Much Abrew: Ball Lightning Tribal (Modern, Magic Online)


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How many Ball Lightnings does it take to kill an opponent in Modern? Let's find out (but seriously, the answer is 3.3)!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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