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It's a Storm's World

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-10-10)

Storm clouds have descended upon the Legacy format once again. The archetype won several bigger tournaments in the span of just a couple of weeks. Which metagame factors contributed to the recent rise of Storm Combo, how do we combat the menace, and what comes next?

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.

Forgotten Heroes: Hypnotic Specter

EntertainmentBy SanchoN (2019-09-17)

Frequently cast on turn one to create early disruption or bait a Lightning Bolt, Hypnotic Specter was often a playset in mono-black decks in the early days of Magic. Today, though legal in most formats, the card never sees any play. This week, Sancho looks at what happened to another of Magic's forgotten heroes.

Switching Green for White in ANT

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-07-26)

Is it possible to cut green for white in ANT? CabalTherapy has got the low down on this heresy here as an long-time ANT player. He discusses the pros, the cons, and why now is such a great time to try and switch.

The London Mulligan and Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-07-10)

The new mulligan rule might have more impact on the landscape of Legacy than we saw in the MTGO test. Is this the beginning of a new era? Join CabalTherapy as he explores the potential long-term consequences of a new mulligan rule in a format as wide as Legacy.

A Tribute to Juzam Djinn

EntertainmentBy Elric (2019-07-09)

Even if Juzam sees very little play outside of Old School, it remains one of the most influential cards printed in MTG history. Join Pietro as he explores the depths of this card, from its art to its flavor text to what made this one of the best creatures in Magic.

Forgotten Heroes: Black Vise

EntertainmentBy SanchoN (2019-06-04)

Writhing out of the grip of a Black Vise or three cast on turn one could be quite a task in the days before easy ways of dumping your whole hand – and even more so when combined with lots of land destruction. This week Sancho salutes a card restricted twice in Vintage and banned in Legacy for most of the format's life.

Identifying Commander Decks: It's Easy as ABC

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2019-05-20)

Let's look at the wild wild west that is Commander with its infinite ways to build Commander decks, but only certain ways to fit specific playgroups and play styles. What decks are considered "casual" and what makes a deck competitive?

Legacy Treasures Volume 1: Spanish Inquisition

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-04-24)

A storm deck for purists. It made quite the splash, but has dissapeared into Legacies margins. Take a trip with Robert down memory lane as he explores the vaults of Legacy's massive, storied library.

Forgotten Zeroes: Alpha Betas

EntertainmentBy SanchoN (2019-04-23)

In this new series, Sancho examines the many useless Magic cards printed through the games' history. And what better place to begin than with Alpha, the set that saw the ultimate power cards being printed literally side by side with some of the most godawful pieces of cardboard you have never heard of.

Should This Be Banned - Part 1

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2019-03-04)

We all know the hype and speculation about ban list announcements made by WotC for Modern and Legacy. But what about the commander ban list? Who takes care of it, and why are certain cards on there? Today, Robert wants to explore beyond our kitchen tables and into the broken, degenerate, format that Commander can be.

CabalTherapy's Top Ten Tendrils Tips 6 - 10

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-02-20)

Follow CabalTherapy through the last of his important tips for playing ANT; a complex combo deck in Legacy and viewed by many as one of the hardest to master.

Three Decks for Beginners in Legacy

ConstructedBy ChristopherB (2019-02-19)

Getting into Legacy is quite difficult. The Reserved List made many keycards expensive and the deck variety is high. Here are three decks that are comparatively cheap and powerful to start Legacy.

CabalTherapy's Top Ten Tendrils Tips: 1-5

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-02-07)

Viewed by many as the hardest deck in Legacy, ANT is a complex combo deck that is difficult to play and even more demanding to master. However, there are plenty of simple lines of play that can help improving results and one’s overall expertise.

Behind the Tag - Deck Stories Part 2

EntertainmentBy ChristopherB (2019-01-16)

Have you ever asked yourself why a deck with three Urza lands is called Tron? Why is a Mono Blue Combo Deck named after a card that has never been a part of it? Read more about the stories of four decks in the second part of Behind the Tag.

CabalTherapy's 2019 Legacy Predictions

EntertainmentBy CabalTherapy (2019-01-09)

Happy New Year and what better way to start out then with some predictions. CabalTherapy looks to the future of Legacy and makes some predictions as to what will happen for the eternal format in 2019. Check out his predictions and let us know what you think will happen in the comments below!

Behind the Tag - Deck Stories Part 1

EntertainmentBy ChristopherB (2018-12-13)

Nowadays, most new decks have reasonable names like "Izzet Phoenix" or "Golgari Midrange," which more or less describes what the decks do/contain. But what about deck names from days gone by? Where does "the Rock" come from? What does "Death and Taxes" have to do with a white weenie deck? This is a series meant to discuss, briefly, the history behind these names.

