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Anomen(28.08.2022 01:59)

This is super rare cards, from time of old, times of FNMs and arena for beginners and small printes and wizards rewards for tournaments played.

Good old times....

DagothUr(29.10.2020 20:33)

Best artwork ever!

Raijundu(21.01.2020 21:37)

In every Collector's Edition Booster are 2 of those Fullart Lands (Foils).
Prices will tank !

hugo87(23.05.2015 21:06)

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

Ruffus(17.05.2015 20:19)

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

Ruffus(17.05.2015 20:14)

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

Ruffus(17.05.2015 20:13)

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

hugo87(07.05.2015 23:16)

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

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By Rone (2021-12-09)

Pablo Suárez became Spain's first Premodern national champion earlier this year. He gladly took some time to share his experience with us in this interview for Cardmarket Insight. Join us to learn more about this recently created format, its metagame, and the deck that made Pablo champion.

On Video This Week (49/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-12-06)

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 December 6–10.

On Video This Week (48/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-29)

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 November 29–December 3.

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks, November 2021

By Aliquanto (2021-11-25)

Mythic-based decks remain on the rise, combining Omnath and MH2 Elementals. But two other archetypes, mainstays since Modern Horizons 2, are almost tied for first. Meanwhile, Crimson Vow has been released, and large paper events took place. So—what does the data say about the format over the past four weeks?

On Video This Week (47/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-22)

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 November 22–26.

On Video This Week (46/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-15)

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 November 15–19.

On Video This Week (45/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-08)

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 November 8–12.

Daily Deck Tech Vow: Millicent, Tribal Spirits Commander

By ElonThragtusk (2021-11-04)

Here's our vow: Every workday during preview season, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming Innistrad: Crimson Vow. Today, we build a deck around what is the first big tribal Spirit commander flying the Azorius colors.

Fixing What's Not Broken: Innovations in Modern

By Skura (2021-11-03)

Nonrotating formats usually have their established decks, most following a "solved" composition. However, there are always eager players who still want to innovate and revolutionize what we know is already perfectly fine. Let's explore the decks that have experienced major innovations and the reasons for them.

On Video This Week (44/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-02)

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 November 1–5.

Data Analysis: MTGO Modern Metagame Since MH2

By Aliquanto (2021-10-26)

After a few months' break, the Modern metagame analysis returns—with more data and more tools than ever! There's a lot of ground to cover, from the huge impact of Modern Horizons 2 on the format, via Forgotten Realms, all the way to the present day following the release of Midnight Hunt. Let's get down to business!

On Video This Week (43/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-10-25)

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 October 25–29.

On Video This Week (42/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-10-18)

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 October 18–22.

On Video This Week (41/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-10-11)

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 October 11–15.

On Video This Week (40/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-10-04)

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 October 4–8.

On Video This Week (39/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-09-27)

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 September 27–October 1.

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: W/B Midrange Flying Back to Standard

By ElonThragtusk (2021-09-27)

Every workday while the set is new, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring cards from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. Today we focus on a somewhat unorthodox Standard build that ended up seventh in a Challenge on Magic Online. With just a few small additions, this deck goes big!

2001–2021: A Graveyard Odyssey (Modern Reanimator)

By Dr-Exhume (2021-09-22)

Reanimator is primarily a Legacy strategy, but Modern Horizons 2 introduced plenty of cards screaming for a Modern counterpart. Let's take a look at the history of the archetype from Entomb to Unmarked Grave and beyond. Why, Innistrad: Midnight Hunt added a crucial element as well!

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Wrenn and Ramp

By Skura (2021-09-22)

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. Will the latest Wrenn iteration dominate Standard? All signs point that way. Here's the winning decklist from the first weekend: Selesnya Ramp!

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Commander Adeline's Human Tribal

By RyanS (2021-09-21)

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. Humans are one of the main tribes on Innistrad, and our third trip to this horror-inspired plane again brings us plenty new material—including one Resplendent Cathar!

On Video This Week (38/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-09-20)

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 September 20–24.

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Teferi's Heroic Comeback

By Rone (2021-09-17)

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. Today, we put the latest Teferi incarnation at the center of a white-blue creature build for Standard. Sounds weird? It's disturbing even!

