CK Picks: Episode 1
    May 21, 2018
    We're always on the look-out for new, unique gaming supplies to share with our customers. In our new video series, CK Picks, Chris VanMeter shares some of his new favorite Magic: The Gathering accessories, including some of our very own playmats. Featured in this video: Die Hard Dice Pirate Lab products Rookie Playmats The...
    Deck of the Week: B/R Hollow One
    May 18, 2018
    Throughout its brief tenure in the Modern format, Hollow One has not been a deck that players have taken particularly seriously. With cards like Burning Inquiry and Goblin Lore, the opportunity for the deck to fail itself often seems too high. But that variance can hurt your opponents as...
    Magic and Mindset
    May 16, 2018
    Learning to play Magic represents a huge turning point in my life. I had just graduated from college and moved thousands of miles away from home, and I needed a way to connect with people in my new city. Magic helped me find friends and feel like part of...
    May 14, 2018
    You’ve dethroned monarchs, assembled contraptions, and chased planes. You might have even successfully teamed up to take down an elder dragon. But what if you had to deal with TWO powerful foes - or perhaps find yourself the one setting schemes into motion against an equally-diabolical rival? Enter Archfrenemies.     ...
    Deck of the Week: Standard B/R Aggro
    May 11, 2018
    Dominaria Standard is still a new and shiny format, open to all kinds of innovation and originality. Early results have shown a massive swing away from the previous Standard metagame, with nary a Scarab God to be found. Without that great bug-headed monstrosity casting its ominous shadow over the...
    Gideon's Guilt: Trauma in Magic
    May 9, 2018
    Content Warning: This article contains references to child abuse, death, and suicide. One of Magic’s most powerful qualities is its ability to encompass the entirety of human experience and philosophy within the color pie. While that includes the sweet taste of victory and passionate anger, it also contains the heartbreaking...
    Card Kingdom Rumble Bundle
    May 8, 2018
    You may have heard some rumblings about a new product we had in the works... and today, it's finally here! Introducing the Rumble Bundle, our first-ever multiplayer product! The Rumble Bundle contains four 60-card decks, all packaged together in a blue Card Kingdom box. While their power level is comparable to...
    Deck of the Week: Standard U/W Control
    May 4, 2018
    For the past several months, Standard has been dominated by two titanic threats: Hazoret the Fervent and The Scarab God. These two larger-than-life creatures were among the most impactful and hardest to answer in the format, and their struggle for control of Amonkhet played out on battlefields at Friday...
    Blue Brawlers in Dominaria
    May 1, 2018
    If you've played 1v1 Brawl on Magic Online for any amount of time, you've probably seen the mono-blue Baral deck. This article is not about Baral. While Blue has become the most feared color in the Brawl format, I’m here today to share some fun, casual Brawl decks that...
    Going to Llanowar
    April 30, 2018
    Dominaria Prereleases have wrapped up (and they were a blast!), and the Draft Leagues are open. With all of the new cards evaluated, the eyes of the masses are turning to Standard, and the splash that these powerful new cards will have on our favorite rotating format. But there’s...
    Dominaria Prerelease Vlog
    April 26, 2018
    Welcome home, Planeswalkers! We've finally arrived back on Dominaria, where Magic's storyline began. Here, you'll find ancient scriptures telling of Dominaria's past, including the History of Benalia and the Antiquities War; unearth powerful artifacts like Blackblade Reforged; rejoin our old friends Teferi and Jaya Ballard and meet new ones like...
    Deck of the Week: Modern Goblins
    April 20, 2018
    Are you excited about Dominaria? I certainly am! Big set, new cards, old nostalgia. Yet, of all the shiny new toys that Santa Karn is about to deliver to us, there are two reprints that have really piqued my interest – Skirk Prospector and Goblin Warchief. Goblins have long...
    Captain Jhoira's Combos
    April 18, 2018
    As new captain of Sisay’s old ship, the Weatherlight, Jhoira is drawing one of the most nostalgia-inducing parallels in our long-awaited return to Magic’s home plane. Connecting history with a storied crew and the stories of old has put her at the center of the new era of Dominaria...
    GP Seattle Tournament Report
    April 17, 2018
    As I prepared for Grand Prix Seattle, I knew I wasn’t very familiar with Legacy – not nearly as familiar as I was with the other Grand Prix format. What the heck, I thought, let’s play something fun and focus your testing on Standard. Having played Legacy Soldiers at...
    Deck of the Week: GP Seattle Winners
    April 13, 2018
    In honor of last weekend's double-header Grand Prix in our hometown of Seattle, we have a double dose of Deck of the Week for you today! Seattle is well-known as a Legacy hotbed, and it was only fitting that one of our own would win the Legacy portion of the...
    Let's Brew: Evra, Halcyon Witness
    April 11, 2018
    With a whole crew of new legendary creatures coming in Dominaria, Commander players everywhere have a massive metagame shift to look forward to at the end of the month. In preparation, I’ve started brewing again, and I hope you are too! Today, we’re going to check out a list...
    Deck of the Week: Izzet Blitz
    April 5, 2018
    Last Tuesday, my friend Jess sent me a text asking if I wanted to attend Mox Boarding House’s Rags to Riches tournament with her on Saturday. It was her first time attending a Competitive REL event, and even though I had never played Pauper before, I decided to give...
    Let's Brawl!
    April 4, 2018
    Are you ready to BRAWL?!  Well, are you? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, Wizards recently announced a brand-new format called Brawl. You build a 60-card singleton deck from only Standard-legal cards, and then you choose any Legendary Creature OR Planeswalker to be your Commander.  The format...
    Magic For Her Recap
    April 3, 2018
    April is here, and it's time to put a bow on our Magic for Her fundraiser. We hope our revolutionary new products helped you draw better cards and make better plays – but most of all, we hope we made you laugh. After a month of selling products and receiving...
    Card Kingdom Starter Cube
    March 30, 2018
    Imagine if you could create your own custom set of cards to draft from. You could include all your old favorites from the time you started playing Magic, or the most powerful cards you have at your disposal. You could draft all your favorite archetypes – synergistic decks like...
