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Tribal Attractions: Ooze Confidence

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2019-02-27)

Sometimes it's cool to build a deck around a small tribe that doesn't invite linear strategies – something that was actually true of Ooze until Ravnica Allegiance changed their slimy game for good.

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.

Three Decks for Beginners in Legacy

ConstructedBy 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.

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.

Hitting Blind - The Full Guide to Cabal Therapy

ConstructedBy Andifeated (2018-11-30)

If you've read Andifeated's last two articles, you should've learned a lot about playing Dredge in Legacy already, but there is one important topic that hasn't been discussed yet and it might be the hardest area of the archetype: Casting Cabal Therapy correctly. Learn how to pick em right here!

Turn Three Please: Turbo Devoted Druid in Modern

ConstructedBy 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.

5 Lessons Learned from PT Guilds of Ravnica

Event CoverageBy Toffel (2018-11-14)

Magic can be a tough game. There is a lot of uncertainty, and it's therefore hard to pinpoint the source of success or failure. Join Toffel for his journey leading up to PT Guilds of Ravnica and the events many ups and downs.

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.

Why You Should Play Baleful Strix: Part 1

ConstructedBy 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!

Tribal Attractions: A Halloween Horror Story

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-10-30)

Happy Halloween! The boundary with the Otherworld is at its thinnest! Time to appease those mischievous spirits, lest they give us bad draws all year long! Let's do it with some sympathetic magic, by building a cool, spooky casual deck using the most holiday-appropriate of all the tribes.

Reyhan and Ikra Budget Golgari Deck Tech

ConstructedBy RyanS (2018-10-16)

Building a Commander deck is a fun, but daunting task, especially if you are on a tight budget. In this article, I will try to explain the thought process of building on a budget using cards which cost less than three euros each.

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.

Five Ways Assassin's Trophy Will Change Modern

SpoilersBy HansD (2018-09-21)

Hans is just as hyped as everyone else when it comes to Guilds of Ravnica's most exciting card, Assassin's Trophy. There's no doubt the card will be a format changer – the question is, "How?" Read this week's article to find out!

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.

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.

Top 3 Decks for Legacy from Pro Tour 25

Event CoverageBy 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.

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.

Tribal Attractions: Hydras

ConstructedBy Kumagoro (2018-08-01)

With its strict, four-faction setting, Ixalan has been a very tribal block, and then Dominaria doubled down with some tribal focus of its own. Time for Kumagoro to have fun with Modern-legal concoctions for some less obvious tribes. In this installment: everyone's favorite polycephalous monstrosities.

Modern Shadows Part 1: Grixis

ConstructedBy 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.

Rogue Deck Review 2: Summer Notables

ConstructedBy 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!

Define This: Deck Categories

EntertainmentBy Moudou (2018-06-26)

Magic is a game of terms. There are dozens of aspects of the game that are poorly defined and many unoffical words have become standard issue. In this article, Moudou will define and codify various deck categories in this, the first part of a longer series on Magic terminology.

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.

Dangerous Propositions: Green Sun's Zenith

ConstructedBy 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.

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.

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!

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.

Choose Their Poison: The Collective Brutality Story

ConstructedBy 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

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!

What the Four Best Decks from GP Phoenix Say about Modern

Event CoverageBy 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

ConstructedBy 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.

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.

The Mage-Ring Bully Pulpit: The Egregious Price of Modern

FinanceBy HansD (2018-03-13)

Modern prices have been spiraling out of control, and I dive right in to ask what exactly has led us to this point of fifty-euro Snapcaster Mages. What solutions do I suggest to make Modern MTG a more accessible format? Continue reading to find out!

There and Back Again: The Bloodbraid Elf Story

ConstructedBy 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?

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.

Modern is the Hero Pro Tour Magic Needs

EntertainmentBy 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

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.

Black Bases

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2018-01-13)

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

MM17 Spoilers Part1

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2017-02-27)

What a nice surprise!

Gambling for Life!

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2016-06-20)

Not everything has to be about instant gratification. Slow and steady can win the race as well...

Happy fetchday!

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-08-14)

The fetchland panic is levelling off. What should you do now?

Abzan Masters

FinanceBy DrHoeh (2015-05-15)

What effect will Modern Masters 2015 have on Abzan prices?

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Cardmarket Decks

Modern

5-8
MagicFest Los Angeles
05.03.2019
5-8
Grand Prix Toronto 2019
10.02.2019
5-8
Grand Prix Toronto 2019
10.02.2019
5-8
CMSeries Bologna 2019 - Modern
22.01.2019

Legacy

3rd
Star City Games Open - Syracuse
03.03.2019
2nd
Star City Games Open - Syracuse
03.03.2019
7th
MKMSeries Prague 2017 - Legacy
31.07.2017
8th
MKMSeries Prague 2017 - Legacy
31.07.2017

Vintage

4th
Lliga Catalana de Vintage
16.02.2019
1st
Romancing The Stones 8 @ Austin, TX
17.11.2018
MTGO
MTGO Vintage Challenge
07.10.2018
1st
Team Serious Open @ Kidforce Collectibles
08.09.2018

Commander

5-8
Angelic Tournament Commander 8 @ Valence, France
24.02.2019
3-4
Master Zap @ Palaiseau (France)
06.01.2019
5-8
Master Zap @ Palaiseau (France)
06.01.2019
1st
Master Zap @ Palaiseau (France)
06.01.2019

Highlander

2nd
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
4th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
5th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
6th
Highlander Masters Westfalen #1 Bielefeld
05.08.2018
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