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Six Shades of Blue: The Threesomes

By Skura (2022-08-05)

Control is widely associated with the color blue—and for good reasons. Whether it's countermagic or card draw, blue gets the most and the best such spells. A reactive strategy basically locks you into this one color, and a second color adds some nuance. Now let's explore how a third color changes the dynamic!

On Video This Week (30/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-07-25)

Every week Cardmarket's YouTube channel publishes a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of July 25.

Modern Deck of the Week: Saheeli Twin Prison

By Skura (2022-07-13)

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Modern decks among recent results. The overlooked combo that dominated Standard once upon a time is apparently back in Modern, but in a revamped configuration. Felidar Guardian and Saheeli Rai go to prison!

Pioneer Deck of the Week: Time to Talk Teferi

By TobiH (2022-06-22)

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Pioneer decks among recent results. Some people call the format uninteractive. But how can that be true when White-Blue Control enjoys a regular presence at the top tables?

Modern Deck of the Week: Deep Blue Something

By Skura (2022-06-22)

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Modern decks among recent results. This time we're diving into one of the cleanest (and weirdest) decks you may ever see! But it went 9-0-2 and took first place at a recent Modern Open.

Three Decks to Take from Modern to Pioneer, or Vice Versa

By ElonThragtusk (2022-06-07)

Pioneer may be more accessible than Modern, but maintaining different decks in both formats can be very expensive. So let's look at three decks that perform well in either. If you're a Modern or Pioneer player interested to try out the other format, these decks provide a solid starting point!

On Video This Week (22/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-05-30)

Every week Cardmarket's YouTube channel publishes a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of May 30.

On Video This Week (21/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-05-23)

Every week Cardmarket's YouTube channel publishes a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of May 23.

Daily Deck Tech from Capenna: Dimir Reanimator Control

By ElonThragtusk (2022-05-11)

Every workday while the Streets of Capenna are new, Insight takes a quick look at another deck featuring the fresh cards! Sometimes, the simplest route is the best one to take, and here's a rare example from Modern. One straightforward plan, just two colors, mainly four-ofs, and no nonsense.

On Video This Week (17/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-04-25)

Every week Cardmarket's YouTube channel publishes a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of April 25.

On Video This Week (16/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-04-18)

Every week Cardmarket's YouTube channel publishes a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of April 18.

Four Shades of Blue: Asserting Control

By Skura (2022-04-17)

Control is widely associated with the color blue—and for good reasons. Whether it's countermagic or card draw, blue gets the most and the best such spells. A reactive strategy basically locks you into this one color. But your choice of second color can drastically shift the way your games play out.

Nine Companions. So Be It: The New Fellowship of Modern

By Skura (2022-03-17)

With Lurrus banned out of the picture, we Modern players are left with nine other companions to get our free extra card fix. The question is how we can best take advantage of the ones that remain. Let's explore some shells that incorporate the various companions and look at a ton of decklists!

Daily Dynasty Deck Tech: Wandering, Marching …

By Skura (2022-02-24)

Every workday while the set is new, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring cards from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. White-Blue Control has always been a contender in Pioneer. Now the deck received a major overhaul and immediately claimed third place at the most recent Pioneer Challenge!

On Video This Week (3/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-01-17)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of January 17.

On Video This Week (2/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-01-10)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of January 10.

On Video This Week (1/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-01-04)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of January 3.

On Video This Week (49/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-12-06)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of December 6–10.

On Video This Week (48/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-29)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of November 29–December 3.

On Video This Week (47/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-22)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of November 22–26.

On Video This Week (46/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-15)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of November 15–19.

Daily Deck Tech Vow: Millicent, Tribal Spirits Commander

By ElonThragtusk (2021-11-04)

Here's our vow: Every workday during preview season, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming Innistrad: Crimson Vow. Today, we build a deck around what is the first big tribal Spirit commander flying the Azorius colors.

Fixing What's Not Broken: Innovations in Modern

By Skura (2021-11-03)

Nonrotating formats usually have their established decks, most following a "solved" composition. However, there are always eager players who still want to innovate and revolutionize what we know is already perfectly fine. Let's explore the decks that have experienced major innovations and the reasons for them.

On Video This Week (44/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-02)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of November 1–5.

Data Analysis: MTGO Modern Metagame Since MH2

By Aliquanto (2021-10-26)

After a few months' break, the Modern metagame analysis returns—with more data and more tools than ever! There's a lot of ground to cover, from the huge impact of Modern Horizons 2 on the format, via Forgotten Realms, all the way to the present day following the release of Midnight Hunt. Let's get down to business!

On Video This Week (41/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-10-11)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of October 11–15.

