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My Worst 10 Flavor Texts in Magic History

EntertainmentBy Elric (2019-08-23)

Flavor texts have been part of Magic: The Gathering history since the game was born. This time, I list down my least favorite texts, the ones I personally find most meaningless, senseless, and useless.

Lessons Learned at Cardmarket Series Frankfurt

Event CoverageBy 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.

RUG Reborn

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-07-17)

It's back! The Goose, Delver, and Goyf – the RUG gang – are all playing a significant role in Legacy again, thanks to one powerful card "printed for Modern." Join CabalTherapy as he explores the new RUG and the card tearing up the Legacy metagame.

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.

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.

#CMWhatTheTrend - Narset, Parter of Veils

FinanceBy JaminK (2019-06-14)

Hello and welcome to WhatTheTrend, the column where we'll examine current trends on Cardmarket, check out why certain cards are popular, and speculate on future price developments. This week, we'll be discussing the newest multi-format staple – Narset, Parter of Veils.

A New Type of Delver Decks in Legacy

ConstructedBy ChristopherB (2019-03-13)

Delver has been a staple in Legacy since it's creation, but the lists surrounding the wizard have changed. Christopher looks at its origins and where it is today to demonstrate why it is Delver has changed.

The U/R Pteramander Guide: Reaching New Thresholds

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-03-06)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Salamander! It appears to have been hatching for quite a while because the little drake is everywhere in competitive Magic at the moment. CabalTherapy has been testing it in Legacy and he's here to share his results!

Human Wizards that Made Vintage History

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-12-20)

Snapcaster Mage, Young Pyromancer, Jace Vryn's Prodigy, Monastery Mentor, and Containment Priest: Are humans taking over Vintage? Pietro's got the answer.

Partner Work Part 2: Legacy and Pauper

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-12-10)

Legacy is not perfect and other formats can teach it some lessons. In part two of "partner work," CabalTherapy looks at how Pauper could influence on Legacy.

Partner Work Part 1: Legacy and Modern

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-12-06)

Legacy is not perfect and other formats can teach it some lessons. In part one of "partner work," CabalTherapy looks at Modern's influence on Legacy.

Changing Tides: U/R Delver in Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-10-24)

For many years, U/R Delver has been a great choice for aggro players in Legacy. Its damage output via Delver of Secrets and Monastery Swiftspear fueled by Gitaxian Probe allowed for insane starts. But does it work nowadays?

Tarmogoyf: The Downfall

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-10-16)

Modern is chock full of iconic spells, but Tarmogoyf has been a mainstay in the format for as long as it has been around. If anything, Tarmogoyf symbolizes the "old" Modern – the era of Birthing Pod, Splinter Twin, and Deathrite Shaman. As those decks have faded off into the sunset of the ban list, Tarmogoyf has been left as a member of the old guard, watching the metagame around it revolve and slowly leave it behind. Today, I want to take a look at what made Tarmogoyf so powerful, how it lost its power, and where it might be headed.

Dangerous Propositions: Umezawa's Jitte

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-09-17)

The Modern ban list is a maximum-security prison with 33 inmates, some of which pose a potentially serious threat to the meta. But now that Big Jace has been released, anything can happen. Let's review each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time we talk about the most broken piece of equipment ever designed.

Five Legacy Decks That Could Play Snapcaster Mage But Don't

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-29)

No other creature plays such an important role in Legacy and Modern alike. Snapcaster Mage truly is the most flexible creature in all competitive Magic and, for some reason, there are still some decks not playing him.

Fighting the Good Fight: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-08-08)

Modern's circle of best two-drops for each color are well documented: Tarmogoyf for green, Snapcaster Mage for blue, Young Pyromancer for red, and Dark Confidant for black. White, oddly enough, has many people pointing towards the banned Stoneforge Mystic, rudely ignoring the true best two-drop white has to offer in the format: Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. If you've faced off against her, you know how powerful she can be, and this article is devoted to answering the question, "How can we plan around her?"

MKM Series 2018 Prague: The Death of Delver

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2018-08-02)

Shorty after the groundbreaking ban of Deathrite Shaman and Gitaxian Probe, the MKM Series visited Prague, eagerly awaiting a brand new Legacy format and the new brews it would entail. Miracles ended up the best-performing deck and carried the once mighty Delver to its grave.

