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Becomes a reprint in Challangerdecks 2021

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From Snow White to Sultai: New Decks in Kaldheim Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2021-03-03)

Kaldheim has landed in Standard for Go(o)d. While some top-tier decks didn't change all that much, snow, Sagas, foretell, and a bunch of other cards have left their mark on the format! Today we will look at the best strategies that have emerged thanks to the snowest set ever printed.

Rebuilding Yorion with Kaldheim

ConstructedBy K_Prinz (2021-01-27)

With Kaldheim coming soon and the card list now complete, it's time to take a look at what that means for Yorion decks. Especially the new Sagas seem to be of interest, so let's examine most of those. The new Pathways too, with their general impact on Standard mana bases, may unlock untapped potential!

Playmat Icons: Sphinxes

ConstructedBy 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.

Christmas Contest Review // Revue

EntertainmentBy TobiH (2020-12-21)

For our final Insight article of the year, we're looking back at three weeks of Christmas contests. Our thanks go to everyone who participated and left such sweet feedback, to the generous gift givers at Dragon Shield, and to the Magic artists whose wonderful work deserves a closer look …

Gruul Adventures Deep Dive

ConstructedBy K_Prinz (2020-11-09)

The last few weekends were headlined by a pretty good Gruul performance. Gruul Adventures was also one of the more successful choices in the Arena Open. So let's analyze every card in the deck and its purpose. This way, building and adapting Gruul decks for the coming weeks should be an easier task.

My Decks for the 2020 Season Grand Finals

Event CoverageBy K_Prinz (2020-10-08)

This year's Worlds replacement involves six rounds of both Standard and Historic against the best of the best. Time to find two decks — all in the short timeframe since Zendikar Rising's release and the recent ban. Does anything beat Omnath in Standard? And what about the much broader format that is Historic?

Will Omnath Keep Dominating Standard?

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-09-30)

There was finally a good enough reason to pull the trigger and ban Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath. However, right now, the new Omnath decks appear to be much more problematic and much less reliant on Uro than the banning would suggest. Is there any chance this still balances out the Standard format?

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.

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!

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.

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?

Written in the Stars: Constellation in Standard

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-03-26)

Do you like drawing cards and growing creatures? If so, you're bound to like what Constellation, the Cinderella mechanic from Journey into Nyx, has brought back to Standard upon its return in Theros Beyond Death. Here's a little history lesson as well as a look at current-day applications.

The White-Blue Control Mage's Guide to 2020

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-03-09)

Time for Azorius mages to shine! The oldest, classiest control machine is back in the game in every competitive format. From Standard to Legacy, there is a white-blue deck to be aware of and to fear. Rone has everything covered for you to take control within today's article.

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!

#CMAskTheJudge Episode 77: Taxes

EntertainmentBy MartinaT (2020-02-28)

Here's Episode 77 of Cardmarket's AskTheJudge series. Each episode includes a video that poses a question regarding the rules of Magic. Watch the video, comment with your answer, and then check your work below. This week's question is about something that happened at the World Championship.

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!

The Hottest Singles on the Market

FinanceBy JaminK (2020-02-14)

Forget about Valentine's Day. At Cardmarket, we're all about singles! And to highlight that, we're checking out the hottest items to find your next date. We're taking a look at Throne of Eldraine and Theros Beyond Death cards and at the influence of Modern. Let's start swiping!

Theros Beyond Death Review for Commander, Part 2

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2020-02-10)

Theros Beyond Death offers Commander players a number of new and exciting options, across all kinds of archetypes and playstyles, for leaders and the 99 both. For the second part of our review, we take a look at the spiciest of the remaining candidates likely to make a splash.

Theros Beyond Death Review for Highlander, Part 1

ConstructedBy Ratix (2020-01-29)

It's time to take a look at what dwells deep in the underworld and high up in the heavens of Theros Beyond Death. Singleton formats in particular stand to gain a lot of exciting toys. That's not just true for Commander, but also for the competitive world of one-on-one European Highlander!

Return to Podland: Enigmatic Incarnation in Standard

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-01-28)

We're back on Theros, and that means enchantments in Standard have started to matter even more. Devotion and constellation aside, one card stands out as an exciting engine that makes use of enchantments in a novel way, turning them into launch pads for a new Birthing Pod adventure.

The Trickiest Cards in Theros Beyond Death, Explained

EntertainmentBy KirstyA (2020-01-23)

Every time spoilers from a new set begin to trickle out, social media is awash with questions about mechanics and interactions. Theros Beyond Death was no different. Many of them become intuitive over time, but some — including the ones in this article — baffle even the most experienced players.

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