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Weekly Update (Jun 2): MTG Arena Pauper Primer

Modern Horizon Previews

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The entirety of Modern Horizons has been revealed! What do you think of the set? A fitting Modern set or another Commander-casual product? Check out for the latest previews and check out the important highlights of the set from SaffronOlive:

War of the Spark Arena Pauper Primer

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This week you can early some sweet stained glass card styles on Magic Arena for free by playing Pauper. Here's what you need to know!Read more

Budget Magic: $66 (16 tix) Rakdos Aristocrats (Standard, Magic Arena)

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Can a self-sacrificing Rakdos Aristocrats deck compete in War of the Spark Standard? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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This week the biggest finance news involves the impending release of Modern Horizons which is having a major impact on prices across formats. The biggest winners relate to the land theme of the set, with Crucible of Worlds (with the M19 printing up 26% to $25) and Life from the Loam (up 58% to $25 or $30 depending on the printing) leading the way. These cards work really well with the Onslaught cycling lands which are coming to Modern for the first time, as well as Wrenn and Six, Ayula's Influence, and the canopy land cycle. Whether some sort of Loam-style decks ends up being top tier in Modern remains to be seen (it does pick up on a lot of the graveyard hate already in the format). This said, both Crucible of Worlds and Life from the Loam have a history of being quite expensive before they were reprinted, so seeing them maintain their new higher price wouldn't be a surprise.

Meanwhile, Higure, the Still Wind increased a massive 188% to over $12 thanks to all of the new Ninjas in Modern Horizons. One of the weird aspects of the Ninja tribe is there simply aren't that many members. Before Modern Horizons, there were less than 10 Ninjas legal in Modern, with a handful more from supplemental products. If you're thinking of building Ninjas in Commander or Modern, you might as well pick up the other cheap tribe members now since there's some chance they spike as well. Even in the worst case, they are unlikely to go down in price in the near future.

Finally a word on Slivers. Most of the five-color Sliver legends were bought out recently, with Sliver Legion cracking $100 and Sliver Queen almost $200. I would hold off on buying at these prices. A quick look at completed listing on Ebay shows that Sliver Queen is being sold for somewhere around $120-$130 and while Sliver Legion is selling for something close to its retail price ($90 to $110), Sliver Legion doesn't have the backing of the Reserved List, which means a future reprint is likely. The retail price on Sliver Queen should drop fairly quickly back towards $125, so you'll save some money by waiting or shopping for a deal, and Sliver Legion is the type of card that will drop a ton once it is reprinted. Unless you want to pay $100 for a card that will almost certainly be worth $50 or less at some point in the future, it's probably better just to play without the Future SIght rare for the time being.

Much Abrew: Niv to Light (Modern, Magic Online)

Ewlandon Talks Legacy

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Can a crazy five-color Niv-Mizzet Reborn deck actually compete in a format as fast and powerful as Modern? Let's find out! Read more

Magic Online's Legacy trophy leader ewlandon discusses the format in an interview with Graham Ezzy. Read more

Modern Mayhem: Eldrazi Tron (Modern, Magic Online)

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TheAsianAvenger sees what the buzz is all about for Karn, the Great Creator!Read more

Pauper Prints: Meme-orial Day Soldiers

Golgari Midrange (Standard, Magic Arena)

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A bit of a meme deck to celebrate our veterans and have a bit of pauper fun. Read more

Lets see how much God-Eternal Bontu helps the Golgari Midrange gameplan in best of one! Read more

Against the Odds: Tamiyo Tribal (Modern, Magic Online)

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What are the odds of comboing off (and maybe even winning) with all of the Tamiyos in Modern? Let's find out!Read more

Vintage 101: Beyond the Horizon, Part 1

Podcast 226: More Modern Horizons Spoilers

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Joe Dyer begins a journey beyond the horizon of Modern and into how Modern Horizons is going to affect Vintage Read more

The crew discusses a ton of sweet new Modern Horizons spoilers and answers some #MTGFishmail! Read more

Commander Clash S6 E16: Peasant Commander! (Adeliz vs. Iwamori vs. Raff vs. Zada)

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The crew builds decks with only commons and uncommons!Read more

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