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Daily Dominaria Deck Tech: Crackdown Combo Combinate

By Skura (2022-09-15)

Every workday while the set is new, Insight is taking a quick look at one deck featuring the latest additions from Dominaria United. This time we explore a deck like no other, utilizing a combo that you may not have seen before. Let's examine the most ingenious artifact deck in the format!

Daily Dominaria Deck Tech: Third Path Mill

By Skura (2022-08-30)

Every workday during the preview season for Dominaria United, Insight is taking a quick look at one new deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming set. The story of Modern Mill has followed a long and winding path, and now it embarks on a new path still. The saga continues with a Saga!

Five Hidden Gems of Modern

By Skura (2022-08-23)

Modern is full of interesting innovations, terrific technology, and sweet strategies that fly just under the radar. You may have seen some of these decks, but you've probably not paid them enough attention. They are competitive but also a lot of fun and may catch your opponents off guard.

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!

Modern Deck of the Week: White-Blue Emeria

By Skura (2022-08-03)

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Modern decks among recent results. This week wecelebrate the comeback of the seemingly long-forgotten Emeria, the Sky Ruin deck. Bob49 took it to a 7th place finish in the most recent challenge.

Pioneer Deck of the Week: Turn Three Ignus Combo Kill

By TobiH (2022-07-20)

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Pioneer decks among recent results. Tribal synergies, Collected Company, several ways to go infinite, maybe even room for improvement … This deck has it all, and then some!

The State of Legacy, Summer 2022

By CabalTherapy (2022-07-15)

Let's take a look at the state of the Legacy format today, and let's take inventory. What are the decks to beat? What are the runner-ups? What are decks to watch out for? The times may have changed, and many details did too, but the format's pillars still hold strong and carry on.

On Video This Week (26/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-06-27)

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 June 27.

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!

Three Decks to Take from Modern to Pioneer, or Vice Versa

By ElonThragtusk (2022-06-07)

Pioneer may be more accessible than Modern, but maintaining different decks in both formats can be very expensive. So let's look at three decks that perform well in either. If you're a Modern or Pioneer player interested to try out the other format, these decks provide a solid starting point!

On Video This Week (22/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-05-30)

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 May 30.

Modern Deck of the Week: Take All the Turns with Time Sieve

By Skura (2022-05-25)

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Modern decks among recent results. This time we're revisiting a Cookbook shell that got a new life thanks to Ledger Shredder. Can we eat all the Food, combine all the Clues, and take all the turns?

Daily Deck Tech from Capenna: Pioneering Ob

By Skura (2022-05-03)

Every workday while the Streets of Capenna are new, Insight takes a quick look at another deck featuring the fresh cards! Ever since Cat and Oven, black and red sacrifice shells have been playable in almost all the formats. Now they've received a substantial boost in Ob Nixilis, the Adversary!

On Video This Week (18/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-05-02)

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 May 2.

Daily Deck Tech from Capenna: Yet Another Treasure Commander

By ElonThragtusk (2022-04-26)

Every workday while the Streets of Capenna are new, Insight takes a quick look at another deck featuring the fresh cards! As you have probably seen, the set is full of cards that create Treasure tokens. Among them is the exciting new commander Ognis, the Dragon's Lash. Is this the new Prosper?

On Video This Week (17/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-04-25)

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 April 25.

On Video This Week (16/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-04-18)

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 April 18.

Four Shades of Blue: Asserting Control

By Skura (2022-04-17)

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. But your choice of second color can drastically shift the way your games play out.

On Video This Week (15/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-04-11)

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 April 11.

Modern Deck of the Week: Black-Green Saga Rock

By Skura (2022-03-30)

Every Wednesday Insight is taking a quick look at one of the top-performing, most peculiar, or simply sweetest Modern decks among recent results. Jund has been the go-to midrange deck for ages, but there still are some fans of the classic black-green Rock. One of them won big this past weekend.

On Video This Week (13/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-03-28)

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 March 28.

On Video This Week (12/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-03-21)

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 March 21.

Nine Companions. So Be It: The New Fellowship of Modern

By Skura (2022-03-17)

With Lurrus banned out of the picture, we Modern players are left with nine other companions to get our free extra card fix. The question is how we can best take advantage of the ones that remain. Let's explore some shells that incorporate the various companions and look at a ton of decklists!

On Video This Week (11/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-03-14)

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 March 14.

On Video This Week (10/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-03-07)

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 March 7.

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.

Top 5: Cards to Buy, Neon Dynasty Edition

By Rone (2022-02-24)

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty is out and about! Between Ninjas, Samurai, Vehicles, Spirits, and tons of callbacks it's hard to know where to put your money. Lucky for you, Cardmarket's Top Cards to Buy is here to help! Let's look at the set's best bargains within the first week of release.

