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VIDEO: 25 Cards from Zendikar Rising That Could See Play in Modern!

EntertainmentBy IIItygraIII (2020-10-14)

In Zendikar Rising, we got powerful cards like Omnath, Locus of Creation as well as compelling reprints like Lotus Cobra. In this Price of Knowledge video, Dan from MTG Tavern lists the top 25 cards from the new set that are powerful enough to make it in the Modern format and where those cards show up.

The New Scourge of Modern

ConstructedBy 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.

Rotation Grief: Core Set 2020, Part 1

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2020-09-09)

The Standard rotation is upon us! 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 white, blue, and black cards Standard is going to lose when Core Set 2020 rotates out.

Rotation Grief: War of the Spark, Part 2

ConstructedBy 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.

Rotation Preparation: Temur and Other Adventures

ConstructedBy 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.

Slinging Spells in Standard and Modern Izzet Tempo

ConstructedBy 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.

Standard Data Fresh from Red Bull Untapped

EntertainmentBy TobiH (2020-07-14)

When it comes to generating meaningful data, nothing compares to an actual big tournament. With about 1,300 players, Red Bull Untapped's recent International Qualifier definitely qualified. Straight from the source, here's information on the metagame and several key performance indicators!

Return to Tabletop: Summertime Modern

ConstructedBy 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.

Why You Should Play Eldrazi Tron in Modern in 2020

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-06-25)

For at least one year now, Eldrazi Tron has stuck around the top of the meta as one of the most successful decks in Modern. It's not even getting much support with new sets, yet it seldom, if ever, falls from tier one status. Basically, any time is a good time to smash with Eldrazi, and this is no exception.

Forgotten Heroes

EntertainmentBy 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.

Yorion, Sky Nomad Rises in Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-05-25)

"Come slide down rainbows in the sky, let's fly away. Like a bird, you're free to see the boundless face of the earth. Let the wind blow you like a kite and glide away." This is what it feels like to try Yorion in Modern, where the sky is the limit and all your wishes come true by playing an 80-card deck.

Bomberfox, the Dawnwaker in Legacy

ConstructedBy 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)

ConstructedBy 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.

Ikoria Spotlight: Competitive Constructed Companions

SpoilersBy TobiH (2020-04-07)

Ikoria's new ability companion adds a touch of the Commander experience to regular Magic. You can reveal one companion from your sideboard before each game, if your presented deck matches the card's specified restriction, and then cast it from there once during that game. Let's look at implications and decks.

Monogreen Walkers in Pioneer

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-04-06)

Let's review the latest, most fun archetype Pioneer has to offer yet, a monocolored deck showcasing everything devoted green mages love: mana dorks, lots of ramp and green mana symbols, a great top end with X spells and busted planeswalkers, plus a sideboard full of silver bullets.

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 Modern Decks from Cardmarket Series Paris

Event CoverageBy 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.

The Red Mage's Guide for 2020

ConstructedBy Rone (2020-02-05)

Red mages of the world, rejoice! 2020 is a great year for us. Our favorite color has a huge presence in Standard, in Pioneer, and in Modern. If you want to tune your red decks while adding brand new cards from Theros Beyond Death, this is the article you need to read.

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.

Echo of Eons in Legacy

ConstructedBy 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!

Vintage at Cardmarket Series Prague: Dread(ge) Return

Event CoverageBy Elric (2019-12-10)

Dredge claims the trophy among eighteen players, defeating a planeswalker-heavy midrange brew in the finals. Let's take a look at all the Top 8 lists, see how the format changed after the restriction of Narset, and explore the latest developments.

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.

Deck Profile: Manaless Dredge in Legacy

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2019-11-13)

Legacy is a tough format to enter for new players as the top tier demands expensive cards. But now there's a cheap rogue strategy that preys on current top decks revolving around Wrenn and Six and Oko. Learn how to build and pilot Manaless Dredge and what makes it good today!

Deck Review: Blue-Red Delver in Legacy

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-11-12)

Rone returns to his Legacy review series focused on Delver variants. This time he aims at the Izzet version where Dreadhorde Arcanist has become the newest all-star—thanks to the combination of tons of cantrip and burn spells. Check it out!

Legacy Treasures: Dragon Stompy

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-11-08)

CabalTherapy is taking yet another trip down memory lane and revisits a deck that used to be the best prison strategy in Legacy. Sit down and fasten your seatbelts because we are going to travel into a long-gone past when Dragons ruled the format.

Vintage at Cardmarket Series Barcelona, an Analysis

Event CoverageBy Elric (2019-11-06)

A modern version of BUG Fish claimed the trophy in a metagame filled with artifact and combo decks, but also speckled with a few surprises. Let's see how the latest releases and changes affected the Vintage metagame, and take a look at the Top 4 decklists!

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.

Urza Decks in Modern: Whirza, Outcome, and Ascendancy

ConstructedBy 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.

It's a Storm's World

ConstructedBy 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

ConstructedBy 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

Event CoverageBy 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.

