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Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Memory Deluge Reclamation

By Skura (2021-09-20)

Every workday ahead of the set's release, Insight is taking a quick look at a deck featuring new cards from the upcoming Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. Wilderness Reclamation was a menace in Standard and showed its power alongside Uro. Now, it's time for a comeback with a new Dig Through Time—Memory Deluge.

On Video This Week (35/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-08-30)

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 August 30–September 3.

Sharks and Chalices: The New White-Blue Control of Modern

By Skura (2021-08-26)

Control has struggled in Modern ever since Mystic Sanctuary got banned. However, the archetype has come back with a vengeance, revitalized in the hands of legendary control master Guillaume Wafo-Tapa. Let's examine the new lineup and see how and why this version continues to be successful.

Dress (Down) for Success

By Rone (2021-08-24)

Dress Down looked like a bulk rare at first. But time proved that this flashy enchantment has a ton of potential, revitalizing Death's Shadow in Modern while stopping all kinds of interactions from opposing creatures even in Legacy and Vintage. Keep reading for the full lowdown on Dress Down!

Rotation Grief: Throne of Eldraine, Part 2

By Kumagoro (2021-08-09)

The Standard rotation is upon us again! Time to acknowledge the disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We continue this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking into the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards Standard will lose when Throne of Eldraine rotates out.

Velomachus's Modern Moment

By 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 Finest Vintage: Witches and New Toys on the Horizon

By OdinFK (2021-06-21)

Strixhaven proved to have an impact even on the notoriously impervious-to-change Vintage format, and Modern Horizons 2 is looking poised to leave an even larger footprint. Which cards make the cut in the most powerful environment known to Magic? Some of the answers may surprise you!

Counterspell Is Coming to Modern!

By Skura (2021-05-10)

Counterspells have always been one of the pillars of interaction alongside discard and removal. There is one iconic card that embodies this type of interaction. Its name is, appropriately and predictably, Counterspell. For the first time ever, it will be legal in Modern. Let me tell you what that means in practice.

VIDEO: Beat the Modern Metagame with Blue Moon!

By HarryKhoo (2021-03-24)

Unsure which control deck you should be playing in Modern right now? Then watch @HarryMTG break down Modern Blue Moon! He goes over the spiciest technology in the deck including some cards from Kaldheim, play patterns, budget options, a sideboard guide, and key interactions you need to know.

Valki and Omnath Meet at Valakut … (Five-Color Scapeshift)

By Rone (2021-03-22)

In a new Modern era without Uro, four-color piles are no longer playable, right? Well, that is unless Omnath joins forces with Tibalt to bring the all-time greatest Valakut shell to light. If you enjoy a colorful mana base that supports sheer everything and even kills opponents, then here's the Modern deck for you!

VIDEO: Top 5 Decks That Might Return to Modern

By IIItygraIII (2021-03-16)

With the dust settling from the recent bans, the Modern metagame is starting to take shape. With Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath and Simian Spirit Guide gone, there is a lot of space for some older decks to make a comeback. MTGTavern takes a look at what could happen.

The Finest Vintage: Sultai Midrange

By OdinFK (2021-03-16)

Commonly considered to be all about assembling the most unfair sequences imaginable, there's more to Vintage than a flurry of Moxen, Bazaars, and Workshops. One peculiarly fair deck manages to hold its own. The fairest deck in all of Vintage? Here's how to win with midrange creatures and planeswalkers!

The Modern Era of Modern: Broken, Bans, Beyond

By 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.

Control Decks in Post-Ban Modern

By Skura (2021-02-25)

It was barely a month ago that control variants utterly dominated the Modern metagame. But the recent banned and restricted announcement shook the archetype's very foundations. Will it be able to hold on to its tier one position despite the changes? Can it adapt? Let's look at decklists!

Three Modern Decks to Play After the Bans

By ElonThragtusk (2021-02-23)

Last week, five more cards have been banned from Modern in one of the biggest announcements in recent memory. This caused quite a stir, killing some strategies and making others (even) better. Which decks can we expect to see rise to the top now? We can quickly come up with at least three!

The Ultimate Guide to Cryptic Command

By Skura (2021-02-17)

Cryptic Command has always been a part of Modern, albeit important to different extents. It's been a tool of control decks for a very long time, performing a key function as both interaction and card advantage. Let's explore the card fully and unlock all of its potential for beginners and advanced players alike!

Commander Deck Tech: Orvar of the Oh-So Many Tokens

By RyanS (2021-02-16)

Move over, Mistform Ultimus! Orvar, the All-Form is here to replace you as the ultimate Shapeshifter commander. Unlike other Shapeshifters who can become copies of other permanents, Orvar plays more like a spellslinging commander with the added benefit of creating tokens—a unique design space.

VIDEO: What the Hell Happened to Pioneer

By IIItygraIII (2021-02-15)

Just over one year ago, Pioneer was the fresh and new Magic format that everyone was excited about. Showing promise of a return to the golden age of Khans of Tarkir Standard, Pioneer gave us hope of being able to play some of our favorite cards from recent memory again.

