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Commander Deck Tech: Get Cooking with Gyome, Master Chef

ConstructedBy RyanS (2021-06-01)

All foodies and amateur chefs can finally find that part of their personality represented in a card. Gyome is responsible for culinary creations (creates Food tokens) that give creatures both sustenance (indestructible) and indigestion (tapping them). Here is a recipe for a deck with layers of flavor!

Chain of Smog Combo: Witherbloom Rules Legacy

ConstructedBy Rone (2021-05-24)

During Strixhaven preview season, the almost forgotten Chain of Smog rose to new prominence and a new price point. Belittled as a purely theoretical gimmick, the combo with magecraft has since been able to prove its mettle in Legacy, in a variety of shells, alongside Witherbloom Apprentice.

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!

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!

The Finest (?) Vintage: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

ConstructedBy OdinFK (2021-04-13)

Vintage decks are typically "broken" in a good way. But when you look around at what people play, you can't help but notice that some designs are literally broken in the sense of "not working (as well) as intended." Let's investigate the how, the why, and the why not; find fixes and learn a lesson or two.

Commander Deck Tech: Fright Night

ConstructedBy RyanS (2021-03-23)

This monoblack deck plays nicely with your opponents…' permanents. Your opponents themselves, well, they should be afraid. Very afraid. One would expect no less from the God of Fright, of course, and Tergrid does not disappoint. Spook the competition and make their own weapons come back to haunt them!

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.

Commander Deck Tech: The God of Snow

ConstructedBy RyanS (2021-02-11)

On these cold winter days, you can't help but feel inspired to build a snow deck, and Jorn, God of Winter gave us the perfect commander for such a strategy. The resulting deck generates a lot of mana, casts creatures that scale with the number of snow permanents, and wins out of nowhere with huge X spells.

A Vintage Brewer's Diary: 2020 in Review, Part 2

Event CoverageBy TDD (2021-02-03)

This is the second part of my personal 2020 review, brought to you through the medium of paper Vintage decks. Last time, we got halfway through the year, and we looked at five different decklists. Today, we'll go over five more brews from the second half of the year. Let's dive in!

A Vintage Brewer's Diary: 2020 in Review, Part 1

Event CoverageBy TDD (2021-01-26)

2020 is finally behind us. As paper play was suspended, many Magic players found their way to Magic Online and Arena. Some of us Vintage boomers, however, still crave the smell of ancient cardboard. Shuffling around those broken spells. Knocking the top of the deck when we need to hit something good …

Kaldheim Spotlight: Tibalt's Trickery

SpoilersBy TobiH (2021-01-14)

The upcoming set's red cards are full of combo potential of the best kind. There's a lot of wacky stuff that may ultimately prove too tough to pull off but, oh, so satisfying when successful. If you like to make your cards jump through hoops in hopes of a big pay day, this article is for you!

Commander Deck Tech: Sakashima and Vial Smasher

ConstructedBy RyanS (2021-01-04)

Have you ever won a game of Commander without dealing combat damage? Check out this Grixis Commander deck helmed by Sakashima and Vial Smasher to find out how. Make clones and copies of the best things on the board and try to win by doubling or even tripling the damage from Vial Smasher's effect.

Commander Legends: Sengir and Szat, Monoblack Nobility

ConstructedBy RyanS (2020-12-10)

Finally we got a new card for Baron Sengir, a character whose lineage dates back to the very beginning of Magic. Tevesh Szvat is similarly old, but his very first planeswalker card is brand-new. The best part is, both cards have partner, so they can both be at the helm of a monoblack aristocrats strategy.

Commander Legends: Abomination of Llanowar on a Budget

ConstructedBy RyanS (2020-11-25)

Check out this budget Golgari Elf tribal deck led by the Abomination of Llanowar. Cast a lot of Elves for value, ramp and/or card draw. Somebody wipes the board? No worries, the commander cares for the number of Elves in the graveyard as well, so it will only grow bigger and bigger …

Going Black in Pauper

ConstructedBy PR0boszcz (2020-11-04)

Black is commonly known as the weakest of the colors in the Pauper format. However, even if it may not be as powerful as some, it uses unique tools that none of the other colors can offer. Access to board sweepers, discard, and various removal options make black an important part of the metagame.

