Lightning Bolt

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Pure Energy

"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." boxing legend Mike Tyson is quoted to have said. And in a game of Magic: The Gathering, that first punch is very often a Lightning Bolt dealing three damage to the face. This one mana spell which was part of the legendary "Boon Cycle" from Alpha (August 1993) has stood the test of time like few other popular cards and is often seen as one of the purest and easiest Magic cards to grasp.

40 Lightning Bolts and 20 Mountains

Only a few cards have defined the game since the beginning and have remained a staple across almost every format the way that Lightning Bolt has. Some stories even award Lightning Bolt the honor (or blame) of causing the early rules change, forbidding Constructed decks from playing more than four copies of any card besides the basic lands.

Constructing a deck consisting solely of Black Lotus and Ancestral Recall to mill out your opponent may have made for a faster and more certain kill in the early wild wild west days of free-for-all Magic. But Lightning Bolt has always differed from the two strongest cards ever printed by being a Common card and it is much easier to gather the necessary 40 copies along with 20 Mountains. (Supposedly, the deck had 60 cards to outlive the Lotus/Recall mill strategy.)

Bolt the Bird

One common use of Lightning Bolt, besides sending the damage upstairs (targeting the opponent to reduce their life total), is as an early game disruption. In the first years of Magic, this usually meant targeting a mana dork such as Llanowar Elves or Birds of Paradise. The spell thus became the proverbial 'bolt' in the phrase "bolt the bird" which has since been extended to mean using any type of low-cost direct damage or removal to destroy a creature providing ramp.

Being able to target both players and creatures (and, since the elimination of the planeswalker redirection rule, also that card type) makes Lightning Bolt a versatile spell which rarely sits dead in a player's hand. Add the pure value of getting to do three damage for a single mana at instant speed with no further requirements and it is easy to see why Lighting Bolt is a staple wherever it is allowed – which happens to be in most formats.

Most Played Card in Modern

As of Summer 2019, Lightning Bolt is legal in the Eternal formats Vintage, Legacy, Pauper, and Commander as well as in non-rotating Modern. Standard is alone among the most played formats in not giving players access to the card. However, the powers that be have, at more than one occasion, expressed that they will not rule out Lightning Bolt possibly returning to Standard in the future.

Some of the decks that currently play Lightning Bolt include Burn/Boros Burn, RDW, and various Arclight Phoenix decks. According to MTG Top 8, it is by far the most played card in Modern being in the main deck of more than a quarter of all decks played in live tournaments last May-June 2019. The card is also in more than a third of all Modern decks ever registered at Grands Prix and Pro Tours with the number of copies played averaging at 3.7 per deck.

Lightning Bolt has been printed extensively appearing as a Common in all Core sets from Alpha to Fourth Edition (April 1995) then again in 2010 Core Set (M10) and 2011 Core Set (M11), as well as in a variety of special promo versions and supplemental sets, including Modern Masters 2015 (May 2015) and Masters 25 (March 2018). For a card with such high availability, Lightning Bolt is exceptionally priced at 0,99 € upwards.

Besides the obviously high-priced and always sought-after Alpha and Beta (October 1993) versions (at least 700,00 € and 275,00 € respectively, both in near mint condition), other versions of Lightning Bolt considered worthy of investing in include the full art textless Magic Player Rewards 2010 (from 28,00 €) and Magic Fest 2019 Promos (from 8,00 €) for those on a budget. Collectors looking for something entirely unique for their blinged-out Cube or that very special deck may consider acquiring the beautiful Judge Reward Promos from 1998 (from 350,00 €). This is the only foil version of Lightning Bolt featuring the original art by Christopher Rush and it is highly unlikely to see print again due to the passing away of the artist.

Comments (15)

Wasbeer1818(2019-01-30 19:37)

Can you play this card on tournaments? Or not?

Lichnee(2019-01-14 17:15)

The rules text should read: "Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target."

SarcoZQ(2018-11-25 20:44)

It does >3 to your wallet.

Axelicious(2015-07-09 20:14)

This is the most used card in all of modern! I just wish that they had reprinted it t common.

hugo87(2015-05-17 12:54)

I like so much more the m11 version rather than the m10, just because the flavor text makes the card look worse.

