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Weekly Update (Nov 15): CMR Precon Deck Upgrades

"Reap the Tide" Commander Legends Precon Upgrade | $20, $200 | Landfall | Sea Monsters

Tomer breaks down, analyzes, and upgrades the new "Reap the Tide" precon!Read more

"Arm for Battle" Commander Legends Precon Upgrade | $20, $200 | Auras | Equipment

Tomer breaks down the "Arm for Battle" precon and shows you how to upgrade it using a budget of $20 or $200!Read more

Budget Magic: $50 Big Red (Standard)

What if, instead of being aggressive, Standard Red is supposed to go big with Brash Taunter and Chandra's Incinerator shenanigans? Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Teferi's Veil Vampiric Tutor Auriok Champion

This week, once again, most of our finance news is attached to Commander Legends in one way or another. The biggest winner was Teferi's Veil, which jumped from under $1 to over $3 thanks to its ability to combo with Araumi of the Dead Tide. The idea is that you can use Araumi of the Dead Tide to encore a creature from the graveyard, make a bunch of token copies and then Teferi's Veil will phase them out at the end of combat, which allows them to come back into play the following turn, avoiding the "sacrifice them at the beginning of the next end step" aspect of encore. For more on Araumi make sure to check out Tomer's spoiler article for the new legend.

While Commander Legends has a bunch of sweet new cards, perhaps more important from a finance perspective are the reprints. Cards like Vampiric Tutor and Mana Drain are already close to half of their pre-reprint price, while both Rings of Brighthearth and Staff of Domination are currently under $10 after being over $50 just a couple of weeks ago. If you've been waiting for a chance to pick up these cards on the cheap, get them in the not-too-distant future. As we saw with Double Masters this summer, when Commander staples are reprinted they typically hit their floor fairly quickly and then start increasing in price, which makes the window for getting a discount shorter than non-Commander cards. 

Finally in Modern, Auriok Champion is on the rise, increasing 33% on the week to $20-$25 depending on the version. Why is the two-drop suddenly increasing in price? The answer is pretty simple: after mostly being a fringe card in Modern Auriok Champion is currently the 5th most played creature in the Modern format, in part because Skyclave Apparition has lead to a resurgence of white-base creature decks and in part because decks like Rakdos Death's Shadow, Mono-Red Blitz, Jund and Mono-Red Aggro are near the top of the meta, making protection from red and black extremely relevant in the current meta. This has happened in the past, and normally Auriok Champion trends back down towards $10 once the metagame shifts. While there isn't an direct budget substitute for Auriok Champion, if you're not interesting in buying Auriok Champion at its current high price Kor Firewalker can give you a rough approximation (although much weaker to decks like Death's Shadow since it lacks protection from black) for under $0.50 a copy.

TheAsianAvenger's Top 10 Commander Legends Cards

Single Scoop: Getting Even (Historic, Magic Arena)

What is the resident trickster, Crim, most excited for from Commander Legends? Find out as Crim shares his top 10 Commander Legends cards. Read more

Gyruda is looking to get EVEN with the historic meta and TheAsianAvenger will try to help Gyruda get it's revenge! Read more

This Week in Legacy: Showcase Time!

Joe Dyer dives into event results from the Legacy Showcase and a few other events!Read more

Against the Odds: Five-Color Colorless Door to Nothingness (Modern)

Vintage 101: Season Three Showcase Challenge Number Two

What are the odds of winning with Door to Nothingness in Modern? Let's find out! Read more

Joe Dyer dives into the results of the Season Three Showcase Challenge #2 for Vintage! Read more

Kaladesh Remastered Crafting Tier List

Pioneer Peak: Going Rogue pt. 2

Kaladesh Remastered will be released today. Which cards do you need to spend your wildcards on? Let's break it down! Read more

TheAsianAvenger hasn't tried Rogues in Pioneer since ZNR released so it's time to see how one of his favorite tribes deal with the Pioneer Meta! Read more

Much Abrew: Changeling Party (Modern)

Fish Five-0: Big Boros

Can Changelings throw a good party? What craziness can happen in Modern once a full party is assembled? Let's see! Read more

Boros hasn't been too popular in the meta as of recent, but what if Boros just needed to go bigger instead of going home? Read more

Commander Clash S9 E18: CHAOS! | Pramikon vs. Ruhan vs. Zedruu vs. Kraum & Vial Smasher

What happens when everyone's running Chaos decks? Let's find out!Read more

Jank or Dank? 61-Card No-Sideboard Knights (Standard)

Podcast 302: How Good is Commander Legends?

Each week, Wizards publishes some really strange-looking decklists that have (maybe?) gone 6-0 on Magic Arena. Is it really possible that such weird decks worked? Find out on Jank or Dank! Read more

The crew wraps up their discussion of Commander Legends, sharing their thoughts on the full set, talks about Gruul Adventures in Standard... Read more

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