Fable of the Mirror-Breaker: The Saga of Kikki-Jikki

Chris Cornejo Design, Legacy, Magic Story, Modern, Pioneer, Standard

Sagas, in Magic and in life, are meant to tell a story. While sagas are among the oldest forms of formalized storytelling that exist in human history, in Magic, they’re pretty new. First appearing in Dominaria in 2018, they’ve appeared every year since. They almost missed 2019, but Urza’s Saga in Modern Horizons kept the streak going. They have now …

Pioneer Tier List: June 2022

Mason Clark Pioneer

Pioneer got a bit of a shakeup recently with some bans, so Mason pauses to take a look at the metagame ahead of RCQ Season. It’s been a couple of weeks since the Pioneer banning of both Winota and Expressive Iteration. We have had some results and the players have rushed to figure out the format with the RCQ season …

Three Pioneer Decks for a Post-Winota World

Mason Clark Pioneer

Pioneer has changed forever. Both Winota, Joiner of Forces and Expressive Iteration were banned this week. Over the last year, the format has completely and totally warped around these two cards. Winota has been the default uninteractive deck that also had an amazing back up plan. Blue-red piles have been the ultimate forms of value with out having to go …

SNC Pioneer Update

Mason Clark Pioneer

Since the release of Streets of New Capenna we have seen one card break out in the metagame in a huge way. Ledger Shredder (covered last week for Modern with Michael’s article) has helped redefine Pioneer. But there is more to this format than just the new bird! Bant Angels Angels is a deck that had a brief moment in …

Finding Homes for Ledger Shredder

Michael Rapp Modern, Pioneer

Ledger Shredder has become a breakout card from SNC for Constructed Magic, and Michael takes a look at where it fits in Modern and Pioneer! Ledger Shredder caught many people by surprise as it burst onto the scene in multiple formats after flying relatively under the radar during preview season. Players have been trying Ledger Shredder in every major constructed …

Rakdos Midrange in Pioneer

Michael Rapp Pioneer, Strategy

Pioneer is a featured format in the return of Organized Play, and Michael’s here to take a deep dive into Rakdos Midrange decks in the format! Pioneer was one of my favorite formats before Covid shut down paper Magic for the better part of two years. With the upcoming Pioneer PTQ season I decided to get back into things ahead …

4 Decks for New Capenna

Mason Clark Modern, Pioneer, Standard

Here we are: the release of New Capenna. A set full of unique tools. Today, we are going to cover a deck in each of the main paper format along with a bonus Standard deck. Lets not waste any time and jump into the deck lists! UW Heroic Standard this late into its life often needs one of two things …

Exploring Explorer: MTG Arena’s New Format

Mason Clark Explorer, Pioneer

A brand new format (well sorta) is dropping on Arena tomorrow! Explorer is Arena‘s solution to the time needed to code Pioneer. Here is how it works: the format followers the same banned list as Pioneer (for now) and has all the legal cards for Pioneer that are already on Arena. As they work new anthologies and other products into …

Pioneer Update

Mason Clark Pioneer

This past weekend was a huge weekend for Pioneer. We had a PTQ on Magic Online, the big SCG, the 5ks at the SCG, and the normal Magic Online results. As you might expect the format had a lot of results to look over. While a fair amount of the decks are things we actually talked about a few weeks …

5 Decks for Post-Lurrus Pioneer

Mason Clark Pioneer

Right as I was starting to write this article I got a text: “THEY REALLY DID IT”“THEY BANNED LURRUS” I was startled. While I always knew Lurrus would get banned one day, I didn’t expect it to happen like this. We are now in a Post-Lurrus world. So when starting to look for Pioneer decks for the biggest upcoming Pioneer …