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Humans of Innistrad

By ElonThragtusk (2021-09-15)

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. Today we check if new Humans and a new mechanic have what it takes to succeed in Standard when everyone's working together. So let's join the coven!

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Goryo's Mending

By Skura (2021-09-08)

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. Using Goryo's Vengeance to get out a quick Obzedaddy is a neat trick, but the Esper deck that housed the combination always lacked one crucial element. Well, not anymore!

On Video This Week (36/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-09-06)

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 September 6–10.

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.

On Video This Week (34/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-08-23)

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 23–27.

The Best Tribe in Modern? Elementals!

By Skura (2021-08-17)

Modern is full of various tribal decks, including Merfolk, Humans, Spirits, Elves, and Goblins. However, only recently has one new tribe emerged and even started to dominate—Elementals. Today, let's talk about the deck, its variations, and why it has suddenly become so successful.

On Video This Week (33/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-08-16)

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 16–20.

On Video This Week (31/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-08-02)

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 2–6.

On Video This Week (30/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-07-26)

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 July 26–30.

AFRaid? New Pioneer Tech: Blessed, Book, Bards

By TobiH (2021-07-26)

Such is the advantage of a smaller format unburdened by the weight of decades worth of Magic cards: With just a little aid from the latest set—AFR for short—the Pioneer landscape is three decks richer: Here's what Moon-Blessed Cleric, The Book of Exalted Deeds, and Bard Class are up to!

Daily D&D Deck Tech: An Affinity for Artifacts (in Standard)

By ElonThragtusk (2021-07-23)

Every workday ahead of the set's paper release, Insight takes a quick look at a deck featuring cards from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. There's an aggressive and wild white-blue brew in Standard that's exhibiting an affinity for artifacts, making use of Ingenious Smith and The Blackstaff of Waterdeep!

Daily D&D Deck Tech: Whirza Back on the Modern Menu!

By Skura (2021-07-20)

Every workday ahead of the set's paper release, Insight takes a quick look at a deck featuring cards from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. It only took one more "seemingly innocuous" piece to put Urza and Whir of Invention back on the map. Let's break down the list from the Challenge Top 8!

On Video This Week (29/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-07-19)

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 July 19–23.

Daily D&D Deck Tech: Pauper Soul Sisters

By PR0boszcz (2021-07-15)

Every workday ahead of the set's paper release, Insight takes a quick look at a deck featuring cards from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. Today we gain a lot of life and attack our opponent with a swarm of small creatures getting pumped up—or with one big and chunky Unicorn.

On Video This Week (28/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-07-12)

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 July 12–16.

Daily D&D Deck Tech: Green-White Eight Mate

By Skura (2021-07-07)

Every workday throughout the preview season for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, Insight is taking a quick look at one new deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming set. Today we grow our life total and our creatures. Let's see what we can do with eight Pridemates in Standard!

On Video This Week (27/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-07-05)

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 June July 5–9.

Daily D&D Deck Tech: Commander Tiamat Reporting for Duty

By RyanS (2021-06-30)

Every workday throughout the preview season for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, Insight is taking a quick look at one new deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming set. Today we're looking at an exciting commander. D&D means Dragons, and this Dragon means business!

Brainstoned! Miracles Back on the Modern Menu

By Skura (2021-06-29)

Loathed by some, loved by many others, the miracle mechanic has had its good times and its bad times. It's never been as big of a player in Modern as in Legacy, but the times seem to be changing. Is a three-mana Brainstorm able to make the archetype come back and become competitive? Absolutely!

On Video This Week (26/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-06-28)

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 June 28–July 2.

Daily D&D Deck Tech: Green and White Enter the Dungeon

By Skura (2021-06-28)

Every workday throughout the preview season for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, Insight is taking a quick look at one new deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming set. Today we're venturing into the dungeon. What is this brand-new mechanic, and how do we use it?

Eminent Domain: The New Five-Color Decks of Modern

By Rone (2021-06-24)

With the release of Modern Horizons 2 domain strategies are back on the menu! It only took a few tools to revitalize the archetype, and other multicolored decks have greatly improved as well. Let's take a look back at the history and the future of lists featuring all of our favorite colors!