    Deck of the Week: Legacy Soldiers
    March 28, 2018
    (Editor's Note: This Friday, we'll be introducing a brand new exclusive Card Kingdom product here on the CK Blog! With that in mind, we're bringing you our Deck of the Week a few days early. Enjoy!) Mono-White Soldiers has been on everyone’s radar since the spotlight was shined on it...
    The Women of Magic Lore
    March 26, 2018
    One of the best aspects of Magic is its worldbuilding, creating universes and characters that feel both wonderous and relatable. Part of what makes so many of Magic’s most memorable characters familiar isn’t just their power level or abilities, but also who they are as characters. Nowhere is this...
    Deck of the Week: Pauper Goblins
    March 23, 2018
    Twenty cards were “downshifted” in rarity to Common with the release of Masters 25. A lot of digital ink and has (and will) be spilled discussing them all, but for our purposes today, I really want to hit the Goblins...er, highlights. First, an honorable mention that isn't a shift but...
    My Experience in The Great Designer Search 3
    March 21, 2018
    Some people who love Magic play for the challenge, some play for the camaraderie, and others play just to show off something cool their deck can do. Others still play only once in a while but love the stories, characters and locations that the game provides.  Then there are...
    Magic for Her Booster Box Giveaway!
    March 15, 2018
    Our Magic for Her campaign is still going strong! Thanks to your support, we’ve already raised nearly $3,000 for The Cybersmile Foundation through product sales and direct donations. With just two weeks left to go and our $10,000 fundraising goal still in sight, we’re upping the ante and offering a...
    Colorless Real Estate
    March 13, 2018
    Welcome back! We’ve all heard that the best ventures involve buying low and selling high, so after calling for the evisceration of all lands a few weeks ago, it’s time to invest! Today, we’ll be talking about some of our most colorless manabase buddies: lands with no color identity, which...
    Spotlight On: Phyrexian Obliterator
    March 13, 2018
    A long time ago in Magic history, creatures were bad. Really bad. Three mana didn’t get you much compared to...other options available. Take these two rares from Ice Age:     A 2/2 Swampwalk vs. One of the most busted cards in Magic history. Fast forward a few years to Urza’s...
    Shivan Dragon and Me
    March 13, 2018
    I went to the band room before recess ended to grab my trombone and set up my music. My friends usually congregated there to just chill out and talk about the nerdy pursuits of the day, anyway, so I figured I’d go hang out. When I got there, my...
    Casting off "The Mantle": Female Friendships in Competitive Magic
    March 8, 2018
    Last October I attended Canadian Nationals, and it was my first time staying in a house with other women. Normally it’s just me – the lone girl in my friend group ­– duking it out with the guys. Before that weekend, I had always preached the importance of female...
    Card Kingdom Presents: Magic for Her!
    March 1, 2018
    Here at Card Kingdom, we know how hard it is to be a woman in the Magic community. Papercuts are no joke! Plus, have you ever held up your cards for five straight minutes while your opponent was comboing off? Super exhausting! That's why we’ve created a new product for...
    The Case for Land Destruction
    February 28, 2018
    Greetings readers, and defenders of the Commander Social Contract! People have many reasons for playing Commander, and it is our prerogative as players to seek differing viewpoints to understand other players' idea of fun – for understanding’s sake, and also become better Magic-playing humans. To this end, I’ve done my...
    Duel for Duals
    February 26, 2018
    Grand Prix Seattle is just over a month away, and players from around the world will be descending on our home city to compete in Legacy and Standard. We happen to have one of the most active Legacy communities in the nation, so we thought we'd welcome our out-of-town...
    Deck of the Week: Modern Affinity
    February 23, 2018
    Bloodbraid Elf and Jace, the Mind Sculptor were let loose on the Modern landscape this week, and players are still trying to build the best homes for their old friends. "Bloodbraid Elf is a slam-dunk in Jund... but can I play her in Titan Shift?" "Is discarding my own...
    The Far Side of the Self: Huatli Explores Ixalan
    February 21, 2018
    In our previous Magic Story recap, we took a look at how Ixalan’s themes of discovery and exploration helped develop Vraska from a young, unjustly imprisoned convict to a confident pirate captain. This week, we’ll examine at how these same themes propel Ixalan’s native Planeswalker, Huatli, into a place...
    Spotlight on: Lotus Cobra
    February 19, 2018
    Lotus Cobra has a fair bit of history attached to it, stretching all the way back to Extended. It was a key ramp piece in Mythic Bant (an Eldrazi Conscription/Sovereigns of Lost Alara combo deck), G/W Traps (Summoning Trap/Emrakul combo), and BUG Control (alongside Grave Titan and Jace, the Mind...
    Deck of the Week: Modern Grishoalbrand
    February 16, 2018
    (Editor's note: With Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan not far behind us and new unbannings not far in the future, Modern has been the talk of the Magic community this week. We also just happen to have a Modern 1K coming up this Saturday, and we'll be broadcasting all...
    Partner Up!
    February 14, 2018
    Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of significant others, we’re going to be analyzing a few of Commander’s most popular partners, as well as a few of Magic’s most interesting character couplings and the decks we build around them. TIBOR AND LUMIA The “High School Sweethearts” of Commander, Tibor and Lumia have...
    Winston Draft 101
    February 12, 2018
    This Wednesday is Valentine’s Day, which often means one thing for partnered Magic players: Two-Headed Giant tournaments. But what if you and your sweetie would rather have a low-key night in than go out to the card shop? Fortunately, there are plenty of other fun formats made for two...
    Deck of the Week: Modern Humans
    February 9, 2018
    Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan may be behind us, but Modern is still on many players' minds. More Modern Grand Prix will be happening around the world this weekend, and overall perceptions of the format have been positive. Modern is as diverse as ever, with decks as disparate as...
    The Far Side of the Self: Vraska's Journey
    February 7, 2018
    While Ixalan seems a lot like someone’s ultimate fantasy showdown (“Pirates vs Vampires vs Dinosaurs...also Merfolk!”), the story's characters and plot have been thoughtfully grounded in reality. While the larger story is centered around the tribes’ search to find and claim Orazca, the Golden City, the main characters of...