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Memory Deluge Reclamation

By Skura (2021-09-20)

Every workday ahead of the set's release, Insight is taking a quick look at a deck featuring new cards from the upcoming Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. Wilderness Reclamation was a menace in Standard and showed its power alongside Uro. Now, it's time for a comeback with a new Dig Through Time—Memory Deluge.

Sharks and Chalices: The New White-Blue Control of Modern

By Skura (2021-08-26)

Control has struggled in Modern ever since Mystic Sanctuary got banned. However, the archetype has come back with a vengeance, revitalized in the hands of legendary control master Guillaume Wafo-Tapa. Let's examine the new lineup and see how and why this version continues to be successful.

On Video This Week (33/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-08-16)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of August 16–20.

Rotation Grief: Throne of Eldraine, Part 2

By Kumagoro (2021-08-09)

The Standard rotation is upon us again! Time to acknowledge the disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We continue this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking into the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards Standard will lose when Throne of Eldraine rotates out.

On Video This Week (30/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-07-26)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of July 26–30.

Daily D&D Deck Tech: Blue-Black Control in New Standard

By Skura (2021-07-01)

Every workday throughout the preview season for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, Insight is taking a quick look at one new deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming set. Today we're looking at Blue-Black Control—which already picked up a couple of exciting tools. Let's see how we can utilize them!

Brainstoned! Miracles Back on the Modern Menu

By Skura (2021-06-29)

Loathed by some, loved by many others, the miracle mechanic has had its good times and its bad times. It's never been as big of a player in Modern as in Legacy, but the times seem to be changing. Is a three-mana Brainstorm able to make the archetype come back and become competitive? Absolutely!

New Modern Interaction

By Skura (2021-06-10)

Modern Horizons 2 is looking to change the eponymous format in major ways. Threats often dominate when it comes to headline news, but answers are just as important. The set injects Modern with a plethora of exciting new tools of interaction. Let's see which of them are potential candidates for the top tier.

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks, April–May 2021

By 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!

Counterspell Is Coming to Modern!

By Skura (2021-05-10)

Counterspells have always been one of the pillars of interaction alongside discard and removal. There is one iconic card that embodies this type of interaction. Its name is, appropriately and predictably, Counterspell. For the first time ever, it will be legal in Modern. Let me tell you what that means in practice.

Strixhaven Spotlight: Powerful Prismari Projects

By ElonThragtusk (2021-04-08)

Strixhaven opens its doors and gives us rebrands of five two-color combinations. As expected, Izze— Prismari is all about wacky projects, though this time around they are pretty big in size. Will they make it big in Constructed as well? Let's find out if the experiments were successful!

What I'm Playing This Weekend at the Kaldheim Championship

By K_Prinz (2021-03-26)

What do you get when you test for a major tournament with the likes of Brad Nelson, Seth Manfield, and the famous "Czech House"? Great options for Historic, a deck choice for Standard upon which the whole team agreed, and a solid starting point for a hopefully successful weekend!

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks, February–March 2021

By Aliquanto (2021-03-18)

Do you want to know which decks are the best in Modern? What to play, what to beat? Ranking the decks based on data rather than opinions? Let's review the results from Magic Online and see how we can analyze them to determine a tier list. Here is the first month of the post-Uro Modern world!

Top 5 Cards That Should See More Play in Modern

By Skura (2021-02-01)

Modern is a vast format with dozens upon dozens of viable archetypes. To me, it's the most diverse, fun, stimulating, and overall best format in Magic. However, people sometimes tunnel vision on a narrow subset of cards that they keep playing over and over again and forget the cards that need exploring.

Playmat Icons: Sphinxes

By Kumagoro (2021-01-21)

When they're not eating those who fail to solve their puzzle challenges, Sphinxes incarnate blue's card advantage in the shape of evasive finishers. Be they pulled from ancient Egyptian lore or from Greek mythology, it's not a mystery that these cunning creatures puts an enigmatic twist to their Magic builds.

My Decks for the Zendikar Rising Championship

By K_Prinz (2020-12-03)

I am explaining my deck choice(s) for the Zendikar Rising Championship. It's the biggest and most important tournament left this year, potentially providing a way into the MPL or Rivals. Since Standard is mostly settled, let's focus on Historic following the introduction of Kaladesh Remastered.

VIDEO: 4C Uro Piles Deck Tech (Modern) + Deck Variants

By NayRained (2020-11-18)

Since its release in Theros Beyond Death, Uro seems to be everywhere. And understandably so, as he is a jack of all trades with life gain, ramp, card draw as well as being a chunky creature. In this video, Snapbooster explains how to get the best out of the Titan with this control-like 4C Uro Piles Deck.

