“Hurricane Harold”: Brewing with Storm Herald

Tom Anderson Standard

“This is the story of the Hurricane… and it won’t be over ‘til he wins a game…” Magic is an amazing creative outlet, which is a big part of how the game has found success over the past few decades. Casual players love formats like Commander for the freedom it grants to play whatever cards or archetypes they can think …

Devotion Decks for Standard

Felix Sloo Standard

Devotion is back in Theros Beyond Death! Devotion counts the colored mana symbols among permanents you control to make some of your cards more powerful. It’s also a returning mechanic, so we have two years’ worth of precedent for what works and what doesn’t. We know that some cards with devotion are so powerful that they incentivize you to fill …

How to Rebuild Your Oko Deck

Mara Katz Brawl, Standard

Oko, Thief of Crowns was recently banned in Standard and Brawl, to the joy of players tired of losing to Simic and Sultai food-based decks. But not everyone is rejoicing. Some players invested heavily in cards for Oko decks and are now disappointed that they can’t use those decks any longer. Fortunately, there are plenty of other uses for Oko …

Oko Banned in Standard

Chantelle Campbell Standard

Oko, Thief of Crowns? Out. Once Upon a Time? Not anytime soon. Veil of Summer? So last season.  With Monday’s Banned and Restricted announcement, some of the biggest players in Standard have been overthrown, opening up a wide world of deck-building possibilities. Artifacts and powerful creatures that Oko has turned into elk are viable again; more aggressive strategies can better …

Mythic Championship VI Metagame Preview

Tom Anderson Standard

The world of competitive Magic moves faster today than it ever has before. Just a few weeks ago, we watched Javier Dominguez win Mythic Championship V against a sea of Golos decks. Since then, we saw Field of the Dead banned, and players have had a much different Standard puzzle to solve. And now we’re rushing headlong into Mythic Championship …

B&R Analysis: October 21, 2019

Hallie Santo Standard

When Wizards of the Coast moved their latest Banned and Restricted List update up to October 21st, Magic players knew that change was coming – most likely in Standard. As many suspected, Field of the Dead has earned a spot on the Standard banned list due to its warping effect on the format. Bant Golos decks thrived in midrange mirrors …

Mythic Championship V Recap

Tom Anderson Standard

This weekend saw 68 of the world’s best Magic players put their Standard skills to the test in the most high-stakes arena possible. Mythic Championship V was the definitive test of the early Throne of Eldraine metagame – and with Wizards announcing early B&R changes, it was likely also the final test. Many Standard players were begging for that B&R …

Mythic Championship V: Top 10 Cards to Watch

Chantelle Campbell Standard

The Mythic Championship is upon us, and we’ll be getting our first real look at competitive Standard since Throne of Eldraine was released. With Eldraine came many powerful new cards and synergies, from Planeswalkers to Food tokens. Let’s count down the Throne of Eldraine cards that will make the biggest splash at Mythic Championship V.  10. Fabled Passage A strict …

How to Beat Golos in Standard

Tom Anderson Standard

Throne of Eldraine Standard has well and truly arrived, and there are all sorts of fun new cards and mechanics at play. But of course, one card from the previous set threatens to keep the entire plane of Eldraine in its shadow.  The first big Standard tournaments have looked like Romero movies, and left some players just as horrified. With …