Exploring Cavern of Souls' Reprint

Exploring Cavern of Souls’ Reprint

Tom AndersonCommander, Standard

To enfranchised Magic players, rare lands are always headline cards for any new set. The availability of color-fixing lands is a huge factor in deciding the metagame of a format, especially the presence of multicolor aggro decks. But despite this vital role, there’s usually not a lot interesting to say about the cards themselves. But that’s different for Cavern of …

Doctor Who Flavor Highlights

Doctor Who: Flavor Highlights

Jacob LacknerCommander

Header Designer for Magic: the Gathering Mark Rosewater recently wrote that Universes Beyond allows for designs that just wouldn’t have happened without the inspiration of an external intellectual property. I think he’s right, especially when it comes to flavor — and the recent Doctor Who set is a perfect example. With that in mind, I’m going to give my picks …

The Lost Caverns of Ixalan Early Look

The Lost Caverns of Ixalan: Early Look

Chris CornejoCommander, Products, Standard

It’s been a while since Magic: The Gathering last visited Ixalan, and a lot has changed on the Meso-American inspired plane. Let’s jump in and take a look at everything we know about the upcoming set, The Lost Caverns of Ixalan!  The Story  A year has passed since the Phyrexian invasion of the Multiverse and Ixalan is healing its wounds …

What Makes Discard so Strong in Commander

What Makes Discard so Strong in Commander?

Tom AndersonCommander

Magic has been around for long enough to spin off hundreds of unique mechanics, each with its own unique advantages, dedicated support cards and memorable payoffs. But when you throw them all together in the grand melting pot that is Commander, a few mechanics clearly stand out from the pack. They offer versatile deck building options, consistent performance in different …

Doctor Who Design Highlights

Doctor Who Magic Design Highlights

Mason ClarkCommander

Doctor Who holds a very special place in my heart. I love the show and have watched it since I was about 14 — so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this adventure into Universes Beyond. And since this is such a special occasion, I’m going to deviate from my usual spike-content to enjoy the exciting, flavorful design …

Doctor Who Commander Set Review

Kristen GregoryCommander

Doctor Who arrives in the Commander format with four preconstructed decks. Each is flush with reprints, but also dozens of novel designs. With 200 new Doctor Who cards available for Commander brewing, it’s time to review the best of the set.  Chances are you’re going to pick up the precons for some planechase Doctor Who action, or you’re going to …

Top 10 Doctor Who Companion Pairings

Top 10 Doctor Who Companion Pairings

Jacob LacknerCommander

Doctor Who is timeless, but the newest Universes Beyond set reaches our timeline on Friday! The set manages to include every iteration of the Doctor and a whole slew of their companions, which is reflected in the “Doctor’s companion” mechanic itself. But with 15 doctors and 27 companions, how will you figure out which Doctor/Companion pairings are best? Well, you …

How Good are the Most Expensive Commander Cards?

How Good are the Most Expensive Commander Cards?

Tom AndersonCommander

Some Magic players may think it’s blasphemy to write this down, but this game we love has always had a pay-to-win element that’s hard to escape. This is even true in social formats like Commander, where paying for the most expensive cards is sometimes all players need to dominate their friends. Magic creator Richard Garfield may have had innocent intentions …

Chaos Orb and Falling Star's Ban in Commander

Why are Chaos Orb and Falling Star Banned in Commander?

Jacob LacknerCommander

While Commander’s grassroots origins make it different from many other Magic formats, it still has a ban list like the rest of them. However, since Commander is not a format with tons of tournament data to back up banning certain cards, some players are unsure why certain offenders end up on the list. Today, I’m going to take a look …