Building a Budget Cube

Alex 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

Alex 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?

Alex 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

Alex 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 …

Magic: The Gathering for Minecrafters

Alex Katz Community

Magic: the Gathering is a game about collecting resources, developing strategies that match your personal aesthetic, and competing with your friends. In those ways and others, it’s a lot like Minecraft. Here are some things you’ll like about Magic if you play a lot of Minecraft. Creative Expression Magic, like Minecraft, gives players a set of materials and rules for …

Companion in Commander and Brawl

Alex Katz Brawl, Commander

Editor’s note: On June 1, 2020, Wizards of the Coast announced a change to the companion mechanic. Companions may no longer be cast from the sideboard; instead, players must pay 3 mana of any color to put a companion from their sideboard into their hand. The Commander Rules Committee has clarified that “[c]ompanion will operate in Commander similarly to other …

MTG Character Profile: Vivien Reid

Alex Katz Magic Story

The green-aligned Planeswalker Vivien Reid will play a major role in the upcoming Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. Vivien is relatively new to Magic’s story, so not much is known about her. Let’s take a look at her life up to this point and why she’s the perfect Planeswalker to be our guide on a plane full of gigantic monstrous creatures. …

Top Tools for New MTG Players

Alex Katz Community

Magic has tens of thousands of cards, with new ones coming out every year. When you’re new to the game, it can be hard to figure out which cards you need to build the perfect deck, or which ones are the most useful in your favorite format. Fortunately, there are plenty of online resources to help you brainstorm cards, see …

Bogles Deck Guide

Alex Katz Community, Strategy

Bogles are back in Standard! If you’ve played this archetype in Modern or Pauper, you’re probably either very excited, or already sideboarding against it. If you’re not sure what all the fuss is about, here are the basics of Bogles, including some fun facts and advice from noted Modern Bogles player Maria Bartholdi of Good Luck High Five. A Slippery …

Brewing for Brawl: Calix Enchantress

Alex Katz Brawl

Theros Beyond Death introduces a new Therosian Planeswalker to Magic Story: Calix, Destiny’s Hand. Calix was created by Klothys, the god of destiny, to bring Elspeth back to the Underworld and restore order to Theros. As Klothys’ champion, Calix has a close relationship to the enchantment-based magic that keeps Theros running. His loyalty abilities reflect that, presenting an interesting deck-building …