Baral, Chief of Compliance

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What Brawl Does for Commander

SpoilersBy RJGiel (2019-09-10)

In March 2018, WotC announced a new format; Brawl. A singleton, Commander-like format that would only use cards for Standard, and thus rotate. After a rough start, WotC has decided to revive the format, but what does this mean for commander players?

Wizards Wants Us to Brawl!

ConstructedBy RyanS (2019-08-29)

When Brawl was introduced there wasn’t much support for it. A year and a half later, Wizards decided to rectify this by creating precon decks for Brawl, adding Brawl to Magic Arena and offering Local Game Shop support for Brawl games. Ryan ponders whether all this is just too little too late.

#CMWhatTheTrend - Twiddle Storm

FinanceBy JaminK (2019-08-15)

Hello and welcome to WhatTheTrend, the column where we'll examine current trends on Cardmarket, check out why certain cards are popular, and speculate on future price developments. This week, we’re examining cards that untap lands.

A Tale of Four WAR Oathbreakers

ConstructedBy RyanS (2019-07-01)

Do you play Oathbreaker? Here are four deck techs featuring planeswalkers from the new set War of the Sparks. Ryan Scicluna breaks down four decks for this exciting new format. The decks include: Vraska and her deathtouch squad, all the Ajani’s we can fit, hand disruption with Davriel and spell slinging with Ral Zarek.

Getting Ahead Part IV: Play More Snow Lands

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2019-06-26)

Andifeated already told you about bluffs in a previous past article, but he didn't show you how to bluff with your basic land choices. Learn why Snow-Covered Basic Lands are better than the regular Basic Lands that everybody uses for tournament play.

Humans in the Current Modern Metagame

ConstructedBy JaminK (2019-04-09)

In a Modern metagame defined by Faithless Looting and Ensnaring Bridge, a deck that disrupts the opponent while applying pressure might be the key to victory. We'll go through a current decklist, discuss interesting slots in the deck to beat the meta and walk through the two most important matchups.

Commander 1v1: Life After Wizards?

ConstructedBy Elric (2019-02-25)

WotC supported Commander 1v1 for a meager nine months. Now, the community is left without a clear vision of where the format is headed. But Commander has always been a fun format and always will be, so players should be determined to forge ahead with or without Wizards. Pietro is here to let you know where he thinks the format is headed.

Show Your Colors Part 1 - Picking a Mono-Colored Commander

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2019-02-18)

In this series, I'd like to talk about picking a commander based on its colors. In this article, we will start by looking at the mono-colored options and the challenges that will come with building one.

Storming Off in Prague

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2018-09-06)

The Modern Metagame is in a constant state of change these days. A few months ago, Andifeated thought his pet deck U/R Gifts Storm has been pushed out of the top decks because of an abysmal Humans matchup, but the tides have changed again. Follow him through his deck choice process and tournament for Grand Prix Prague.

Better Call Souls - A Mardu Hollow One Tournament Report

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-08-17)

It's time for some report action! Last month I talked about Hollow One variants and now I am bringing you m y latest experience as well as some discussion regarding small communities and tournament organization. Want to know more? Just keep reading.

Surprises in Standard at Pro Tour 25th Anniversary

Event CoverageBy JaminK (2018-08-09)

M19 has been available in Standard for a bit and while it seemed like the existing decks were going to continue to dominate, there were many surprises during the Pro Tour. Jamin covers his expectations, the coolest decks from the PT, and a surprising Online PTQ metagame.

A New Brawl - Again?!

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-07-19)

It's not been long since Wizards last took action with Brawl and they are back at it again. Jamin discusses what these changes are, what purpose they serve. and what kinds of decks will take over in the new meta and what the new world of Brawl will look like going forward.

Dangerous Propositions: Seething Song

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-07-13)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with 33 inmates, some of which pose a serious threat to the meta. But now that Big Jace has been released, anything can happen. Let's review each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time we talk of red's biggest mana ritual.

Storming Off in Standard

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-06-01)

While everyone else in Standard is busy resolving [Walking Ballista or Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Jamin counts to fifty life instead. This mono blue newcomer has a lot of spice and Jamin explores whether it has what it takes to compete in a stacked Standard format.