    Energy in Commander
    February 5, 2018
    Every so often, I like to take the “best” deck in Standard and see how it’d fare in Commander, and building an Energy Commander deck was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. The Energy archetype had been on my radar for a while, but hadn’t heard of or seen...
    Deck of the Week: Pauper Elves
    February 2, 2018
    Thanks to all who tuned in to coverage of our two Legacy 1K tournaments last weekend! We'll still have plenty of Legacy content coming up as GP Seattle approaches, but for now, we're going to pivot slightly toward Pauper, in anticipation of our upcoming Rags to Riches tournament this...
    Color Identity Search Filter
    January 30, 2018
    Card Kingdom's Advance Search feature has been instrumental in helping our customers build and refine decks, and today, we're rolling out a new search filter that will make building Commander decks even easier. In addition to searching for cards by color, Card Kingdom customers can now search for cards by...
    Battle Deck League Livestream
    January 29, 2018
    Back in October, we ran a Battle Deck League for Card Kingdom employees, and the idea sparked plenty of conversations online. We expected that customers would want to know how they could run Battle Deck Leagues in their own communities, but there was one comment we heard a surprising...
    Deck of the Week: Legacy Eldrazi
    January 26, 2018
    With Grand Prix Seattle just a few months away, many Magic players are beginning to shift their focus to Legacy. A number of Legacy neophytes have been venturing out to our weekly tournaments at Mox Boarding House, and the recent surge in attendance is a testament to both our community's...
    Decoding Deck Selection
    January 25, 2018
    Many articles have been written on how to play various decks: on sideboarding, on lines of play, on card choices for a deck or archetype. However, there are far fewer articles that focus on how to go about choosing which deck to play for a given format or event,...
    A Deeper Blue: Jace, Vulnerability, and Masculinity
    January 23, 2018
    Since his first appearance, Jace Beleren has become the nearest thing to a mascot for Magic: The Gathering, meant to represent the average player in all his geeky, cerebral glory. With his signature hooded blue cloak and mental magic, Jace has shown himself to be a character driven by...
    Deck of the Week: Return of the Red Deck
    January 19, 2018
    This week's Banned & Restricted announcement has dramatically reshaped Standard. As Rivals for Ixalan arrives, four widely played cards will be leaving the format. The removal of Attune with Aether and Rogue Refiner from the Energy lists was not surprising, but the two bans targeting Mono-Red were considerably more unexpected....
    Ludevic & Tymna & Treasure
    January 18, 2018
    Since the release of Ixalan last fall, Admiral Beckett Brass and her Dire Fleet have been fulfilling their most dire needs in Commander: pillaging, plundering, and getting tons of Treasure. While pirate decks have been out in full force these past few months, I’ve been much more interested in...
    Swimming with the Fishes
    January 16, 2018
    Merfolk was the first Modern deck I ever built, and as such it will always have a special place in my heart. Until Humans busted onto the scene, it was one of the few competitive Modern tribal decks, and dedicated Merfolk players have honed their Islandwalking strategies like sharpened...
    Deck of the Week: Modern Jeskai
    January 12, 2018
    We all have dreams about Magic from time to time - doing well in a tournament, or just winning epic games with our favorite decks. Some of us dream of going off with Storm or winning with a flurry of burn spells. Some attack with a swarm of small...
    Team Tournament 101
    January 9, 2018
    2018 promises to be The Year of the Team Tournament for Magic. This past weekend, Wizards kicked off the year with a team Grand Prix in Santa Clara, CA, and there are fourteen more premier-level team events coming up, including the 25th Anniversary Pro Tour in Minneapolis, MN. Players...
    Deck of the Week: Pauper Tron
    January 5, 2018
    Welcome to Deck of the Week: a new feature here on the Card Kingdom Blog! Every Friday, we'll post a Constructed decklist that should be on your radar for the weekend, whether you're looking for something fun to sleeve up for Friday Night Magic or fine-tuning your sideboard for...
    Unstable Commander Livestream
    January 3, 2018
    Last week, four Card Kingdom employees ventured into the unknown and played a truly unforgettable game of Commander. Un-Commander, that is! Representing four of Unstable's five factions, our players sleeved up some silver-bordered cards and battled it out to see which of Bablovia's leaders would reign supreme.   Crossbreed Labs Aaron, the...
    Card Kingdom Affiliates: The Command Zone
    December 6, 2017
    One of the highlights of my year as a Magic player was The Command Zone's Commander Gathering at Grand Prix Las Vegas. Over 500 players came together to hang out and play, and I was struck by the ease with which Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai brought them...
    Unstable Commanders
    December 5, 2017
    Dreaming of commanders that aren’t legal is a thought experiment as old as the format itself. We've speculated about “shoulda-been-legends” like Preacher or Uncle Istvan, and many of us tried out four-color decks in the pre-Commander 2016 world with the Guildpact Nephilim. The release of Unstable will once again beg us...
    Solving the Slump
    November 30, 2017
    On Sunday at Grand Prix Portland, I had just picked up my second loss in the PTQ after scrubbing out of the main event. I was left a little heartbroken, wondering what I could have done differently. Should I have chosen a different deck for Standard? Did I mis-build...
    New Products: Holiday 2017
    November 29, 2017
    The holidays are almost here, and that means we have plenty of new products in store! Here's a sampling of the Magic products and accessories you can only find at Card Kingdom. Card Kingdom Token Set: Red Box Edition This week, we're proud to introduce our newest line of original Card...
    Battle Deck League
    November 28, 2017
    As you can probably guess, we play quite a bit of Magic here at Card Kingdom. We do plenty of product testing each month, but we also use Magic as a way to relax, unwind, and bond with our coworkers. Our Fulfillment and Overstock employees frequently congregate in Café...
    Card Kingdom Holiday Gift Guide
    November 24, 2017
    Hey everyone! Chris VanMeter here to tell you a little bit about the all-new Card Kingdom Holiday Gift Guide. This year, we’ve redesigned our Gift Guide to make holiday shopping easier than ever, so if you have a gamer in your life, you’re going to want to check it out. Here...
