The Art of Avoiding a T-Rex

Erik Tiernan Commander, Strategy

Jurassic Park is one of my sister’s favorite movies. While it is an amazing film, we only had one TV, so I’ve seen this movie more than most people. However, it wasn’t until recently that I realized the film has lessons that can be applied to Magic. Building up to your game plan while avoiding being eaten is difficult. Luckily, …

Going Outside Your Comfort Zone

Chantelle Campbell Strategy

Winning isn’t the same thing as getting better. In fact, sometimes they might be diametrically opposed. “But Chantelle,” you may ask, “how do I know if I’m getting better if I’m not winning?” I think this is best answered by an anecdote – one about me as a young planeswalker (and by “young” I mean “just a few short months …

Teaching with Color Theory

Michelle Rapp Strategy

The release of Core Set 2019 has been the cause of widespread celebration throughout the Magic community. Core Sets are a great time for Magic players, since they supplement other sets throughout the year and also help get back to the basics of the game. They’re also a great entry point for many players, since Core Sets rarely introduce new …

Lessons from Grand Prix Vegas

Chantelle Campbell Strategy

Last weekend, Sin City was home to one of the largest Magic events of the year, and the town transformed as over 5,000 competitors, cosplayers, content creators, and lore lovers descended on the Las Vegas Convention Center. Grand Prix Vegas is unique in the Magic community, as it’s the closest thing to a traditional convention that we typically get. With …

Five Tips for Teaching Magic

Simon Irving Strategy

Think back to a time when you didn’t know how to play Magic. Back when you were ignorant to the subtleties of mana curves and card advantage, combat tricks and counterspells. For some of you, that time may have only been a few months ago. Maybe a couple years. Maybe you’re even like me, and you’ve been playing Magic for …

How to Win in Brawl

Brandon Isleib Brawl, Strategy

Good (your time of day), everyone! I’ve joined the Card Kingdom Blog primarily to discuss multiplayer Brawl and Eternal Brawl, which is Brawl but for any Standard environment in history. I’ve made decks that cover each Standard block, and it’s been a blast to pit two years of the past against the current Standard or have different historical Standard formats …

Decoding Deck Selection

Chantelle Campbell Strategy

Many articles have been written on how to play various decks: on sideboarding, on lines of play, on card choices for a deck or archetype. However, there are far fewer articles that focus on how to go about choosing which deck to play for a given format or event, yet it is a choice that I believe is equally (or …

Team Tournament 101

Hallie Santo Strategy

2018 promises to be The Year of the Team Tournament for Magic. This past weekend, Wizards kicked off the year with a team Grand Prix in Santa Clara, CA, and there are fourteen more premier-level team events coming up, including the 25th Anniversary Pro Tour in Minneapolis, MN. Players can compete in Team Limited, where they’ll build three Sealed decks …

Solving the Slump

Chantelle Campbell Standard, Strategy

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, …

Leveling Up in Magic

Courtney Rudiger Strategy

I have to admit that I’ve been in a bit of a Magic rut lately. I started out this year with my best GP finish ever at GP San Jose; then, I went to several PPTQ’s in the spring, but never even made top 8. I attended two more GP’s and didn’t even finish Day 1 with a winning record …