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hugo87(2015-05-23 21:06)

I find beta basics much better than unglued or unhinged. Just classic.

Ruffus(2015-05-17 20:19)

beautyful Ilustration... Great Paint.... All lands is very prety...

Ruffus(2015-05-17 20:14)

beautyful Ilustration... Great Paint.... All lands is very prety...

Ruffus(2015-05-17 20:13)

beautyful Ilustration... Great Paint.... All lands is very prety...

hugo87(2015-05-07 23:16)

I just love beta basics, especially this 'little trees' plains... so classic

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Adventure Decks in Standard

ConstructedBy TobiH (2019-10-11)

It seems Golos decks with Field of the Dead are all that anyone's talking about these days. But when it comes to actual, measurable results at real-life Standard tournaments, Adventure decks have just made a big splash, claiming five of the Top 8 spots at a major event. Let's take a look!

A Faithless Looting Eulogy, Part 2: In Memoriam

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-10-08)

The mourning continues in this series about the monumental banning of Faithless Looting from Modern. This time, Rone dives into the rest of the affected strategies in order to find the best future build for Mono-Red Prowess, Hollow One, and Mardu Pyromancer, to name but a few!

A Look at the Top 16 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Barcelona

Event CoverageBy TobiH (2019-10-04)

As usual, the Modern field at the most recent stop of the Cardmarket Series was the most diverse. The Top 16 featured no less than 15 different archetypes! Let's take a look at the best of what the format has to offer now, after the departure of Hogaak and Faithless Looting plus the addition of Stoneforge Mystic.

Spicy Decks from Mythic Championship IV

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-08-30)

Modern is a new format after the recent banning and unbanning. People are looking to brew tons of new decks, but Rone decided instead to look back at Mythic Championship IV Barcelona. Sure, the decks were tuned for Hogaak, but maybe there were some gems that you could adapt in the new Modern.

The Cat's Whiskers for FNMs

ConstructedBy WileCoyote (2019-08-27)

Do you want an exciting competitive deck for FNM that's relatively inexpensive? Mark's got the answer. Ajani's Pridemate is one of his favorite cards and he's convinced that this humble lion can still roar, even in the world power creep that is Magic: The Gathering.

Red Bull Untapped: What JohnnyCroat Did Next

Event CoverageBy JohnnyCroat (2019-08-09)

Unlike my Dominaria cousins Teferi and T3feri, time has been something in short supply in the JohnnyCroat household in the recent months. So you can imagine the panic, albeit welcomed, when the Red Bull Untapped selection emails went out. Here's a quick breakdown of how it all happened and what JohnnyCroat did next!

The Stuff of Nightmares

ConstructedBy Peanut (2019-07-29)

In 2007, the Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins product released. After Peanut saw the first set, he thought he could do better than Wizards of the Coast, so he did (at least in my opinion). More specifically, he made an Atog deck. Now, years later, he feels it's time to find its worthy opponent in the form of Nightmares!

Standard Combos: Bant Scapeshift

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2019-07-23)

Scapeshift has been standard legal since Core Set 2019, yet it never saw much play in competitive Standard, despite being a tournament staple in formats like Modern. In this weeks article, Andifeated will elaborate on the missing piece that is bringing Scapeshift back into the Standard limelight.

Esper Shadow in Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-07-18)

Death’s Shadow is back! It's got a real shot at beating opponents by beating itself up. Only this time, we are getting rid of the red color and embracing white alongside some Modern Horizons additions. Join Rone as he digs into this new archetype and and its potential for Mythic Championship IV in Barcelona.

From the Vault: Kaalia

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2019-07-16)

Kaalia of the Vast might be one of the most iconic Commanders ever printed. Every long-time Commander player has either played a Kaalia deck or died playing against it. M20 had many surprises for commander players old and new alike, one of them was a callback to the infamous Human Cleric.

A Tale of Four WAR Oathbreakers

ConstructedBy RyanS (2019-07-01)

Do you play Oathbreaker? Here are four deck techs featuring planeswalkers from the new set War of the Sparks. Ryan Scicluna breaks down four decks for this exciting new format. The decks include: Vraska and her deathtouch squad, all the Ajani’s we can fit, hand disruption with Davriel and spell slinging with Ral Zarek.

