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BUG Control in Modern

ConstructedBy Skura (2020-08-13)

Following the ban of Arcum's Astrolabe from Modern, control players have to rediscover the archetype and readjust to the new environment. "Skurtai Control" is waiting in the wings to take over, quite likely the best successor to the previously dominating snow control value machines.

Ninjas Sneaking to the Top in Legacy

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2020-08-03)

The ninjutsu keyword was introduced to Magic with Betrayers of Kamigawa in 2005 and has been a fan favorite ever since. It tries to display the trickery and mastery in stealth that Ninjas are known for within the mechanics of the game. Recently, the tribe has seen renewed success in Legacy.

Jumping into Historic with Jumpstart

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-07-27)

The allure of the peculiar Arena format is stronger than ever — both in digital form and in the real world, where Historic playing groups have started to emerge. The debut of Jumpstart, which was made Historic-legal on Arena, is yet another reason to have a look at this now suddenly supercharged format.

The Most Relevant Resource in Magic – Tempo

ConstructedBy Skura (2020-07-16)

Magic is a game of resource management with three resources at its heart: cards, life, and often overlooked — tempo. While cards and life are very much quantifiable, tempo is a much vaguer term that is often misunderstood or outright neglected. However, it's the most relevant nowadays and deserves a closer look.

How to Sideboard with Control Decks

ConstructedBy 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.

Three Mistakes to Avoid to Step Up Your Game

EntertainmentBy Skura (2020-05-26)

Magic players can be described in a number of ways, but one characteristic that we can all pride ourselves on is the fact that we strive to improve and play as well as possible. This article provides a handful of tips to help you avoid some common mistakes. It's time to really level up your game!

Yorion, Sky Nomad Rises in Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-05-25)

"Come slide down rainbows in the sky, let's fly away. Like a bird, you're free to see the boundless face of the earth. Let the wind blow you like a kite and glide away." This is what it feels like to try Yorion in Modern, where the sky is the limit and all your wishes come true by playing an 80-card deck.

Hoarder's Greed: A Beginners' Guide to Buying and Selling

FinanceBy Dr-Exhume (2020-05-06)

Fear is one of the main actors in the human psyche. This year, supermarkets saw people buy up the whole supply of various goods to stockpile them, afraid they might miss out otherwise. Similar can happen — and has happened — in the Magic world. Here's a look at the theory, history, and the lessons to be learned.

Ikoria Spotlight: Sprite Dragon in Legacy

SpoilersBy Andifeated (2020-04-06)

Previews for Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths are in full swing! Andifeated is a Legacy aficionado at heart and therefore checks new cards for their potential playability in his favorite format first. One little Faerie has caught his interest this time. Let's see if Sprite Dragon can make it big in the Eternal world!

Arclight Phoenix in Legacy

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-03-23)

Legacy was just shaken by the latest ban announcement, so this is the perfect time to try out some janky brews and to pack some surprises. Come and join Rone on his quest to return Arclight Phoenix from oblivion, from the graveyard to the battlefield, and back to the spotlight!

Breaking the Mold: Having Fun in Modern

ConstructedBy SamuelS (2020-02-27)

Modern is quite the established format, overrun with high-powered strategies that barely leave room for outsiders, it seems. Can wacky brews even stand a chance in such a well formed metagame? Here are two decks that most certainly can! Let's shape the world anew and storm the castle!

The Top 8 Vintage Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy Dr-Exhume (2020-02-26)

Let's take a look at the Vintage results of Cardmarket Paris. The format which everybody loves — or hates — but which is hardly played. What did the ones fortunate enough to enter the Vintage zone choose to bring to the table? How diverse was the field, and what ended up on top?

The Top 16 Legacy Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2020-02-18)

At the most recent Legacy main event of the Cardmarket Series, 154 players fought through eight rounds. Various flavors of Delver decks topped the metagame charts, with all-time favorites Death and Taxes and Miracles as runner-ups. But how did things play out in the Top 16 section?

The Top 16 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy ElonThragtusk (2020-02-13)

The Modern main event of Cardmarket Series Paris this past weekend was the perfect opportunity to witness a fresh metagame in action and in its first steps of evolution. We did see many decks we somewhat didn't expect, not just within the second half of the Top 16, but also among the first half.

Why You Too Should Play European Highlander

ConstructedBy 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.

The Year of the Banhammer

ConstructedBy 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.

Vintage at Cardmarket Series Prague: Dread(ge) Return

Event CoverageBy Elric (2019-12-10)

Dredge claims the trophy among eighteen players, defeating a planeswalker-heavy midrange brew in the finals. Let's take a look at all the Top 8 lists, see how the format changed after the restriction of Narset, and explore the latest developments.

Pioneer Primer: Izzet Phoenix

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-12-09)

Ready for some Pioneer action? Rone tries out the newest format for the first time with an old bird everyone though was dead: Arclight Phoenix! Come along to see the deck's configuration and see what it can do in the brand new nonrotating format.

A Look at the Top 16 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Prague

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2019-12-03)

Modern is a hotbed of variety and the Cardmarket Series Prague metagame was no different. The Top 16 alone featured 14 different decks and proved again that Modern is the most diverse of all Constructed format. Let's take a closer look at the state of Modern after Throne of Eldraine and Stoneforge Mystic have settled in.

A Look at the Top 16 Legacy Decks from Cardmarket Series Prague

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2019-11-29)

Wrenn and Six got hit by the ban hammer last week, which added extra spice to the Legacy portion of the last stop of the Cardmarket Series 2019. The 248 player strong event showed a pretty diverse and healthy metagame: 14 different archetypes ended up in the Top 16.

Deck Review: Blue-Red Delver in Legacy

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-11-12)

Rone returns to his Legacy review series focused on Delver variants. This time he aims at the Izzet version where Dreadhorde Arcanist has become the newest all-star—thanks to the combination of tons of cantrip and burn spells. Check it out!

