Monthly archives "April"

12 Articles

Introduction to Modern 2015

It was the best of formats, it was the worst of formats. Wizards is trying very hard to create an affordable eternal format, and the product of this experiment is Modern. From its not-quite-eternal card pool to its extensive and shifting ban list, it is a format full of possibility.

With a season of PPTQs and an associated Pro Tour on the horizon, Modern is steadily becoming a relevant format for much of the year. Whilst it will never achieve the popularity of Standard, if you plan on playing the competitive events available in your area, you will find yourself sleeving up a Modern deck sooner than you might think. Read More →

Custom Card Creation: An introduction

What is custom mtg card creation?

Have you ever played a match of magic and thought to yourself: “I wish a card like [BLANK] existed.”?

Maybe you think a UB sphinx would be really cool for your commander deck, or you want a Crux of Fate that says Allies instead of Dragons or maybe you just wish your favourite minor character like Tiagam deserved a card. Read More →

Abzan ‘Aggro’ – Card Choices and Deckbuilding – Part II

And… I’m back with the second part of this currently open-ended series on how to build Abzan Aggro in Standard. Maybe I’ll write about how to play this deck too at some point, but at the moment it seems like I’ve got a lot to say about card choices and lists before I can even think about getting into gameplay. Due to writing/editing/publishing etc. taking some time, these articles are and will continue to be a little behind the metagame, so let’s preface today’s installment with the metagame last week’s decklist was built for. Read More →

Left-Right-Left: What’s the Pick?!

Hi there and welcome to Left-Right-Left, a theme of articles focused on my favourite format of MTG… Drafting! For this week we kick off a reoccurring article where I want you to imagine the following scenario:

You’ve sit down at the draft table and you’re itching to open up a crisp, fresh pack of Dragons of Tarkir. You rip it open and flick through the cards, processing each and every one in hopes you can answer that one nagging question… WHAT’S THE PICK?!

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The Gray Merchants Pre Pro Tour Pro Tour Invitational Post Pre Pro Tour Pro Tour Invitational Write-Up.

An exercise in confusing headlines preceding hundreds of words you probably won’t read by Leo Byron.


Hello! This is the paragraph in which I introduce myself and attempt to woo you into continuing to read instead of skipping to the end, shrugging, and closing your Google Chrome tab. I presume if you’re still here that you’re expecting big things, but instead, I intend to let you down. Immediately. I’m even going to start a new paragraph now, just to make this introduction worse. Read More →

An Introduction to Legacy (Or How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Love Brainstorm)

Hi there, it’s Sean here again, and I’ll be talking about, once again, Legacy! I’ve gone through recently two different things in my articles: firstly, I began by outlining my favorite Legacy deck, Death & Taxes, and finished its primer with last week’s article. I also outlined trends in the Legacy metagame in March 2015. However, there was one problem with these – these assumed prior knowledge of Legacy! Read More →

Abzan ‘Aggro’ – Card Choices and Deckbuilding – Part I

Hi Everyone! My name is Walter and today we’re discussing standard.
I’ve recently been playing a variety of Abzan builds which range from very aggressive to quite midrange-y strategies. After racking up my third PPTQ Top 8 with the deck last weekend, I figured it’d be as good a time as any to write about the deck. Instead of just coming up with a tournament report or a deck tech of my current list, I’m going to do something different and hopefully more helpful and interesting here: I’ll go through the huge range of card choices available to Anafenza’s loyal followers and group them according to different constraints the deckbuilder is likely to face during their struggle for an optimally tuned 75. Read More →

I Think I’m Turning Into a Dragon

Hi everyone, Adrian here.

While I’m no dragon-master like Mr. Kibler, I do love beating down with some dragons, and I’m sure some of you out there do too. Today I’m going to be discussing some standard brews and net decks focusing on a Dragon tribal theme. I think a good place to start is with Jeff Hoogland’s UR Dragons deck that helped him to finish 15th at the SCG Invitational in Richmond. There is a lot to like about this list, but how about we take a look at it before breaking it down.
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Color Pie: An in-depth guide

Colour Pie: An in-depth guide

Welcome to the first in a series of design articles by Reuben Covington. While we are starting with simple stuff, it’s important to get the fundamentals spot on before delving into more complex ideas and their application. If you ever wanted to build your own magic set, or wanted to understand a bit more about game design and development, this series is for you. Read More →