Bannings in Legacy and Why They Happen

ConstructedBy CabalTherapy (2019-09-03)

Legacy is defined by powerful cards that sometimes lead to calls for bans. Join CabalTherapy as he breaks down some recent bannings, why these cards generate such a strong reaction in the Legacy community, and, additionally, why other, equally powerful cards are embraced by a majority of the community.

Spicy Decks from Mythic Championship IV

ConstructedBy 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.

#CMWhatTheTrend - Twiddle Storm

FinanceBy JaminK (2019-08-15)

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 cards that untap lands.

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.

#TwitterBuildsModern Episode Two: The Drudge of Dredge!

EntertainmentBy JohnnyCroat (2019-03-29)

Graveyard decks come in many shapes and sizes. There's Living End, which is usually brought back out for a spin every time some new cool ETB effects get printed. UB Storm is in effect a graveyard deck, relying on Past in Flames in order to be able to recycle a big heap of cheap cantrips so as to generate massive card advantage and storm count. There's Dredge itself, happy to dump as many cards into the bin as possible, and then cheating several itty bitty bothersome monsters into play, which have a tendency to come back turn after turn after turn. So then, how does this relate to Maze's End? Read on!

Behind the Tag - Deck Stories Part 3

EntertainmentBy 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.

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.

CabalTherapy's Top Ten Tendrils Tips: 1-5

ConstructedBy 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.

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.

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.

Arclight Phoenix Variants in Modern

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-12-07)

It's a bird! It's a plane! No! It's Arclight Phoenix! The Phoenix has taken the community by storm and appears, at first glance to be Modern material. Rone is here to answer that question and show you how to best utilize the hasty flier right here!

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.

Advanced Tips and Tricks for Playing Legacy Dredge

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2018-11-28)

Last time, Andifeated introduced you to his pet deck in his Legacy Dredge deck discussion. Because the deck is very complex and hard to master, this time, he will teach you all the important rules, interactions, and tricky plays that a masterful Lich Lord can use to his advantage in order to maximize the deck's potential.

Rather Exhumed: Coming Down from the Grave

ConstructedBy Rone (2018-11-09)

"Graveyard matters" cards are a key element in the Modern metagame. With Dredge on the rise due to Creeping Chill, we need to re-evaluate maindeck hate and how certain strategies rely on this part of the game. In today's article, Rodrigo ranks the format's tier decks based on their graveyard dependency.

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.

GP Atlanta Tournament Report

Event CoverageBy JaminK (2018-11-07)

Modern is always evolving and before heading to the Pro Tour the following weekend, Jamin had one more chance to take Humans to victory. This week, he tells you all about his experience at the Atlanta Grand Prix.

Paradoxical Outcome in Vintage: The New Hotness?

ConstructedBy 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.

Melting Ice: Flipping Thing in the Ice in Legacy

ConstructedBy 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.

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.

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.

The Next Step for Storm

ConstructedBy 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.

The Hollow Renaissance of Vintage Dredge

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-06-27)

Pietro dives back into Viintage with a deep analysis of a new Vintage Dredge deck. A few recent cards gave the deck new and intriguing twist, Dredge decks have always been a stable deck in Vintage Top 8s. Let's open the history book and look at the new Dredge.

Deck Review - Hollow One in Modern

ConstructedBy 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.

How to Beat MUD: A Vintage Tier 1 Deck for 15 Years

ConstructedBy Elric (2018-05-23)

Most archetypes in Vintage Magic have defining cards which have not changed over the years. MUD, however, has changed entirely, yet it remains as one of the decks to beat. Why is that so and how can this deck be beaten?

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!

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.

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Cardmarket Decks

Modern

MTGO
MTGO Modern MOCS
22.04.2019
5-8
CMSeries Ghent 2019 - Modern
16.04.2019
3rd
Star City Games Team Open Cincinnati
23.03.2019
2nd
MagicFest Bilbao
19.03.2019

Legacy

5-8
SCG Legacy Open @ Baltimore
23.09.2018
5-8
3. Kemptener Legacy Open @ Heldenschmiede, Kempten
29.07.2018
MTGO
MTGO Legacy Challenge
14.08.2017
7th
Grand Prix Manila 2017 - Legacy Side Event
04.06.2017

Vintage

2nd
Lliga Catalana de Vintage - April Edition
06.04.2019
5-8
Knight Ware Unsanctioned Vinta @ Studio City
17.03.2019
MTGO
MTGO Competitive Vintage League
26.08.2018
1st
Shufflin Vintage at RTP
09.09.2017

Commander

5-8
CLM Top 8 @ Spellbox
22.05.2017

Pauper

2nd
1º Circuito Bons Ventos @ Tubarão City (Brazil)
14.04.2018

Highlander

2nd
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
1st
Highlander Spielraum Wien #2
26.05.2018
1st
Highlander Grand Prix VII (Hanau)
02.01.2010
2nd
Highlander Grand Prix VII (Hanau)
02.01.2010
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