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Cards That Should Never Leave Standard

ConstructedBy HansD (2019-09-05)

Standard rotation keeps creeping closer and closer, which means that we’re going to be seeing cards leaving us for good. However, it doesn’t have to be that way, and Hans has some ideas about cards that Wizards should always reprint into Standard.

Rotation Grief: Ixalan (Part 2)

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-08-28)

The Standard Rotation looms closer with each passing day. How the meta will change, at first, will be a direct consequence of the disappearance of four rotating sets. We continue this journey of grief (or jubilation, depending on who you ask) by looking at the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards we'll have to remove when Ixalan rotates.

Rotation Grief: M19 (Part 2)

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-08-01)

With the release of Throne of Eldraine on October 4, the dreaded/craved yearly rotation will kick in, turning the current Standard pool from its eight-set peak to its five-set nadir. Meanwhile, we're having a look at the cards that we'll miss the most (or not), starting from those contained in the core set that bears this year's name.

MCQ Madrid Report with Izzet Phoenix

Event CoverageBy Rone (2019-06-28)

Mythic Championship Qualifiers are the premium events everyone wants to win these days. In this article, Rodrigo dives into his experience at MCQ Madrid, from the deck he chose to the preparation and tournament experience he had. Let's dive in and take a look at what happened.

You Shall Have Other Gods (Part 1)

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-05-07)

The Amonkhet Gods are back, and this time they all seem able to command their share of worship. The hottest new set in recent memory has bestowed all of them (with one exception) a new incarnation worthy of play in Standard. Let's start our adoration by paying tribute to the serene Oketra and the sibylline Kefnet.

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!

The Road to Mythic: Standard Simic Stompy

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2019-04-23)

Andifeated managed to achieve the Mythic Rank on Magic Arena in every season and format this year. Learn how the spicy brew that is Simic Stompy helped him climb the ranked ladder quickly and read everything he knows about the deck and what his Simic Stompy Sideboard Guide is.

#CMAskTheJudge Episode 36 - Expanding Damage

EntertainmentBy MartinaT (2019-03-29)

Episode 36 of Cardmarket's AskTheJudge series. Each installment in this series will include a video that poses a rules question about MTG. Watch the video, comment with your answer, and then check your work below. This week's question involves Counterspells, Copy Spells, and some other Spells too.

Mythic Championship I: The Results Hangover

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-03-12)

Are you already tired of all the Mythic Championship I data out there, yet you still don't know what to play once the new set comes out? Don't let numbers get you dizzy! Here are the best tips taken from 2019MC1 to catch you up on the Standard format after this big tournament.

#CMAskTheJudge Episode 32 - It's a Riot!

EntertainmentBy MartinaT (2019-02-22)

Episode 32 of Cardmarket's AskTheJudge series. Each installment in this series will include a video that poses a rules question about MTG. Watch the video, comment with your answer, and then check your work below. This week's question involves a runner getting struck by lightning.

#CMAskTheJudge Episode 31 - Burning with Beacon

EntertainmentBy MartinaT (2019-02-08)

Episode 31 of Cardmarket's AskTheJudge series. Each installment in this series will include a video that poses a rules question about MTG. Watch the video, comment with your answer, and then check your work below. This week's question is about a jump-started Beacon Bolt.

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!

Important Changes to Standard With Ravnica Allegiance

ConstructedBy JaminK (2019-01-31)

Ravnica Allegiance has finally been released everywhere. It has been out on Magic Online for a week longer already and Standard has already undergone great changes with the new cards. Today I want to take a look at the biggest shake-ups in the new Standard.

Confession: I'm in Love with 12 Bolt Burn in Standard

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2019-01-25)

Andifeated is known for loving Islands, playing control decks, and using many counterspells alongside powerful planeswalkers and instants that draw cards, but he has something to admit: He has a secret passion for Lightning Bolt, and he's finally coming clean about his burning hot Standard affair, featuring powerful cards from Ravnica Allegiance. If you're looking for a cheap way to enter Standard in paper or Magic Arena, this article is for you!

Jeskai Control in RNA Standard

SpoilersBy Rone (2019-01-15)

Christmas holidays are officially over and it’s time for a new year full of Standard. Since Ravnica Allegiance is just around the corner, Rone wants to take a look at what's coming for his current favorite archetype - Jeskai. Keep reading to learn his thoughts on the deck and his thoughts on what's to come.

