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Myth & Magic: Release the Kraken

EntertainmentBy JohnnyCroat (2018-12-17)

Lee is back with another take on the myth behind the Magic. Today he's feeling the water, looking at Leviathans, Octopuses, and the giant things lurking beneath the waves.

Countdown til Christmas: Top 10 Magic Cards of 2018 (#6)

EntertainmentBy Moudou (2018-12-14)

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 6th most popular card!

Partner Work Part 1: Legacy and Modern

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-12-06)

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

The Standard Black-Green Midrange Compendium

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-11-26)

PT Guilds of Ravnica may have had a Top 8 filled to the brim with White Aggro, but Hans believes Golgari Midrange still has what it takes to beat any of the format's big hitters. Take a look inside to know all about the inside-outs of B/G Midrange in Standard!

What Happened to Standard Stompy

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-11-22)

The Standard meta that ended its run in October was much friendlier to monocolored decks than the current one seems to be. As it turns out, getting access to half the Ravnican Guilds favors multicolor decks, who knew? And among the victims of this new trend is our old friend Steel Leaf Stompy.

Rone's MKMS Zaragoza Modern Main Event

Event CoverageBy Rone (2018-11-21)

After an amazing weekend of magic in the city of Zaragoza, it's time to talk about the last MKM Series stop of the year, with a particular focus on the Modern Main Event. Rodrigo walks you through his experience during the weekend.

Rather Exhumed: Coming Down from the Grave

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-11-09)

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

Cantripping through Memory Lane: Legacy Solidarity

ConstructedBy 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.

Azor's Gateway in Standard

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-10-19)

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

Grixis or Dimir? Preparing for Guilds of Ravnica Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-09-26)

Are you ready for rotation? The new Standard will soon kick-off with cards from Guilds of Ravnica. And for those Dimir and Grixis mages that want to keep playing their favorite strategy, here's a recap of their losses and additions to determine which guild will be successful.

Modern Metagame Review: 2018 Summer Edition

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-09-11)

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

On Lower Tiers: Standard Stompy

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-09-07)

Another unsung monocolored hero of Standard has actually had its time under the meta spotlight, if briefly. Green Stompy is the best aggro deck in the format that can’t use Goblin Chainwhirler and has an amazing midrange game. Let’s find out what will happen to it after the looming rotation.

The Post-GP Prague Metagame Breakdown

Event CoverageBy HansD (2018-09-05)

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

Aftermath of German Nationals 2018

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2018-08-21)

This past weekend, 548 Mages met in Marl, Germany in order to decide on the 2018 German national champion and which two players would join the pro point leader to earn glory at this year's World Magic Cup. Andifeated was there and tried to earn his spot on the team and tells you everything about one of the biggest National Championships in the world.

Surprises in Standard at Pro Tour 25th Anniversary

Event CoverageBy JaminK (2018-08-09)

M19 has been available in Standard for a bit and while it seemed like the existing decks were going to continue to dominate, there were many surprises during the Pro Tour. Jamin covers his expectations, the coolest decks from the PT, and a surprising Online PTQ metagame.

Going Rogue: Midrange and Budget Decks before M19 Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-07-11)

Just a week before Core 2019 pre-releases and Standard is looking much better. Fresh cards will enter the format and maybe even a banning announcement? Either way, it's time to consider some rogue decks from the past two GPs and some cheap variants to power up with the new set.

Looking at GP Barcelona and the Post-Tournament Metagame

Event CoverageBy HansD (2018-07-09)

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

Grand Prix Barcelona Tournament Report - Choosing a Modern Deck

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2018-07-05)

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

Three Exciting Standard Decks

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-07-04)

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

Team Unified Standard RPTQ in Poland: Before and After

Event CoverageBy JohnnyCroat (2018-06-28)

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

The New Brawl

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-06-13)

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

Teferi and the Resurgence of Jeskai

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-06-07)

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

Team Unified Standard Strategy

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-06-07)

Christian has been hard at work prepping for the upcoming RPTQ with his teammates and he has some thoughts on Team Unified Standard and what decks are the decks to watch for. Join him as he dives into this unique format and some of the challenges teams must overcome to bring the best composition to bear.

Rogue Deck Review: The Recent Notables

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-24)

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

UW Control in Dominaria Standard: Heroic and Second Sun Variants

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-05-23)

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

Modern Myths: Debunking the Format's Biggest Misconceptions

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-09)

Modern has a lot of things said about it, and I want to tackle in this week's article a few that I find to be myths about the format. I'm calling these four "Modern Myths," and I hope that bringing up these topics will spark a discussion. Do you think you'll agree with these points? Let's dive in and start off with the first one.

From Legends to Dominaria and Everything In Between - Part 3

EntertainmentBy Kumagoro (2018-05-08)

When Magic sets began to revisit past planes, the legendary permanents came along for the journey as a regular feature of each and every outing. It would all culminate this year with the mother of all returns: the one coming full circle to the original plane where everything had started.

