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Return to Tabletop: Summertime Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-07-09)

Modern's metagame has been shifting a lot since last year when Modern Horizons completely warped the format. After the companion fiasco, it's time to test out the tabletop experience adapted to the new normality. Here are some thoughts about recent strategies and about how to play with social distancing.

How to Sideboard with Control Decks

ConstructedBy Skura (2020-06-24)

In Magic, you play up to two thirds of all games postboard. If you want to win at Magic, it's imperative for you to be proficient at sideboarding. This article focuses on one archetype which the author is known to have mastered. Let's take a deep look at your control deck's fifteen, how to pick and how to use them.

M21 Spotlight: Teferi, Master of Time

SpoilersBy Rone (2020-06-11)

Teferi has returned! After a long time being an Azorius planeswalker, he is back in blue for Core Set 2021, showcasing a whole new static ability, tons of variant frames, and ultimately what he does best — bending time at his will. Let's look at the future impact of our beloved mage of Zhalfir.

M21 Spotlight: Trouble at the Mill

SpoilersBy JohnnyCroat (2020-06-10)

Core Set 2021 brings about some changes to terminology. Wizards of the Coast let the Dogs out, and now, 26 years after the original Millstone, the word "mill" finally becomes a keyworded action. The first proper card to showcase the new wording may find some application in Standard too!

Winota Rider Caught Stealing (Again?)

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-05-28)

To win in today's Standard, there seem to be two rules: you better have a companion, and you also should have a good way of cheating Agents of Treachery into play. However, it appears that just meeting the second condition may be enough. The fastest way to a bargain steal is of course to enlist the help of Winota.

Yorion, Sky Nomad Rises in Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-05-25)

"Come slide down rainbows in the sky, let's fly away. Like a bird, you're free to see the boundless face of the earth. Let the wind blow you like a kite and glide away." This is what it feels like to try Yorion in Modern, where the sky is the limit and all your wishes come true by playing an 80-card deck.

The Rise of Lukka

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-05-07)

Ikoria had a big impact on Standard, inspiring a number of spicy brews. Cycling decks, mutate synergies, and the radical innovation of the companions are all front and center in the conversation, eclipsing the role of the three new planeswalkers. But at least one of them is already making strides to the top.

Tricky Rules Interactions, Explained: Ikoria Edition

EntertainmentBy TobiH (2020-05-04)

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths must be one of the most complicated sets of all time, although many of the judge calls concern just one mechanic. Check out all the tricky interactions between mutate, merged creatures, and everything else. The results, as the internet is wont to say, may indeed surprise you.

Yorion, a Nomad Mad for Standard

ConstructedBy BrentT (2020-04-30)

When companions were initially released, Yorion, Sky Nomad sort of flew under the radar because obviously busted Lurrus and Gyruda claimed the spotlight first. But the Standard metagame moves fast and now we're seeing Yorion variants rise to the top. Let's take a look at a couple of decks running an extra twenty cards.

Gyruda, Doom of Standard and Legacy

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2020-04-22)

Ikoria's infamous companion mechanic has changed Magic as we knew it. The set has only been available on Magic Online and MTG Arena for a few days, but Gyruda is already terrorizing both Standard and Legacy. Learn about the decks that have been successful on the first weekend and how to use them.

Ikoria Spotlight: Vivien, Monsters' Advocate

SpoilersBy Rone (2020-04-14)

In case you missed it, the biggest monsters of all time are waiting for you in the next Magic set, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. If you need someone's advice facing them, Vivien Reid is the perfect companion for this journey. Today we are reviewing the main protagonist's new card and its future applications.

Ikoria Spotlight: Zilortha, Strength Incarnate

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2020-04-09)

Pretty much every Magic set brings us both powerful and underwhelming cards. When a card's power level is hard to evaluate, experiments become desirable. Because of that, let's dig into some Standard Gruul decks both new and old and see if Zilortha really is as strong as its name suggests.

Arena Exploits: Adventures in Mythic/Simic

ConstructedBy TobiH (2020-04-01)

Maintaining a Top 100 Mythic rank on MTG Arena's ladder is a tough grind, especially in today's Standard where all decks fight on plenty of axes and most matchups are fifty-fifty. How about a deck that's as broken as it gets, more consistent than many, and almost too much fun to play?

The Top 16 Pioneer Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy Rone (2020-03-02)

Cardmarket Series Paris gave us a Top 8 filled with Spirits and White-Blue Control. Red-Green Stompy and Sultai Midrange made it to the semifinals, while Lotus Breach claimed the trophy as well as the Players Tour invite. But where was Dimir Inverter? In the Top 16, that's where!

#CMAskTheJudge Episode 77: Taxes

EntertainmentBy MartinaT (2020-02-28)

Here's Episode 77 of Cardmarket's AskTheJudge series. Each episode includes a video that poses a question regarding the rules of Magic. Watch the video, comment with your answer, and then check your work below. This week's question is about something that happened at the World Championship.

