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War of the Spark Modern Review - My Top Picks

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-05-13)

Nicol Bolas has returned to end all our beloved Gatewatch heroes! It doesn't matter who wins this war though, since we Modern players still get a lot of new planeswalkers to try out. In this article, let me try to evaluate every War of the Spark card that might be Modern material.

Proliferating with War of the Spark

ConstructedBy JaminK (2019-04-26)

Planeswalkers are not the only big mechanic in War of the Spark. Proliferate is also making a huge comeback with multiple great enablers. Jamin takes a look at a potential Modern deck that can utilize these new tools.

#TwitterBuildsModern Episode One: Prison Break!

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2019-03-01)

When building a deck with a clear win-condition in mind, it's important to look at the ways that this can be achieved. When that win-condition will take far more turns than is usual in the format, then we need to look at ways to give us that time! Let's build a pillow fort with Maze's End!

Five Reasons to Play Tron In Modern

ConstructedBy ChristopherB (2019-02-07)

Tron is one of the most polarizing decks in Modern. Player either love (and play) this deck or hate it. But is Tron well positioned in the meta right now? I believe so and I will tell you why 1+1+1=7 is so good.

Define This: Tempo

ConstructedBy Moudou (2019-02-01)

In the current set of chapters on Define This, we are going into more specific notions of the vocabulary. While some words are easy to define, some have a sturdy theoretical background, or are simply not easy to describe as such. After going through CA and tiebreakers, let's work on a notion that isn't properly defined: tempo.

So Long KCI: Examining the Recent Ban

ConstructedBy HansD (2019-01-24)

"No king rules forever." Krark-Clan Ironworks' reign over the Modern format is no more, and the king's demise was accompanied by an interesting article from Wizards of the Coast. In this week's article, Hans dives into the juicy tidbits from the announcement and casts his eye towards the future.

Will Vintage Players Survive Survival Aggro

ConstructedBy Elric (2019-01-21)

A combination of Bazaar of Baghdad and Survival of the Fittest with the raw power of Hollow Ones and Vengevines has given birth to a new aggro deck that may be funny to play but is very consistent.

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.

A Thorough Look at Ultimate Masters - Part 1

SpoilersBy Kumagoro (2018-11-29)

Ultimate Masters is going to be the last event release celebrating 25 years of Magic in 2018, and possibly the final set in the Masters series. Let's see what all these reprints bring to the UMA experience and the secondary market, starting from the ones belonging to either the White or Blue dominions.

Inner Workings: Spirit Aggro

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-11-08)

In each installment of the Inner Workings series, we'll examine a different Modern archetype to find out what makes it tick. This time, it's the turn of a tribal deck that reached critical mass with a new, crucial addition on Core Set 2019, and it's been making strides ever since.

My Guilds of Ravnica Picks for Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-10-10)

We are right at the start of Guilds of Ravnica. Everyone is brewing new Standard decks while prices are going up and down. In this article, Rone tries to predict which cards are Modern material. Let's jump into it.

The KCI Diaries

ConstructedBy Toffel (2018-09-12)

This time, Toffel delves deeper into his weapon of choice in Modern and points out the key strengths and weaknesses of his Krark-Clan Ironworks deck within an ever-changing (hating) environment.

Modern Metagame Review: 2018 Summer Edition

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-09-11)

Summer is over and the Guilds of Ravnica spoilers have officially begun. While waiting for new cards to improve or create new archetypes, let's review how the Modern format has been performing during the past three months divided into winners, losers, and new brews.

The Post-GP Prague Metagame Breakdown

Event CoverageBy HansD (2018-09-05)

Although the European Modern scene leans toward control more than its American counterpart, the numbers that W/U Control put up at GP Prague came as an eye-opener for someone like me who expected things to be a lot more linear. Regardless, I want to take a look at the archetype's performance, examine an up-and-comer from the tournament, and wrap things up with a look towards the future. Without further ado, let's jump right into the deck of the hour, W/U Control.

The Golden Rules of Modern - Part Two

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-08-22)

Enjoyed part one of "The Golden Rules of Modern"? You're in luck because this week caps off the second and final part of the series. Join Hans as he shares with you his last three "Golden Rules" when it comes to the best format in Magic!

Dangerous Propositions: Stoneforge Mystic

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-08-15)

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 of the infamous equipment dealer.

Three Magic Players Walk into a Bar - KCI At PT25A

Event CoverageBy Toffel (2018-08-14)

After PT 25th Anniversary, it's come time to tell you about the journey of three fierce warriors, set out to conquer the lands of Standard, Modern, and Legacy. Join me for some storytelling about the tournament and how I came to pick KCI as my pick for the Modern portion of the event.

Looking at GP Barcelona and the Post-Tournament Metagame

Event CoverageBy HansD (2018-07-09)

Isn't Modern great? Non-interactive decks like KCI and Tron run roughshod over the metagame, and in one weekend, we get five UW Control decks that top sixteen a Modern GP. It's a wild, wild world, and I want to take a quick look at how the direction of the format provided a window of opportunity for the control archetype, how the UW decks took advantage of the opportunity, and what this will mean for the metagame going forward. Let's jump right in!

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.

Inner Workings: Bogles

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-06-21)

In each installment of the Inner Workings series, we'll examine a different Modern archetype to find out what makes it tick. This time, it's the turn of Bogles, the most explosive aggro/combo deck this side of Infect, and the only major deck exploiting the Cinderella of card subtypes: Auras.

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!

