60 Essential Cards for Your Modern Collection

Michael Rapp Modern

Whether you’re new to Modern, returning to Modern, or are an enfranchised player, collection management is important. While Modern often doesn’t transform overnight, there is usually some movement within archetypes in order to adjust to the metagame. Having a well-maintained collection can help you avoid scrambling for cards before a tournament, as well as potentially dodging price spikes.  The first …

What’s Banned in Modern (And Why)

Michael Rapp Modern

Modern recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and that got me reminiscing about my time playing the format. Decks came and went, metagames evolved, new cards entered the format. But we’ve also seen many cards leave the format over the years as the Modern banlist has grown and changed.  If you’re newer to Modern, you may not be familiar with the …

best modern decks for beginners

Best Modern Decks for Beginners

Michael Rapp Modern

Michael Rapp takes us through his top five Modern decks for beginners, taking into account budget, ease of learning, and overall strength in the Modern metagame.  Before we get into my selection, I’d like to clarify one thing. I’ve seen a number of articles of this style that just default to “here are the five cheapest decks in Modern”, and …

Modern Deck Guide: Indomitable Creativity

Michael Rapp Modern

Hello everyone, and welcome back for another deck guide here at Card Kingdom! This week, I’ll be covering one of Modern’s rising combo decks: Indomitable Creativity.  For the last month or so, Indomitable Creativity has been showing up more and more when I’ve pulled up the results from MTGO Challenges. Combo decks are coming into their own to disrupt the …

Top 5 Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Cards for Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt brings us back to one of Magic‘s most beloved planes, and it also means new cards for one of Magic‘s most beloved formats — Modern! So far, Midnight Hunt seems much tamer than the original Innistrad in terms of power level; I don’t expect many, if any, format-defining cards from this set, but there are definitely a …

Modern Tier List: September 3, 2021

Michael Rapp Modern

Hello, and welcome to my first Modern tier list here on Card Kingdom! Modern is a wide and complex format with a lot of movement, which often makes ranking decks tricky. As such, this list is best viewed as a snapshot in time to help influence how you can build and update your deck week-to-week.  Before we dive into the …

Modern Deck Guide: Jund Saga

Michael Rapp Modern

Okay, okay, I get it. I can’t make fun of Jund players for being Boomers anymore, because — well, the latest version of Jund is full of new cards. It’s no secret that Jund badly needed a facelift, and what better way to do that than adding a stack of Modern Horizons 2 cards! Last weekend, Bullwinkkle6705 won a Modern …

Modern Living End Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Modern

Cascade decks have been a pillar of Modern since the release of Modern Horizons 2, but Living End has been around for quite a lot longer. But long gone are the days of Demonic Dread and Monstrous Carabid. Living End went through another evolution once, with the addition of As Foretold and Electrodominance, which removed the cascade cards from the …

Modern How to Build Sideboards for Lurrus Decks

Building Sideboards for Lurrus Decks in Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

Lurrus of the Dream-Den has been a pillar of Modern for a while now, and thanks to Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Dragon’s Rage Channeler, the archetype has been supercharged. Black and red are the common base colors for Lurrus decks, but as Modern has evolved, they’ve included all five colors at various points. Each splash color has its own strengths …

Modern Deck Guide Five-Color Elementals

Modern Deck Guide: Five-Color Elementals

Michael Rapp Modern

The Modern metagame tends to move at one of two speeds. When a card or archetype becomes dominant, the metagame will change relatively slowly, and it may take a ban or an impactful set to shake things up. But if such a change does happen, the metagame may begin to shift rapidly, with decks changing position from week to week.  …