The Finest Vintage: Breach

By OdinFK (2021-02-15)

The time has come to take a look at a deck that does what most people want to do when they think of Vintage. After Dredge and Shops, it's time to examine the blue part of the Vintage metagame and what is currently its most prominent representative. It's time to power up and jump into the breach!

VIDEO: Force of Negation – a Mistake, or Modern's Savior?

By IIItygraIII (2021-02-09)

Force of Negation has seen a sharp rise in play since its printing in Modern Horizons. However, Modern players seem to be split on whether the card is good or bad for the format. Today, MTGTavern is analyzing whether Force of Negation is the savior of Modern or one of its biggest mistakes.

A Vintage Brewer's Diary: 2020 in Review, Part 2

By TDD (2021-02-03)

This is the second part of my personal 2020 review, brought to you through the medium of paper Vintage decks. Last time, we got halfway through the year, and we looked at five different decklists. Today, we'll go over five more brews from the second half of the year. Let's dive in!

Top 5 Cards That Should See More Play in Modern

By Skura (2021-02-01)

Modern is a vast format with dozens upon dozens of viable archetypes. To me, it's the most diverse, fun, stimulating, and overall best format in Magic. However, people sometimes tunnel vision on a narrow subset of cards that they keep playing over and over again and forget the cards that need exploring.

A Vintage Brewer's Diary: 2020 in Review, Part 1

By TDD (2021-01-26)

2020 is finally behind us. As paper play was suspended, many Magic players found their way to Magic Online and Arena. Some of us Vintage boomers, however, still crave the smell of ancient cardboard. Shuffling around those broken spells. Knocking the top of the deck when we need to hit something good …

Day of the Dragons

By SanchoN (2021-01-16)

If you check the right calendar, you might find January 16 marked as "Appreciate a Dragon Day." What does it take for a Dragon to win appreciation in the world of Magic? Let's celebrate with a look at some of the most expensive, most ancient, most legendary, and most playable Dragon cards.

The Impact of Commander Legends on Legacy

By Rone (2021-01-12)

The holiday season is over, and Commander Legends has been with us for more than 50 days now. Time enough to see results, time to take inventory. Which cards from Commander Legends made the cut in Legacy and where do they fit in? Let's rank the best of the bunch and look at lots of lists!

Christmas Contest Review // Revue

By TobiH (2020-12-21)

For our final Insight article of the year, we're looking back at three weeks of Christmas contests. Our thanks go to everyone who participated and left such sweet feedback, to the generous gift givers at Dragon Shield, and to the Magic artists whose wonderful work deserves a closer look …

Getting into the Zone and Zoning Out

By Kumagoro (2020-12-03)

Magic's virtual board is divided into a number of distinct zones. During the game, objects are created in one of these zones, and then moved between them as the players take actions — a seemingly simple yet intricate mechanism that has in time been defined by a proper nomenclature worth exploring.

VIDEO: The History of Modern W/U Control

By HarryKhoo (2020-11-24)

W/U Control has been around for years, but have you ever thought about its evolution over time? What lands were thrown in before Field of the Dead appeared in Core Set 2020? Was a burning W/U Control deck ever a thing? When did the first good cantrip appear? In this Price of Knowledge video, we look at the long history of W/U Control.

VIDEO: 4C Uro Piles Deck Tech (Modern) + Deck Variants

By NayRained (2020-11-18)

Since its release in Theros Beyond Death, Uro seems to be everywhere. And understandably so, as he is a jack of all trades with life gain, ramp, card draw as well as being a chunky creature. In this video, Snapbooster explains how to get the best out of the Titan with this control-like 4C Uro Piles Deck.

The Many Flavors of Modern Control

By Skura (2020-11-17)

Modern has always been known for being the most open and diverse competitive Magic format, and this time it's not any different. In this article, we want to look at a bunch of different Cryptic Command control decks, including some lesser-known variants, that are part of the metagame right now.

Omnath's Life Beyond Standard

By Rone (2020-11-12)

While the marquee card of Zendikar Rising only lasted three weeks in Standard and on MTG Arena, Omnath, Locus of Creation can redeem itself by being a playable but not completely busted contender in other formats. Pioneer, Modern, and even Legacy — we review every Omnath strategy!

Top 5 Most Annoying Cards a Control Player Can Face

By Skura (2020-11-03)

A control player's job is to stabilize the game through various means of interaction and then keep pressing the advantage as the game progresses. Some cards and group of cards make that task much tougher than it should be. Here's the Top 5 of pesky problems and egregious grievances.

The Best-Designed Cards in Magic History

By mateiiko (2020-10-14)

Magic's recent design history has proven to be … troublesome, with several cards dominating multiple formats and getting banned not too soon after. For a change of scenery, let's look at some of the best designs from the game's past. (Please, do keep in mind that the following is by all means a subjective list.)

Turning the Corner with Control Decks

By Skura (2020-10-05)

Any given game of Magic eventually has to end. Every player wants to be on the side of the one killing and not the one being killed. However, it becomes very tricky when your deck is ill-equipped to actually finish the game. Today, let's talk about closing the game with control decks.