Omnath's Life Beyond Standard

By Rone (2020-11-12)

While the marquee card of Zendikar Rising only lasted three weeks in Standard and on MTG Arena, Omnath, Locus of Creation can redeem itself by being a playable but not completely busted contender in other formats. Pioneer, Modern, and even Legacy — we review every Omnath strategy!

Field of the Dead in Modern

By 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.

Temur Reclamation Goes Wild in Pioneer

By Rone (2020-09-15)

Temur Reclamation was one of the best performing decks over the last year in Standard. Recently banned even before rotation, the strategy has found a new format to conquer. Right now it stands as the king of the hill in Pioneer. Let's take a closer look at the current trend and possible futures.

Zendikar Rising Spotlight: Ruin Crab in Nonrotating Formats

By ElonThragtusk (2020-09-07)

In the last few years, mill decks have gained new removal and counterspells, but no useful mill cards. This lack of support is the main thing that keeps them from moving up in the meta. How likely is it that a new and, in the case of this deck, better Hedron Crab helps with this issue in Modern and other formats?

Taking Control of Pioneer with Azorius

By 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.

Rotation Preparation: Temur and Other Adventures

By Rone (2020-08-18)

Standard rotation is just five weeks away, which will restart the format for good. When looking for decks to play, Adventure variants from Throne of Eldraine will remain largely intact, a Block Constructed shell that becomes tier one. Let's find out about the different versions available.

Jumping into Historic with Jumpstart

By Kumagoro (2020-07-27)

The allure of the peculiar Arena format is stronger than ever — both in digital form and in the real world, where Historic playing groups have started to emerge. The debut of Jumpstart, which was made Historic-legal on Arena, is yet another reason to have a look at this now suddenly supercharged format.

Standard Data Fresh from Red Bull Untapped

By TobiH (2020-07-14)

When it comes to generating meaningful data, nothing compares to an actual big tournament. With about 1,300 players, Red Bull Untapped's recent International Qualifier definitely qualified. Straight from the source, here's information on the metagame and several key performance indicators!

How the M21 Reprints Impact Pioneer

By Kumagoro (2020-06-30)

Pioneer debuted as a nonrotating format inserted between Standard and Modern and featuring all cards stretching back to Return to Ravnica. Each new premier set adds a number of cards that see print for the first time, but also some reprints that predate Pioneer's starting point, sometimes with unexpected results.

How to Sideboard with Control Decks

By Skura (2020-06-24)

In Magic, you play up to two thirds of all games postboard. If you want to win at Magic, it's imperative for you to be proficient at sideboarding. This article focuses on one archetype which the author is known to have mastered. Let's take a deep look at your control deck's fifteen, how to pick and how to use them.

M21 Spotlight: Teferi, Master of Time

By Rone (2020-06-11)

Teferi has returned! After a long time being an Azorius planeswalker, he is back in blue for Core Set 2021, showcasing a whole new static ability, tons of variant frames, and ultimately what he does best — bending time at his will. Let's look at the future impact of our beloved mage of Zhalfir.

Winota Rider Caught Stealing (Again?)

By ElonThragtusk (2020-05-28)

To win in today's Standard, there seem to be two rules: you better have a companion, and you also should have a good way of cheating Agents of Treachery into play. However, it appears that just meeting the second condition may be enough. The fastest way to a bargain steal is of course to enlist the help of Winota.

The Enlightenment of Narset

By Kumagoro (2020-05-27)

With her Ikorian incarnation, Narset, the set's third planeswalker, has come full circle, regaining all the colors of the Jeskai Way. What does this entail for the neuro-atypical kung-fu heroine? More importantly, what does it mean for the control decks that choose to embrace her Triome?

The Certainty of Vivien

By Kumagoro (2020-05-19)

A minor subtheme of Ikoria seems to be the cheating of permanents from the library directly onto the battlefield, also known as what Grafdigger's Cage doesn't want you to do. Lukka proceeds onward to higher mana costs, while the new Vivien takes the opposite approach. Let's see how efficiently and to what end.

The Rise of Lukka

By Kumagoro (2020-05-07)

Ikoria had a big impact on Standard, inspiring a number of spicy brews. Cycling decks, mutate synergies, and the radical innovation of the companions are all front and center in the conversation, eclipsing the role of the three new planeswalkers. But at least one of them is already making strides to the top.

Yorion, a Nomad Mad for Standard

By BrentT (2020-04-30)

When companions were initially released, Yorion, Sky Nomad sort of flew under the radar because obviously busted Lurrus and Gyruda claimed the spotlight first. But the Standard metagame moves fast and now we're seeing Yorion variants rise to the top. Let's take a look at a couple of decks running an extra twenty cards.

