Snapcaster Mage

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Born from High Expectations

From 1997 to 2007, Wizards of the Coast invited pro players to the Magic Invitational Tournament. The winner of the tournament could submit a design for a card and the printed card – with or without changes from Wizards R&D – would bear a likeness to the player in its art. These Invitational cards ended up being very powerful, as was the case with Meddling Mage, Dark Confidant, and Ranger of Eos. So, when Tiago Chan won the very last Invitational in 2007, the Magic world waited with bated breath for the printing of his card. It wasn't until four years later, when Innistrad was released on September 2011, when the world was finally introduced to Snapcaster Mage. It was worth the wait, however, as Snapcaster Mage would become one of the most powerful creatures ever printed in the history of Magic: The Gathering.

Snapcaster Mage Is a Magic All-Star

Here's a good rule of thumb about Snapcaster Mage's place in a format: If Snapcaster Mage is a legal card, then it's one of the best in that format.

Snapcaster Mage sees heavy play in Modern, Legacy, Vintage, and in any blue deck that relies on Instants or Sorceries. The reason why the card fits so seamlessly in a wide range of decks and formats is due to its ability to give flashback to Instants and Sorceries in your graveyard. A tempo deck in Modern can close out a game by casting Lightning Bolt, playing Snapcaster Mage at the end of the opponent's turn, flashing back the Bolt, then dealing the last two points of damage via combat. In Grixis Control in Legacy, chain Kolaghan's Commands and Snapcaster Mages to make your opponent discard, return Snapcaster, then flashback the Command. In Blue-White Mentor lists in Vintage, Snapcaster Mage double-dips some of Magic's most powerful spells, Ancestral Recall and Treasure Cruise. Whatever the Instant or Sorcery, having the blue Human Wizard in your deck makes spells twice as good as they would be without.

Waiting for an Eager Return

Although Snapcaster Mage debuted with a price tag of around 20,00 €, the card has seen a sharp rise in value in the seven years since then. It now hovers around 50,00 € (Near Mint) even with a reprint as a RPTQ promo and a Mythic Rare in Modern Masters 2017 and Ultimate Masters (December 2018).

Due to its popularity, Snapcaster Mage has been the center of speculation whenever a reprint set is announced. But there's no guess as to when – or if – Tiago Chan's card will see another reprint that will bring down its price anytime soon. In any case, one thing is for sure: It's unlikely that a strict upgrade of Snapcaster Mage will ever be printed.


Comments (15)

Borlow(20.03.2017 11:04)

probably will drop to 30 for eng ones i dont see it dropping any more than that. But who knows:-)

markholm(15.03.2017 03:23)

Am I the only one who noticed that Kiefer Sutherland is our new Snapcaster.

mementopap(28.02.2017 09:26)

is wizard going to reprint snapcaster mage on Modern masters 2017?

elaxxl(18.11.2015 23:22)

I agree, you can bet your money that snapcaster mage and liliana of the veil will be reprinted in modern masters 3.

I also believe that Linvala, keeper of silence will be reprinted in modern masters 3.

DrownBot(01.11.2015 19:08)

Cant help myself, art looks like a brazilian soccer player to me..

Javimagic(29.10.2015 13:23)

You will very probably see him and Liliana of the Veil reprinted in Modern Masters 3. Wizards is not losing any equity with this super-scarce printing.

rosvojaska(27.10.2015 15:21)

This pretty much guarantees that we won't be seeing Snapcaster Mage printed again in years.

Tupie-San(13.07.2015 11:48)

I'm glad I traded these in. I traded the first 2 in when they were like €35 a piece. The third when it was about 50 and the last around 70 all trade value. It's crazy how much it's spiked in just 3 months (april to now). But it seems like it's dropping now...

mementopap(13.06.2015 18:28)

Ok it s very good card... but it s really very expensive at the moment.

hugo87(18.05.2015 23:31)

Thanks God this card came out as rare, because as mythic it would cost much more.

