Soaring with Ledger Shredder: Grixis Death’s Shadow

Michael Rapp Modern

Grixis Death’s Shadow is on the rise in Modern, recovering from Lurrus largely thanks to a card Michael is a big fan of – Ledger Shredder. Just earlier this year Grixis Death’s Shadow was one of, if not the best decks in Modern. Then came the Lurrus ban, GDS players had to figure out if the archetype was still playable. …

Modern Tier List: June 2022 Edition

Michael Rapp Modern

Modern is an ever-churning format, and Michael is here to take a look at what’s shaken things up in the latest Tier List Update! Hello, and welcome back to the June 2022 edition of Card Kingdom’s Modern Tier List! So far June has brought us all of the normal MTGO events along with Dreamhack Dallas, and NRG Lansing, which means …

3 Decks to Beat Four-Color Yorion

Michael Rapp Modern

It is no secret that since the banning of Lurrus of the Dream-Den, Four-Color Yorion has carved out its spot as the best deck in Modern. Yes, yes, I know the metagame percentage of Izzet Murktide, but Four-Color has an artificially low play rate due to its high price on Magic Online. Tournament data suggests that Four-Color Yorion performs much …

The Abrupt Decay of Thoughtseize in Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

Thoughtseize, once a Modern mainstay, seems to be largely missing from the format now. Michael looks at why and where it can still fit in. Anyone who has played Modern for a significant period of time remembers when Thoughtseize was considered a premium interactive spell. Now, as we move through the middle of 2022, almost 11 years after Modern’s debut, …

Modern Tier List: May 2022

Michael Rapp Modern

Modern has started adjusting to Streets of New Capenna, and Michael is here to check in on the format and let us know what decks to watch! Welcome back for the May update to Card Kingdom’s Modern Tier List! Over the last month there hasn’t been any notable paper Modern tournaments to draw data from, but luckily there have still …

Finding Homes for Ledger Shredder

Michael Rapp Modern, Pioneer

Ledger Shredder has become a breakout card from SNC for Constructed Magic, and Michael takes a look at where it fits in Modern and Pioneer! Ledger Shredder caught many people by surprise as it burst onto the scene in multiple formats after flying relatively under the radar during preview season. Players have been trying Ledger Shredder in every major constructed …

Rakdos Midrange in Pioneer

Michael Rapp Pioneer, Strategy

Pioneer is a featured format in the return of Organized Play, and Michael’s here to take a deep dive into Rakdos Midrange decks in the format! Pioneer was one of my favorite formats before Covid shut down paper Magic for the better part of two years. With the upcoming Pioneer PTQ season I decided to get back into things ahead …

Modern Tier List: April 2022

Michael Rapp Modern

Welcome back for the April 2022 edition of the Modern tier list! Since the last update SCGCON Dallas, and NRG Fort Wayne took place. These events combined with the normal MTGO challenges give us a fair bit of data to analyze. A couple more decks have made their way to S-tier this month as the metagame solidifies. As usual we …

Deep Dive: Shadow of Mortality

Michael Rapp Modern

Shadow of Mortality is coming in Streets of New Capenna, and Michael looks at different Modern decks it could find a home in. Shadow of Mortality is perhaps the card that I’m most excited for in Streets of New Capenna. Shadow of Mortality is a clear homage to Death’s Shadow, one of my favorite cards of all time. The first …