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On Video This Week (36/2021)

EntertainmentBy CMInsightTeam (2021-09-06)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of September 6–10.

On Video This Week (33/2021)

EntertainmentBy CMInsightTeam (2021-08-16)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of August 16–20.

On Video This Week (32/2021)

EntertainmentBy CMInsightTeam (2021-08-09)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of August 9–13.

On Video This Week (30/2021)

EntertainmentBy CMInsightTeam (2021-07-26)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of July 26–30.

AFRaid? New Pioneer Tech: Blessed, Book, Bards

ConstructedBy TobiH (2021-07-26)

Such is the advantage of a smaller format unburdened by the weight of decades worth of Magic cards: With just a little aid from the latest set—AFR for short—the Pioneer landscape is three decks richer: Here's what Moon-Blessed Cleric, The Book of Exalted Deeds, and Bard Class are up to!

On Video This Week (29/2021)

EntertainmentBy CMInsightTeam (2021-07-19)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of July 19–23.

The New Face of Blue-Red in Modern: Regent, Ragavan, Rage

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-07-15)

Modern has seen many flavors of blue-red decks over the years. Between Storm, Blue Moon, Delver, Phoenix, and Prowess, there's always been at least one representative of the color combination present in the format's highest tier. Now we've got a new kid on the block terrorizing the top tables: Blue-Red Murktide!

On Video This Week (28/2021)

EntertainmentBy CMInsightTeam (2021-07-12)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of July 12–16.

Cards That Should Have Been in Modern Horizons 2

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-07-06)

Modern Horizons 2 has presented us with a ton of reprints to satisfy all our demand for that sweet, sweet nostalgia. All of it? Are we satisfied? Of course not. We can think of way more cards that would have been a great fit both for the set and for the format. Let's make a wish list!

On Video This Week (27/2021)

EntertainmentBy CMInsightTeam (2021-07-05)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of June July 5–9.

Brainstoned! Miracles Back on the Modern Menu

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-06-29)

Loathed by some, loved by many others, the miracle mechanic has had its good times and its bad times. It's never been as big of a player in Modern as in Legacy, but the times seem to be changing. Is a three-mana Brainstorm able to make the archetype come back and become competitive? Absolutely!

On Video This Week (26/2021)

EntertainmentBy CMInsightTeam (2021-06-28)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of June 28–July 2.

Dauthi Voidwalking Through Modern

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-06-17)

Modern Horizons 2 features a ton of exciting cards, from fringe playables to role players to outright archetype-redefining staples. One in particular still flies a little under the radar but already found a place in decks as different as Esper Stoneblade and Blue-Black Rogues. Let's check in with Dauthi Voidwalker!

Urza's Saga Is Everywhere in Modern Now

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-06-15)

Because it explores unique design space, many people initially struggled to evaluate Urza's Saga correctly, possibly including the designers themselves. However, now the picture is getting clearer. The card already proved powerful to a worrisome degree and finds its way into more and more decks.

New Modern Interaction

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-06-10)

Modern Horizons 2 is looking to change the eponymous format in major ways. Threats often dominate when it comes to headline news, but answers are just as important. The set injects Modern with a plethora of exciting new tools of interaction. Let's see which of them are potential candidates for the top tier.

Pioneer's Prismari Torrent

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2021-05-25)

Pioneer loves aggro. Aside from a few build-around pieces that lend themselves to more control-oriented lists, like Fires of Invention or Niv-Mizzet Reborn, its pool tends to skew toward creature-based strategies. But that's just one reason more to go against the grain with the help of new tech from Strixhaven.

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks, April–May 2021

Event CoverageBy Aliquanto (2021-05-21)

One month after release, it's time to review all of the many Strixhaven cards that made a splash in Modern and analyze the Magic Online results to determine which are the format's best performing decks in this post-STX, pre-MH2 world. We've got data, calculations, programming, and a new frontrunner!

Counterspell Is Coming to Modern!

SpoilersBy Skura (2021-05-10)

Counterspells have always been one of the pillars of interaction alongside discard and removal. There is one iconic card that embodies this type of interaction. Its name is, appropriately and predictably, Counterspell. For the first time ever, it will be legal in Modern. Let me tell you what that means in practice.