Dauthi Voidwalking Through Modern

By Skura (2021-06-17)

Modern Horizons 2 features a ton of exciting cards, from fringe playables to role players to outright archetype-redefining staples. One in particular still flies a little under the radar but already found a place in decks as different as Esper Stoneblade and Blue-Black Rogues. Let's check in with Dauthi Voidwalker!

Urza's Saga Is Everywhere in Modern Now

By Skura (2021-06-15)

Because it explores unique design space, many people initially struggled to evaluate Urza's Saga correctly, possibly including the designers themselves. However, now the picture is getting clearer. The card already proved powerful to a worrisome degree and finds its way into more and more decks.

New Modern Interaction

By Skura (2021-06-10)

Modern Horizons 2 is looking to change the eponymous format in major ways. Threats often dominate when it comes to headline news, but answers are just as important. The set injects Modern with a plethora of exciting new tools of interaction. Let's see which of them are potential candidates for the top tier.

Modern Horizons 2 Spotlight: Grief

By ElonThragtusk (2021-05-29)

A better version of a (somewhat) popular Legacy card is coming to Modern—what could possibly go wrong? Between its own power and its synergy with certain other cards, the true question is which will prevail. Will it be responsible for new discard-heavy decks, fit into an existing archetype, or both?

Exclusive Preview: Three New Cards on Modern's Horizon

By TobiH (2021-05-27)

Here's an exclusive first look at three cards from the upcoming Modern Horizons 2. Two of them could go into the same strategy, two benefit more creative deck building, two are completely new designs never seen before, and one is a card that has never been reprinted in 21 years!

Chain of Smog Combo: Witherbloom Rules Legacy

By Rone (2021-05-24)

During Strixhaven preview season, the almost forgotten Chain of Smog rose to new prominence and a new price point. Belittled as a purely theoretical gimmick, the combo with magecraft has since been able to prove its mettle in Legacy, in a variety of shells, alongside Witherbloom Apprentice.

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks, April–May 2021

By Aliquanto (2021-05-21)

One month after release, it's time to review all of the many Strixhaven cards that made a splash in Modern and analyze the Magic Online results to determine which are the format's best performing decks in this post-STX, pre-MH2 world. We've got data, calculations, programming, and a new frontrunner!

Sanctum Prelate Coming to Modern

By ElonThragtusk (2021-05-18)

The original Modern Horizons changed competitive Magic, especially Modern, like no other set in the last few years. It was the source of multiple new decks, updates to existing archetypes, and bans. Modern Horizons 2 seems poised to take the same path. Will Sanctum Prelate be one of its main players?

A New Regimen for Standard Green-White Counters

By Kumagoro (2021-05-17)

What happens when the current Standard environment doesn't support the color combination of your favorite strategy? Well, you just go with it anyway! Such is the case for +1/+1 counter synergies, which in a post-Strixhaven world find themselves split between two colors that don't add up to any of the colleges.

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.

Lorehold Beats in Standard

By ElonThragtusk (2021-05-05)

Although adventurers at heart, the Loreholds are known as history buffs, and it shows. In the current Standard, it looks like they have taken both ways, kind of like Indiana Jones, unearthing relics from the past but not pulling any punches either. Where the past and future collide, there's plenty of deck material!

Top 5 – Cards to Buy, Spring Edition

By Rone (2021-05-04)

Strixhaven gave us a ton of new cards to try out, and we recently enjoyed the reprints of Time Spiral Remastered as well. So now is the perfect time to update your buy list and grab as much as you can at discount prices. If you're interested in our picks to purchase, you've come to the right place!

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks, March–April 2021

By Aliquanto (2021-04-15)

Do you want to know which decks are the best in Modern? What to play, what to beat? Ranking the decks based on data rather than opinion? Let's review results from Magic Online and see how we can analyze them to get the answers we're looking for. This marks the end of the post-Uro, pre-Strixhaven era.

Top Strixhaven Cards to Affect Pauper

By PR0boszcz (2021-04-12)

Strixhaven: School of Mages is looking to affect Pauper in major ways. Let's ignore most of the typically draft-oriented commons and head straight for the big ones and the big guns. Here's a brief description of all of the top picks and how they can impact the format, and we've got decklists too!

