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Weekly Update (Sep 17): Full Ixalan Spoiler



Budget Magic: $96 (31 tix) UG Emerge (Modern)


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Does Elder Deep-Fiend have the power to port over to Modern now that it's rotating from Standard? The answers just might be yes!Read more


Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive


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The big finance news this week is Ixalan. The full spoiler came out on Friday and at first glance, the set has a lot more high value cards than usual with four mythics (and even two rares) in the $14 through $20 range, and a few more cards around $10. Of course prices will drop as supply hits the market, and while we'll have a full EV breakdown next week, the important thing to remember is that there are no Masterpieces in Ixalan; rares and mythics will be worth a bit more (maybe 25% more) compared to sets that have Masterpieces eating up some of the value. Keep this in mind as you are picking up your cards from the set.

As for older formats, things are pretty normal. In Legacy, Reserved List cards continue to increase, while in Modern, Commander 2017 is still driving price movement with the Vampire Necropolis Regent up 44% to about $4.50, and the Wizard uncommon Sage of Fables increasing 75% to about $3.50. At this point is seems that Commander might be the biggest market mover in all of Magic, which means when Commander 2018 releases, make doubly sure to get your upgrades early.

Finally, on Magic Online, there was some concern that prices would crash thanks to the Magic Arena announcement, but this doesn't seem to be the case. While prices are down a little, at least so far the change is small compared to other panic sales we've seen in the past. The general feeling seems to be that Magic Online is safe for at least two years, so while it might be correct to sell eventually, at this point the best thing to do is probably wait until we have more information about how Magic Arena will actually work before deciding your next move.


Ixalan: The Return of Magic


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From a meta perspective, Ixalan appears to be the fulfillment of a big promise from Wizards and marks a return to normalcy for Standard!Read more

Much Abrew: Proliferate Engine (Modern)

Vintage 101: Iconic Dino-Pirates!

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Paradox Engine is a super-powerful card, but is it strong enough to be the centerpiece of a competitive combo deck in Modern? Read more

Islandswamp talks spoilers and looks at some sweet tech from the Vintage Leagues! Read more

Against the Odds: Treefolk Tribal (Modern)

Rough Drafts: Modern Cube

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Do Treefolk have what it takes to compete in Modern? Let's find out! Read more

As we wait for Ixalan to release and give us a brand new limited format, let's jump into a Modern Cube draft and see what happens! Read more

This Week in Legacy: A New Moon Rises

Brewer's Minute: The Competitive Advantages of Ixalan's Tribes

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Sean runs through changes in Blood Moon effects and a few recent tournaments! Read more

What do each of the Ixalan tribes do well and what direction do they push you in deck building? Let's discuss! Read more


Commander Clash S3 Episode 24: Block Battle


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Each player has chosen a plane to build a deck around! Ravnica, Innistrad, Zendikar, and Mirrodin clash!Read more

Moonrats (Rat Moon, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 139: Ixalan, Iconic Masters, MTG Arena

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Is Pack Rat the right way to build around Blood Moon in Modern? Read more

The crew discusses the latest Ixalan spoilers, Iconic Masters, HASCON, and the new MTG: Arena. 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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