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Weekly Update (Sep 01): Hogaak, Looting Banned, SFM Unbanned

Banned and Restricted Update, August 26, 2019: Hoogak Banned, Looting Banned, SFM Unbanned

Huge changes to multiple formats! Bye Hogaak, Looting; Hello SFM.Read more

Budget Magic: $71 Rotation-Proof Mono-Red Cavalcade (Standard, Magic Arena)

This week we get read for rotating (which is only a month away!) with a completely rotation proof build of Mono-Red Cavalcade!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Stoneforge Mystic Sword of Light and Shadow Treasure Chest

This week the biggest finance news was the massive changes to Modern thanks to the banning of Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis and Faithless Looting, along with the unbanning of Stoneforge Mystic. Speaking of Stoneforge Mystic, the two-drop doubled in price on the week from around $35 to about $75. If you happen to have copies sitting around that you aren't using, you might as well look to sell them into the hype. Back when Bitterblossom was unbanned it spiked to over $100 before quickly falling back to $60, and then eventually getting reprinted and dropping back down into the $40s. This is the likely the trajectory for Stoneforge Mystic as well. Even though Stoneforge Mystic is more Modern playable than Bitterblossom, a reprint in the not-too-distant-future seems likely, which makes holding copies long term a risk, especially since Stoneforge Mystic potentially be printed at rare in something like a Masters set.

Joining Stoneforge Mystic on our winners list is basically any good equipment that Stoneforge Mystic can fetch up. Sword of Light and Shadow gained 63% to $47.50, with Sword of Feast and Famine, Sword of Fire and Ice and Batterskull all spiking this week as well. Again, the smart play is likely to sell. Even the best Stoneforge Mystic tutor targets are typically one-ofs, which limits demand and should make it hard for random Swords and Batterskulls to maintain their current price, especially considering all of these cards have at least one additional printing (mostly in Masters sets). If you're looking to pick up various Swords and don't want to wait for prices to stabilize, considering paying a little bit more for the Judge Promo printing as a sort of insurance against reprinting, although the most budget-friendly option is to wait to pick up your Swords until prices drop in coming weeks.

Finally, in the world of Magic Online, Treasure Chests, offer insane value at the moment. Thanks to the high price of some new Commander 2019, the expected value of a Treasure Chest is around 2.60 tix, while you can buy Treasure Chests for around 2.30 tix, offering an expected profit of about 0.3 tix per Treasure Chest. While a big chunk of the value comes from Play Points, if you are looking to flesh out your collection and play events on Magic Online, you're much better off buying and opening Treasure Chests than you are buying tix from the Magic Online store or vendors.

Commander 2019: Oathbreaker Perspective

Commander 2019: Primal Genesis Commander Review

SumNeuron breaks down Commander 2019 from the Oathbreaker perspective. Read more

Seth and Tomer break down the sweet new legends and other fun cards from the Primal Genesis Commander 2019 deck. Read more

Budget Commander: Morophon Everything Tribal | $50, $100, $200

Why pick one tribe for your deck when you can play all of them?Read more

Budget Oathbreaker: Kaya's Path to Win

Single Scoop: Mardu Aristocrats (Standard, Magic Arena)

SumNeuron adapts the Against the Odds deck "Kaya's Extraction" for Oathbreaker and breaks down this budget exile tribal build. Read more

These aren't any aristocrats, these are Chandra's aristocrats! Read more

M20 Arena Omniscience Draft Primer

Be prepared for the M20 Omniscience Draft event with this quick guide!Read more

Fish Five-0: Sultai Flash Ghazi (Standard, Magic Arena)

Podcast 239: Hogaak / Looting Banned, Stoneforge Unbanned, Magic Fest Vegas

Its time to awaken the inner power of flash decks! Read more

The crew discuss the new Modern bans and unbans and Magic Fest Vegas. Read more

Vintage 101: After the Fallout

Joe Dyer crawls out of the Fallout of what is possibly one of the largest changes in Vintage history!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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