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Stomping All Over Standard with Stompy

ConstructedBy WileCoyote (2019-10-29)

If you're looking for a Standard deck to play at your local FNM or Store Championship, netdecking the latest trend isn't always the best approach. Building your own and following its journey, sticking with a strategy even after rotation, can have its own rewards …

Rotation Grief: Dominaria (Part 2)

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-10-02)

The Standard Rotation is upon us. The coming meta will be shaped, in part, by what we lose. We've reached the end of this journey of grief (or jubilation, depending on who you ask) as we look into the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards we'll have to remove from our Standard decks as Dominaria rotates out.

Elementary My Dear Omnath: Temur Elementals in the New Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-09-26)

Standard rotation is happening this month! Throne of Eldraine is joining Standard, but we're losing four sets right along with it. This means a fresh starts for everyone and Rone thinks Temur Elementals is one of the biggest benificary of this new Standard!

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 3)

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-06-12)

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 conclude our adoration by paying tribute to the mighty Rhonas.

A Month of MCQ Events Part 2

EntertainmentBy Andifeated (2019-06-06)

Big Mythic Championship Qualifier Events are back and Andifeated decided to play all the ones taking place in German-speaking regions. Learn about his experience, performance, and about traveling for events more generally!

You Shall Have Other Gods (Part 2)

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-05-21)

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 continue our adoration by paying tribute to the esoteric Bontu and the thunderous Ilharg.

A Month of MCQ Events I: Double MCQ Frankfurt

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2019-05-16)

After months without any regional and local way to qualify for a Mythic Championship (besides attending MagicFest Events and playing a lot on Magic Online), the local Mythic Championship Qualifiers are finally here! Andifeated attended the first German-speaking MCQ Weekend, featuring two exciting and big tournaments. Read his tournament report and Esper Control Sideboard Guide to prepare for your own MCQ events.

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.

Leveling Up: Imagining Winning Board States

ConstructedBy HansD (2019-04-18)

There are many ways to win a game of Magic: The Gathering. For some decks, it's slinging Lightning Bolt at their opponents' faces until their life total is zero; for others, it might be turning big Tarmogoyfs and Death's Shadows sideways and getting into the red zone. Whether we're milling our opponents' libraries or getting there on the back of Celestial Colonnade beats, decks are built to win, and players in a competitive match of Magic try to make the decisions that maximize their win percentages.

Dangerous Propositions: Glimpse of Nature

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-04-11)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with 34 inmates, some of which could potentially pose a serious threat to the meta. In this ongoing series, we're reviewing each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time it's the turn of the green storm enabler.

It's All About Prime Speaker Vannifar

ConstructedBy HansD (2019-03-19)

To say that Standard is thriving would be an understatement. With a multitude of fully-viable build-around cards and a deep pool of supporting cards, this Standard might be one of the most diverse Standards in the history of Magic. Brewers all over the Internet have been sharing new and exciting lists every week, it seems, and the card I want to focus on today is a "fixed" version of a card that's banned in Modern: Prime Speaker Vannifar.

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!

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.

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.

Tricky Situations and How to Find Them

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-12-19)

A game of Magic equals a series of decisions, but not all of them are obvious. While playing you will come across situations you have experienced often and you might find a solution that differs from instinct. Join Jamin on his way through some hidden decisions in Magic and how to approach them.

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!

Behind the Tag - Deck Stories Part 1

EntertainmentBy ChristopherB (2018-12-13)

Nowadays, most new decks have reasonable names like "Izzet Phoenix" or "Golgari Midrange," which more or less describes what the decks do/contain. But what about deck names from days gone by? Where does "the Rock" come from? What does "Death and Taxes" have to do with a white weenie deck? This is a series meant to discuss, briefly, the history behind these names.

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

EntertainmentBy WileCoyote (2018-12-10)

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 10th 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.

The Standard Black-Green Midrange Compendium

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-11-26)

PT Guilds of Ravnica may have had a Top 8 filled to the brim with White Aggro, but Hans believes Golgari Midrange still has what it takes to beat any of the format's big hitters. Take a look inside to know all about the inside-outs of B/G Midrange in Standard!

What Happened to Standard Stompy

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-11-22)

The Standard meta that ended its run in October was much friendlier to monocolored decks than the current one seems to be. As it turns out, getting access to half the Ravnican Guilds favors multicolor decks, who knew? And among the victims of this new trend is our old friend Steel Leaf Stompy.

Dinosaurs at Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-11-20)

Guilds of Ravnica marked Jamin's first Pro Tour. Read all about the weird idea that turned into the deck he submitted and an updated list to crush Standard with.

5 Lessons Learned from PT Guilds of Ravnica

Event CoverageBy Toffel (2018-11-14)

Magic can be a tough game. There is a lot of uncertainty, and it's therefore hard to pinpoint the source of success or failure. Join Toffel for his journey leading up to PT Guilds of Ravnica and the events many ups and downs.

Momir in GRN Standard

EntertainmentBy JohnnyCroat (2018-11-08)

Magic Arena has been Wizards' biggest win in recent years. But what a win it is. Massive playability, a programming and management team that pays attention to player feedback, and the sort of reach that Magic Online could only dream of. It also has a number of casual formats that you won't find in your local LGS… or even on the older Magic client.

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.