Strixhaven Spotlight: Elite Spellbinder

By Skura (2021-04-02)

Strixhaven's Elite Spellbinder not only bears the features of Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, one of the greatest mages of all time; it's also a pretty great mage (or Cleric) itself. Let's see how powerful it is and what potential applications lie in store for it across all kinds of Constructed formats.

What I'm Playing This Weekend at the Kaldheim Championship

By K_Prinz (2021-03-26)

What do you get when you test for a major tournament with the likes of Brad Nelson, Seth Manfield, and the famous "Czech House"? Great options for Historic, a deck choice for Standard upon which the whole team agreed, and a solid starting point for a hopefully successful weekend!

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!

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks, February–March 2021

By Aliquanto (2021-03-18)

Do you want to know which decks are the best in Modern? What to play, what to beat? Ranking the decks based on data rather than opinions? Let's review the results from Magic Online and see how we can analyze them to determine a tier list. Here is the first month of the post-Uro Modern world!

The Monsters of Kaldheim: Koma, Sarulf, Toski

By Kumagoro (2021-03-17)

Kaldheim is a picturesque place filled to the brim with references to Norse mythology and the Viking age. Its storytellers narrate timeless sagas of wondrous beings and mighty heroes fulfilling their foretold destinies across the World Tree. This time, it's the tale of three animals: a Serpent, a Wolf, and a Squirrel.

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.

From Snow White to Sultai: New Decks in Kaldheim Standard

By Rone (2021-03-03)

Kaldheim has landed in Standard for Go(o)d. While some top-tier decks didn't change all that much, snow, Sagas, foretell, and a bunch of other cards have left their mark on the format! Today we will look at the best strategies that have emerged thanks to the snowest set ever printed.

Vanilla Creatures in Legacy: Past, Present, Potential

By CabalTherapy (2021-03-02)

Magic at its core is about attacking and blocking with creatures. It used to be that these creatures didn't have three triggered abilities and two activated abilities each. Text boxes didn't overflow with words. Sometimes they didn't even have any rules text at all. Where are the vanilla creatures?

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!

More Winners from Our Valentine's Day Deck Building Contest

By CMInsightTeam (2021-02-14)

A couple of weeks ago we posted a deck building challenge on social media: design a Commander deck focused on partners—however you want to interpret that word. We got so many great submissions, they didn't all fit into our main winner video. So here are three additional ideas to inspire all Commander lovers out there!

Rebuilding Yorion with Kaldheim

By K_Prinz (2021-01-27)

With Kaldheim coming soon and the card list now complete, it's time to take a look at what that means for Yorion decks. Especially the new Sagas seem to be of interest, so let's examine most of those. The new Pathways too, with their general impact on Standard mana bases, may unlock untapped potential!

Playmat Icons: Sphinxes

By Kumagoro (2021-01-21)

When they're not eating those who fail to solve their puzzle challenges, Sphinxes incarnate blue's card advantage in the shape of evasive finishers. Be they pulled from ancient Egyptian lore or from Greek mythology, it's not a mystery that these cunning creatures puts an enigmatic twist to their Magic builds.

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!

Kaldheim Spotlight: Pyre of Heroes

By Kumagoro (2021-01-11)

When Birthing Pod was banned five years ago, Modern lost its most powerful search engine. Throughout the years, several cards have tried to revive the thrill of those glorious activations, but none of them got closer to that promise than Kaldheim's Pyre of Heroes—tribal angle be damned.

Playmat Icons: Angels

By Kumagoro (2020-12-17)

When they're not announcing immaculate conceptions or decorating festive trees, Angels are the bringers of swift, evasive judgment in all combinations of white. Ethereal beings made of pure mana, these exquisite creatures have graced many Magic decks throughout the years — with no rest and no mercy, no matter what.

My Decks for the Zendikar Rising Championship

By K_Prinz (2020-12-03)

I am explaining my deck choice(s) for the Zendikar Rising Championship. It's the biggest and most important tournament left this year, potentially providing a way into the MPL or Rivals. Since Standard is mostly settled, let's focus on Historic following the introduction of Kaladesh Remastered.