    Black Friday Special
    November 22, 2017
    This Black Friday, we're giving back to our customers! From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, you'll receive 10% in store credit back on everything you purchase at CardKingdom.com. So whether you're picking up Battle Decks, playmats, or the last card you need for your new deck, you'll be getting a...
    Unstable Preview Cards!
    November 21, 2017
    Greetings, Agents. It's come to our attention that some of you may have missed our top secret transmission yesterday, so we're releasing this classified information for your eyes only. Definitely don't share this file with your friends, or on social media. (Just kidding. Go right ahead.) Preorder Clocknapper, Suspicious Nanny,...
    Five-Color One-Drops!
    November 9, 2017
    For all the deckbuilding, winning, or not winning that we do, the biggest reason we should love Commander is not just for the achievements we unlock ourselves, but also for the ability to excite and inspire others. One of the deck archetypes that has inspired me most over the years...
    CK in PDX
    November 8, 2017
    Next week, we'll be saddling up our dinosaurs, hoisting our sails, and making our way... to Portland! We're proud to announce that we'll be a participating vendor at Grand Prix Portland, and we can't wait to see you there! Come visit us at the Oregon Convention Center from November 17-19,...
    Card Kingdom Affiliates: Magic the Amateuring
    November 7, 2017
    It's been a busy few months here on the CK Blog! Today, we'll be picking up where we left off in our Card Kingdom Affiliates series to tell you about one of our favorite podcasts: Magic the Amateuring. MTA began in 2013, when hosts Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff were...
    What is a Deck Check?
    November 2, 2017
    You’re at a Magic event, and you sit down for your match across from you opponent. You go through your pre-game routine: pulling out your playmat, deck box, and life pad. You remove your deck from the deck box and begin shuffling. The Head Judge announces for the round...
    Let's Brew: Temmet Infect
    November 1, 2017
    When Infect was re-introduced in Scars of Mirrodin, I built a very flavorful, very unsuccessful Glissa, the Traitor Infect deck. Aside from the general inexperience I had as a Commander deckbuilder, I grew frustrated because the deck seemed to have a card power limitation. It was like having a...
    Top 10 Creepy Magic Cards for Halloween
    October 31, 2017
    Halloween is finally here! Time to jump into an Innistrad draft on Magic Online, carve Magic-themed pumpkins with friends, and marvel at some of the game's most hair-raising pieces of art. We've compiled a list of the ten creepiest Magic cards, based on their art and flavor text, and...
    New Battle Decks: October 2017
    October 27, 2017
    After restocking some fan-favorite Battle Decks last month, we're back with a new batch of battle-ready brews! In honor of Ixalan, we're releasing a record-breaking FOUR Battle Decks this month, each representing one of the plane's four iconic tribes. First up, we have Raiding Party: an aggressive black and red...
    Time to Talk Temur
    October 26, 2017
    After Temur Energy’s outstanding performance at the World Championships, many would-be National Champions sleeved up strategies to stand in the way of the new Best Deck. From Heart of Kiran and Toolcraft Exemplar to God-Pharaoh's Gift and The Scarab God, main decks and sideboards were diverse in their game...
    If Planeswalkers Played Baseball
    October 24, 2017
    This week, two great baseball teams – the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers – will face off in the World Series. Now, you may be asking, what does any of this have to do with Magic: the Gathering? Aren't most gamers not really all that into sports?...
    Card Kingdom Commanders: Matt's Doran, the Siege Tower
    October 19, 2017
    The best quality you can have in any community is inspiration. The ability to inspire others is infectious, challenging your community to create for the sake of excitement and bettering what we can accomplish. In Commander, I’ve found inspiration is the best quality amongst the playgroups I’ve seen or participated...
    Play For Faye
    October 17, 2017
    Community is one of our core values here at Card Kingdom, and we believe in giving back to the communities that support us. That's why our retail division, Mox Boarding House, includes a charitable giving branch (Mox ENGAGE) that runs yearly fundraising events in our local game stores. For...
    GP Judging with Brook Gardner-Durbin
    October 16, 2017
    Judges are some of the hardest-working members of the Magic community. They build and maintain healthy communities at local game stores, set and enforce equitable tournament policy, and make sure Magic's largest events run smoothly. Over the years, I've been especially impressed by the judges I know who regularly...
    Rookie Decks
    October 12, 2017
    Two years ago, we launched our in-house product line with Battle Decks: a series of casual 60-card decks. Battle Decks were created for enfranchised players looking to play some fun games of Magic on a budget, and we soon realized that there was a need for a separate, beginner-friendly...
    Let's Brew: Vam-Pirates!
    October 5, 2017
    As I mentioned in last week’s article, Ixalan has done a lot to change the way Magic players approach creature tribes. This week, we’re going to explore not only the power of our new Pirates, but the possibilities of combining them with additional tribal support as we look at...
    Judge's Tower: APNAP Time!
    October 4, 2017
    APNAP (Active Player/Non-Active Player) is one of those little rules things underpinning Magic that serves to hold everything together without drawing too much attention to itself. It’s one of the many bits that lets the game function without becoming a tangled mess of unclear priority passes, garbled timing, and…The...
    There Be Pirates on Ixalan!
    September 28, 2017
    The world of Magic: the Gathering is finally getting its full share of pirates and piracy on the high seas, with the introduction of Ixalan. It will finally possible to play a tribal Pirates deck in Standard, Commander, or the format of your choice. Before we set sail for...
    Let's Brew: Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle
    September 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Ixalan’s never-ending, Neverland-esque Pirate-Dinosaur skirmish, our imagination, childhood, and hearts were smitten with the possibilities of some of the most refreshing designs to date. And boy, they didn’t disappoint! While most have been taken with the overabundance of new creature types, the biggest win for me is...