DrakkarHeart(2015-05-16 14:32)

The master of burn/removal for all eternity, this its amazing that after all this time, its still played.

hugo87(2015-05-12 14:01)

This foil version looks a bit weird, like the 'from the vault' cards. Don't like it.

hugo87(2015-05-11 12:12)

Bolt was awesome in 1993 and it remains awesome 22 years later.

hugo87(2015-05-11 03:28)

Lightning bolt, burning your casual and professional opponents since 1993

Phebeus(2015-05-10 00:38)

Most used removal spell in all of Modern. They just had to reprint it. The upgrade to uncommon is going to make it harder to find than if it were common... but still... it really needed a reprint!

Zollverein(2015-05-09 16:39)

Essential card if you play red. Used in a lot of formats. Indispensable in your pool.

CardgeekNL(2015-05-08 20:58)

Did you know......

The first basic set (alpha) had a common card of each colour that costed 1, and did 3 of something ? Lightning bolt was the red variant.
One of them made it to rare though since it was way to powerfull.
Not gonna tell, you got to figure that one out yourself :)

DefaultUser(2015-05-08 16:33)

There's also a textless version of this card. Few copies were accidentally inserted into japanese Urza's boosters. These misprints sell for well over 1k if they have regular corners, square cornered versions sell for about 750 €.

Those added to Edgar version makes this one of the roughest cards to get a global set of.

ZdMagic(2015-05-08 12:57)

This is definitely one of the best burn cards out there. It's cheap and you may even chose out of two options; creature or player. The damage it does is also pretty high compared to cost.

MagicJam(2015-05-08 08:16)

A classic red card used widely used in formats such as modern. It's an essential part of a mtg players collection.

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ConstructedBy Rone (2018-10-10)

We are right at the start of Guilds of Ravnica. Everyone is brewing new Standard decks while prices are going up and down. In this article, Rone tries to predict which cards are Modern material. Let's jump into it.

Assassin's Trophy in Legacy: Is Sultai Viable Again?

SpoilersBy ChristopherB (2018-10-05)

Welcome to my first article for Cardmarket Insight. Loving Legacy, I want to take this opportunity and write about the impact of the new shooting star, Assassin's Trophy in Legacy. Hans talked about the possible changes in Modern, so I want to take this chance to write about one of my favorite colors in Legacy: Sultai or BUG.

Five Ways Assassin's Trophy Will Change Modern

SpoilersBy HansD (2018-09-21)

Hans is just as hyped as everyone else when it comes to Guilds of Ravnica's most exciting card, Assassin's Trophy. There's no doubt the card will be a format changer – the question is, "How?" Read this week's article to find out!

Common "Mistakes" in Magic You Shouldn't Kick Yourself For

EntertainmentBy HansD (2018-09-18)

Regret selling your Snapcasters for twenty Euros? Missed that game-winning Thragtusk trigger in the Top 8 of a PPTQ? Hans takes a break away from Modern this week to bring you an article about why you shouldn't feel bad about these (and other) common "mistakes" that we've made!

Myth & Magic: Goblins and Kobolds and Orcs, Oh My!

EntertainmentBy JohnnyCroat (2018-09-17)

Next up in the Myth & Magic series, we're going to deal with all those little (and not so little) red Bois, some of whom have made an indelible mark on the game and will likely see a resurgence once the upcoming Ravnica set rotates in. We're talking Goblins and Kobolds and Orcs, oh my!

The KCI Diaries

ConstructedBy Toffel (2018-09-12)

This time, Toffel delves deeper into his weapon of choice in Modern and points out the key strengths and weaknesses of his Krark-Clan Ironworks deck within an ever-changing (hating) environment.

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.

Storming Off in Prague

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2018-09-06)

The Modern Metagame is in a constant state of change these days. A few months ago, Andifeated thought his pet deck U/R Gifts Storm has been pushed out of the top decks because of an abysmal Humans matchup, but the tides have changed again. Follow him through his deck choice process and tournament for Grand Prix Prague.

Tribal Attractions: Dragons

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-08-31)

With its strict, four-faction setting, Ixalan has been a very tribal block, and then Dominaria doubled down with some tribal focus of its own. Time for Kumagoro to have fun with Modern-legal concoctions for some less obvious tribes. In this installment: the most iconic of the iconic tribes.

Five Legacy Decks That Could Play Snapcaster Mage But Don't

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-29)

No other creature plays such an important role in Legacy and Modern alike. Snapcaster Mage truly is the most flexible creature in all competitive Magic and, for some reason, there are still some decks not playing him.

