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Weekly Update (Sep 27): Lithoform Engine Standard Combo

Budget Magic: $20 UG Kicker (Standard)

Zendikar Rising is here. Let's kick off (literally) our exploration of our new Standard format with a deck that is both absurdly cheap and absurdly fun: UG Kicker!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

Archive Trap Omnath, Locus of Creation Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded

This week, outside of another round of buyouts of random, mostly unplayed Reserved List cards, the biggest finance news comes from the rise of Mill in Modern. Thanks to the printing of Ruin Crab whiches gives the deck eight one-mana mill creatures (along with Hedron Crab), Mill in Modern has quickly gone from a fringe archetype to a legitimate tournament deck. As a result, the best mill card in the format — Archive Trap — has shot up from around $10 to over $20 in the past couple of weeks. While Mill is certainly powerful today, there is a question as to whether it can continue its newfound success once players start building their decks and sideboards with Mill in mind. We tried the deck on stream last week and players were already packing Gaea's Blessings in their sideboards. If Mill can find a way to keep winning through the hate, it wouldn't be surprise to see the key cards in the deck continue to creep up in price over the coming months. 

While most of the talk about Omnath, Locus of Creation has focused on its domination in Zendikar Rising Standard, it might be its Commander playability that has a bigger impact on prices. According to EDHRec, Omnath, Locus of Creation is currently one of the five most played-commanders in the format and the most-popular legend from Zendikar Rising by a significant margin. The most interesting aspect of Omnath, Locus of Creation in Commander is how it is increasing the price of other Omnaths, presumably because players are jamming them in Omnath, Locus of Creation decks. Omnath, Locus of the Roil doubled in price over the past week from around $4 to $8, even though it just rotated from Standard. Meanwhile, both Omnath, Locus of Rage and Omnath, Locus of Mana are creeping up as well. If you're thinking of building Omnath Tribal in Commander, you should probably get your Omnaths (outside of perhaps Omnath, Locus of Creation itself which could be banned in Standard tomorrow and drop in price) now. They will likely continue to trend up as more players build around them in Commander. 

Finally this week we have some weird Secret Lair news. The April Fools Secret Lair drop, which looked like a low-priced joke drop, has ended up being the most valuable Secret Lair ever released thanks to the late inclusion of a white-border Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded, which is currently selling for over $100 with the sealed drop going for around $150 on eBay. While not all Secret Lair drops look like great value based on the announced cards, the inclusion of bonus cards like fetchlands and stained-glass planeswalkers make most of them worth buying anyway. Sadly the April Fools drop in specific wasn't available online, but it's worth checking with your LGS to see if you can pick up a copy at a fair price. 

Thirty Casual Decks Under $20 for Magic: the Gathering Zendikar Rising Standard

Looking for some super-cheap, super-fun Magic: the Gathering decks to play in Zendikar Rising Standard? We've got you covered with 30 decks for under $20!Read more

Much Abrew: Selesnya Valakut (Modern)

Commander Review: Zendikar Rising | Part 2 | Black, Red

Can a Value Town-esque version of Valakut without any actual Mountains compete in Modern? Let's find out! Read more

Tomer continues his Commander Review of Zendikar Rising with the new cards in Black and Red! Read more

This Week in Legacy: The Legacy Round Table, Part Deux

Crimmander : Zendikar Rising Commander Picks

Joe Dyer assembles the Legacy Round Table yet again for another round of format health opinions! Read more

Crimmander Content!? Yay! Not A Fan? Too bad! Crim goes over his favorite cards for Commander in Battle For Zendikar! Read more

$80 Yuriko Ninja Tribal | Commander Abridged Gameplay | Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow

Flip out and kill your opponents in record time with this brutal budget Ninja Tribal deck!Read more

I Use a Commander Sideboard, And Here's Why | Commander Quickie

Vintage 101: NYSE 2020 Style

Tomer shows how he drastically alters his decks with this one easy trick! MTGFinance HATES him! Read more

Joe Dyer dives into the results of the NYSE Open VII held via Magic Online! Read more

Against the Odds: Lithoform Engine Combo (Standard)

Can Lithoform Engine make for a Splinter Twin-like combo in Standard? What are the odds of winning with a combo deck built around the artifact in Zendikar Rising Standard? Let's see!Read more

Top 10 Commander Cards from Zendikar Rising

Single Scoop: Bounce Tribal (Standard, Magic Arena)

Seth and Tomer discuss their 10(ish) favorite new EDH cards from Zendikar Rising in 30(ish) minutes! Read more

TheAsianAvenger tries to inconvenience opponents by constantly bouncing and flickering things while beating down with an army of tiny creatures! Read more

Commander Review: Zendikar Rising | Part 3 | Green, Multicolor, Colorless, Lands

Much Abrew: Oops, All Spells (Pioneer)

Tomer wraps up his Commander Review of Zendikar Rising with the big Part 3: Green, Multicolor, Colorless, and Lands! Read more

No lands, no problem! Read more

Commander Clash S9 E11: Viewer Game Week | Street Fighter vs. Resident Evil vs. FF7 vs. Frogger

The crew builds flavorful decks around their favorite video games!Read more

Historic 101: DiMill 2

The Fish Tank: Sweet and Spicy User Decks (September 20-26, 2020)

Zendikar Rising has given us more mill tools so let's see if we can get Bruvac and the squad a few wins! Read more

What sweet new decks did viewers submit this week? Let's find out! Read more

What Is Standard's Pathway Forward?

Podcast 295: Can Ramp Be Defeated in Zendikar Standard?

Bannings are apparently back on the table already, just days after rotation and the release of Zendikar Rising. What does the future of Standard hold? Can it be fixed? Let's discuss! Read more

The crew discusses the first week of Zendikar Rising Standard, the botched launch of Zendikar Rising on Arena and answers #MTGFishmail. Read more

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