Thoughtseize

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panamajack(09.09.2017 13:43)

reprint hype - thanks iconic masters for the dump in price which is about to occur!

joshowasho(15.11.2015 11:22)

The card they had to re-print in Theros to keep the Modern and Legacy formats healthy, and the card that single-handedly busted the mono-black and Abzan decks when it was in standard. Get a playset of this mess of a design now that it's back in Modern and Legacy where it's decently fair.

Giwinho(10.05.2015 15:03)

Its a must have card set to have before the next standard rotation.

lordsith007(08.05.2015 15:21)

Get a playset of this card as fast as you can, it cost around 50 euro before it's redition, and if it's prize will rise up again fast because it fits in all black decks.

Fallatus(08.05.2015 08:00)

The 2 life can realy hurt if you fetch, shock and then Thoughtseize. Might want to try a combination of Inquisition of Kozilek and Cabal Therapies.

miccox89(07.05.2015 23:04)

Thx god for repriting this diamond, best discard card ever made. Original lowryn was very expensive.

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Ninjas Sneaking to the Top in Legacy

By Andifeated (2020-08-03)

The ninjutsu keyword was introduced to Magic with Betrayers of Kamigawa in 2005 and has been a fan favorite ever since. It tries to display the trickery and mastery in stealth that Ninjas are known for within the mechanics of the game. Recently, the tribe has seen renewed success in Legacy.

Worldgorging in Legacy

By Andifeated (2020-07-21)

The Legacy format is in a great place right now with many different archetypes and strategies celebrating success. One of the more surprising beneficiaries of the powerful printings of the last two years is a card that hasn't seen much competitive play since it was unbanned in 2015: Worldgorger Dragon.

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!

Slinging Spells in Standard and Modern Izzet Tempo

By ElonThragtusk (2020-07-15)

Recent sets, such as Ikoria and Core Set 2021 impacted the metagames of multiple formats, but they also made way for some interesting non-meta strategies. One of the most prominent candidates is Izzet Spells, a tempo deck that can be easily tuned to become an aggro and/or even a budget deck.

Forgotten Heroes

By Rone (2020-06-03)

Do you remember the first Magic creature that became the centerpiece of your deck? After all these years, so many iconic heroes have fallen by the wayside, overshadowed by better and newer alternatives. Today we pay tribute to a whole bunch of those that will forever live on in our memory if not in our decks.

Bomberfox, the Dawnwaker in Legacy

By Andifeated (2020-05-13)

Over the last couple of weeks, companions have dramatically changed every Magic format. They even had a big impact on the historically slow-moving Legacy format. First came Gyruda, and now Zirda, the Dawnwaker reshaped Bomberman, creating a new infinite-mana combo in tandem with Grim Monolith.

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.

Hoarder's Greed: A Beginners' Guide to Buying and Selling

By Dr-Exhume (2020-05-06)

Fear is one of the main actors in the human psyche. This year, supermarkets saw people buy up the whole supply of various goods to stockpile them, afraid they might miss out otherwise. Similar can happen — and has happened — in the Magic world. Here's a look at the theory, history, and the lessons to be learned.

Ikoria Spotlight: Lurrus of the Dream-Den

By Andifeated (2020-04-10)

With companion, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths introduces a very dangerous keyword. Let's take a look at Lurrus of the Dream-Den and list some ideas this powerful card has provoked. Will it change the face of nonrotating Constructed formats like Legacy and even Modern? Let's find out!

Updating Modern Jund

By Andifeated (2020-04-03)

Theros Beyond Death impacted a lot of nonrotating formats with broken combo cards like Thassa's Oracle and Underworld Breach. But not only did the unfair strategies get new power-creep toys — the Titan duo of Uro and Kroxa changed the faces of many midrange decks as well. Let's see what Jund gets out of that!

The Top 16 Pioneer Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By Rone (2020-03-02)

Cardmarket Series Paris gave us a Top 8 filled with Spirits and White-Blue Control. Red-Green Stompy and Sultai Midrange made it to the semifinals, while Lotus Breach claimed the trophy as well as the Players Tour invite. But where was Dimir Inverter? In the Top 16, that's where!

The Top 16 Legacy Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By 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?

The Top 16 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

By 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.

