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Six Shades of Blue: The Threesomes

By Skura (2022-08-05)

Control is widely associated with the color blue—and for good reasons. Whether it's countermagic or card draw, blue gets the most and the best such spells. A reactive strategy basically locks you into this one color, and a second color adds some nuance. Now let's explore how a third color changes the dynamic!

On Video This Week (31/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-08-01)

Every week Cardmarket's YouTube channel publishes a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of August 1.

Top 5: Cards to Buy, Summer Harvest

By Rone (2022-07-29)

The sweet summer lull offers a welcome reprieve from the frantic flurry of Magic releases. But the calmest time of the Magic year also makes for the perfect moment to invest in cards at a low price. The secondary market never sleeps, and if you're on the hunt for bargains, neither should you!

Top Pauper Cards & Decklists from Double Masters 2022

By PR0boszcz (2022-07-05)

Nonstandard Magic sets have always been most significant for the nonrotating formats. It is no different with the upcoming release of Double Masters 2022, which is particularly impactful for Pauper because of the many downshifts in rarity. Here are the most important additions to the format!

On Video This Week (27/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-07-04)

Every week Cardmarket's YouTube channel publishes a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of July 4.

Coverage: MMM Showdown June

By CMInsightTeam (2022-06-25)

We invited the best of the local Modern community as well as a host of international stars to the first MMM Showdown streamed live from Berlin. Tune in and catch Andrea Mengucci, Eli Loveman, and Simon Nielsen playing on camera, with commentary from Thoralf Severin, Arne Huschenbeth, and Jamin Kauf!

Daily Deck Tech from Capenna: Jetmir, Commander of Revels

By RyanS (2022-04-25)

Every workday while the Streets of Capenna are new, Insight takes a quick look at another deck featuring the fresh cards! This time we build a Commander deck headed by the head of the Cabaretti crime family. Jetmir throws a massive party our opponents will not forget anytime soon.

Daily Deck Tech from Capenna: Evelyn, Covetous Commander

By RyanS (2022-04-20)

Every workday while the Streets of Capenna are new, Insight takes a quick look at another deck featuring the fresh cards! This time we're playing with 100 cards, and with some of our opponents' cards as well. Let's see how our commander Evelyn, the Covetous builds a collection worth coveting!

Synthesizer, Synergizer

By PR0boszcz (2022-03-01)

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty introduced many new playables to the Pauper format. But one card sticks out and towers above all the rest. It's found a home in a variety of archetypes and adds precious value everywhere it goes. The Synthesizer is no longer experimental but already a proven staple!

On Video This Week (9/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-02-28)

Every week Cardmarket's YouTube channel publishes a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of February 28.

A Glimpse of Tomorrow, Today

By Rone (2022-02-11)

It may not be the most well-known red card from Modern Horizons 2 and yet, the time has come for Glimpse of Tomorrow to conquer Modern. Come join us for the ride, for all the secrets behind the most fun strategy in the format, plus a ton of tips and tricks to master Glimpse Combo.

On Video This Week (6/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-02-09)

Every week Cardmarket's YouTube channel publishes a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of February 7.

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks at End of January 2022

By Aliquanto (2022-01-27)

The ban announcement may list "no changes" for Modern. But we know better. Every format changes, all the time, even without bannings. We gathered the data, we did the analysis, and now we can report the findings in our monthly update. Here is how Modern did change over the course of the past few weeks!

On Video This Week (4/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-01-25)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of January 24.

Post-Ban Pauper Predictions

By PR0boszcz (2022-01-25)

A new year for Pauper means new bannings. The most recent targeted Affinity and Tron, and so the format's landscape will change once again. Of course, the old top dogs aren't done yet, but other contenders should play a larger role. We have a ton of decks from either camp to look at!

On Video This Week (1/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-01-04)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from combat in gameplay to combative debates to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of January 3.

On Video This Week (50/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-12-14)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of December 13–17.

On Video This Week (48/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-29)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of November 29–December 3.

On Video This Week (47/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-22)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of November 22–26.

