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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.

Zendikar Rising Spotlight: Jace, Mirror Mage in Legacy

SpoilersBy Andifeated (2020-08-31)

The Legacy format was shaken by cheap planeswalker cards in 2019, with a bunch of story-relevant characters pushed onto overpowered cards. Jace has long been deprived of the throne. The new three-mana version from Zendikar Rising may not change that, but the card is definitely worth a look.

Worldgorging in Legacy

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2020-07-21)

The Legacy format is in a great place right now with many different archetypes and strategies celebrating success. One of the more surprising beneficiaries of the powerful printings of the last two years is a card that hasn't seen much competitive play since it was unbanned in 2015: Worldgorger Dragon.

Top 5 – Cards to Buy This Summer

FinanceBy Rone (2020-07-20)

Summer is typically the lowest time of the year regarding Magic news. However, this July brought the latest B&R announcement with a ton of changes for Historic, Pauper, and Modern, and not so many for Pioneer. If you are looking for some cards to invest in, check out the Top 5 picks to buy, summer edition!

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.

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.

Piercing Prey in Modern with Gruul Obosh

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-05-18)

Every time Ponza, the red-green posterboy of Modern, becomes viable, it disappears again rather quickly. Despite its upsides, it often struggles to close the game, while the prevalence of Astrolabe isn't helping either. Against all odds, it enjoyed a glorious return to the spotlight recently, thanks to Ikoria.

The Future of Modern After Once Upon a Time

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-03-12)

After several months of a Modern metagame dominated by Once Upon a Time, everyone who didn't manage to squeeze it into their deck can rejoice. Its power level has proved the card worthy of a ban, and it's now leaving the format. Read on to find out in which direction the new Modern may be headed.

The White-Blue Control Mage's Guide to 2020

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-03-09)

Time for Azorius mages to shine! The oldest, classiest control machine is back in the game in every competitive format. From Standard to Legacy, there is a white-blue deck to be aware of and to fear. Rone has everything covered for you to take control within today's article.

The Top 8 Pauper Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy ElonThragtusk (2020-02-20)

Welcome to Pauper, a budget-friendly format where decks such as Affinity and Elves are still alive. While only common cards are legal, generally making for a very diverse metagame, there are certain decks that are more powerful than others. The recent Cardmarket Series Pauper main event offers some insight.

The Top 16 Legacy Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2020-02-18)

At the most recent Legacy main event of the Cardmarket Series, 154 players fought through eight rounds. Various flavors of Delver decks topped the metagame charts, with all-time favorites Death and Taxes and Miracles as runner-ups. But how did things play out in the Top 16 section?

Top 5 Cards to Buy in January

FinanceBy Rone (2020-01-22)

The year just started and Theros Beyond Death is available to purchase. However, there is so much more out there to invest in. Rone has compiled his personal list of the Top 5 cards you should consider buying this month, with highlights from almost all Constructed formats.

Theros Beyond Death Spotlight: Underworld Breach

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2020-01-09)

Some Theros Beyond Death cards already spark discussions, and even outrage. Underworld Breach is reminiscent of Yawgmoth's Will, one of the more broken cards in history. Is it a fixed version or another candidate for the banhammer? Join us as we examine the card's potential in various formats.

Why You Too Should Play European Highlander

ConstructedBy Ratix (2020-01-06)

Before Commander caught on, players had already been enjoying a singleton format for years. It was named Highlander — originally for the catchphrase of the 1986 cult classic which stipulates that "There can be only one," but the format also seems to want to live forever.

The Year of the Banhammer

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-12-20)

2019 will be remembered for many things: insanely powerful cards, Arena Mythic Championships, the creation of Pioneer. However, one thing stands out among the others: a total of nine banning announcements featuring changes, more than in the two previous years combined. Let's review the Year of the Banhammer.

End of Year Pauper Review

ConstructedBy WileCoyote (2019-12-19)

It's been an amazing year for Pauper. We got bans, we got exciting new cards from various sets across the year, and we got official rules for paper Pauper. Let's review what happened in 2019 and take a look at the current metagame.

A Look at the Top 16 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Prague

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2019-12-03)

Modern is a hotbed of variety and the Cardmarket Series Prague metagame was no different. The Top 16 alone featured 14 different decks and proved again that Modern is the most diverse of all Constructed format. Let's take a closer look at the state of Modern after Throne of Eldraine and Stoneforge Mystic have settled in.

A Look at the Top 16 Legacy Decks from Cardmarket Series Prague

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2019-11-29)

Wrenn and Six got hit by the ban hammer last week, which added extra spice to the Legacy portion of the last stop of the Cardmarket Series 2019. The 248 player strong event showed a pretty diverse and healthy metagame: 14 different archetypes ended up in the Top 16.

Deck Profile: Manaless Dredge in Legacy

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2019-11-13)

Legacy is a tough format to enter for new players as the top tier demands expensive cards. But now there's a cheap rogue strategy that preys on current top decks revolving around Wrenn and Six and Oko. Learn how to build and pilot Manaless Dredge and what makes it good today!

Deck Review: Blue-Red Delver in Legacy

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-11-12)

Rone returns to his Legacy review series focused on Delver variants. This time he aims at the Izzet version where Dreadhorde Arcanist has become the newest all-star—thanks to the combination of tons of cantrip and burn spells. Check it out!

Urza Decks in Modern: Whirza, Outcome, and Ascendancy

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-10-28)

After Hogaak Summer we might be entering Urza's Fall. Enabling several combo archetypes, Urza might be the most broken card in Modern right now. Come join Rone as he goes deep into each Urza, Lord High Artificer variant, explaining how each combo works.

Back in Black and Blue: Death's Shadow in Legacy

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-10-14)

Legacy is currently a wild jungle full of Modern Horizons cards: Wrenn and Six, Hogaaks and Arcum's Astrolabe. However, one deck might fight them all. Blue-Black Death's Shadow even works without dual lands! Rone shares his thoughts on the deck, his experience, and his sideboard guide.

It's a Storm's World

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-10-10)

Storm clouds have descended upon the Legacy format once again. The archetype won several bigger tournaments in the span of just a couple of weeks. Which metagame factors contributed to the recent rise of Storm Combo, how do we combat the menace, and what comes next?

Legacy Burn is Great Right Now

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-09-19)

Is Wrenn and Six everywhere in your meta? Are people grinding you out with Astrolabe? There's a simple solution and CabalTherapy breaks it down in this article. The short answer is - Just Play Burn!

Spicy Decks from Mythic Championship IV

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-08-30)

Modern is a new format after the recent banning and unbanning. People are looking to brew tons of new decks, but Rone decided instead to look back at Mythic Championship IV Barcelona. Sure, the decks were tuned for Hogaak, but maybe there were some gems that you could adapt in the new Modern.

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Cardmarket Decks

Modern

5-8
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Modern
11.02.2020
4th
MTGO Modern Challenge
30.10.2019
6th
MTGO Modern Challenge
30.10.2019
1st
MagicFest Ghent 2019
19.09.2019

Legacy

2nd
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Legacy
11.02.2020
Grand Prix Bologna 2019
02.12.2019
Grand Prix Bologna 2019
02.12.2019
7th
MTGO Legacy Challenge
19.11.2019

Pauper

MTGO Pauper Challenge
07.08.2019
MTGO Pauper Challenge
07.08.2019
MTGO Pauper Challenge
07.08.2019
MTGO Pauper Challenge
07.08.2019
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