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Weekly Update (Jun 4): Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh

Hour of Devastation

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We have Hour of Devastation leaks as Wizards accidentally published a page showcasing the chase cards from the upcoming set. We're still weeks away from official spoiler season, but we have the new Nicol Bolas, Samut as a planeswalker, and a three-mana unconditional wrath with a very real downside. Be sure to check out the complete Hour of Devastation spoilers at, and check out what SaffronOlive thinks of the spoilers below.

Hour of Devastation Daily Spoilers — June 1, 2017 | Nicol Bolas and Samut Planeswalker

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Wizards accidentally let the cat out of the bag: Nicol Bolas and Samut, the Tested!Read more

Budget Magic: $27 (2 tix) Two-Tix Red (Standard)

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This week, we not only have one of the cheapest decks ever on Budget Magic but perhaps the best budget deck for AKH Standard as well!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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The biggest finance news this week was the leak of three chase cards from Hour of Devastation, which were immediately put up for presale at super high prices. Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh is powerful, but it's almost unheard of for a mythic from a Masterpiece set to maintain a $30 price tag. Meanwhile, Samut, the Tested is generating some hype as the worst planeswalker since Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded, but still started off at $15 before dropping to $10. Please don't preorder now; we still have weeks before the set releases, and these prices are so high you're not locking in any savings by being early.

As for cards currently in print, Modern saw a few increases based on last week's Grand Prix, with Street Wraith (now a $10, two-print uncommon) and Ethersworn Canonist (which is of increasing importance as a hoser to both Storm and Living End) being the two biggest winners in the 30% range. Both seem safe from reprintings at the moment, but are likely inclusions for a future edition of Modern Masters.

Finally on Magic Online, apart from a reminder that Kaladesh Block redemptions end this Wednesday, the big news is the impact 1v1 Commander is having on prices. Onslaught fetches are up across the board, as are staples from Baral decks including Treachery, Mox Diamond, and Misdirection. While the number of players in 1v1 Commander leagues is small compared to other formats, this increase in demand for previously unused cards is moving the market and is worth watching moving forward.

Much Abrew: Heartless Summoning (Modern)

How Expensive Is Magic Online?

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We've used Heartless Summoning in the past to combo off, but what about using it to power out huge creatures super quickly? Read more

How much does it actually cost to play Magic Online, and how does this compare to other competing digital card games? Read more

Against the Odds: Muraganda Tokens (Modern)

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What are the odds of winning with (and correctly pronouncing) Muraganda Petroglyphs in Modern? Let's see!Read more

This Week in Legacy: The Innovation Continues

This or That Magic: Nivmagus or Giants?

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Sean looks at a few big paper tournaments and the recent Challenge, finding new innovations in a variety of archetypes. Read more

What happens if Nivmagus Elemental and friends takes on a trompling horde of Giants? Let's find out! Read more

Brewer's Minute: Hypergeometric Distribution in Deck Building

Commander Clash S3 Episode 9: White Elephant

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Building a good deck is all about the numbers, but how do we decide how many of each card or group of cards we play? Read more

We build decks that we gift to someone else in the group to pilot! Read more

Podcast 123: Commander 2017, HASCON, Modern

Secretly Vedalken Tribal (Architect Aggro, Modern) – Stream Highlights

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The crew discusses the Commander 2017 leaks, HASCON pricing, and the recent Modern metagame. Read more

Let's use Grand Architect to power out huge Walking Ballistas! 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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