Theros Beyond Death Cube Picks

By SanchoN (2020-02-11)

Maintaining a cube is a Sisyphean task starting over with each new set. But we neither see that as a great tragedy nor react stoically aloof just because the power level of Theros Beyond Death does not tower above Mount Olympus. A Dionysian frenzy ended with ten favorites.

Theros Beyond Death Review for Highlander, Part 2

By Ratix (2020-02-04)

We continue our dive into the new set from the perspective of a European Highlander player. Today we will discuss noteworthy black and red cards that may have impact on several archetypes. Aristocrats, Gruul, and Black Aggro welcome some new additions. But beware, there are traps too!

Players Tour Preparation: My Pioneer Deck for Brussels

By ChristianS (2020-01-31)

After six Grand Prix Top 8s and one Pro Tour Top 8, Christian Seibold is back for more and has his sights set on Players Tour Brussels. Going into the tournament, he shares the story of his Pioneer preparation and reveals the brand new tech he's playing this very weekend!

A Wacky New World: Having Fun with Pioneer

By SamuelS (2020-01-23)

The new Pioneer format is the ideal setting for wild experiments. While the metagame shifts and the ban list grows, brews will usually stay out of harm's way. Look here for decks that are perfect to bring to FNM and to have some fun with, even if they may not prove competitive at the highest level.

Top 5 Cards to Buy in January

By Rone (2020-01-22)

The year just started and Theros Beyond Death is available to purchase. However, there is so much more out there to invest in. Rone has compiled his personal list of the Top 5 cards you should consider buying this month, with highlights from almost all Constructed formats.

Playing Unpowered Vintage Jund at Eternal Weekend

By 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.

Monoblack Devotion in Standard and Beyond

By ElonThragtusk (2020-01-14)

Gray Merchant of Asphodel is making its return to Standard in Theros Beyond Death. In the past, the card put up solid results not just in Standard, but in Pioneer and Modern as well. It's a well-designed card that makes deckbuilding easy, fun, and even budget-friendly, but will it be strong enough in 2020?

Theros Beyond Death Spotlight: Underworld Breach

By ElonThragtusk (2020-01-09)

Some Theros Beyond Death cards already spark discussions, and even outrage. Underworld Breach is reminiscent of Yawgmoth's Will, one of the more broken cards in history. Is it a fixed version or another candidate for the banhammer? Join us as we examine the card's potential in various formats.

Why You Too Should Play European Highlander

By 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.

Echo of Eons in Legacy

By 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!

Countdown to Christmas 2019: Creatures

By JaminK (2019-12-16)

All entries into our Christmas contest have been submitted. Now it's time to take a look at the most popular cards on Cardmarket in 2019, starting with creatures. Recently, we saw oh so many Gilded Geese alongside Paradise Druids and Hydroid Krases, but those didn't top the charts …

White-Blue Control's Pioneer Premiere

By 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

By 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 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Prague

By Andifeated (2019-12-03)

Modern is a hotbed of variety and the Cardmarket Series Prague metagame was no different. The Top 16 alone featured 14 different decks and proved again that Modern is the most diverse of all Constructed format. Let's take a closer look at the state of Modern after Throne of Eldraine and Stoneforge Mystic have settled in.

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

By 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.

Brewer's Paradise Pioneer: Dimir Control

By Andifeated (2019-11-05)

With a new non-rotating Constructed format, players now face exciting opportunities to build decks with their favorite cards from past Standard environments. In Jace, Vryn's Prodigy, Andifeated has found the perfect nostalgia-inducing card to brew with. Read how he approaches a new format!

CMWhatTheTrend: A Pioneer World

By JaminK (2019-11-04)

October 21, 2019. The day that the average Magic collection gained around 20% in value. When Wizards announced the newest competitive format, it was a big day for everyone in Magic finance. Join Jamin on a tour through this fall's biggest winners.

The Art of Building a Legacy Deck

By 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.

Urza Decks in Modern: Whirza, Outcome, and Ascendancy

By 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.

Lots of Laughter with Legacy Leylines

By JohnnyCroat (2019-10-23)

One of the most important factors with any format and any strategy is enjoyability. If you don't like the deck you're playing, then what's the point? You need to have fun— and there's nothing quite so much fun as dumping your hand onto the table on turn zero!

