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What Brawl Does for Commander

SpoilersBy RJGiel (2019-09-10)

In March 2018, WotC announced a new format; Brawl. A singleton, Commander-like format that would only use cards for Standard, and thus rotate. After a rough start, WotC has decided to revive the format, but what does this mean for commander players?

Rotation Grief: Ixalan (Part 2)

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-08-28)

The Standard Rotation looms closer with each passing day. How the meta will change, at first, will be a direct consequence of the disappearance of four rotating sets. We continue this journey of grief (or jubilation, depending on who you ask) by looking at the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards we'll have to remove when Ixalan rotates.

Cards to Pick Up Before Standard Rotation

FinanceBy HansD (2019-08-22)

Got the rotation blues? Have no fear! The end of a Standard format is the perfect time to pick up cards at their rock bottom prices, and Hans wants to talk about four cards he thinks has great long-term potential!

MCQ Madrid Report with Izzet Phoenix

Event CoverageBy Rone (2019-06-28)

Mythic Championship Qualifiers are the premium events everyone wants to win these days. In this article, Rodrigo dives into his experience at MCQ Madrid, from the deck he chose to the preparation and tournament experience he had. Let's dive in and take a look at what happened.

Taking a Second Look at Modern Jund

ConstructedBy 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.

You Shall Have Other Gods (Part 1)

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-05-07)

The Amonkhet Gods are back, and this time they all seem able to command their share of worship. The hottest new set in recent memory has bestowed all of them (with one exception) a new incarnation worthy of play in Standard. Let's start our adoration by paying tribute to the serene Oketra and the sibylline Kefnet.

Early Forecast: What Rises and Falls with the Early WAR Spoilers

SpoilersBy HansD (2019-04-02)

Even with the very little we've gotten so far, War of the Spark looks to change the landscape of Standard in a big way. The biggest impact will be the injection of 36 planeswalkers, some which look to be format-defining, but that's not the only cards that have caught my eye. In this early forecast, I want to take a look at which cards might come out as winners and losers of the new format!

Behind the Tag - Deck Stories Part 3

EntertainmentBy ChristopherB (2019-03-28)

Have you ever asked what a mill deck has to do with The Four Horsemen? Why is a deck named after a Monty Python sketch? Read more about these and more as Christopher brings you four more stories of tags and their origins.

Behind the Tag - Deck Stories Part 1

EntertainmentBy ChristopherB (2018-12-13)

Nowadays, most new decks have reasonable names like "Izzet Phoenix" or "Golgari Midrange," which more or less describes what the decks do/contain. But what about deck names from days gone by? Where does "the Rock" come from? What does "Death and Taxes" have to do with a white weenie deck? This is a series meant to discuss, briefly, the history behind these names.

Guilds of Ravnica: Red Decks in Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-10-26)

After a couple of weeks testing Standard, it's finally time to provide a snapshot of the metagame. This time around, Rodrigo is taking a look at Red and the strategies utilizing it to great effect.

Goblins, Angels, and Knights: A New Standard Format

ConstructedBy ChristianS (2018-10-10)

You might think that after the rotation, merfolk, vampires, pirates, and dinosaurs are the best creature types. But actually, the top tribal decks are now knights, angels, and goblins thanks to Guilds of Ravnica. Today, I want to discuss these decks and explain why they are good for Standard right now.

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.

M19 Standard for Pro Tour 25th Anniversary

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-08-02)

Pro Tour 25th Anniversary is just around the corner and constructed Team Trios will be the format of choice with M19 Standard playing a major role in the tournament. In this article, I will try to highlight the latest additions while guessing which archetypes could be chosen by the pro players of the event. Let’s break it down!

Rogue Deck Review 2: Summer Notables

ConstructedBy 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!

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.

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 Eldest Reborn - GP Top 32

ConstructedBy Toffel (2018-06-21)

It was love at first sight. A natural 3-for-1 with the ability to steal your opponents' planeswalker is a dream come true. Of course, it is not the easiest to build around, but the payoff is amazing. Well, our own Toffel is up to the challenge of talking about The Eldest Reborn in standard!

Storming Off in Standard

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-06-01)

While everyone else in Standard is busy resolving [Walking Ballista or Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Jamin counts to fifty life instead. This mono blue newcomer has a lot of spice and Jamin explores whether it has what it takes to compete in a stacked Standard format.

The Year of Living Dangerously: Mastering Mastery

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2018-05-24)

Imagine not being able to lose the game. Imagine that every time you gain life, you draw extra cards. (Card advantage is great, right?) …but what’s this? I need to exile some cards in my graveyard? Okay, I can do that. Now my hand? Well, I guess since I drew extra cards, I don’t mind. My permanents too? Uh-oh…

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.

How to Beat MUD: A Vintage Tier 1 Deck for 15 Years

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-05-23)

Most archetypes in Vintage Magic have defining cards which have not changed over the years. MUD, however, has changed entirely, yet it remains as one of the decks to beat. Why is that so and how can this deck be beaten?

5 Reasons to Be Excited About the New Brawl

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-05-18)

Wizards of the Coast announced big changes to Brawl last week. The banlist got an overhaul: You now start with 20 life in 1v1 games of the format, and colorless decks can now be built with basics as a mana source. Jamin is excited for a new, fresh format and you should be too!

GP Madrid Aftermath: A Weekend Full of Magic

Event CoverageBy 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.

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Cardmarket Decks

Standard

1st
CMSeries Paris 2019 - Standard
03.06.2019
2nd
Star City Games Classic Cleveland
07.04.2019
1st
Cookie Qualifier @ Mr. Nice Guy Games (Monroeville, PA)
06.04.2019
Top 16
Mythic Invitational
02.04.2019

Modern

7th
MagicFest Ghent 2019
19.09.2019
MTGO
MTGO Modern MOCS
22.04.2019
5-8
CMSeries Ghent 2019 - Modern
16.04.2019
5-8
Star City Games Classic Cincinnati
24.03.2019

Legacy

3-4
CMSeries Frankfurt 2019 - Legacy
06.08.2019
5-8
CMSeries Frankfurt 2019 - Legacy
06.08.2019
3-4
CMSeries Paris 2019 - Legacy
03.06.2019
5-8
Super Magic Championship @ Milano (Italy)
14.04.2019

Vintage

2nd
Lliga Catalana de Vintage - April Edition
06.04.2019
5-8
Knight Ware Unsanctioned Vinta @ Studio City
17.03.2019
3-4
Eternal Weekend Trial @ Storm Brew Games
25.03.2019
5-8
Eternal Weekend Trial @ Storm Brew Games
25.03.2019

Commander

1st
Angelic Tournament Commander 8 @ Valence, France
24.02.2019
3-4
EDH Noël Gob'l'Ain @ Ambérieu-en-Bugey
15.12.2018
3-4
AmicaleRolistesRetraités #11 @ Carnac
28.10.2018
3-4
DC League III - SFC @ San Fernando, La Union
15.07.2018
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