    Constructing Constructed: Ixalan
    September 26, 2017
    My goodness, this preview season has been a doozy! And with the first rotation in what feels like years pushing the Battle for Zendikar and Shadows over Innistrad blocks out of Standard, it looks like there’s a wide open metagame just waiting for dinosaurs and pirates to invade. Between...
    Red Mage's Quarterly: Ixalan
    September 25, 2017
    To call Hour of Devastation Standard a success for the Red Deck would be quite the understatement. Over the past three months, loyal red mages got to see their deck vault into the top tier, culminating in Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa's convincing win (amidst a Top 8 with...
    Ixalan Prerelease Primer
    September 22, 2017
    We’re just one week away from the release of Ixalan, and you know what that means… it’s prerelease time! Prerelease is an exciting time regardless of how much experience you have playing Magic, and we’ve created this primer to help players of all levels prepare and have as much...
    Making the Vala-Kut: A Titan Deck Primer
    September 21, 2017
    Valakut, Scapeshift, and Primeval Titan are the best of friends. Since its inception, the Valakut Scapeshift deck has been a powerful yet fringe strategy, and more recently, Valakut-centric "Titan Shift" decks are at the forefront of the Modern format. As a perpetual MTG grinder, I was particularly excited that...
    Let's Brew: Taigam, Sidisi's Hand
    September 20, 2017
    Some say we should save the best for last. I don’t know if we’ve done that, but I can definitely say, without a doubt, that we’ve saved the strangest. With Inalla and Mairsill keeping most brewers busy, our last installment of Let’s Brew for Commander 2017 has taken a dip...
    Canadian Highlander 101
    September 18, 2017
    Have you ever looked at your Magic: The Gathering collection and thought to yourself, “Gee, I only have one copy of each of these Legacy staples! I wish I had enough to build a full deck!"  Well, I have a solution for you! I want to take a moment to...
    Let's Brew: O-Kagachi
    September 14, 2017
    Welcome back to Let's Brew: a weekly deckbuilding mini-series exploring legendary creatures from Commander 2017. We've already given Nazahn some toys to play with and assembled a legion of Licia's soldiers, and today, we're going to build a home for one of C17's most colorful legends: O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami. WHY...
    Iconic Masters at HasCon
    September 12, 2017
    In May of 1997, there was a new set being released for my favorite game. It was Weatherlight, the set that would kick off a new, ongoing narrative in Magic's storyline, and I was super excited. As it happens, I was on vacation with my friend in Hawaii at the time,...
    Judge's Tower: Turn it Up
    September 11, 2017
    When it comes to Magic, I fully subscribe to a school of thought that isn’t the most…friendly: Magic is inherently a zero-sum game. In any given game, there’s a certain amount of fun to be had, and I want to make sure that I have the most fun that...
    New Products: September 2017
    September 7, 2017
    Deck boxes are Magic's most indispensable accessories. Regardless of where and how we play the game, we need ways to bring our favorite decks from one place to another, and we want to make sure we get the best boxes for the job. Here are some of the newest...
    Let's Brew: Licia, Sanguine Tribune
    September 6, 2017
    Of the many places we begin when we build decks, one of my favorites is inspiring artwork. As a writer and storyteller, the ability to understand, appreciate, and communicate what is compelling has become very important to me, and its influence is paramount in most of my favorite deck...
    Pirates vs. Dinosaurs
    August 31, 2017
    We're pretty excited for the release of Ixalan here at Card Kingdom. So excited, in fact, that we took it upon ourselves to answer an age-old question: Who would win in a battle between pirates and dinosaurs? Watch the epic showdown in our latest video, and preorder Ixalan from...
    Let's Brew: Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith
    August 30, 2017
    Deckbuilding, for me, is a struggle between crafting both great gameplay and compelling narrative. Having built upwards of 200 different decks, this task can be frustrating, as it is not just about being creative, but also about doing something different – something that will not only surprise and challenge...
    The Pile
    August 29, 2017
    About ten years ago, my friends and I heard tell of a new way to play Magic. The stories told of a huge pile of unsleeved cards that every player in the game would draw from, and that any spell could be cast as if its controller had infinite...
    New Battle Decks: August 2017
    August 25, 2017
    It's Battle Deck Day once again, and we have three more must-have decks to tell you about! First up is Day of Doom, which is not your average red-white deck. Our in-house deck designers went all-in on Imminent Doom, an enchantment from Hour of Devastation with the power to decimate...
    Tuning in for RPTQ Ixalan
    August 23, 2017
    Last weekend marked my first time playing in a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier (RPTQ) in person. While I had played previous RPTQ's online, and with minimal outside support from my testing group, this would be my first time testing with a group of fellow Magic players who shared my...
    Making Magic with Melissa DeTora
    August 21, 2017
    In many ways, Magic is a game about change. In Magic's storyline, we meet new heroes and explore an ever-evolving Multiverse with them. In playing the game, we acquire new skills as we try out new cards and strategies. And sometimes, in order to ensure that these new cards...
    Card Kingdom Commanders: Frank's Marrow-Gnawer
    August 17, 2017
    What makes a great deck? What makes a deck someone’s favorite? The answer is narrative. Of all the things that make Magic magic, it is the stories we create that establish connections. Loving the cards we play and playing the game we love isn't just about how good the cards...
    Judge's Tower: It's Just A Phase
    August 16, 2017
    We’re less than two weeks away from the release of Commander 2017 (which, incidentally, you can preorder here), and players are already asking questions about new cards and mechanics. As a rule, when I’m judging an event, I try not to answer too many questions from whatever Commander games...
    New Products: August 2017
    August 11, 2017
    At Card Kingdom, we're constantly churning out ideas for new exclusive products and looking for the best Magic accessories to add to our inventory. Today, we're going to give you the inside scoop on some of our newest arrivals. CK Exclusives Mana Base Land Kits           Mana Base Land Kits...
    A Reader's Guide to Magic Story
    August 9, 2017
    The release of Commander 2017 is nearly here, and with these four decks will come a whole slew of new legendary creature cards. While many will rejoice over the new mechanics and color combinations, those of us who have followed the Magic storyline for years will be overjoyed to...