Top 5 – Cards to Buy, Spring Edition

FinanceBy Rone (2021-05-04)

Strixhaven gave us a ton of new cards to try out, and we recently enjoyed the reprints of Time Spiral Remastered as well. So now is the perfect time to update your buy list and grab as much as you can at discount prices. If you're interested in our picks to purchase, you've come to the right place!

Top 5 Most Important Sideboard Cards for Modern Control

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-04-16)

Sideboarded games make up up to 67% of your games. To be competitive in Modern, you have to make sure that your fifteen cards are up to the job at hand. It's especially key for control decks, which need to adjust their answers all the time. Let's take a look at the most important cards you should include.

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks, March–April 2021

Event CoverageBy Aliquanto (2021-04-15)

Do you want to know which decks are the best in Modern? What to play, what to beat? Ranking the decks based on data rather than opinion? Let's review results from Magic Online and see how we can analyze them to get the answers we're looking for. This marks the end of the post-Uro, pre-Strixhaven era.

Strixhaven Spotlight: Powerful Prismari Projects

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2021-04-08)

Strixhaven opens its doors and gives us rebrands of five two-color combinations. As expected, Izze— Prismari is all about wacky projects, though this time around they are pretty big in size. Will they make it big in Constructed as well? Let's find out if the experiments were successful!

What I'm Playing This Weekend at the Kaldheim Championship

Event CoverageBy K_Prinz (2021-03-26)

What do you get when you test for a major tournament with the likes of Brad Nelson, Seth Manfield, and the famous "Czech House"? Great options for Historic, a deck choice for Standard upon which the whole team agreed, and a solid starting point for a hopefully successful weekend!

Strixhaven Spotlight: Prismari and Witherbloom Command

SpoilersBy Skura (2021-03-25)

Strixhaven: School of Mages is coming. The preview season has just begun, but we already know about a new cycle of commands. Modal spells have always given players exactly what players want … After all, you get to choose what to do with them. Let's explore the two most powerful of the new commands!

VIDEO: Beat the Modern Metagame with Blue Moon!

ConstructedBy HarryKhoo (2021-03-24)

Unsure which control deck you should be playing in Modern right now? Then watch @HarryMTG break down Modern Blue Moon! He goes over the spiciest technology in the deck including some cards from Kaldheim, play patterns, budget options, a sideboard guide, and key interactions you need to know.

Valki and Omnath Meet at Valakut … (Five-Color Scapeshift)

ConstructedBy Rone (2021-03-22)

In a new Modern era without Uro, four-color piles are no longer playable, right? Well, that is unless Omnath joins forces with Tibalt to bring the all-time greatest Valakut shell to light. If you enjoy a colorful mana base that supports sheer everything and even kills opponents, then here's the Modern deck for you!

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks, February–March 2021

Event CoverageBy Aliquanto (2021-03-18)

Do you want to know which decks are the best in Modern? What to play, what to beat? Ranking the decks based on data rather than opinions? Let's review the results from Magic Online and see how we can analyze them to determine a tier list. Here is the first month of the post-Uro Modern world!

The Modern Era of Modern: Broken, Bans, Beyond

Event CoverageBy Aliquanto (2021-03-09)

Do you want to know which decks are the best in Modern? What to play, what to beat? To that end, a new series of articles will provide you with in-depth data analysis of Magic Online results. Let's start with a detailed introduction to the format and a review of the past months of changes.

Control Decks in Post-Ban Modern

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-02-25)

It was barely a month ago that control variants utterly dominated the Modern metagame. But the recent banned and restricted announcement shook the archetype's very foundations. Will it be able to hold on to its tier one position despite the changes? Can it adapt? Let's look at decklists!

VIDEO: Uro Is Getting Banned In All Formats?

ConstructedBy HarryKhoo (2021-02-13)

Wizards of the Coast just "secretly" spoiled that Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath is getting banned in every format in their new Secret Lair drop! Join HarryMTG in the breakdown of all the changes.

VIDEO: Force of Negation – a Mistake, or Modern's Savior?