Commander on a Budget: Ayara's Halloween Special

ConstructedBy RyanS (2020-10-29)

Got any Halloween plans yet? How about a €50 budget deck full of dark sorcery and sacrifice, death and drain? Featuring a spooky storyline hook, some spicy tech that your opponents will never expect, and the potential to win out of nowhere. The Shadow Queen holds court and awaits your presence.

Pauper Metagame Overview

ConstructedBy PR0boszcz (2020-10-22)

Pauper is getting more attention and love from the Wizards of the Coast. Since it's sanctioned, we can see their efforts in updating the banlist more regularly and printing cards that seem to target especially this format. Let's take a look at an interesting metagame, with aggro, control, and combo all represented.

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.

Ramp and Let Die: Budget Fastbond in Vintage

ConstructedBy Dr-Exhume (2020-06-29)

Vintage can be fun and relatively cheap? Is that true? Indeed, you can build a pair of Vintage decks for less than many Modern decks and you can even steal some games with them. Let's take a look at two Fastbond shells and revisit a couple of common misconceptions about Magic's oldest format.

Upgrading Ruthless Regiment on a Budget

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2020-05-15)

Humans? Check. Aristocrats? Check. The Ruthless Regiment preconstructed Commander deck is a great option to play straight out of the box. But it's easy to improve, even on a limited budget. Let's take a look at some affordable and effective upgrades, so that you can better hold your own in your Commander playgroup.

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?

Commander Deck Tech: Dissent in the Land

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2019-12-02)

Today, we look at a Lands deck, but one that doesn't revolve around the popular commanders that we see everybody using in this context: no Omnath, no Mina and Denn, no Gitrog Monster. Today we turn to an unexpected commander for a Lands strategy. Welcome to Samut Lands.

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!

Vintage at Cardmarket Series Barcelona, an Analysis

Event CoverageBy Elric (2019-11-06)

A modern version of BUG Fish claimed the trophy in a metagame filled with artifact and combo decks, but also speckled with a few surprises. Let's see how the latest releases and changes affected the Vintage metagame, and take a look at the Top 4 decklists!

Bringing Fun Decks to Pauper

ConstructedBy WileCoyote (2019-10-07)

Modern Horizons shook up Modern, it shook up Commander, and Pauper was on the receiving end of some spicy new cards as well. The recent banning of Gush, Daze, and Gitaxian Probe helped the metagame diversify. Now we have the breathing space that will allow new members to shine in the house of commons.

Utility Lands You Should be Playing

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2019-07-30)

One of the great things about Commander is that you can run utility lands; lands that do something besides tapping for mana. Today, Robert wants to take a look at some of the greatest potential inclusions.

Pauper Comes to Paper

ConstructedBy WileCoyote (2019-07-22)

The 27th of June was a historic day for the Pauper format. WotC finally unified Pauper and they made it official! That means sanctioned paper events all over the world. WileCoyote is here to discuss the impact of these changes and the whole slew of new cards that came with them.

10 Legacy Playable Cards in War of the Spark

SpoilersBy CabalTherapy (2019-04-30)

The final showdown between Bolas and the Gatewatch has begun and with the War of the Spark, Legacy gets some new toys. Cabaltherapy's got the breakdown on which cards might make a splash in the storied format.

Behind the Tag - Deck Stories Part 3

EntertainmentBy ChristopherB (2019-03-28)

Have you ever asked what a mill deck has to do with The Four Horsemen? Why is a deck named after a Monty Python sketch? Read more about these and more as Christopher brings you four more stories of tags and their origins.

A Beginner's Guide to Pauper Archetypes Part 1

ConstructedBy WileCoyote (2019-03-25)

Join Mark as he travels through the current Pauper meta and gives you a snapshot of a few of the hot decks right now. From Delver to Control to straight Creature-based Aggro, He's got the lowdown!

Dangerous Propositions: Dark Depths

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-02-19)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with (KCI update!) 34 inmates, some of which could potentially pose a serious threat to the meta. In this ongoing series, we're reviewing each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time it's the turn of the evil queen of the tokens.

Hitting Blind - The Full Guide to Cabal Therapy

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2018-11-30)

If you've read Andifeated's last two articles, you should've learned a lot about playing Dredge in Legacy already, but there is one important topic that hasn't been discussed yet and it might be the hardest area of the archetype: Casting Cabal Therapy correctly. Learn how to pick em right here!

