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Weekly Update (Oct 2): New Standard Decks, Judge Promos, Treasure Chests



Kaladesh Standard


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Standard rotation has come and we've had our first major tournament of the season with the StarCityGames Open Series: Indianapolis. The Day 2 metagame breakdown was mostly R/B Aggro and W/R Aggro, with a sprinkling of G/B Delirium and W/R Vehicles. As expected, most players decided to sleeve up aggressive decks in an unknown meta. Be sure to check out the new metagame and all the new decklists with our StarCityGames Indianapolis coverage. Read More


11 Kaladesh Decks by Kenji Tsumura


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Eleven fresh brews for Kaladesh by Kenji Tsumura.Read more


Banned and Restricted Announcement: No Changes


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No changes in the latest Banned and Restricted announcement.Read more


New Judge Promos: Zur the Enchanter, Defense of the Heart


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Two new Judge Promos: Zur the Enchanter and Defense of the Heart.Read more


Magic Online Treasure Chests, Payout Changes, Redemption


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Treasure Chests are coming to Magic Online, along with prize payout and redemption changes.Read more


Budget Magic: $98 (45 tix) Modern UW Spirits


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This week's Budget Magic—UW Spirits—is the definition of a two-for-one: a sweet budget Modern deck and a tier Standard deck all in one!Read more


Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


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The biggest financial news of the week is Kaladesh, where cards from the set continue to separate themselves into winners and losers for the new Standard format.

As for winners, nearly every Gearhulk is up on the week, with Noxious Gearhulk being the biggest winner with a 24% gain, followed by Verdurous Gearhulk at 12%, and Torrential Gearhulk at 8%. Aether Hub also increased 28% to $2.00, and rightly so. Based on the coverage of this weekend's SCG event, the card was in a ton of decks and it seems likely it will be the chase uncommon from Kaladesh.

On the other hand, Chandra, Torch of Defiance was essentially absent from the first day of SCG Indianapolis. While it could just be the natural variance of coverage, when her week one performance is combined with a bunch of bad press from the pros (apparently dealing four damage to a creature isn't very good in Kaladesh Standard), her 13% drop to $39.99 makes sense. I expect we'll be talking about another significant loss from Chandra, Torch of Defiance again next week, along with the rest of the planeswalkers from the set, which each dropped between 5–15% on the week.

In Modern, the biggest movers of the week were again attached to various Madcap Experiment combos. Platinum Emperion, which has been on our winners list for the past two weeks, doubled up again and is now nearly $30 after being $7.50 a month ago. Similarly, Intervention Pact increased 76% to $7.00 after being just over $1 a week ago. I expect we'll find that these synergies are more Against the Odds than tier one in Modern, but it also seems unlikely that either card drops all the way back to their previous lows until they are reprinted.

Finally, Magic Online is a mess at the moment with an abnormally large number of players selling off their collections in the wake of the announcement of changes to redemption and treasure chests. While some of the changes are troubling (especially the changes to redemption), selling out is a knee jerk reaction and very likely a bad idea, especially now as prices of Modern staples have taken a big hit. I'm actually coming around to the idea that now is a time to buy staples. Take a look at the Modern Index, deals like 3 tix Thoughtseize and 1 tix Overgrown Tomb are almost too good to pass up unless you truly believe Magic Online is dying to the point where it won't exist in the next year, which seems unlikely. Even if Wizards' goal is to move away from Magic Online and to a Hearthstone-esque client, it's hard to imagine it happening soon. Remember, it took them the better part of a decade to make leagues work and previous client changes typically happened years after they were suppose to.


Brewing Kaladesh II: Madcap Reservoir, Car Zoo, and Budget Options for Week One


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Looking for a spicy new combo deck for Modern, or some budget options for next week's Friday Night Magic? We've got you covered!Read more

Much Abrew About Nothing: Manaless Dredge (Legacy)

Kaladash: Top 5 Multi-Color and Land Cards

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Can we dodge the hate and Dredge our way to victory with a deck that contains zero mana sources of any kind? Let's see! Read more

Seth and Chaz break down the top 5 multi-color and land cards from Kaladesh. Read more


The Expected Value of Kaladesh


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Just how much value can you expected to open from a box of Kaladesh? Let's break it down!Read more

Against the Odds: Braid of Fire

This Week in Legacy: A Week of Spice

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What are the odds of winning with a deck built around Braid of Fire in Modern, and how much mana will Magic Online let us make? Let's see! Read more

This week has seen a bevy of exciting decks place in tournaments. Sean checks them out. Read more

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

Commander Review: Kaladesh Part 2 (Red, Green, Colorless, Multi-Color, Lands)

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Tomer goes over sweet new cards for Commander in Part 1 of his Kaladesh review. Read more

Tomer analyzes the best new Kaladesh cards for Commander and what decks they might show up in. Read more

Expected Numbers of Specific Cards in Kaladesh Limited

Vintage 101: Uniquely Vintage

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How many copies can you expect to see of a given card in various Kaladesh Limited formats? Read more

Islandswamp takes a look at three unique Vintage decks from the most recent Power Nine Challenge! Read more

Brewer's Minute: All In Energy

Kaladesh: Booster Box Opening

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Where does energy fit in Standard? What's the difference between power-based and synergy-based decks? Let's break it down! Read more

It's release day for Kaladesh, which means one thing: it's time to crack open a box! Can we Invent our way to value? Let's see! Read more


Commander Clash S2 Episode 8: Lorwyn Tribes


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The crew battles with tribes from Lorwyn blockRead more

Chivalry in Coralhelm (Knightfall, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 088: Kaladesh Prerelease, B&R Update, Frontier Format

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Does the Knight of the Reliquary/Retreat to Coralhelm combo have a place in Modern? Read more

The crew discusses Kaladesh Prerelease, B&R Update, Frontier Format. 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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