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The Judge Call that Changed My Career and Attitude

EntertainmentBy Andifeated (2019-03-21)

Judge calls happen at almost every Magic Tournament. They are there to help players solve communications issues or fix game states where the rules of the game have been broken – accidentally or intentionally. Since Judges rely on the information both players provide to them and their own assumption about the situation, strange outcomes can happen at judge calls from time to time. Learn everything about the one judge call that probably changed Andifeateds career and attitude forever.

What Happened to Standard Stompy

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-11-22)

The Standard meta that ended its run in October was much friendlier to monocolored decks than the current one seems to be. As it turns out, getting access to half the Ravnican Guilds favors multicolor decks, who knew? And among the victims of this new trend is our old friend Steel Leaf Stompy.

Rone's MKMS Zaragoza Modern Main Event

Event CoverageBy Rone (2018-11-21)

After an amazing weekend of magic in the city of Zaragoza, it's time to talk about the last MKM Series stop of the year, with a particular focus on the Modern Main Event. Rodrigo walks you through his experience during the weekend.

Myth & Magic: Vampires, Werewolves, and a Bump in the Night

EntertainmentBy JohnnyCroat (2018-10-31)

Lee is back with another take on the myth behind the Magic. Today he's feeling festive, looking at Vampires, Werewolves, and other things lurking under your bed just in time for Halloween.

#CMAskTheJudge Episode 21 - Switcheroo

EntertainmentBy MaximilianK (2018-09-07)

Episode 21 of Cardmarket's AskTheJudge series. Each installment in this series will include a video that poses a rules question about MTG. Watch the video, comment with your answer, and then check your work below. This week's question involves keeping your grizzlies.

On Lower Tiers: Standard Stompy

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-09-07)

Another unsung monocolored hero of Standard has actually had its time under the meta spotlight, if briefly. Green Stompy is the best aggro deck in the format that can’t use Goblin Chainwhirler and has an amazing midrange game. Let’s find out what will happen to it after the looming rotation.

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.

Preparing for Rotation: What Gains and What Loses

ConstructedBy 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

M19 Standard for Pro Tour 25th Anniversary

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-08-02)

Pro Tour 25th Anniversary is just around the corner and constructed Team Trios will be the format of choice with M19 Standard playing a major role in the tournament. In this article, I will try to highlight the latest additions while guessing which archetypes could be chosen by the pro players of the event. Let’s break it down!

Rogue Deck Review 2: Summer Notables

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-07-18)

Welcome to the second installment of Rogue Deck Review! Today we're taking a look at five rogue decks that are worth sharing, whether it's because of quirkiness, metagame viability, or accessibility. Without further ado, let's jump right in to our first list!

The Most Powerful Rares of M19 for Standard

SpoilersBy ChristianS (2018-07-12)

Last time, I talked about the new Elder Dragons and Planeswalkers of the latest Core set. This time around, I'm writing about the most powerful rares of M19 for the Standard format. While the best cards of M19 seem to be Elder Dragons, there are still some good rares which could impact Standard. M19 focused a bit on tribals, but there are also other cards with potential.

Top 5 Aggro Decks in Dominaria Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-06-20)

Standard is in a pretty rough spot right now. After Pro Tour Dominaria, the format looks solved. Goblin Chainwhirler is the new boogeyman and Red decks are everywhere. So, Rodrigo decided to take a look at Aggro in Standard and ranked his top 5 Aggro decks in Dominaria.

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.

Merfolk in Rivals of Ixalan Standard

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-02-21)

The Ixalan block focused heavily on the vampire, merfolk, pirate, and dinosaur tribe. Merfolk, unfortunately, ended falling behind given a low member pool and limited support cards in Ixalan Standard. This article discusses how Rivals of Ixalan changes this equation.

Notes from the Battlefield: Standard at MKMS Frankfurt 2018

Event CoverageBy 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!

Ixalan Standard at SCG Dallas Open

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-10-02)

A butcher has no face...

Hour of Prerelease

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-07-07)

The Hour of Prerelease is nearly upon us!

Spiritual Guidance

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-10-24)

It's new, it's cool, it's flashy!

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Cardmarket Decks

Standard

2nd
Store Championship M19 @ Back to Games (Abu Dhabi)
14.09.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Standard League
13.09.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Standard League
10.09.2018
MTGO
MTGO Standard Regional PTQ
10.09.2018

Modern

3-4
GP Champs @ Leriba (Centurion, South Africa)
01.12.2018
3-4
Grand Prix Atlanta 2018
04.11.2018
5-8
SCG Modern Open Dallas
20.10.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Modern League
12.10.2018

Legacy

1st
Legacy Majors XII @ Kick Engines (Philippines)
11.11.2018
2nd
Let's Get Wasted! @ Prodigy Games, Florida
14.07.2018
5-8
LQ #9 @ Gigi-Bites Tabletop Gaming Cafe, Marietta GA
23.06.2018
5th
Duel for Duals VI @ Kick Engines @ SMX Aura, Philippines
23.06.2018

Commander

5-8
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
5-8
Bohemia DC Prague 7th @ Prague @ Prague
24.11.2018
5-8
ZAP November @ Palaiseau (France)
11.11.2018
5-8
ZAP November @ Palaiseau (France)
11.11.2018

Highlander

3rd
MGM 11 Berlin
03.03.2018
7th
Volcano Cup Mannheim
03.02.2018
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