Modern Matchup Guide: Urza vs. Death’s Shadow

Michael Rapp Modern

The Modern metagame may not move nearly as fast as Standard, but if you look closely, you can see how the top deck evolve. The Urza decks are a great example of this: In the past year, Urza has been a Whir of Invention-based combo/prison deck, a Paradoxical Outcome combo deck, and (currently) a Simic midrange deck that uses Oko …

Modern and Pioneer Metagame Update

Michael Rapp Modern, Pioneer

As the end of 2019 approaches, we’ve seen a lot in Magic over the year in Modern, and a brand-new format emerge in Pioneer. We were lucky enough to get a bevy of events this last weekend to pull data from: the StarCityGames Invitational, a Modern MTGO PTQ, a Modern MTGO Challenge, two Modern PTQs at GP Sao Paulo, a …

Modern Match-Up Guide: Burn vs. Death’s Shadow

Michael Rapp Modern

Modern is home to so many interesting and unique decks and strategies from Mill, to Urza decks, to Tron, and even Bogles. Today, I want to talk about my favorite match-up in all of Modern: Grixis Death’s Shadow vs. Burn. This match-up looks incredibly easy and straightforward, but once you experience it from either side, you’ll find the games are quite …

Modern Urza Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Modern

Since the release of Modern Horizons, Urza, Lord High Artificer has been one of the most impactful cards in Modern, spawning several new decks. With so many variants to choose from, it can be tough to decide which one to play. My goal today is to lay out a number of those variants and explain what they do so you …

Deck Guide: Modern Jund Death’s Shadow

Michael Rapp Modern

Many of you may know me from my previous work on both Grixis and Mardu Death’s Shadow.  Having already written about both of those decks, I figured it was time to break down the latest Death’s Shadow archetype: Jund Shadow. Traverse Shadow was a deck you might remember Josh Utter-Leyton championing during the infancy of Death’s Shadow development. Matt Nass recently …

Top 5 Throne of Eldraine Cards for Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

There are few times in the year more exciting than Magic spoiler season. Luckily, with Throne of Eldraine coming up, we have an onslaught of new cards to play with. From the flashiest mythic rares built for Commander, all the way down to the commons that give the Limited environment its own feel and personality, every card serves a purpose. …

The New Modern Metagame

Anthony Lowry Modern

For those that don’t know who I am, I’m Anthony Lowry, a former grinder on the SCG Tour. I’ve contributed to a lot of different archetypes, such as Jeskai Geist, Burning Reanimator (now R/B Reanimator) Jeskai Auras, and various monsters decks, including Chris VanMeter’s winning list from SCG Syracuse back in 2015. I don’t exactly consider myself a great deckbuilder, …

Leylines in Core Set 2020

Card Kingdom Modern, Standard

Editor’s note: This article was published on June 19, 2019, before Leyline of Abundance was previewed. We’ve updated the article to include it. Mana is the foundation of all magic in the Multiverse. Each plane has its own distinct mana, which can be found along a network of paths called leylines. These leylines have often been relevant to Magic story …