Deck of the Week: B/R Hollow One

Chantelle Campbell Deck of the Week, Modern

Throughout its brief tenure in the Modern format, Hollow One has not been a deck that players have taken particularly seriously. With cards like Burning Inquiry and Goblin Lore, the opportunity for the deck to fail itself often seems too high. But that variance can hurt your opponents as much as it can hurt (or help) you. With the deck …

Deck of the Week: Modern Goblins

Simon Irving Deck of the Week, Modern

Are you excited about Dominaria? I certainly am! Big set, new cards, old nostalgia. Yet, of all the shiny new toys that Santa Karn is about to deliver to us, there are two reprints that have really piqued my interest – Skirk Prospector and Goblin Warchief. Goblins have long been gnawing at the edges of playability in Modern, and I’m …

Deck of the Week: Modern Affinity

Hallie Santo Deck of the Week, Modern

Bloodbraid Elf and Jace, the Mind Sculptor were let loose on the Modern landscape this week, and players are still trying to build the best homes for their old friends. “Bloodbraid Elf is a slam-dunk in Jund… but can I play her in Titan Shift?” “Is discarding my own Jace to Disrupting Shoal the best way to counter my opponent’s …

Spotlight on: Lotus Cobra

Ahren Gauthier Modern

Lotus Cobra has a fair bit of history attached to it, stretching all the way back to Extended. It was a key ramp piece in Mythic Bant (an Eldrazi Conscription/Sovereigns of Lost Alara combo deck), G/W Traps (Summoning Trap/Emrakul combo), and BUG Control (alongside Grave Titan and Jace, the Mind Sculptor). The key element that it brought to the table is …

Deck of the Week: Modern Humans

Hallie Santo Deck of the Week, Modern

Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan may be behind us, but Modern is still on many players’ minds. More Modern Grand Prix will be happening around the world this weekend, and overall perceptions of the format have been positive. Modern is as diverse as ever, with decks as disparate as Affinity and Lantern Control coexisting in the metagame. While Lantern Control …

Swimming with the Fishes

Chantelle Campbell Modern, Standard

Merfolk was the first Modern deck I ever built, and as such it will always have a special place in my heart. Until Humans busted onto the scene, it was one of the few competitive Modern tribal decks, and dedicated Merfolk players have honed their Islandwalking strategies like sharpened knives. As a lover of aggressive decks and synergy, seeing Merfolk …

Making the Vala-Kut: A Titan Deck Primer

Chantelle Campbell Modern

Valakut, Scapeshift, and Primeval Titan are the best of friends. Since its inception, the Valakut Scapeshift deck has been a powerful yet fringe strategy, and more recently, Valakut-centric “Titan Shift” decks are at the forefront of the Modern format. As a perpetual MTG grinder, I was particularly excited that Modern was the format of this PPTQ season. Modern is easily …

Constructing Constructed: Hour of Devastation

Chantelle Campbell Constructing Constructed, Modern, Standard

With each new set come new cards, ready to make a splash in Constructed formats. Part of the joy of preview season and new set releases is beginning to figure out what cards can slot into existing strategies, what cards can bolster fringe decks, and what cards can facilitate the creation of completely new archetypes! Hour of Devastation has been …