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Weekly Update (May 03): 30 Ikoria Casual Decks Under $20

Budget Magic: $50 Tour de France (Standard)

Can a deck with no main-deck rares or mythics cycle its way to victory in Ikoria Standard? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Wheel of Fortune Mishra's Bauble Lion's Eye Diamond

This week most of the biggest finance news is related to the impending paper release of Ikoria. Topping our list we have some Commander staples that were bought up last weekend, headlined by Wheel of Fortune and Winds of Change. About a month ago, Wheel of Fortune was $100; it's now sitting at $188 after briefly hitting $200, while [[Winds of Change] has doubled up from around $6 to $12. The reason for the increase seems to be Rielle, the Everwise and Xyris, the Writhing Storm, two new legends that want decks overflowing with wheel effects. Wheel of Fortune is especially problematic thanks to the Reserved List making it impossible to reprint. Until Wizards changes their reprint philosophy, the choice Commander players have is adding one of the best red cards in the format to their deck for an absurdly high cost, or playing one of a handful of similar but much worse options like Magus of the Wheel, Wheel of Fate, or Reforge the Soul, neither of which is ideal. While it is possible Wheel of Fortune ticks down a bit in the coming weeks, the days of $100 copies are likely over until something changes with the Reserved List. 

In tournament formats, companions are all the rage, with one of the biggest winners being Mishra's Bauble, which has ticked up for the $8-9 range just over a week ago to $14-15 today thanks to its synergy with Lurrus of the Dream Den - the most heavily-played companion in non-Standard formats. Mishra's Bauble significantly raises the floor of Lurrus of the Dream Den. At its worst it will draw you a card the turn it comes into play by allowing you to recast Mishra's Bauble from your graveyard, and if Lurrus sticks on the battlefield for a few turns, you'll quickly outpace your opponent in cards. Thankfully Mishra's Bauble was reprinted fairly recently in Iconic Masters and Mystery Boosters, or we'd likely be looking at a $100 Modern legal uncommon. If you want to play a Lurrus of the Dream Den deck, you'll probably need a playset, otherwise I wouldn't be surprised to see another reprint of Mishra's Bauble in the not too distant future. Selling extras into the Lurrus hype probably makes sense (although I'd wait a few more weeks since Ikoria hasn't even released yet).

Last but not least we have Chrome Mox, which some people have been playing to help power Gyruda, Doom of Depths into play on turn one in Legacy. This has caused the artifact's price to show up from around $55 to $70 or $80 depending on the printing despite the fact that many Legacy players say that Chrome Mox isn't actually good in the Gyruda deck. Meanwhile, Lion's Eye Diamond has crept up from $210 to $250 because it is undoubtedly good with Gyruda, Doom of Depths and Lurrus of the Dream Den in formats like Legacy and Vintage. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Reserved List artifact top its all-time high of $290 in the near future if companions remain legal in older formats.

Thirty Casual Decks Under $20 for Magic: the Gathering Ikoria

Thirty under $20 returns, featuring a ton of cheap, casual decks featuring sweet new cards from Ikoria!Read more

Much Abrew: 80-Card Yorion Soulherder (Modern)

Podcast 274: Ikoria Standard and DCI Numbers Sunset

Can Yorion, Sky Nomad revitalize the blink- and enters-the-battlefield-heavy Soulherder archetype in Modern? Let's find out! Read more

The crew discusses their impression of Ikoria Standard, covers a bunch of other Magic news and answers #MTGFishmail Read more

Arcane Maelstrom (Temur Spellslinger) C20 Precon Upgrade | $20, $200 | Budget Commander

Turn Arcane Maelstrom into a tuned powerhouse Spellslinger deck with a few easy swaps!Read more

This Week in Legacy: Adaptation

Single Scoop: G.O.A.T. (Standard)

Joe Dyer covers more on Companions and how best to adapt to the new world with them. Read more

TheAsianAvenger builds around his #MTGIkoria spoiler card, Stormwild Capridor! Read more

#GoldfishChallenge 1: Hundred Dwarves Challenge Wrap Up

A few weeks ago we challenged you to make as many Seven Dwarves as possible in Historic on Magic Arena. Today we take a look at some of our favorite solutions to the problem!Read more

Against the Odds: Sultai Ozolith Burn (Standard)

Vintage 101: Cat Scratch Fever

What are the odds of winning with a non-red Burn deck built around The Ozolith in Ikoria Standard? Let's find out! Read more

Joe Dyer dives into the variety of Lurrus decks in Vintage! Read more

Fish Five-0: Hero of Naya (Standard)

Ruthless Regiment (Mardu Human Aristocrats) C20 Precon Upgrade | $20, $200 | Budget Commander

Remember Hero of Precinct One? Well, TheAsianAvenger is on a quest to find a playable deck with everyone's favorite multicolored payoff and he's starting with a not so popular variant in Naya! Read more

Turn Ruthless Regiment into a powerful, focused Human Aristocrats deck with just $20 or $200 worth of upgrades! Read more

Commander Clash S8 E2: CEDH w/ Play To Win | Flash Hulk vs. Curious Control vs. Urza Paradox Scepter vs. Opus Thief

Play To Win's Dylan and Cameron join us for a game of top-tier CEDH! The highest power decks with the highest power punts!Read more

The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy User Decks (April 26-May 2 2020)

Pioneer Peak: Pact With A Bird Serpent

What sweet decks did viewers submit this week? Let's find out! Read more

Demonic Pacts were so last year, it's all about pacts with a Bird Serpent as TheAsianAvenger hopes to have a better outing with his favorite enchantments! Read more

The Godzilla Challenge: #GoldfishChallenge 2

#GoldfishChallenge is back! This time, rather than going wide with as many Seven Dwarves as possible, we're going tall and attempting to make the biggest creature possible in Ikoria Standard!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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