What is Dead May Never Die: Modern Dredge After Faithless Looting

By Andifeated (2019-10-21)

When Hogaak Summer concluded with a big Banned and Restricted List announcement, many decks were hurt by the removal of Faithless Looting—especially graveyard strategies like Dredge. Learn how they survive the loss of their most important turn-one play and what direction Modern takes from here.

Back in Black and Blue: Death's Shadow in Legacy

By Rone (2019-10-14)

Legacy is currently a wild jungle full of Modern Horizons cards: Wrenn and Six, Hogaaks and Arcum's Astrolabe. However, one deck might fight them all. Blue-Black Death's Shadow even works without dual lands! Rone shares his thoughts on the deck, his experience, and his sideboard guide.

It's a Storm's World

By CabalTherapy (2019-10-10)

Storm clouds have descended upon the Legacy format once again. The archetype won several bigger tournaments in the span of just a couple of weeks. Which metagame factors contributed to the recent rise of Storm Combo, how do we combat the menace, and what comes next?

A Faithless Looting Eulogy, Part 2: In Memoriam

By Rone (2019-10-08)

The mourning continues in this series about the monumental banning of Faithless Looting from Modern. This time, Rone dives into the rest of the affected strategies in order to find the best future build for Mono-Red Prowess, Hollow One, and Mardu Pyromancer, to name but a few!

A Look at the Top 16 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Barcelona

By TobiH (2019-10-04)

As usual, the Modern field at the most recent stop of the Cardmarket Series was the most diverse. The Top 16 featured no less than 15 different archetypes! Let's take a look at the best of what the format has to offer now, after the departure of Hogaak and Faithless Looting plus the addition of Stoneforge Mystic.

A Faithless Looting Eulogy Part 1

By Rone (2019-09-09)

It's time to say goodbye to one of Modern's defining cards, Faithless Looting. Rone does so by singing the praises of each archetype it helped enable, while discussing the futures of these archetypes in a post-looting world. This time, Rone covers the big three - Izzet Phoenix, Dredge, and the Hogaak Menace itself.

Cards That Should Never Leave Standard

By HansD (2019-09-05)

Standard rotation keeps creeping closer and closer, which means that we’re going to be seeing cards leaving us for good. However, it doesn’t have to be that way, and Hans has some ideas about cards that Wizards should always reprint into Standard.

Spicy Decks from Mythic Championship IV

By Rone (2019-08-30)

Modern is a new format after the recent banning and unbanning. People are looking to brew tons of new decks, but Rone decided instead to look back at Mythic Championship IV Barcelona. Sure, the decks were tuned for Hogaak, but maybe there were some gems that you could adapt in the new Modern.

Jamin's First Grand Prix Top 8

By JaminK (2019-08-27)

Jamin played a total of 33 Grand Prix before getting a Top 8 finish. But last weekend, his time had come and he crushed the competition using the recently banned Modern menace that is Hogaak. Join him in telling weird stories about an 8/8 trample that isn’t Hogaak, 13 card sideboards, and a minor laziness incident that ended up costing him.

Lessons Learned at Cardmarket Series Frankfurt

By 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.

#CMWhatTheTrend - Hogaak & Leyline of the Void

By JaminK (2019-07-31)

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're examining the biggest threat in Modern and the most common answer to it.

Switching Green for White in ANT

By CabalTherapy (2019-07-26)

Is it possible to cut green for white in ANT? CabalTherapy has got the low down on this heresy here as an long-time ANT player. He discusses the pros, the cons, and why now is such a great time to try and switch.

The Future of Dark Confidant and Modern Jund

By HansD (2019-07-25)

Midrange decks are built with the metagame in mind and are thus highly customizable. Regardless, even the most customizable of these decks still play core cards that are integral to the deck’s gameplan. Very rarely, in a non-rotating format such as Modern, does a new card come along that displaces the current best-in-slot card for a midrange deck. With the printing of Wrenn and Six in Modern Horizons, I believe that Dark Confidant has found himself as the odd man out after years of being a Jund mainstay.

Esper Shadow in Modern

By Rone (2019-07-18)

Death’s Shadow is back! It's got a real shot at beating opponents by beating itself up. Only this time, we are getting rid of the red color and embracing white alongside some Modern Horizons additions. Join Rone as he digs into this new archetype and and its potential for Mythic Championship IV in Barcelona.