Partner Work Part 1: Legacy and Modern

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-12-06)

Legacy is not perfect and other formats can teach it some lessons. In part one of "partner work," CabalTherapy looks at Modern's influence on Legacy.

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!

Tribal Attractions: A Halloween Horror Story

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-10-30)

Happy Halloween! The boundary with the Otherworld is at its thinnest! Time to appease those mischievous spirits, lest they give us bad draws all year long! Let's do it with some sympathetic magic, by building a cool, spooky casual deck using the most holiday-appropriate of all the tribes.

Paradoxical Outcome in Vintage: The New Hotness?

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-10-25)

Vintage format has been revolutionized by a card capable of winning games at instant speed and all on its own. It's not only because of its raw power, but also because of how easy it is to build balanced and synergistic decks around it. Pietro is here to tell you everything you could possibly want to know about Paradoxical Outcome in Vintage.

Melting Ice: Flipping Thing in the Ice in Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-10-11)

A 7/8 creature for two mana that does not see play in Legacy? That is totally unheard of! But that is currently the horror's fate. I think it is time to melt the ice.

How to Beat the Magic: Online Legacy Cube

LimitedBy Andifeated (2018-10-10)

Andifeated may be a spike at heart, but he enjoys every Magic format he can get his hands on when he isn't participating in a competitive tournament. This week, he drafted a bunch of sweet decks in the Legacy Cube Draft format and wants to share his knowledge about this casual master discipline with you.

Premodern: Why Is It Becoming Popular and Where Is It Headed

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-09-25)

Premodern is an "old school" balanced format for nostalgic players but is not too expensive nor too limited when it comes to its card pool. Its future will depend on the players that it will attract, as well as the overall support it will get.

To Counter or Not to Counter: ANT's Dark Ritual

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-09-11)

It may just be a small step, but it affects the outcome of Legacy games tremendously. Do you counter Ad Nauseam Tendrils’ Dark Ritual or do you let it resolve?

Five Legacy Decks That Could Play Snapcaster Mage But Don't

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-29)

No other creature plays such an important role in Legacy and Modern alike. Snapcaster Mage truly is the most flexible creature in all competitive Magic and, for some reason, there are still some decks not playing him.

MKM Series 2018 Prague: The Death of Delver

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-02)

Shorty after the groundbreaking ban of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe, the MKM Series visited Prague, eagerly awaiting a brand new Legacy format and the new brews it would entail. Miracles ended up the best-performing deck and carried the once mighty Delver to its grave.

The Next Step for Storm

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-01)

No more Shaman, no more Probe. Storm lives on but will have to adapt and change much like everything else. Seizing opponents' thoughts and wrapping them in tendrils is still going to be one of the best ways of ending games of Legacy, even if its players are forced to adapt.

Modern Shadows Part 1: Grixis

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-07-19)

Death's Shadow has been one of the most dominant cards in Modern these recent years. In this series of articles, Rone discusses its evolution and the various shells that thrive on self-inflicted pain. Part one is focused on the Grixis shell and its past, present and future.

Dangerous Propositions: Seething Song

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-07-13)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with 33 inmates, some of which pose a serious threat to the meta. But now that Big Jace has been released, anything can happen. Let's review each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time we talk of red's biggest mana ritual.

Burning Reanimator in 2018: A Dormant Monster

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-06-19)

Is there a Reanimator deck more powerful and brutal than the common black-red and blue-black variants? A deck that can choose to win via Empty the Warrens, Tendrils of Agony, and Griselbrand? Definitely! But it's remained underneath the surface for far too long.

How to Beat MUD: A Vintage Tier 1 Deck for 15 Years

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-05-23)

Most archetypes in Vintage Magic have defining cards which have not changed over the years. MUD, however, has changed entirely, yet it remains as one of the decks to beat. Why is that so and how can this deck be beaten?

Dangerous Propositions: Cloudpost

EntertainmentBy Kumagoro (2018-05-15)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with 33 inmates, some of which pose a potentially serious threat to the meta. But now that Big Jace has been released, anything can happen. Let’s review each of those offenders to see if they’re eligible for parole. This time we talk of big mana lands.

Caught in Agony Part 2: On Losing with ANT

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-03-26)

There are plenty of deck techs on the internet which provide valuable insight. Yet, there is much more to a deck than card choice and lines of play. So, join me on this multi-part story of dedication, challenge, and friendship as we explore my experiences with one of Magic's most iconic decks: Legacy ANT.

Take your Chance

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-10-23)

Winning a large tournament always draws players' interest, but when the deck lists are well-known stock lists there isn't much financial impact.

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.

Commanding News

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-11-06)

With the release scheduled for next week, Commander 2015 spoilers are in full swing now. Here are the most important facts so far.

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