Breaking the Mold: Having Fun in Modern

ConstructedBy SamuelS (2020-02-27)

Modern is quite the established format, overrun with high-powered strategies that barely leave room for outsiders, it seems. Can wacky brews even stand a chance in such a well formed metagame? Here are two decks that most certainly can! Let's shape the world anew and storm the castle!

World Championship XXVI: Dreams Do Come True

Event CoverageBy Kumagoro (2020-02-21)

Legendary Brazilian Hall-of-Famer Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa piloted his unforgiving Azorius Control to the fabulous grand prize against Márcio Carvalho in a tense final that had Portuguese as its first language. A victory that puts a highly coveted bow on an extraordinary career.

The Top 16 Standard Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy JohnnyCroat (2020-02-17)

Theros Beyond Death gave us a brand new Standard format. The Top 8 of the Standard main event of Cardmarket Series Paris 2020 already featured a bunch of innovations, and the next eight players in line added even more spice to the mix. Check out their decklists here!

Theros Theory Crafting: White-Blue Control in Standard

SpoilersBy BrentT (2020-01-16)

White-Blue Control has been a solid deck choice for recent Standard events. The deck could be seen at the top of multiple PTQs, MTGO Standard Leagues, and various community tournaments. Now it's time to figure out how the deck evolves as new cards from Theros Beyond Death are introduced to the mix.

Monoblack Devotion in Standard and Beyond

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2020-01-14)

Gray Merchant of Asphodel is making its return to Standard in Theros Beyond Death. In the past, the card put up solid results not just in Standard, but in Pioneer and Modern as well. It's a well-designed card that makes deckbuilding easy, fun, and even budget-friendly, but will it be strong enough in 2020?

Mythic Championship VII: Cat Out of the Bag

Event CoverageBy Kumagoro (2019-12-13)

The final entry in the Mythic Championship series, as well as the last big professional event of the year, presented a reasonably varied Standard metagame. Though there were more than a few twists as well as a couple notable absentees.

White-Blue Control's Pioneer Premiere

ConstructedBy SamuelS (2019-12-11)

White-Blue Control is a particularly evergreen deck, part and parcel of all of Magic's formats. From counter spells and great removal to card advantage and life gain, the Azorius guild grants us access to all the tools we need to survive, and dominate, the long game.

Pioneer Primer: Izzet Phoenix

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-12-09)

Ready for some Pioneer action? Rone tries out the newest format for the first time with an old bird everyone though was dead: Arclight Phoenix! Come along to see the deck's configuration and see what it can do in the brand new nonrotating format.

Pioneer at Cardmarket Series Prague

Event CoverageBy TobiH (2019-12-06)

Pioneer wasn't one of the big headliners in Prague, and the event's turnout wasn't big either. The format also experienced another round of bannings since. Nevertheless, the results call into question some previous assumptions. In particular, control fared much better than expected.

Jeskai Fires in Post-Oko Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-11-20)

Standard was all about Food decks before the ban of Oko, but one underdog deck was already waiting for its moment to take over. Finally, the time has come for Jeskai Fires of Invention to shine. Join Rone and the Cavaliers and have all your dreams and wishes come true!

Mythic Championship V: Twilight of the Dead

Event CoverageBy Kumagoro (2019-10-23)

The penultimate Arena Mythic Championship was foremost a Golos affair, yet the wandering robot and its favorite Zombieland destination failed to reach the topmost place in their final Standard showcase. This ended up the privilege of the reigning, and fervent, world champion.

Inner Workings: Field of Golos

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-10-16)

The release of Throne of Eldraine impacted Standard in explosive ways. After the fairy dust settled, a tier-one deck emerged, surprisingly unhindered by the departure of Scapeshift, and stronger than ever in the new midrange metagame. Will it be obliterated by the upcoming DCI rulings?

Elementary My Dear Omnath: Temur Elementals in the New Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-09-26)

Standard rotation is happening this month! Throne of Eldraine is joining Standard, but we're losing four sets right along with it. This means a fresh starts for everyone and Rone thinks Temur Elementals is one of the biggest benificary of this new Standard!

Standard Combos: Bant Scapeshift

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2019-07-23)

Scapeshift has been standard legal since Core Set 2019, yet it never saw much play in competitive Standard, despite being a tournament staple in formats like Modern. In this weeks article, Andifeated will elaborate on the missing piece that is bringing Scapeshift back into the Standard limelight.

A Hateful Core Set: Enemy Color Hosers and Their History

SpoilersBy Rone (2019-07-05)

Core Set 2020 is finally here, this time with enemy color hosers specifically designed for Standard. In this article, Rone reviews each of them, what applications they might have and looking at some of the cards they're based on.

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Cardmarket Decks

Standard

2nd
MagicFest Online Season 2 Finals
12.05.2020
Top 8
MagicFest Online Weekly Championship
31.03.2020
Top 8
MagicFest Online Weekly Championship
31.03.2020
Top 8
MagicFest Online Weekly Championship
31.03.2020

Modern

3-4
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Modern
11.02.2020
1st
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Modern
11.02.2020
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