Daily Dynasty Deck Tech: Ensouling Michiko

By Skura (2022-02-22)

Every workday while the set is new, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring cards from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. Attacking with huge 5/5 scissors used to be one of the best things one could do in Pioneer. It seems that history has come full circle with the latest release.

Daily Dynasty Deck Tech: Anvil Action

By Kumagoro (2022-02-17)

Every workday while the set is new, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring cards from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. Today we look at a major addition to Pioneer, forged on the anvil of the Oni Cult. Let's make Blood (and other) sacrifices—for pain and gain and Constructs!

On Video This Week (7/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-02-14)

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 14.

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.

Daily Dynasty Deck Tech: Channeling Lurrus

By Skura (2022-02-04)

Every workday throughout the preview season for Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, Insight is taking a quick look at one new deck featuring the latest cards from the upcoming set. Getting extra spells out of the sideboard is nice. How about we continue by getting extra spells out of our land base?

The Saga Continues: From Whirza to Tempo Affinity

By ElonThragtusk (2022-02-01)

It's been obvious since the day of its reveal that Urza's Saga would be powerful. However, it's much more than meta defining. It found its place in the most peculiar of decks and is still responsible for new ones. Today, we take a look at two white-blue strategies that would hardly exist without it.

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.

All the Animals in the Modern Zoo

By ElonThragtusk (2022-01-25)

Not all Modern Horizons 2 cards are destined to break the format right away. Some invite brewing and lead to interesting deck designs. For example, the jury is still out debating which version of Domain Zoo is the best. Several show promise, and all look cool. Time to take inventory!

Top 5: Cards to Buy, January 2022

By Rone (2022-01-20)

Welcome to a new edition of top cards to buy! It's a new year, a fresh start, and also an opportunity to review the recent past. Let's start with a brief recap of the best Crimson Vow bargains to pick up, then branch out and look at all the cards that haven't spiked yet. It's time to gear up for 2022!

To Netdeck or Not to Netdeck

By Skura (2022-01-18)

With so much information available online, it's very easy to have access to all the lists. However, then comes the question—should you copy-paste the best decks or try to come up with your own constructions? Let's list the benefits of either and try to answer this age-old question.

On Video This Week (3/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-01-17)

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 17.

On Video This Week (2/2022)

By CMInsightTeam (2022-01-10)

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 10.

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 (51/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-12-20)

Every week Cardmarket is publishing videos featuring 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 December 20–24.

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.

On Video This Week (46/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-15)

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 15–19.

On Video This Week (45/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-11-08)

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 8–12.

Fixing What's Not Broken: Innovations in Modern

By Skura (2021-11-03)

Nonrotating formats usually have their established decks, most following a "solved" composition. However, there are always eager players who still want to innovate and revolutionize what we know is already perfectly fine. Let's explore the decks that have experienced major innovations and the reasons for them.

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.

Top Cards to Buy, Fall Edition

By Rone (2021-10-29)

On this episode of Top Cards to Buy, we review each format, from Commander via Legacy, Modern, and Pioneer all the way to Standard, in order to find the cards that make for the best investments this fall. Much of this is of course in preparation for the anticipated arrival of Innistrad: Crimson Vow.

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 (42/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-10-18)

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 18–22.

The Redemption Arc of Modern Affinity

By ElonThragtusk (2021-10-07)

Most Modern decks only die once, never to return, but such is not the fate of "classic" Affinity. One of longest-surviving Modern decks flat out died after the ban of Mox Opal, one of the format's strongest artifacts. Modern Horizons 2 managed to revive the deck, and we probably all know how … or do we?

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.

On Video This Week (39/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-09-27)

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 September 27–October 1.

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!

Rotation Grief: Theros Beyond Death, Part 2

By Kumagoro (2021-08-18)

The Standard rotation is upon us again! Time to acknowledge the disappearance from our decks of all the cards from the four rotating sets. We continue this journey of grief (or perhaps jubilation) by looking into the red, green, multicolored, and colorless cards Standard will lose when Theros Beyond Death rotates out.

Legacy News: Madness & Standstill

By Rone (2021-08-12)

Legacy is an ancient and vast format. Nonetheless fresh strategies emerge or evolve from previous iterations. Modern Horizons 2 in particular has revitalized brewing prospects. Landstill is back, in a whole new way, and Madness is enjoying a second life too. Want to know more? Just keep reading!

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 (30/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-07-26)

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 July 26–30.

