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Rotation Grief: War of the Spark, Part 2

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-09-02)

The Standard rotation is coming! Time to acknowledge the sudden disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We continue this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking at the multicolored and colorless cards Standard is going to lose when War of the Spark rotates out.

Rotation Preparation: Temur and Other Adventures

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-08-18)

Standard rotation is just five weeks away, which will restart the format for good. When looking for decks to play, Adventure variants from Throne of Eldraine will remain largely intact, a Block Constructed shell that becomes tier one. Let's find out about the different versions available.

Why You Should Play Eldrazi Tron in Modern in 2020

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-06-25)

For at least one year now, Eldrazi Tron has stuck around the top of the meta as one of the most successful decks in Modern. It's not even getting much support with new sets, yet it seldom, if ever, falls from tier one status. Basically, any time is a good time to smash with Eldrazi, and this is no exception.

Ikoria Spotlight: Competitive Constructed Companions

SpoilersBy TobiH (2020-04-07)

Ikoria's new ability companion adds a touch of the Commander experience to regular Magic. You can reveal one companion from your sideboard before each game, if your presented deck matches the card's specified restriction, and then cast it from there once during that game. Let's look at implications and decks.

Arena Exploits: Adventures in Mythic/Simic

ConstructedBy TobiH (2020-04-01)

Maintaining a Top 100 Mythic rank on MTG Arena's ladder is a tough grind, especially in today's Standard where all decks fight on plenty of axes and most matchups are fifty-fifty. How about a deck that's as broken as it gets, more consistent than many, and almost too much fun to play?

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.

The Red Mage's Guide for 2020

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-02-05)

Red mages of the world, rejoice! 2020 is a great year for us. Our favorite color has a huge presence in Standard, in Pioneer, and in Modern. If you want to tune your red decks while adding brand new cards from Theros Beyond Death, this is the article you need to read.

Echo of Eons in Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2020-01-02)

It looked like an overpowered card during spoiler season and caused an outcry among some players. But what has happened to Echo of Eons now, half a year after the release of Modern Horizons? What Legacy decks has it enabled, where has it found a home? It's time to take inventory!

Mythic Championship VII: Cat Out of the Bag

Event CoverageBy Kumagoro (2019-12-13)

The final entry in the Mythic Championship series, as well as the last big professional event of the year, presented a reasonably varied Standard metagame. Though there were more than a few twists as well as a couple notable absentees.

White-Blue Control's Pioneer Premiere

ConstructedBy SamuelS (2019-12-11)

White-Blue Control is a particularly evergreen deck, part and parcel of all of Magic's formats. From counter spells and great removal to card advantage and life gain, the Azorius guild grants us access to all the tools we need to survive, and dominate, the long game.

Pioneer at Cardmarket Series Prague

Event CoverageBy TobiH (2019-12-06)

Pioneer wasn't one of the big headliners in Prague, and the event's turnout wasn't big either. The format also experienced another round of bannings since. Nevertheless, the results call into question some previous assumptions. In particular, control fared much better than expected.

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

Event CoverageBy JohnnyCroat (2019-12-04)

Cardmarket Series Prague featured a brand new Standard format once again. While Oko was out, the oven was still burning with the fire of invention. The Top 8 was low on green and high on Flash decks, but the rest of the Top 16 included lots of Golgari, some Gruul, and all the Beasts and Knights one could wish for …

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.

Survival Guide for an Enchanted Meta

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-11-27)

Following the November 18 bans, the Year of the Food has officially come to an end—and it was actually just six very intense weeks. In its wake, several top decks are now vying for Standard supremacy, and one thing most of them have in common is their focus on one key artifact or enchantment.

Jeskai Fires in Post-Oko Standard

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-11-20)

Standard was all about Food decks before the ban of Oko, but one underdog deck was already waiting for its moment to take over. Finally, the time has come for Jeskai Fires of Invention to shine. Join Rone and the Cavaliers and have all your dreams and wishes come true!

Legacy Treasures: Dragon Stompy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-11-08)

CabalTherapy is taking yet another trip down memory lane and revisits a deck that used to be the best prison strategy in Legacy. Sit down and fasten your seatbelts because we are going to travel into a long-gone past when Dragons ruled the format.

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.

Rotation Grief: Rivals of Ixalan (Part 2)

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-09-20)

The Standard Rotation looms closer with every passing day. The major meta shift will come first as a consequence of four sets disappearing from Standard. Kumagoro looks at the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards in Rivals of Ixalan, which may be the last small expansion ever (if the Three-and-One Model sticks).

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

8th
Swiss Magic Masters 2018 @ Interlaken
02.09.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Standard League
16.08.2018
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Standard League
09.08.2018
2nd
M19 First Battlefield @ Japan
14.07.2018

Modern

MTGO
MTGO Modern MOCS
22.04.2019
2nd
MagicFest Bilbao
19.03.2019
7th
SCG Classic - Baltimore
03.02.2019
5-8
SCG Classic Indianapolis
27.01.2019

Legacy

1st
Win A Dual 33 @ Tuebingen
07.04.2019
2nd
Lampions League 2019.1 #3 @ GamerZ
10.03.2019
7th
SCG Team Open - Baltimore
03.02.2019
MTGO
MTGO Legacy Challenge
08.10.2018

Vintage

3-4
EW Asia 2018 Vintage @ Yokohama
19.08.2018
MTGO
MTGO Vintage Challenge
09.09.2018
MTGO
MTGO Vintage Challenge
02.09.2018
5-8
Eternal Weekend Asia - Vintage @ Yokohama, Japan
19.08.2018

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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