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Weekly Update (Oct 25): Banned Tribal Modern



Budget Magic: GW Counters (Standard)


Can a +1/+1 counter themed deck powered by Conclave Mentor and The Ozolith compete in Zendikar Rising Standard 3.0 on a budget? Let's see!Read more


Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


Corsair Captain Flagstones of Trokair Teferi's Protection

This week in the world of finance it's apparently Pirate week, with two of the biggest winners being Pirate lords Corsair Captain (up nearly 200% from under $3 to almost $8) and Admiral Beckett Brass (up 153% to $2.50, with foils jumping from $10 to $23). Why are Pirates suddenly spiking? The answer here is that some leaks from Commander Legends have suggested that Pirates are a supported tribe in the set, which might offer enough new toys for Pirates to be a legitimate Commander deck. Keep an eye out for similar prices increase over the next couple of weeks as Commander Legends is officially previewed. Commander is already a dominant force in the Magic market, and if Commander Legends is similar to Modern Horizons with a goal of powering up archetypes that are fun and popular but are currently lacking key pieces, we could see a lot of random old cards suddenly increase in price as players look to build decks powered by new Commander Legends cards.

Meanwhile in Modern, Flagstones of Trokair is still on the rise, gaining another 16% on the week to $18.50. About a month ago, copies were readily available for less than $5, but the printing of Cleansing Wildfire has greatly increased the playability of and demand for Flagstones of Trokair. While the land was already showing up in some Field of the Dead decks alongside Elvish Reclaimer, a lot of random Modern decks are suddenly interested in using Cleansing Wildfire to blow up Flagstones of Trokair, which turns Cleansing Wildfire into a Rampant Growth-style card that also cantrips. The new higher price likely means that Flagstones of Trokair is moving up the ranks for a possible reprinting (although it was reprinted not that long ago in Ultimate Masters), but in the meantime, it wouldn't be a surprise to see it continue to rise. After being close to unplayable for years, there is now legitimate Modern demand for the land.

Finally, the Extra Life Secret Lair drop featuring Teferi's Protection, Amulet of Vigor, Collected Company and Consecrated Sphinx is going on sale in a couple of weeks. At first glance, the drop seems like a good way to get $100 worth of cards for $60 while also supporting a worthy cause. However, the long term price of cards in Secret Lair drops can sometimes be counter-intuitive, as an article from Cassie LaBelle on TCGplayer pointed out this week. In general, the most valuable Secret Lairs over the long term are often the ones that were least popular while they were on sale, while Secret Lair drops that seem like slam dunks actually end up being among the least valuable. The problem is that if a Secret Lair has good value, a ton of people buy it, which increases the supply of the cards and keeps their prices in check, while unpopular drops have much lower supply, making it easier for prices to rise in the future. While the Extra Life drop still looks like a great buy if you need the cards to play with, it might not be a great long term investment because it's likely to sell a ton of copies.


Against the Odds: Banned Tribal (Modern)


What are the odds of winning in Modern with a deck built exclusively with cards banned in Standard? Let's find out!Read more

This Week in Legacy: Legacy Eternal Weekend 2020

Single Scoop: Mono Black Devotion

Joe Dyer dives into Eternal Weekend 2020 for Legacy! Read more

Mono Black Devotion once dominated standard, can it still survive 2020 after the recent banning? Read more


Tomer's Personal Deck Updates: Zendikar Rising | Commander Quickie


Tomer shows off his personal EDH collection and what new changes he's made with Zendikar Rising!Read more

Vintage 101: The Vintage Round Table

Fish Five-0: Blue-gin

Joe Dyer assembles the Vintage Round Table to talk about Vintage as a format prior to the Eternal Weekend Vintage events! Read more

Ugin has been feeling blue recently but is that a bad thing? Read more

Commander Clash S9 E15: $50 Commander | Danitha vs. Isperia vs. Lazav vs. Zirda

The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy User Decks (October 18-24, 2020)

The crew build $50 decks around a randomly assigned commander! Read more

What interesting decks did viewers submit this week? Let's see! Read more


Much Abrew: Kor Tribal?!? (Modern)


Do some new Zendikar Rising additions mean that Kor are actually a playable tribe in Modern? Let's find out!Read more

Single Scoop: Face Control (Historic, Magic Arena)

Flinging Nukes With Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded | $125| Commander Abridged Gameplay | Mono Red Stompy

Burning-Tree Emissary is free but is it good enough to help the ex-best aggro deck reclaim its throne? Read more

Tomer shows you how to get MAD and fling huge chonkers for quick victory while on a budget using Purphoros, Bronze-Blooded! Read more

On Leaks

Podcast 299: Standard Is Back On The Menu

Thanks to Commander Legends, leaks are once again a hot topic in the Magic community. But the conversation surrounding the leaks might be more problematic than the leaks themselves. Read more

The crew breaks down their experience in post-ban Standard, a new Secret Lair drop and discusses how they interact with leaked spoilers b... 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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