The Bogeyman is Back: A Legacy Dredge Primer

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2018-11-02)

Deathrite Shaman was considered to be the evil bane of the Legacy Format and many players wanted it to be banned in order to make the format great again. They forgot an ancient beast that terrorized the Legacy format before Deathrite Shaman was printed in 2012. Learn about the rising threat from the grave and how to defeat or join them in Andifeated’s up to date Dredge Primer.

Reyhan and Ikra Budget Golgari Deck Tech

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-10-16)

Building a Commander deck is a fun, but daunting task, especially if you are on a tight budget. In this article, I will try to explain the thought process of building on a budget using cards which cost less than three euros each.

Tribal Attractions: Vampires

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-09-26)

With its four-faction setting, Ixalan has been a very tribal block, and then Dominaria doubled down on the approach. Even with Guilds of Ravnica stopping the trend, it's still a good time to have fun with Modern concoctions in the tribal flavor. In this installment: the suckers that so rarely suck.

Lord of Specters: Nicol Bolas Commander Deck Tech

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-09-04)

M19 gave players the origin of Nicol Bolas his very own flip walker, to symbolize his getting a planeswalker spark. This means that commander players now have the opportunity to build Nicol Bolas decks with a decent Bolas commander. In this article, I will showcase a particular build for [Nicol Bolas, the Ravager] that focuses on hand disruption and reanimation.

Inner Workings: Bloomless Titan

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-08-24)

In each installment of the Inner Workings series, we'll examine a different Modern archetype to find out what makes it tick. This time, it's the turn of Bloomless Titan, the heir of the explosive ramp deck that used to perform a grand juggling act with bounce lands, Amulets and Titans.

A Forbidden Love: Krav and Regna Commander Deck Tech

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-08-15)

Battlebond reintroduced partner commanders and even though it was a bit different from their 2016 debut, the Partner mechanic did not disappoint. Having two commanders is a powerful option in the ever-popular Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH) aka the Commander format. In this article, I will be looking at an unusual pair: Krav, a demon and Regna, an angel – lovers and partners. Here's a casual fun Commander deck built around them.

Inner Workings: Creatures Toolbox

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-05-25)

In each installment of the Inner Workings series, we’ll examine a different Modern archetype to find out what makes it tick. This time, it’s the turn of Creatures Toolbox, the only true heir of Pod decks, continuing a long tradition of creature-based combo builds capable of finding an answer to anything.

Playing Pauper with the Soul Sisters

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-05-02)

I came across an interesting Soul Sister’s combo deck at my local LGS. This got me thinking about Soul Sisters in Pauper and, in this article, I take a look at three different version of Soul Sisters for Pauper each a little different from the other.

Modern's One-Hit Wonders

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-04-18)

Every time a new deck pops up in Modern, there’s a rush to play the deck, it becomes a flavor of the month, and then is shelved indefinitely. This week Hans revisits four decks that saw some time in the limelight within the past year. Do any of these decks have any shot at redemption? Let’s find out!

5 Dragons You Might Meet on the Battlefield

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-03-23)

Dracarys! Despite their typical casting cost being midrange and beyond, Dragons always find a way to show up in decks of all kinds. Their current situation across the formats is not too shabby, and not just in red-based builds. Here’s a selection of the flying terrors all the cool kids are playing.

Zero Thrill: The Pact of Negation Story

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-03-14)

Were Force of Will available in Modern, the format would be dramatically altered. And yet, Modern does already contain a piece of non-conditional zero-cost countermagic, and while it's not played as much as Vintage and Legacy's signature counterspell, it's been tentatively around since Modern's early days.

5 Pauper Decks for Beginners

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-01-29)

With the sudden spotlight on Pauper, the commons only format, a lot of new players want to give it a shot, but where to begin? What decks to play? Here I list 5 Pauper decks that are super cheap and provide a good introduction to the format, perfect for beginners.

My Legacy Picks for Team Trios Constructed GPs

Event CoverageBy Alakazimdk (2018-01-23)

This article will try to give you and your team some options for the Legacy component of upcoming Team Constructed events. I’ll give each deck two scores, the first for experienced Legacy players and the second for players who are not as familiar with Legacy as a format. As with all Legacy lists, expect a high learning curve in a format with Wastelands, Brainstorms, and consistent turn 2-3 combo kills.

GP Columbus and Prague 2016

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-06-13)

Let's look at the two GP winning decks, and see how much Eternal Masters will help you build these decks.

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