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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.

Piercing Prey in Modern with Gruul Obosh

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-05-18)

Every time Ponza, the red-green posterboy of Modern, becomes viable, it disappears again rather quickly. Despite its upsides, it often struggles to close the game, while the prevalence of Astrolabe isn't helping either. Against all odds, it enjoyed a glorious return to the spotlight recently, thanks to Ikoria.

Tricky Rules Interactions, Explained: Ikoria Edition

EntertainmentBy TobiH (2020-05-04)

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths must be one of the most complicated sets of all time, although many of the judge calls concern just one mechanic. Check out all the tricky interactions between mutate, merged creatures, and everything else. The results, as the internet is wont to say, may indeed surprise you.

Updating Modern Jund

ConstructedBy 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 Future of Modern After Once Upon a Time

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-03-12)

After several months of a Modern metagame dominated by Once Upon a Time, everyone who didn't manage to squeeze it into their deck can rejoice. Its power level has proved the card worthy of a ban, and it's now leaving the format. Read on to find out in which direction the new Modern may be headed.

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.

Theros Beyond Death Review for Highlander, Part 1

ConstructedBy Ratix (2020-01-29)

It's time to take a look at what dwells deep in the underworld and high up in the heavens of Theros Beyond Death. Singleton formats in particular stand to gain a lot of exciting toys. That's not just true for Commander, but also for the competitive world of one-on-one European Highlander!

Top 5 Cards to Buy in January

FinanceBy 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.

The Big Ban: Modern Without Oko, Lattice, and Mox Opal

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-01-17)

For months, Modern has been an unhealthy format dominated by one strategy in particular. Now Wizards took action with three big bans. Going out the door isn't just a broken planeswalker, but also a powerful win condition and one of the most iconic artifacts in Modern's history. Let's see what's next for the format!

Why You Should Play Titan Shift in Modern in 2020

ConstructedBy ElonThragtusk (2020-01-07)

Titan Shift, although not the most popular Modern deck right now, still saw a decent amount of play throughout 2019, especially in the final few months. Read on to see why it shouldn't be any less of a factor in the year to come, and what new tools and circumstances have improved its position in the metagame.

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.

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!

The Year of the Banhammer

ConstructedBy Rone (2019-12-20)

2019 will be remembered for many things: insanely powerful cards, Arena Mythic Championships, the creation of Pioneer. However, one thing stands out among the others: a total of nine banning announcements featuring changes, more than in the two previous years combined. Let's review the Year of the Banhammer.

Countdown to Christmas 2019: Planeswalkers

EntertainmentBy TobiH (2019-12-17)

If you took part in our Christmas contest, as so many of you did, you probably can't wait for us to part the veil and unravel the mystery. It's time to lift the secret and to reveal the four planeswalker cards that were traded the most on Cardmarket.com in 2019.

Power Creep!!1

ConstructedBy JaminK (2019-11-11)

Have Magic cards become too powerful too quickly in recent times—or is Jamin just another player rambling on about how things were much better when he started playing? Jamin looks at the power level of sets both past and current, identifies a trend, and speculates about the plan behind it.

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.

The Best Commander Cards from Throne of Eldraine

ConstructedBy RJGiel (2019-10-09)

It's been a good year for Commander players so far. Modern Horizons brought staples, M20 great wedge commanders, War of the Spark plenty of planeswalkers, and Commander 2019 was … also a thing. Throne of Eldraine seems to be a more traditional set, but there are still plenty of Commander goodies!

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.

#CMWhatTheTrend - Fairy Tale Spoilers

FinanceBy JaminK (2019-09-12)

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, it's time to take a look at possible implications of Throne of Eldraine Spoilers.

A Faithless Looting Eulogy Part 1

ConstructedBy 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.

#CMWhatTheTrend - A New Modern

FinanceBy JaminK (2019-08-28)

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, you already know what we're talking about, and if you don't, you should read this.

Forgotten Zeroes: Reserved List Wallflowers

EntertainmentBy SanchoN (2019-07-24)

The Reserved List is a major factor when it comes to maintaining the high secondary market price of certain cards, but so is the playability or pure nostalgia associated with those cards. A big chunk of cards on the list would not be affected by reprints, and no one would complain, or potentially even notice, if they were reprinted.

The Way They Were: Ten Modern Horizons Callbacks

SpoilersBy Kumagoro (2019-06-24)

Modern Horizons was expressly designed to introduce powerful cards into the Modern pool. To this end, it employed a triple approach: brand new cards; reprints that weren't Modern-legal yet; and last but not least, cards that mimic signature spells from the past. Let's give a shoutout to these callbacks.

Commander Cards on the Horizon - 1

SpoilersBy RJGiel (2019-06-11)

All the cards in Modern Horizons have been spoiled and, oh boy, is it a treat for Commander players. Let's take a look the most noticeable cards for your commander decks, both in the lead slot and in the 99.

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Modern

4th
MTGO Modern Challenge
30.10.2019
1st
MagicFest Ghent 2019
19.09.2019
2nd
MagicFest Ghent 2019
19.09.2019
4th
MagicFest Ghent 2019
19.09.2019

Legacy

1st
MTGO Legacy Challenge
19.11.2019
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