Taking a Second Look at Modern Jund

ConstructedBy HansD (2019-06-25)

Modern has changed in the five years I’ve been playing and following it, and some decks that used to be on top of the dogpile have found themselves kicked off their perch. As Modern has become more powerful, aggressive, and linear, many of the fair, interactive decks that reigned supreme have gone the way of the dinosaur. Jund is one of these decks that has been pushed out more and more by the changes in the metagame, but Modern Horizons has brought along a good number of new toys that warrant giving this battered archetype a second chance.

#CMWhatTheTrend - Giver of Runes

FinanceBy JaminK (2019-06-19)

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'll be discussing Giver of Runes. She was often compared to her Legacy Mother and was thus quickly dismissed – but they fill completely different roles!

Legacy Esper with War of the Spark

ConstructedBy ChristopherB (2019-06-19)

Now that War of the Spark is out, oh boy, did we get some powerful white cards! Blue and white might just be the biggest beneficiaries in this new Magic set. And with new planeswalkers and powerful counterspells, Esper might be on the rise in Legacy.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Nyx

SpoilersBy RJGiel (2019-06-17)

Christmas came early for Magic players – we're barely out of spoiler season for Modern Horizons, and already diving into Core 2020. Wizards of the Coast has provided us with an excusive spoiler card, and we're pumped to reveal it!

#CMWhatTheTrend - Narset, Parter of Veils

FinanceBy JaminK (2019-06-14)

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'll be discussing the newest multi-format staple – Narset, Parter of Veils.

Modern Petitioning

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2019-06-06)

The most important thing when trying to build a tribal deck is redundancy. Whatever your strategy, you need enough redundancy to ensure your tribal synergy is consistent. Kind of like Jund... only a bit more Johnny… JohnnyCroat that is!

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?

6 Fun Commander Modes for Uneven Playgroups

EntertainmentBy RJGiel (2019-05-09)

Commander is a multiplayer format that is best played with four players. Experience teaches us, however, that it's not always easy to get exactly this number. Let's look at some Commander variants to play when you're in an uneven numbered playgroup.

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.

A Guide to Pauper on MTG Arena

ConstructedBy WileCoyote (2019-04-29)

Traditional Pauper is a great format but recently MTG Arena started running Pauper events too. However, Arena Pauper is based on Standard legal common cards only so it'ss entirely different. Mark still loves it though, so he's here to break down the common archetypes experienced during these interesting limited time events.

Humans in the Current Modern Metagame

ConstructedBy JaminK (2019-04-09)

In a Modern metagame defined by Faithless Looting and Ensnaring Bridge, a deck that disrupts the opponent while applying pressure might be the key to victory. We'll go through a current decklist, discuss interesting slots in the deck to beat the meta and walk through the two most important matchups.

A Beginner's Guide to Pauper Archetypes Part 1

ConstructedBy WileCoyote (2019-03-25)

Join Mark as he travels through the current Pauper meta and gives you a snapshot of a few of the hot decks right now. From Delver to Control to straight Creature-based Aggro, He's got the lowdown!

Forgotten Heroes: Power Sink

EntertainmentBy SanchoN (2019-03-20)

Sancho is back with another forgotten hero of Magic – Power Sink! Take a journey with him as he walks you through the mysterious interrupt card type. Everyone's seen it, but few understand what it means. Sancho has the answer here!

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.

A New Type of Delver Decks in Legacy

ConstructedBy ChristopherB (2019-03-13)

Delver has been a staple in Legacy since it's creation, but the lists surrounding the wizard have changed. Christopher looks at its origins and where it is today to demonstrate why it is Delver has changed.

The Faithless: Modern Looting Archetypes

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-03-05)

After dodging the last B&R announcement, Faithless Looting is free to keep conquering Modern within a plethora of decks that use and abuse the graveyard interaction it offers. In this article, Rodrigo ranks several Looting archetypes while discussing concerns over a possible banning.

#TwitterBuildsModern Episode One: Prison Break!

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2019-03-01)

When building a deck with a clear win-condition in mind, it's important to look at the ways that this can be achieved. When that win-condition will take far more turns than is usual in the format, then we need to look at ways to give us that time! Let's build a pillow fort with Maze's End!

Dangerous Propositions: Dark Depths

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-02-19)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with (KCI update!) 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 evil queen of the tokens.

