Commander on a Budget: Legends from “The List”

Mara 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

Mara 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

Mara 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

Mara 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

Mara 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

Mara 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 …

Building a Budget Cube

Mara Katz Cube, Design, Limited

When most Magic players think of cubes, they think of “powered” cubes. These are the big draftable collections of cards that show up every so often on Magic: the Gathering Online, or that your friends might build with the most powerful cards in their collections. Many cubes feature the Power 9 or the most well-known cards in formats like Modern, …

Brawl Deck Ideas for Core Set 2021

Mara Katz Brawl

Core Set 2021 is focused on telling the story of Teferi, a recurring character from Magic‘s history. But alongside the memorable moments from Teferi’s life and the people he’s met along the way, the set introduces a number of exciting legendary creatures and Planeswalkers with great Brawl deck-building potential. Here are some examples of what you can build with the legends …

What are Core Sets?

Mara Katz Products

Magic: the Gathering is a complex game, and there’s a lot to learn with the release of each new set. But if you’re ever feeling lost, Magic‘s core sets are here for you. Let’s take a look at the history of core sets and what makes them an accessible starting point for new players. What is a Core Set? Magic‘s …

Cycling in Commander and Brawl

Mara Katz Brawl, Commander

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is packed with exciting new mechanics, but the mechanic that’s made the biggest splash is a returning one: cycling. Cycling lets you discard cards you can’t use in order to draw different ones. Ikoria has introduced not only cards with unusually cheap cycling costs, but also some interesting payoffs for cycling that can have consequences above …