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Modern Deck of the Week: Actual Draw-Go Control!

By Skura (2022-08-10)

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Modern decks among recent results. A reinvigorated take on White-Blue will warm the heart of every hardcore control freak. What do we do on our turn? That's right, we draw (and play a land) and say go!

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!

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?

Pioneer Deck of the Week: Niv, Omnath, Light

By TobiH (2022-06-15)

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Pioneer decks among recent results. Green Devotion made up more than 30% of the Top 16 at Sunday's big Showcase Challenge. But a more colorful alternative managed to hold its own!

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: Obscura Blade

By Skura (2022-04-28)

Every workday while the Streets of Capenna are new, Insight takes a quick look at another deck featuring the fresh cards! For a while now, the most successful Stoneforge deck in Modern has been Hammer. However, with the upcoming release, a less aggressive, Esper-colored version gets quite the boost!

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!

On Video This Week (9/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-02-28)

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 February 28.

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!

Daily Dynasty Deck Tech: Pioneering Parhelion

By TobiH (2022-02-15)

Every workday while the set is new, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring cards from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. We just got a bunch of futuristic Vehicles. But the best one to use the attendant synergies on is Parhelion II. How about an airstrike for 13 on turn three? Yes, we can!

The Saga Continues: From Whirza to Tempo Affinity

By ElonThragtusk (2022-02-01)

It's been obvious since the day of its reveal that Urza's Saga would be powerful. However, it's much more than meta defining. It found its place in the most peculiar of decks and is still responsible for new ones. Today, we take a look at two white-blue strategies that would hardly exist without it.

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.

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.

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 (34/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-08-23)

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 23–27.

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.

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.

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.

Top 5 Most Important Sideboard Cards for Modern Control

By Skura (2021-04-16)

Sideboarded games make up up to 67% of your games. To be competitive in Modern, you have to make sure that your fifteen cards are up to the job at hand. It's especially key for control decks, which need to adjust their answers all the time. Let's take a look at the most important cards you should include.

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!

Valki and Omnath Meet at Valakut … (Five-Color Scapeshift)

By Rone (2021-03-22)

In a new Modern era without Uro, four-color piles are no longer playable, right? Well, that is unless Omnath joins forces with Tibalt to bring the all-time greatest Valakut shell to light. If you enjoy a colorful mana base that supports sheer everything and even kills opponents, then here's the Modern deck for you!

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!

Commander Deck Tech: The Lage and the Many, Trapped Under Ice

By BrentT (2021-03-01)

Here is another deck inspired by Kaldheim. My friend Rafiq of the Many and I are going to take you to the darkest depths of the Elder Dragon Highlander format. Through snow and ice, thick and thin, Rafiq and I won't rest until we've found our queen: the one, the only … Marit Lage.

Control Decks in Post-Ban Modern

By Skura (2021-02-25)

It was barely a month ago that control variants utterly dominated the Modern metagame. But the recent banned and restricted announcement shook the archetype's very foundations. Will it be able to hold on to its tier one position despite the changes? Can it adapt? Let's look at decklists!

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.

The Many Flavors of Modern Control

By Skura (2020-11-17)

Modern has always been known for being the most open and diverse competitive Magic format, and this time it's not any different. In this article, we want to look at a bunch of different Cryptic Command control decks, including some lesser-known variants, that are part of the metagame right now.

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!

Top 5 Most Annoying Cards a Control Player Can Face

By Skura (2020-11-03)

A control player's job is to stabilize the game through various means of interaction and then keep pressing the advantage as the game progresses. Some cards and group of cards make that task much tougher than it should be. Here's the Top 5 of pesky problems and egregious grievances.

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.

Rotation Grief: War of the Spark, Part 2

By Kumagoro (2020-09-02)

The Standard rotation is coming! Time to acknowledge the sudden disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We continue this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking at the multicolored and colorless cards Standard is going to lose when War of the Spark rotates out.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 …

Standard Combos: Bant Scapeshift

By Andifeated (2019-07-23)

Scapeshift has been standard legal since Core Set 2019, yet it never saw much play in competitive Standard, despite being a tournament staple in formats like Modern. In this weeks article, Andifeated will elaborate on the missing piece that is bringing Scapeshift back into the Standard limelight.

Taking a Second Look at Modern Jund

By HansD (2019-06-25)

Modern has changed in the five years I’ve been playing and following it, and some decks that used to be on top of the dogpile have found themselves kicked off their perch. As Modern has become more powerful, aggressive, and linear, many of the fair, interactive decks that reigned supreme have gone the way of the dinosaur. Jund is one of these decks that has been pushed out more and more by the changes in the metagame, but Modern Horizons has brought along a good number of new toys that warrant giving this battered archetype a second chance.

The Most Important Tournament I Ever Played - 1

By JaminK (2019-06-24)

It sounds like clickbait, but it isn't. The Magic Online championship finals was the biggest tournament Jamin ever participated in and he's here to tell you all about his preparation, his decks, and the rest of the tournament.

Legacy Esper with War of the Spark

By ChristopherB (2019-06-19)

Now that War of the Spark is out, oh boy, did we get some powerful white cards! Blue and white might just be the biggest beneficiaries in this new Magic set. And with new planeswalkers and powerful counterspells, Esper might be on the rise in Legacy.

#CMWhatTheTrend - Narset, Parter of Veils

By JaminK (2019-06-14)

Hello and welcome to WhatTheTrend, the column where we'll examine current trends on Cardmarket, check out why certain cards are popular, and speculate on future price developments. This week, we'll be discussing the newest multi-format staple – Narset, Parter of Veils.

Identifying Commander Decks: It's Easy as ABC

By 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?

A Month of MCQ Events I: Double MCQ Frankfurt

By Andifeated (2019-05-16)

After months without any regional and local way to qualify for a Mythic Championship (besides attending MagicFest Events and playing a lot on Magic Online), the local Mythic Championship Qualifiers are finally here! Andifeated attended the first German-speaking MCQ Weekend, featuring two exciting and big tournaments. Read his tournament report and Esper Control Sideboard Guide to prepare for your own MCQ events.

War of the Spark Modern Review - My Top Picks

By Rone (2019-05-13)

Nicol Bolas has returned to end all our beloved Gatewatch heroes! It doesn't matter who wins this war though, since we Modern players still get a lot of new planeswalkers to try out. In this article, let me try to evaluate every War of the Spark card that might be Modern material.

You Shall Have Other Gods (Part 1)

By Kumagoro (2019-05-07)

The Amonkhet Gods are back, and this time they all seem able to command their share of worship. The hottest new set in recent memory has bestowed all of them (with one exception) a new incarnation worthy of play in Standard. Let's start our adoration by paying tribute to the serene Oketra and the sibylline Kefnet.

10 Legacy Playable Cards in War of the Spark

By CabalTherapy (2019-04-30)

The final showdown between Bolas and the Gatewatch has begun and with the War of the Spark, Legacy gets some new toys. Cabaltherapy's got the breakdown on which cards might make a splash in the storied format.

Early Forecast: What Rises and Falls with the Early WAR Spoilers

By HansD (2019-04-02)

Even with the very little we've gotten so far, War of the Spark looks to change the landscape of Standard in a big way. The biggest impact will be the injection of 36 planeswalkers, some which look to be format-defining, but that's not the only cards that have caught my eye. In this early forecast, I want to take a look at which cards might come out as winners and losers of the new format!

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