ConstructedBy IIItygraIII (2021-02-09)

Force of Negation has seen a sharp rise in play since its printing in Modern Horizons. However, Modern players seem to be split on whether the card is good or bad for the format. Today, MTGTavern is analyzing whether Force of Negation is the savior of Modern or one of its biggest mistakes.

Top 5 Cards That Should See More Play in Modern

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-02-01)

Modern is a vast format with dozens upon dozens of viable archetypes. To me, it's the most diverse, fun, stimulating, and overall best format in Magic. However, people sometimes tunnel vision on a narrow subset of cards that they keep playing over and over again and forget the cards that need exploring.

Kaldheim Spotlight: Narfi, Betrayer King

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2021-01-20)

Kaldheim didn't break Magic just yet, but it's full of relatively complex cards that take at least a few seconds to fully comprehend. One card that doesn't betray its true strength at first glance is Narfi. The Betrayer King has more going for it than meets the eye, from snow to Zombie to the graveyard—and back.

Christmas Contest Review // Revue

EntertainmentBy TobiH (2020-12-21)

For our final Insight article of the year, we're looking back at three weeks of Christmas contests. Our thanks go to everyone who participated and left such sweet feedback, to the generous gift givers at Dragon Shield, and to the Magic artists whose wonderful work deserves a closer look …

Lessons Learned at the Zendikar Rising Championship

Event CoverageBy K_Prinz (2020-12-15)

After a less than stellar 0-4 drop at the Zendikar Rising Championship, it's time to reflect upon mistakes made, so you can learn from them as well. Indeed there's plenty opportunity for improvement, both in preparation and execution. Here's a brief tournament report, of sorts, for a brief tournament.

My Decks for the Zendikar Rising Championship

Event CoverageBy K_Prinz (2020-12-03)

I am explaining my deck choice(s) for the Zendikar Rising Championship. It's the biggest and most important tournament left this year, potentially providing a way into the MPL or Rivals. Since Standard is mostly settled, let's focus on Historic following the introduction of Kaladesh Remastered.

Getting into the Zone and Zoning Out

EntertainmentBy Kumagoro (2020-12-03)

Magic's virtual board is divided into a number of distinct zones. During the game, objects are created in one of these zones, and then moved between them as the players take actions — a seemingly simple yet intricate mechanism that has in time been defined by a proper nomenclature worth exploring.

VIDEO: The History of Modern W/U Control

EntertainmentBy HarryKhoo (2020-11-24)

W/U Control has been around for years, but have you ever thought about its evolution over time? What lands were thrown in before Field of the Dead appeared in Core Set 2020? Was a burning W/U Control deck ever a thing? When did the first good cantrip appear? In this Price of Knowledge video, we look at the long history of W/U Control.

VIDEO: 4C Uro Piles Deck Tech (Modern) + Deck Variants

ConstructedBy NayRained (2020-11-18)

Since its release in Theros Beyond Death, Uro seems to be everywhere. And understandably so, as he is a jack of all trades with life gain, ramp, card draw as well as being a chunky creature. In this video, Snapbooster explains how to get the best out of the Titan with this control-like 4C Uro Piles Deck.

The Many Flavors of Modern Control

ConstructedBy Skura (2020-11-17)

Modern has always been known for being the most open and diverse competitive Magic format, and this time it's not any different. In this article, we want to look at a bunch of different Cryptic Command control decks, including some lesser-known variants, that are part of the metagame right now.

Omnath's Life Beyond Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-11-12)

While the marquee card of Zendikar Rising only lasted three weeks in Standard and on MTG Arena, Omnath, Locus of Creation can redeem itself by being a playable but not completely busted contender in other formats. Pioneer, Modern, and even Legacy — we review every Omnath strategy!

Top 5 Most Annoying Cards a Control Player Can Face

ConstructedBy Skura (2020-11-03)

A control player's job is to stabilize the game through various means of interaction and then keep pressing the advantage as the game progresses. Some cards and group of cards make that task much tougher than it should be. Here's the Top 5 of pesky problems and egregious grievances.