Zollverein(11.05.2015 14:55)

Amazing card, it's really expensive and it's prize is going to growth more, but it's essential in a lot of decks. Used in modern, legacy and even vintage

Closed-Cardmarket-Account-968735(09.05.2015 14:00)

I bought one maybe two months ago when it was still 35€ Price has almost risen 10€ since. Can't complain.

manelmolina(08.05.2015 21:39)

Best modern staple ever!!! This has to be the new tarmo, price goes up craxy!!

Bomar(08.05.2015 20:53)

Made in the likeness of Tiago Chan, it was his invitational card!

noqxo(08.05.2015 09:42)

This is one of the main legs to almost every blue deck in the modern format. It let's you rebuy a card from your graveyard, as well as leaving behind a 2/1, which often results in card-advantage.

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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 …

VIDEO: The History of Modern W/U Control

By HarryKhoo (2020-11-24)

W/U Control has been around for years, but have you ever thought about its evolution over time? What lands were thrown in before Field of the Dead appeared in Core Set 2020? Was a burning W/U Control deck ever a thing? When did the first good cantrip appear? In this Price of Knowledge video, we look at the long history of W/U Control.

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.

Top 5 Most Annoying Cards a Control Player Can Face

By Skura (2020-11-03)

A control player's job is to stabilize the game through various means of interaction and then keep pressing the advantage as the game progresses. Some cards and group of cards make that task much tougher than it should be. Here's the Top 5 of pesky problems and egregious grievances.

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.

VIDEO: 25 Cards from Zendikar Rising That Could See Play in Modern!

By IIItygraIII (2020-10-14)

In Zendikar Rising, we got powerful cards like Omnath, Locus of Creation as well as compelling reprints like Lotus Cobra. In this Price of Knowledge video, Dan from MTG Tavern lists the top 25 cards from the new set that are powerful enough to make it in the Modern format and where those cards show up.

The Best-Designed Cards in Magic History

By mateiiko (2020-10-14)

Magic's recent design history has proven to be … troublesome, with several cards dominating multiple formats and getting banned not too soon after. For a change of scenery, let's look at some of the best designs from the game's past. (Please, do keep in mind that the following is by all means a subjective list.)

The New Scourge of Modern

By ElonThragtusk (2020-10-07)

Scourge of the Skyclaves is one of those cards that look busted at first glance but require extensive testing before it is possible to reach any definite conclusion. Now, a few weeks after the release of Zendikar Rising, we have the results and can definitely say that the verdict is in.

Turning the Corner with Control Decks

By Skura (2020-10-05)

Any given game of Magic eventually has to end. Every player wants to be on the side of the one killing and not the one being killed. However, it becomes very tricky when your deck is ill-equipped to actually finish the game. Today, let's talk about closing the game with control decks.

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.

VIDEO: Which White-Blue Deck Is Best Post Astrolabe Ban?

By HarryKhoo (2020-09-16)

What's the best control-oriented white-blue build in Modern after the banning of Arcum's Astrolabe? In this Nuts and Bolts video, Harry Khoo investigates the different flavors — from Frantic Inventory to Charm & Shark, from Stoneblade to Sharkblade — and ranks them based on extensive testing.

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.

BUG Control in Modern

By Skura (2020-08-13)

Following the ban of Arcum's Astrolabe from Modern, control players have to rediscover the archetype and readjust to the new environment. "Skurtai Control" is waiting in the wings to take over, quite likely the best successor to the previously dominating snow control value machines.

Worldgorging in Legacy

By Andifeated (2020-07-21)

The Legacy format is in a great place right now with many different archetypes and strategies celebrating success. One of the more surprising beneficiaries of the powerful printings of the last two years is a card that hasn't seen much competitive play since it was unbanned in 2015: Worldgorger Dragon.

The Most Relevant Resource in Magic – Tempo

By Skura (2020-07-16)

Magic is a game of resource management with three resources at its heart: cards, life, and often overlooked — tempo. While cards and life are very much quantifiable, tempo is a much vaguer term that is often misunderstood or outright neglected. However, it's the most relevant nowadays and deserves a closer look.

