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Pioneer Deck of the Week: Keruga Fires

By TobiH (2023-01-10)

Every Tuesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Pioneer decks among recent results. A multicolored Fires list took down the Regional Championship in Mexico City. It arguably makes the best use of any companion anywhere in the format!

On Video This Week (48/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-11-28)

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 November 28.

The Best Decks & Stories from Pioneer LMS Warsaw

By Skura (2022-10-26)

There's a lot you can learn when you go from casting spells as a player to the role of caster, doing commentary. Here are stories from behind the scenes, notes on the latest Pioneer developments, the sweetest decklists, and more from the highest sanctioned level of current European tournament Magic!

On Video This Week (42/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-10-18)

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 October 17.

Daily Dominaria Deck Tech: Enigmatic Binding

By Skura (2022-09-01)

Every workday during the preview season for Dominaria United, Insight is taking a quick look at one deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming set. Pioneer's Enigmatic Incarnation strategy benefits in multiple ways from the addition of a six-mana removal that costs as little as one mana!

Top 5: Cards to Buy, Pioneer Edition

By Rone (2022-05-27)

In this review of the hottest cards on the Magic singles market, we take a deep dive into Pioneer. The format currently enjoys a massive resurgence due to its comeback in the competitive arena. Amid rising demand, let's look for hidden gems that are still available at affordable prices!

Rotation Grief: Core Set 2021, Part 2

By Kumagoro (2021-09-08)

The Standard rotation is upon us again! Time to acknowledge the disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We end this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking at the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards Standard will lose when Core Set 2021 rotates out.

Rotation Grief: Throne of Eldraine, Part 2

By Kumagoro (2021-08-09)

The Standard rotation is upon us again! Time to acknowledge the disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We continue this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking into the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards Standard will lose when Throne of Eldraine rotates out.

Rotation Grief: Throne of Eldraine, Part 1

By Kumagoro (2021-08-05)

The Standard rotation is upon us again! Time to acknowledge the disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We begin this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking into the white, blue, and black cards Standard will lose when Throne of Eldraine rotates out.

Velomachus's Modern Moment

By Skura (2021-07-28)

Modern has always been and continues to be a brewers' paradise. People's creativity is indomitable. This time is no different. Let's savor the moment and move quickly. Swoop in at high velocity, at least Mach 1. Then—lore and behold—we take all the turns, at least from now until the end of the game.

AFRaid? New Pioneer Tech: Blessed, Book, Bards

By TobiH (2021-07-26)

Such is the advantage of a smaller format unburdened by the weight of decades worth of Magic cards: With just a little aid from the latest set—AFR for short—the Pioneer landscape is three decks richer: Here's what Moon-Blessed Cleric, The Book of Exalted Deeds, and Bard Class are up to!

Witherbloom Sacrifice in Standard

By Kumagoro (2021-05-11)

Once upon a time (or last year) there was Rakdos Sacrifice with its grindy death by a thousand cooked Cats. Enter the Witherbloom College of Strixhaven, and now the archetype in Standard has become all about setting up and performing a big sacrifice ritual that might well sent the opponent packing in one single feast.

The Golden/Silver/Bronze Age of Magic

By Dr-Exhume (2021-03-11)

In light of recent announcements, last year's Secret Lair: Walking Dead looks increasingly like it was the dawn of a new era: the age of crossovers. It fueled a lot of chatter and ramblings, for example about what constitutes "the Golden Age" of Magic. Let's try to determine different periods!

Playmat Icons: Sphinxes

By 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.

An Invitation to Brawl

By Kumagoro (2020-11-11)

Tired of Standard? Wishing for something cool to do with all those cards from Eldraine, Theros, Ikoria, and Zendikar? Brawl is the answer! The mostly uneventful period between the release of two premier sets is the perfect moment to give regular Standard a rest and try your hand at the up-and-coming singleton format.

Rotation Grief: Core Set 2020, Part 2

By Kumagoro (2020-09-14)

Rotation is just a few days away! Time to acknowledge the sudden disappearance from our decks of all the cards leaving the format. We end this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking into the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards Standard is going to lose when Core Set 2020 rotates out.

