LCI Standard Decks

Top New Standard Performers from Lost Caverns of Ixalan

Tom AndersonStandard, Strategy

Every Magic set goes through an excitable honeymoon phase, and it’s only after the first few weeks of events that you can really measure their impact on the metagame. The top minds in Constructed Magic have had some time to thoroughly explore Lost Caverns of Ixalan, so which shiny new decks have emerged to flash their tournament potential? More importantly, …

Ten Sorcery Spells That Are New Classics in Commander

Ten Sorcery Spells That Are New Classics in Commander

Kristen GregoryCommander, Design, Strategy

What new Sorcery spells should be making the cut in your Commander decks? Kristen is here with a list of ten of the best! Last week, I looked at ten Sorcery spells that had aged really well in Commander. This time around, I will cover ten new classics: sorceries that have landed with impact, and continue to impress me.  Sorceries …

What IS Craft?!

Craft – MTG Mechanics Explained

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Craft is a double-faced card transforming mechanic that’s first appearing in Lost Caverns of Ixalan. While it could theoretically appear on any permanent type, for now (as of the time of me writing this script), it appears solely on artifacts. Like most double-faced transforming cards, cards with craft will normally enter on their front face – which in this case …

What IS Regenerate?!

Regenerate – MTG Mechanics Explained

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Regenerate is odd. A formerly evergreen way to protect a creature that is often telegraphed to your opponent, with old removal spells designed specifically to counteract it and a lot of confusion around how it actually functions (especially for newer players), let’s unravel this a bit, shall we? Regenerate is a replacement effect that can be put on a permanent …

What IS Convert?!

Convert – MTG Mechanics Explained

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All right, this is tricky. Ready? Convert is exactly the same as Transform. Exactly, in every way. This is purely a cosmetic change for trademark reasons. On all packaging and written material, Hasbro (who owns both Transformers and Magic) calls the act of a Transformer changing its form “converting” so as not to confuse the act with the brand name. …

What IS More Than Meets the Eye?!

More Than Meets the Eye – MTG Mechanics Explained

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Outside of the aptly named Modal Double-Faced Cards, when you cast a double faced card you have to cast the “face-up” side of the card, and then the card will have some kind of mechanic involved that will later let you use the other side of the card in one way or another. The Transformers Universes Beyond cards have a …

What IS Doctor's Companion?!

Doctor’s Companion – MTG Mechanics Explained

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Doctor’s Companion is from the Doctor Who Universes Beyond Commander Decks, and is a very Commander-centric mechanic. Appearing on select Legendary creatures, if one of them is your Commander, Doctor’s Companion allows you to have two Commanders as long as the other creature is the Doctor. Each iteration of the Doctor has Doctor on their type line, as well as …

What is Living Metal

Living Metal – MTG Mechanics Explained

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Ready for Living Metal? It’s pretty quick, so pay attention. Living Metal is a static ability that appears on the Vehicle side of Transformers Universes Beyond cards. On your turn, a vehicle you control with this mechanic is an artifact creature in addition to its other types. That means it doesn’t need to be crewed to act as a creature …

What IS Visit?!

Visit – MTG Mechanics Explained

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Visit is an an ability from Unfinity, and is linked to another keyword action, “Roll to Visit your Attractions.” Given that this is an Un-set mechanic, it’s going to be a little weird, but it’s not too bad, but there’s a bit of ground to cover to get there. Some cards or effects from Unfinity will have you Open an …