Magic in 2020: 10 Cards that Exceeded Expectations

Scott Cullen Community

2020 has been a wild ride for everyone, and not something that anyone could have predicted. As the year draws to a close, we can look back on Magic’s landscape and survey the aftermath. The Year of Commander has left its mark on the game forever, and the major expansions of 2020 brought increasingly powerful cards into Standard and beyond. …

10 Magic Cards that Defined 2020

Tom Anderson Community

Toward the end of 2019 (so roughly 20 years ago by common reckoning), I published an article here counting down the new cards that had defined the year in Magic. It was a somewhat rare chance to highlight not only the cards and decks that won the most, but the way the year had changed the broader Magic community. I …

Lines in the Sand: Angle-Shooting in Magic

Tom Anderson Community

For all that we Magic players love to think analytically and break things down, there are still some hugely impactful blind spots in community discussion of the game. This week’s Magic Online Championships thrust one into the spotlight, as a controversial finish to Oliver Tiu vs. Michael Jacob led to fiery online debate about cheating, “angle-shooting” and the moral grey …

A Voice for Casual Magic: Shivam Bhatt

Tom Anderson Community

The impending release of Commander Legends feels like a big moment for Magic. It’s the clearest and most significant expression of WotC’s whole-hearted conversion to the cause of casual play. Commander and other casual formats have always been the underwater bulk of the Magic iceberg, but it took the rise of social media and content algorithms to really show it. …

Why Do Magic Players Love Innistrad?

Tom Anderson Community

Good evening, my readers of the night! We draw near to the spookiest night of the year, and so naturally I found myself pondering the most eerie and haunted periods in Magic history for this week’s article. The myth and imagery of horror have been a huge part of Magic since its earliest days. The game was barely a year …

Commander Kingdom

Card Kingdom Commander, Community, Livestreams

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Magic‘s Commander community is still going strong. In recent months, we’ve seen innovative new approaches to playing Commander and renewed engagement from players. It’s been incredible to see, and we’re happy to continue providing players with the cards and supplies they need. We also know that Commander players are always looking for new content about …

How to Customize Your Commander Decks

Kristen Gregory Commander, Community

One of the big draws of Commander for many people is the ability to customize your deck. Whether you’re a lover of janky tribal, have an appreciation for a favorite artist, or just really love a particular archetype, there are plenty of ways to put that personal stamp on your build.  Adding a personal touch is an easy way to …

Emma Handy’s Gruuling Grand Finals Adventure

Tom Anderson Community

It seemed destined by fate that Emma Handy — who helped rally the Magic community around the “No TERFs on Gruul Turf!” slogan — would end up crashing the Top 8 of a Worlds-level tournament with a red-green aggro deck. “Gruul Adventures was honestly the sort of eleventh hour audible you always hear about — but this time it worked.” …

A Pattern of Rebirth: Magic in 2020

Kristen Gregory Community

If you’ve played Magic for any length of time, you’ll be familiar by now with the sometimes annual and oftentimes more frequent cry that “Magic is dead!” Players who have been playing much longer than you and I will have rolled out this rhetoric many times, from the first reprints in Fourth Edition and Chronicles, to the introduction of Planeswalkers, …