Art Appreciation: Art in Plain Sight

EntertainmentBy SanchoN (2019-02-06)

Admitting that his taste in art is rather, ahem, plain, and milking that homonym for all its worth, this week Sancho takes us on a dreamy journey through gently rolling hills and lush green meadows.

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!

Define This: Tempo

ConstructedBy Moudou (2019-02-01)

In the current set of chapters on Define This, we are going into more specific notions of the vocabulary. While some words are easy to define, some have a sturdy theoretical background, or are simply not easy to describe as such. After going through CA and tiebreakers, let's work on a notion that isn't properly defined: tempo.

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.

Human Wizards that Made Vintage History

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-12-20)

Snapcaster Mage, Young Pyromancer, Jace Vryn's Prodigy, Monastery Mentor, and Containment Priest: Are humans taking over Vintage? Pietro's got the answer.

Tribal Attractions: The Spirit of Christmas

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-12-19)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas tribal! What's better to get in a proper festive spirit than to actually build a Spirit deck? One that will be dreaming of a white and red-nosed finisher and where green grows the lifegaining mistletoe.

Countdown til Christmas: Top 10 Magic Cards of 2018 (#3)

EntertainmentBy JohnnyCroat (2018-12-19)

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 3rd 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 (#7)

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-12-13)

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 7th most popular card!

Partner Work Part 1: Legacy and Modern

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-12-06)

Legacy is not perfect and other formats can teach it some lessons. In part one of "partner work," CabalTherapy looks at Modern's influence on Legacy.

When a Hug Doesn't Mean Love: Kynaios and Tiro Deck Tech

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-11-27)

Ryan is back with more Commander deck techs. This time he's playing politics with a group hug pet project. Join him as he explains the art of the "deal."

Turn Three Please: Turbo Devoted Druid in Modern

ConstructedBy Toffel (2018-11-23)

Looking for a new Modern Deck? Toffel's got you covered with his new version of the Devoted Druid combo deck that got him a top 32 finish at GP Atlanta.

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.

Dangerous Propositions: Punishing Fire

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-11-14)

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 the offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time, we talk of the burn spell that won't stay away.

Inner Workings: Spirit Aggro

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-11-08)

In each installment of the Inner Workings series, we'll examine a different Modern archetype to find out what makes it tick. This time, it's the turn of a tribal deck that reached critical mass with a new, crucial addition on Core Set 2019, and it's been making strides ever since.

GP Atlanta Tournament Report

Event CoverageBy JaminK (2018-11-07)

Modern is always evolving and before heading to the Pro Tour the following weekend, Jamin had one more chance to take Humans to victory. This week, he tells you all about his experience at the Atlanta Grand Prix.

Myth & Magic: Vampires, Werewolves, and a Bump in the Night

EntertainmentBy JohnnyCroat (2018-10-31)

Lee is back with another take on the myth behind the Magic. Today he's feeling festive, looking at Vampires, Werewolves, and other things lurking under your bed just in time for Halloween.

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.

Paradoxical Outcome in Vintage: The New Hotness?

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-10-25)

Vintage format has been revolutionized by a card capable of winning games at instant speed and all on its own. It's not only because of its raw power, but also because of how easy it is to build balanced and synergistic decks around it. Pietro is here to tell you everything you could possibly want to know about Paradoxical Outcome in Vintage.

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.

Azor's Gateway in Standard

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-10-19)

Chrstian Seibold has been interested in Azor's Gateway since it was first spoiled. Filtering and a game-ending land is a potent combination, but Abrade was the card's natural enemy. Well Abrade is no more and Christian is back with his version of Gateway Control. If you're interested in awesome control brews, this is the deck for you!

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.

Goblins, Angels, and Knights: A New Standard Format

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-10-10)

You might think that after the rotation, merfolk, vampires, pirates, and dinosaurs are the best creature types. But actually, the top tribal decks are now knights, angels, and goblins thanks to Guilds of Ravnica. Today, I want to discuss these decks and explain why they are good for Standard right now.

Myth & Magic: Anima Mundi, the World Soul

EntertainmentBy JohnnyCroat (2018-10-01)

Elementals are a wonderful creature type, as they can essentially be whatever a set needs at any given time. Their mythos and origins are somewhat more academic than goblins or dragons. So, make yourself a cup of tea and let me walk you through some of the philosophical aspects of what we know as Anima Mundi, the World Soul.