Daily D&D Deck Tech: An Affinity for Artifacts (in Standard)

By ElonThragtusk (2021-07-23)

Every workday ahead of the set's paper release, Insight takes a quick look at a deck featuring cards from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. There's an aggressive and wild white-blue brew in Standard that's exhibiting an affinity for artifacts, making use of Ingenious Smith and The Blackstaff of Waterdeep!

Daily D&D Deck Tech: The Laughter Mill

By ElonThragtusk (2021-07-21)

Every workday ahead of the set's paper release, Insight takes a quick look at a deck featuring cards from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. Dimir Mill has been getting useful additions all the time lately, first from Modern Horizons 2 and now again, taking it from outsider to real contender!

Daily D&D Deck Tech: Whirza Back on the Modern Menu!

By Skura (2021-07-20)

Every workday ahead of the set's paper release, Insight takes a quick look at a deck featuring cards from Adventures in the Forgotten Realms. It only took one more "seemingly innocuous" piece to put Urza and Whir of Invention back on the map. Let's break down the list from the Challenge Top 8!

The New Face of Blue-Red in Modern: Regent, Ragavan, Rage

By Skura (2021-07-15)

Modern has seen many flavors of blue-red decks over the years. Between Storm, Blue Moon, Delver, Phoenix, and Prowess, there's always been at least one representative of the color combination present in the format's highest tier. Now we've got a new kid on the block terrorizing the top tables: Blue-Red Murktide!

On Video This Week (28/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-07-12)

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 July 12–16.

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.

Brainstoned! Miracles Back on the Modern Menu

By Skura (2021-06-29)

Loathed by some, loved by many others, the miracle mechanic has had its good times and its bad times. It's never been as big of a player in Modern as in Legacy, but the times seem to be changing. Is a three-mana Brainstorm able to make the archetype come back and become competitive? Absolutely!

On Video This Week (26/2021)

By CMInsightTeam (2021-06-28)

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 28–July 2.

The Finest Vintage: Witches and New Toys on the Horizon

By OdinFK (2021-06-21)

Strixhaven proved to have an impact even on the notoriously impervious-to-change Vintage format, and Modern Horizons 2 is looking poised to leave an even larger footprint. Which cards make the cut in the most powerful environment known to Magic? Some of the answers may surprise you!

Urza's Saga Is Everywhere in Modern Now

By Skura (2021-06-15)

Because it explores unique design space, many people initially struggled to evaluate Urza's Saga correctly, possibly including the designers themselves. However, now the picture is getting clearer. The card already proved powerful to a worrisome degree and finds its way into more and more decks.

Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar's Modern Recipes

By ElonThragtusk (2021-06-14)

Welcome to Cooking Up Modern with your host, chef Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar, and many delicious dishes straight from the widely aclaimed Underworld Cookbook! Who would have thought that what looked like a flavor win would translate into this many match wins in the cutthroat kitchen of Modern?

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!

VIDEO: Beat the Modern Metagame with Blue Moon!

By HarryKhoo (2021-03-24)

Unsure which control deck you should be playing in Modern right now? Then watch @HarryMTG break down Modern Blue Moon! He goes over the spiciest technology in the deck including some cards from Kaldheim, play patterns, budget options, a sideboard guide, and key interactions you need to know.

Data Analysis: The Top Modern Decks, February–March 2021

By Aliquanto (2021-03-18)

Do you want to know which decks are the best in Modern? What to play, what to beat? Ranking the decks based on data rather than opinions? Let's review the results from Magic Online and see how we can analyze them to determine a tier list. Here is the first month of the post-Uro Modern world!

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!

A Vintage Brewer's Diary: 2020 in Review, Part 2

By TDD (2021-02-03)

This is the second part of my personal 2020 review, brought to you through the medium of paper Vintage decks. Last time, we got halfway through the year, and we looked at five different decklists. Today, we'll go over five more brews from the second half of the year. Let's dive in!

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.

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 …

Kaldheim Spotlight: Narfi, Betrayer King

By 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.

Kaldheim Spotlight: Valki // Tibalt

By Rone (2021-01-18)

With Kaldheim, the snowiest plane of all, Tibalt returns to Magic history—and to make history himself. Disguised as Valki, the God of mischief, trickery, and lies, he makes for the first ever modal double-faced card showcasing a creature/planeswalker, ready to boost every Rakdos archetype across all formats.

The New Modern Silliness: Hammertime, Obosh, Oh Boy!

By ElonThragtusk (2021-01-13)

2020 was a crazy year for Modern. With so many powerful cards making their debut, it's no wonder the metagame still tends to change so rapidly and so seriously. The last two or three months alone have brought us at least two completely new decks, and another one has made a sudden resurgence.