RUG Reborn

By 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.

M20 Cards That Could Make Their Way into Modern

By HansD (2019-07-11)

A new set? Already? Wizards of the Coast have been cranking new sets out at a lightning pace, and with those new sets comes new toys for Modern players to use. Hans picks four cards from M20 that he thinks will find homes in Modern decks!

A Tale of Four WAR Oathbreakers

By RyanS (2019-07-01)

Do you play Oathbreaker? Here are four deck techs featuring planeswalkers from the new set War of the Sparks. Ryan Scicluna breaks down four decks for this exciting new format. The decks include: Vraska and her deathtouch squad, all the Ajani’s we can fit, hand disruption with Davriel and spell slinging with Ral Zarek.

#CMWhatTheTrend - Spikes on the Horizon

By JaminK (2019-06-27)

Hello and welcome to WhatTheTrend, the column where we will examine current trends on Cardmarket, check out why certain cards are popular and speculate about future price developments. We had a crazy week with many Modern Horizons cards jumping all over the place and we're investigating the cards that got the most attention this week.

Getting Ahead Part IV: Play More Snow Lands

By 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

By 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.

Legacy Esper with War of the Spark

By ChristopherB (2019-06-19)

Now that War of the Spark is out, oh boy, did we get some powerful white cards! Blue and white might just be the biggest beneficiaries in this new Magic set. And with new planeswalkers and powerful counterspells, Esper might be on the rise in Legacy.

Bridgevine's Missing Piece

By Andifeated (2019-06-13)

It was obvious that Modern Horizons would introduce some cards to the Modern metagame to help fringe strategies push their way into the meta. Nobody expected the monster that Wizards would unleash with Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis. Read about Bridgevine's rise from fringe status to potentially format defining.

War of the Spark Modern Review - My Top Picks

By 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.

Dangerous Propositions: Glimpse of Nature

By 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.

Dreadhorde Arcanist in Legacy: Hit or Miss?

By ChristopherB (2019-04-08)

War of the Spark recently spoiled a potential player in Legacy and Modern - Dreadhorde Arcanist. Christopher is here to explain what makes this card so good and what kind of decks might look to the Arcanist for its powerful value engine.

Behind the Tag - Deck Stories Part 3

By 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.

It's All About Prime Speaker Vannifar

By HansD (2019-03-19)

To say that Standard is thriving would be an understatement. With a multitude of fully-viable build-around cards and a deep pool of supporting cards, this Standard might be one of the most diverse Standards in the history of Magic. Brewers all over the Internet have been sharing new and exciting lists every week, it seems, and the card I want to focus on today is a "fixed" version of a card that's banned in Modern: Prime Speaker Vannifar.

A New Type of Delver Decks in Legacy

By 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 Faithless: Modern Looting Archetypes

By Rone (2019-03-05)

After dodging the last B&R announcement, Faithless Looting is free to keep conquering Modern within a plethora of decks that use and abuse the graveyard interaction it offers. In this article, Rodrigo ranks several Looting archetypes while discussing concerns over a possible banning.

#TwitterBuildsModern Episode One: Prison Break!

By 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!

Dangerous Propositions: Dark Depths

By 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.

Three Decks for Beginners in Legacy

By ChristopherB (2019-02-19)

Getting into Legacy is quite difficult. The Reserved List made many keycards expensive and the deck variety is high. Here are three decks that are comparatively cheap and powerful to start Legacy.

CabalTherapy's Top Ten Tendrils Tips: 1-5

By CabalTherapy (2019-02-07)

Viewed by many as the hardest deck in Legacy, ANT is a complex combo deck that is difficult to play and even more demanding to master. However, there are plenty of simple lines of play that can help improving results and one’s overall expertise.

Getting Ahead Part 1 - Taking Notes at Tournaments

By Andifeated (2019-02-04)

Magic is a hard game to master. When the top pro players only manage to win 69% of their matches in open tournaments, you know that edges in win percentage are hard to come by. Learn how to increase your chance of winning with taking notes during tournaments in Andifeated's latest article.

Why BUG Delver Is the Best Delver Deck at the Moment

By 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.

Partner Work Part 2: Legacy and Pauper

By 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

By 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.