Modern Shadows Part 2 - The Legacy Case

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-08-29)

Rodrigo is here to continue his Death's Shadow series – this time, the article will be focused on the card's development inside the Legacy format. He reviews the PT25A innovations and, finally, how to tune your Modern Shadow deck into U/B Legacy Shadow.

Fighting the Good Fight - Snapcaster Mage

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-08-28)

Welcome to another edition of "Fighting the Good Fight," and this past weekend's GP results couldn't have come at a better time for today's discussion of the best blue card in Modern: Snapcaster Mage. Snapcaster has been a mainstay in Modern since the format's very start, but with how well UW Control fared, we're expecting this wizard to be even more prevalent than usual. In that case, it's doubly important that we know how we can fight against one of Modern's most powerful cards!

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.

Top 3 Decks for Legacy from Pro Tour 25

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-15)

The team Pro Tour 25 in Minneapolis featured Legacy and many players had feared drastic changes to the format once the pros start working on decks. In the end, we experienced a rather average snap shot of the meta paired with some smaller surprises. In the following, I present my top three conclusions from the Pro Tour and how they will affect the near future of Legacy.

Three Magic Players Walk into a Bar - KCI At PT25A

Event CoverageBy Toffel (2018-08-14)

After PT 25th Anniversary, it's come time to tell you about the journey of three fierce warriors, set out to conquer the lands of Standard, Modern, and Legacy. Join me for some storytelling about the tournament and how I came to pick KCI as my pick for the Modern portion of the event.

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.

Fighting the Good Fight: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-08-08)

Modern's circle of best two-drops for each color are well documented: Tarmogoyf for green, Snapcaster Mage for blue, Young Pyromancer for red, and Dark Confidant for black. White, oddly enough, has many people pointing towards the banned Stoneforge Mystic, rudely ignoring the true best two-drop white has to offer in the format: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. If you've faced off against her, you know how powerful she can be, and this article is devoted to answering the question, "How can we plan around her?"

MKM Series 2018 Prague: The Death of Delver

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-02)

Shorty after the groundbreaking ban of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe, the MKM Series visited Prague, eagerly awaiting a brand new Legacy format and the new brews it would entail. Miracles ended up the best-performing deck and carried the once mighty Delver to its grave.

Beating Your Opponents Down with Green-Black Elves

ConstructedBy 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.

You Shall Not Heal: The Skullcrack Story

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-07-27)

Burn is possibly the oldest strategy in the game, dating back to the wild times of "all bolts" decks. Lifegaining is the natural enemy of Burn and Skullcrack is the natural enemy of life gain. But there are others and Kumagoro divulges their short and fascinating history here.

Modern Shadows Part 1: Grixis

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-07-19)

Death's Shadow has been one of the most dominant cards in Modern these recent years. In this series of articles, Rone discusses its evolution and the various shells that thrive on self-inflicted pain. Part one is focused on the Grixis shell and its past, present and future.

Rogue Deck Review 2: Summer Notables

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-07-18)

Welcome to the second installment of Rogue Deck Review! Today we're taking a look at five rogue decks that are worth sharing, whether it's because of quirkiness, metagame viability, or accessibility. Without further ado, let's jump right in to our first list!

Dangerous Propositions: Seething Song

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-07-13)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with 33 inmates, some of which pose a serious threat to the meta. But now that Big Jace has been released, anything can happen. Let's review each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time we talk of red's biggest mana ritual.

A New Era of Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-07-09)

Welcome to a new world order, following what is likely the most impactful ban announcement in Legacy's history. Of course, after a major shakeup, there are many questions that demand answers. Robert discusses these questions and the upcoming MKM Series Prague, which could answer a couple of them.

Grand Prix Barcelona Tournament Report - Choosing a Modern Deck

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2018-07-05)

In formats as old, diverse, and full of different viable strategies as Modern, one does not need to choose a deck based on the current metagame. Most competitive decks you may face only achieve about 3% meta-share, leading to almost unpredictable pairings, giving players who try to get an advantage by making smart deck choices and choosing strategies that are well placed against popular decks a hard time. This time though, it was a different story.

Pick Six: Looking at Six Cards from M19 for Modern

SpoilersBy HansD (2018-06-28)

New sets mean new cards for Modern, and Hans combed through M19 looking for cards that might catch his attention. He's found six cards that he wants to talk about in the context of Modern viability, so reading this week's article is the only way to find out what he has to say about them!

