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The Many Flavors of Galvanic Relay in Post-Ban Pauper

By PR0boszcz (2021-11-23)

Chatterstorm may be gone from the format, but another storm spell still roams free. It wasn't a big surprise to see how strong Galvanic Relay proved to be. What came as a surprise was how versatile the card turned out to be. A storm spell that doesn't just boost noninteractive combo? How cool is that?

Daily Deck Tech Vow: Pauper's Blood Fountain Affinity

By PR0boszcz (2021-11-11)

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. Affinity is already one of the best decks (if not the best) in the current Pauper metagame. Now we can turn one card and one mana into two artifacts!

Top 3 Two-Card Kill Combos

By Dr-Exhume (2021-10-21)

"Johnny" once said that combos are the best part about Magic. Of course he did. They may not be the most universally beloved or important aspect of the game, but they are fascinating and an important element. Naturally, if we're looking for the most powerful examples, we have to look at Legacy and Vintage.

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Considering Doomsday

By OdinFK (2021-09-06)

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're considering a card that may make it all the way to Legacy and prove a relevant update to one of the format's meanest combo strategies!

Legacy News: Madness & Standstill

By Rone (2021-08-12)

Legacy is an ancient and vast format. Nonetheless fresh strategies emerge or evolve from previous iterations. Modern Horizons 2 in particular has revitalized brewing prospects. Landstill is back, in a whole new way, and Madness is enjoying a second life too. Want to know more? Just keep reading!

The Finest Vintage: Witches and New Toys on the Horizon

By OdinFK (2021-06-21)

Strixhaven proved to have an impact even on the notoriously impervious-to-change Vintage format, and Modern Horizons 2 is looking poised to leave an even larger footprint. Which cards make the cut in the most powerful environment known to Magic? Some of the answers may surprise you!

New Delve Delirium Delver Dominates Legacy

By Rone (2021-06-16)

Modern Horizons 2 may not be out on paper yet, but its impact has already shaken Legacy to the core. Two new red one-drops and an improved blue Tombstalker left Blue-Red Delver the big winner of the first online tournaments. Is it finally time to nerf the most iconic deck of the format? Let's find out!

Is Pauper Entering a New Combo Era?

By PR0boszcz (2021-05-31)

We didn't get a moment to take a breath after the Commander Legends and Kaldheim releases, and already the metagame saw another shakeup because of Strixhaven. Now Modern Horizons 2 is poised to change the format in major ways yet again. All signs point to Pauper entering a new combo era.

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.

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!

The Finest Vintage: Doomsday

By OdinFK (2021-04-29)

Doomsday is a scalpel. You need to know what to do with it, and you need a lot of practice in execution. But once you have picked up and mastered these skills, Doomsday is an extremely powerful deck, maybe the most powerful in all of Vintage right now. Here is everything you need to know!

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!

The Finest Vintage: Sultai Midrange

By OdinFK (2021-03-16)

Commonly considered to be all about assembling the most unfair sequences imaginable, there's more to Vintage than a flurry of Moxen, Bazaars, and Workshops. One peculiarly fair deck manages to hold its own. The fairest deck in all of Vintage? Here's how to win with midrange creatures and planeswalkers!

Legacy After the Bans: Winners and Losers

By CabalTherapy (2021-02-18)

The ban hammer has hit Legacy hard, resulting in a much-needed upheaval of mythic proportions. With the metagame in turmoil, it's time to let old staples fall by the wayside and to resurrect even older staples. Here's a look at the future of the format, at losers, winners, and decks to play!

The Finest Vintage: Breach

By OdinFK (2021-02-15)

The time has come to take a look at a deck that does what most people want to do when they think of Vintage. After Dredge and Shops, it's time to examine the blue part of the Vintage metagame and what is currently its most prominent representative. It's time to power up and jump into the breach!

A Vintage Brewer's Diary: 2020 in Review, Part 2

By TDD (2021-02-03)

This is the second part of my personal 2020 review, brought to you through the medium of paper Vintage decks. Last time, we got halfway through the year, and we looked at five different decklists. Today, we'll go over five more brews from the second half of the year. Let's dive in!

A Vintage Brewer's Diary: 2020 in Review, Part 1

By TDD (2021-01-26)

2020 is finally behind us. As paper play was suspended, many Magic players found their way to Magic Online and Arena. Some of us Vintage boomers, however, still crave the smell of ancient cardboard. Shuffling around those broken spells. Knocking the top of the deck when we need to hit something good …

Day of the Dragons

By SanchoN (2021-01-16)

If you check the right calendar, you might find January 16 marked as "Appreciate a Dragon Day." What does it take for a Dragon to win appreciation in the world of Magic? Let's celebrate with a look at some of the most expensive, most ancient, most legendary, and most playable Dragon cards.

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!

Interview with Delver Champion Alfonso Zarzoso

By Rone (2020-12-10)

Alfonso Zarzoso won the latest Manatraders Legacy Series with Temur Delver. He now joins us on Cardmarket Insight for an interview to talk about life, Legacy, the factors that influenced his deck choice, his experience at the tournament, sideboard plans, and the overall state of the format …

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.

