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Weekly Update (Jun 21): Jumpstart Previews

Jumpstart Previews

We got a double dose of previews this week, as Core Set 2021 previews wrapped up, and the entirety of Jumpstart was previewed. Lots of high-valued reprints with the new cards being Commander-focused. Be sure to check out our day-by-day breakdown:

Budget Magic: Rakdos Menace (Standard)

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Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Bottomless Pit Workhorse Didgeridoo

This week, pretty much all of the big finance news is tied to Jumpstart and the new legends the set is adding to the Commander format. First we have Bottomless Pit, with the Stronghold uncommon jumping nearly 1000% from bulk uncommon prices to almost $6 thanks to Tinybones, Trinket Thief. The Jumpstart Skeleton Rogue legend really likes cards that make opponents discard during their turn, and Bottomless Pit is perhaps the best option in all of Magic. Thankfully Bottomless Pit is not on the reserved list, so a reprint at some point in the future seems likely. 

Meanwhile, the Exodus rare Workhorse shot up from around $2 to near $12 as a potential combo piece for our new Unicorn blink commander Emiel the Blessed. In theory, if you can get an anthem like Glorious Anthem on the battlefield to buff Workhorse's toughness or something like Hardened Scales to add an extra counter to Workhorse you can make infinite colorless mana by removing four counters from Workhorse to make mana and then blinking it for three mana with Emiel the Blessed to reset the counters. While the combo is pretty janky, it can work in a mono-white deck with Emiel the Blessed as it commander, which seems to be the main reason people are excited about it. In multi-color decks with Emiel the Blessed in the 99 there are several other ways to make infinite mana with Emiel involving cards like Brood Monitor and Panharmonicon, or [[Priest of Urabrask] and Zirda, the Dawnwaker.

Last but not least we have Didgeridoo. The Homelands rare tripled up from around $5 to $15 thanks to the first good Minotaur commander in Sethron, Hurloon General being printed in Jumpstart. Didgeridoo is one of the best cards you can play in a Minotaur tribal deck, and Minotaurs are a semi-popular casual tribe that has been held back in Commander by the lack of a good legend. Add in the fact that it is super old and on the reserved list, and in this case the surprise is that it only cost $5 before Jumpstart, not that it costs $15 now. Didgeridoo is just the kind of unique effect (that can never be reprinted again thanks to the Reserved List) that ends up being expensive when it's tribe ends up getting support, and one thing we've learned in the past year is that Wizards is very dedicated to supporting fringe Commander tribes with supplemental products. 

Much Abrew: Broodmoth Combo (Modern)

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Crim takes his removal tribal deck into the Historic B01 queues. Let's just hope we dodge control players! Read more

Commander Review: Core Set 2021 | Part 1 | White, Blue

Commander Review: Core Set 2021 | Part 2 | Black, Red

Tomer highlights the best White and Blue Commander cards from M21! Read more

Tomer highlights all the best new M21 Black and Red cards for Commander! Read more

This Week in Legacy: Core Matter

Against the Odds: Vadrok Combo (Standard)

Joe Dyer reviews Core Set 2021 for Legacy! Read more

What are the odds of not just just winning but going infinite with Vadrox, Apex of Thunder and Chance for Glory in Ikoria Standard 2.0? Let's find out! Read more

MTG Arena's Reprint Problem: What It Is, Why It Matters and How To Fix It

Core Set 2021 has shown a light on the problem Magic Arena's economy has handling reprints. What is the reprint problem? Why does it matter and how can it be fixed? Let's discuss.Read more

Vintage 101: Time After Time

The Fish Tank: Core Set 2021 Edition (June 14-20, 2020)

Joe Dyer dives into Core Set 2021 for Vintage! Read more

What interesting Core Set 2021 decks did users submit this week? Let's find out! Read more

Historic 101: Historic Wheels

Podcast 281: PTs, Racism Bans and Core 2021 Previews

Hold onto your hands because TheAsianAvenger is bringing some Induced Amnesia wheels to the Historic queues! Read more

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Commander Clash S8 E9: Planar Commander w/ Spice8Rack! | Innistrad vs. Lorwyn vs. Rath vs. Theros

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