Rotation Grief: Core Set 2020, Part 1

By Kumagoro (2020-09-09)

The Standard rotation is upon us! 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 white, blue, and black cards Standard is going to lose when Core Set 2020 rotates out.

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.

Rotation Grief: Ravnica Allegiance, Part 2

By Kumagoro (2020-08-24)

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 into the multicolored and colorless cards Standard is going to lose when Ravnica Allegiance rotates out.

Rotation Grief: Ravnica Allegiance, Part 1

By Kumagoro (2020-08-20)

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 monocolored cards Standard is going to lose when Ravnica Allegiance rotates out.

Transmogrify in Standard and Modern

By ElonThragtusk (2020-07-22)

Polymorph is back in a Standard-legal set, but in a new form. It's now red and exiles a creature rather than destroying it with no possibility of regeneration. That's it. The rest is completely the same. So, what does this mean for the whackier end of deck design in Standard and Modern?

Top 5 – Cards to Buy This Summer

By Rone (2020-07-20)

Summer is typically the lowest time of the year regarding Magic news. However, this July brought the latest B&R announcement with a ton of changes for Historic, Pauper, and Modern, and not so many for Pioneer. If you are looking for some cards to invest in, check out the Top 5 picks to buy, summer edition!

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.

The Certainty of Vivien

By 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

By 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.

Tricky Rules Interactions, Explained: Ikoria Edition

By TobiH (2020-05-04)

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths must be one of the most complicated sets of all time, although many of the judge calls concern just one mechanic. Check out all the tricky interactions between mutate, merged creatures, and everything else. The results, as the internet is wont to say, may indeed surprise you.

Yorion, a Nomad Mad for Standard

By 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.

Lurrus, the Standard King

By Rone (2020-04-28)

"Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling Dinosaur Hippo to the leaping Bird Serpent." Well, maybe that's not exactly what Mufasa said. Either way, Lurrus of the Dream-Den apparently "can't wait to be king."

Ikoria Spotlight: Competitive Constructed Companions

By 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

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?

#CMAskTheJudge Episode 77: Taxes

By 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

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.

The Top 16 Standard Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By 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!

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.

The Year of the Banhammer

By Rone (2019-12-20)

2019 will be remembered for many things: insanely powerful cards, Arena Mythic Championships, the creation of Pioneer. However, one thing stands out among the others: a total of nine banning announcements featuring changes, more than in the two previous years combined. Let's review the Year of the Banhammer.

Countdown to Christmas 2019: Enchantments

By RJGiel (2019-12-18)

It's the most enchanting time of the year, and today we take that literally. It's time to reveal another four pieces of the puzzle our Christmas contest posed. Read on to find out which four enchantment cards were traded the most on Cardmarket.com in 2019.

Mythic Championship VII: Cat Out of the Bag

By 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.

Tribal Attractions: Standard Giants

By Kumagoro (2019-12-05)

Our long, collective Oko nightmare is over, and with the Food tyrant out of the picture, now Standard opens up to experimentation once again. No better time than the present to try something big, something new, something Naya, something brewed.

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 …

Survival Guide for an Enchanted Meta

By Kumagoro (2019-11-27)

Following the November 18 bans, the Year of the Food has officially come to an end—and it was actually just six very intense weeks. In its wake, several top decks are now vying for Standard supremacy, and one thing most of them have in common is their focus on one key artifact or enchantment.

#CMWhatTheTrend: Oko & Co.

By JaminK (2019-11-22)

Welcome to another installment of #CMWhatTheTrend, where we examine current trends on Cardmarket, check out why certain cards are popular, and speculate on future price developments. This week, the tale of Oko Standard has come to an end, but will the cards live happily ever after?

Jeskai Fires in Post-Oko Standard

By 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!

Mythic Championship V: Twilight of the Dead

By 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.

Inner Workings: Field of Golos

By Kumagoro (2019-10-16)

The release of Throne of Eldraine impacted Standard in explosive ways. After the fairy dust settled, a tier-one deck emerged, surprisingly unhindered by the departure of Scapeshift, and stronger than ever in the new midrange metagame. Will it be obliterated by the upcoming DCI rulings?

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