The Impact of Commander Legends on Legacy

By 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 Finest Vintage: Dredge

By OdinFK (2021-01-07)

Let's take a deep dive into the deepest pool in all of competitive Magic, the wondrous environment of Vintage. It may be tempting to go crazy with Moxen and other Power right away, but first it's time to take a trip to the Bazaar, get some Therapy, cross a Bridge, and feel the Chill of the grave …

Omnath's Life Beyond Standard

By 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!

Gruul Adventures Deep Dive

By K_Prinz (2020-11-09)

The last few weekends were headlined by a pretty good Gruul performance. Gruul Adventures was also one of the more successful choices in the Arena Open. So let's analyze every card in the deck and its purpose. This way, building and adapting Gruul decks for the coming weeks should be an easier task.

Kroxa, the Crux of Standard

By Rone (2020-10-26)

With Uro and Omnath off of Standard's menu, it's finally time for other strategies to shine. Rakdos Midrange has emerged as a serious competitor and as an early frontrunner in the current format. Let's unveil all the raw power the deck has to offer and review some sideboard tips and tricks.

VIDEO: Rakdos Pyromancer Pioneer

By NayRained (2020-10-13)

With the addition of the new Zendikar Rising cards to the Pioneer format we got some sweet new decks and some classic staples making a comback. In this NutsAndBolts video we are looking at Rakdos Pyromacer and its role in the Pioneer metagame — as well as explaining the deck, that plays in the style of Mardu, in detail.

My Decks for the 2020 Season Grand Finals

By K_Prinz (2020-10-08)

This year's Worlds replacement involves six rounds of both Standard and Historic against the best of the best. Time to find two decks — all in the short timeframe since Zendikar Rising's release and the recent ban. Does anything beat Omnath in Standard? And what about the much broader format that is Historic?

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.

Will Omnath Keep Dominating Standard?

By ElonThragtusk (2020-09-30)

There was finally a good enough reason to pull the trigger and ban Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath. However, right now, the new Omnath decks appear to be much more problematic and much less reliant on Uro than the banning would suggest. Is there any chance this still balances out the Standard format?

Updating Five Modern Decks (July & August)

By NayRained (2020-09-14)

How have Modern decks changed in recent months? We'll answer that question on this episode of Nuts and Bolts. We'll look at Prowess, Eldrazi Tron, Ponza, Dredge, and W/U/x Control to see how recent sets have impacted these staple decks in the Modern format.

Rotation Grief: War of the Spark, Part 2

By 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.

Taking Control of Pioneer with Azorius

By Skura (2020-08-27)

Ever since Pioneer's inception last October, White-Blue Control has been a mainstay of the format. Though various flavors have been in vogue during that time. Let's take a closer look at what the archetype used to look like and what its position might be following the recent bannings.

Rotation Preparation: Temur and Other Adventures

By 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.

Rotation Preparation: Monogreen and More Beatdown

By ElonThragtusk (2020-08-12)

It is never too early to prepare for rotation. Upon the release of Zendikar Rising next month, there will only be five Standard-legal sets and, inevitably, a whole new metagame. Here are three monocolored beatdown decks that are rotation-proof and may be real contenders for the new Standard.

Embracing Demonic Embrace in Standard

By ElonThragtusk (2020-07-28)

What's the first color that comes to your mind when someone uses the term "aggro deck"? Surely it would be either red or green; doubt it would be black. If so, Demonic Embrace is here to blow your mind, as it has had some amazing results in the last month. Time to embrace your inner demon!

Top 5 – Cards to Buy This Summer

By Rone (2020-07-20)

Summer is typically the lowest time of the year regarding Magic news. However, this July brought the latest B&R announcement with a ton of changes for Historic, Pauper, and Modern, and not so many for Pioneer. If you are looking for some cards to invest in, check out the Top 5 picks to buy, summer edition!

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.

M21 Spotlight: Monogreen Monsters

By Kumagoro (2020-06-22)

The popular monocolored archetype didn't encounter too much success in the current Standard rotation so far, but it has lately started to appear in a few tier lists. Will Core Set 2021 finally give the green stompers the additional tools they need to make greater strides in the format?

Cycling All Over Standard (and Pioneer)

By ElonThragtusk (2020-05-08)

While Ikoria may have looked mostly weird at first, it mostly looks bonkers now. Next to companions, Standard has another new menace that started off somewhat overlooked: the Boros Cycling deck. Whether you're new to the format or not, it should represent a consideration. Here's why.

Theros Beyond Death Review for Highlander, Part 3

By Ratix (2020-02-12)

In the final part of my Theros Beyond Death set review, I take a close look at the green, multicolored, and colorless cards that are most worthy of consideration for the powerful European Highlander format. I conclude this series with my personal Top 10 of cards in the set.

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