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The Top 8 Vintage Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy Dr-Exhume (2020-02-26)

Let's take a look at the Vintage results of Cardmarket Paris. The format which everybody loves — or hates — but which is hardly played. What did the ones fortunate enough to enter the Vintage zone choose to bring to the table? How diverse was the field, and what ended up on top?

The Top 16 Legacy Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy CabalTherapy (2020-02-18)

At the most recent Legacy main event of the Cardmarket Series, 154 players fought through eight rounds. Various flavors of Delver decks topped the metagame charts, with all-time favorites Death and Taxes and Miracles as runner-ups. But how did things play out in the Top 16 section?

Playing Unpowered Vintage Jund at Eternal Weekend

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2020-01-15)

Vintage is a format unaffordable to many players because of the notoriously expensive Power 9 and other cards such as Mishra's Workshop and Bazaar of Baghdad. Andifeated is one of those players, but that doesn't stop him from building powerful budget decks and attending Vintage tournaments.

Why You Too Should Play European Highlander

ConstructedBy Ratix (2020-01-06)

Before Commander caught on, players had already been enjoying a singleton format for years. It was named Highlander — originally for the catchphrase of the 1986 cult classic which stipulates that "There can be only one," but the format also seems to want to live forever.

Green's Noncreature Evergreens

ConstructedBy Dr-Exhume (2019-12-12)

Green is best known for huge creatures like Force of Nature or Avatar of Might. These cards shaped the perception of the color for a long time. Recently green was blessed with powerful cards like Force of Vigor, Veil of Summer, and Once Upon a Time. But green always offered more than just big creatures.

Commander Deck Tech: Dissent in the Land

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2019-12-02)

Today, we look at a Lands deck, but one that doesn't revolve around the popular commanders that we see everybody using in this context: no Omnath, no Mina and Denn, no Gitrog Monster. Today we turn to an unexpected commander for a Lands strategy. Welcome to Samut Lands.

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.

2020: A Big Year for Commander

SpoilersBy RJGiel (2019-11-01)

Since its "official" inception in 2011, Commander has grown to be one of the most popular formats in the game. It was always weird that one of the largest subgroups only got one official product per year. This is about to change, however, as Wizards will give Commander players a treat in 2020!

The Art of Building a Legacy Deck

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-10-30)

Legacy has always been a playground for innovators. However, one does not need to reinvent the wheel to build a proper Legacy deck. In fact, it's often impossible to do. Instead, just as with most formats, it's more about working within an established framework.

A Very Nostalgic and Special Tournament Report

EntertainmentBy Elric (2019-10-15)

Here's a tale from an event unlike any other, impressions and observations about what an Old School tournament represents, the experience of community and nostalgia, featuring all-powerful cards such as Moxen, Black Lotus, Hypnotic Specter—and Fishliver Oil!

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Nyx

SpoilersBy RJGiel (2019-06-17)

Christmas came early for Magic players – we're barely out of spoiler season for Modern Horizons, and already diving into Core 2020. Wizards of the Coast has provided us with an excusive spoiler card, and we're pumped to reveal it!

Identifying Commander Decks: It's Easy as ABC

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2019-05-20)

Let's look at the wild wild west that is Commander with its infinite ways to build Commander decks, but only certain ways to fit specific playgroups and play styles. What decks are considered "casual" and what makes a deck competitive?

Dangerous Propositions: Glimpse of Nature

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-04-11)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with 34 inmates, some of which could potentially pose a serious threat to the meta. In this ongoing series, we're reviewing each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time it's the turn of the green storm enabler.

Dangerous Propositions: Dark Depths

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-02-19)

The Modern ban list is a maximum security prison with (KCI update!) 34 inmates, some of which could potentially pose a serious threat to the meta. In this ongoing series, we're reviewing each of those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time it's the turn of the evil queen of the tokens.

Why BUG Delver Is the Best Delver Deck at the Moment

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-01-25)

No more Deathrites, no more BUG? Quite the contrary! BUG Delver should be claiming the top spots in this new world and today, I am going to tell you why it eventually will.

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.

CabalTherapy's 2019 Legacy Predictions

EntertainmentBy CabalTherapy (2019-01-09)

Happy New Year and what better way to start out then with some predictions. CabalTherapy looks to the future of Legacy and makes some predictions as to what will happen for the eternal format in 2019. Check out his predictions and let us know what you think will happen in the comments below!