Brawl's Most Important Matchup

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-05-07)

Two weeks ago, Wizards of the Coast introduced Brawl on Magic: The Gathering Online. Since then, Baral, Chief of Compliance has taken over the format by storm. After tinkering with deck, this article will guide you through the mirror step by step, so that you can get ahead of the metagame.

An Introduction to 1v1 Commander

ConstructedBy 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.

A First Look at Standard with Dominaria

SpoilersBy ChristianS (2018-04-05)

This week, I dive into the bevy of Dominaria spoilers available looking for interesting Standard-worthy cards that could shape the competitive meta in the months to come. Does Dominaria live up to the hype, or does Magic's most traveled plane come up short of expectations? Read on to find out.

One More Thing! A Second Look at Legacy Miracles

ConstructedBy Alakazimdk (2018-03-13)

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

UB Gateway Control in Standard

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-03-09)

When I started playing Standard after the release of Rivals of Ixalan, the first thing I wanted to do was to try out Azor's Gateway. In this article, I share the results of my testing and the deck that I believe is one of the best at utilizing Azor's Gateway.

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

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-28)

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

One Mean Deck: Grixis Energy

ConstructedBy TobiH (2018-02-12)

Grixis Energy picked up right where Temur Energy left us and has quickly become the new top dog of today's Standard. However, it's hard to tell what the best version may look like or even to know what to expect when playing against the archetype. Data analysis is needed!

Highlights in Bilbao: Modern at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

Event CoverageBy Rone (2018-02-06)

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

Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan: Just What the Doctor Ordered

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2018-02-06)

Following a Pro Tour most players buy the cards they need to play the hot new decks, but that isn't what you should be doing to be financially efficient. The day after the Pro Tour is in fact the day to sell all the cards which you correctly identified as the future hotness way before the Pro Tour.

A Case Study on the Fall of Bant Eldrazi

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-02)

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

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

ConstructedBy Alakazimdk (2018-02-02)

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

Modern is the Hero Pro Tour Magic Needs

EntertainmentBy Andifeated (2018-02-01)

Everybody is excited about the Modern Pro Tour this weekend and that's for a good reason. Since Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch in early 2016, there has been no Pro Tour featuring this constructed format despite its huge fan base, which has consistently grown since its introduction in 2011. This article elaborates on its reasons for vanishing and the necessity of its return.

The Three Cards to Beat at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-01-24)

Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan is right around the corner and three cards are expected to dominate headlines and board states – can you guess which ones they are? Here are hints: A flashy Innistrad favorite, an enchantment control decks have been looking for, and a perfectly balanced planeswalker.

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

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2018-01-22)

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

Top 5 Rivals of Ixalan Cards that Might See Modern Play

SpoilersBy Rone (2018-01-18)

Pirates, Vampires, Merfolk, and Treasures! Rivals of Ixalan brings a lot of new powerful cards for 2018. Which ones will see play in Modern? This is our list of the Top 5 cards to watch out for in the coming months.

Modern lies in Ruins

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-11-26)

One card to rule them all.

Worlds 2017 Day 1

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-10-07)

Who needs white cards anyway?

Ixalan Standard at SCG Dallas Open

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-10-02)

A butcher has no face...

Ixalan Prerelease

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-09-24)

Dinosaurs are all the (en)rage!

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Cardmarket Decks

Standard

2nd
2018 World Magic Cup
16.12.2018
4th
2018 World Magic Cup
16.12.2018
7th
2018 World Magic Cup
16.12.2018
5th
2018 World Magic Cup
16.12.2018

Modern

6th
SCG Open @ Baltimore, MD
01.12.2018
3rd
SCG Open @ Baltimore, MD
01.12.2018
7th
SCG Open @ Baltimore, MD
01.12.2018
6th
SCG Team Open @ Las Vegas (Nevada)
17.11.2018

Legacy

3-4
12th God Challenger Qualifier
24.11.2018
5-8
Danish Legacy Masters 2018 @ Faraos Cigarer, Copenhagen
18.11.2018
3-4
Legacy Monthly @ GameForce (Eindhoven)
07.10.2018
MTGO
MTGO Legacy Challenge
08.10.2018

Vintage

2nd
Eudemonia Vintage @ Berkeley
21.10.2018
3-4
Romancing The Stones 7 @ Austin, TX
29.09.2018
MTGO
MTGO Vintage Challenge
25.09.2018
MTGO
MTGO Vintage Challenge
16.09.2018

Commander

5-8
EDH @ Rennes (Bretagne)
25.11.2018
5-8
EDH @ Rennes (Bretagne)
25.11.2018
3-4
Bohemia DC Prague 7th @ Prague @ Prague
24.11.2018
1st
“Monarch of Manila” Duel Comma @ Mana Underground, Lagro, Philippines
04.06.2018

Highlander

3rd
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
4th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
5th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
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Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
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