Premodern: Why Is It Becoming Popular and Where Is It Headed

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-09-25)

Premodern is an "old school" balanced format for nostalgic players but is not too expensive nor too limited when it comes to its card pool. Its future will depend on the players that it will attract, as well as the overall support it will get.

Inner Workings: Saheeli Evolution

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-09-20)

In each installment of the Inner Workings series, we'll examine a different Modern archetype to find out what makes it tick. This time, it's the turn of a different kind of toolbox deck, featuring the relocation to Modern of the infinite creatures combo that broke Standard last year.

Common "Mistakes" in Magic You Shouldn't Kick Yourself For

EntertainmentBy HansD (2018-09-18)

Regret selling your Snapcasters for twenty Euros? Missed that game-winning Thragtusk trigger in the Top 8 of a PPTQ? Hans takes a break away from Modern this week to bring you an article about why you shouldn't feel bad about these (and other) common "mistakes" that we've made!

Dangerous Propositions: Umezawa's Jitte

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-09-17)

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 about the most broken piece of equipment ever designed.

Modern Metagame Review: 2018 Summer Edition

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-09-11)

Summer is over and the Guilds of Ravnica spoilers have officially begun. While waiting for new cards to improve or create new archetypes, let's review how the Modern format has been performing during the past three months divided into winners, losers, and new brews.

The Post-GP Prague Metagame Breakdown

Event CoverageBy HansD (2018-09-05)

Although the European Modern scene leans toward control more than its American counterpart, the numbers that W/U Control put up at GP Prague came as an eye-opener for someone like me who expected things to be a lot more linear. Regardless, I want to take a look at the archetype's performance, examine an up-and-comer from the tournament, and wrap things up with a look towards the future. Without further ado, let's jump right into the deck of the hour, W/U Control.

My Top 3 Modern/Extended Decks

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-08-27)

Christian has played Magic for a long time now. Last time, he covered his favorites from Standard. Here, he's looking at Modern and Extended. Read on to find out his personal favorites, from metal men to titans of Magic history.

Winning the Modern MOCS Playoff

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-08-22)

In a fortunate series of events, Jamin took down a Modern MOCS playoff. In this week's article he talks about his road to the MOCS, his experience in Modern and how he arrived at the deck he played to this impressive finish.

Top 3 Decks for Legacy from Pro Tour 25

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-15)

The team Pro Tour 25 in Minneapolis featured Legacy and many players had feared drastic changes to the format once the pros start working on decks. In the end, we experienced a rather average snap shot of the meta paired with some smaller surprises. In the following, I present my top three conclusions from the Pro Tour and how they will affect the near future of Legacy.

A Forbidden Love: Krav and Regna Commander Deck Tech

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-08-15)

Battlebond reintroduced partner commanders and even though it was a bit different from their 2016 debut, the Partner mechanic did not disappoint. Having two commanders is a powerful option in the ever-popular Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH) aka the Commander format. In this article, I will be looking at an unusual pair: Krav, a demon and Regna, an angel – lovers and partners. Here's a casual fun Commander deck built around them.

Dangerous Propositions: Stoneforge Mystic

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-08-15)

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 the infamous equipment dealer.

Inner Workings: Ad Nauseam

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-07-18)

In each installment of the Inner Workings series, we'll examine a different Modern archetype to find out what makes it tick. This time, it's the turn of Ad Nauseam, the only combo deck in Modern to abuse a card also commonly seen in Legacy to create a flashier play.

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.

Looking at GP Barcelona and the Post-Tournament Metagame

Event CoverageBy HansD (2018-07-09)

Isn't Modern great? Non-interactive decks like KCI and Tron run roughshod over the metagame, and in one weekend, we get five UW Control decks that top sixteen a Modern GP. It's a wild, wild world, and I want to take a quick look at how the direction of the format provided a window of opportunity for the control archetype, how the UW decks took advantage of the opportunity, and what this will mean for the metagame going forward. Let's jump right in!

Grand Prix Barcelona Tournament Report - Choosing a Modern Deck

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2018-07-05)

In formats as old, diverse, and full of different viable strategies as Modern, one does not need to choose a deck based on the current metagame. Most competitive decks you may face only achieve about 3% meta-share, leading to almost unpredictable pairings, giving players who try to get an advantage by making smart deck choices and choosing strategies that are well placed against popular decks a hard time. This time though, it was a different story.