Why Standard-Plus Should Be a Singleton Format

EntertainmentBy HansD (2019-01-08)

Happy New Year, and welcome back! 2019 has a lot of new things in store for Magic as whole, with Magic Fests, E-Sports, and the introduction of a new format come October. There's plenty of speculation about what this format will look like, but I won't be bringing you any today in my article. Instead, I want to offer a suggestion: the "Standard-Plus" format, as it is currently referred to by Wizards of the Coast, should be a singleton format in the interest of the health of the 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!

Countdown til Christmas: Top 10 Magic Cards of 2018 (#9)

EntertainmentBy JaminK (2018-12-11)

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 9th most popular card!

Guilds of Ravnica: Red Decks in Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-10-26)

After a couple of weeks testing Standard, it's finally time to provide a snapshot of the metagame. This time around, Rodrigo is taking a look at Red and the strategies utilizing it to great effect.

Jumping into Magic Arena

EntertainmentBy HansD (2018-10-23)

I dipped my toes into Magic Arena this past week and decided to give the program a whirl. After all, with all the hype and positive reviews coming from the community, I wanted to see with my own eyes and click with my own fingers to confirm if the game was as good as it was advertised. After several days of playing through the various modes the game had to offer, I've decided to write up my initial take on where Magic Arena stands.

Two Standard Decks You Might Have Missed

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-10-22)

Since Guilds of Ravnica released, many have tried finding the best combination of cards to win in Standard. Some decks have become frontrunners of the format already but there is a lot left to be explore. Today Jamin introduces two decks you may not have seen before.

Goblins, Angels, and Knights: A New Standard Format

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-10-10)

You might think that after the rotation, merfolk, vampires, pirates, and dinosaurs are the best creature types. But actually, the top tribal decks are now knights, angels, and goblins thanks to Guilds of Ravnica. Today, I want to discuss these decks and explain why they are good for Standard right now.

The Five Biggest Card Design Mistakes of the Modern Era

EntertainmentBy HansD (2018-09-26)

Some cards should never have been printed. In this week's article, Hans takes a look at five of Magic's worst designs in the Modern Era. Can you guess which cards made his list?

Grixis or Dimir? Preparing for Guilds of Ravnica Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-09-26)

Are you ready for rotation? The new Standard will soon kick-off with cards from Guilds of Ravnica. And for those Dimir and Grixis mages that want to keep playing their favorite strategy, here's a recap of their losses and additions to determine which guild will be successful.

Aftermath of German Nationals 2018

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2018-08-21)

This past weekend, 548 Mages met in Marl, Germany in order to decide on the 2018 German national champion and which two players would join the pro point leader to earn glory at this year's World Magic Cup. Andifeated was there and tried to earn his spot on the team and tells you everything about one of the biggest National Championships in the world.

M19 Standard for Pro Tour 25th Anniversary

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-08-02)

Pro Tour 25th Anniversary is just around the corner and constructed Team Trios will be the format of choice with M19 Standard playing a major role in the tournament. In this article, I will try to highlight the latest additions while guessing which archetypes could be chosen by the pro players of the event. Let’s break it down!

The Most Powerful Rares of M19 for Standard

SpoilersBy ChristianS (2018-07-12)

Last time, I talked about the new Elder Dragons and Planeswalkers of the latest Core set. This time around, I'm writing about the most powerful rares of M19 for the Standard format. While the best cards of M19 seem to be Elder Dragons, there are still some good rares which could impact Standard. M19 focused a bit on tribals, but there are also other cards with potential.

Going Rogue: Midrange and Budget Decks before M19 Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-07-11)

Just a week before Core 2019 pre-releases and Standard is looking much better. Fresh cards will enter the format and maybe even a banning announcement? Either way, it's time to consider some rogue decks from the past two GPs and some cheap variants to power up with the new set.

How to Predict Limited Environments with M19

LimitedBy Toffel (2018-07-05)

M19 is right around the corner and probably everybody who will draft it at a pre-release is wondering what to expect. Will the latest expansion's gameplay be fast or slow? Let’s take a look at some points of my Limited evaluation for the new Core 2019 set.

