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Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Elves of Harmony

By Skura (2021-09-10)

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. Can Elves take back the throne of best tribal deck in Modern, currently occupied by Elementals? The new Rite of Harmony certainly offers a glimpse of hope/nature!

On Video This Week (36/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-09-06)

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 September 6–10.

On Video This Week (32/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-08-09)

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 9–13.

Commander Deck Tech: Get Cooking with Gyome, Master Chef

By RyanS (2021-06-01)

All foodies and amateur chefs can finally find that part of their personality represented in a card. Gyome is responsible for culinary creations (creates Food tokens) that give creatures both sustenance (indestructible) and indigestion (tapping them). Here is a recipe for a deck with layers of flavor!

Is Pauper Entering a New Combo Era?

By PR0boszcz (2021-05-31)

We didn't get a moment to take a breath after the Commander Legends and Kaldheim releases, and already the metagame saw another shakeup because of Strixhaven. Now Modern Horizons 2 is poised to change the format in major ways yet again. All signs point to Pauper entering a new combo era.

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.

VIDEO: Top 5 Cards New Players Think Are Amazing but Aren't

By IIItygraIII (2021-03-11)

Every Magic the Gathering player was new to the game at some point. Whether that be 2021, or when the game first started in 1993. But no matter when someone was first introduced to the game, they always thought that certain cards were broken, only to go on to figure out that actually those cards were terrible.

Elves Making a Comeback with Kaldheim

By ElonThragtusk (2021-02-22)

With Kaldheim giving us so many new Elves, it's no surprise how everybody thought the tribe was finally making a big return. However, it's been out of the meta for so long that everyone lost count. It would probably take a miracle … Are the new cards, together with the most recent bans, just that?

More Winners from Our Valentine's Day Deck Building Contest

By CMInsightTeam (2021-02-14)

A couple of weeks ago we posted a deck building challenge on social media: design a Commander deck focused on partners—however you want to interpret that word. We got so many great submissions, they didn't all fit into our main winner video. So here are three additional ideas to inspire all Commander lovers out there!

Commander Legends: Abomination of Llanowar on a Budget

By RyanS (2020-11-25)

Check out this budget Golgari Elf tribal deck led by the Abomination of Llanowar. Cast a lot of Elves for value, ramp and/or card draw. Somebody wipes the board? No worries, the commander cares for the number of Elves in the graveyard as well, so it will only grow bigger and bigger …

Commander Legends: Akroma and Kamahl Empowering the Weak

By RyanS (2020-11-23)

If beating down with a bunch of creatures is what you like to do, then check out this deck commanded by the new partner pair Akroma and Kamahl. Using their boosting abilities, this Selesnya strategy turns an army of small tokens into an even bigger threat to trample over your opponents.

Commander Deck Tech: Ashaya, Soul of the Wild

By BrentT (2020-10-06)

You don't see monogreen combo decks every day, but Ashaya, Soul of the Wild is here to change that! Fresh from Zendikar Rising, Ashaya can combo you out or beat you down, but, either way, it makes for an awesome commander. Come check out this draft of what an Ashaya EDH deck could look like.

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.

Monogreen Walkers in Pioneer

By Rone (2020-04-06)

Let's review the latest, most fun archetype Pioneer has to offer yet, a monocolored deck showcasing everything devoted green mages love: mana dorks, lots of ramp and green mana symbols, a great top end with X spells and busted planeswalkers, plus a sideboard full of silver bullets.

The Top 8 Pauper Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By ElonThragtusk (2020-02-20)

Welcome to Pauper, a budget-friendly format where decks such as Affinity and Elves are still alive. While only common cards are legal, generally making for a very diverse metagame, there are certain decks that are more powerful than others. The recent Cardmarket Series Pauper main event offers some insight.

A Wacky New World: Having Fun with Pioneer

By SamuelS (2020-01-23)

The new Pioneer format is the ideal setting for wild experiments. While the metagame shifts and the ban list grows, brews will usually stay out of harm's way. Look here for decks that are perfect to bring to FNM and to have some fun with, even if they may not prove competitive at the highest level.

