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Taking Control of Pioneer with Azorius

ConstructedBy Skura (2020-08-27)

Ever since Pioneer's inception last October, White-Blue Control has been a mainstay of the format. Though various flavors have been in vogue during that time. Let's take a closer look at what the archetype used to look like and what its position might be following the recent bannings.

The Top 16 Pioneer Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy Rone (2020-03-02)

Cardmarket Series Paris gave us a Top 8 filled with Spirits and White-Blue Control. Red-Green Stompy and Sultai Midrange made it to the semifinals, while Lotus Breach claimed the trophy as well as the Players Tour invite. But where was Dimir Inverter? In the Top 16, that's where!

White-Blue Control's Pioneer Premiere

ConstructedBy SamuelS (2019-12-11)

White-Blue Control is a particularly evergreen deck, part and parcel of all of Magic's formats. From counter spells and great removal to card advantage and life gain, the Azorius guild grants us access to all the tools we need to survive, and dominate, the long game.

Pioneer at Cardmarket Series Prague

Event CoverageBy TobiH (2019-12-06)

Pioneer wasn't one of the big headliners in Prague, and the event's turnout wasn't big either. The format also experienced another round of bannings since. Nevertheless, the results call into question some previous assumptions. In particular, control fared much better than expected.

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.

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.

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.

Three Exciting Standard Decks

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-07-04)

While thirteen of the Top 32 Standard decks at GP Pittsburgh included the mighty Goblin Chainwhirler, there’s still innovation to be found. Multiple decks only few people had on their radar made a splash this weekend including an old fan favorite.

Team Unified Standard RPTQ in Poland: Before and After

Event CoverageBy JohnnyCroat (2018-06-28)

It's no secret that metagames change, that archetypes change, that some decks fall out of favor while others get a 'second' wind. It's all part and parcel of the game of Magic: The Gathering. Lee recently attended an RPTQ and here, he tells the story of how his W/U control deck changed with Dominaria.

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.

The New Brawl

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-06-13)

With Brawl having a new Banlist and being back on Magic Online, it's time for Jamin to take a look at the way the metagame is shaping up. Which decks perform the best and which ones are played the most? Jamin has the answers in this interesting journey through 59-card decks.

Team Unified Standard Strategy

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-06-07)

Christian has been hard at work prepping for the upcoming RPTQ with his teammates and he has some thoughts on Team Unified Standard and what decks are the decks to watch for. Join him as he dives into this unique format and some of the challenges teams must overcome to bring the best composition to bear.

The State of Standard

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-06-01)

Dominaria dropped and immediately warped the Standard landscape around it. For the first time in a while, a set managed to shift the chokehold Kaladesh had on the meta. But how has it changed Standard and what decks should people be looking out for in this new landscape. Christian has the answers below!

UW Control in Dominaria Standard: Heroic and Second Sun Variants

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-05-23)

Dominaria has finally landed in Standard and it’s awesome. The legendary-based set brings brand new tools for control players and UW is the best shell to try them: Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and his friends. In this article, we will dissect the archetype variants and its latest innovations.

A First Look at Standard with Dominaria

SpoilersBy ChristianS (2018-04-05)

This week, I dive into the bevy of Dominaria spoilers available looking for interesting Standard-worthy cards that could shape the competitive meta in the months to come. Does Dominaria live up to the hype, or does Magic's most traveled plane come up short of expectations? Read on to find out.

UB Gateway Control in Standard

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-03-09)

When I started playing Standard after the release of Rivals of Ixalan, the first thing I wanted to do was to try out Azor's Gateway. In this article, I share the results of my testing and the deck that I believe is one of the best at utilizing Azor's Gateway.

Mardu Vehicles: Past, Present, and Future

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-02-19)

Mardu Vehicles has been a popular archetype in Standard since Kaladesh released. The deck has faced one of the most troublesome metas in Standard history with four separate ban announcements, one format rotation, and yet it has, through it all, managed to be a fairly well represented deck. Let’s crew it!

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!

Approaching Nirvana: A Look at UW Approach after Rivals of Ixalan

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2018-01-22)

With Rivals of Ixalan just released, it’s important to look at popular decks in Standard to see how they might be affected by the new set. In this article, we discuss one deck that’s been on Standard's stage for a while: UW Approach. Read further to see how we think it will perform.

The 5 Most Successful Modern Decks of 2017

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-01-19)

For better or for worse, the year that just ended consolidated the current Modern meta. But who were the kings of the season? Meet the five decks that placed more consistently in the Top 8 of Modern events during 2017, while scoring victories at the largest tournaments.

GP Manila 2017

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-06-04)

For a moment Marvel seemed unbeatable, but that moment is over.

Amonkhet Prereleases and MKMS

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-04-20)

Our next MKM Series stop in Frankfurt is approaching, and you definitely don't want to miss it!

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Standard

MTGO
MTGO Competitive Standard League
27.09.2018
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MTGO Competitive Standard League
24.09.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Standard League
24.09.2018
3-4
Worlds 2018 (Las Vegas)
23.09.2018

Modern

2nd
PPTQ @ Cedric's Boardgame Cafe (Quezon City, Philippines)
02.09.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Modern League
03.07.2018
3-4
Monthly Modern Apri @ XiXa-Games Salzburg
28.04.2018
5-8
SCG Invitational Qualifier Columbia
25.03.2018

Legacy

MTGO
MTGO Competitive Legacy League
07.07.2018
5-8
Legacy Monthly @MagicBazar (Paris, France)
19.08.2017
3-4
9th KMC Invitational
03.06.2017
3-4
Legacy Monthly @MagicBazar (Paris, France)
13.05.2017

Commander

2nd
AmicaleRolistesRetraités #11 @ Carnac
28.10.2018
2nd
DC Pont'Au @ Lieuray (27)
10.10.2018
2nd
Duel Commander @ Gaming Goat Geneva, IL
05.08.2018
2nd
DC League III - SFC @ San Fernando, La Union
15.07.2018

Highlander

4th
Vianočný Highlander ("Christmas HL") Banská Bystrica
17.12.2017
4th
Tiki Cup Frankfurt
21.10.2017
6th
Metagame Masters #9 Berlin
03.07.2017
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