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Weekly Update (Sept 4): Kaladesh Spoilers, Enemy Fastlands, Amonkhet, Modern Masters 2017

Kaladesh Spoilers

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Kaladesh spoilers officially kicked off with a bang at PAX this weekend. We were introduced to the new planeswalker Saheeli Rai, three new mecahnics in Energy, Vehicles, and Fabricate, and even the unexpected announcement of enemy fastlands! Be sure to check out the latest Kaladesh spoilers at

Product Announcements

Wizards of the Coast announced seven new Magic: the Gathering products for 2017 today. Check out the summary below!

Amonkhet Block


The next Magic block after Kaladesh is Amonkhet, consisting of two sets  Amonkhet (April 28, 2017) and  Hour of Devastation (July 14, 2017).  Amonkhet is an Egyptian-themed plane ruled none other than the infamous Elder Dragon, Nicol Bolas.

Archenemy: Nicol Bolas

Nicol Bolas

Nicol Bolas shows up again in the upcoming supplemental Archenemy: Nicol Bolas.

Commander Anthology

Commander Anthology

Commander Anthology will be released June 9, 2017 and contain four previous Commander pre-constructed decks combined into a single packaged product.

Modern Masters 2017

Modern Masters

Modern Masters returns March 17, 2017 featuring Modern reprints from Eighth Edition through Magic 2014. Innistrad and Return to Ravnica will be included! Snapcaster Mage, Liliana of the Veil, Cavern of Souls are some of the potential high cost cards from these sets.

Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might

The next Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might will be releasing May 2017.

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Budget Magic: $84 (27 tix) Modern All-In Shaman

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Rage Forger is one of the most underrated lords in Modern. Can we find a Shaman build that can harness its rage and win some matches?Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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Even though the focus is on Kaladesh, the biggest finance news of the week actually comes from Eldritch Moon, with Grim Flayer increasing 76% to nearly $20 on the back of wide adoption in Abzan in Modern at this weekend's World Championships. Assuming Abzan remains one of the most played decks in the format and the adoption of Grim Flayer is for real, we could be looking at the next Voice of Resurgence — the small set mythic two-drop that ends up $40 in a few years.

Also in Modern, Death's Shadow jumped 124% to about $25. While it might look like a buyout, there is real demand here. We are to the point where Worldwake cards are low-supply compared to the current player base, and the Death's Shadow Zoo deck has proven to be in the top tiers of the Modern format. If you dig around on eBay, you can still find copies in the $16 range, and if you're planning on play the deck, it might be a good idea to pick up your set. My guess would be that the emergence of Death's Shadow Zoo came too late for Modern Masters 2017, so it might be a long wait for another printing.

As for Kaladesh, preorder prices are lower than I would have expected for a lot of cards, probably because many of the mechanics are really had to analyze. Are vehicles going to be playable in Standard? How good is Saheeli Rai? Will there be a broken energy deck? While I wouldn't bet on any of these things, it's certainly possible that any or all of these cards increase in price over the next couple weeks as the rest of the set is spoiled. If your testing or gut suggests any of these cards or mechanics are better than they look at first glance, it might be wise to pick up your copies now, since many of the rares and mythics are close to bulk, even during this presale period.

The Expected Value of Conspiracy: Take the Crown

Much Abrew About Nothing: Four-Color Warriors (Modern)

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How much value can you expect to open from a box of Conspiracy: Take the Crown? Let's break it down! Read more

Does the Warrior tribe have what it takes to compete in Modern with the help of Collected Company? Read more

Sorry I... Didn't Finish Your Land Cycle (Part 1)

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We look at unfinished land cycles and check out which ones Wizards should probably maybe finally get around to actually completing someday.Read more

This Week in Legacy: More Conspiracy and a Look at Japan

Conspiracy: Take the Crown—Top 10 Commander Cards

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Sean discusses Conspiracy: Take the Crown cards further, and looks at some Japanese tournament results! Read more

What new cards from Conspiracy: Take the Crown are best for Commander? Tomer and Seth discuss! Read more

Budget Commander: Xenagos, God of Revels ($50)

Against the Odds: Sigarda's Aid (Modern)

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Not Gruul? Then die! Read more

What are the odds of winning with Sigarda's Aid in Modern? We're about to figure them out! Read more

Vintage 101: Zombies, Hermits, and Eldrazi!

Conspiracy: Take the Crown — Top 10 Legacy Cards

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Joseph takes a look at Vintage Dredge and shares some results from Down Under! Read more

Conspiracy: Take the Crown has some amazing new cards for eternal formats. Which are best for Legacy? Seth and Sean break it down! Read more

Commander Clash S2 Episode 4: Viewer Submitted Decks

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The crew plays decks submitted by you, the viewers!Read more

Birthing Pod Evolved (Abzan Evolution, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 084: Modern Triple GPs, Standard Rotation

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Can Eldritch Evolution work as a replacement for Birthing Pod in Modern, putting together combos and endless Siege Rhinos? Read more

The crew discusses the triple Modern Grand Prix weekend and the upcoming Kaladesh Standard rotation. 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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