Trans and Nonbinary Representation in Magic

Alex Katz Community

Wizards of the Coast has announced an exciting new Planeswalker character for Kaldheim: Niko Aris, a hero from Theros who uses they/them pronouns. A recent interview with the Creative team got players hyped to have a new, sympathetic, nonbinary character in Magic whose story isn’t all about their gender. Let’s take a look at how we got here, through the …

Top 5 New Magic Mechanics of 2020

Alex Katz Design

The Magic of 2020 has been full of new mechanics that push the boundaries of the game’s design space. Over the last twelve months, we’ve seen a wealth of exciting and flavorful mechanics introduced that have made gameplay more exciting and changed the way we build decks. Here are our top 5 new mechanics from this year. Escape Theros Beyond …

Commander Legends: 4 Budget Deck Techs

Alex Katz Commander

Commander Legends is full of exciting new legendary creatures that will inspire a wide variety of brewing possibilities. Whether you’re building a tribal deck with Miara, Thorn of the Glade or Malcolm, Keen-Eyed Navigator, a keyword-matters decks with Akroma, Vision of Ixidor or Radiant, Serra Archangel, or a commander-matters deck with Keleth, Sunmane Familiar and Kediss, Emberclaw Familiar, there are …

Commander Legends: Tevesh Szat’s Potential Partnerships

Alex Katz Commander

Commander Legends has arrived, and it’s brought back partner – a mechanic from Commander 2016 that lets you mix and match commanders. Not only are legendary creatures with partner an important part of the strategy for drafting Commander Legends, but they also present exciting opportunities to switch up your Commander deck-building strategies. In this article, we’ll look at how one …

Commander on a Budget: Legends from “The List”

Alex Katz Commander

Beginning with Zendikar Rising, Magic set boosters have a chance to include some exciting cards from across Magic’s history. This group of cards is called “the List,” and it includes cards as old as Mirage and as new as Theros Beyond Death, as well as player favorites from supplemental products like Duel Decks and Commander precons. Among those cards are …

Commander on a Budget: Zendikar Rising Commanders

Alex Katz Commander

Zendikar Rising is full of exciting legendary creatures with great Commander brewing potential. In addition to the class tribal options I showcased in a recent Brawl article, there are interesting commanders for landfall, party matters, Aristocrats, and even control. In this article, I’ll walk through how to build exciting Commander decks for four of those legends, with a price limit …

Building for Brawl With Zendikar Rising’s Class Tribes

Alex Katz Brawl

Zendikar Rising has turned the spotlight on some creature types that don’t often get tribal support: clerics, rogues, warriors, and wizards. Most of the cards in this set that care about these creature types focus on the party mechanic, which requires you to have some of each. But there are also four legends that each care about one of these …

Converting Brawl Decks to Commander Decks

Alex Katz Brawl, Commander

The upcoming release of Zendikar Rising marks the start of a new Standard rotation. Cards from Guilds of Ravnica, Ravnica Allegiance, War of the Spark, and Core Set 2020 will be leaving Standard to make room for a new year of Magic sets. If you’ve enjoyed playing Brawl over the last couple of years, it can be disappointing to see …

Commander on a Budget: Prossh

Alex Katz Commander

No matter your budget, you can do cool things using classic deck-building archetypes. One such popular archetype is Elves, which I discussed in my recent Rhys the Redeemed deck tech; others include White Weenie, which plays a lot of cheap white creatures and group buffs, and Burn, whose goal is to kill your opponent as quickly as possible with damage-dealing …

Commander on a Budget: Rhys the Redeemed

Alex Katz Commander

One of the best things about Magic: The Gathering is how accessible it can be. As I discussed in my last article, you can curate a fun Cube experience on any budget. The same is true for Constructed formats, including Commander. Building Commander decks on a budget is not only a great way to make the game more accessible, but …