A Step-By-Step Guide for Buying into Modern

FinanceBy HansD (2018-06-15)

Looking to buy into your first Modern deck? Don't know where to start? You're in luck because that's exactly what we're talking about in this week's article! Hans explains the step-by-step process of buying your first Modern deck for someone who's starting from close to scratch – take a look at what he has to offer!

Dangerous Propositions: Green Sun's Zenith

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-06-14)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with 33 inmates, some of which pose a potentially serious threat to the meta. But now that Big Jace is free, anything can happen. Let's review each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time we talk of green's best delivery service.

Deck Review - Hollow One in Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-06-13)

Hollow One has become one of the most played decks in Modern since his first major appearance at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan. Rodrigo has been spending tons of time with the deck and aims to explain its growing popularity alongside with some deck variants and sideboard strategies.

Teferi and the Resurgence of Jeskai

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-06-07)

Forget that other blue planeswalker, Teferi is here and ready to play, and Hans is devoting this article to Teferi and the deck lists that have utilized successfully in recent tournaments. Come find out what Hans has to say about the true hero of Modern's premier control deck!

Rogue Deck Review: The Recent Notables

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-24)

Looking for something spicy and different to play this week? Hans has you covered in this week’s article as he digs up the rogue decks that have caught his attention. The only way to find out if there’s something of interest is to take a look inside!

Budget Decks to Get into Modern

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-16)

Modern can be pricey, and it’s not easy to figure out the right way to find an entry point into the format. While there’s plenty of resources about the topic on the Internet, I wanted to write this article to give a perspective about the topic of getting into Modern on a budget as another resource for those of you that find yourself in this position. I hope that you’ll find it helpful as you begin your Modern journey!

Exploiting Delve: BUG Delve(-r) in Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-05-14)

In this outing, I look at a mechanic that has seen two of it rank banned or restricted in nearly every major format: Delve. I look at an aggressive application of Delve in Legacy's strongest three-color combination and how it presents a unique take on Tempo in a format dominated by blue tempo decks.

Leveling Up: What Your Opponents' Plays Say About Their Hands

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-03)

Gitaxian Probe isn't legal in Modern anymore, but there's another way of figuring out the contents of your opponent's hand without paying mana! In this week's article, Hans discusses how we can analyze our opponents' plays to inform us about what's in in their hands.

Dominaria Set Review for Modern

SpoilersBy Rone (2018-04-24)

Dominaria's release is on the horizon and that means once thing for Modern players: time to brew decks and figure out which cards help which archetypes. This time, we have lots of reprints, awesome callbacks, Historic Spells and the new Enchantment mechanics: Sagas.

Modern's One-Hit Wonders

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-04-18)

Every time a new deck pops up in Modern, there’s a rush to play the deck, it becomes a flavor of the month, and then is shelved indefinitely. This week Hans revisits four decks that saw some time in the limelight within the past year. Do any of these decks have any shot at redemption? Let’s find out!

An Introduction to 1v1 Commander

ConstructedBy 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.

Bluffing - A Trial and Error Approach

ConstructedBy Toffel (2018-04-12)

Playing your cards correctly is very important, but it is not the only factor in play. The very best players squeeze out advantages in all situations. They use their opponents' fear to gain any advantage that makes the difference between being very good and being one of the best.

Choose Their Poison: The Collective Brutality Story

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-04-11)

Modal spells - everyone's favorite way to pack a bigger bang for your buck while dealing with the inherent available slot restrictions in 60-card decks. The best of such cards were frequently chase rares in the past and Collective Brutality is no exception; let’s choose to see why.

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!

Dont Bore Us - Spicing up Boros Archetypes in Cube

LimitedBy SanchoN (2018-04-06)

Boros is often typecast for the role as an all-out fast and wide attacker in cubes. In this installment of Cube for Squares we first take a look at the traditional Boros part of the passionate fighter in some of its already thoroughly examined variants. Afterwards we ask if there’s room for the old action hero to widen its repertoire and try out characters more often played by other guilds.

Blinging the Box: Cube Pimping 101

LimitedBy SanchoN (2018-03-29)

Having a Cube and drafting it is without doubt the most entertaining way to play Magic. And finding the right cards – functionally – is the backbone of cube building. But it doesn't have to end with acquiring the cards, and very often it doesn’t. Welcome to Cubes for Squares’ first look at the blingy world of Cube pimping.