Playing Your Cards Right: Sequencing in Modern

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-07-06)

Looking to take your Modern game up a notch? In this week's article, Hans tackles the topic of sequencing with the goal of helping you improve using some practical examples. Find out what it means to understand proper sequencing by taking a look inside!

Grand Prix Barcelona Tournament Report - Choosing a Modern Deck

Event CoverageBy Andifeated (2018-07-05)

In formats as old, diverse, and full of different viable strategies as Modern, one does not need to choose a deck based on the current metagame. Most competitive decks you may face only achieve about 3% meta-share, leading to almost unpredictable pairings, giving players who try to get an advantage by making smart deck choices and choosing strategies that are well placed against popular decks a hard time. This time though, it was a different story.

Teferi and the Resurgence of Jeskai

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-06-07)

Forget that other blue planeswalker, Teferi is here and ready to play, and Hans is devoting this article to Teferi and the deck lists that have utilized successfully in recent tournaments. Come find out what Hans has to say about the true hero of Modern's premier control deck!

Leveling Up: What Your Opponents' Plays Say About Their Hands

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-03)

Gitaxian Probe isn't legal in Modern anymore, but there's another way of figuring out the contents of your opponent's hand without paying mana! In this week's article, Hans discusses how we can analyze our opponents' plays to inform us about what's in in their hands.

An Introduction to 1v1 Commander

ConstructedBy JaminK (2018-04-18)

1v1 Commander is a relatively new format originally introduced last year on Magic Online. The format is built on interesting decks and allows you to play with many different cards from Magic’s past. If any of this appeals to you, I have what you need to get started in this format.

5 Dragons You Might Meet on the Battlefield

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-03-23)

Dracarys! Despite their typical casting cost being midrange and beyond, Dragons always find a way to show up in decks of all kinds. Their current situation across the formats is not too shabby, and not just in red-based builds. Here’s a selection of the flying terrors all the cool kids are playing.

Jace Jam: Slam Dunk Deck Lists for Jace the Mind Sculptor

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-28)

Well, it happened: Jace, the Mind Sculptor got unbanned and the world lost its collective cool. Now that we have a solid grouping of 5-0 MTGO decklists behind us, let's look at where the now-legal planeswalker shows promise. See for yourself what Jace has brought to the Modern metagame!

Highlights in Bilbao: Modern at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

Event CoverageBy 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.

The Three Cards to Beat at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-01-24)

Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan is right around the corner and three cards are expected to dominate headlines and board states – can you guess which ones they are? Here are hints: A flashy Innistrad favorite, an enchantment control decks have been looking for, and a perfectly balanced planeswalker.

Twin Masters

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-05-12)

In the upcoming days I will be looking at the financial impact of MM15 on some of the most successful Modern archetypes.

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Cardmarket Decks

Modern

2nd
CMSeries Frankfurt 2019 - Modern
06.08.2019
1st
Mythic Championship Qualifier @ MagicFest Yokohama 2019
19.04.2019
5-8
Mythic Championship Qualifier @ MagicFest Yokohama 2019
19.04.2019
5-8
Grand Prix Yokohama
20.04.2019

Legacy

MTGO Legacy Challenge
07.08.2019
1-2
CMSeries Frankfurt 2019 - Legacy
06.08.2019
3-4
CMSeries Paris 2019 - Legacy
03.06.2019
1st
Grand Prix Niagara Falls
20.04.2019

Vintage

1st
Monthly Vintage Tournament @ Cedric's Board Game Cafe
27.01.2019
5-8
Eternal Weekend @ Pittsburgh, PA
04.11.2018
3-4
TCM Vintage #6 @ NLG Ormond
08.09.2018
3-4
Romancing The Stones 6 @ Austin, TX
25.08.2018

Commander

5-8
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
3-4
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
5-8
ZAP Avril @ Palaiseau
21.04.2019
1st
Angelic Tournament Commander 8 @ Valence, France
24.02.2019

Highlander

3rd
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
4th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
5th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
7th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
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