Power Creep!!1

ConstructedBy JaminK (2019-11-11)

Have Magic cards become too powerful too quickly in recent times—or is Jamin just another player rambling on about how things were much better when he started playing? Jamin looks at the power level of sets both past and current, identifies a trend, and speculates about the plan behind it.

Vintage at Cardmarket Series Barcelona, an Analysis

Event CoverageBy Elric (2019-11-06)

A modern version of BUG Fish claimed the trophy in a metagame filled with artifact and combo decks, but also speckled with a few surprises. Let's see how the latest releases and changes affected the Vintage metagame, and take a look at the Top 4 decklists!

The Art of Building a Legacy Deck

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-10-30)

Legacy has always been a playground for innovators. However, one does not need to reinvent the wheel to build a proper Legacy deck. In fact, it's often impossible to do. Instead, just as with most formats, it's more about working within an established framework.

What is Dead May Never Die: Modern Dredge After Faithless Looting

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2019-10-21)

When Hogaak Summer concluded with a big Banned and Restricted List announcement, many decks were hurt by the removal of Faithless Looting—especially graveyard strategies like Dredge. Learn how they survive the loss of their most important turn-one play and what direction Modern takes from here.

Back in Black and Blue: Death's Shadow in Legacy

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-10-14)

Legacy is currently a wild jungle full of Modern Horizons cards: Wrenn and Six, Hogaaks and Arcum's Astrolabe. However, one deck might fight them all. Blue-Black Death's Shadow even works without dual lands! Rone shares his thoughts on the deck, his experience, and his sideboard guide.

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?

A Look at the Top 16 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Barcelona

Event CoverageBy TobiH (2019-10-04)

As usual, the Modern field at the most recent stop of the Cardmarket Series was the most diverse. The Top 16 featured no less than 15 different archetypes! Let's take a look at the best of what the format has to offer now, after the departure of Hogaak and Faithless Looting plus the addition of Stoneforge Mystic.

A Faithless Looting Eulogy Part 1

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-09-09)

It's time to say goodbye to one of Modern's defining cards, Faithless Looting. Rone does so by singing the praises of each archetype it helped enable, while discussing the futures of these archetypes in a post-looting world. This time, Rone covers the big three - Izzet Phoenix, Dredge, and the Hogaak Menace itself.

Spicy Decks from Mythic Championship IV

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-08-30)

Modern is a new format after the recent banning and unbanning. People are looking to brew tons of new decks, but Rone decided instead to look back at Mythic Championship IV Barcelona. Sure, the decks were tuned for Hogaak, but maybe there were some gems that you could adapt in the new Modern.

#CMWhatTheTrend - A New Modern

FinanceBy JaminK (2019-08-28)

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, you already know what we're talking about, and if you don't, you should read this.

#CMWhatTheTrend - Twiddle Storm

FinanceBy JaminK (2019-08-15)

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’re examining cards that untap lands.

Lessons Learned at Cardmarket Series Frankfurt

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2019-08-09)

The biggest German tournament weekend of 2019 is over and Andifeated attended both the Modern and Legacy events. Learn how his tournaments went and what he took away from them.

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.

Taking a Second Look at Modern Jund

ConstructedBy 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 Way They Were: Ten Modern Horizons Callbacks

SpoilersBy Kumagoro (2019-06-24)

Modern Horizons was expressly designed to introduce powerful cards into the Modern pool. To this end, it employed a triple approach: brand new cards; reprints that weren't Modern-legal yet; and last but not least, cards that mimic signature spells from the past. Let's give a shoutout to these callbacks.

Bridgevine's Missing Piece

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2019-06-13)

It was obvious that Modern Horizons would introduce some cards to the Modern metagame to help fringe strategies push their way into the meta. Nobody expected the monster that Wizards would unleash with Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis. Read about Bridgevine's rise from fringe status to potentially format defining.

Modern Horizons Preview (Part 2) - Modern Duds

SpoilersBy HansD (2019-06-13)

Last week, I discussed Modern’s most exciting new toys from Modern Horizons. This week, I'm bringing out the cards that make my shake in my head in disappointment. From cards that are a few words away from being interesting build-arounds to cards that left me dumbfounded as to why they were designed the way they were, I'm going to give you a run down of the biggest MH1 misses. Stretch your thumbs and prepare your booing because this might get ugly - here's to hoping you won’t open any of these cards in your prize boosters!

Commander Cards on the Horizon - 1

SpoilersBy RJGiel (2019-06-11)

All the cards in Modern Horizons have been spoiled and, oh boy, is it a treat for Commander players. Let's take a look the most noticeable cards for your commander decks, both in the lead slot and in the 99.

Modern Horizons Preview (Part 1) - The Most Exciting Cards for Modern

SpoilersBy HansD (2019-06-05)

While the winter holiday season is oftentimes referred to as "the season of giving," the true season of giving has to be spoiler season for any new Magic: The Gathering set. Modern Horizons spoilers haven’t been fully released yet, but just with what we've been given - almost a half of the set - there have already been several cards that have made my eyes pop out with excitement. Whether it's the card's power-level or their build-around potential, I'm quite certain that these cards are going to make a noticeable - if not far-reaching - impact on Modern, and I'm looking forward to diving into discussing them in this week's article.

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Cardmarket Decks

Modern

3-4
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Modern
11.02.2020
5-8
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Modern
11.02.2020
1st
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Modern
11.02.2020
6th
MTGO Modern Challenge
30.10.2019

Legacy

5-8
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Legacy
11.02.2020
3-4
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Legacy
11.02.2020
2nd
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Legacy
11.02.2020
5-8
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Legacy
11.02.2020
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