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Weekly Update (Sep 20): Zendikar Rising Top 10s

Budget Magic: Incinerator Burn (Modern)

How good is Chandra's Incinerator in Modern? Is Goblin Guide a Budget Magic card now thanks to its Double Masters reprinting? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Scute Swarm Flagstones of Trokair Recross the Paths

This week in the world of finance the biggest winner come from Zendikar Rising with Scute Swarm moving from under $2 to close to $12. While the self-replicating landfall Insect looks like a meme, early Zendikar Rising testing suggest it could be a competitive card, offering landfall ramp decks a way to stabilize the board in the early game by making a bunch of chump blockers and then in the late game it can take over the game all by itself. While there's little chance that Scute Swarm can stick at $12 - almost no Standard rares can maintain such a price once the set increases and the set is opened - it is possible that it remains one of the most expensive rares from the set.

Meanwhile in Modern Flagstones of Trokair is on the rise with both the Ultimate Masters and Time Spiral printings shooting up from just over $5 to near $20 in the past couple of days. The land has proven itself to be a key part of the new Selesnya Valakut deck (which you can see in action on today's Much Abrew) which uses the land in conjuction with Elvish Reclaimer to turn the Elf into a ramp spell along with being a land tutor. While sticking at its $20 post-buyout price is unlikely, Flagstones of Trokair was likely legitimatly underprices at $5 based on its unique ability and increasing Modern play. Settling in the $10-$15 range wouldn't be a surprise.

Along the same lines the Morningtide uncommon Recross the Paths jumped from bulk to near $5 thanks to the new Zendikar Rising double faced model cards and their ability to power up Goblin Charbelcher. If your deck has zero lands (which new Belcher decks manage to pull off by playing all double face model cards) Recross the Paths becomes a weird super tutor that allows you to stack your entire deck whoever you like. This makes it a Goblin Charbelcher tutor that also can find whatever rituals or support cards are needed to get the seven mana necessary to win with Goblin Charbelcher. If Modern Belcher is real the price could continue to rise, just keep in mind that Recross the Paths is very reprintable in a supplimental product, and if it stays expensive it should move towards the top of Wizards potential reprint list.

Top 10 Standard Cards from Zendikar Rising

Seth and Crim count down their top 10 Standard cards from Zendikar Rising!Read more

Much Abrew: UW Jace Embalm (Historic)

Fish Five-0: Bye Bye Bolas (Standard, Magic Arena)

How many copies of Jace, Cunning Castaway can we make in Historic with the help of Anointed Procession and Mythos of Illuna? Let's see! Read more

As rotation approaches, it's time to send off our friend, Nicol Bolas! Read more

Assembling The Almighty Kaldra! | Commander Abridged Gameplay | Mono White Equipment


This Week in Legacy: The Rise of Zendikar - Part 2

Top 10 Historic Cards from Zendikar Rising

Joe Dyer finishes his set review of Zendikar Rising for Legacy! Read more

Seth and Crim count down their top 10 Historic cards from Zendikar Rising! Read more

Against the Odds: Pirate Stompy (Modern)

What are the odds of stomping opponents with Pirates in Modern? Let's find out!Read more

Top 10 Pioneer Cards from Zendikar Rising

Vintage 101: Rising Power - Part 2

Seth and Crim count down their top 10 Pioneer cards from Zendikar Rising! Read more

Joe Dyer finishes his look into Zendikar Rising for Vintage! Read more

Theorycrafting Zendikar Rising

TheAsianAvenger has a few Zendikar Rising decklists to share that he's excited to brew around on Day 1!Read more

Zendikar Rising Instant-Speed Tricks

Top 10 Modern Cards from Zendikar Rising

A reference table of all the instant-speed tricks in Zendikar Rising. Read more

Seth and Crim count down their top 10 Modern cards from Zendikar Rising! Read more

Commander Clash S9 E10: Viewer Submitted Decks | Jori En vs. Kenrith vs. Tasigur vs. Yidris

The crew duke it out with decks submitted by you, the viewers!Read more

Commander Review: Zendikar Rising | Part 1 | White, Blue

The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy User Decks (September 13-19, 2020)

Tomer evaluates the best new Commander cards from Zendikar Rising starting with White and Blue! Read more

What sweet Zendikar Rising-influenced decks did users submit this week? Let's find out! Read more

Single Scoop: An Early Look at Standard Rogues

Podcast 294: Mythic Invitational Coverage Issues and More Zendikar Rising

To nobody's surprise, TheAsianAvenger's first video for Zendikar Rising standard is going to be Rogues! Watch as he battles other content creators in the Early Access Event for Zendikar Rising! Read more

The crew discusses issues at the Mythic Invitational, a new Secret Lair drop, the rest of Zendikar Rising and answers #MTGFishmail. Read more

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