Pioneer: Cards to Watch

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Pioneer is Magic’s newest Constructed format, and it’s been the talk of the Magic community this week. It’s a non-rotating format whose card pool extends back through Return to Ravnica, one of the first sets released after the creation of the Modern format. Return to Ravnica also came out during a time of unprecedented player growth in Magic (I myself …

B&R Analysis: October 21, 2019

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When Wizards of the Coast moved their latest Banned and Restricted List update up to October 21st, Magic players knew that change was coming – most likely in Standard. As many suspected, Field of the Dead has earned a spot on the Standard banned list due to its warping effect on the format. Bant Golos decks thrived in midrange mirrors …

Throne of Eldraine Draft Guide

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It’s every Limited player’s favorite time of the year: time to learn a new draft format! Throne of Eldraine drafts are live on both MTG Arena and Magic Online, and Draft Weekend kicks off at local game stores tomorrow. If you have yet to draft Throne of Eldraine yourself – or if you’re still trying to wrap your head around …

Breaking Through with Ally Warfield

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Ally Warfield is one of the Magic community’s rising stars. She’s a member of Team Nova, a content creator, and one of the Magic Twittersphere’s most prolific personalities. And now, with a Top 4 finish at MagicFest Indianapolis under her belt, she’ll soon be a Mythic Championship competitor. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Ally about her whirlwind …

Garruk Returns in Throne of Eldraine

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Throne of Eldraine previews have officially begun, and one of our favorite Planeswalkers made quite an entrance. After a five-year hiatus, Garruk Wildspeaker is back on the hunt on the plane of Eldraine and has been captured on the new card Garruk, Cursed Huntsman. When we last saw Garruk, he was the face of Magic’s 2015 Core Set, and he …

Ravnica Allegiance Limited Primer

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It’s hard to believe that it’s only been three weeks since the release of Ravnica Allegiance. For many of us, it’s felt like far longer. Thanks to MTG Arena, we’ve been able to draft Ravnica Allegiance since January 18th, so we’ve had more time than usual to evaluate the format. If you’re just diving in to Ravnica Allegiance draft or …

Guilds of Ravnica Prerelease Preview

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Prereleases for Guilds of Ravnica start tonight at midnight, and Magic players across the globe will be choosing one of five guilds to represent for the weekend. While many of us have deep affinities for our chosen guilds, others will want to evaluate each of the guilds’ mechanics and choose their prerelease pack accordingly. For those of you in the …

Magic and Mindset

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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 a community for the first time in my life; it even …

Deck of the Week: Standard U/W Control

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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 Night Magic and Grand Prix alike. While many Standard stalwarts chose …

Deck of the Week: Modern Affinity

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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 Jace to Disrupting Shoal the best way to counter my opponent’s …