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Weekly Update (Sep 22): This week in MTG news: ALL Throne of Eldraine Previews.

Throne of Eldraine Previews

The full spoiler for Throne of Eldraine is out! Events start next week on MTG Arena and paper pre-releases are this coming weekend! Check out for all the cards and complete decklists, and check out the important highlights of the set directly from SaffronOlive:

Budget Magic: $96 (35 tix) Ajani Sisters (Modern, Magic Online)

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Mox Opal Oko, Thief of Crowns Garruk, Cursed Huntsman

Oddly, even though we're right in the middle of Throne of Eldraine release season, this week the main focus of the community seems to be Modern. In fact, of the 20 most-viewed card pages on the site this week, 15 belong to cards that are primarily played in the Modern format. Mox Opal is continuing its rise, with the Modern Masters 2015 version climbing all the way to $130 this week, in large part due to the popularity and power of Urza, Lord High Artificer decks in the format.  Sadly, I don't have any great advice on this one. Mox Opal doesn't really have a replacement in the Modern format, and cutting Mox Opal for a budget replacement greatly reduces the power of a deck, so the choice is either spend over $500 on a playset of Mox Opal or avoid playing competitive versions of Urza, Affinity, or Hardened Scales (along with some other, less popular decks). With Masters sets now (apparently) a thing of the past, Wizards really needs to figure out a way to reprint Modern staples more consistently. Remember, less than two years ago Mox Opal was around $35 and just a year ago it was in the $65 range, meaning it has basically doubled in price each of the past two years. If you didn't pick them up when they were cheap, the best bet is probably to wait until they are reprinted again and snap up a playset while the price is depressed whether you need them or not. Mox Opal is just too unique and powerful to stay cheap for long, even after it gets reprinted.

As far as Standard is concerned, now that we've seen the full Throne of Eldraine set, people seem to be waking up to the possibilities of some of the better Food cards, with Oko, Thief of Crowns (up 21% to $24) and Gilded Goose (up 60% to $7.77) on the rise. Now that Llanowar Elves is rotating, Gilded Goose is the only option for ramping from one to three mana in Standard, which probably means it will see heavy play, even if its mana production can be inconsistent without further Food support. Meanwhile, Oko, Thief of Crowns has been showing up in a lot of testing videos, with some going all the way back to Modern. While full on Food tribal seems unlikely, the cards do work very well together and might be the foundation for a competitive deck in Throne of Eldraine Standard.

Speaking of Throne of Eldraine, this week Wizards announced a Deluxe Edition box. Along with 16 Collector's Boosters, it includes some cool extras like a piece of a foil sheet, an extended-border Garruk, Cursed Huntsman, and a non-foil Kenrith, the Returned King. The price tag is a massive $450 and they are limited to one per person (sold directly from Wizards). At face value this seems like a fine deal considering a box of twelve Collector's Boosters are selling for between $350 and $375, putting a single booster in the $30 price range (meaning just the 16 boosters would be worth around $480 at current prices). However, no one seems to know the distribution of the special cards in the Collector's Booster and pricing information is scarce, which makes spending $450 a risk, and even more so considering that, like any booster-based product, there is a lot of variance in what you'll open (unlike the previous "direct from Wizards" products like Mythic Edition, where you're guaranteed specific, valuable full-art planeswalkers). If you want the thrilled of opening the most expensive boosters in Magic's history, the product seems like a fine deal, but until we get more information on distribution, I'd be careful about buying Deluxe Edition for financial purposes: too much is currently unknown.

Brawl Bash: Decklists!

Get a head start on decklists to try in Brawl!Read more

Much Abrew: Seismic Swans Chaos (Modern, Magic Online)

Fish Five-0: Mono Black Discard (Standard, Magic Arena)

This week, we play an updated version of a classic deck in Seismic Swans Chaos. It's time to hit our Swans and draw some cards! Read more

Which card? Dis-card !! TheAsianAvenger tries to update his best of one list into a best of three version of Mono Black Discard. Read more

Against the Odds: Worldpurge (Modern, Magic Online)

What are the odds of getting the Worldpurge / Barren Glory combo kill in Modern? Let's find out!Read more

This Week in Legacy: Magic Online Legacy Format Playoffs

Single Scoop: Goblins! (Standard, Magic Arena)

MTGO Legacy Format Playoffs Read more

Before rotation happens, let's enjoy Goblins one last time! Read more

Commander Clash S7 E1: Anything Goes! (Depala vs. Ghired vs. Grismold vs. Kraum & Vial Smasher)

New season, new crew! Welcome, MTG Muddstah!Read more

Vintage 101: Playing for Keeps

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

Joe Dyer delves into the results from the Q3 Vintage Format Playoffs! Read more

Let's see if a team-up between Vannifar and Yarok can create a midrange machine! Read more

The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy User-Submitted Decks (September 15-21, 2019)

Podcast 242: Hall of Fame, Historic Changes and More Eldraine Previews

What cool deck ideas dig MTGGoldfish viewers and users come up with this week? Let's find out in our first edition of Fish Tank! Read more

The crew breaks down the latest Magic news, discusses a ton of sweet Throne of Eldraine cards and answers #MTGFishmail Read more

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