Daily Deck Tech Vow: Chandra Red

By Skura (2021-11-15)

Here's our vow: Every workday ahead of the set's release, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring the new cards from Innistrad: Crimson Vow. Today we continue our search for Standard's best red aggro option. There still is a red hot addition to make, and she's dressed to kill!

On Video This Week (44/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-02)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of November 1–5.

Data Analysis: MTGO Modern Metagame Since MH2

By Aliquanto (2021-10-26)

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

On Video This Week (40/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-10-04)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of October 4–8.

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Taking Turns in Standard!

By Skura (2021-10-01)

Every workday while the set is new, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring cards from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. Standard is very big on removal right now. If you want to choose a deck that lines up well against that, how about one without any creatures at all?

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: The New Face(s) of Monored Aggro

By Skura (2021-09-16)

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. Standard will be fresh and new, but some things never change: There's going to be a monored aggro deck. Here's how it could look when rotation strikes.

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Blue-Red Delver in Standard

By Skura (2021-09-09)

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 got a Standard deck utilizing the original Delver of Secrets as well as the new blue Monastery Mentor. Let's sling some spells!

Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Arlinn and Her Wolves

By Kumagoro (2021-09-07)

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. Werewolves are back and ready to disembowel opponents. How do we do that? Let's start with one that doesn't start out as a Werewolf or even a creature.

Dress (Down) for Success

By Rone (2021-08-24)

Dress Down looked like a bulk rare at first. But time proved that this flashy enchantment has a ton of potential, revitalizing Death's Shadow in Modern while stopping all kinds of interactions from opposing creatures even in Legacy and Vintage. Keep reading for the full lowdown on Dress Down!

Top 5 Decks That Survive the Standard Rotation

By ElonThragtusk (2021-08-19)

Standard rotations are always tough on established decks. Staples from many sets both beloved and despised disappear from the pool, leaving us with a much weaker Standard. If you want to prepare as well as possible for the post-rotation world, get acquainted with these decks: the best of what remains legal.

On Video This Week (32/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-08-09)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of August 9–13.

On Video This Week (27/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-07-05)

Every week Cardmarket is running a lot of exciting Magic content that you don't want to miss, on both YouTube and Twitch—from gameplay to deck discussion to the latest news regarding previews and prices. Collecting everything in one place, here's your TV program for the week of June July 5–9.

Daily D&D Deck Tech: Turn Two Kobold Kill

By ElonThragtusk (2021-07-02)

Every workday throughout the preview season for Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, Insight is taking a quick look at one new deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming set. Today we're looking at a one-drop that enables us to kill as early as turn two—in Standard—with a little bit of luck, of course.

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

By Aliquanto (2021-05-21)

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

Lorehold Beats in Standard

By ElonThragtusk (2021-05-05)

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

A New Planeswalker Commander: Mila & Lukka's Dragon Deck

By RyanS (2021-04-26)

Do you like planeswalkers? Do you wish you could use one of them as your commander? Strixhaven gives us that option with the double-faced card of Mila and Lukka—creature on one side and planeswalker on the other. Let's put them at the helm of a tribal deck; if you like Dragons, this is for you!

Strixhaven Spotlight: Powerful Prismari Projects

By ElonThragtusk (2021-04-08)

Strixhaven opens its doors and gives us rebrands of five two-color combinations. As expected, Izze— Prismari is all about wacky projects, though this time around they are pretty big in size. Will they make it big in Constructed as well? Let's find out if the experiments were successful!

The Heroes of Kaldheim: Fynn, Magda, Moritte

By Kumagoro (2021-03-30)

Kaldheim is a picturesque place filled to the brim with references to Norse mythology and the Viking age. Its storytellers narrate timeless sagas of wondrous beings and mighty heroes fulfilling their foretold destinies across the World Tree. Three of those heroes are worth focusing our deck-building attention on.

The Modern Era of Modern: Broken, Bans, Beyond

By Aliquanto (2021-03-09)

Do you want to know which decks are the best in Modern? What to play, what to beat? To that end, a new series of articles will provide you with in-depth data analysis of Magic Online results. Let's start with a detailed introduction to the format and a review of the past months of changes.

