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This Week in Magic - Week 20

19 May
by Jeremy Lichtenberger

Congratulations to Gerry Thompson and his mono black zombies taking down Pro Tour Amonkhet! It was a very exciting top 8 and missing from the party was Mardu. As per usual, several cards from top decks spiked this week, along with a few other…interesting cards. Let’s find out what happened this week in Magic!

Liliana's Mastery

Liliana's Mastery is one of the most powerful things zombies can do. It not only pumps your squad, but it also brings friends to the party. At 5 mana, it’s a great top of the curve for the zombies. No doubt scores of people went out and bought their playsets as soon as they saw the deck lists. It is still a new card, so prices are fairly reasonable even after the spike.

Duelist's Heritage

Out of left field, Duelist's Heritage made the cut, and once again it was a card I wanted to feature, but I felt it was too new. It makes for some hilarious politics in a multiplayer game, as you can play king of the castle with all creatures. It’s a great way to make friends, or just wipe people out. It’s a shame that it’s in white and not red though.

Dark Salvation

Another beat down of a card for zombies is Dark Salvation. Sometimes it’s a 1 mana removal spell, sometimes it makes a ton of dudes, and sometimes it kills Ulamog. It is the perfect flexible interactive card for the deck, but it’s also great for zombie tribal commander decks. Make a ton of mana and turn that mana into zombies. What could possibly go wrong?

Storm Seeker

Storm Seeker was a card I fell in love with a long time ago. It was a great way to punish people that played draw/go decks. The art is awesome, but I just wish it had flavor text. Such an epic sword should have a story. That aside, I’ve been seeing a lot of Legends cards spike, but many of them haven’t been reserved list. It’s quite interesting.

Chandra, Flamecaller

One of the cards most people forgot was in Standard, Chandra, Flamecaller, made a huge impact during PT Amonkhet. Some Marvel decks ran 4x of her to handle all the zombies, and she did not disappoint. All of her abilities were relevant, especially the 0 ability that allowed players to discard the dead Ulamogs in their hand. It was a meta call, and I don’t anticipate decks to be running 4x of her for too much long, but I definitely won’t complain if they do.

Metallic Mimic

Metallic Mimic also made the list this week, and guess what? It’s played in Zombies! This is a different take on artifacts that pump tribes like Adaptive Automaton, Brass Herald and Door of Destinies. At 2/1, it’s also a fairly aggressive creature that can curve into some brutal starts. Outside of Standard, I like this card for any tribal Commander deck. Heck, I’d play this with dragons.

Sphinx of the Final Word

Sphinx of the Final Word may not have seen as much play as other cards, it was a pretty good 1x or 2x in some lists. It turns out an uncounterable 5/5 flying hexproof creature is pretty hard to answer. It sees play in various blue based control decks, and occasionally finds itself in Marvel decks. Part of me wishes it was Legendary, as it would make a pretty sweet commander!

Foils of the Week!

Foil Contagion Clasp shot up this week, and I’m super glad I already have a handful of them. Foil New Perspectives shot up, as it’s been the subject of many streamers and deck builders. It’s time to dig out your foil box, because foil Architects of Will sky rocketed, and it’s a common! Foil Condemn saw some healthy gains across a few printings, and foil Lantern of Insight also received a large gain. I hope this doesn’t mean Lantern control is coming back to Modern…

Cheap pickups of the Week!

Dakkon Blackblade is such an iconic card, the art is featured at Wizard’s headquarters. It’s also super cheap right now! Standard proved that it wasn’t figured out this weekend, and plenty of decks finished in the top 32 that looked very interesting. Sam Black had a super sweet tokens deck that looked very fun, and also somewhat cheap.

Mtgstocks mystery chart of the Week!

Last week I guess I was a little heavy handed with the clues. This week, no such luck! You have just a chart and your knowledge.

MTGStocks Mystery Chart of the Week

Conversation of the Week!

This week, I want to talk about event coverage from Wizards. While it has gotten better, I still feel that it needs some work. There is far too much downtime, and when you're basically on in prime time, I think they would be better served having other things like deck techs playing in between the rounds. Or even show previous events like Star City Games. Wizards has a wealth of footage at their disposal, and I just wish they put something together to fill all the downtime.