How to Beat the Magic: Online Legacy Cube

LimitedBy Andifeated (2018-10-10)

Andifeated may be a spike at heart, but he enjoys every Magic format he can get his hands on when he isn't participating in a competitive tournament. This week, he drafted a bunch of sweet decks in the Legacy Cube Draft format and wants to share his knowledge about this casual master discipline with you.

On Lower Tiers: Standard Stompy

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-09-07)

Another unsung monocolored hero of Standard has actually had its time under the meta spotlight, if briefly. Green Stompy is the best aggro deck in the format that can’t use Goblin Chainwhirler and has an amazing midrange game. Let’s find out what will happen to it after the looming rotation.

Preparing for Rotation: What Gains and What Loses

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-09-06)

With the first Guilds of Ravnica Spoilers being released, it’s time to think about rotation. Which decks might still exist without Amonkhet and Kaladesh? How does Standards removal-frame change? And how does this affect cards already in Standard? Jamin gives his thoughts on a completely new format

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.

Surprises in Standard at Pro Tour 25th Anniversary

Event CoverageBy JaminK (2018-08-09)

M19 has been available in Standard for a bit and while it seemed like the existing decks were going to continue to dominate, there were many surprises during the Pro Tour. Jamin covers his expectations, the coolest decks from the PT, and a surprising Online PTQ metagame.

Sum of Cubes - Summer Cube Catch Up

LimitedBy SanchoN (2018-08-08)

No deeper [Nexus of Fate] may connect the three latest bigger releases from Wizards of the Coast. But simply being chronologically adjacent have destined Battlebond, Core 2019 and Commander 2018 to be reviewed together by Cubes for Squares. See which 10 cards we chose to recommend for testing in your own limited environment.

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!

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.

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.

Get into the Gruul

LimitedBy SanchoN (2018-06-28)

What should Green-Red do in your cube? Sometimes when constructing a limited environment for drafting Magic it is worth giving the obvious choice a try. And since the dawn of Magic the guild known as Gruul has proven quite good at producing lots of mana and casting very big spells with a casting cost of X.

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.

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.

Team Unified Standard Strategy

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-06-07)

Christian has been hard at work prepping for the upcoming RPTQ with his teammates and he has some thoughts on Team Unified Standard and what decks are the decks to watch for. Join him as he dives into this unique format and some of the challenges teams must overcome to bring the best composition to bear.

The State of Standard

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-06-01)

Dominaria dropped and immediately warped the Standard landscape around it. For the first time in a while, a set managed to shift the chokehold Kaladesh had on the meta. But how has it changed Standard and what decks should people be looking out for in this new landscape. Christian has the answers below!

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…

Sealed in Dominaria - Part Two

LimitedBy ChristianS (2018-05-17)

Sealed in Dominaria is very different from previous sets. It requires a basic understanding of the Limited format in Magic the Gathering. Christian brings his 15 years of experience to bear in order to help readers understand some ways to successfully build sealed pools in Dominaria.

Dangerous Propositions: Cloudpost

EntertainmentBy Kumagoro (2018-05-15)

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 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 big mana lands.

Sealed in Dominaria

LimitedBy ChristianS (2018-05-08)

Sealed in Dominaria is very different from previous sets. It requires a basic understanding of the Limited format in Magic the Gathering. Christian brings his 15 years of experience to bear in order to help readers understand some ways to successfully build sealed pools in Dominaria.

How to Aggro in Dominaria

LimitedBy Toffel (2018-04-30)

While the people are busy casting the most expensive legendaries and kicker spells, we are using the opportunity to play the lost and abandoned - aggressive cards. It's not easy in Dominaria, but with the help of some unwanted cards, aggro decks are alive and well.

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.

Cube Picks: Dominaria Top 10

SpoilersBy SanchoN (2018-04-17)

What hidden treasures does the cornucopia of Dominaria have to offer cube builders? Jump on the nostalgia bandwagon with Cubes for Squares as we pick our top ten cube cards from Magic’s most eagerly awaited new expansion.

Artifact Synergies in Dominaria

SpoilersBy ChristianS (2018-04-17)

Christian is back at it with Dominaria, this time looking at potential artifact synergies for the upcoming expansion. From Djinns to Planeswalkers, and even to the new Saga Mechanic, Dominaria looks to be an artifacts matter set, pairing well with Kaldesh and bringing new and old archetypes to life.

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!

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.

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.

The 5 Best Land-Fetching Spells and Their Categories

EntertainmentBy Kumagoro (2018-02-14)

In a typical game of Magic, lands are the main mana producers, the fuel for the majority of spells and the more fuel you have, the farther you can travel along the mana curve. Enter several categories of spells whose main or only purpose is to increase your land count, for a variety of purposes.

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?

Always bet on Elves

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-08-23)

Elves are always broken in every format.

More Fate Reforged Sleepers

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-03-03)

Let's look at some potential sleepers in Fate Reforged. The set still seems new and under-explored, but at the same time the single card prices have somewhat settled already and Dragons of Tarkir is already on the horizon, threatening to take over players' minds and decks. We can expect attention to be diverted from Fate Reforged very soon, given that Prereleases will be held in less than three weeks and the excitement for Dragons of Tarkir will take over during spoiler season already.

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Standard

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Modern

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10K-Series: Trial Modern @ Alara Games, Trollhättan
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SCG Team Open @ Columbus, OH
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Legacy

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5-8
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18.11.2018
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Commander

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Pauper

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Highlander

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Highlander URPIN CUP Banská Bystrica, SK
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