From Snow White to Sultai: New Decks in Kaldheim Standard

By Rone (2021-03-03)

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

More Winners from Our Valentine's Day Deck Building Contest

By CMInsightTeam (2021-02-14)

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

Top 5 Cards That Should See More Play in Modern

By Skura (2021-02-01)

Modern is a vast format with dozens upon dozens of viable archetypes. To me, it's the most diverse, fun, stimulating, and overall best format in Magic. However, people sometimes tunnel vision on a narrow subset of cards that they keep playing over and over again and forget the cards that need exploring.

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 …

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.

Modernizing Gifts Storm with Modal Double-Faced Cards

By Andifeated (2020-10-12)

Nowadays, every new expansion comes with powerful cards liable to change decks that have looked the same for ages, even in nonrotating formats like Modern. Zendikar Rising is no exception to this trend. This article examines the impact of the new modal double-faced cards on Modern's Gifts Storm archetype.

Field of the Dead in Modern

By Skura (2020-09-22)

Field of the Dead has been terrorizing a bunch of different formats in Magic over the past year, and it got itself banned from several. Recently, to the surprise of many, it has also had an increasingly meaningful impact on Modern. Let's explore the various Field shells that currently populate the format.

Zendikar Rising Spotlight: Jace, Mirror Mage in Legacy

By Andifeated (2020-08-31)

The Legacy format was shaken by cheap planeswalker cards in 2019, with a bunch of story-relevant characters pushed onto overpowered cards. Jace has long been deprived of the throne. The new three-mana version from Zendikar Rising may not change that, but the card is definitely worth a look.

Transmogrify in Standard and Modern

By ElonThragtusk (2020-07-22)

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

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.

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.

Piercing Prey in Modern with Gruul Obosh

By ElonThragtusk (2020-05-18)

Every time Ponza, the red-green posterboy of Modern, becomes viable, it disappears again rather quickly. Despite its upsides, it often struggles to close the game, while the prevalence of Astrolabe isn't helping either. Against all odds, it enjoyed a glorious return to the spotlight recently, thanks to Ikoria.

Ikoria Spotlight: Lurrus of the Dream-Den

By Andifeated (2020-04-10)

With companion, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths introduces a very dangerous keyword. Let's take a look at Lurrus of the Dream-Den and list some ideas this powerful card has provoked. Will it change the face of nonrotating Constructed formats like Legacy and even Modern? Let's find out!

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!

Updating Modern Jund

By Andifeated (2020-04-03)

Theros Beyond Death impacted a lot of nonrotating formats with broken combo cards like Thassa's Oracle and Underworld Breach. But not only did the unfair strategies get new power-creep toys — the Titan duo of Uro and Kroxa changed the faces of many midrange decks as well. Let's see what Jund gets out of that!

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?

Theros Beyond Death Spotlight: Underworld Breach

By ElonThragtusk (2020-01-09)

Some Theros Beyond Death cards already spark discussions, and even outrage. Underworld Breach is reminiscent of Yawgmoth's Will, one of the more broken cards in history. Is it a fixed version or another candidate for the banhammer? Join us as we examine the card's potential in various formats.

Why You Should Play Titan Shift in Modern in 2020

By ElonThragtusk (2020-01-07)

Titan Shift, although not the most popular Modern deck right now, still saw a decent amount of play throughout 2019, especially in the final few months. Read on to see why it shouldn't be any less of a factor in the year to come, and what new tools and circumstances have improved its position in the metagame.

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.

Urza Decks in Modern: Whirza, Outcome, and Ascendancy

By Rone (2019-10-28)

After Hogaak Summer we might be entering Urza's Fall. Enabling several combo archetypes, Urza might be the most broken card in Modern right now. Come join Rone as he goes deep into each Urza, Lord High Artificer variant, explaining how each combo works.

Bringing Fun Decks to Pauper

By WileCoyote (2019-10-07)

Modern Horizons shook up Modern, it shook up Commander, and Pauper was on the receiving end of some spicy new cards as well. The recent banning of Gush, Daze, and Gitaxian Probe helped the metagame diversify. Now we have the breathing space that will allow new members to shine in the house of commons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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