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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: 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 1

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-08-20)

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 at the monocolored cards Standard is going to lose when Ravnica Allegiance 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!

Jumping into Historic with Jumpstart

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-07-27)

The allure of the peculiar Arena format is stronger than ever — both in digital form and in the real world, where Historic playing groups have started to emerge. The debut of Jumpstart, which was made Historic-legal on Arena, is yet another reason to have a look at this now suddenly supercharged format.

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.

Yorion, a Nomad Mad for Standard

ConstructedBy BrentT (2020-04-30)

When companions were initially released, Yorion, Sky Nomad sort of flew under the radar because obviously busted Lurrus and Gyruda claimed the spotlight first. But the Standard metagame moves fast and now we're seeing Yorion variants rise to the top. Let's take a look at a couple of decks running an extra twenty cards.

Gyruda, Doom of Standard and Legacy

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2020-04-22)

Ikoria's infamous companion mechanic has changed Magic as we knew it. The set has only been available on Magic Online and MTG Arena for a few days, but Gyruda is already terrorizing both Standard and Legacy. Learn about the decks that have been successful on the first weekend and how to use them.

Ikoria Spotlight: Standard Humans

SpoilersBy JohnnyCroat (2020-04-15)

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths does contain a lot, in both size and number, of the eponymous behemoths. So what could be more appropriate than to look at the tiniest denizens of the world? After all, Human tribal gets some support from the set as well, headlined by one General Kudro of Drannith.

Ikoria Spotlight: Zilortha, Strength Incarnate

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2020-04-09)

Pretty much every Magic set brings us both powerful and underwhelming cards. When a card's power level is hard to evaluate, experiments become desirable. Because of that, let's dig into some Standard Gruul decks both new and old and see if Zilortha really is as strong as its name suggests.

Written in the Stars: Constellation in Standard

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-03-26)

Do you like drawing cards and growing creatures? If so, you're bound to like what Constellation, the Cinderella mechanic from Journey into Nyx, has brought back to Standard upon its return in Theros Beyond Death. Here's a little history lesson as well as a look at current-day applications.

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.

An Enchanted Evening with Setessan Champion at Standard FNM

SpoilersBy JohnnyCroat (2020-01-14)

Theros Beyond Death preview season has just drawn to an end, but for the last month one card has stood out: Setessan Champion, a descendant of a long line that brought us powerhouse cards such as Argothian Enchantress and Enchantress's Presence. How does the latest entry in the series measure up?

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.

Tribal Attractions: Standard Wolves

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-12-16)

Not just Knights. The tribal options in Standard are more varied than meets the eye, and a ferocious pack of canines is one of the most entertaining to assemble, with all those apex predators, as well as their off-tribe and planeswalking friends, eager to answer your call and begin their wild hunt.

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.

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.

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 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.

Identifying Commander Decks: It's Easy as ABC

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2019-05-20)

Let's look at the wild wild west that is Commander with its infinite ways to build Commander decks, but only certain ways to fit specific playgroups and play styles. What decks are considered "casual" and what makes a deck competitive?

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!

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