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Inner Workings: Spirit Aggro

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-11-08)

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 a tribal deck that reached critical mass with a new, crucial addition on Core Set 2019, and it's been making strides ever since.

Modern Metagame Review: 2018 Summer Edition

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-09-11)

Summer is over and the Guilds of Ravnica spoilers have officially begun. While waiting for new cards to improve or create new archetypes, let's review how the Modern format has been performing during the past three months divided into winners, losers, and new brews.

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.

Going Rogue: Midrange and Budget Decks before M19 Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-07-11)

Just a week before Core 2019 pre-releases and Standard is looking much better. Fresh cards will enter the format and maybe even a banning announcement? Either way, it's time to consider some rogue decks from the past two GPs and some cheap variants to power up with the new set.

Define This: Deck Categories

EntertainmentBy 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.

Zombie Armies in Dominaria

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-06-21)

The hot topic in Standard right now is the dominance of Goblin Chainwhirler and rise of a "solved" format. That's all fine and well, but our own Ryan S has other plans for Standard. In this article, He explores two casual Standard builds around his favorite Dominaria card and its zombie army.

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.

An Introduction to 1v1 Commander

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-04-18)

1v1 Commander is a relatively new format originally introduced last year on Magic Online. The format is built on interesting decks and allows you to play with many different cards from Magic’s past. If any of this appeals to you, I have what you need to get started in this format.

Bloodbraid Elf: Proving Its Weight in Modern

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-04-06)

It’s been almost two months since Bloodbraid Elf came off the ban list, and we’ve seen a wide variety of lists running the four-drop. In this week’s article, Hans ponders the effect Bloodbraid Elf has had on Modern and compiles a compendium of recent deck lists playing the elf!

The Seven Sins of Sideboards and Sideboarding in Modern

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-26)

In this article, I walk you through the pitfalls of sideboards and sideboarding, and there’s quite a few of them! Could you be committing any of these cardinal sins? Take a look and find out if you are and what you can do to stop making these easy-to-fix mistakes!

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.

Highlights in Bilbao: Modern at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

Event CoverageBy Rone (2018-02-06)

Last weekend, the best Magic players in the world gathered in Bilbao to fight for the crown at PTRIX. After two years without a Modern Pro Tour, everyone was excited to see if the Pros could shake up the format and bring new strategies and cards from recent sets. Here are the tournament highlights.

Rivalling Tribes

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2018-01-04)

Which tribe will rise to the top?

Modern Whirrings

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-11-30)

Who is ready for "the ultimate mix of mind-numbing boredom with really difficult gameplay decisions"?

Spiritual Guidance

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-10-24)

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

Get to the Choppa!

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-10-04)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, known for his time travelling ability, already tried to tell us that in Predator (1987).

Making enemies fast

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-09-04)

Prepare for a faster Modern format!

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