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Weekly Update (Sept 9): Guild Kit Basic Lands

Guilds of Ravnica Spoilers

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This week we got a trickle of Guilds of Ravnica information, including the return of Guild Gates, Split Cards and Hybrid Mana. Perhaps the most exciting news is the new basic lands being featured in the Ravnica Guild Kits and their premium foil counterparts available as part of Ravnica Weekend (November 9-11). Check out the Guilds of Ravnica spoilers at, and check out the important highlights of the set from SaffronOlive:

Budget Magic: $99 (26 tix) Merfolk (Modern)

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Can Modern Merfolk work without Aether Vial and Mutavault? Can the fish compete on a budget? Let's find out!Read more

Finance Update w/ Saffron Olive

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This week the finance world has been gearing up for the release of Guilds of Ravnica and a new Standard format. It seems like control is an early favorite to be a top deck post rotation with Teferi, Hero of (em>Dominaria</em) (up 6% to $49) and Search for Azcanta (up 12% to $20.83) both rising on the week. While both cards are powerful, they also seem to interact well with some of the cards and mechanics coming in Guilds of Ravnica like Surveil. As spoilers roll out over the next couple of weeks, expect to see more Standard movement as people make their predictions on what will be good after rotation.

Speaking of getting cheap cards for post-rotation Standard, right now you can redeem a complete set of Core Set 2019 from Magic Online for $93 and a complete set of Dominaria of $125 with fees and shipping included (for US residents). When you consider that just Teferi, Hero of (em>Dominaria</em) and Karn, Scion of Urza retail for more than $80 and the top seven mythics from Core Set 2019 add up to more than $100 in value by themselves, at current prices redemption seems like a very efficient way to get the Standard cards you need.

Finally, as far as Guilds of Ravnica itself, in general it's best to avoid pre-orders. While occasionally a card is under-priced, more often than not you'll save money by waiting until after the set is out for a couple of months before buying. This is especially true of the shocklands, which should end up close to $5 by this winter. Pick up what you need to play Standard immediately and wait on the rest.

Much Abrew: UW Acid Trip (Modern)

Reprinting Modern Staples in Standard Sets

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Is blinking and flickering Reality Acid a real plan in Modern? Let's find out! Read more

Which expensive Modern cards are safe for reprinting in Standard? Let's break it down! Read more

Pauper Spellbook: Rancor

Collective Voyage, a D&D Adventure: Innistrad! (Part 2)

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Did we really print that at Common rarity!? Indeed. Rancor is an exceptionally powerful Magic card in the realm of Pauper. Let's explore! Read more

Our heroes investigate a spooky cave on the way to Shadowgrange! Everything will be okay, right? Read more

Against the Odds: Abzan Thran-Fall (Modern)

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What are the odds of winning with Fall of the Thran in Modern? Let's find out!Read more

Playing Pauper: Midnight Gond Combo

Fish Doctor: UW Cat Altar

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Is going infinite with Presence of Gond, Midnight Guard, and Sprout Swarm a legitimate plan in Pauper? Read more

How do we pick the right finisher for our combo deck when we have multiple similar options available? Read more

Commander Clash S5 E9: Unpopular Commanders! (Akiri & Ravos vs. Garna vs. Niambi vs. Rohgahh)

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These unpopular, unloved commanders finally get some attention from us this week!Read more

Another Brick (Combo Walls, Modern) – Stream Highlights

Podcast 187: Guilds of Ravnica PAX Spoilers, Masterpieces

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Is Phenax and Staff of Domination the right support to make Arcades playable in Modern? Read more

The crew discuss the PAX previews for Guilds of Ravnica and the new Planeswalker Masterpieces. 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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