Commander Legends: Rograkh and Ardenn's Equipped Attack

By RyanS (2020-12-01)

Boros is well known as the color pair for equipment and combat strategies. So when a red legendary zero-drop commander with partner joins forces with a white legendary creature that cares about equipment, you know it's going to be fun. Check out this Rograkh and Ardenn tech, fresh from Commander Legends!

Commander Legends: Akroma and Kamahl Empowering the Weak

By RyanS (2020-11-23)

If beating down with a bunch of creatures is what you like to do, then check out this deck commanded by the new partner pair Akroma and Kamahl. Using their boosting abilities, this Selesnya strategy turns an army of small tokens into an even bigger threat to trample over your opponents.

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!

Going Black in Pauper

By PR0boszcz (2020-11-04)

Black is commonly known as the weakest of the colors in the Pauper format. However, even if it may not be as powerful as some, it uses unique tools that none of the other colors can offer. Access to board sweepers, discard, and various removal options make black an important part of the metagame.

Pauper Metagame Overview

By PR0boszcz (2020-10-22)

Pauper is getting more attention and love from the Wizards of the Coast. Since it's sanctioned, we can see their efforts in updating the banlist more regularly and printing cards that seem to target especially this format. Let's take a look at an interesting metagame, with aggro, control, and combo all represented.

Top 5 – Cards to Buy, Fall Edition

By Rone (2020-10-15)

Zendikar Rising has been out for a couple of weeks now and has settled in following the customary period of initial turmoil. So it's time to decide what to buy from the new set, and from others, in order to gear up for the fall season. Ready for some purchasing advice? Just keep reading.

My Decks for the 2020 Season Grand Finals

By K_Prinz (2020-10-08)

This year's Worlds replacement involves six rounds of both Standard and Historic against the best of the best. Time to find two decks — all in the short timeframe since Zendikar Rising's release and the recent ban. Does anything beat Omnath in Standard? And what about the much broader format that is Historic?

Will Omnath Keep Dominating Standard?

By ElonThragtusk (2020-09-30)

There was finally a good enough reason to pull the trigger and ban Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath. However, right now, the new Omnath decks appear to be much more problematic and much less reliant on Uro than the banning would suggest. Is there any chance this still balances out the Standard format?

Bringing the Party to Standard

By ElonThragtusk (2020-09-23)

Apparently, you have to fight … for your right to party. The brand-new mechanic is a little hard to make work in the context of 60-card decks, but the potential rewards are plentiful. Let us take a look at party and other tribal shenanigans in the updated Standard format with Zendikar Rising.

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: Archon of Emeria

By Dr-Exhume (2020-09-10)

Thalia took lessons in rhetoric from a certain Eidolon, forgot her first striking ways, and later transformed into a 2/3 flying Archon. So goes the fictional story that could have culminated in the brand-new white three-drop from Zendikar Rising named Archon of Emeria. Death and Taxes players take an interest!

Taking Control of Pioneer with Azorius

By Skura (2020-08-27)

Ever since Pioneer's inception last October, White-Blue Control has been a mainstay of the format. Though various flavors have been in vogue during that time. Let's take a closer look at what the archetype used to look like and what its position might be following the recent bannings.

Rotation Preparation: Cycling et Cetera in Boros

By ElonThragtusk (2020-08-25)

Boros was always in this weird spot during the current Standard cycle. Red-white decks usually started off with solid results, only to drop off the map later on. Having avoided the bans and mostly able to avoid the rotation, will these builds get the attention they deserve in the future?

Rotation Preparation: Monogreen and More Beatdown

By 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.

Jumping into Historic with Jumpstart

By 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.

Transmogrify in Standard and Modern

By ElonThragtusk (2020-07-22)

Polymorph is back in a Standard-legal set, but in a new form. It's now red and exiles a creature rather than destroying it with no possibility of regeneration. That's it. The rest is completely the same. So, what does this mean for the whackier end of deck design in Standard and Modern?

Standard Data Fresh from Red Bull Untapped

By 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!

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.