Why You Should Play Baleful Strix in Legacy Part 2

By ChristopherB (2018-12-04)

We've seen the card and it's strenghts, now Christopher looks at the card's weaknesses and the current Legacy metagame, right down to how it performs in the individual matchups that you're likely to encounter.

Turn Three Please: Turbo Devoted Druid in Modern

By Toffel (2018-11-23)

Looking for a new Modern Deck? Toffel's got you covered with his new version of the Devoted Druid combo deck that got him a top 32 finish at GP Atlanta.

Rone's MKMS Zaragoza Modern Main Event

By Rone (2018-11-21)

After an amazing weekend of magic in the city of Zaragoza, it's time to talk about the last MKM Series stop of the year, with a particular focus on the Modern Main Event. Rodrigo walks you through his experience during the weekend.

Dangerous Propositions: Punishing Fire

By 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.

Why You Should Play Baleful Strix: Part 1

By ChristopherB (2018-11-01)

Looking at the current Meta, the two most played decks are control decks. One of them plays four copies of Baleful Strix, but why? A 1/1 isn't that impressive in Legacy. Well Christopher is here to tell you what Strix is the perfect card for control and why you should be playing it!

Paradoxical Outcome in Vintage: The New Hotness?

By Elric (2018-10-25)

Vintage format has been revolutionized by a card capable of winning games at instant speed and all on its own. It's not only because of its raw power, but also because of how easy it is to build balanced and synergistic decks around it. Pietro is here to tell you everything you could possibly want to know about Paradoxical Outcome in Vintage.

Fighting the Good Fight: Goblin Guide

By HansD (2018-10-12)

"Fighting the Good Fight" returns with one of red's most iconic creature spells. While the card looks simple (and perhaps bad) on its surface, Goblin Guide has been an archetype staple for Modern's entire life span, and it's not a surprise to see why. Let's take a look at what makes this card so deadly and how to fight against it!

Melting Ice: Flipping Thing in the Ice in Legacy

By CabalTherapy (2018-10-11)

A 7/8 creature for two mana that does not see play in Legacy? That is totally unheard of! But that is currently the horror's fate. I think it is time to melt the ice.

My Guilds of Ravnica Picks for Modern

By 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.

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

By 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.

Tribal Attractions: Vampires

By Kumagoro (2018-09-26)

With its four-faction setting, Ixalan has been a very tribal block, and then Dominaria doubled down on the approach. Even with Guilds of Ravnica stopping the trend, it's still a good time to have fun with Modern concoctions in the tribal flavor. In this installment: the suckers that so rarely suck.

Grixis or Dimir? Preparing for Guilds of Ravnica Standard

By Rone (2018-09-26)

Are you ready for rotation? The new Standard will soon kick-off with cards from Guilds of Ravnica. And for those Dimir and Grixis mages that want to keep playing their favorite strategy, here's a recap of their losses and additions to determine which guild will be successful.

Entitled to Win: The Mindset You Need for Magic Success

By Andifeated (2018-09-20)

Feeling entitled when it comes to winning is a hurdle many Magic players struggle to overcome when trying to be the best that they can be; Andifeated had to learn his lesson the hard way. In this article, he teaches you how to not be your own biggest enemy at tournaments.

Define This: Jedi Mind Tricks

By Moudou (2018-09-18)

In this new set of the Define This series, we will be going into specific notions regarding Magic vocabulary. While some words are easy to define, others have a sturdy theoretical background or are simply not easy to describe. In this latest chapter, we will be reviewing what some call Jedi Mind Tricks.

To Counter or Not to Counter: ANT's Dark Ritual

By CabalTherapy (2018-09-11)

It may just be a small step, but it affects the outcome of Legacy games tremendously. Do you counter Ad Nauseam Tendrils’ Dark Ritual or do you let it resolve?

Land Ahoy - Realms of the Cube

By SanchoN (2018-09-07)

Hoist the sails and raise the flag! It's time for another installment of Cube for Squares, our beginner’s guide to Cube-building. Today, we venture on a path to discover lands to conquer and shiny cards to fill your coffers – or what other storage solution you use to house your treasured Limited environment.

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

By 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

By 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.

