War of the Sleepers: Best Bargains to Buy in StandardBy HansD (2019-05-14)
The new cards from War of the Spark have finally been released and a fluctuating meta has seen the prices of cards, well, fluctuate! While we've already seen the first wave of cards to make a name for themselves in the new metagame, this week's article highlights the bargain buys that could be making big waves in the near future!
5 Exciting Build-Arounds from War of the SparkBy HansD (2019-04-30)
Standard has been experiencing a renaissance the past few sets, and War of the Spark looks to continue that trend. One of the most exciting aspects of Standard is that it has been a brewer's paradise, with off-meta decks such as Chromatic Black, Bant Vannifar, Five-Color Guildgates, and more proving the existence of creative deckbuilding in the format. Looking through the spoilers for WAR has shown that this set, more than any other in recent memory, is chock-full of build-arounds that could provide the building blocks for new archetypes. Let's jump right in and look at the five most exciting build-arounds I've found from the new set!
Leveling Up: Imagining Winning Board StatesBy HansD (2019-04-18)
There are many ways to win a game of Magic: The Gathering. For some decks, it's slinging Lightning Bolt at their opponents' faces until their life total is zero; for others, it might be turning big Tarmogoyfs and Death's Shadows sideways and getting into the red zone. Whether we're milling our opponents' libraries or getting there on the back of Celestial Colonnade beats, decks are built to win, and players in a competitive match of Magic try to make the decisions that maximize their win percentages.
Early Forecast: What Rises and Falls with the Early WAR SpoilersBy HansD (2019-04-02)
Even with the very little we've gotten so far, War of the Spark looks to change the landscape of Standard in a big way. The biggest impact will be the injection of 36 planeswalkers, some which look to be format-defining, but that's not the only cards that have caught my eye. In this early forecast, I want to take a look at which cards might come out as winners and losers of the new format!
It's All About Prime Speaker VannifarBy 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.