Define This: Deck Categories

EntertainmentBy Moudou (2018-06-26)

Magic is a game of terms. There are dozens of aspects of the game that are poorly defined and many unoffical words have become standard issue. In this article, Moudou will define and codify various deck categories in this, the first part of a longer series on Magic terminology.

Zombie Armies in Dominaria

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-06-21)

The hot topic in Standard right now is the dominance of Goblin Chainwhirler and rise of a "solved" format. That's all fine and well, but our own Ryan S has other plans for Standard. In this article, He explores two casual Standard builds around his favorite Dominaria card and its zombie army.

Top 5 Aggro Decks in Dominaria Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-06-20)

Standard is in a pretty rough spot right now. After Pro Tour Dominaria, the format looks solved. Goblin Chainwhirler is the new boogeyman and Red decks are everywhere. So, Rodrigo decided to take a look at Aggro in Standard and ranked his top 5 Aggro decks in Dominaria.

The New Brawl

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-06-13)

With Brawl having a new Banlist and being back on Magic Online, it's time for Jamin to take a look at the way the metagame is shaping up. Which decks perform the best and which ones are played the most? Jamin has the answers in this interesting journey through 59-card decks.

Pro Tour Dominaria Report

Event CoverageBy Toffel (2018-06-06)

Do you want to get a little insight into German preparation for Pro Tour Dominaria? Join Toffel as he explains exactly how he attacked Limited and which decks his team considered for Standard, as well as which decks came short of dealing with a meta defined by an omnipresent Goblin Chainwhirler.

Storming Off in Standard

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-06-01)

While everyone else in Standard is busy resolving [Walking Ballista or Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Jamin counts to fifty life instead. This mono blue newcomer has a lot of spice and Jamin explores whether it has what it takes to compete in a stacked Standard format.

Mono-Red Insight: A History From Amonkhet to Dominaria

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-04-09)

Hasty creatures, direct damage and painful deserts: mono-red is one of the most successful decks in Standard since Amonkhet was released. From its origins to the recent banning and right down to its various configurations, we are going to break down the fastest deck in the format.

A First Look at Standard with Dominaria

SpoilersBy ChristianS (2018-04-05)

This week, I dive into the bevy of Dominaria spoilers available looking for interesting Standard-worthy cards that could shape the competitive meta in the months to come. Does Dominaria live up to the hype, or does Magic's most traveled plane come up short of expectations? Read on to find out.

Team Sealed in Rivals of Ixalan

LimitedBy ChristianS (2018-03-27)

Team Sealed is one of the most complex and deep Limited formats in Magic: The Gathering. It requires teamwork, compromise, and an extensive knowledge of Limited Magic. Christian sits down with a randomized sealed pool to show you the ins and outs of Team Sealed, just in time for the GP in Amsterdam.

Mardu Vehicles: Past, Present, and Future

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-02-19)

Mardu Vehicles has been a popular archetype in Standard since Kaladesh released. The deck has faced one of the most troublesome metas in Standard history with four separate ban announcements, one format rotation, and yet it has, through it all, managed to be a fairly well represented deck. Let’s crew it!

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.

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Cardmarket Decks

Standard

MTGO Standard MCQ
07.08.2019
MTGO Standard League
07.08.2019
3-4
CMSeries Frankfurt 2019 - Standard
06.08.2019
5-8
MagicFest Denver 2019
23.07.2019

Modern

3-4
Modern Monthly @ GameForce @ Eindhoven
07.10.2018
1st
Guild of Gamers Modern Mai @ Terville
13.05.2018
1st
Regran Open
10.02.2018

Commander

5-8
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
5-8
Zap Mars @ Palaiseau (France)
10.03.2019
5-8
Master Zap @ Palaiseau (France)
06.01.2019
5-8
Master Zap @ Palaiseau (France)
06.01.2019

Pauper

MTGO
MTGO Pauper League
13.06.2018
MTGO
MTGO Pauper League
23.05.2018
MTGO
MTGO Pauper League
18.11.2017
MTGO
MTGO Pauper League
01.09.2017

Highlander

8th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
1st
Highlander URPIN CUP Banská Bystrica, SK
27.05.2018
2nd
Highlander URPIN CUP Banská Bystrica, SK
27.05.2018
3rd
Cloudpost HL Cup Bratislava
17.02.2018
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