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Modernizing Gifts Storm with Modal Double-Faced Cards

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2020-10-12)

Nowadays, every new expansion comes with powerful cards liable to change decks that have looked the same for ages, even in nonrotating formats like Modern. Zendikar Rising is no exception to this trend. This article examines the impact of the new modal double-faced cards on Modern's Gifts Storm archetype.

Why Empty the Warrens Is the Best Storm Spell in 2020

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2020-08-11)

Tendrils of Agony may still be the most-feared storm spell ever printed, frequently providing an immediate kill. But more often than not Empty the Warrens edges out the black card on overall efficiency. This is especially true in the Legacy format of today. Let's look at why you should empty your warrens in 2020.

Ikoria Spotlight: Lurrus of the Dream-Den

SpoilersBy Andifeated (2020-04-10)

With companion, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths introduces a very dangerous keyword. Let's take a look at Lurrus of the Dream-Den and list some ideas this powerful card has provoked. Will it change the face of nonrotating Constructed formats like Legacy and even Modern? Let's find out!

Underworld Breach Banned in Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2020-03-13)

Let us say goodbye to Underworld Breach, the fastest ban in the history of Legacy. Let us also ask the tough questions: Wasn't it obvious? Should the card have existed in the first place? And what's next? Will Legacy settle down and allow decks to evolve in peace now, without any more manufactured shake-ups?

Breaking the Mold: Having Fun in Modern

ConstructedBy SamuelS (2020-02-27)

Modern is quite the established format, overrun with high-powered strategies that barely leave room for outsiders, it seems. Can wacky brews even stand a chance in such a well formed metagame? Here are two decks that most certainly can! Let's shape the world anew and storm the castle!

The Top 16 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy ElonThragtusk (2020-02-13)

The Modern main event of Cardmarket Series Paris this past weekend was the perfect opportunity to witness a fresh metagame in action and in its first steps of evolution. We did see many decks we somewhat didn't expect, not just within the second half of the Top 16, but also among the first half.

Theros Beyond Death Spotlight: Underworld Breach

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2020-01-09)

Some Theros Beyond Death cards already spark discussions, and even outrage. Underworld Breach is reminiscent of Yawgmoth's Will, one of the more broken cards in history. Is it a fixed version or another candidate for the banhammer? Join us as we examine the card's potential in various formats.

Echo of Eons in Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2020-01-02)

It looked like an overpowered card during spoiler season and caused an outcry among some players. But what has happened to Echo of Eons now, half a year after the release of Modern Horizons? What Legacy decks has it enabled, where has it found a home? It's time to take inventory!

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

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2019-11-29)

Wrenn and Six got hit by the ban hammer last week, which added extra spice to the Legacy portion of the last stop of the Cardmarket Series 2019. The 248 player strong event showed a pretty diverse and healthy metagame: 14 different archetypes ended up in the Top 16.

Deck Review: Blue-Red Delver in Legacy

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-11-12)

Rone returns to his Legacy review series focused on Delver variants. This time he aims at the Izzet version where Dreadhorde Arcanist has become the newest all-star—thanks to the combination of tons of cantrip and burn spells. Check it out!

It's a Storm's World

ConstructedBy 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?

#CMWhatTheTrend - Twiddle Storm

FinanceBy JaminK (2019-08-15)

Hello and welcome to WhatTheTrend, the column where we'll examine current trends on Cardmarket, check out why certain cards are popular, and speculate on future price developments. This week, we’re examining cards that untap lands.

Switching Green for White in ANT

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-07-26)

Is it possible to cut green for white in ANT? CabalTherapy has got the low down on this heresy here as an long-time ANT player. He discusses the pros, the cons, and why now is such a great time to try and switch.

#CMWhatTheTrend - Spikes on the Horizon

FinanceBy JaminK (2019-06-27)

Hello and welcome to WhatTheTrend, the column where we will examine current trends on Cardmarket, check out why certain cards are popular and speculate about future price developments. We had a crazy week with many Modern Horizons cards jumping all over the place and we're investigating the cards that got the most attention this week.

The Way They Were: Ten Modern Horizons Callbacks

SpoilersBy Kumagoro (2019-06-24)

Modern Horizons was expressly designed to introduce powerful cards into the Modern pool. To this end, it employed a triple approach: brand new cards; reprints that weren't Modern-legal yet; and last but not least, cards that mimic signature spells from the past. Let's give a shoutout to these callbacks.

