Key Constructed Cards from Core Set 2019

Chantelle Campbell Standard

Another new set means another opportunity to shake up constructed, and M19 doesn’t disappoint! This is the first core set since Magic Origins in 2015, and with it comes the opportunity to inject staples back into Standard, as well as unleashing powerful new tools for all our favorite Constructed formats. The Planeswalkers        A new core set means a new …

Deck of the Week: B/W Vehicles

Card Kingdom Deck of the Week, Standard

With Pro Tour Dominaria about to unfold this weekend, the Standard landscape is becoming increasingly unsteady. While U/W Control and B/R Aggro are still ubiquitous, more divergent strategies are emerging as players choose “beat ’em” over “join ’em.” The most talked-about deck of these is B/W Vehicles, which our own Chris VanMeter took out for a spin this past week. …

Deck of the Week: Mono-Black Control

Card Kingdom Deck of the Week, Standard

The post-Dominaria Standard metagame seems to be taking shape, with U/W Control decks and Red Aggro decks facing off in tournament halls and local game stores alike. Having covered both decks thoroughly in previous installments of Deck of the Week, we tuned into this week’s Team Standard Super League to see what else the format had to offer. Tuesday’s episode …

Deck of the Week: Standard B/R Aggro

Simon Irving Deck of the Week, Standard

Dominaria Standard is still a new and shiny format, open to all kinds of innovation and originality. Early results have shown a massive swing away from the previous Standard metagame, with nary a Scarab God to be found. Without that great bug-headed monstrosity casting its ominous shadow over the battlefields and graveyards of our Standard matches, many new archetypes are …

Deck of the Week: Standard U/W Control

Hallie Santo Deck of the Week, Standard

For the past several months, Standard has been dominated by two titanic threats: Hazoret the Fervent and The Scarab God. These two larger-than-life creatures were among the most impactful and hardest to answer in the format, and their struggle for control of Amonkhet played out on battlefields at Friday Night Magic and Grand Prix alike. While many Standard stalwarts chose …

Going to Llanowar

Chantelle Campbell Standard

Dominaria Prereleases have wrapped up (and they were a blast!), and the Draft Leagues are open. With all of the new cards evaluated, the eyes of the masses are turning to Standard, and the splash that these powerful new cards will have on our favorite rotating format. But there’s only one card that I’m excited about – a card that …

Deck of the Week: GP Seattle Winners

Card Kingdom Deck of the Week, Legacy, Standard

In honor of last weekend’s double-header Grand Prix in our hometown of Seattle, we have a double dose of Deck of the Week for you today! Seattle is well-known as a Legacy hotbed, and it was only fitting that one of our own would win the Legacy portion of the event. Mox Seattle regular Daniel Duterte took down the tournament …

Deck of the Week: Return of the Red Deck

Simon Irving Deck of the Week, Standard

This week’s Banned & Restricted announcement has dramatically reshaped Standard. As Rivals for Ixalan arrives, four widely played cards will be leaving the format. The removal of Attune with Aether and Rogue Refiner from the Energy lists was not surprising, but the two bans targeting Mono-Red were considerably more unexpected. Both Ramunap Ruins and Rampaging Ferocidon (RIP, my clever girl) gave …

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 …

Solving the Slump

Chantelle Campbell Standard

On Sunday at Grand Prix Portland, I had just picked up my second loss in the PTQ after scrubbing out of the main event. I was left a little heartbroken, wondering what I could have done differently. Should I have chosen a different deck for Standard? Did I mis-build my sealed pool? Is it just variance? If it’s just variance, …