Slinging Spells in Standard and Modern Izzet Tempo

By ElonThragtusk (2020-07-15)

Recent sets, such as Ikoria and Core Set 2021 impacted the metagames of multiple formats, but they also made way for some interesting non-meta strategies. One of the most prominent candidates is Izzet Spells, a tempo deck that can be easily tuned to become an aggro and/or even a budget deck.

Return to Tabletop: Summertime Modern

By Rone (2020-07-09)

Modern's metagame has been shifting a lot since last year when Modern Horizons completely warped the format. After the companion fiasco, it's time to test out the tabletop experience adapted to the new normality. Here are some thoughts about recent strategies and about how to play with social distancing.

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.

Yorion, Sky Nomad Rises in Modern

By Rone (2020-05-25)

"Come slide down rainbows in the sky, let's fly away. Like a bird, you're free to see the boundless face of the earth. Let the wind blow you like a kite and glide away." This is what it feels like to try Yorion in Modern, where the sky is the limit and all your wishes come true by playing an 80-card deck.

Even More Underrated Cards for Legacy in 2020

By CabalTherapy (2020-05-11)

Let us forget about companions for a second and dive into an aspect that has always made Legacy such a great format: the ability to unearth cards from across Magic's history, both recent and ancient, and find new applications. Here are some more cards that deserve another look!

Tricky Rules Interactions, Explained: Ikoria Edition

By TobiH (2020-05-04)

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths must be one of the most complicated sets of all time, although many of the judge calls concern just one mechanic. Check out all the tricky interactions between mutate, merged creatures, and everything else. The results, as the internet is wont to say, may indeed surprise you.

Five Underrated Cards for Legacy in 2020

By CabalTherapy (2020-04-27)

Currently, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths makes big waves in Legacy and will likely have a lasting impact on the format. But one shouldn't forget about all the material from the previous 27 years. There are several older cards to look at and to reevaluate. Here are some that might come to the fore.

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 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 Trickiest Cards in Theros Beyond Death, Explained

By KirstyA (2020-01-23)

Every time spoilers from a new set begin to trickle out, social media is awash with questions about mechanics and interactions. Theros Beyond Death was no different. Many of them become intuitive over time, but some — including the ones in this article — baffle even the most experienced players.

2-Mana and 3-Mana Planeswalkers: How Broken Are They?

By Kumagoro (2020-01-20)

Oko is certainly a problematic card, but is the same true of any cheap planeswalker? There are more of them than one might think. We'll examine all 43, properly evaluating their "brokenness" in order to address the design sustainability of a planeswalker that can naturally drop on turn two or three.

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.

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 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.

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!

Vintage at Cardmarket Series Barcelona, an Analysis

By Elric (2019-11-06)

A modern version of BUG Fish claimed the trophy in a metagame filled with artifact and combo decks, but also speckled with a few surprises. Let's see how the latest releases and changes affected the Vintage metagame, and take a look at the Top 4 decklists!

Brewer's Paradise Pioneer: Dimir Control

By Andifeated (2019-11-05)

With a new non-rotating Constructed format, players now face exciting opportunities to build decks with their favorite cards from past Standard environments. In Jace, Vryn's Prodigy, Andifeated has found the perfect nostalgia-inducing card to brew with. Read how he approaches a new format!

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.

Back in Black and Blue: Death's Shadow in Legacy

By Rone (2019-10-14)

Legacy is currently a wild jungle full of Modern Horizons cards: Wrenn and Six, Hogaaks and Arcum's Astrolabe. However, one deck might fight them all. Blue-Black Death's Shadow even works without dual lands! Rone shares his thoughts on the deck, his experience, and his sideboard guide.

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.

#CMWhatTheTrend - A New Modern

By JaminK (2019-08-28)

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, you already know what we're talking about, and if you don't, you should read this.

#CMAskTheJudge Episode 53 - Flashback vs Retrace

By MartinaT (2019-08-16)

Episode 53 of Cardmarket's AskTheJudge series. Each installment in this series will include a video that poses a rules question about MTG. Watch the video, comment with your answer, and then check your work below. This week's question is about the differences between Flashback and Retrace.

