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Rotation Grief: Core Set 2020, Part 2

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-09-14)

Rotation is just a few days away! Time to acknowledge the sudden disappearance from our decks of all the cards leaving the format. We end this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking into the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards Standard is going to lose when Core Set 2020 rotates out.

Rotation Grief: Core Set 2020, Part 1

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-09-09)

The Standard rotation is upon us! Time to acknowledge the sudden disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We continue this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking at the white, blue, and black cards Standard is going to lose when Core Set 2020 rotates out.

Rotation Grief: War of the Spark, Part 1

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-08-31)

The Standard rotation is coming! Time to acknowledge the sudden 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 monocolored cards Standard is going to lose when War of the Spark rotates out.

Rotation Grief: Ravnica Allegiance, Part 2

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-08-24)

The Standard rotation is coming! Time to acknowledge the sudden 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 multicolored and colorless cards Standard is going to lose when Ravnica Allegiance rotates out.

Rotation Preparation: Temur and Other Adventures

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-08-18)

Standard rotation is just five weeks away, which will restart the format for good. When looking for decks to play, Adventure variants from Throne of Eldraine will remain largely intact, a Block Constructed shell that becomes tier one. Let's find out about the different versions available.

Rotation Grief: Guilds of Ravnica, Part 1

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-08-14)

The Standard rotation will soon be upon us again! Time to acknowledge the sudden disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We begin this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking into the monocolored cards Standard is going to lose when Guilds of Ravnica rotates out.

Rotation Preparation: Monogreen and More Beatdown

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-08-12)

It is never too early to prepare for rotation. Upon the release of Zendikar Rising next month, there will only be five Standard-legal sets and, inevitably, a whole new metagame. Here are three monocolored beatdown decks that are rotation-proof and may be real contenders for the new Standard.

Embracing Demonic Embrace in Standard

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-07-28)

What's the first color that comes to your mind when someone uses the term "aggro deck"? Surely it would be either red or green; doubt it would be black. If so, Demonic Embrace is here to blow your mind, as it has had some amazing results in the last month. Time to embrace your inner demon!

Standard Data Fresh from Red Bull Untapped

EntertainmentBy TobiH (2020-07-14)

When it comes to generating meaningful data, nothing compares to an actual big tournament. With about 1,300 players, Red Bull Untapped's recent International Qualifier definitely qualified. Straight from the source, here's information on the metagame and several key performance indicators!

Cultivate Your Ramp

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-07-02)

Standard has no shortage of great ways to ramp, and M21 added a few more, mostly by reprinting established classics. One of these has been a staple of Commander since its debut in M11 as a functional clone of Kodama's Reach with a more generic name. Does it change anything in the way current ramp decks operate?

The Certainty of Vivien

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-05-19)

A minor subtheme of Ikoria seems to be the cheating of permanents from the library directly onto the battlefield, also known as what Grafdigger's Cage doesn't want you to do. Lukka proceeds onward to higher mana costs, while the new Vivien takes the opposite approach. Let's see how efficiently and to what end.

The Rise of Lukka

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-05-07)

Ikoria had a big impact on Standard, inspiring a number of spicy brews. Cycling decks, mutate synergies, and the radical innovation of the companions are all front and center in the conversation, eclipsing the role of the three new planeswalkers. But at least one of them is already making strides to the top.

Tricky Rules Interactions, Explained: Ikoria Edition

EntertainmentBy TobiH (2020-05-04)

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths must be one of the most complicated sets of all time, although many of the judge calls concern just one mechanic. Check out all the tricky interactions between mutate, merged creatures, and everything else. The results, as the internet is wont to say, may indeed surprise you.

Ikoria Spotlight: Vivien, Monsters' Advocate

SpoilersBy Rone (2020-04-14)

In case you missed it, the biggest monsters of all time are waiting for you in the next Magic set, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. If you need someone's advice facing them, Vivien Reid is the perfect companion for this journey. Today we are reviewing the main protagonist's new card and its future applications.

Monogreen Walkers in Pioneer

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-04-06)

Let's review the latest, most fun archetype Pioneer has to offer yet, a monocolored deck showcasing everything devoted green mages love: mana dorks, lots of ramp and green mana symbols, a great top end with X spells and busted planeswalkers, plus a sideboard full of silver bullets.

The Walk of Women: Planeswalkers and Representation

EntertainmentBy Kumagoro (2020-03-08)

Next year, planeswalker cards will have been around for the majority of Magic's existence. They shape the game in many ways: story protagonists, crowd-pleasers, marketing tools, merchandising icons, meta warpers. 55 such characters have been created, of whom 25 present as female. Let's meet these influential ladies.