Ikoria Spotlight: Competitive Constructed Companions

By TobiH (2020-04-07)

Ikoria's new ability companion adds a touch of the Commander experience to regular Magic. You can reveal one companion from your sideboard before each game, if your presented deck matches the card's specified restriction, and then cast it from there once during that game. Let's look at implications and decks.

Arena Exploits: Adventures in Mythic/Simic

By TobiH (2020-04-01)

Maintaining a Top 100 Mythic rank on MTG Arena's ladder is a tough grind, especially in today's Standard where all decks fight on plenty of axes and most matchups are fifty-fifty. How about a deck that's as broken as it gets, more consistent than many, and almost too much fun to play?

The Top 16 Pioneer Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By 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!

World Championship XXVI: Dreams Do Come True

By Kumagoro (2020-02-21)

Legendary Brazilian Hall-of-Famer Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa piloted his unforgiving Azorius Control to the fabulous grand prize against Márcio Carvalho in a tense final that had Portuguese as its first language. A victory that puts a highly coveted bow on an extraordinary career.

The Top 16 Standard Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By JohnnyCroat (2020-02-17)

Theros Beyond Death gave us a brand new Standard format. The Top 8 of the Standard main event of Cardmarket Series Paris 2020 already featured a bunch of innovations, and the next eight players in line added even more spice to the mix. Check out their decklists here!

Kiora Redesigns the Simic Ramp

By Kumagoro (2020-02-06)

Ramping in green is easy, but choosing the right payoff can be as crucial as sculpting the perfect curve. A big unkillable monster? A mass effect that dismantles the opponent's board? A permanent theft? How about all of the above? Enter Kiora Bests the Sea God, depicting our planeswalker's greatest achievement.

Players Tour Preparation: My Pioneer Deck for Brussels

By ChristianS (2020-01-31)

After six Grand Prix Top 8s and one Pro Tour Top 8, Christian Seibold is back for more and has his sights set on Players Tour Brussels. Going into the tournament, he shares the story of his Pioneer preparation and reveals the brand new tech he's playing this very weekend!

Theros Theory Crafting: White-Blue Control in Standard

By BrentT (2020-01-16)

White-Blue Control has been a solid deck choice for recent Standard events. The deck could be seen at the top of multiple PTQs, MTGO Standard Leagues, and various community tournaments. Now it's time to figure out how the deck evolves as new cards from Theros Beyond Death are introduced to the mix.

Mythic Championship VII: Cat Out of the Bag

By Kumagoro (2019-12-13)

The final entry in the Mythic Championship series, as well as the last big professional event of the year, presented a reasonably varied Standard metagame. Though there were more than a few twists as well as a couple notable absentees.

White-Blue Control's Pioneer Premiere

By 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

By 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.

A Look at the Top 16 Standard Decks from Cardmarket Series Prague

By JohnnyCroat (2019-12-04)

Cardmarket Series Prague featured a brand new Standard format once again. While Oko was out, the oven was still burning with the fire of invention. The Top 8 was low on green and high on Flash decks, but the rest of the Top 16 included lots of Golgari, some Gruul, and all the Beasts and Knights one could wish for …

Jeskai Fires in Post-Oko Standard

By Rone (2019-11-20)

Standard was all about Food decks before the ban of Oko, but one underdog deck was already waiting for its moment to take over. Finally, the time has come for Jeskai Fires of Invention to shine. Join Rone and the Cavaliers and have all your dreams and wishes come true!

Brawling in Eldraine: Three Planeswalker Decks for Brawl

By RyanS (2019-11-07)

Magic players are finally playing Brawl, mostly thanks to the format's run on Arena. Time for some fun! Ryan looks at the newest planeswalkers from Throne of Eldraine: The Royal Scions, Garruk, Cursed Huntsman, and Oko, Thief of Crowns, and turns them into Brawl commanders.

Tournament Report: Grand Prix Utrecht, Part 2

By ChristianS (2019-11-05)

In the second part of his report, it's time for Christian to go 6-0 across two Throne of Eldraine Booster Drafts to reclaim a spot among the Top 8. Follow the hero's journey and learn the secrets that govern the current Limited format!

Mythic Championship V: Twilight of the Dead

By Kumagoro (2019-10-23)

The penultimate Arena Mythic Championship was foremost a Golos affair, yet the wandering robot and its favorite Zombieland destination failed to reach the topmost place in their final Standard showcase. This ended up the privilege of the reigning, and fervent, world champion.

The Best Commander Cards from Throne of Eldraine

By RJGiel (2019-10-09)

It's been a good year for Commander players so far. Modern Horizons brought staples, M20 great wedge commanders, War of the Spark plenty of planeswalkers, and Commander 2019 was … also a thing. Throne of Eldraine seems to be a more traditional set, but there are still plenty of Commander goodies!

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