When to Attack a Planeswalker

Mara Katz Strategy

Planeswalkers have played a powerful role in the Standard metagame for years; since the release of War of the Spark, there are more Planeswalkers in Standard than ever before. Their presence forces players to make an important choice: when is it appropriate to attack the Planeswalker, and when should you attack its controller instead? Attacking a Planeswalker reduces its loyalty …

Best Lands in Magic

Mara Katz Strategy

Choosing lands is one of the hardest steps in building a multicolored deck. Each cycle of multicolored lands comes with different benefits and drawbacks, and evaluating them against each other can be a challenge. In this post, we’ll walk through the multicolored lands available in some popular formats and assess how useful they are. Our goal here is to provide …

Three Casual Pioneer Decklists

Mara Katz Pioneer

The recent announcement of Pioneer has gotten a lot of Magic players excited. It’s a chance to rebuild beloved Standard decks that weren’t powerful enough for Modern, and to update them for a new non-rotating environment. Here are a couple of brews based on my favorite casual decks from past Standard formats. The Locust God The Locust God, which makes …

Intro to Innistrad

Mara Katz Magic Story

With Halloween on the horizon, let’s pay a visit to Magic‘s spookiest plane, Innistrad. The setting for the five sets in the Innistrad and Shadows Over Innistrad blocks, Innistrad is beloved for its gothic horror atmosphere, tribal themes, and flavorful mechanics. Creatures and Characters Innistrad is known for its ally-colored tribes, and a number of memorable characters associated with those …

Top 10 Folklore References in Throne of Eldraine

Mara Katz Magic Story

Throne of Eldraine is packed with references to classical European legends and fairytales. While all the stories in the set are centuries old, the way Eldraine presents them reflects all the different ways in which we tell them to each other, from bedtime stories to plays to movies. Here are ten of the cleverest European folklore references in Throne of …

What Brawl Needs to Succeed

Mara Katz Brawl

When Brawl was announced as a new format in spring 2018, my playgroup and I immediately started building decks for it. It’s my ideal format as a Magic brewer who loves the creative constraints of Commander and Oathbreaker, but finds the massive size of those formats’ card pools stressful to work with. But my playgroup and I were soon surprised …

A Beginner’s Guide to Magic Formats

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There are a lot of different ways to play Magic. Each format has its own deckbuilding requirements and expects players to invest different amounts of time and money into preparing for and playing Magic. As a result, some formats appeal more to new players, and some to more experienced players. This article will go through the most popular Magic formats …

Building Your First Commander Deck

Mara Katz Commander

Commander is a format that draws on the entire history of Magic for its card pool. This makes it exciting, since you can build a fun and functional deck around any commander or archetype. But it can also be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the format. Here are some tips for building your first Commander deck in a way …

MTG Character Profile: Omnath

Mara Katz Magic Story

This article is part of a series of profiles of the major characters in Magic Core Set 2020. Today we’re looking at Omnath, a powerful Elemental from the plane of Zendikar. Omnath is a manifestation of the chaotic mana of Zendikar, worshipped by some Zendikari communities as a creator god. For most of the plane’s history, he was believed to …

MTG Character Profile: Kaalia

Mara Katz Magic Story

This article is part of a series of profiles of the major characters in Magic’s Core Set 2020. Today, we’re looking at the life of Kaalia, a cleric caught up in the chaos following the Conflux on Alara. Lia was born in a Bant village in the years after the Conflux, when the five Shards that made up Alara merged …