    B/W Control in Standard
    August 4, 2017
    Ramunap Red is the hottest deck in Standard right now, but it may not stay dominant for long. While Pro Tour Hour of Devastation unfolded in Kyoto, stateside Standard players had a few extra hours to tweak their decks before heading to their local Friday Night Magic or PPTQ,...
    Just Plains Value
    August 3, 2017
    Over the years, one of the things I’ve heard a lot is that Mono-White is “just a support color,” or “not good enough” to hang in Commander – a format where Green, Blue, and Black have taken over with game-breaking card advantage. However, things seem to be looking up, as...
    Standard After Hour
    August 2, 2017
    Pro Tour Hour of Devastation has come and gone – and what a whirlwind it was! When we left off before the Pro Tour, there were over ten potentially viable decks putting up numbers. While the limited data from Magic Online showed strong results for aggressive Mono-Red decks, I...
    The State of Standard: Pre-PT HOU
    July 27, 2017
    It’s been a few weeks since Hour of Devastation was released, and the new format is in full swing. Teams have begun their testing gauntlets, and Standard leagues continue to be some of the most popular tournaments on Magic Online. With the Pro Tour looming on the horizon, I...
    Nicol Bolas: A History
    July 26, 2017
    The shadow of Nicol Bolas looms large over the history of the Magic storyline. The elder dragon planeswalker has been part of the game's rich lore since Legends in 1994. Alongside the Eldrazi and the Phyrexians, he's considered one of the three greatest threats to the multiverse. In Hour...
    Judge's Tower: Playing with Layers, Pt. 2
    July 24, 2017
    Once more, with feeling! We’re looking at layers again today, mostly because there’s still a lot of weirdness that goes on with the different layers interacting with one another. Getting the order of operations down can be a little tricky, but it’s worth hammering home. So, to start, a quick...
    New Battle Decks: July 2017
    July 21, 2017
    Happy Battle Deck Day! This month, we've created a trio of tricolor decks that you'll want to add to your Battle Deck collection. If you enjoy Junding your opponents out (as our friends LoadingReadyRun would say), pick up a copy of Consume the Weak! This deck features an assortment of...
    Leveling Up in Magic
    July 20, 2017
    I have to admit that I’ve been in a bit of a Magic rut lately. I started out this year with my best GP finish ever at GP San Jose; then, I went to several PPTQ’s in the spring, but never even made top 8. I attended two more...
    Card Kingdom Affiliates: TheMagicManSam
    July 18, 2017
    Welcome back to the blog! Today, we'll be continuing our series on our Card Kingdom Affiliates by introducing you to our newest partner: TheMagicManSam! Sam Gaglio has been creating YouTube videos since August of 2013, and has quickly become one of Magic's most respected content creators. Whether he's expounding on...
    Hour of Devastation Release: A Photo Essay
    July 14, 2017
    Release Week is the busiest time of the year here at Card Kingdom. We receive thousands of preorders from customers around the world, and we aim to get the new product into players' hands as quickly as we can. A ton of work goes into a production this large,...
    Hour of Promising Commander Cards
    July 13, 2017
    With new gods, a God-Pharaoh, old demons, and Crucible of Worlds on a stick, Commander is getting a handful of fresh, powerful spells when Hour of Devastation drops on Friday. While it’s easy to chase the new hotness, it’s also never too early to start speculating about sleeper cards....
    Constructing Constructed: Hour of Devastation
    July 12, 2017
    With each new set come new cards, ready to make a splash in Constructed formats. Part of the joy of preview season and new set releases is beginning to figure out what cards can slot into existing strategies, what cards can bolster fringe decks, and what cards can facilitate...
    Hour of Devastation Limited First Impressions
    July 11, 2017
    The Hour of Devastation prerelease took place last weekend, and as has become my tradition, I signed up for a few tournaments at Mox Boarding House Seattle. After nearly five years of playing tournament Magic, prereleases are still among my favorite events. It’s always thrilling to open those shiny...
    Red Mages Quarterly: Hour of Devastation
    July 10, 2017
    Reports of the Red Deck's demise have been greatly exaggerated. While much of this past Standard season was defined by the Aetherworks Marvel in the room, my red-deck-minded associates and I were enraptured by an entirely different strategy. I am of course talking about the SaffronOlive special, Two Tix Red. Despite...
    Card Kingdom Affiliates: LoadingReadyRun
    July 7, 2017
    Welcome back to the CK Blog! Today, we’ll be continuing our series on our Card Kingdom Affiliates by sharing some information on one of our longest-standing partners: LoadingReadyRun. The LRR crew has been making funny videos on the internet since the pre-YouTube days, but most Magic players got to know...
    U/R Control in Standard
    July 6, 2017
    With Aetherworks Marvel out of the picture and Hour of Devastation on its way, it's open season once again in Standard. Players at our most recent Friday Night Magic at Mox Boarding House Seattle were happy to dust off their favorite decks from months’ past – they cast Metalwork...
    Hour of Devastation Prerelease Prep
    July 3, 2017
    The God-Pharaoh, Nicol Bolas, has returned to Amonkhet! The Hour of Devastation is here, and he isn't horsing around! The prerelease for the newest Magic: The Gathering set is coming in a few short days, and I wanted to give you an overview of what to expect and how to...
    Judge's Tower: Playing with Layers, Pt. 1
    July 3, 2017
    Hey everyone! Today, we’re going to dive into a section of the rules that causes a lot of headaches for players and judges alike: layers! Yes, layers – a word that fills people with a cursory knowledge of the Magic rules with an undue amount of dread. There’s a...
    Card Kingdom Affiliates: Tolarian Community College
    June 30, 2017
    Card Kingdom is proud to sponsor some of Magic’s most prolific content creators. We know that many of you came to our site because LoadingReadyRun sent you, or because Josh Lee Kwai of The Command Zone recommended us to you on Twitter. (We really appreciate it, by the way!)...
    Modern and Legacy After GP Vegas
    June 29, 2017
    Grand Prix Vegas was a whirlwind of a weekend, so much so that it’s taken me a week to gather my wits and start analyzing the results. Modern was particularly interesting, as many players prepared to take down the big bad wolf of the format, Grixis Death’s Shadow. Contenders...