A Critical Review of Commander 2019

By RJGiel (2019-08-15)

It's that time of the year again. After a busy week of spoilers and the public reaction to the new products, everything we ever wanted to know about Commander 2019 is here. So, let's take a closer look at this year's entry, and how it competes against its predecessors.

Lessons Learned at Cardmarket Series Frankfurt

By Andifeated (2019-08-09)

The biggest German tournament weekend of 2019 is over and Andifeated attended both the Modern and Legacy events. Learn how his tournaments went and what he took away from them.

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.

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.

#CMWhatTheTrend - Spikes on the Horizon

By JaminK (2019-06-27)

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

Getting Ahead Part IV: Play More Snow Lands

By Andifeated (2019-06-26)

Andifeated already told you about bluffs in a previous past article, but he didn't show you how to bluff with your basic land choices. Learn why Snow-Covered Basic Lands are better than the regular Basic Lands that everybody uses for tournament play.

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.

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.

#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.

Picky Cube Picks on the Horizon

By SanchoN (2019-06-14)

Aiming to diversify beyond the obvious cube picks from Modern Horizons, this week Sancho attempts to dig a bit deeper to bring you ten card to try out from the set that some have dubbed Commander Masters, but which also has a limited environment akin to cubes.

10 Legacy Playable Cards in War of the Spark

By CabalTherapy (2019-04-30)

The final showdown between Bolas and the Gatewatch has begun and with the War of the Spark, Legacy gets some new toys. Cabaltherapy's got the breakdown on which cards might make a splash in the storied format.

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.

Dreadhorde Arcanist in Legacy: Hit or Miss?

By ChristopherB (2019-04-08)

War of the Spark recently spoiled a potential player in Legacy and Modern - Dreadhorde Arcanist. Christopher is here to explain what makes this card so good and what kind of decks might look to the Arcanist for its powerful value engine.

#TwitterBuildsModern Episode Two: The Drudge of Dredge!

By JohnnyCroat (2019-03-29)

Graveyard decks come in many shapes and sizes. There's Living End, which is usually brought back out for a spin every time some new cool ETB effects get printed. UB Storm is in effect a graveyard deck, relying on Past in Flames in order to be able to recycle a big heap of cheap cantrips so as to generate massive card advantage and storm count. There's Dredge itself, happy to dump as many cards into the bin as possible, and then cheating several itty bitty bothersome monsters into play, which have a tendency to come back turn after turn after turn. So then, how does this relate to Maze's End? Read on!

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!

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.

Inner Workings: Izzet Phoenix

By Kumagoro (2019-01-30)

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 the latest blue-deck marvel, a list that transferred directly from current-day Standard and took Modern by storm – quite literally.

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.

Partner Work Part 2: Legacy and Pauper

By CabalTherapy (2018-12-10)

Legacy is not perfect and other formats can teach it some lessons. In part two of "partner work," CabalTherapy looks at how Pauper could influence on Legacy.

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.

Hitting Blind - The Full Guide to Cabal Therapy

By Andifeated (2018-11-30)

If you've read Andifeated's last two articles, you should've learned a lot about playing Dredge in Legacy already, but there is one important topic that hasn't been discussed yet and it might be the hardest area of the archetype: Casting Cabal Therapy correctly. Learn how to pick em right here!

A Thorough Look at Ultimate Masters - Part 1

By Kumagoro (2018-11-29)

Ultimate Masters is going to be the last event release celebrating 25 years of Magic in 2018, and possibly the final set in the Masters series. Let's see what all these reprints bring to the UMA experience and the secondary market, starting from the ones belonging to either the White or Blue dominions.

The Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit: UMA and the Future of Non-Rotating Formats

By HansD (2018-11-29)

Welcome to the Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit, a column where I examine and discuss a topic to open up the discussion for the Magic community at large. For the non-U.S. American readers that might be wondering where I got the title for my column, the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines the term as "a prominent public position (such as a political office) that provides an opportunity for expounding one's views."

