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 …

Modern Metagame Update: October 2020

Michael Rapp Modern

Welcome to the new monthly Modern Metagame here at Card Kingdom! Starting this week, and on the second Friday of each month, I’ll be recapping major archetypes and tournament results from the month previous. Let’s get right into the tournament results! Tournament Results Tournament results give us the data that we need to paint a clear picture of what decks …

Omnath, Locus of Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

Hmm, I think I’ve seen this one before: “Flagship Standard Mythic Becomes High Level Modern Staple.”  That’s right! Just like Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath, Omnath, Locus of Creation has quickly become a fixture of the Modern format. As Omnath cares about multiple landfall triggers per turn, it’s a natural ally for Uro, who makes it easy to enable all …

Moving On Up: From Rakdos to Jund Shadow

Michael Rapp Modern

Over the last couple of weeks, Rakdos Shadow has made a name for itself in Modern, putting up some solid results in challenges, and even picking up a win. While I believe Rakdos Shadow is a good deck, I think it also has some exploitable flaws, namely card quality and perhaps being too low to the ground. Before we can …

Analyzing Zendikar Rising’s Impact on Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

Zendikar Rising has shown that it has a number of cards that are Modern-playable, and many of them are already bearing results. While I wrote about how premier decks such as Amulet Titan and Death’s Shadow were getting new toys, it was the dark horses of Modern that had the most to gain. Death and Taxes, Dimir Mill, and Belcher …

Top 5 Zendikar Rising Cards for Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

Wow, I can’t believe that Zendikar Rising is already here! Naturally, as I do with each new set, I sat down and found what I believe are the best five cards for Modern. Zendikar Rising was a bit tougher than previous sets, as the party and kicker mechanics don’t translate well into eternal formats. That left two categories: cards that …