My Top 3 Modern/Extended Decks

By ChristianS (2018-08-27)

Christian has played Magic for a long time now. Last time, he covered his favorites from Standard. Here, he's looking at Modern and Extended. Read on to find out his personal favorites, from metal men to titans of Magic history.

The Golden Rules of Modern - Part Two

By 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!

Better Call Souls - A Mardu Hollow One Tournament Report

By Rone (2018-08-17)

It's time for some report action! Last month I talked about Hollow One variants and now I am bringing you m y latest experience as well as some discussion regarding small communities and tournament organization. Want to know more? Just keep reading.

Top 3 Decks for Legacy from Pro Tour 25

By CabalTherapy (2018-08-15)

The team Pro Tour 25 in Minneapolis featured Legacy and many players had feared drastic changes to the format once the pros start working on decks. In the end, we experienced a rather average snap shot of the meta paired with some smaller surprises. In the following, I present my top three conclusions from the Pro Tour and how they will affect the near future of Legacy.

Top 3 Standard Decks I've Played at Pro Tours

By ChristianS (2018-08-10)

Standard has been pretty dull lately, turbo fog and paradoxical outcome aside. Christian has decided that instead of rehashing the same old broken standard decks sporting a certain whirling goblin, he'd look back at his favorite decks through the ages in this look back at Standard years past.

MKM Series 2018 Prague: The Death of Delver

By 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.

The Next Step for Storm

By CabalTherapy (2018-08-01)

No more Shaman, no more Probe. Storm lives on but will have to adapt and change much like everything else. Seizing opponents' thoughts and wrapping them in tendrils is still going to be one of the best ways of ending games of Legacy, even if its players are forced to adapt.

Beating Your Opponents Down with Green-Black Elves

By HansD (2018-07-31)

During a conversation last week, my friend Stefan asked me if I would be interested in playing in a large Modern tournament the following week. He has a large collection of Modern staples, which he offered to lend if there was a deck I wanted to play in particular. He had decided on playing Grixis Shadow for the tournament, and I picked up Black-Green Elves. Here's the deck list for my 75.

Fighting the Good Fight: Liliana of the Veil

By HansD (2018-07-26)

Modern is filled to the brim with powerful cards, so it's natural that we want to figure out how to stop our opponents from utilizing them as a part of their arsenal. In this article, I'm going to go over what makes [Liliana of the Veil] so powerful, and then I'll present the macro and micro decisions you can make to combat her. Without further ado, let's dive right in!

Modern Shadows Part 1: Grixis

By Rone (2018-07-19)

Death's Shadow has been one of the most dominant cards in Modern these recent years. In this series of articles, Rone discusses its evolution and the various shells that thrive on self-inflicted pain. Part one is focused on the Grixis shell and its past, present and future.

Inner Workings: Ad Nauseam

By Kumagoro (2018-07-18)

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 Ad Nauseam, the only combo deck in Modern to abuse a card also commonly seen in Legacy to create a flashier play.

Rogue Deck Review 2: Summer Notables

By 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!

Burning Reanimator in 2018: A Dormant Monster

By CabalTherapy (2018-06-19)

Is there a Reanimator deck more powerful and brutal than the common black-red and blue-black variants? A deck that can choose to win via Empty the Warrens, Tendrils of Agony, and Griselbrand? Definitely! But it's remained underneath the surface for far too long.

A Step-By-Step Guide for Buying into Modern

By HansD (2018-06-15)

Looking to buy into your first Modern deck? Don't know where to start? You're in luck because that's exactly what we're talking about in this week's article! Hans explains the step-by-step process of buying your first Modern deck for someone who's starting from close to scratch – take a look at what he has to offer!

Dangerous Propositions: Green Sun's Zenith

By Kumagoro (2018-06-14)

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 those offenders to see if they're eligible for parole. This time we talk of green's best delivery service.

Deck Review - Hollow One in Modern

By Rone (2018-06-13)

Hollow One has become one of the most played decks in Modern since his first major appearance at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan. Rodrigo has been spending tons of time with the deck and aims to explain its growing popularity alongside with some deck variants and sideboard strategies.

Rogue Deck Review: The Recent Notables

By 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!

The Year of Living Dangerously: Mastering Mastery

By 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…

Exploiting Delve: BUG Delve(-r) in Legacy

By 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.

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

By 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

By 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.

