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The Finest (?) Vintage: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

ConstructedBy OdinFK (2021-04-13)

Vintage decks are typically "broken" in a good way. But when you look around at what people play, you can't help but notice that some designs are literally broken in the sense of "not working (as well) as intended." Let's investigate the how, the why, and the why not; find fixes and learn a lesson or two.

Strixhaven Spotlight: Elite Spellbinder

SpoilersBy Skura (2021-04-02)

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

The Heroes of Kaldheim: Fynn, Magda, Moritte

ConstructedBy 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.

Strixhaven Mechanics Spotlight: Magecraft & More

SpoilersBy Skura (2021-03-29)

Strixhaven is a school of magic and the namesake set introduces a bunch of mechanics that absolutely reflect that. There are lessons to be learned, wards to be explored, and there's magecraft to exploit. If you want to know why a card like Chain of Smog is going through the roof—look no further!

Commander Deck Tech: Fright Night

ConstructedBy RyanS (2021-03-23)

This monoblack deck plays nicely with your opponents…' permanents. Your opponents themselves, well, they should be afraid. Very afraid. One would expect no less from the God of Fright, of course, and Tergrid does not disappoint. Spook the competition and make their own weapons come back to haunt them!

The Modern Era of Modern: Broken, Bans, Beyond

Event CoverageBy 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.

Commander Deck Tech: The God of Snow

ConstructedBy RyanS (2021-02-11)

On these cold winter days, you can't help but feel inspired to build a snow deck, and Jorn, God of Winter gave us the perfect commander for such a strategy. The resulting deck generates a lot of mana, casts creatures that scale with the number of snow permanents, and wins out of nowhere with huge X spells.

Top 5 Cards That Should See More Play in Modern

ConstructedBy 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.

Kaldheim Spotlight: Narfi, Betrayer King

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2021-01-20)

Kaldheim didn't break Magic just yet, but it's full of relatively complex cards that take at least a few seconds to fully comprehend. One card that doesn't betray its true strength at first glance is Narfi. The Betrayer King has more going for it than meets the eye, from snow to Zombie to the graveyard—and back.

The Impact of Commander Legends on Legacy

ConstructedBy Rone (2021-01-12)

The holiday season is over, and Commander Legends has been with us for more than 50 days now. Time enough to see results, time to take inventory. Which cards from Commander Legends made the cut in Legacy and where do they fit in? Let's rank the best of the bunch and look at lots of lists!

The Many Flavors of Modern Control

ConstructedBy Skura (2020-11-17)

Modern has always been known for being the most open and diverse competitive Magic format, and this time it's not any different. In this article, we want to look at a bunch of different Cryptic Command control decks, including some lesser-known variants, that are part of the metagame right now.

Omnath's Life Beyond Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-11-12)

While the marquee card of Zendikar Rising only lasted three weeks in Standard and on MTG Arena, Omnath, Locus of Creation can redeem itself by being a playable but not completely busted contender in other formats. Pioneer, Modern, and even Legacy — we review every Omnath strategy!

Pauper Metagame Overview

ConstructedBy PR0boszcz (2020-10-22)

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

Zendikar Rising Spotlight: Ruin Crab in Nonrotating Formats

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2020-09-07)

In the last few years, mill decks have gained new removal and counterspells, but no useful mill cards. This lack of support is the main thing that keeps them from moving up in the meta. How likely is it that a new and, in the case of this deck, better Hedron Crab helps with this issue in Modern and other formats?

Worldgorging in Legacy

ConstructedBy 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.

Yorion, Sky Nomad Rises in Modern

ConstructedBy 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.

Ikoria Spotlight: Lurrus of the Dream-Den

SpoilersBy 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!

Updating Modern Jund

ConstructedBy 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 16 Legacy Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy 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 Top 16 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy ElonThragtusk (2020-02-13)

The Modern main event of Cardmarket Series Paris this past weekend was the perfect opportunity to witness a fresh metagame in action and in its first steps of evolution. We did see many decks we somewhat didn't expect, not just within the second half of the Top 16, but also among the first half.

Monoblack Devotion in Standard and Beyond

SpoilersBy ElonThragtusk (2020-01-14)

Gray Merchant of Asphodel is making its return to Standard in Theros Beyond Death. In the past, the card put up solid results not just in Standard, but in Pioneer and Modern as well. It's a well-designed card that makes deckbuilding easy, fun, and even budget-friendly, but will it be strong enough in 2020?

Why You Too Should Play European Highlander

ConstructedBy 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.

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

Event CoverageBy 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.

Urza Decks in Modern: Whirza, Outcome, and Ascendancy

ConstructedBy 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.

It's a Storm's World

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-10-10)

Storm clouds have descended upon the Legacy format once again. The archetype won several bigger tournaments in the span of just a couple of weeks. Which metagame factors contributed to the recent rise of Storm Combo, how do we combat the menace, and what comes next?

Bringing Fun Decks to Pauper

ConstructedBy 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.

Spicy Decks from Mythic Championship IV

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-08-30)

Modern is a new format after the recent banning and unbanning. People are looking to brew tons of new decks, but Rone decided instead to look back at Mythic Championship IV Barcelona. Sure, the decks were tuned for Hogaak, but maybe there were some gems that you could adapt in the new Modern.

Pauper Comes to Paper

ConstructedBy 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

ConstructedBy 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.

A Beginner's Guide to Pauper Archetypes Part 1

ConstructedBy WileCoyote (2019-03-25)

Join Mark as he travels through the current Pauper meta and gives you a snapshot of a few of the hot decks right now. From Delver to Control to straight Creature-based Aggro, He's got the lowdown!

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