MTG Holiday Mailbag: 2020

Michael Rapp Community

Hello everyone, as we get into the heart of the holiday season, I’m taking a break from my usual strategy content. Instead, I wanted to do something a little more fun. I fielded some questions from the folks that follow me on Twitter and picked some of my favorites. Let’s jump right into them! If you could make any card …

Updating Modern Death’s Shadow: Rakdos, Jund, and Grixis

Michael Rapp Modern

Death’s Shadow has multiple flavors and variants that have all seen success throughout its history. Naturally, this leads players to wonder which version they should play, when they should play each version, and which is the best. Recently, Rakdos, Jund, and Grixis have all found levels of success, which only makes the previous concerns more valid.  Truthfully, I believe that …

Modern Metagame Update: December 2020

Michael Rapp Modern

Welcome back for the third monthly Modern Metagame Update here at Card Kingdom! On the second Friday of each month, I’ll be recapping major MTGO tournament results from the month prior. Let’s get right into the tournament results! Tournament Results Tournaments and the data they provide paint a clear picture of what decks are succeeding in the Modern metagame. Since …

Is Mentor Back in Modern?

Michael Rapp Modern

Monastery Mentor is beloved by many, and while it has succeeded in Legacy, the card hasn’t quite had its day in the sun in Modern. That certainly hasn’t stopped players from trying to build shells that take advantage of the “army in a can” monk, but none of those shells have really had staying power.  I’ve sometimes wondered why Monastery …

Modern Staples to Pick Up This Black Friday

Michael Rapp Modern

With paper Magic on a hiatus, prices of paper cards have naturally come down — and with upcoming holiday sales, the available deals will likely be even sweeter. I’ve had my eye on a number of Modern staples that are currently underpriced and have plenty of room to grow once paper Magic makes its return. I know I’ll be scoping …

How GW Heliod Won the MOCS

Michael Rapp Modern

Last weekend, we saw Michael Jacob (aka DarkestMage) win the Magic Online Championship Series. The MOCS is perhaps the single most difficult Magic tournament in any given year, and his win is an impressive feat.  While the MOCS is a multi-format tournament, Modern made up the lion’s share of total rounds, with four rounds during the Swiss and two more …

Modern Metagame Update: November 2020

Michael Rapp Modern

Welcome back for the second monthly Modern Metagame Update here at Card Kingdom! On the second Friday of each month, I’ll be recapping major MTGO tournament results from the month prior. Let’s get right into the tournament results! Tournament Results Tournaments and the data they provide paint a clear picture of what decks are succeeding in the Modern metagame. Since …

Eladamri’s Toolbox: A Modern Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Modern

Chances are, if you’re a close follower of Modern or a Primeval Titan devotee, you’ve noticed a lack of Amulet of Vigor or Scapeshift accompanying the angry green giant. Recently, Titan players have hung up the explosive combo draws and Summoner’s Pacts for Elvish Reclaimer, Eladamri’s Call, and Path to Exile. Today, we’re going to take a look at what …

Modern Crabvine Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Modern

It’s about time that graveyard decks popped back up in Modern. Traditionally, whenever Modern becomes centered around interaction, decks like Dredge creep back into the metagame to exploit the midrange decks. Without Faithless Looting, Dredge is only at a fraction of its former power level, which allows other decks to challenge it for the title of Best Graveyard Deck. Last …

Modern Humans Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Modern

Welcome to another Modern Deck Guide! Today, we’re taking a look at one of the premier aggro decks in Modern: Humans. Humans is frequently among the most popular decks in Modern, so it’s no surprise to see it putting up plenty of MTGO results. In last week’s Modern Metagame Update, we saw that Humans was the third most published deck …