Choose Their Poison: The Collective Brutality Story

By Kumagoro (2018-04-11)

Modal spells - everyone's favorite way to pack a bigger bang for your buck while dealing with the inherent available slot restrictions in 60-card decks. The best of such cards were frequently chase rares in the past and Collective Brutality is no exception; let’s choose to see why.

Bloodbraid Elf: Proving Its Weight in Modern

By 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!

What the Four Best Decks from GP Phoenix Say about Modern

By HansD (2018-03-28)

GP Phoenix gave us an insight into how the meta has shaped up after the unbanning of Jace, the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf. Hans looks at what he considers the four best decks from the tournament and discusses what kind of information we can wean from the results!

Dangerous Propositions: Birthing Pod

By Kumagoro (2018-03-28)

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. I'll cover each offender in its own article to see who is eligible for parole, starting with the godmother of interactive combo decks.

GP Madrid Aftermath: A Weekend Full of Magic

By 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.

Zero Thrill: The Pact of Negation Story

By Kumagoro (2018-03-14)

Were Force of Will available in Modern, the format would be dramatically altered. And yet, Modern does already contain a piece of non-conditional zero-cost countermagic, and while it's not played as much as Vintage and Legacy's signature counterspell, it's been tentatively around since Modern's early days.

Cracking the Code on Fetch Lands

By 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.

There and Back Again: The Bloodbraid Elf Story

By Kumagoro (2018-03-01)

If not exactly the Queen of Jund (that’s of course Liliana), Bloodbraid Elf was certainly its High Priestess back in the times. Now that she’s been unleashed on the Modern format once again, is she going to find a home in a drastically changed meta, or will she go the way of Bitterblossom?

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

By 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!

Getting the Most Out of Your Lands - A Guide to Mono-Green Tron

By Toffel (2018-02-23)

With four copies in the top 8 of GP Lyon last weekend, Tron is back and, although everybody is gunning for those powerful Urza-lands, the deck keeps finding ways through the hate. Will Bloodbraid Elf or Jace change that? This article answers this question and explains the strategy for Mono-Green Tron

Modern Mulligans and You

By HansD (2018-02-20)

Modern can be lightning fast, and some of the most important decisions are made before you play your first land. In this week’s article, I discuss the intricacies of mulligans in the format and take a look at a few opening hands from numerous decks in the format.

BW Soul Sisters: No Grey Areas

By 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

By 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.

Notes from the Battlefield: Modern at MKMS Frankfurt 2018

By TobiH (2018-02-02)

Time to take a look back at the Modern main event of the 2018 MKM Series Frankfurt! With 613 players, this tournament provided more stories than we could ever hope to fit into the official event coverage. There's still a lot to be said about several noteworthy players and their equally noteworthy decks!

Modern is the Hero Pro Tour Magic Needs

By Andifeated (2018-02-01)

Everybody is excited about the Modern Pro Tour this weekend and that's for a good reason. Since Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch in early 2016, there has been no Pro Tour featuring this constructed format despite its huge fan base, which has consistently grown since its introduction in 2011. This article elaborates on its reasons for vanishing and the necessity of its return.

My Legacy Picks for Team Trios Constructed GPs

By 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.

The 5 Most Successful Modern Decks of 2017

By 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.

Black Bases

By DrHoeh (2018-01-13)

Modern decks have become so deadly, that you really want to disrupt the opposing game plan early and often.

Modern Whirrings

By DrHoeh (2017-11-30)

Who is ready for "the ultimate mix of mind-numbing boredom with really difficult gameplay decisions"?

Iconic Mathters

By DrHoeh (2017-11-16)

What should I buy? When? And how many?

Iconic Masters Prerelease at Hascon

By DrHoeh (2017-09-09)

One just can't step away for a week without a set getting spoiled these days.

Picking up the -Pieces

By DrHoeh (2017-06-20)

Piecing together a victory!

Foreshadowing

By DrHoeh (2017-02-20)

The double Modern GP weekend is in the books!

Beck to the Future

By DrHoeh (2016-03-21)

Tiny changes can have big effects - in timelines and card pools!

Sparta?

By DrHoeh (2016-01-10)

We all knew that it was coming, but it is still baffling how prices can be stable for a very long time only to predictably spike in January.

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