Theros Beyond Death Spotlight: Heliod Combo

By Rone (2020-01-09)

Time for some sweet New Year's spoilers from Theros Beyond Death. In today's article, Rone goes deep into the latest infinite combo involving Walking Ballista and Heliod, Sun-Crowned. Powerful in Modern and possibly ban-worthy in Pioneer, it's the Splinter Twin of the new decade!

Why You Too Should Play European Highlander

By Ratix (2020-01-06)

Before Commander caught on, players had already been enjoying a singleton format for years. It was named Highlander — originally for the catchphrase of the 1986 cult classic which stipulates that "There can be only one," but the format also seems to want to live forever.

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.

Commander Deck Tech: Dissent in the Land

By RJGiel (2019-12-02)

Today, we look at a Lands deck, but one that doesn't revolve around the popular commanders that we see everybody using in this context: no Omnath, no Mina and Denn, no Gitrog Monster. Today we turn to an unexpected commander for a Lands strategy. Welcome to Samut Lands.

Dangerous Propositions: Glimpse of Nature

By Kumagoro (2019-04-11)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with 34 inmates, some of which could potentially pose a serious threat to the meta. In this ongoing series, we're reviewing each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time it's the turn of the green storm enabler.

The Golden Rules of Modern - Part One

By HansD (2018-08-14)

Modern is a great format to theory-craft in, with an ever-evolving metagames and a deep card pool to feed discussions and theories about the format. This also means that what was once true in Modern no longer apply – a good example of this is, "Don't tap out against Twin on turn three" – but there are also long-standing rules that every Modern player should be aware of if he or she wants to play well. The first three of these "Golden Rules of Modern" might be ones you know already, but they also might be ones you haven't thought about yet. Let's jump right in and take a look at our first, and arguably the most famous, rule.

Top 3 Standard Decks I've Played at Pro Tours

By ChristianS (2018-08-10)

Standard has been pretty dull lately, turbo fog and paradoxical outcome aside. Christian has decided that instead of rehashing the same old broken standard decks sporting a certain whirling goblin, he'd look back at his favorite decks through the ages in this look back at Standard years past.

Beating Your Opponents Down with Green-Black Elves

By HansD (2018-07-31)

During a conversation last week, my friend Stefan asked me if I would be interested in playing in a large Modern tournament the following week. He has a large collection of Modern staples, which he offered to lend if there was a deck I wanted to play in particular. He had decided on playing Grixis Shadow for the tournament, and I picked up Black-Green Elves. Here's the deck list for my 75.

Playing Your Cards Right: Sequencing in Modern

By HansD (2018-07-06)

Looking to take your Modern game up a notch? In this week's article, Hans tackles the topic of sequencing with the goal of helping you improve using some practical examples. Find out what it means to understand proper sequencing by taking a look inside!

Get into the Gruul

By SanchoN (2018-06-28)

What should Green-Red do in your cube? Sometimes when constructing a limited environment for drafting Magic it is worth giving the obvious choice a try. And since the dawn of Magic the guild known as Gruul has proven quite good at producing lots of mana and casting very big spells with a casting cost of X.

An Introduction to 1v1 Commander

By JaminK (2018-04-18)

1v1 Commander is a relatively new format originally introduced last year on Magic Online. The format is built on interesting decks and allows you to play with many different cards from Magic’s past. If any of this appeals to you, I have what you need to get started in this format.

Bloodbraid Elf: Proving Its Weight in Modern

By HansD (2018-04-06)

It’s been almost two months since Bloodbraid Elf came off the ban list, and we’ve seen a wide variety of lists running the four-drop. In this week’s article, Hans ponders the effect Bloodbraid Elf has had on Modern and compiles a compendium of recent deck lists playing the elf!

What the Four Best Decks from GP Phoenix Say about Modern

By HansD (2018-03-28)

GP Phoenix gave us an insight into how the meta has shaped up after the unbanning of Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf. Hans looks at what he considers the four best decks from the tournament and discusses what kind of information we can wean from the results!

The Reign of Four-Drops in Modern - A Guide to Survive

By Rone (2018-03-07)

Since the last banned announcement unchained Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf, Modern has shaken up drastically - or has it? Although most players are brewing decks that include these cards, I've decided to make the ultimate survival guide for fighting against them.

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