Three Exciting Standard Decks

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-07-04)

While thirteen of the Top 32 Standard decks at GP Pittsburgh included the mighty Goblin Chainwhirler, there’s still innovation to be found. Multiple decks only few people had on their radar made a splash this weekend including an old fan favorite.

Team Unified Standard RPTQ in Poland: Before and After

Event CoverageBy JohnnyCroat (2018-06-28)

It's no secret that metagames change, that archetypes change, that some decks fall out of favor while others get a 'second' wind. It's all part and parcel of the game of Magic: The Gathering. Lee recently attended an RPTQ and here, he tells the story of how his W/U control deck changed with Dominaria.

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.

Inner Workings: Bogles

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-06-21)

In each installment of the Inner Workings series, we'll examine a different Modern archetype to find out what makes it tick. This time, it's the turn of Bogles, the most explosive aggro/combo deck this side of Infect, and the only major deck exploiting the Cinderella of card subtypes: Auras.

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.

The New Brawl

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-06-13)

With Brawl having a new Banlist and being back on Magic Online, it's time for Jamin to take a look at the way the metagame is shaping up. Which decks perform the best and which ones are played the most? Jamin has the answers in this interesting journey through 59-card decks.

Tribal Attractions: Sphinges

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-06-08)

With its strict, four-faction setting, Ixalan has been a very tribal block, and then Dominaria doubled down with some tribal focus of its own. Time for Kumagoro to have fun with Modern-legal concoctions for some less obvious tribes, starting from the riddling terrors of blue skies.

Teferi and the Resurgence of Jeskai

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-06-07)

Forget that other blue planeswalker, Teferi is here and ready to play, and Hans is devoting this article to Teferi and the deck lists that have utilized successfully in recent tournaments. Come find out what Hans has to say about the true hero of Modern's premier control deck!

Inner Workings: Creatures Toolbox

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-05-25)

In each installment of the Inner Workings series, we’ll examine a different Modern archetype to find out what makes it tick. This time, it’s the turn of Creatures Toolbox, the only true heir of Pod decks, continuing a long tradition of creature-based combo builds capable of finding an answer to anything.

Rogue Deck Review: The Recent Notables

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-24)

Looking for something spicy and different to play this week? Hans has you covered in this week’s article as he digs up the rogue decks that have caught his attention. The only way to find out if there’s something of interest is to take a look inside!

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…

UW Control in Dominaria Standard: Heroic and Second Sun Variants

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-05-23)

Dominaria has finally landed in Standard and it’s awesome. The legendary-based set brings brand new tools for control players and UW is the best shell to try them: Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and his friends. In this article, we will dissect the archetype variants and its latest innovations.

Budget Decks to Get into Modern

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-16)

Modern can be pricey, and it’s not easy to figure out the right way to find an entry point into the format. While there’s plenty of resources about the topic on the Internet, I wanted to write this article to give a perspective about the topic of getting into Modern on a budget as another resource for those of you that find yourself in this position. I hope that you’ll find it helpful as you begin your Modern journey!

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.

Playing Pauper with the Soul Sisters

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-05-02)

I came across an interesting Soul Sister’s combo deck at my local LGS. This got me thinking about Soul Sisters in Pauper and, in this article, I take a look at three different version of Soul Sisters for Pauper each a little different from the other.

The Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit: Modern's Big Linearity Problem

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-04-12)

Modern is in a healthy state … Or is it? In this week's Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit, Hans analyzes and discusses what the swaths of linear decks mean for the Modern format, why this might be a problem, and finally some solutions that might help bring more interactive decks to the forefront of Modern.

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!

Dangerous Propositions: Birthing Pod

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-03-28)

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. I'll cover each offender in its own article to see who is eligible for parole, starting with the godmother of interactive combo decks.

Team Sealed in Rivals of Ixalan

LimitedBy ChristianS (2018-03-27)

Team Sealed is one of the most complex and deep Limited formats in Magic: The Gathering. It requires teamwork, compromise, and an extensive knowledge of Limited Magic. Christian sits down with a randomized sealed pool to show you the ins and outs of Team Sealed, just in time for the GP in Amsterdam.

