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5 Exciting Build-Arounds from War of the Spark

SpoilersBy HansD (2019-04-30)

Standard has been experiencing a renaissance the past few sets, and War of the Spark looks to continue that trend. One of the most exciting aspects of Standard is that it has been a brewer's paradise, with off-meta decks such as Chromatic Black, Bant Vannifar, Five-Color Guildgates, and more proving the existence of creative deckbuilding in the format. Looking through the spoilers for WAR has shown that this set, more than any other in recent memory, is chock-full of build-arounds that could provide the building blocks for new archetypes. Let's jump right in and look at the five most exciting build-arounds I've found from the new set!

London's Calling: The New Mulligan Rule in Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-04-16)

London is calling all Modern players. During Mythic Championship II, Wizards will first showcase a new way to mulligan that might forever affect older formats. If you want to know which decks will benefit from it and what are the pushed cards, this is the article you have been waiting for. Plus, take our Mulligan Quiz!

Humans in the Current Modern Metagame

ConstructedBy JaminK (2019-04-09)

In a Modern metagame defined by Faithless Looting and Ensnaring Bridge, a deck that disrupts the opponent while applying pressure might be the key to victory. We'll go through a current decklist, discuss interesting slots in the deck to beat the meta and walk through the two most important matchups.

The Winners and Losers of the First Mythic Championship

Event CoverageBy HansD (2019-02-26)

Mythic Championship 1 was one of the best premier tournaments in recent memory, with a wide variety of deck archetypes leaving a mark on the Standard metagame. Like any major tournament, there were winner and losers, and Hans is here to take the time this week to go over the cards and decks that left an impression. Some were good, some were bad, but they were all meaningful, so check out his findings below!

Understanding Aggro

ConstructedBy HansD (2019-02-05)

With Mono-Red aggro lighting up the stage in Standard, I want to take a look this week at what makes the aggro archetype tick. By breaking down and examining how these decks are built to be powerful, we can begin to understand why there will almost always be aggressive decks running around any given format!

Countdown til Christmas: Top 10 Magic Cards of 2018 (#6)

EntertainmentBy Moudou (2018-12-14)

Cardmarket's top 10 most sold Magic: The Gathering cards of 2018 - with a Christmas twist! These cards topped our charts from 1 January to 30 November 2018 and we can't wait to share them. Here's our 6th most popular card!

Communing with Dinosaurs at Grand Prix Shizuoka

Event CoverageBy JaminK (2018-12-06)

Jamin takes his last chance to prove that Green-Red dinosaurs is more than a homebrew in Standard. Learn about the difficulties he encountered while he takes you through the fifteen rounds of Grand Prix Shizuoka to see if Sarkhan's Unsealing can match the power level of Golgari Midrange.

Rather Exhumed: Coming Down from the Grave

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-11-09)

"Graveyard matters" cards are a key element in the Modern metagame. With Dredge on the rise due to Creeping Chill, we need to re-evaluate maindeck hate and how certain strategies rely on this part of the game. In today's article, Rodrigo ranks the format's tier decks based on their graveyard dependency.

GP Atlanta Tournament Report

Event CoverageBy JaminK (2018-11-07)

Modern is always evolving and before heading to the Pro Tour the following weekend, Jamin had one more chance to take Humans to victory. This week, he tells you all about his experience at the Atlanta Grand Prix.

Modern Metagame Review: 2018 Summer Edition

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-09-11)

Summer is over and the Guilds of Ravnica spoilers have officially begun. While waiting for new cards to improve or create new archetypes, let's review how the Modern format has been performing during the past three months divided into winners, losers, and new brews.

Winning the Modern MOCS Playoff

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-08-22)

In a fortunate series of events, Jamin took down a Modern MOCS playoff. In this week's article he talks about his road to the MOCS, his experience in Modern and how he arrived at the deck he played to this impressive finish.

Better Call Souls - A Mardu Hollow One Tournament Report

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-08-17)

It's time for some report action! Last month I talked about Hollow One variants and now I am bringing you m y latest experience as well as some discussion regarding small communities and tournament organization. Want to know more? Just keep reading.

The Golden Rules of Modern - Part One

ConstructedBy 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.

