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Weekly Update (Mar 24): Modern Impromptu Temur



Budget Magic: Banefire Elves (Standard, Magic Arena)


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Does the addition of Gruul in Ravnica Allegiance mean that splashing into red rather than white is the right way to Elfball in Standard? Let's see!Read more


Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


Kaya, Orzhov Usurper Nether Shadow Arclight Phoenix

This week Standard was mostly quiet as we wait for War of the Spark spoiler to officially begin with PAX East next weekend. The biggest winner was Kaya, Orzhov Usurper (up 13% to $9) which has slowly been gaining traction in both Standard control decks and Modern, where it made the top eight of a GP last weekend in the main deck of Lantern Control. So far this has mostly been one-of type play, but if anyone figures out a deck that needs four copies, look out, Kaya, Orzhov Usurper that could end up $20 in the blink of an eye. Three-mana planeswalkers often end up better than they are given credit for during spoiler season and it looks like Kaya, Orzhov Usurper might not be an exception.

Meanwhile, in the Modern card pool, we see some Commander staples on the rise. Nether Shadow jumped 128% this week to nearly $30. The two-drop doesn't show up in any tournament formats, but does work extremely well with Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow in Commander, offering a repeatable, unblockable creature to ninjitsu. Likewise, Rise of the Dark Realms (up 47% to $23) is one of the best finishers for any black deck in Commander and is surprisingly adept at dodging reprintings. Expect Nether Shadow to stabilize in coming weeks as the market corrects from the initial buyout, but Rise of the Dark Realms could keep creeping up until its eventually reprinting.

Finally, if you've been thinking about picking up copies of Arclight Phoenix for Modern, Standard or even Legacy, wait! Thanks to being printed in a Challenger Deck that is overflowing with value, the price has to drop in the coming weeks. Considering that the deck also has Niv-Mizzet, Parun and Sulfur Falls to eat up some value, it's hard to imagine that Arclight Phoenix can stay above $20 and might end up closer to $15 as the Challenger Decks are being opened.

Much Abrew: Modern MUD (Modern, Magic Online)

Which Legacy Staples Could Show Up in Modern Horizons? (Part Two: Spells)

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Can a big-mana charge counter artifact deck work in Modern? How often can we turn three a Blightsteel Colossus? Let's find out! Read more

Which Legacy staple spells have a chance of showing up in Modern Horizons? Let's break it down! Read more


Pauper Primer: Aggro


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The ArmchairGeneral is back to dive into the Aggro decks of Pauper.Read more

Series TBD: Cadaverous Enchantress (Legacy, Magic Online)

Budget Arena: Izzet A Bogle? (Standard, Magic Arena)

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Can a $300 enchantress deck compete in a format where most decks cost around $3,000? Let's find out! Read more

Time to put some pants on and go to town! We're trying some Izzet Bogles! Read more

Against the Odds: Impromptu Temur (Modern, Magic Online)

Vintage 101: Mom's Spaghetti

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What are the odds of winning by cheating huge threats into play with Impromptu Raid in Modern? Let's find out! Read more

Joe Dyer deals out a healthy dose of Mom's favorite dish in the form of Colorless Eldrazi! In addition, the VSL Semifinals begins! Read more

Fish Five-0: Jeskai Drakes (Standard, Magic Arena)

Brewer's Minute: Testing London Mulligans with Zombie Hunt

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Will TheAsianAvenger be able to take flight and get a 5-0 this week? Find out as he pilots a Jeskai Drakes deck! Read more

How does the London mulligan rule work in practice? Let's put it to the test with the help of an opening hand generator! Read more


Commander Clash S6 E6: Planeswalker Week! (Chandra vs. Kytheon vs. Liliana vs. Windgrace)


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War of the Spark is going to be a big planeswalker brawl, so the crew decided to have a warm-up planeswalker battle in celebration!Read more

Land Ho! (Mono-Green Land Destruction, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 215: Challenger Decks and Triple Modern Weekend

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How many lands can we blow up with a mono-green deck in Modern? Read more

With Richard away Seth and Crim discuss the 2019 Challenger Decks and a bunch of Modern tournaments. 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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