Advanced Tips and Tricks for Playing Legacy Dredge

By Andifeated (2018-11-28)

Last time, Andifeated introduced you to his pet deck in his Legacy Dredge deck discussion. Because the deck is very complex and hard to master, this time, he will teach you all the important rules, interactions, and tricky plays that a masterful Lich Lord can use to his advantage in order to maximize the deck's potential.

Rone's MKMS Zaragoza Modern Main Event

By 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.

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.

Rather Exhumed: Coming Down from the Grave

By 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.

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.

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.

Changing Times: Four Modern Axioms That Are No Longer True

By HansD (2018-11-06)

Modern moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. In this week's article, I've come up with four adages about Modern that are no longer true in 2018. Let's dive right in and start with a card that was a deckbuilding taboo when I first started playing the format!

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.

My Guilds of Ravnica Picks for Modern

By Rone (2018-10-10)

We are right at the start of Guilds of Ravnica. Everyone is brewing new Standard decks while prices are going up and down. In this article, Rone tries to predict which cards are Modern material. Let's jump into it.

Eyeing the Post-Modern Landscape

By HansD (2018-10-08)

With the release of Magic Arena's Open Beta this past week, Hans wonders what will happen to a format after Modern. What will it look like and when will it come out? Come join the speculation in this week's article!

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.

The Five Biggest Card Design Mistakes of the Modern Era

By HansD (2018-09-26)

Some cards should never have been printed. In this week's article, Hans takes a look at five of Magic's worst designs in the Modern Era. Can you guess which cards made his list?

The KCI Diaries

By Toffel (2018-09-12)

This time, Toffel delves deeper into his weapon of choice in Modern and points out the key strengths and weaknesses of his Krark-Clan Ironworks deck within an ever-changing (hating) environment.

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.

Storming Off in Prague

By Andifeated (2018-09-06)

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

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.

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.

Fighting the Good Fight - Snapcaster Mage

By HansD (2018-08-28)

Welcome to another edition of "Fighting the Good Fight," and this past weekend's GP results couldn't have come at a better time for today's discussion of the best blue card in Modern: Snapcaster Mage. Snapcaster has been a mainstay in Modern since the format's very start, but with how well UW Control fared, we're expecting this wizard to be even more prevalent than usual. In that case, it's doubly important that we know how we can fight against one of Modern's most powerful cards!

The Golden Rules of Modern - Part Two

By HansD (2018-08-22)

Enjoyed part one of "The Golden Rules of Modern"? You're in luck because this week caps off the second and final part of the series. Join Hans as he shares with you his last three "Golden Rules" when it comes to the best format in Magic!

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.

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.

Fighting the Good Fight: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

By HansD (2018-08-08)

Modern's circle of best two-drops for each color are well documented: Tarmogoyf for green, Snapcaster Mage for blue, Young Pyromancer for red, and Dark Confidant for black. White, oddly enough, has many people pointing towards the banned Stoneforge Mystic, rudely ignoring the true best two-drop white has to offer in the format: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. If you've faced off against her, you know how powerful she can be, and this article is devoted to answering the question, "How can we plan around her?"

Beating Your Opponents Down with Green-Black Elves

By HansD (2018-07-31)

During a conversation last week, my friend Stefan asked me if I would be interested in playing in a large Modern tournament the following week. He has a large collection of Modern staples, which he offered to lend if there was a deck I wanted to play in particular. He had decided on playing Grixis Shadow for the tournament, and I picked up Black-Green Elves. Here's the deck list for my 75.

Fighting the Good Fight: Liliana of the Veil

By HansD (2018-07-26)

Modern is filled to the brim with powerful cards, so it's natural that we want to figure out how to stop our opponents from utilizing them as a part of their arsenal. In this article, I'm going to go over what makes [Liliana of the Veil] so powerful, and then I'll present the macro and micro decisions you can make to combat her. Without further ado, let's dive right in!

Modern Shadows Part 1: Grixis

By Rone (2018-07-19)

Death's Shadow has been one of the most dominant cards in Modern these recent years. In this series of articles, Rone discusses its evolution and the various shells that thrive on self-inflicted pain. Part one is focused on the Grixis shell and its past, present and future.