5 Reasons to Be Excited About the New Brawl

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-05-18)

Wizards of the Coast announced big changes to Brawl last week. The banlist got an overhaul: You now start with 20 life in 1v1 games of the format, and colorless decks can now be built with basics as a mana source. Jamin is excited for a new, fresh format and you should be too!

Modern Myths: Debunking the Format's Biggest Misconceptions

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-09)

Modern has a lot of things said about it, and I want to tackle in this week's article a few that I find to be myths about the format. I'm calling these four "Modern Myths," and I hope that bringing up these topics will spark a discussion. Do you think you'll agree with these points? Let's dive in and start off with the first one.

From Legends to Dominaria and Everything In Between - Part 3

EntertainmentBy Kumagoro (2018-05-08)

When Magic sets began to revisit past planes, the legendary permanents came along for the journey as a regular feature of each and every outing. It would all culminate this year with the mother of all returns: the one coming full circle to the original plane where everything had started.

Brawl's Most Important Matchup

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-05-07)

Two weeks ago, Wizards of the Coast introduced Brawl on Magic: The Gathering Online. Since then, Baral, Chief of Compliance has taken over the format by storm. After tinkering with deck, this article will guide you through the mirror step by step, so that you can get ahead of the metagame.

The Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit: Modern's Big Linearity Problem

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-04-12)

Modern is in a healthy state … Or is it? In this week's Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit, Hans analyzes and discusses what the swaths of linear decks mean for the Modern format, why this might be a problem, and finally some solutions that might help bring more interactive decks to the forefront of Modern.

Bringing Commander 1v1 From The Kitchen Table to the Tournament Table

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-03-12)

Born as a causal format and intended for funny multiplayer games, today Commander 1v1 has garnered a large community and needs to move forward. This article will examine the major distinctions between the main Commander 1v1 formats and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

A Case Study on the Fall of Bant Eldrazi

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-02)

Modern evolves as new cards enter the format, broken enablers are banned, and archetypes are discovered through off-the-wall experimentation. What used to be a tier-one archetype can in a few months be outclassed, outdated, and outmatched by the new hotness. Bant Eldrazi is one such archetype that now finds itself looking in from the outside of a format it once used to rule. How did this powerful deck manage to quickly fall from the top of the pile?

Modern is the Hero Pro Tour Magic Needs

EntertainmentBy Andifeated (2018-02-01)

Everybody is excited about the Modern Pro Tour this weekend and that's for a good reason. Since Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch in early 2016, there has been no Pro Tour featuring this constructed format despite its huge fan base, which has consistently grown since its introduction in 2011. This article elaborates on its reasons for vanishing and the necessity of its return.

Pre B&R Announcement October 2017

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-10-16)

It's time to go bananas!

B&R Announcement June 2017

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-06-14)

There are no marvels anymore!

Switching colors

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-05-29)

How does Modern look with the addition of Amonkhet a few weeks after players started brewing?

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Cardmarket Decks

Standard

MTGO
MTGO Competitive Standard League
17.09.2018
3-4
Japan Nationals 2018
09.09.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Standard League
10.09.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Standard League
27.08.2018

Modern

7th
NRG $5000 Championship Trial @ Palatine, IL
12.01.2019
5-8
SCG Team Open Columbus
05.01.2019
MTGO
MTGO Modern Finals
31.12.2018
3-4
Weird Named Event @ Hareruya (Japan)
16.12.2018

Vintage

MTGO
MTGO Competitive Vintage League
26.11.2017
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Vintage League
21.11.2017
7th
MKMSeries Barcelona 2017 - Vintage
04.11.2017
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Vintage League
08.09.2017

Commander

1st
Duel Commander @ Arena Jeux (Orange, France)
13.10.2018
3-4
DC @ Regran Toys and Hobby (Philippines)
23.09.2018
5-8
Commander Legion @ Goblin`s Armory (Philippines)
01.09.2018
1st
Duel Commander Tournament @ Regran Toys and Hobby, Philippines
18.08.2018

Highlander

4th
Highlander URPIN CUP Banská Bystrica, SK
27.05.2018
4th
Volcano Cup Mannheim
03.02.2018
4th
Metagame Master 10 Berlin
11.11.2017
6th
Library of Slovakia by Ihrysko - Odmäk pod Urpínom Banska Bystrica
12.03.2017
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