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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.

Temur Reclamation Goes Wild in Pioneer

ConstructedBy 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

SpoilersBy 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

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.

Rotation Preparation: Temur and Other Adventures

ConstructedBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

EntertainmentBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

SpoilersBy 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?)

ConstructedBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

SpoilersBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

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!

World Championship XXVI: Dreams Do Come True

Event CoverageBy 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

Event CoverageBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

SpoilersBy 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

Event CoverageBy 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

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.

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

Event CoverageBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

LimitedBy 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

Event CoverageBy 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

ConstructedBy 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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Cardmarket Decks

Standard

Top 8
Players Tour Finals
28.07.2020
Top 8
Players Tour Finals
28.07.2020
Top 8
Players Tour Finals
28.07.2020
Top 8
Players Tour Finals
28.07.2020

Modern

6th
MTGO Modern Challenge
30.10.2019
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