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The Best Tribe in Modern? Elementals!

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-08-17)

Modern is full of various tribal decks, including Merfolk, Humans, Spirits, Elves, and Goblins. However, only recently has one new tribe emerged and even started to dominate—Elementals. Today, let's talk about the deck, its variations, and why it has suddenly become so successful.

Velomachus's Modern Moment

ConstructedBy 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.

The New Face of Blue-Red in Modern: Regent, Ragavan, Rage

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-07-15)

Modern has seen many flavors of blue-red decks over the years. Between Storm, Blue Moon, Delver, Phoenix, and Prowess, there's always been at least one representative of the color combination present in the format's highest tier. Now we've got a new kid on the block terrorizing the top tables: Blue-Red Murktide!

Daily D&D Deck Tech: Manamorphosing Demilich in Modern

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-07-13)

Every workday ahead of the set's paper release, Insight takes a quick look at a deck featuring cards from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. Demilich goes best in shells adept at slinging spells. There is another card that loves that—Arclight Phoenix. Let's see how the two pair up!

On Video This Week (28/2021)

EntertainmentBy CMInsightTeam (2021-07-12)

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 July 12–16.

Cards That Should Have Been in Modern Horizons 2

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-07-06)

Modern Horizons 2 has presented us with a ton of reprints to satisfy all our demand for that sweet, sweet nostalgia. All of it? Are we satisfied? Of course not. We can think of way more cards that would have been a great fit both for the set and for the format. Let's make a wish list!

Dauthi Voidwalking Through Modern

ConstructedBy Skura (2021-06-17)

Modern Horizons 2 features a ton of exciting cards, from fringe playables to role players to outright archetype-redefining staples. One in particular still flies a little under the radar but already found a place in decks as different as Esper Stoneblade and Blue-Black Rogues. Let's check in with Dauthi Voidwalker!

Enchantress Action: New Modern, Improved Legacy

ConstructedBy Dr-Exhume (2021-06-08)

Sterling Grove, Solitary Confinement, and Enchantress's Presence are the names of three pillars of Legacy Enchantress. Now they are coming to Modern along with two great newcomers: Sythis, Hand of Harvest and Sanctum Weaver. Is this enough to establish the archetype in the format?

Expert Panel: Merfolk on the Horizon

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2021-06-03)

Modern Horizons 2 features a bunch of new Merfolk cards that are sure to improve the archetype. We are joined by two noted Merfolk experts to discuss the cards, to talk about the future of the tribe, and to find an updated decklist. Are the fish back in business? Will they be able to swim back to the top?

Exclusive Preview: Three New Cards on Modern's Horizon

SpoilersBy TobiH (2021-05-27)

Here's an exclusive first look at three cards from the upcoming Modern Horizons 2. Two of them could go into the same strategy, two benefit more creative deck building, two are completely new designs never seen before, and one is a card that has never been reprinted in 21 years!

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks, April–May 2021

Event CoverageBy Aliquanto (2021-05-21)

One month after release, it's time to review all of the many Strixhaven cards that made a splash in Modern and analyze the Magic Online results to determine which are the format's best performing decks in this post-STX, pre-MH2 world. We've got data, calculations, programming, and a new frontrunner!

Strixhaven Spotlight: Powerful Prismari Projects

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2021-04-08)

Strixhaven opens its doors and gives us rebrands of five two-color combinations. As expected, Izze— Prismari is all about wacky projects, though this time around they are pretty big in size. Will they make it big in Constructed as well? Let's find out if the experiments were successful!

Strixhaven Spotlight: The New One Mana Tendrils of Agony

SpoilersBy Skura (2021-04-06)

Strixhaven's magecraft ability continues to cause quite some excitement. And it may cause trouble in Modern yet. The latest entry in the magecraft line-up, a particularly clever Lumimancer, enables some honest-to-goodness turn two kills in Modern. Let's take a look at the card and at a deck!

Strixhaven Spotlight: Prismari and Witherbloom Command

SpoilersBy Skura (2021-03-25)

Strixhaven: School of Mages is coming. The preview season has just begun, but we already know about a new cycle of commands. Modal spells have always given players exactly what players want … After all, you get to choose what to do with them. Let's explore the two most powerful of the new commands!

The Modern Era of Modern: Broken, Bans, Beyond

Event CoverageBy Aliquanto (2021-03-09)

Do you want to know which decks are the best in Modern? What to play, what to beat? To that end, a new series of articles will provide you with in-depth data analysis of Magic Online results. Let's start with a detailed introduction to the format and a review of the past months of changes.

The New Modern Silliness: Hammertime, Obosh, Oh Boy!

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2021-01-13)

2020 was a crazy year for Modern. With so many powerful cards making their debut, it's no wonder the metagame still tends to change so rapidly and so seriously. The last two or three months alone have brought us at least two completely new decks, and another one has made a sudden resurgence.

VIDEO: Top 5 Modern Decks Ranked Easiest To Hardest

ConstructedBy HarryKhoo (2020-11-14)

Humans, Amulet Titan, or Death and Taxes? Which deck is the hardest Modern deck to play, and why? Harry ranks the Top 5 Modern decks from easiest to hardest while also discussing their key cards, like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben or Primeval Titan.

The New Scourge of Modern

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-10-07)

Scourge of the Skyclaves is one of those cards that look busted at first glance but require extensive testing before it is possible to reach any definite conclusion. Now, a few weeks after the release of Zendikar Rising, we have the results and can definitely say that the verdict is in.

Slinging Spells in Standard and Modern Izzet Tempo

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-07-15)

Recent sets, such as Ikoria and Core Set 2021 impacted the metagames of multiple formats, but they also made way for some interesting non-meta strategies. One of the most prominent candidates is Izzet Spells, a tempo deck that can be easily tuned to become an aggro and/or even a budget deck.

Return to Tabletop: Summertime Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-07-09)

Modern's metagame has been shifting a lot since last year when Modern Horizons completely warped the format. After the companion fiasco, it's time to test out the tabletop experience adapted to the new normality. Here are some thoughts about recent strategies and about how to play with social distancing.

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.

The Red Mage's Guide for 2020

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-02-05)

Red mages of the world, rejoice! 2020 is a great year for us. Our favorite color has a huge presence in Standard, in Pioneer, and in Modern. If you want to tune your red decks while adding brand new cards from Theros Beyond Death, this is the article you need to read.

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 Faithless Looting Eulogy, Part 2: In Memoriam

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-10-08)

The mourning continues in this series about the monumental banning of Faithless Looting from Modern. This time, Rone dives into the rest of the affected strategies in order to find the best future build for Mono-Red Prowess, Hollow One, and Mardu Pyromancer, to name but a few!

Red Bull Untapped: What JohnnyCroat Did Next

Event CoverageBy JohnnyCroat (2019-08-09)

Unlike my Dominaria cousins Teferi and T3feri, time has been something in short supply in the JohnnyCroat household in the recent months. So you can imagine the panic, albeit welcomed, when the Red Bull Untapped selection emails went out. Here's a quick breakdown of how it all happened and what JohnnyCroat did next!

The Future of Dark Confidant and Modern Jund

EntertainmentBy HansD (2019-07-25)

Midrange decks are built with the metagame in mind and are thus highly customizable. Regardless, even the most customizable of these decks still play core cards that are integral to the deck’s gameplan. Very rarely, in a non-rotating format such as Modern, does a new card come along that displaces the current best-in-slot card for a midrange deck. With the printing of Wrenn and Six in Modern Horizons, I believe that Dark Confidant has found himself as the odd man out after years of being a Jund mainstay.

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