Rogue Deck Review: The Recent Notables

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-05-24)

Looking for something spicy and different to play this week? Hans has you covered in this week’s article as he digs up the rogue decks that have caught his attention. The only way to find out if there’s something of interest is to take a look inside!

Modern's One-Hit Wonders

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-04-18)

Every time a new deck pops up in Modern, there’s a rush to play the deck, it becomes a flavor of the month, and then is shelved indefinitely. This week Hans revisits four decks that saw some time in the limelight within the past year. Do any of these decks have any shot at redemption? Let’s find out!

Bloodbraid Elf: Proving Its Weight in Modern

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-04-06)

It’s been almost two months since Bloodbraid Elf came off the ban list, and we’ve seen a wide variety of lists running the four-drop. In this week’s article, Hans ponders the effect Bloodbraid Elf has had on Modern and compiles a compendium of recent deck lists playing the elf!

Inner Workings: KCI

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-04-05)

In each installment of the Inner Workings series, we’ll examine a different Modern archetype to find out what makes it tick. This time, it’s the turn of KCI, the combo decks that picked up the mantle of Eggs, ensuring the continuous presence in the format of hardcore artifact recursion.

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.

Five Food for Thought When Sideboarding in Modern

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-03-20)

The last time I wrote about sideboarding in Modern, I focused on the “don'ts” rather than the “do's”. The feedback I got from my readers regarding that piece suggested that I write a piece on the do’s. Without further ado, I want to jump right into the five most important things a player should consider when sideboarding in Modern!

The Reign of Four-Drops in Modern - A Guide to Survive

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-03-07)

Since the last banned announcement unchained Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf, Modern has shaken up drastically - or has it? Although most players are brewing decks that include these cards, I've decided to make the ultimate survival guide for fighting against them.

Cracking the Code on Fetch Lands

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-03-05)

Fetch lands are a staple in Modern, and for such innocuous-looking lands, using them correctly in different situations can be much more difficult than they seem. In this article I walk you through the scenarios where cracking a fetch land - or not - can make all the difference.

The Ideal Deck: Enduring Ideal in Modern

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2018-03-02)

The B&R announcements are some of the most intense moments of the year for serious Magic players. The early ‘spoiler’ that Ensnaring Bridge was going to face the ban hammer was fake, naturally. Still, Lantern players may look elsewhere for a lock deck, now that Jace and Bloodbraid are free. We’re going to look at one potent Standard lock deck and see if it can be successfully ported into Modern. After all, what's the point of controlling their top decks if they are just going to brainstorm.

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!

The Seven Sins of Sideboards and Sideboarding in Modern

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-26)

In this article, I walk you through the pitfalls of sideboards and sideboarding, and there’s quite a few of them! Could you be committing any of these cardinal sins? Take a look and find out if you are and what you can do to stop making these easy-to-fix mistakes!

BW Soul Sisters: No Grey Areas

ConstructedBy JohnnyCroat (2018-02-08)

Modern is a wonderfully vibrant format currently, with each new set seeing new decks and archetype variants getting more than a few plays online. Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan saw 5 Colour Humans as its most popular deck, with two such builds making it as far as the Top 8. But, once upon a time, there was a popular mono-White Humans deck: Soul Sisters. Does this deck still have legs? Or has its time passed?

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.

A Case Study on the Fall of Bant Eldrazi

ConstructedBy HansD (2018-02-02)

Modern evolves as new cards enter the format, broken enablers are banned, and archetypes are discovered through off-the-wall experimentation. What used to be a tier-one archetype can in a few months be outclassed, outdated, and outmatched by the new hotness. Bant Eldrazi is one such archetype that now finds itself looking in from the outside of a format it once used to rule. How did this powerful deck manage to quickly fall from the top of the pile?

Back to Basic Lands: Mono Color Decks in Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-01-31)

Starting over in Magic is always difficult, especially Eternal formats where there is no rotation, and card staples tend to be expensive. Fortunately, there are some budget archetypes that allow you to start playing Modern and then evolve into a tier deck. Today, we are going to break down some mono color decks for Modern.

The 5 Most Successful Modern Decks of 2017

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-01-19)

For better or for worse, the year that just ended consolidated the current Modern meta. But who were the kings of the season? Meet the five decks that placed more consistently in the Top 8 of Modern events during 2017, while scoring victories at the largest tournaments.

Told You So

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-05-30)

The best part about predicting the future is getting to say "told you so" afterwards.

Modern for the Masses

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-03-07)

Will MM17 be able to grow the already most popular format even further?

MM17 Spoilers Part2

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-03-02)

Prepare to be blown away!

B/R update April 2016 aftermath

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-04-05)

As a follow-up to today's B/R announcement article, here is what you should and shouldn't be doing right now:

Unique Value

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-02-09)

It might take years, but at one point the introduction of new cards will create an environment for the card to shine and its price to spike!

B/R announcement January 2016

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-01-18)

Which decks and cards will increase in popularity and price now?

GP Pittsburgh

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-11-24)

Grand Prix Pittsburgh featured a lot of different strategies, but in the end the “rogue” decks succumbed to the well-known and most-played strategies.

Acting anti-cyclical

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-06-12)

Acting anti-cyclical is good in regards to trading as well as in regards to deck choices.

Abzan Masters

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-05-15)

What effect will Modern Masters 2015 have on Abzan prices?

Artificial flavour

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-04-16)

Today we will continue our artifact-themed time travel. We will be looking at some really strong and flavourful cards.

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