Zendikar Rising Spotlight: Sea Gate Stormcaller in Legacy

By Andifeated (2020-09-08)

Legacy has long been defined by its powerful instants and sorceries for one mana or less. The best threats in this format often take advantage of decks full of those spells. Zendikar Rising brings us another such interaction, a new creature that has the potential to make it big in Legacy.

Ramp and Let Die: Budget Fastbond in Vintage

By Dr-Exhume (2020-06-29)

Vintage can be fun and relatively cheap? Is that true? Indeed, you can build a pair of Vintage decks for less than many Modern decks and you can even steal some games with them. Let's take a look at two Fastbond shells and revisit a couple of common misconceptions about Magic's oldest format.

Ikoria Spotlight: Sprite Dragon in Legacy

By Andifeated (2020-04-06)

Previews for Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths are in full swing! Andifeated is a Legacy aficionado at heart and therefore checks new cards for their potential playability in his favorite format first. One little Faerie has caught his interest this time. Let's see if Sprite Dragon can make it big in the Eternal world!

The White-Blue Control Mage's Guide to 2020

By Rone (2020-03-09)

Time for Azorius mages to shine! The oldest, classiest control machine is back in the game in every competitive format. From Standard to Legacy, there is a white-blue deck to be aware of and to fear. Rone has everything covered for you to take control within today's article.

The Top 8 Vintage Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By Dr-Exhume (2020-02-26)

Let's take a look at the Vintage results of Cardmarket Paris. The format which everybody loves — or hates — but which is hardly played. What did the ones fortunate enough to enter the Vintage zone choose to bring to the table? How diverse was the field, and what ended up on top?

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 Legacy Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By CabalTherapy (2020-02-18)

At the most recent Legacy main event of the Cardmarket Series, 154 players fought through eight rounds. Various flavors of Delver decks topped the metagame charts, with all-time favorites Death and Taxes and Miracles as runner-ups. But how did things play out in the Top 16 section?

The Red Mage's Guide for 2020

By Rone (2020-02-05)

Red mages of the world, rejoice! 2020 is a great year for us. Our favorite color has a huge presence in Standard, in Pioneer, and in Modern. If you want to tune your red decks while adding brand new cards from Theros Beyond Death, this is the article you need to read.

Playing Unpowered Vintage Jund at Eternal Weekend

By Andifeated (2020-01-15)

Vintage is a format unaffordable to many players because of the notoriously expensive Power 9 and other cards such as Mishra's Workshop and Bazaar of Baghdad. Andifeated is one of those players, but that doesn't stop him from building powerful budget decks and attending Vintage tournaments.

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.

Vintage at Cardmarket Series Prague: Dread(ge) Return

By Elric (2019-12-10)

Dredge claims the trophy among eighteen players, defeating a planeswalker-heavy midrange brew in the finals. Let's take a look at all the Top 8 lists, see how the format changed after the restriction of Narset, and explore the latest developments.

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.

Deck Review: Blue-Red Delver in Legacy

By Rone (2019-11-12)

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

The Art of Building a Legacy Deck

By CabalTherapy (2019-10-30)

Legacy has always been a playground for innovators. However, one does not need to reinvent the wheel to build a proper Legacy deck. In fact, it's often impossible to do. Instead, just as with most formats, it's more about working within an established framework.

Legacy Burn is Great Right Now

By CabalTherapy (2019-09-19)

Is Wrenn and Six everywhere in your meta? Are people grinding you out with Astrolabe? There's a simple solution and CabalTherapy breaks it down in this article. The short answer is - Just Play Burn!

Legacy Treasures 2: 4c Waterfalls

By CabalTherapy (2019-08-12)

CabalTherapy is back tapping into some of the less known, but still great decks in Legacy. This time it's the "real" cascade deck: 4c Waterfalls. It's great and it's time it gets its time in the sunshine. Joing him as he gives you a snapshot of this oldie but goodie.

Preparing for Cardmarket Series Frankfurt

By ChristopherB (2019-07-31)

Cardmarket Series takes its next stop in Frankfurt. Christopher is deep into preparation and wants to share his thoughts about Modern and Legacy, from Wrenn and Six, Four-Color Decks, and the all-powerful Hogaak. He also breaks down his personal choices for the event!

Pauper Comes to Paper

By WileCoyote (2019-07-22)

The 27th of June was a historic day for the Pauper format. WotC finally unified Pauper and they made it official! That means sanctioned paper events all over the world. WileCoyote is here to discuss the impact of these changes and the whole slew of new cards that came with them.

RUG Reborn

By CabalTherapy (2019-07-17)

It's back! The Goose, Delver, and Goyf – the RUG gang – are all playing a significant role in Legacy again, thanks to one powerful card "printed for Modern." Join CabalTherapy as he explores the new RUG and the card tearing up the Legacy metagame.

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.

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!