Field of the Dead in Modern

By Skura (2020-09-22)

Field of the Dead has been terrorizing a bunch of different formats in Magic over the past year, and it got itself banned from several. Recently, to the surprise of many, it has also had an increasingly meaningful impact on Modern. Let's explore the various Field shells that currently populate the format.

Zendikar Rising Spotlight: Ruin Crab in Nonrotating Formats

By ElonThragtusk (2020-09-07)

In the last few years, mill decks have gained new removal and counterspells, but no useful mill cards. This lack of support is the main thing that keeps them from moving up in the meta. How likely is it that a new and, in the case of this deck, better Hedron Crab helps with this issue in Modern and other formats?

BUG Control in Modern

By Skura (2020-08-13)

Following the ban of Arcum's Astrolabe from Modern, control players have to rediscover the archetype and readjust to the new environment. "Skurtai Control" is waiting in the wings to take over, quite likely the best successor to the previously dominating snow control value machines.

Worldgorging in Legacy

By Andifeated (2020-07-21)

The Legacy format is in a great place right now with many different archetypes and strategies celebrating success. One of the more surprising beneficiaries of the powerful printings of the last two years is a card that hasn't seen much competitive play since it was unbanned in 2015: Worldgorger Dragon.

Top 5 – Cards to Buy This Summer

By Rone (2020-07-20)

Summer is typically the lowest time of the year regarding Magic news. However, this July brought the latest B&R announcement with a ton of changes for Historic, Pauper, and Modern, and not so many for Pioneer. If you are looking for some cards to invest in, check out the Top 5 picks to buy, summer edition!

How to Sideboard with Control Decks

By Skura (2020-06-24)

In Magic, you play up to two thirds of all games postboard. If you want to win at Magic, it's imperative for you to be proficient at sideboarding. This article focuses on one archetype which the author is known to have mastered. Let's take a deep look at your control deck's fifteen, how to pick and how to use them.

Yorion, Sky Nomad Rises in Modern

By Rone (2020-05-25)

"Come slide down rainbows in the sky, let's fly away. Like a bird, you're free to see the boundless face of the earth. Let the wind blow you like a kite and glide away." This is what it feels like to try Yorion in Modern, where the sky is the limit and all your wishes come true by playing an 80-card deck.

Playing with Other People's Stuff: A 40 Euro Dimir Commander Deck

By RyanS (2020-03-04)

If you play a budget deck against your opponents' more expensive builds, you often don't stand a chance. But what if you won the game by stealing their creatures? Here is the Commander deck for you: a Dimir strategy which is relatively cheap to build but scales with your opponents' game plan.

The Top 8 Pauper Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By ElonThragtusk (2020-02-20)

Welcome to Pauper, a budget-friendly format where decks such as Affinity and Elves are still alive. While only common cards are legal, generally making for a very diverse metagame, there are certain decks that are more powerful than others. The recent Cardmarket Series Pauper main event offers some insight.

The Top 16 Legacy Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By CabalTherapy (2020-02-18)

At the most recent Legacy main event of the Cardmarket Series, 154 players fought through eight rounds. Various flavors of Delver decks topped the metagame charts, with all-time favorites Death and Taxes and Miracles as runner-ups. But how did things play out in the Top 16 section?

End of Year Pauper Review

By WileCoyote (2019-12-19)

It's been an amazing year for Pauper. We got bans, we got exciting new cards from various sets across the year, and we got official rules for paper Pauper. Let's review what happened in 2019 and take a look at the current metagame.

Vintage at Cardmarket Series Prague: Dread(ge) Return

By Elric (2019-12-10)

Dredge claims the trophy among eighteen players, defeating a planeswalker-heavy midrange brew in the finals. Let's take a look at all the Top 8 lists, see how the format changed after the restriction of Narset, and explore the latest developments.

Brawling in Eldraine: Three Planeswalker Decks for Brawl

By RyanS (2019-11-07)

Magic players are finally playing Brawl, mostly thanks to the format's run on Arena. Time for some fun! Ryan looks at the newest planeswalkers from Throne of Eldraine: The Royal Scions, Garruk, Cursed Huntsman, and Oko, Thief of Crowns, and turns them into Brawl commanders.

Urza Decks in Modern: Whirza, Outcome, and Ascendancy

By Rone (2019-10-28)

After Hogaak Summer we might be entering Urza's Fall. Enabling several combo archetypes, Urza might be the most broken card in Modern right now. Come join Rone as he goes deep into each Urza, Lord High Artificer variant, explaining how each combo works.

Arena Exploits: Beating Bots Black, Green, and Blue

By TobiH (2019-10-17)

MTG Arena is a fantastic program for Standard and for Limited play. Only the Booster Draft process itself has its quirks, as you draft with bots instead of human beings. The bots have preferences which you can exploit, for example by drafting black, green, and sometimes blue in Throne of Eldraine.

It's a Storm's World

By CabalTherapy (2019-10-10)

Storm clouds have descended upon the Legacy format once again. The archetype won several bigger tournaments in the span of just a couple of weeks. Which metagame factors contributed to the recent rise of Storm Combo, how do we combat the menace, and what comes next?

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