Only Two Things in Life Are Certain: An Interview on Death and Taxes

ConstructedBy Alakazimdk (2018-03-26)

Recently I played versus "Egget" on MTGO and he showed me some new tech out of his R/W Death and Taxes deck that I piqued my curiosity. So I sat down and had a chat with him about how he came up with it and what results he has gotten as well as where he thinks the deck is headed from here.

5 Dragons You Might Meet on the Battlefield

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-03-23)

Dracarys! Despite their typical casting cost being midrange and beyond, Dragons always find a way to show up in decks of all kinds. Their current situation across the formats is not too shabby, and not just in red-based builds. Here’s a selection of the flying terrors all the cool kids are playing.

Zero Thrill: The Pact of Negation Story

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-03-14)

Were Force of Will available in Modern, the format would be dramatically altered. And yet, Modern does already contain a piece of non-conditional zero-cost countermagic, and while it's not played as much as Vintage and Legacy's signature counterspell, it's been tentatively around since Modern's early days.

One More Thing! A Second Look at Legacy Miracles

ConstructedBy Alakazimdk (2018-03-13)

I ran the Mentor build in the MTGO Legacy Challenge this week and I feel that is a good opportunity to showcase a slightly different way to build Miracles than we saw last time. I'll go through the list and then my rounds.

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 Ideal Deck: Enduring Ideal in Modern

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2018-03-02)

The B&R announcements are some of the most intense moments of the year for serious Magic players. The early ‘spoiler’ that Ensnaring Bridge was going to face the ban hammer was fake, naturally. Still, Lantern players may look elsewhere for a lock deck, now that Jace and Bloodbraid are free. We’re going to look at one potent Standard lock deck and see if it can be successfully ported into Modern. After all, what's the point of controlling their top decks if they are just going to brainstorm.

Jace Jam: Slam Dunk Deck Lists for Jace the Mind Sculptor

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-28)

Well, it happened: Jace, the Mind Sculptor got unbanned and the world lost its collective cool. Now that we have a solid grouping of 5-0 MTGO decklists behind us, let's look at where the now-legal planeswalker shows promise. See for yourself what Jace has brought to the Modern metagame!

Mardu Vehicles: Past, Present, and Future

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-02-19)

Mardu Vehicles has been a popular archetype in Standard since Kaladesh released. The deck has faced one of the most troublesome metas in Standard history with four separate ban announcements, one format rotation, and yet it has, through it all, managed to be a fairly well represented deck. Let’s crew it!

BW Soul Sisters: No Grey Areas

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2018-02-08)

Modern is a wonderfully vibrant format currently, with each new set seeing new decks and archetype variants getting more than a few plays online. Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan saw 5 Colour Humans as its most popular deck, with two such builds making it as far as the Top 8. But, once upon a time, there was a popular mono-White Humans deck: Soul Sisters. Does this deck still have legs? Or has its time passed?

Vampires in Rivals of Ixalan

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-02-07)

The new set Rivals of Ixalan contains a lot of good tribal cards, including fan favorite vampires. Cards like Legion Lieutenant and Radiant Destiny look really strong, but thats just to start. This article discusses the top 10 vampire cards of Rivals of Ixalan and shows a sample vampire deck, too.

Highlights in Bilbao: Modern at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

Event CoverageBy Rone (2018-02-06)

Last weekend, the best Magic players in the world gathered in Bilbao to fight for the crown at PTRIX. After two years without a Modern Pro Tour, everyone was excited to see if the Pros could shake up the format and bring new strategies and cards from recent sets. Here are the tournament highlights.

A Case Study on the Fall of Bant Eldrazi

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-02)

Modern evolves as new cards enter the format, broken enablers are banned, and archetypes are discovered through off-the-wall experimentation. What used to be a tier-one archetype can in a few months be outclassed, outdated, and outmatched by the new hotness. Bant Eldrazi is one such archetype that now finds itself looking in from the outside of a format it once used to rule. How did this powerful deck manage to quickly fall from the top of the pile?

What is Dead May Never Die: A Look at Legacy Miracles

ConstructedBy Alakazimdk (2018-02-02)

Miracles was supposed to die with the passing of Sensei’s Divining Top, but somehow Tundra lovers managed to resurrect the archetype and pilot it to many top 8 finishes in major tournaments. Read below to find out how Miracles works and how it performs in the current Legacy metagame.