The Top 16 Pioneer Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy Rone (2020-03-02)

Cardmarket Series Paris gave us a Top 8 filled with Spirits and White-Blue Control. Red-Green Stompy and Sultai Midrange made it to the semifinals, while Lotus Breach claimed the trophy as well as the Players Tour invite. But where was Dimir Inverter? In the Top 16, that's where!

World Championship XXVI: Dreams Do Come True

Event CoverageBy Kumagoro (2020-02-21)

Legendary Brazilian Hall-of-Famer Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa piloted his unforgiving Azorius Control to the fabulous grand prize against Márcio Carvalho in a tense final that had Portuguese as its first language. A victory that puts a highly coveted bow on an extraordinary career.

The Top 16 Standard Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy JohnnyCroat (2020-02-17)

Theros Beyond Death gave us a brand new Standard format. The Top 8 of the Standard main event of Cardmarket Series Paris 2020 already featured a bunch of innovations, and the next eight players in line added even more spice to the mix. Check out their decklists here!

Kiora Redesigns the Simic Ramp

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-02-06)

Ramping in green is easy, but choosing the right payoff can be as crucial as sculpting the perfect curve. A big unkillable monster? A mass effect that dismantles the opponent's board? A permanent theft? How about all of the above? Enter Kiora Bests the Sea God, depicting our planeswalker's greatest achievement.

2-Mana and 3-Mana Planeswalkers: How Broken Are They?

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-01-20)

Oko is certainly a problematic card, but is the same true of any cheap planeswalker? There are more of them than one might think. We'll examine all 43, properly evaluating their "brokenness" in order to address the design sustainability of a planeswalker that can naturally drop on turn two or three.

Why You Too Should Play European Highlander

ConstructedBy Ratix (2020-01-06)

Before Commander caught on, players had already been enjoying a singleton format for years. It was named Highlander — originally for the catchphrase of the 1986 cult classic which stipulates that "There can be only one," but the format also seems to want to live forever.

The Year of the Banhammer

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-12-20)

2019 will be remembered for many things: insanely powerful cards, Arena Mythic Championships, the creation of Pioneer. However, one thing stands out among the others: a total of nine banning announcements featuring changes, more than in the two previous years combined. Let's review the Year of the Banhammer.

Mythic Championship VII: Cat Out of the Bag

Event CoverageBy Kumagoro (2019-12-13)

The final entry in the Mythic Championship series, as well as the last big professional event of the year, presented a reasonably varied Standard metagame. Though there were more than a few twists as well as a couple notable absentees.

Pioneer at Cardmarket Series Prague

Event CoverageBy TobiH (2019-12-06)

Pioneer wasn't one of the big headliners in Prague, and the event's turnout wasn't big either. The format also experienced another round of bannings since. Nevertheless, the results call into question some previous assumptions. In particular, control fared much better than expected.

A Look at the Top 16 Standard Decks from Cardmarket Series Prague

Event CoverageBy JohnnyCroat (2019-12-04)

Cardmarket Series Prague featured a brand new Standard format once again. While Oko was out, the oven was still burning with the fire of invention. The Top 8 was low on green and high on Flash decks, but the rest of the Top 16 included lots of Golgari, some Gruul, and all the Beasts and Knights one could wish for …

Jeskai Fires in Post-Oko Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-11-20)

Standard was all about Food decks before the ban of Oko, but one underdog deck was already waiting for its moment to take over. Finally, the time has come for Jeskai Fires of Invention to shine. Join Rone and the Cavaliers and have all your dreams and wishes come true!

Brawling in Eldraine: Three Planeswalker Decks for Brawl

ConstructedBy 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.

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 …

Mythic Championship V: Twilight of the Dead

Event CoverageBy Kumagoro (2019-10-23)

The penultimate Arena Mythic Championship was foremost a Golos affair, yet the wandering robot and its favorite Zombieland destination failed to reach the topmost place in their final Standard showcase. This ended up the privilege of the reigning, and fervent, world champion.

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: Ixalan (Part 1)

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-08-13)

The Standard Rotation looms closer with every passing day. How the meta will change at first is mostly going to be a direct consequence of the disappearance of the four rotating sets. Afte re-examining M19, it's now time to go all the way back to the beginning of this Standard era by looking at Ixalan, the almost two-year-old home of Dinosaurs, Merfolk, Pirates, and Vampires.

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.

The Most Important Tournament I Ever Played - Part Two

Event CoverageBy JaminK (2019-07-30)

It sounds like clickbait, but it isn’t. The Magic Online Championship Finals was the biggest tournament Jamin ever participated in. This time he covers everything regarding the tournament itself: the two drafts, eight rounds of constructed and everything in between.

A Hateful Core Set: Enemy Color Hosers and Their History

SpoilersBy Rone (2019-07-05)

Core Set 2020 is finally here, this time with enemy color hosers specifically designed for Standard. In this article, Rone reviews each of them, what applications they might have and looking at some of the cards they're based on.

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.

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