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 …

MTG Character Profile: Mu Yanling

Mara Katz Magic Story

This article is part of a series of profiles of the major characters in Core Set 2020. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the life of Mu Yanling, a planeswalker first introduced in Magic’s Global Series. Mu Yanling grew up by the ocean on the Plane of Mountains and Seas. When her home was destroyed by a tidal wave, …

Top 10 Callbacks in Modern Horizons

Mara Katz Design, Modern

Modern Horizons is all about celebrating Magic’s history. It’s packed with exciting mechanics and references to old cards that the player community remembers fondly. Here are the ten references that the Card Kingdom community is most excited about. Collected Conjuring Collected Company has made its mark in Standard and Modern alike. Collected Conjuring does the same thing as Collected Company, …

MTG Character Profile: Urza

Mara Katz Magic Story

Urza, Lord High Artificer may be one of the most anticipated cards in Modern Horizons. Urza has had a huge impact on Magic’s story, but he has never been represented on a black-bordered Magic card. After brief appearances in Vanguard and Unstable, Urza has finally arrived. Let’s take a deep dive into his life and legacy. Urza has been a …

MTG Character Profile: Sarkhan Vol

Mara Katz Magic Story

This is the fourth in a series of profiles of the planeswalkers appearing in War of the Spark. In this article, we’ll examine the story of Sarkhan Vol, a dragon-obsessed warrior who has served both Nicol Bolas and his rival Ugin. Disciple of Dragons Sarkhan was born on the plane of Tarkir, in a timeline where the plane’s dragons had …

MTG Character Profile: Tamiyo

Mara Katz Magic Story

This is the third in a series of profiles of some of the planeswalkers appearing in War of the Spark. In this article, we discuss the life and work of Tamiyo, a historian who often becomes involved in the events she tries to observe. The Moon Sage Tamiyo is a member of the soratami people from the plane of Kamigawa. …

MTG Character Profile: Ral Zarek

Mara Katz Magic Story

This is the second in a series of profiles of some of the planeswalkers appearing in War of the Spark. Today, we’ll discuss the career of Ral Zarek: an Izzet weather wizard torn between loyalty to his guild and the power promised by Nicol Bolas. An Ambitious Izzet Mage Ral grew up in Ravnica’s Tenth District, where his affinity for …

MTG Character Profile: Sorin Markov

Mara Katz Magic Story

This is the first in a series of profiles of some of the planeswalkers appearing in War of the Spark. In this article, we look at the life and adventures of Sorin Markov, a vampiric aristocrat from the plane of Innistrad. Sorin’s Origin Thousands of years ago, Sorin’s grandfather Edgar Markov made a deal with a demon to protect his …