Season Grand Finals – Tournament Report and Afterthoughts

Event CoverageBy K_Prinz (2020-10-19)

One week ago the Season Grand Finals concluded with Austin Bursavich winning the title. It was headlined by a lot of Omnaths and a few pigs. I went 6-6 there, good for 15th place and $6,000. Now I want to try to figure out what I got right, what I got wrong, and how to improve my process.

VIDEO: Are the Spell Lands About to Break Modern

ConstructedBy HarryKhoo (2020-10-16)

Spell lands are a new card type from Zendikar Rising but how powerful are they? In this PriceOfKnowledge video, Harry MTG explains how these new lands work and how they could influence the Modern meta. He is looking at some midrange decks, Amulet Titan and cards like Neoform.

The New Scourge of Modern

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-10-07)

Scourge of the Skyclaves is one of those cards that look busted at first glance but require extensive testing before it is possible to reach any definite conclusion. Now, a few weeks after the release of Zendikar Rising, we have the results and can definitely say that the verdict is in.

Field of the Dead in Modern

ConstructedBy Skura (2020-09-22)

Field of the Dead has been terrorizing a bunch of different formats in Magic over the past year, and it got itself banned from several. Recently, to the surprise of many, it has also had an increasingly meaningful impact on Modern. Let's explore the various Field shells that currently populate the format.

Temur Reclamation Goes Wild in Pioneer

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-09-15)

Temur Reclamation was one of the best performing decks over the last year in Standard. Recently banned even before rotation, the strategy has found a new format to conquer. Right now it stands as the king of the hill in Pioneer. Let's take a closer look at the current trend and possible futures.

Updating Five Modern Decks (July & August)

ConstructedBy NayRained (2020-09-14)

How have Modern decks changed in recent months? We'll answer that question on this episode of Nuts and Bolts. We'll look at Prowess, Eldrazi Tron, Ponza, Dredge, and W/U/x Control to see how recent sets have impacted these staple decks in the Modern format.

Rotation Grief: Core Set 2020, Part 2

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-09-14)

Rotation is just a few days away! Time to acknowledge the sudden disappearance from our decks of all the cards leaving the format. We end this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking into the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards Standard is going to lose when Core Set 2020 rotates out.

Rotation Grief: Core Set 2020, Part 1

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-09-09)

The Standard rotation is upon us! Time to acknowledge the sudden disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We continue this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking at the white, blue, and black cards Standard is going to lose when Core Set 2020 rotates out.

Zendikar Rising Spotlight: Ruin Crab in Nonrotating Formats

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2020-09-07)

In the last few years, mill decks have gained new removal and counterspells, but no useful mill cards. This lack of support is the main thing that keeps them from moving up in the meta. How likely is it that a new and, in the case of this deck, better Hedron Crab helps with this issue in Modern and other formats?

Taking Control of Pioneer with Azorius

ConstructedBy Skura (2020-08-27)

Ever since Pioneer's inception last October, White-Blue Control has been a mainstay of the format. Though various flavors have been in vogue during that time. Let's take a closer look at what the archetype used to look like and what its position might be following the recent bannings.

Rotation Preparation: Temur and Other Adventures

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-08-18)

Standard rotation is just five weeks away, which will restart the format for good. When looking for decks to play, Adventure variants from Throne of Eldraine will remain largely intact, a Block Constructed shell that becomes tier one. Let's find out about the different versions available.

BUG Control in Modern

ConstructedBy Skura (2020-08-13)

Following the ban of Arcum's Astrolabe from Modern, control players have to rediscover the archetype and readjust to the new environment. "Skurtai Control" is waiting in the wings to take over, quite likely the best successor to the previously dominating snow control value machines.

Slinging Spells in Standard and Modern Izzet Tempo

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-07-15)

Recent sets, such as Ikoria and Core Set 2021 impacted the metagames of multiple formats, but they also made way for some interesting non-meta strategies. One of the most prominent candidates is Izzet Spells, a tempo deck that can be easily tuned to become an aggro and/or even a budget deck.

Standard Data Fresh from Red Bull Untapped

EntertainmentBy TobiH (2020-07-14)

When it comes to generating meaningful data, nothing compares to an actual big tournament. With about 1,300 players, Red Bull Untapped's recent International Qualifier definitely qualified. Straight from the source, here's information on the metagame and several key performance indicators!

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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