The best Commander card you’re not playing!

While it’s a newer card, I feel that Fiery Confluence doesn’t see enough play. It spiked recently, but still tends to get omitted from many lists I've seen.

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This Week in Magic - Week 43

Pro Tour Ixalan is upon us, and it is happening after the meta has been cemented, which stands to have decks break out of the dark and surprise us all. There were a number of interesting spikes this week thanks to a new Modern deck taking over, and we discuss some awesome foil spikes. Without further ado, I give you, this week in Magic!

Repentant Blacksmith Meddling Mage Ancient Ziggurat

This Week in Magic - Week 42

We had a somewhat uneventful week, as Modern and Standard are still struggling to establish a solid meta, but unexpectedly we saw quite a few spikes in older cards. It's a brewers paradise out there, so at any moment a random card or group of cards can take over a format. Let's see what kind of movement we had, this week in Magic!

Ice Cauldron Marionette Master Corpse Harvester

This Week in Magic - Week 42

This week was plagued with old, obscure cards, but between the fog shined a few gems. We also had an interesting no bans announcement from Wizards that hinted something may be coming off of the ban list in Modern. Let’s plow through all the crazy cards that saw an uptick, this week in Magic!

Urborg Justice Anointed Procession Kindred Dominance

This Week in Magic - Week 41

We have the Nationals this weekend alongside SCG Charlotte, so prepare for some great Magic action! Standard is still trying to figure the meta out post Worlds, and Modern is still up for grabs. There was a little bit of everything spiking this week, from reserved list cards (shocking) to Ixalan cards. Let's check out our spikes, this week in Magic!

Quicksilver Fountain Erhnam Djinn Search for Azcanta

This Week in Magic - Week 40

World’s is upon us and I hope you’re all as excited as I am. SCG Dallas gave us a glimpse into what the new meta is going to look like and there weren’t too many surprises. On the heels of the first large tournament in new Standard, we had some movement in new and older cards. Let’s get into all the top market movement, this week in Magic!

Volrath\'s Shapeshifter Rishadan Footpad Hostage Taker

This Week in Magic - Week 39

Ixalan is here! While I am rejoicing that, I am also weeping as I say goodbye to Eldrazi in Standard. We have a brand new Standard upon us and from what I’ve seen, people are struggling to find new decks that perform well. As people try new things, cards will go up and down at the drop of a hat. Let’s take a look at what movement we saw this week, in Magic.

Hostage Taker Morphling Living Wish

This Week in Magic - Week 38

Who’s ready for dinosaurs and pirates? I know I am! I’ve built a super sweet U/B pirates list and I can’t wait to play it on MTGO and in paper. We’ve had some expected movement in the reserved list segment, but also a hype train for a big bad dino. Hopefully everyone has a fun and safe pre-release, so let’s all board the ship to Ixalan, this week in Magic!

Carnage Tyrant Well of Knowledge Knacksaw Clique

This Week in Magic - Week 37

What a week! Iconic Masters dropped at Hascon, and pictures were flooding in at the same time more spoilers for Ixalan were getting dropped. It was an insane Friday and while we got some great cards, the market didn’t really shift too much. Let’s breakdown all the madness, this week in Magic!

Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund Psionic Blast Preemptive Strike

This week in Magic - Week 36

I had a bit of madness at work last week and unfortunately wasn’t able to publish an article, which is unfortunate because FAR too many things happened in the Magic world. Ixalan spoilers are in full swing, dinosaurs are awesome, and Planeswalkers have finally been turned in legendary permanents. Let’s take a deep breath and dive into this week in Magic!

Empress Galina Opt Urza\'s Tower (Mountains)

This week in Magic - Week 34

If you thought there were a lot of reserved list buyouts last week, this week will make you sick. I’m going to try and avoid talking about most of the unplayable cards this week, other than one of my favorite Legends. This week will be a shorter article as I've been on the road and haven't had great access to a computer/internet. Let’s try to push through all these movements, this week in Magic!

Gwendlyn Di Corci Dragonlord Dromoka Voidmage Prodigy

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