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Weekly Update (Jun 28): Commander Clash with Gavin Verhey

Commander Clash S8 E10: Commander 2020 w/ Gavin Verhey | Ruthless Regiment vs. Enhanced Evolution vs. Symbiotic Swarm vs. Timeless Wisdom

The goldfish crew playtest the new Commander 2020 precon decks with none of than the set's lead architect, Gavin Verhey from Wizards of the Coast!Read more

Budget Magic: Blistering Rage 2020 (Modern)

Can the plan of killing opponents on Turn 2 or 3 with Kiln Fiend, pump spells, and Temur Battle Rage work in 2020 Modern as well as it did back in 2015 when we first played the deck? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Teferi, Master of Time Bounty Hunter Stroke of Genius

This week, our biggest finance news comes from Core Set 2021, with facewalker Teferi, Master of Time on the rise. After preselling for around $30, Teferi, Master of Time is now $60 according to TCG-mid and selling for over $40 on Ebay. There are reasons to believe that our new Teferi could remain one of (if not the) most expensive cards legal in Standard. If you look at recent sets, the mythics that have the highest price tags are Commander all-stars like The Great Henge that still have some playability in Standard. Teferi, Master of Time takes this concept to the extreme, being at or near the top of the list of Core Set 2021 cards for both Standard and Commander (and possibly even having fringe demand for Modern and/or Pioneer). While prices for Core Set 2021 are currently still inflated due to a lack of supply, don't expect Teferi, Master of Time to ever be cheap; the planeswalker is in a rarified group of cards that is in demand for both competitive constructed events and more casual Commander tables, which should keep it's price high — perhaps even at the top of the list of most expensive Standard-legal cards — for the next year or more. 

Otherwise, this week was fairly quiet on the finance front. The Tempest rare Bounty Hunter is once again on the rise, shooting up from around $7 to about $12.50 thanks mostly to Commander. In the past year or so we've received two different legends that care about bounty counters in Chevill, Bane of Monsters and Mathas, Fiend Seeker. As the only other card in all of Magic that can put a bounty count on a creature, Bounty Hunter has gone from unplayed to in-demand for two different Commander decks in a relatively short amount of time, which keeps its price ticking up as players purchase the copies to build Chevill or Mathas. Not being on the Reserved List means a reprint is always possible though. As such, the safe bet is to sell or trade away your extra copies to players who need them. Once Bounty Hunter is reprinted it should fall back towards being a bulk rare; its current price is mostly driven by lack of supply. 

Finally this week the original printing of Stroke of Genius doubled in price from around $3 to $6, which is mostly notable because the card has multiple Commander precon reprintings which haven't changed in price much at all. It's likely Zaxara, the Exemplary — the second most popular commander from Commander 2020 — is fueling the demand, although from a more meta-perspective, Stroke of Genius offers a good reminder of the premium that is often placed on original printings, especially those with the old border. If you just need a copy for your deck you can pick up a Commander 2014 or Commander 2015 version for about half of the Urza's Saga printing. But if you want the original, expect to pay quite a bit more.


Much Abrew: Fiend Artisan Rally (Pioneer)

Commander Review: Core Set 2021 | Part 3 | Green, Multicolor, Lands

How good is Fiend Artisan in a graveyard-filling, mass-reanimating Rally the Ancestors Aristocrats shell in Pioneer? Let's find out! Read more

Tomer wraps up the Commander review of M21 with Part 3: Green, Multicolor, and Lands! Read more

Brewer's Minute: 11 Commander Combos from Core Set 2021

What new combos did Core Set 2021 unleash on the Commander format? Let's count them down!Read more

Core Set 2021: Top 10 Standard Cards

Core Set 2021: Top 10 Pioneer Cards

What Core Set 2021 cards will make waves in Standard? Seth and Crim count down the top ten cards for the format! Read more

Which Core Set 2021 cards will sizzle in Pioneer? Seth and Crim count down their top ten MTG M21 cards for the format! Read more

This Week in Legacy: Jumping Through the Hoops

Theorycrafting Core 2021

Joe Dyer finishes following up on Core Set 2021 as well as JumpStart! Read more

Core 2021 is here and TheAsianAvenger is sharing some decklists he'll be firing off at launch! Read more

Commander Review: Jumpstart

Tomer covers all the best new Commander cards from the latest set, Jumpstart!Read more

Against the Odds: Esper Sen Triplets Thieves (Modern)

Vintage 101: Might As Well Jump

What are the odds of winning with the opponent's cards, with the help of Sen Triplets and other "thieves" like Thief of Sanity and Gonti, Lord of Luxury in Modern? Let's find out! Read more

Joe Dyer dives into JumpStart product for Vintage! Read more

Testing Five Sweet New Decks During Core Set 2021 Preview

Best Discard Commander! Tinybones! | $50*, $100*, $200* | Budget Commander

Yesterday was early-access day on MTG Arena, and Seth recorded a bunch of matches with five of the sweetest new decks for Core Set 2021 Standard! Looking for some new spice? Check them out! Read more

Tomer shows you how to pilot the cutest archenemy at the table with a powerful and vicious Discard deck built around Tinybones, Trinket Thief! Read more

The Lore of Core 2021

The Fish Tank: Core Set 2021 Edition (June 21-27, 2020)

Joe Dyer dives into the lore behind some of the characters in Core Set 2021! Read more

What interesting Core Set 2021 focused decks did users submit this week? Let's jump into The Fish Tank and find out! Read more

Fish Five-0: Green Stompy

Podcast 282: Jumpstart Previews, Arena on Mac and Players Tours

Trying to play Green without ramp? Try Green Stompy as Core 2021 brought a ton of new toys! Read more

The crew talks about a bunch of new Magic cards, Arena coming to Magic this week and a weekend of Players Tours along with answering #MTG... Read more

Instant Deck Techs

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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