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Weekly Update (Jun 18): Marvel Banned, New Set Announcements, HOU Spoilers

Hour of Devastation

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Hour of Devastation spoilers officially kicked off with Grand Prix Vegas. We received a cycle of cards depicting the defeat of the Gatewatch, an old God, new mechanics in Eternalize, Afflict, out-of-combat Exert, and Desert-matters cards, the Planeswalker Deck planeswalkers, and a ton of Invocations. Be sure to check out the complete Hour of Devastation spoilers at

What does SaffronOlive think of the spoilers? Check our Daily Spoiler Video where he discusses the major spoilers of each day.

Banned and Restricted Update, June 13 2017: Aetherworks Marvel Banned


Aetherworks Marvel is banned in Standard.Read more

Changes to Magic: the Gathering Set Releases (2018)


Three large sets a year, the return of Core Sets, less Gatewatch planeswalkers, less Masterpiece releases.Read more

New Product Announcements: Ixalan, Merfolk vs. Goblins, FTV: Transform, Return to Dominaria, Unstable


New product announcements including Return to Dominaria, a new Masters set, and a new silver-bordered set: Unstable.Read more

Budget Magic: $98 (42 tix) Deep Bant (Standard)

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Is Elder Deep-Fiend backed by Tamiyo the way to take down Aetherworks Marvel and the other best decks in Standard?Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Relentless Dead Glacial Fortress Reki, the History of Kamigawa

It's been a crazy week in Magic, but thankfully the finance world hasn't gotten too out of control. The biggest news is the banning of Aetherworks Marvel in Standard. While the change hasn't taken effect in paper yet, it has on Magic Online, and the movement of digital cards gives us a pretty good idea of what may soon happen in paper. Many of the biggest winner are planeswalkers, with Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Nissa, Voice of Zendikar, and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar all increasing between 20% and 40% on the week. Based on early results, Mono-Black Zombies may be the best deck in the format, and Relentless Dead again doubled in price. Finally, the last group of winners are GBx cards like Tireless Tracker and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, which could be on the upswing in a world without turn four Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hungers.

Meanwhile, we also learned that the core set checklands/buddylands are likely to return this fall in Ixalan, which has several financial implications. First, it lets everyone know ahead of time that we shouldn't expect an expensive land cycle. Second, it gives everyone ample time to pick up their copies. Even though the massive number of printings should keep Glacial Fortress and friends from spiking too hard, it's probably isn't a bad idea to pick up a playset since prices are low. Finally, in Magic Online, all the buddylands are already up significantly, making investing in them a bad idea, although picking up a playset is probably still a reasonable plan.

Finally, our irrational buyout of the week is Reki, the History of Kamigawa, which increased over 500% to about $10. This seems to be in response to the possibility of legendary planeswalkers in Ixalan, which would almost certainly bring with it a rules change (most likely the elimination of the planeswalker uniqueness rule). Even if all of these things do end up being true, it's hard to imagine that Reki, the History of Kamigawa is significantly better, although the supply is low enough that the new price will likely stick to some extent.

Much Abrew: Splendid Temur (Standard)

Updating the Hall of Fame

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Can the Splendid Reclamation ramp plan make a competitive deck in Standard? Let's see! Read more

The game of Magic has changed since the Hall of Fame came about in 2005, and it's time for the Hall of Fame to catch up to the new reality. Read more

This Week in Legacy: May Statistics, More GP Vegas Prep and an Interview with the Australian Legacy Champ

Against the Odds: As Foretold (Modern)

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Sean runs through the statistics for May, outlines more decks to prep for in Vegas and interviews the Australian Legacy Champ. Read more

What are the odds of using a ton of free spells to win with As Foretold in Modern? We're about to figure it out! Read more

Vintage 101: Changes

Brewer's Minute: Five High-Potential Amonkhet Sleepers

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Take a look at the latest changes in the Vintage metagame with Islandswamp! Read more

What Amonkhet cards should you keep in mind as Hour of Devastation spoilers roll out starting tonight? Let's discuss! Read more

Archenemy: Nicol Bolas Opening

Commander Clash S3 Episode 11: Movie Night

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It's release day for Archenemy: Nicol Bolas, so let's crack one open and see what's inside! Read more

Tom is on vacation, so Richard temporarily returns to the group and we build decks based on movies! Read more

A Good One Deserves Another (Bant Turns, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 125: Set Release Changes, MMORPG

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How many turns can we can in a row and how many planeswalkers can we ultimate? Let's find out! Read more

The crew discusses the new changes coming to set releases in 2018, and the new MTG MMORPG announcement. 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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