This Day in Magic History First World Championship

This Day in Magic History: The First World Championship (August 18th-20, 1994)

Jacob Lackner Events, Standard

Welcome back to another edition of “This Day in Magic History.” Today, we’re going to take a look at the most important event in the history of competitive Magic. On Aug. 18, 1994 the very first Magic World Championship began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This was not only the first time someone could claim the title of Magic world champion, it was …

The Winners & Losers of Standard Rotation

Tom Anderson Standard

Standard has been good in 2022, particularly since the bans to Alrund’s Epiphany and Divide by Zero. Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty and Streets of New Capenna both managed to shake up the metagame despite the high power level of the established decks — the former by adding super-powerful staples to underplayed colors and the latter simply by bringing better manabases to …

Early look Dominaria United

Early Look: Dominaria United

Chris Cornejo Standard

After the deluge of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, Streets of New Capenna, Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate and Double Masters 2022 earlier in the year, we got a bit of breather from new Magic sets releasing this year. That breather is swiftly coming to an end with Dominaria United on the horizon in September.  Let’s get back into the swing …

On This Date in Magic History: Eighth Edition (July 28, 2003)

Jacob Lackner Modern, Standard

Welcome back to another edition of “This Day in Magic History,” where this time we’re taking a look at the release of Eighth Edition, which debuted on July 29, 2003. A discussion of this set may not sound particularly interesting at first. After all, Eighth Edition was a core set during an era when core sets consisted entirely of reprints. However, …

Preparing for MTG tournaments

A Winner’s MTG Mentality: Preparing for Tournaments

Michael Rapp Modern, Pioneer, Standard, Strategy

As the Regional Championship Qualifier season gets into full swing, many people will be playing in more competitive MTG tournaments than they have in a long time. As players return to paper Magic, it is important that they come back with the right mentality. Like anything else in life that involves competition, if you want to win, you’ll need to …

Expressive Iteration’s domination of Magic formats

Mason Clark Legacy, Modern, Pioneer, Standard

Expressive Iteration is in every top deck in every format it’s legal in. If you go and check the data, Standard, Modern and Legacy are all run by the best card draw spell printed since Treasure Cruise. Pioneer, a format where Treasure Cruise is legal, recently banned Expressive Iteration. So, how is this little uncommon that didn’t even get noticed …

MTGA decks

Off the beaten path: 10 decks to mix up MTGA

David Garcia Alchemy, Historic, Standard, Strategy

Sometimes playing Magic: The Gathering can feel like facing the same decks repeatedly when formats grow stale. This, however, is an inevitable part of the game. There will always be some best deck that performs better than the competition. Pros and other players familiar with each format call these the “tier 1 decks.” These decks then inevitably become more popular …

State of Standard

Chris Cornejo Standard

Standard! That’s right, an article about the state of Standard! Back in the days of the old Pro Tour, Standard was the constructed format of three out of every four of them. A powerhouse format, driving much of the conversation in constructed Magic, and making up the majority of high-level competitive play, nearly every Friday Night Magic had an option for Standard …