Commander on a Budget: Rith, the Awakener

By RyanS (2020-06-16)

The Ur-Dragon is definitely the ultimate Dragon tribal commander. However, if you are playing on a budget, it's not the only option. Here's how Dragons can be effective, even when they are missing two colors. Check out this Naya Dragon tribal Commander deck led by Rith, the Awakener.

M21 Spotlight: Teferi, Master of Time

By Rone (2020-06-11)

Teferi has returned! After a long time being an Azorius planeswalker, he is back in blue for Core Set 2021, showcasing a whole new static ability, tons of variant frames, and ultimately what he does best — bending time at his will. Let's look at the future impact of our beloved mage of Zhalfir.

Forgotten Heroes

By Rone (2020-06-03)

Do you remember the first Magic creature that became the centerpiece of your deck? After all these years, so many iconic heroes have fallen by the wayside, overshadowed by better and newer alternatives. Today we pay tribute to a whole bunch of those that will forever live on in our memory if not in our decks.

Winota Rider Caught Stealing (Again?)

By ElonThragtusk (2020-05-28)

To win in today's Standard, there seem to be two rules: you better have a companion, and you also should have a good way of cheating Agents of Treachery into play. However, it appears that just meeting the second condition may be enough. The fastest way to a bargain steal is of course to enlist the help of Winota.

The Enlightenment of Narset

By Kumagoro (2020-05-27)

With her Ikorian incarnation, Narset, the set's third planeswalker, has come full circle, regaining all the colors of the Jeskai Way. What does this entail for the neuro-atypical kung-fu heroine? More importantly, what does it mean for the control decks that choose to embrace her Triome?

Upgrading Ruthless Regiment on a Budget

By RJGiel (2020-05-15)

Humans? Check. Aristocrats? Check. The Ruthless Regiment preconstructed Commander deck is a great option to play straight out of the box. But it's easy to improve, even on a limited budget. Let's take a look at some affordable and effective upgrades, so that you can better hold your own in your Commander playgroup.

Bomberfox, the Dawnwaker in Legacy

By Andifeated (2020-05-13)

Over the last couple of weeks, companions have dramatically changed every Magic format. They even had a big impact on the historically slow-moving Legacy format. First came Gyruda, and now Zirda, the Dawnwaker reshaped Bomberman, creating a new infinite-mana combo in tandem with Grim Monolith.

Cycling All Over Standard (and Pioneer)

By ElonThragtusk (2020-05-08)

While Ikoria may have looked mostly weird at first, it mostly looks bonkers now. Next to companions, Standard has another new menace that started off somewhat overlooked: the Boros Cycling deck. Whether you're new to the format or not, it should represent a consideration. Here's why.

The Rise of Lukka

By 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

By 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.

Lurrus, the Standard King

By Rone (2020-04-28)

"Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling Dinosaur Hippo to the leaping Bird Serpent." Well, maybe that's not exactly what Mufasa said. Either way, Lurrus of the Dream-Den apparently "can't wait to be king."

Gyruda, Doom of Standard and Legacy

By 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

By 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: Competitive Constructed Companions

By TobiH (2020-04-07)

Ikoria's new ability companion adds a touch of the Commander experience to regular Magic. You can reveal one companion from your sideboard before each game, if your presented deck matches the card's specified restriction, and then cast it from there once during that game. Let's look at implications and decks.

Commander on a Budget: Kytheon, Monowhite Hero

By RyanS (2020-03-31)

Welcome to a new series where Ryan Scicluna builds Commander decks exclusively out of cards that cost a maximum of two Euros. The first challenge is making monowhite playable on a budget. Luckily, the famous Hero of Akros comes to our rescue!

Written in the Stars: Constellation in Standard

By 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 Good, the Bad, and the Underrated: A Lhurgoyf Tribute

By Dr-Exhume (2020-03-25)

"Ach! Hans, run! It's the Lhurgoyf!" The sound of these words is smoother than any other flavor text to my ears. With this article I want to pay tribute to a creature tribe that many people know best for its poster child, the Tarmogoyf. But let us not forget about its relatives.

The Top 16 Pioneer Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By 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!

