Approach of the Second Sun

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Pioneer Deck of the Week: New Hope/Impulses for Lotus Field

By TobiH (2023-01-03)

Every Tuesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Pioneer decks among recent results. Lotus Field Combo has experienced a kind of comeback in recent months—thanks to one innovation and one very old card newly added to the format last year!

Pioneer Deck of the Week: The Lotus Ultimatum

By TobiH (2022-04-06)

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Pioneer decks among recent results. Emergent Ultimatum has emerged as the big new addition to the Lotus Field combo. Like to chain a ton of spells, similar to storm? Pioneer has just the deck for you too!

On Video This Week (43/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-10-25)

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 October 25–29.

On Video This Week (40/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-10-04)

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 October 4–8.

On Video This Week (37/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-09-13)

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 13–17.

On Video This Week (36/2021)

By 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.

Art Appreciation: Mystical Archive

By SanchoN (2021-04-09)

Releasing our grumpy old art critic on the up-and-coming Mystical Archive we expected to see fangs bared and every piece of precious parchment torn to shreds with dismissive comments about how all contemporary Magic art looks the same and how everything was better in the 90s. We were in for a surprise!

Getting into Legacy for 200 Euros with Omni Tell

By SamuelS (2020-03-05)

Legacy is a notoriously daunting format to enter because of expensive staple cards like Force of Will. However, competing on a budget is far from impossible. Let's explore a powerful contender that you can build for a fraction of the price of most Legacy decks and that will leave you with a solid base for upgrades.

White-Blue Control's Pioneer Premiere

By 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.

Grinding You Down

By SanchoN (2018-10-31)

Admitting that mill is not a strategy for winners but still unable to let it go, Sancho spends this week's article milling somewhat aimlessly about just enjoying the pretty mill cards and musing about the eternal what if, that lures hordes of Johnnies to hunt for a deck which will deck any opposition consistently.

Preparing for Rotation: What Gains and What Loses

By JaminK (2018-09-06)

With the first Guilds of Ravnica Spoilers being released, it’s time to think about rotation. Which decks might still exist without Amonkhet and Kaladesh? How does Standards removal-frame change? And how does this affect cards already in Standard? Jamin gives his thoughts on a completely new format

On Lower Tiers: Standard MBC

By Kumagoro (2018-08-08)

Despite the clear dominance of a few lists, Standard is a surprisingly diverse format right now and features a handful unsung heroes. One of these is Monoblack Torment, the most straightforward ramp archetype in the meta. Let's see where it's at now, and where it will go after the October rotation.

Team Unified Standard RPTQ in Poland: Before and After

By JohnnyCroat (2018-06-28)

It's no secret that metagames change, that archetypes change, that some decks fall out of favor while others get a 'second' wind. It's all part and parcel of the game of Magic: The Gathering. Lee recently attended an RPTQ and here, he tells the story of how his W/U control deck changed with Dominaria.

Define This: Deck Categories

By Moudou (2018-06-26)

Magic is a game of terms. There are dozens of aspects of the game that are poorly defined and many unoffical words have become standard issue. In this article, Moudou will define and codify various deck categories in this, the first part of a longer series on Magic terminology.

The New Brawl

By JaminK (2018-06-13)

With Brawl having a new Banlist and being back on Magic Online, it's time for Jamin to take a look at the way the metagame is shaping up. Which decks perform the best and which ones are played the most? Jamin has the answers in this interesting journey through 59-card decks.

The Year of Living Dangerously: Mastering Mastery

By JohnnyCroat (2018-05-24)

Imagine not being able to lose the game. Imagine that every time you gain life, you draw extra cards. (Card advantage is great, right?) …but what’s this? I need to exile some cards in my graveyard? Okay, I can do that. Now my hand? Well, I guess since I drew extra cards, I don’t mind. My permanents too? Uh-oh…

UW Control in Dominaria Standard: Heroic and Second Sun Variants

By Rone (2018-05-23)

Dominaria has finally landed in Standard and it’s awesome. The legendary-based set brings brand new tools for control players and UW is the best shell to try them: Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and his friends. In this article, we will dissect the archetype variants and its latest innovations.

A First Look at Standard with Dominaria

By ChristianS (2018-04-05)

This week, I dive into the bevy of Dominaria spoilers available looking for interesting Standard-worthy cards that could shape the competitive meta in the months to come. Does Dominaria live up to the hype, or does Magic's most traveled plane come up short of expectations? Read on to find out.

House of Cards: An Introduction to Deck Building

By SanchoN (2018-02-14)

Welcome to Cubes for Squares (Part 5)! Did you follow the previous four installments? If you did, you may be sitting with a stack of cards in front of you after having drafted your cube. Well don't let your friends sit there and wait for you. Hurry up and read this final introductory part of the series where I tell you how to build your first deck.

Notes from the Battlefield: Standard at MKMS Frankfurt 2018

By TobiH (2018-01-23)

The story of Standard at the MKM Series Frankfurt 2018 wasn't just all energy all the way. Especially now, after the banning, it's worthwhile to look at all the other decks that did well in the tournament before turning our attention to where Rivals of Ixalan might take us from here!

Approaching Nirvana: A Look at UW Approach after Rivals of Ixalan

By JohnnyCroat (2018-01-22)

With Rivals of Ixalan just released, it’s important to look at popular decks in Standard to see how they might be affected by the new set. In this article, we discuss one deck that’s been on Standard's stage for a while: UW Approach. Read further to see how we think it will perform.

Ixalan Standard at SCG Dallas Open

By DrHoeh (2017-10-02)

A butcher has no face...

Dinosaurs and Mortality Rates

By DrHoeh (2017-09-14)

Why on Ixalan did you enrage the Dinosaur?

Tokens and Treasures and Treasure Tokens

By DrHoeh (2017-09-08)

The exploration of Ixalan and its themes continues …

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