    Draws and Determining a Winner
    June 28, 2017
    You’re facing off against your opponent in an all too intense match of Magic: The Gathering, and time gets called signaling the end of the round. The match is tied one game apiece, and you hear the judge say, "Ladies and gentlemen, that is time in the round. You...
    Card Kingdom Commanders: Adam's Zhuge Jin
    June 27, 2017
    Welcome back to another edition of Card Kingdom Commanders, the series that gives you an exclusive look at the many decks and faces you’ll find behind the scenes at Card Kingdom and Mox Boarding House. This week, I'll be telling you a little bit more about one of my...
    Bant Spirits at GP Vegas
    June 26, 2017
    A couple of weeks ago, the Magic world descended on Las Vegas for a Triple Grand Prix Weekend. I was there, and had a blast playing in the Legacy and Modern GP's. As an Event Coordinator for Mox Boarding House Seattle, I usually Judge Magic events four or five...
    New Battle Decks: June 2017
    June 23, 2017
    It's that time again! We've released three new Battle Decks, featuring some of Amonkhet's most fascinating cards and mechanics. First up, we have Cold Front: a mono-blue deck full of small utility creatures. Cold Front is the perfect deck for a blue mage looking to play the tempo game -...
    Our Favorite Invocations
    June 22, 2017
    Hour of Devastation previews are in full swing, and earlier this week, we got to see all the shiny new Masterpiece Invocations for the set. Every morning of preview season, our office is abuzz with talk about the newest cards. Here's what a few members of our staff had...
    An Intro to Pauper
    June 21, 2017
    One of the marquee Magic events at our retail store, Mox Boarding House, is something we like to call Rags to Riches. It's a Pauper tournament, and the Top 8 players take home Modern and Legacy staples. Rags to Riches has been quite successful, bringing players to our store...
    GP Vegas Review
    June 20, 2017
    One of the greatest Grand Prix I ever attended was GP Portland in 2014. The format was Team Sealed, my favorite, and I have fond memories of playing with two of my closest friends. But the thing I loved most about Portland was that it was more than just...
    Judge's Tower: Paying Dues, Pt. 2
    June 19, 2017
    Hello again! Last time we climbed the Tower, we went over how a card like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben works in a variety of situations. When I set out to write that article, I was thinking I was going to be able to cover more ground, but as I...
    4 Flavors of Death's Shadow
    June 16, 2017
    Since its breakout performance at Grand Prix Vancouver in February at the hands of Josh Utter-Leyton and team, the bold new take on Death’s Shadow has quickly made a name for itself as the deck to beat in Modern. Utter-Leyton, Gerry Thompson, and Sam Black all made Top 8...
    Top 5 Split Cards in Commander
    June 15, 2017
    MORE GONE THAN DEAD I’m not a competitive player, but I am a huge fan of scrolling through tournament decklists to find cards for Commander decks. Back when I first started playing Magic, it was a good way to stay engaged in Magic, learn cards I didn’t know, and focus...
    A Look at Modern
    June 14, 2017
    Last Saturday, Mox Boarding House Seattle held a Modern 1Kinda. (Why “Kinda”? If enough players showed up, the event would pay out a total of $1,000 store credit in prizes, but since we can’t guarantee attendance, we can’t just straight up call it a 1K, so…1Kinda). Modern has been...
    12 Tips for your First GP
    June 13, 2017
    With GP Vegas on the horizon, I'd like to talk a bit about GP's and how you can prepare for them. Oftentimes, going to a Grand Prix is an experience - you'll carpool out to a tournament with some of your closest friends and spend every night playing Magic...
    GP's Are for Everyone
    June 12, 2017
    When I was still a fledgling Magic player, the thought of going to a Grand Prix (GP) seemed incredibly daunting. Those are for pro players! People who know what they’re doing, who put in extensive amounts of testing and practice! I told myself. Since I was neither of those things,...
    CVM's Modern Primer
    June 9, 2017
    Modern is an incredibly diverse format. With dozens of viable strategies, it's hard to go wrong when choosing a deck to learn - but you'll also want to be prepared to face a variety of strategies in your next Modern tournament. Thankfully, our own Chris VanMeter is here to...
    TBT: Modern Gauntlet of Greatness
    June 8, 2017
    This Throwback Thursday, we'll be trying to answer one of Magic's age-old questions: "What's the best deck?" In 2015, we teamed up with Magic Hall of Famer and Pro Tour commentator extraordinaire Randy Buehler to create several "Gauntlet of Greatness" video series, where we pit the best decks in...
    Welcome, Kitchen Table Magic!
    June 7, 2017
    Today, we'd like to introduce you to Card Kingdom's newest affiliated podcast: Kitchen Table Magic! Kitchen Table Magic is an interview-style podcast hosted by Sam Tang, a Seattle local and longtime Card Kingdom and Mox Boarding House customer. Sam launched KTM a year ago, and in that time, he's...
    Tokens of Appreciation
    June 6, 2017
    The Fulfillment department at Card Kingdom has doubled in size since the beginning of the year, and at lunch time, our break room can get crowded. There are usually two people on the couch, staring at books or smartphone screens, and four or five others assembled at the table, munching...
    Judge's Tower: Paying Dues, Pt. 1
    June 5, 2017
    Like any other game or hobby, Magic requires that you pay some dues before you can really get the most out of it. There’s a decently high barrier to entry, as even learning the basic rules of the game can seem daunting when you’re just starting out. But once...
    A Look at Legacy
    June 2, 2017
    Last weekend, Mox Boarding House Seattle held a Legacy 1K/Grand Prix Trial for GP Las Vegas (a moment of silence for Grand Prix Trials, please). Seattle has a thriving Legacy scene, with a lot of players deeply invested in the format, as shown by the 72-player turnout. What does...
    Card Kingdom Commanders: Henry's Riku of Two Reflections
    June 1, 2017
    Say hello to our newest series! Whether it’s Magic that drew us to Card Kingdom, or a job that sparked a passion for the game, it’s no surprise most of us end up playing where we work. Card Kingdom Commanders is an opportunity to sit down with the people in...