Breaking the Mold: Having Fun in Modern

By 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 8 Old School Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By Elric (2020-02-24)

Mardu Good Stuff claims the trophy among thirteen players, defeating Four-Color Control in the finals. Let's take a closer look at these two and the rest of the decks that made it to the Top 8 at Cardmarket Series Paris in Old School — the most nostalgic and posh tournament format in the world.

World Championship XXVI: Dreams Do Come True

By 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 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 Standard Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By 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!

The Top 16 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By 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.

Return to Podland: Enigmatic Incarnation in Standard

By Kumagoro (2020-01-28)

We're back on Theros, and that means enchantments in Standard have started to matter even more. Devotion and constellation aside, one card stands out as an exciting engine that makes use of enchantments in a novel way, turning them into launch pads for a new Birthing Pod adventure.

A Wacky New World: Having Fun with Pioneer

By SamuelS (2020-01-23)

The new Pioneer format is the ideal setting for wild experiments. While the metagame shifts and the ban list grows, brews will usually stay out of harm's way. Look here for decks that are perfect to bring to FNM and to have some fun with, even if they may not prove competitive at the highest level.

Theros Theory Crafting: White-Blue Control in Standard

By BrentT (2020-01-16)

White-Blue Control has been a solid deck choice for recent Standard events. The deck could be seen at the top of multiple PTQs, MTGO Standard Leagues, and various community tournaments. Now it's time to figure out how the deck evolves as new cards from Theros Beyond Death are introduced to the mix.

An Enchanted Evening with Setessan Champion at Standard FNM

By 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?

White Revitalized

By BrentT (2020-01-11)

At one of the most recent Standard GPs, the five most played cards had been: Forest, Island, Swamp, Mountain … and Fabled Passage. People have long claimed there's a problem with the white part of Magic's color pie. But now, with Theros Beyond Death, there is hope for a revival!

Why You Too Should Play European Highlander

By 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.

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.

Tribal Attractions: Standard Wolves

By 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

By 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.

White-Blue Control's Pioneer Premiere

By SamuelS (2019-12-11)

White-Blue Control is a particularly evergreen deck, part and parcel of all of Magic's formats. From counter spells and great removal to card advantage and life gain, the Azorius guild grants us access to all the tools we need to survive, and dominate, the long game.

Pioneer at Cardmarket Series Prague

By 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.

Tribal Attractions: Standard Giants

By Kumagoro (2019-12-05)

Our long, collective Oko nightmare is over, and with the Food tyrant out of the picture, now Standard opens up to experimentation once again. No better time than the present to try something big, something new, something Naya, something brewed.

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

By 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 …

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

By Andifeated (2019-12-03)

Modern is a hotbed of variety and the Cardmarket Series Prague metagame was no different. The Top 16 alone featured 14 different decks and proved again that Modern is the most diverse of all Constructed format. Let's take a closer look at the state of Modern after Throne of Eldraine and Stoneforge Mystic have settled in.

Commander Deck Tech: Dissent in the Land

By RJGiel (2019-12-02)

Today, we look at a Lands deck, but one that doesn't revolve around the popular commanders that we see everybody using in this context: no Omnath, no Mina and Denn, no Gitrog Monster. Today we turn to an unexpected commander for a Lands strategy. Welcome to Samut Lands.

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

By 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.

Jeskai Fires in Post-Oko Standard

By 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!

Stomping All Over Standard with Stompy

By 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 …

Top 5 Fairy-Tale Forests for Your Throne of Eldraine Decks

By SanchoN (2019-10-24)

While Throne of Eldraine features amazing basic lands itself, players may want to add their own touch to their decks with some of the many gorgeous and thematically fitting basics from Magic's history. We explore options for spicing up your deck visually with some beautiful and enchanting Forests.

Mythic Championship V: Twilight of the Dead

By 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.

Inner Workings: Field of Golos

By Kumagoro (2019-10-16)

The release of Throne of Eldraine impacted Standard in explosive ways. After the fairy dust settled, a tier-one deck emerged, surprisingly unhindered by the departure of Scapeshift, and stronger than ever in the new midrange metagame. Will it be obliterated by the upcoming DCI rulings?

Adventure Decks in Standard

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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)

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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!

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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)

By 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

By 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)

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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?

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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 be