Rogue Deck Review 2: Summer Notables

By HansD (2018-07-18)

Welcome to the second installment of Rogue Deck Review! Today we're taking a look at five rogue decks that are worth sharing, whether it's because of quirkiness, metagame viability, or accessibility. Without further ado, let's jump right in to our first list!

Looking at GP Barcelona and the Post-Tournament Metagame

By 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

By 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.

Why Ancient Stirrings Is So Powerful

By HansD (2018-06-22)

In this week's article, Hans takes a look at the green, one-mana cantrip and discusses what makes the card the powerhouse that it is. Are you interested in an in-depth analysis of the card that has everyone talking after KCI's win at GP Las Vegas? You've come to the right spot!

A Step-By-Step Guide for Buying into Modern

By HansD (2018-06-15)

Looking to buy into your first Modern deck? Don't know where to start? You're in luck because that's exactly what we're talking about in this week's article! Hans explains the step-by-step process of buying your first Modern deck for someone who's starting from close to scratch – take a look at what he has to offer!

Deck Review - Hollow One in Modern

By Rone (2018-06-13)

Hollow One has become one of the most played decks in Modern since his first major appearance at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan. Rodrigo has been spending tons of time with the deck and aims to explain its growing popularity alongside with some deck variants and sideboard strategies.

Teferi and the Resurgence of Jeskai

By 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!

Azorius in Cube: Blinking the All-Seeing Eye

By SanchoN (2018-06-06)

Blinking, flickering and sliding are some of the names given to the effect of removing a permanent from the battlefield only to return it to play immediately or at the end of turn. This seemingly odd effect is at the core of a tried and tested cube archetype for Blue and White. In this installment of Cubes for squares you will learn the basic tricks associated with blinking and get some inspiration for implementing blink in your own limited environment.

Rogue Deck Review: The Recent Notables

By 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!

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.

Legacy's Two-Cost Cantrips

By CabalTherapy (2018-04-30)

Drawing cards in Legacy is not a job relegated only to Brainstorm. There are many other potent spells that can step in and provide the much-needed card quality or card advantage. Many of these fall at a converted mana cost of two. Join me as I venture into the world of cmc two spells.

Dominaria Set Review for Modern

By Rone (2018-04-24)

Dominaria's release is on the horizon and that means once thing for Modern players: time to brew decks and figure out which cards help which archetypes. This time, we have lots of reprints, awesome callbacks, Historic Spells and the new Enchantment mechanics: Sagas.

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.

Choose Their Poison: The Collective Brutality Story

By Kumagoro (2018-04-11)

Modal spells - everyone's favorite way to pack a bigger bang for your buck while dealing with the inherent available slot restrictions in 60-card decks. The best of such cards were frequently chase rares in the past and Collective Brutality is no exception; let’s choose to see why.

Bloodbraid Elf: Proving Its Weight in Modern

By HansD (2018-04-06)

It’s been almost two months since Bloodbraid Elf came off the ban list, and we’ve seen a wide variety of lists running the four-drop. In this week’s article, Hans ponders the effect Bloodbraid Elf has had on Modern and compiles a compendium of recent deck lists playing the elf!

GP Madrid Aftermath: A Weekend Full of Magic

By Rone (2018-03-19)

The Magic Grand Prix is the perfect excuse to spend a whole weekend enjoying our favorite hobby. Normally, the main event is what attracts most players’ attention – its coverage, Top 8 decklists, and of course, the GP winners. But there are many other things that one can have a go at aside from the competition.

Zero Thrill: The Pact of Negation Story

By Kumagoro (2018-03-14)

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

One More Thing! A Second Look at Legacy Miracles

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.

The Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit: The Egregious Price of Modern

By HansD (2018-03-13)

Modern prices have been spiraling out of control, and I dive right in to ask what exactly has led us to this point of fifty-euro Snapcaster Mages. What solutions do I suggest to make Modern MTG a more accessible format? Continue reading to find out!