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!

5 Dragons You Might Meet on the Battlefield

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-03-23)

Dracarys! Despite their typical casting cost being midrange and beyond, Dragons always find a way to show up in decks of all kinds. Their current situation across the formats is not too shabby, and not just in red-based builds. Here’s a selection of the flying terrors all the cool kids are playing.

GP Madrid Aftermath: A Weekend Full of Magic

Event CoverageBy Rone (2018-03-19)

The Magic Grand Prix is the perfect excuse to spend a whole weekend enjoying our favorite hobby. Normally, the main event is what attracts most players’ attention – its coverage, Top 8 decklists, and of course, the GP winners. But there are many other things that one can have a go at aside from the competition.

The Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit: The Egregious Price of Modern

FinanceBy HansD (2018-03-13)

Modern prices have been spiraling out of control, and I dive right in to ask what exactly has led us to this point of fifty-euro Snapcaster Mages. What solutions do I suggest to make Modern MTG a more accessible format? Continue reading to find out!

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.

Cracking the Code on Fetch Lands

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-03-05)

Fetch lands are a staple in Modern, and for such innocuous-looking lands, using them correctly in different situations can be much more difficult than they seem. In this article I walk you through the scenarios where cracking a fetch land - or not - can make all the difference.

Masters 25 Top 10: Cube Gold in the Silver Anniversary Set

LimitedBy SanchoN (2018-03-05)

With Masters 25, Magic's 25th Anniversary set finally spoiled, it is time to take a look at how the new reprints affect your cube. Whether you are going to crack some packs or sit back and watch single prices drop, the set should have something to offer your cube both in the department of new cards and when it comes to pimping it out with foils and new illustrations. Welcome to Cubes For Squares' A25 Top 10.

There and Back Again: The Bloodbraid Elf Story

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-03-01)

If not exactly the Queen of Jund (that’s of course Liliana), Bloodbraid Elf was certainly its High Priestess back in the times. Now that she’s been unleashed on the Modern format once again, is she going to find a home in a drastically changed meta, or will she go the way of Bitterblossom?

Jace Jam: Slam Dunk Deck Lists for Jace the Mind Sculptor

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-28)

Well, it happened: Jace, the Mind Sculptor got unbanned and the world lost its collective cool. Now that we have a solid grouping of 5-0 MTGO decklists behind us, let's look at where the now-legal planeswalker shows promise. See for yourself what Jace has brought to the Modern metagame!

Team Cardmarket Member Pascal Vieren on his PTRIX Top 8

Event CoverageBy HansD (2018-02-12)

Pascal Vieren lit up the Pro Tour with his Top 8 finish at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan, and this week he shares his thoughts about the Pro Tour, his deck, Modern, and more in an interview. What does the Gold pro have to say about the format and the creation of Blue-Red Pyromancer? You’ll have to look inside to find out!

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.

A Case Study on the Fall of Bant Eldrazi

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-02)

Modern evolves as new cards enter the format, broken enablers are banned, and archetypes are discovered through off-the-wall experimentation. What used to be a tier-one archetype can in a few months be outclassed, outdated, and outmatched by the new hotness. Bant Eldrazi is one such archetype that now finds itself looking in from the outside of a format it once used to rule. How did this powerful deck manage to quickly fall from the top of the pile?

Back to Basic Lands: Mono Color Decks in Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-01-31)

Starting over in Magic is always difficult, especially Eternal formats where there is no rotation, and card staples tend to be expensive. Fortunately, there are some budget archetypes that allow you to start playing Modern and then evolve into a tier deck. Today, we are going to break down some mono color decks for Modern.

5 Pauper Decks for Beginners

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-01-29)

With the sudden spotlight on Pauper, the commons only format, a lot of new players want to give it a shot, but where to begin? What decks to play? Here I list 5 Pauper decks that are super cheap and provide a good introduction to the format, perfect for beginners.

My Legacy Picks for Team Trios Constructed GPs

Event CoverageBy Alakazimdk (2018-01-23)

This article will try to give you and your team some options for the Legacy component of upcoming Team Constructed events. I’ll give each deck two scores, the first for experienced Legacy players and the second for players who are not as familiar with Legacy as a format. As with all Legacy lists, expect a high learning curve in a format with Wastelands, Brainstorms, and consistent turn 2-3 combo kills.