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 U/R Pteramander Guide: Reaching New Thresholds

By CabalTherapy (2019-03-06)

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

Three Decks for Beginners in Legacy

By ChristopherB (2019-02-19)

Getting into Legacy is quite difficult. The Reserved List made many keycards expensive and the deck variety is high. Here are three decks that are comparatively cheap and powerful to start Legacy.

Will Vintage Players Survive Survival Aggro

By Elric (2019-01-21)

A combination of Bazaar of Baghdad and Survival of the Fittest with the raw power of Hollow Ones and Vengevines has given birth to a new aggro deck that may be funny to play but is very consistent.

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.

My Pauper Wish List

By WileCoyote (2018-12-17)

Mark loves the Pauper format, but it definitely has room for improvement. The following is his list of Christmas wishes for Pauper in 2019.

Countdown til Christmas: Top 10 Magic Cards of 2018 (#8)

By Rone (2018-12-12)

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 8th 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.

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.

Cantripping through Memory Lane: Legacy Solidarity

By CabalTherapy (2018-11-07)

It has been a while, but a brand new card from Ravnica revived Solidarity and could make it great again. It's a return to the roots of Legacy players everywhere.

Why You Should Play Baleful Strix: Part 1

By ChristopherB (2018-11-01)

Looking at the current Meta, the two most played decks are control decks. One of them plays four copies of Baleful Strix, but why? A 1/1 isn't that impressive in Legacy. Well Christopher is here to tell you what Strix is the perfect card for control and why you should be playing it!

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.

Changing Tides: U/R Delver in Legacy

By CabalTherapy (2018-10-24)

For many years, U/R Delver has been a great choice for aggro players in Legacy. Its damage output via Delver of Secrets and Monastery Swiftspear fueled by Gitaxian Probe allowed for insane starts. But does it work nowadays?

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.

Assassin's Trophy in Legacy: Is Sultai Viable Again?

By ChristopherB (2018-10-05)

Welcome to my first article for Cardmarket Insight. Loving Legacy, I want to take this opportunity and write about the impact of the new shooting star, Assassin's Trophy in Legacy. Hans talked about the possible changes in Modern, so I want to take this chance to write about one of my favorite colors in Legacy: Sultai or BUG.

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

By CabalTherapy (2018-08-29)

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

Modern Shadows Part 2 - The Legacy Case

By Rone (2018-08-29)

Rodrigo is here to continue his Death's Shadow series – this time, the article will be focused on the card's development inside the Legacy format. He reviews the PT25A innovations and, finally, how to tune your Modern Shadow deck into U/B Legacy Shadow.

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.

Exploiting Delve: BUG Delve(-r) in Legacy

By CabalTherapy (2018-05-14)

In this outing, I look at a mechanic that has seen two of it rank banned or restricted in nearly every major format: Delve. I look at an aggressive application of Delve in Legacy's strongest three-color combination and how it presents a unique take on Tempo in a format dominated by blue tempo decks.

An Introduction to 1v1 Commander

By JaminK (2018-04-18)

1v1 Commander is a relatively new format originally introduced last year on Magic Online. The format is built on interesting decks and allows you to play with many different cards from Magic’s past. If any of this appeals to you, I have what you need to get started in this format.

One More Thing! A Second Look at Legacy Miracles

By 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.

Three Underrated Cards in Legacy

By CabalTherapy (2018-02-09)

Are you tired of sleeving your Deathrite Shamans every week or annoyed by your opponents’ Show & Tell decks? Do you want to surprise your local meta and brew a new pile with some powerful cards or insert them into an established deck? Legacy has much more to offer than one mana planeswalkers and Brainstorms.

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

By 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.

Notes from the Battlefield: Legacy at MKMS Frankfurt 2018

By TobiH (2018-01-26)

Time to take a look back at the Legacy main event of the MKM Series Frankfurt 2018! We got famous folks featured on video, exciting decks making it all the way to the finals, great games all around, and an MKMS Power 8 player as a champion. Here's what you might have missed!

My Legacy Picks for Team Trios Constructed GPs

By Alakazimdk (2018-01-23)

This article will try to give you and your team some options for the Legacy component of upcoming Team Constructed events. I’ll give each deck two scores, the first for experienced Legacy players and the second for players who are not as familiar with Legacy as a format. As with all Legacy lists, expect a high learning curve in a format with Wastelands, Brainstorms, and consistent turn 2-3 combo kills.

Returning Legacy decks

By DrHoeh (2017-05-20)

Legacy will probably remain in an experimental phase for some time.

Eternal Standards

By DrHoeh (2016-06-16)

Eternal Masters cards are filling up all of our MKM Insight Data Tables!

EMA and Legacy decks

By DrHoeh (2016-06-14)

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

EMA EV Price Sheet

By DrHoeh (2016-06-07)

This collection of data is a good start if you are still unsure whether you want to buy displays or not.

Colourful Legacy

By DrHoeh (2015-11-30)

Legacy is not only about blue cards!

Prague Vintage Tech

By DrHoeh (2015-10-23)

Today we are celebrating my 150th article with some Vintage insights.

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