5 Pauper Decks for Beginners

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-01-29)

With the sudden spotlight on Pauper, the commons only format, a lot of new players want to give it a shot, but where to begin? What decks to play? Here I list 5 Pauper decks that are super cheap and provide a good introduction to the format, perfect for beginners.

Notes from the Battlefield: Standard at MKMS Frankfurt 2018

Event CoverageBy TobiH (2018-01-23)

The story of Standard at the MKM Series Frankfurt 2018 wasn't just all energy all the way. Especially now, after the banning, it's worthwhile to look at all the other decks that did well in the tournament before turning our attention to where Rivals of Ixalan might take us from here!

Approaching Nirvana: A Look at UW Approach after Rivals of Ixalan

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2018-01-22)

With Rivals of Ixalan just released, it’s important to look at popular decks in Standard to see how they might be affected by the new set. In this article, we discuss one deck that’s been on Standard's stage for a while: UW Approach. Read further to see how we think it will perform.

The 5 Most Successful Modern Decks of 2017

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-01-19)

For better or for worse, the year that just ended consolidated the current Modern meta. But who were the kings of the season? Meet the five decks that placed more consistently in the Top 8 of Modern events during 2017, while scoring victories at the largest tournaments.

Told You So

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-05-30)

The best part about predicting the future is getting to say "told you so" afterwards.

Evolving Wilds

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-05-17)

Where is Standard headed after the Pro Tour?

Tamiyo Revisited

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-07-26)

The evidence is clear. Somebody in R&D fell in love with white.

EMA and Legacy decks

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-06-14)

Today we will continue to look at the effect of Eternal Masters on various Legacy decks.

Abzan Masters

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-05-15)

What effect will Modern Masters 2015 have on Abzan prices?

FAILED UPLOAD: A Look at the Top 16 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Barcelona

ConstructedBy TobiH (2019-10-08)

As usual, the Modern field at the most recent stop of the Cardmarket Series was the most diverse. The Top 16 featured no less than 15 different archetypes! Let's take a look at the best of what the format has to offer now, after the departure of Hogaak and Faithless Looting plus the addition of Stoneforge Mystic.

TAGFAIL - A Faithless Looting Eulogy, Part 2: In Memoriam

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-10-08)

The mourning continues in this series about the monumental banning of Faithless Looting from Modern. This time, Rone dives into the rest of the affected strategies in order to find the best future build for Mono-Red Prowess, Hollow One, and Mardu Pyromancer, to name but a few!

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Standard

MTGO Standard MCQ
07.08.2019
MTGO Standard MCQ
07.08.2019
MTGO Standard MCQ
07.08.2019
MTGO Standard MCQ
07.08.2019

Modern

3rd
MagicFest Ghent 2019
19.09.2019
3-4
MTGO Modern MCQ
03.09.2019
1st
MagicFest Birmingham 2019
20.08.2019
2nd
CMSeries Frankfurt 2019 - Modern
06.08.2019

Legacy

5-8
MagicFest Atlanta 2019
23.09.2019
MTGO Legacy Challenge
07.08.2019
MTGO Legacy Challenge
07.08.2019
5-8
CMSeries Frankfurt 2019 - Legacy
06.08.2019

Vintage

1st
Vintage Champs Trial @ Alternate Worlds (Hunt Valley, MD)
30.03.2019
7th
Lliga Catalana de Vintage - March Edition
30.03.2019
8th
Lliga Catalana de Vintage - March Edition
30.03.2019
4th
Lliga Catalana de Vintage - March Edition
30.03.2019

Commander

5-8
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
3-4
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
2nd
Duel Commander @ Jeux Barjo (Bordeaux, France)
10.04.2019
5-8
Angelic Tournament Commander 8 @ Valence, France
24.02.2019

Pauper

3-4
Dimagames Special Event Pauper @ Dimagames, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
13.04.2019
3-4
Dimagames Special Event Pauper @ Dimagames, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
13.04.2019
1st
BIG Pauper @ Unicorn (Moscow)
31.03.2019
2nd
Pauper MCQ @ Magic Fest Los Angeles
02.03.2019

Highlander

1st
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
3rd
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
5th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
6th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
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