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Weekly Update (Sep 10): Iconic Masters, Ixalan, Magic Arena



Ixalan Spoilers


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Ixalan spoilers continued to roll out, highlighted by Vraska, Relic Seeker debuted at HASCON. Other exciting cards from the week include a bunch of transform-into-land cards, including Growing Rites of Itlimoc, which transforms into a Gaea's Cradle. Check out the latest Ixalan spoilers at mtg.fish/xln, or you can check out our Daily Spoilers video with commentary from SaffronOlive:


Iconic Masters Cards — Live Update Thread


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The HASCON prerelease events for Iconic Masters gave us all 249 cards, highlighted by Mythics such as Mana Drain and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. We only have a text list for now, as most images were potato-quality. Expect official images soon.Read more


Magic: the Gathering Arena — A First Look


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The future of digital Magic is here with Magic: the Gathering Arena. Wizards gave us a preview of a pre-Alpha build and we have all the details for you here.Read more


Budget Magic: $81 (24 tix) Favorable Winds (Modern)


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Blue is known for being slow and controlling, but what if we flip the color on its head and play a deck that's essentially blue Burn?Read more


Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


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The big financial news of the week were related to the Iconic Masters prerelease events at HasCon, which gave us the complete spoiler of the set. While Iconic Masters won't release until November, the set is overflowing with Modern staples that will likely take a big hit in price. In fact, prices are already dropping for many of the coming reprints including Mishra's Bauble, Thoughtseize, and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite. If you can get a reasonable price, it's probably best to sell now and then look to rebuy over the winter while prices are low. While there are too many cards to talk about, you can see the entire list here.

The other big announcement of the week was Magic Arena, which is Magic's newest digital offering and seems to fall somewhere between Hearthstone and Magic Duels. From a financial perspective, most of the immediate impact has been on Magic Online as people debate the future of the program, causing prices to drop (but not crash) thanks to a lack of confidence in the platform's future. While it's possible that Magic Arena displaces Magic Online eventually, the short and mid-term future of Magic Online seems fairly safe since Arena will only have Standard sets and Wizards has yet to confirm "real" limited on the platform. At this point I'm not planning on selling my collection, at least until we get more info on the pricing and formats offered on Magic Arena.

Finally, the rest of the finance world looks pretty much like last week, highlighted by continuing Reserved List buyouts in Legacy (ignore), Commander-driven price spikes in Modern (Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund, Maelstrom Nexus, and Yomiji, Who Bars the Way) (all up between 50$ and 300%), and rotation based adjustments in Standard with The Scarab God up again (up 25% to $20) , and Skysovereign, Consul Flagship starting to rise (up 12% to $2.81).

Much Abrew: Mono-Red Storm (Legacy)

Decks, Rotation, and Ixalan Standard

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Want to combo off in Legacy for under $300? How about Mono-Red Storm? Read more

Standard rotation is a month away. Which current decks will survive in Ixalan Standard, and which will die? Let's break it down! Read more


Journey to the Maze (Exclusive Ixalan Preview)


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Wizards promised some sweet reprints in Ixalan, but two functional reprints on the same card? Check out our exclusive preview!Read more

Against the Odds: Elemental Breach (Modern)

This Week in Legacy: Miraculous Changes

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What are the odds of winning with Elementals in Modern? We're about to find out! Read more

Sean runs through Ixalan, a few new bits of technology in Miracles and Enchantress, and looks at the recent Challenge. Read more

Brewer's Minute: Building Tribal

Commander Clash S3 Episode 23: Game Night!

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With Ixalan about to release with a major focus on tribal themes, let's discuss some important aspects of building tribal decks. Read more

The crew duke it out with decks based on Chess, Street Fighter, Town of Salem, and Worms: Armageddon! Read more

Seasons of Death (Seasons Past Cloud, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 138: Huatli and More Ixalan Spoilers

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Can Seasons Past work in a Death Cloud shell? Read more

The crew discusses the new planeswalker Huatli, Warrior Poet and the rest of the new Ixalan spoilers. 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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