    What is REL?
    May 31, 2017
    Many of us play Magic: The Gathering at our local game stores. Some of us may even go to the occasional Friday Night Magic (FNM) to test our newest decks. There’s a world of tournaments outside of FNM, however, and today, I’d like to talk to you about some...
    People with Moxie: Gerry Thompson
    May 30, 2017
    The second chapter of Gerry Thompson’s Magic career began in late 2014. After a six-month internship in R&D at Wizards of the Coast, he was back on the competitive grind, bent on earning back his Pro Tour and SCG Invitational invites. That day in November, Gerry and I had both...
    TBT: The Sick Reads - The Moons of Mirrodin, Pt. 1
    May 25, 2017
    (Editor's Note: Welcome back to the CK Blog! Since we revamped Mox Boarding House's website, we've received a bunch of questions about the fate of our old blog posts. We took a look through the archives and found some pieces that stand the test of time, and we'll be...
    Vanguard: Then and Now
    May 24, 2017
    In October 1997, I received my monthly issue of the Duelist magazine.  This was a time before the internet was a thing, and all the news, strategy, card lists, and articles about Magic were only available in monthly publications. Obviously, I was super stoked to read the new issue, and...
    CK Affiliates Compete for the Gauntlet
    May 23, 2017
    Community is one of Card Kingdom and Mox Boarding House's highest priorities. We build community here in Seattle at our gaming cafes and, more recently, we've cultivated an online community by partnering with content creators who share our values. It seemed fitting that we invite a few of those...
    Judge's Tower: Red Moon Rising
    May 22, 2017
    Hey all, welcome back to Judge’s Tower! Enough of you liked the last one of these I wrote, so as promised (or threatened, depending on your point of view), today we’re going to deal with one the bigger “rules headache” cards out there – Blood Moon! At first glance, Blood...
    New Battle Decks: May 2017
    May 19, 2017
    Each month, we add two new Battle Decks to our growing selection of exclusive products – but this month, we’re releasing THREE! If you’re looking to expand your Battle Deck collection, check out Monumental Force, an aggressive mono-white tokens deck featuring Oketra’s Monument; Counter Revolution, a mono-green deck that beefs up...
    EDHREC: Finding the Best Commander Deck
    May 18, 2017
    A few weeks ago, Card Kingdom partnered with EDHREC, one of my favorite Magic: The Gathering sites. EDHREC is a crowdsourced repository of Commander decks and ideas – users submit decks, and EDHREC runs the numbers to tell you which cards are most popular in various lists. It’s a...
    Momir Basic IRL
    May 17, 2017
    Of all the formats you can play on Magic Online, Momir Basic is undoubtedly the strangest. Players start the game with 60 basic lands and a Momir Vig, Simic Visionary Avatar, and throughout the game, they take turns discarding lands to generate token copies of random creatures. It’s a...
    The Importance of Calling a Judge
    May 16, 2017
    Welcome to The Judge Corner, a column designed to explain some things in that happen in the Magic Judge world and show how those things are important to you, the players. We'll cover new mechanics, changes to rules and policy, why and how judges do deck checks, and other...
    Top 8 Cards of Pro Tour Amonkhet
    May 15, 2017
    With Felidar Guardian out of the picture, all eyes were on Pro Tour Amonkhet to see what might be next for Standard. If you’re looking to dive back into Standard at Amonkhet Game Day or your next Friday Night Magic, here are some cards and strategies you should keep...
    Constellation Draft Bundles
    May 12, 2017
    A Chaos Draft is always a treat for a Limited playgroup, but choosing the right packs can be tricky. How will old vanilla creatures match up against their newer, more aggressive counterparts? Will the set mechanics mesh or clash? Should you even bother to pick up a pack from an...
    Army of One
    May 10, 2017
    Hi, I'm Adam, and I've been playing Magic for over twenty years. I also enjoy creating things, and I've spent much of my spare time designing custom cards, mechanics, and sets. I also love to create new ways to play Magic and building new and exciting decks for unexplored formats....
    Amonkhet Standard, Now With Fewer Cats!
    May 9, 2017
    Whenever a new set comes out, we hope for some shakeups in the Standard format. Existing strategies get some new options, and with a little luck, some entirely new strategies will leap to the forefront of the format and keep everyone on their toes. Amonkhet was released a week and...
    Judge's Tower: Serenity Now
    May 8, 2017
    Hello, and welcome to the Judge’s Tower! Judge’s Tower is a Magic format for self-deprecating people (more info about which can be found here: http://judgetower.pdxmtg.com/), the point of which is that everything you do must be done absolutely correctly within the rules; the only way to lose is the get...
    Flashback Friday: Behind Battle Decks!
    May 5, 2017
    Welcome to Flashback Friday! At the end of each week, we'll be looking back at recent goings-on in the Magic: The Gathering community or here at Card Kingdom. To start off, we wanted to share a video we recently created about our Battle Decks - ready-to-play 60-card decks brewed...
    Commander with the Amonkhet Gods
    May 4, 2017
    (Editor's Note: Welcome back to the CK Blog! We hope you enjoyed our feature on the hottest red cards in Amonkhet and their applications in Standard and beyond. We're still talking Amonkhet cards today, but we've called on Aaron, Card Kingdom Fulfillment Specialist and resident Commander fan, to share...
    Red Mages Quarterly: Amonkhet
    May 3, 2017
    (Editor's Note: Welcome back to the Card Kingdom Blog! As we explained yesterday, we'll be creating more content than ever before this year, thanks in part to our talented staff, who will be contributing articles and other creative work to this blog. Today, you'll be hearing from Simon from...
    Welcome to the Card Kingdom Blog!
    May 2, 2017
    Six years ago today, CardKingdom.com moved its offices to 5105 Leary Ave NW in Seattle – a space we still occupy today. Things have changed quite a bit in that time: we now have two retail stores and restaurants in the greater Seattle area, and our online business has...