The 5 Most Successful Modern Decks of 2017

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-01-19)

For better or for worse, the year that just ended consolidated the current Modern meta. But who were the kings of the season? Meet the five decks that placed more consistently in the Top 8 of Modern events during 2017, while scoring victories at the largest tournaments.

Excited for Pauper? A Commons Only Format

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-01-17)

Channel Fireball announced that paper Pauper events will be organized as side events during all the GPs in January 2018. A lot of people were excited about this news, some even speculating that we might see a Pauper GP in the near future. But what is Pauper?

Black Bases

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2018-01-13)

Modern decks have become so deadly, that you really want to disrupt the opposing game plan early and often.

Captain Pike and The Mechanics

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-09-05)

Let's explore Ixalan and its themes!

Bolas schemes to be doing fine

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-06-05)

When defeating one friend isn't good enough anymore - just wreck them three at a time!

Told You So

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-05-30)

The best part about predicting the future is getting to say "told you so" afterwards.

Red makes them dead

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-04-15)

Is it time for red decks again?

Aether Revolt B&R Announcement Incoming

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-01-09)

A new set always brings the potential for change in multiple ways.

Global Team Spirit

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-11-23)

The 2016 World Magic Cup is in the books and it has been a great celebration of magical diversity.

Take your Chance

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-10-23)

Winning a large tournament always draws players' interest, but when the deck lists are well-known stock lists there isn't much financial impact.

Modern Inventiveness

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-09-28)

While Kaladesh cards were filling almost every spot on our Highest Percentual Stock Reduction table yesterday, the best seller was actually from another set.

EMA and Legacy decks

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-06-14)

Today we will continue to look at the effect of Eternal Masters on various Legacy decks.

GP Minneapolis and GP Manchester

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-06-01)

There were two Standard GPs on the last weekend, one in Minneapolis and one in Manchester.

Beck to the Future

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-03-21)

Tiny changes can have big effects - in timelines and card pools!

Eldrazi Ruins

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-02-29)

Have the Eldrazi ruined every format, yet?

Legacy Weapon

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-10-07)

Battle for Zendikar does not contain the kind of cards that can shake up huge formats like Legacy, but the banning announcement that always comes along with set releases nowadays was able to do that.

Seizing Thoughts

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-08-21)

Looking at the future prospects of various M15 cards.

From Charlotte to Copenhagen

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-06-15)

Lots of new tech entered the equation for GP Copenhagen!

Twin Masters

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-05-12)

In the upcoming days I will be looking at the financial impact of MM15 on some of the most successful Modern archetypes.

More Modern Masters 2015 Spoilers

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-05-05)

What effect will the new MM15 spoilers have on single card and display prices?

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

ConstructedBy TobiH (2019-10-08)

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.

TAGFAIL - A Faithless Looting Eulogy, Part 2: In Memoriam

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-10-20)

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!

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Cardmarket Decks

Modern

2nd
MagicFest Ghent 2019
19.09.2019
3rd
MagicFest Ghent 2019
19.09.2019
3rd
MagicFest Ghent 2019
19.09.2019
4th
MagicFest Ghent 2019
19.09.2019

Legacy

3-4
CMSeries Barcelona 2019 - Legacy
09.10.2019
3-4
MagicFest Atlanta 2019
23.09.2019
5-8
MagicFest Atlanta 2019
23.09.2019
2nd
MagicFest Atlanta 2019
23.09.2019

Vintage

3-4
Knight Ware Unsanctioned Vinta @ Studio City
17.03.2019
MTGO
MTGO Vintage Challenge
03.03.2019
MTGO
MTGO Vintage Challenge
03.03.2019
3-4
Eternal Weekend Trial @ Storm Brew Games
25.03.2019

Commander

5-8
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
3-4
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
2nd
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
5-8
Zap Mars @ Palaiseau (France)
10.03.2019

Pauper

MTGO Pauper Challenge
07.08.2019
MTGO Pauper Challenge
07.08.2019
MTGO Pauper Challenge
07.08.2019
3-4
Dimagames Special Event Pauper @ Dimagames, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
13.04.2019

Highlander

3rd
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
8th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
2nd
Highlander Spielraum Wien #2
26.05.2018
1st
Highlander URPIN CUP Banská Bystrica, SK
27.05.2018
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