Legacy Treasures Volume 1: Spanish Inquisition

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-04-24)

A storm deck for purists. It made quite the splash, but has dissapeared into Legacies margins. Take a trip with Robert down memory lane as he explores the vaults of Legacy's massive, storied library.

The U/R Pteramander Guide: Reaching New Thresholds

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-03-06)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Salamander! It appears to have been hatching for quite a while because the little drake is everywhere in competitive Magic at the moment. CabalTherapy has been testing it in Legacy and he's here to share his results!

CabalTherapy's Top Ten Tendrils Tips 6 - 10

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-02-20)

Follow CabalTherapy through the last of his important tips for playing ANT; a complex combo deck in Legacy and viewed by many as one of the hardest to master.

CabalTherapy's Top Ten Tendrils Tips: 1-5

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-02-07)

Viewed by many as the hardest deck in Legacy, ANT is a complex combo deck that is difficult to play and even more demanding to master. However, there are plenty of simple lines of play that can help improving results and one’s overall expertise.

Rather Exhumed: Coming Down from the Grave

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-11-09)

"Graveyard matters" cards are a key element in the Modern metagame. With Dredge on the rise due to Creeping Chill, we need to re-evaluate maindeck hate and how certain strategies rely on this part of the game. In today's article, Rodrigo ranks the format's tier decks based on their graveyard dependency.

Melting Ice: Flipping Thing in the Ice in Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-10-11)

A 7/8 creature for two mana that does not see play in Legacy? That is totally unheard of! But that is currently the horror's fate. I think it is time to melt the ice.

To Counter or Not to Counter: ANT's Dark Ritual

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-09-11)

It may just be a small step, but it affects the outcome of Legacy games tremendously. Do you counter Ad Nauseam Tendrils’ Dark Ritual or do you let it resolve?

Storming Off in Prague

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2018-09-06)

The Modern Metagame is in a constant state of change these days. A few months ago, Andifeated thought his pet deck U/R Gifts Storm has been pushed out of the top decks because of an abysmal Humans matchup, but the tides have changed again. Follow him through his deck choice process and tournament for Grand Prix Prague.

Five Legacy Decks That Could Play Snapcaster Mage But Don't

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-29)

No other creature plays such an important role in Legacy and Modern alike. Snapcaster Mage truly is the most flexible creature in all competitive Magic and, for some reason, there are still some decks not playing him.

MKM Series 2018 Prague: The Death of Delver

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-02)

Shorty after the groundbreaking ban of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe, the MKM Series visited Prague, eagerly awaiting a brand new Legacy format and the new brews it would entail. Miracles ended up the best-performing deck and carried the once mighty Delver to its grave.

The Next Step for Storm

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-01)

No more Shaman, no more Probe. Storm lives on but will have to adapt and change much like everything else. Seizing opponents' thoughts and wrapping them in tendrils is still going to be one of the best ways of ending games of Legacy, even if its players are forced to adapt.

Dangerous Propositions: Seething Song

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-07-13)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with 33 inmates, some of which pose a 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 red's biggest mana ritual.

A New Era of Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-07-09)

Welcome to a new world order, following what is likely the most impactful ban announcement in Legacy's history. Of course, after a major shakeup, there are many questions that demand answers. Robert discusses these questions and the upcoming MKM Series Prague, which could answer a couple of them.

Caught in Agony Part 2: On Losing with ANT

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-03-26)

There are plenty of deck techs on the internet which provide valuable insight. Yet, there is much more to a deck than card choice and lines of play. So, join me on this multi-part story of dedication, challenge, and friendship as we explore my experiences with one of Magic's most iconic decks: Legacy ANT.

Command and Partner

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-11-02)

The complete deck lists are available and there has already been a shift in sales prices for the complete decks as well as for all the single cards.

GP Columbus and Prague 2016

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-06-13)

Let's look at the two GP winning decks, and see how much Eternal Masters will help you build these decks.

Pre Tour Atlanta

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-02-02)

Only a few days remain until the Modern Pro Tour. What should you do?

Commanding News

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-11-06)

With the release scheduled for next week, Commander 2015 spoilers are in full swing now. Here are the most important facts so far.

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