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The Watchtower 10/21/19 for ProTraders – Plan Your Specs

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By: Travis Allen
@wizardbumpin


Don’t miss this week’s installment of the MTG Fast Finance podcast, an on-topic, no-nonsense tour through the week’s most important changes in the Magic economy.


You may have woken up today thinking we’d talk about the Standard banning. With Field of the Dead banned, what’s that mean for the format? Will Oko and Gilded Goose take over? Does Gruul have legs after winning the event? Well, here’s your answer: nothing has mattered less in the history of Magic.

Because alongside the B&R announcement, Wizards has rolled out a new format: Pioneer. Pioneer is meant to be nu-Modern, as it begins at Return to Ravnica, and extends through Throne of Eldraine. The five fetches that would be legal are banned, and we can assume the fetches won’t be legal ever. Other than that, that’s it: everything else is on the table, with the caveat from Aaron that they’ll be watching the MTGO results closely and making off-schedule ban announcements to keep the format from getting too degenerate. With all that said, let’s dive in!

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Travis Allen has  been playing Magic: The Gathering since 1994, mostly in upstate New York. Ever since his first FNM he’s been trying to make playing Magic cheaper, and he first brought his perspective to MTGPrice in 2013. You can find his articles there weekly, as well as on the podcast MTG Fast Finance.


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The Watchtower 10/14/19 for ProTraders – Plan Your Specs

By: Travis Allen
@wizardbumpin


Don’t miss this week’s installment of the MTG Fast Finance podcast, an on-topic, no-nonsense tour through the week’s most important changes in the Magic economy.


Throne of Eldraine is set to hit the big time this coming weekend with the last paper Mythic Championship. Have I got that right? After this one, they switch back to “PTs,” which are now Player’s Tours? Or is it Players Tours? Heading into the weekend Golos is the deck to beat, with armies of 2/2 zombies seeming quite likely. There’s quite a purse available for anyone that can crack the Golos threat. If you’re Golos, this is all a lose/lose type of deal. Wizards moved the next B&R update up several weeks to later this month, in the second-least gracious wielding of list management since the “lol nm it’s banned” Felidar Sovereign update back in Kaladesh. RIP to all the people that bought Saheeli’s Monday afternoon when they thought the deck had dodged a ban.

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Travis Allen has  been playing Magic: The Gathering since 1994, mostly in upstate New York. Ever since his first FNM he’s been trying to make playing Magic cheaper, and he first brought his perspective to MTGPrice in 2013. You can find his articles there weekly, as well as on the podcast MTG Fast Finance.


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The Watchtower 10/7/19 for ProTraders – Plan Your Specs

By: Travis Allen
@wizardbumpin


Don’t miss this week’s installment of the MTG Fast Finance podcast, an on-topic, no-nonsense tour through the week’s most important changes in the Magic economy.


SCG Gave us our first taste of Throne of Eldraine in Standard and Modern, and, well, I don’t think many are happy. Golos Ramp has just completely dominated Standard already, and all the mid-level pros are griping about it in a way they typically don’t unless things get real bad. They also griped about Hogaak early on, for reference. Some stats were floating around this weekend reporting that Philly went two and a half hours over time total on day one, which is an unreal amount of overage. That’s not that surprising if there’s 10,000 players in the room ala Vegas #2,  but an SCG Open? Format issue. 

On top of that, Urza Outcome had an excellent showing in the team event (though was oddly absent from the classic), with Once Upon a Time Titanshift performing equally as well. Do you want to lose to someone comboing off with Urza on turn three, or lose to someone attacking with a 10/6 double strike trample Titan on turn two? Truly a paradise of player’s choice.

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Travis Allen has  been playing Magic: The Gathering since 1994, mostly in upstate New York. Ever since his first FNM he’s been trying to make playing Magic cheaper, and he first brought his perspective to MTGPrice in 2013. You can find his articles there weekly, as well as on the podcast MTG Fast Finance.


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The Watchtower 9/30/19 for ProTraders – Plan Your Specs

By: Travis Allen
@wizardbumpin


Don’t miss this week’s installment of the MTG Fast Finance podcast, an on-topic, no-nonsense tour through the week’s most important changes in the Magic economy.


I know you were all concerned about my wellbeing but fear not, I was simply on vacation. I have returned, eager to share with all of you my indispensable Opinions About Magic Cards. Throne of Eldraine has lit a lot fires under a lot of butts, with two of the more prevalent discussions regarding Oko’s strength, and the viability of Paradoxical Urza in Modern. Although now that I think about it the latter is unrelated to TOE at all, since it uses no cards from that set, and is simply occurring within the same chronological space. Whatever. We’ll talk about both!

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Travis Allen has  been playing Magic: The Gathering since 1994, mostly in upstate New York. Ever since his first FNM he’s been trying to make playing Magic cheaper, and he first brought his perspective to MTGPrice in 2013. You can find his articles there weekly, as well as on the podcast MTG Fast Finance.


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