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Weekly Update (Oct 1): New Ixalan Standard Decklists

Ixalan Booster Box Opening

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Ixalan released yesterday, which means it's time to crack open a box and see what treasures it contains!Read more

Budget Magic: $87 (33 tix) Rogues (Modern)

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Can we harness the power of Slither Blade in Modern to prowl out some powerful Rogues? Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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This week all eyes are on Standard with Ixalan's release on Friday and the first big Standard tournament of the season happening over the weekend. The combination of rotation and new cards entering the format lead to some pretty major price changes with The Scarab God climbing 57% to nearly $40 and claiming the title of most expensive card in Standard, while Tezzeret the Schemer more than doubled in price to $9 after posting some early Magic Online results.

As for Ixalan itself, most of the biggest winners are blue cards, with Search for Azcanta climbing 15% to $5.65 and Hostage Taker up 31% to $7.27, with exile-based removal like Settle the Wreckage and Vraska's Contempt along with a handful of Dinosaurs creeping up as well. This said, as a whole the set is trending down in value, which is normal as people start cracking boxes and supply enters the market.

Finally, I wanted to take a minute to mention the Ixalan Buy a Box Booster Packs that are being given away with the purchase of a box instead of the traditional buy a box promos. I cracked two myself and the less valuable of the two had about $16 in value, while the better one had $30. While I'm sure there's some amount of variance involved, I've also seen pictures of people opening foil Fatal Pushes which are $35 all by themselves, some I'm not sure my experience was outside the norm. As such, it seems that these seeded boosters contain enough value that if you purchase a booster box that comes with one, you'll come out ahead in value on average, which is a pretty big incentive to get a box soon (before your LGS runs out of the promotional packs).

The Expected Value of Ixalan

Much Abrew: GB Longbow (Modern)

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How much value can you expect to open if you crack an Ixalan booster box? Let's break it down! Read more

Is Viridian Longbow actually playable in Modern, backed by a ton of efficient deathtouch creatures? Let's see! Read more

Top 10 Ixalan Cards for Modern

Top 10 Ixalan Cards for Commander

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Ixalan set release is days away, so all this week we'll be discussing Ixalan in constructed. First, Richard and Seth talk Ixalan in Modern! Read more

What Ixalan cards are the most fun for the Commander format and where do they fit? Tomer and Seth break it down! Read more

Possibility Storm #1: Ixalan Preview Puzzle


Can you figure out the correct line to win this turn?Read more

Commander Review: Ixalan Part 1 (White, Blue, Black)

Against the Odds: Liliana Tribal (Modern)

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We begin our Commander Review of Ixalan! Sweet new flip cards, Dinosaurs, Pirates, Vampires, and a single good Merfolk card! Read more

What possibilities does the legendary planeswalkers errata open up? Liliana Tribal, of course! Can the deck compete in Modern? Let's see! Read more

Top 10 Ixalan Cards for Standard

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We wrap up our Top 10 lists for Ixalan with Chaz and Seth breaking down Standard!Read more

This Week in Legacy: MKM Hamburg (and an Interview!)

Ixalan's New Threats and Answers for Standard

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This week Sean looks at the recent Legacy event on the MKM circuit and interviews Marius Bender and Kevin Wagner! Read more

Zac Elsik talks about what he expects to see in the new Ixalan Standard format as well as answers to popular threats and strategies. Read more

Brewer's Minute: Building with Packages

Commander Clash Live: Ixalan (Part 1)

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When it comes to building decks, you don't usually need to select 60 cards because some slots are already filled. Read more

While we wait for season four to kick off October 13th, we've got some sweet Commander Clash Live actions this week! Read more

Puns, Punts and Ixalan (Commander Clash Live) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 141: Ixalan Prerelease

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What happens when the Commander Clash crew gets together for a live game streamed for all the world to see? Read more

A short episode this week! The crew discusses the Ixalan prerelease and answers your fishmail. 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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