Dangerous Propositions: Punishing Fire

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-11-14)

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 is free, anything can happen. Let's review each of the offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time, we talk of the burn spell that won't stay away.

Assassin's Trophy in Legacy: Is Sultai Viable Again?

SpoilersBy ChristopherB (2018-10-05)

Welcome to my first article for Cardmarket Insight. Loving Legacy, I want to take this opportunity and write about the impact of the new shooting star, Assassin's Trophy in Legacy. Hans talked about the possible changes in Modern, so I want to take this chance to write about one of my favorite colors in Legacy: Sultai or BUG.

Premodern: Why Is It Becoming Popular and Where Is It Headed

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-09-25)

Premodern is an "old school" balanced format for nostalgic players but is not too expensive nor too limited when it comes to its card pool. Its future will depend on the players that it will attract, as well as the overall support it will get.

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.

Modern Shadows Part 2 - The Legacy Case

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-08-29)

Rodrigo is here to continue his Death's Shadow series – this time, the article will be focused on the card's development inside the Legacy format. He reviews the PT25A innovations and, finally, how to tune your Modern Shadow deck into U/B Legacy Shadow.

Desperately Seeking Simic

LimitedBy SanchoN (2018-07-10)

A lot of cube builders seem to consider Simic, the Blue-Green guild, as somewhat of a problem child when it comes to selecting archetypes for the various color pairs in their cube. They may end up just grafting together random good stuff and hope to watch it proliferate, but as we examine in this installment of Cubes for Squares there actually are various possibilities to be explored for those who want to create a more fit mutation that can adapt and survive in a limited environment.

Exploiting Delve: BUG Delve(-r) in Legacy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2018-05-14)

In this outing, I look at a mechanic that has seen two of it rank banned or restricted in nearly every major format: Delve. I look at an aggressive application of Delve in Legacy's strongest three-color combination and how it presents a unique take on Tempo in a format dominated by blue tempo decks.

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.

One More Thing! A Second Look at Legacy Miracles

ConstructedBy Alakazimdk (2018-03-13)

I ran the Mentor build in the MTGO Legacy Challenge this week and I feel that is a good opportunity to showcase a slightly different way to build Miracles than we saw last time. I'll go through the list and then my rounds.

My Legacy Picks for Team Trios Constructed GPs

Event CoverageBy Alakazimdk (2018-01-23)

This article will try to give you and your team some options for the Legacy component of upcoming Team Constructed events. I’ll give each deck two scores, the first for experienced Legacy players and the second for players who are not as familiar with Legacy as a format. As with all Legacy lists, expect a high learning curve in a format with Wastelands, Brainstorms, and consistent turn 2-3 combo kills.

Green Day

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-04-05)

Green was barely existent in serious Magic in the early years.

GP Columbus and Prague 2016

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-06-13)

Let's look at the two GP winning decks, and see how much Eternal Masters will help you build these decks.

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Cardmarket Decks

Legacy

1st
CMSeries Paris 2020 - Legacy
11.02.2020
Grand Prix Bologna 2019
02.12.2019
3-4
MagicFest Atlanta 2019
23.09.2019
5-8
MagicFest Atlanta 2019
23.09.2019

Vintage

1st
Vintage Champs Trial @ Alternate Worlds (Hunt Valley, MD)
30.03.2019
5-8
Knight Ware Unsanctioned Vinta @ Studio City
17.03.2019
MTGO
MTGO Vintage Challenge
03.03.2019
1st
Eternal Weekend Trial @ Storm Brew Games
25.03.2019

Commander

2nd
Duel Commander @ Jeux Barjo (Bordeaux, France)
10.04.2019
3-4
Master Zap @ Palaiseau (France)
06.01.2019
1st
Snow-Covered Cup 2018 @Moscow
09.12.2018
1st
Volgograd DC daily 5 @ Volgo Games
21.12.2018

Highlander

7th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
2nd
Highlander Spielraum Wien #2
26.05.2018
3rd
Highlander Spielraum Wien #2
26.05.2018
7th
Highlander URPIN CUP Banská Bystrica, SK
27.05.2018
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