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Weekly Update (Mar 17): Budget Commander Updates

Banned and Restricted Update, March 3, 2019: No Changes.


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Budget Magic: $89 (19 tix) Bant Flash (Modern, Magic Online)

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What sweet things can Wilderness Reclamation allow us to flash into play in Modern on a budget? Let's see!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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Much like last week, the biggest finance news this week is the continued price spike of pretty much anything that synergizes with planeswalkers in anticipation of War of the Spark. This week the biggest gainer in Standard was Oath of Teferi which jumped 247% to $3.31, while The Immortal Sun broke the $30 mark with a 44% increase. Meanwhile in Modern, Rings of Brighthearth shot up 50% to $60 as a way to double up planeswalker activations while The Chain Veil added 21% up to $30. At this point, many of the most obvious "planeswalkers matter" cards have already increased. Expect to see some weird ones in coming weeks as players and speculators move on to the next level of targets.

Outside of planeswalker, the other big winner in Modern this week was Serum Powder (up 96% to just under $11). The mana rock happens to work really well with the London mulligan rule being tested next month, with the free mulligan greatly increasing your odds of hitting the combo pieces you are looking for, and the downside of having a dead mana rock in your hand being eliminated since you can put it on the bottom of your deck after you mulligan. Frank Karsten wrote a great article on the math of the mulligan rule which does a good job showing off the power of Serum Powder under the new system. It will likely go even higher if the new rule is officially adopted.

Finally, we're starting to see our first presales for Modern Horizons cards. Serra the Benevolent is currently listed for around $50 while Cabal Therapist is in the $20 range. Considering Wizards has said the set isn't limited supply, these prices are absurd. Since there's really no gameplay value to buying these cards now since you won't get them until the set releases in a few months anyway, the best plan is to save your money and wait until closer to release day to get your copies. I wouldn't be surprised to see both of these cards selling for half of their current price later in Modern Horizons spoiler season.

The Great London Mulligan Rule Test

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What will the new London mulligan rule do to Modern? What are the risks and rewards? Let's discuss!Read more

Much Abrew: Semblance Eggs (Modern, Magic Online)

Modern Mayhem: Naya Nahiri (Modern, Magic Online)

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Can KCI work without Krark-Clan Ironworks, with Semblance Anvil and Grinding Station making a sort of build-your-own KCI? Read more

All Hail the Spaghetti God! Let's see if the buddy cop combo of Nahiri and Emrakul can take down a modern league! Read more

Podcast 214: Sideboarding and Organized Play with Seth Manfield

The Big Budget Commander Update: Part 2 (Gahiji, Melek, Brago)

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MPL member and Spikes Academy professor Seth Manfield joins the crew to discuss sideboarding, organized play and the B&R announcement. Read more

Tomer's first Budget Commander articles are getting long in the tooth. Let's spruce them up with new goodies and make 'em shine once more! Read more

Against the Odds: Izzet March (Standard, Magic Arena)

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What are the odds of winning with Mirror March in Standard? Let's find out!Read more

Vintage 101: The Depths of Despair

Fish Five-0: Grixis Midrange (Standard, Magic Arena)

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Joe Dyer delves into the depths of the Vintage Turbo Depths variant, in addition to kickstarting the playoffs of Vintage Super League! Read more

Looking for a Grixis deck to try? Look no further! Read more

Brewer's Minute: Preparing for the WAR to Come

Mythic Invitational: Preparation

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War of the Spark is bringing with it a bunch of planeswalkers. What current Standard cards should be on our radars? Let's discuss! Read more

TheAsianAvenger talks a little about preparing for the Mythic Invitational! Read more

Commander Clash S6 E5: Commander 2018 Part 2! (Gyrus vs. Varchild vs. Xantcha vs. Yuriko)

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The crew dukes it out with more decks built around C18 commanders!Read more

Yes, It Is. (Izzet Treasures, Standard) – Stream Highlights

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Is it finally time for Storm the Vault to shine in Standard?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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