Looking at GP Barcelona and the Post-Tournament Metagame

Event CoverageBy HansD (2018-07-09)

Isn't Modern great? Non-interactive decks like KCI and Tron run roughshod over the metagame, and in one weekend, we get five UW Control decks that top sixteen a Modern GP. It's a wild, wild world, and I want to take a quick look at how the direction of the format provided a window of opportunity for the control archetype, how the UW decks took advantage of the opportunity, and what this will mean for the metagame going forward. Let's jump right in!

The Eldest Reborn - GP Top 32

ConstructedBy Toffel (2018-06-21)

It was love at first sight. A natural 3-for-1 with the ability to steal your opponents' planeswalker is a dream come true. Of course, it is not the easiest to build around, but the payoff is amazing. Well, our own Toffel is up to the challenge of talking about The Eldest Reborn in standard!

The Year of Living Dangerously: Mastering Mastery

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2018-05-24)

Imagine not being able to lose the game. Imagine that every time you gain life, you draw extra cards. (Card advantage is great, right?) …but what’s this? I need to exile some cards in my graveyard? Okay, I can do that. Now my hand? Well, I guess since I drew extra cards, I don’t mind. My permanents too? Uh-oh…

Modern Myths: Debunking the Format's Biggest Misconceptions

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-09)

Modern has a lot of things said about it, and I want to tackle in this week's article a few that I find to be myths about the format. I'm calling these four "Modern Myths," and I hope that bringing up these topics will spark a discussion. Do you think you'll agree with these points? Let's dive in and start off with the first one.

The Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit: Modern's Big Linearity Problem

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-04-12)

Modern is in a healthy state … Or is it? In this week's Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit, Hans analyzes and discusses what the swaths of linear decks mean for the Modern format, why this might be a problem, and finally some solutions that might help bring more interactive decks to the forefront of Modern.

Bloodbraid Elf: Proving Its Weight in Modern

ConstructedBy 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

Event CoverageBy 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

ConstructedBy 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.

Vampires in Rivals of Ixalan

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-02-07)

The new set Rivals of Ixalan contains a lot of good tribal cards, including fan favorite vampires. Cards like Legion Lieutenant and Radiant Destiny look really strong, but thats just to start. This article discusses the top 10 vampire cards of Rivals of Ixalan and shows a sample vampire deck, too.

Highlights in Bilbao: Modern at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

Event CoverageBy Rone (2018-02-06)

Last weekend, the best Magic players in the world gathered in Bilbao to fight for the crown at PTRIX. After two years without a Modern Pro Tour, everyone was excited to see if the Pros could shake up the format and bring new strategies and cards from recent sets. Here are the tournament highlights.

Top 5 Rivals of Ixalan Cards that Might See Modern Play

SpoilersBy Rone (2018-01-18)

Pirates, Vampires, Merfolk, and Treasures! Rivals of Ixalan brings a lot of new powerful cards for 2018. Which ones will see play in Modern? This is our list of the Top 5 cards to watch out for in the coming months.

Closing down Shops

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-10-26)

So much power all in one place!

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Cardmarket Decks

Standard

5-8
CMSeries Paris 2019 - Standard
03.06.2019
3-4
Battle of Nexus @ Surabaya (Indonesia)
24.02.2019
3-4
PPTQ @ Nostos Boutique (Ipswich, MA)
07.10.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Standard League
04.10.2018

Modern

8th
MTGO Modern Challenge
11.06.2019
2nd
CMSeries Paris 2019 - Modern
03.06.2019
1st
Pro Tour London (Mythic Championship II)
26.04.2019
5-8
Pro Tour London (Mythic Championship II)
26.04.2019

Legacy

3-4
NRG Series Legacy CT @ Palatine (Illinois)
13.04.2019
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Legacy League
04.10.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Legacy League
01.09.2018
2nd
Master Series 1K Qualifier @ Pastimes
10.06.2018

Vintage

3-4
TCM Vintage #6 @ NLG Ormond
08.09.2018
5-8
TCM #4 Quarterly Vintage
11.03.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Vintage League
19.11.2017

Commander

3-4
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
5-8
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
3-4
Snow-Covered Cup 2018 @Moscow
09.12.2018
1st
Bohemia DC Prague 7th @ Prague @ Prague
24.11.2018

Highlander

5th
Vianočný Highlander ("Christmas HL") Banská Bystrica
17.12.2017
8th
Tiki Cup Frankfurt
21.10.2017
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