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Weekly Update (May 10): Historic Anthologies 3

Historic Anthologies 3 Cards

All 27 new cards for Historic coming May 21!Read more

Budget Magic: Boros Winota (Standard)

Winota, Joiner of Forces is an absurdly powerful Magic card, but can it work on a $100 budget? Let try to cheat some Agent of Treacheries into play on turn four and find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Agent of Treachery Echo of Eons Final Fortune

While Ikoria's release in paper next Friday will probably shake things up, this week our biggest Standard winner is everyone's favorite land destruction spell: Agent of Treachery. While Agent of Treachery has been a fine ramp payoff for most of its life in Standard, Ikoria brought with it multiple new ways of cheating it into play like Winota, Joiner of Forces and Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast, pushing Agent of Treachery's price all the way up to $10 while making the seven-drop the third most-played creature in Standard. If you have copies you aren't using, I'd be looking to sell or trade them as quickly as possible. Agent of Treachery rotates in the fall and doesn't see any non-Standard play outside of Commander, making it a good candidate to drop significantly at rotation, and even more so once it is eventually reprinted in a Commander-focused product. 

Meanwhile in older formats, Echo of Eons doubled in price this week from around $7 to nearly $14 on the back of increased Legacy play. We've reached the point in Modern Horizon's life cycle where we are about a year post-release, which is the time when supply tends to dry up and cards start increasing in price. In fact, the entire Modern Horizons set, after slowly dropping in price for the past year, has increased in value about 20% over the past month. If you still need cards from the set to play Modern, Commander, or Legacy, this is a good window to pick them up. 

Finally we have a Commander-focused buyout to talk about: all versions of Final Fortune were bought out this week, with prices going from around $2 up to $8 before settling between $5 and $6 (with the Mirage edition commanding a premium at $10). I couldn't find any reason for this buyout. To the best of my knowledge, it wasn't featured in any content and it doesn't work especially well with any of the new legends from Commander 2020 or Ikoria. My guess is it's a random speculative buyout, with someone(s) betting that the cheap extra turn effect is under-priced at $2 and/or will be broken and in demand at some point in the future (unlike today where it sees play in 1% of Commander decks according to EDHRec). 

Standard's Problem? The Consistency of Fast Mana

Some of the most powerful ramp cards printed in the Modern era of Magic are currently in Standard, and thanks to some recent rules changes and new mechanics they impacting a huge percentage of games, but is it a problem?Read more

Much Abrew: Colossal Storm Herald (Pioneer)

Single Scoop: The Green Machine

When Colossification was previewed, the community was hyped for some sort of Storm Herald combo deck in Ikoria Standard, but maybe Pioneer is the true home for the combo. Read more

It's time for the meta to eat their veggies as the Green Machine has arrived! Read more

This Week in Legacy: Where Everybody Knows Your (Deck) Name

Top 10 Ikoria Cards for Commander

Joe Dyer dives into a little Legacy history with deck names! Read more

Seth and Tomer discuss their top 10 Commander cards from Ikoria! Read more

Against the Odds: Five-Color Death's Oasis

What are the odds of winning with Death's Oasis in Ikoria Standard? Let's find out!Read more

Meta-Rage and You

Vintage 101: The Format Conundrum

When confronted with a meta or a type of deck that fills you with rage, what should you do? Read more

Joe Dyer revisits the concepts of format identity, banned and restricted philosophy, and the health of Vintage. Read more

Fish Five-0: Umori's Mutants (Standard)

Rough Drafts: Ikoria

Mutants and mutators alike, come watch as TheAsianAvenger plays a lesser played companion in Umori, The Collector Read more

So far since Ikoria release in digital form we've mostly been focusing on constructed, but what does Magic's newest set look like in limited? How good is mutate? What janky rares will we unwisely pick and play? Let's jump into a draft and find out! Read more

Commander Clash S8 E3: 4C Week w/ Riley Knight | Kynaios & Tiro vs. Ishai & Vial Smasher vs. Silas & Sidar vs. Yidris

Riley Knight joins us for a game of 4C Commander! Bonus Crim action!Read more

The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy User Decks (May 3-9, 2020)

Podcast 275: Arena Updates and Format Checkup

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

The crew discusses some Historic news on Arena and check in on Standard, Modern and Pioneer before answering #MTGFishmail. Read more

Pioneer Peak: Chevillry Isn't Dead!

TheAsianAvenger sees if Lurrus and Chevill can team up to make a Jund deck work in Pioneer.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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