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Weekly Update (May 5): 30 Casual Decks for War of the Spark Standard

Thirty Casual Decks under $20 for Magic: the Gathering War of the Spark

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30 fun Magic: the Gathering decks for under $20 perfect for casual play at home or on Magic Arena in War of the Spark Standard.Read more

Budget Magic: $74 (23 tix) Izzet Saheeli (Standard, Magic Arena)

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War of the Spark is here! Can Saheeli, Sublime Artificer do a Young Pyromancer impression and allow for a go-wide token spellslinger deck in Standard? Let's see!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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This week in Standard things are adjusting for War of the Spark. God-Eternal Kefnet, which has been showing up in decks ranging from Dimir Midrange to full-on control builds, leads the way, increasing 34% to about $20. Expansion // Explosion (up 32% to $4.60) and Tamiyo, Collector of Tales (up 27% to $3.25) also capitalized on sudden Standard relevance. Tamiyo, Collector of Tales has emerged as a staple in Simic Reclamation while Expansion // Explosion has found some success comboing with Ral, Storm Conduit. Considering that all of these cards survive rotation this fall, there's little reason to believe they can't maintain their price or even continue to increase as long as they remain a major part of the Standard format.

Meanwhile, in Modern a new take on Grishoalbrand combo that avoids the graveyard by tutoring up Griselbrand as early as turn one with Neoform is making waves. Allosaurus Rider, which gives a 7-cmc creature to sacrifice to Neoform on turn one, increased 695% to $16.50 while Autohcthon Wurm (up 1366% to $12) is used to exile to Nourishing Shoal to get more Griselbrand activations and Chancellor of the Tangle (up 733% to $6) provides the extra mana needed to cast Neoform on turn one. The deck was apparently posting some obscene results with the London mulligan rule — the question is whether the rule will actually go into effect permanently. It seems likely based on the generally favorable response from the community, but if Wizards decides to stick with the current rule, NeoBrand loses some of its luster and might just be another good deck rather than the best deck in the format. Expected prices to trend back down in coming weeks as the market adjusts to the buyout of the key cards in the deck.

Finally, prices are starting to trickle in for the Japanese War of the Spark anime planeswalkers. While certain standouts (like Liliana, Dreadhorde General) are quite expensive, as a general rule, the non-foil versions of the planeswalkers are selling for somewhere between two and three times the value of their English counterparts. Japanese boxes prices are starting to come down as well, from around $200 to the $180s. More supply is on the way in a few months when the Core Set 2020 promo packs are released. If you're looking for some of these cards to bling out your deck, the smart financial move is likely to wait. While the Japanese planeswalker will never be as cheap as the normal-art printing, prices should drop as supply continues to hit the market.

Much Abrew: Serum Powder Eldrazi (Modern, Magic Online)

Spicy Modern Decks from Mythic Championship London

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This week, we turn to the dark side to test the London mulligan rule by playing Eldrazi Temples to power out huge, colorless threats quickly in Serum Powder Eldrazi! Read more

Wizards published every Modern list from Mythic Championship London. Let's dig through the more than 500 lists to find the spice! Read more

War of the Spark: Top 10 Standard Cards

War of the Spark: Top 10 Modern Cards

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Crim and Seth discuss which War of the Spark cards will sizzle and which will fizzle in Standard! Read more

With War of the Spark cards will sizzle and which will fizzle? Seth and Richard break it down with a top 10 list! Read more

Commander Review: War of the Spark Part 2 (Black, Red)

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Tomer continues the War of the Spark Commander Review with Part 2!Read more

Against the Odds: Planeswalker Wave Combo (Standard, Magic Arena)

Vintage 101: The Art of War

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Can War of the Spark and its endless planeswalkers make a Kamahl's Druidic Vow combo deck work in Standard? Let's see! Read more

Joe Dyer continues to delve into the world of War of the Spark and Vintage with some decklists and results! Read more

Collecting MTG Arena: Part 2 (of 2)

Budget Commander: Nicol Bolas, Warped Devotion | $40, $100, $200

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In part 2, we dive into more analysis related to collecting on MTG Arena. And we have some suggestions! Read more

War of the Spark is on the horizon and everything is coming up Bolas! Let's see how to build around the OG Elder Dragon! Read more

Commander Clash S6 E12: No Tutors! (Child of Alara vs. King Macar vs. Sakashima vs. Tymna & Vial Smasher)

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No Demonic Tutors, no Rampant Growths, not even fetchlands this week! Special guest star MTG Muddstah joins us!Read more

Upgrades of the Spark: Gruul and Sultai

Podcast 222: WAR Limited and Mythic Championship London

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Looking for some upgrades for Gruul and Sultai? You've come to the right place! Read more

The crew discusses their War of the Spark limited experiences, breaks down Mythic Championship London and answers #MTGFishmail! 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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