The 5 Most Underrated ETB Midrange Creatures

By Kumagoro (2018-03-06)

Enters the battlefield is a Magic trigger that immediately catches our attention when we peruse the creatures of a new set. What better way to infuse value into a higher CMC critter than to add a juicy ETB clause? Let's see which ETB creatures have flown under the radar thus far.

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

By 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!

The Seven Sins of Sideboards and Sideboarding in Modern

By HansD (2018-02-26)

In this article, I walk you through the pitfalls of sideboards and sideboarding, and there’s quite a few of them! Could you be committing any of these cardinal sins? Take a look and find out if you are and what you can do to stop making these easy-to-fix mistakes!

Team Cardmarket Member Pascal Vieren on his PTRIX Top 8

By HansD (2018-02-12)

Pascal Vieren lit up the Pro Tour with his Top 8 finish at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan, and this week he shares his thoughts about the Pro Tour, his deck, Modern, and more in an interview. What does the Gold pro have to say about the format and the creation of Blue-Red Pyromancer? You’ll have to look inside to find out!

Highlights in Bilbao: Modern at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

By 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

By 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.

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.

Back to Basic Lands: Mono Color Decks in Modern

By Rone (2018-01-31)

Starting over in Magic is always difficult, especially Eternal formats where there is no rotation, and card staples tend to be expensive. Fortunately, there are some budget archetypes that allow you to start playing Modern and then evolve into a tier deck. Today, we are going to break down some mono color decks for Modern.

The 5 Most Timmy-Pleasing Mono-Blue Finishers

By Kumagoro (2018-01-26)

Blue is definitely not the creature color nor is it the color that true Timmies like to play the most. Yet, all those draw-go decks must often rely on some kind of finisher to seal the deal, and some of those are big, flashy monsters perfectly capable to make any Timmy smile.

The Three Cards to Beat at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

By 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.

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.

The 5 Most Successful Modern Decks of 2017

By Kumagoro (2018-01-19)

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

Top 5 Rivals of Ixalan Cards that Might See Modern Play

By 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.

The Two Sides of Legacy's Top 8

By CabalTherapy (2018-01-16)

The dust has settled after the first stop of the MKM Series 2018 in Frankfurt. Among the over 1,800 registered participants who entered the four main events and various trials during the weekend, 380 players sleeved up their Brainstorms, Force of Wills, and Chalices of the Void to duke it out in the widely diverse Legacy format.

Three New Year's Resolutions for Modern in 2018

By HansD (2018-01-16)

After a tumultuous year shaped by bans and new archetypes, Modern has never looked better – but could there be improvements in the new year to make it even more interesting?

Modern lies in Ruins

By DrHoeh (2017-11-26)

One card to rule them all.

Told You So

By DrHoeh (2017-05-30)

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

Switching colors

By DrHoeh (2017-05-29)

How does Modern look with the addition of Amonkhet a few weeks after players started brewing?

Modern for the Masses

By DrHoeh (2017-03-07)

Will MM17 be able to grow the already most popular format even further?

MM17 Spoilers Part1

By DrHoeh (2017-02-27)

What a nice surprise!

Modern Masters 2017 packaging

By DrHoeh (2017-02-21)

The Modern Masters 2017 packaging has been revealed.

Brave new worlds

By DrHoeh (2016-08-31)

Magic seems to be evolving on lots of levels in recent years and these independent developments may push the game to another level.

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.

GP Minneapolis and GP Manchester

By DrHoeh (2016-06-01)

There were two Standard GPs on the last weekend, one in Minneapolis and one in Manchester.

Pre GP Charlotte and Los Angeles

By DrHoeh (2016-05-20)

What is the state of Modern after three big events last weekend and what should you look out for this weekend?

Tales from the Crypt

By DrHoeh (2016-04-20)

Graveyards are everybody's favourite resource.

Blessed Shadows

By DrHoeh (2015-11-03)

There were a whole lot of news revealed regarding future products, but what does that mean for us?

Milwaukee and Prague

By DrHoeh (2015-10-20)

Catching up after Pro Tour Milwaukee and MKM Series Prague

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