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Weekly Update (Nov 24): Standard Bannings

Banned and Restricted Update, November 18, 2019: Oko, Veil, OuaT Banned

Oko, Thief of Crowns, Veil of Summer, and Once Upon a Time banned in Standard. W6 gone in Legacy, Narset restricted in Vintage.Read more

Budget Magic: $43 (18 tix) 8 Whack (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Can 8 Whack make the jump from Modern to Pioneer in ultra-budget form? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Korvold, Fae-Cursed King Bloodsoaked Champion Scalding Tarn


This week, the biggest finance news was the massive list of bannings, with Oko, Thief of Crowns, Once Upon a Time, and Veil of Summer getting banned in Standard, while Wrenn and Six was banned in Legacy, and Narset, Parter of Veils was restricted in Vintage. With the exception of Oko, Thief of Crowns, which has increased in price on the week thanks to its play in non-Standard formats, all of the other banned cards are trending down, with Wrenn and Six leading the way by dropping more than $10 on the week from $76 to $64. On the other hand, having a fresh Standard format has created some winners as well as players scramble to figure out what deck is best in Throne of Eldraine Standard 3.0. Atop this list is the Brawl deck exclusive Korvold, Fae-Cursed King which is a key part of the Jund Sacrifice/Cat Food deck. The five-drop doubled in price on the week to $25. It's a good example of how easy it is for Standard-legal cards that aren't printed in proper Standard sets to shoot up in price with an increase in demand. 


Meanwhile in Pioneer, the Mono-Black Aggro deck which broke out a couple of weeks ago is still driving prices with Bloodsoaked Champion being the latest card from the deck to double in price (up from around $1.50 to $3.00) while Mutavault gained another 17% on the week to $20. On the other hand, the success of Mono-Black Aggro might be bad news for Smuggler's Copter (which has increased from $2 to $10) as it has moved up many people's watch list for potential bannings alongside Field of the Dead and Once Upon a Time. Wizards mentioned in their last banned and restricted announcement that Pioneer changes are unlikely this week, which means the smart move might be to cash out on cards that have a high probability of getting banned while there is still time. 


Finally in Modern, staples are still losing value. While this is usually just a few% a week, cumulatively this trend is having a major impact on prices. Take Scalding Tarn. Back in September, the fetchland was $100. Now it's down to $80 and still dropping, with the rest of the fetchlands following a similar trajectory. Blackcleave Cliffs was $50 and now it's $31. Chalice of the Void is down from $80 to $60. Buylist prices show even more weakness. While these new prices are appealing, the question is how much support will Modern have in 2020 and beyond. At this point I'd still be skeptical of investing heavily in Modern; it might end up being replaced by Pioneer much faster than we expect.

Building around the New-to-Historic Cards on Arena

Historic is on its way to Arena, with full, evergreen support and a bunch of interesting new cards. Let's start brewing!Read more

Much Abrew: GR Sneak Attack (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Going Infinite with Heroics and Burn

Is using Ilharg and Champion of Rhonas to cheat Worldspine Wurm (probably better known as Pioneer Emrakul) into play a legitimate plan in Pioneer? Let's find out! Read more

This week we run Burn and Heroics into some leagues Read more

Fish Five-0: Esper Control (Standard, Magic Arena)

Against the Odds: Demonic Pact (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Its time for some good old fashion Esper Control! Read more

What are the odds of winning with Demonic Pact in Pioneer? Let's find out! Read more

Budget Commander: Teshar, Ancestor's Apostle | Artifact Graveyard Control/Combo | $25, $50, $100

Get ready to snap some twigs and crack some skulls for sweet incremental value with this Artifact Graveyard Control/Combo brew!Read more

Vintage 101: Narset, I Hardly Knew Ye

Fish Five-0: Hydras! (Standard, Magic Arena)

Joe Dyer gets a little poetic with Narset, Parter of Veils in talking about the recent Banned and Restricted announcement! Read more

New standard? Sounds like a perfect time for Hydras everywhere!! Read more

Commander Clash S7 E10: Anything Goes | Gargos vs. Horde of Notions vs. Mogis vs. Yidris

The crew brings whatever they feel like playing this week for Anything Goes!Read more

The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy User-Submitted Decks (Nov. 17-23, 2019)

Podcast 251: Bannings, Historic Updates and Pioneer Tournaments

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

The crew breaks down a huge banned and restricted announcements, discusses some Arena new, talks Pioneer and answers #MTGFishmail. Read more

Pioneer Peak: Grixis Midrange (Pioneer, Magic Online)

Looking for a Grixis deck to grind your opponents out of all of their cards? TheAsianAvenger might have a list!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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