New MTG Mechanic Spotlight: Boast

Tom Anderson Strategy

Kaldheim spoiler season sure has given us an exciting start to 2021! New legends, new Gods, new modal double-faced cards, bearing all manner of powerful and unique effects. If anything, this candy-shop effect has left the actual mechanics of Kaldheim a bit lost in the shuffle!  Boast and foretell are the latest in a string of very cool keywords WotC …

MTG Keywords Explained: Fading & Vanishing

Card Kingdom Strategy

Last week, we introduced the suspend mechanic: an ability that lets you trade mana for time. When you suspend a spell, you exile it with a number of time counters on it and cast the card once all the time counters are removed. But suspend isn’t the only ability that uses time counters. There are some permanents in Magic that …

Kaldheim Pathways and the Importance of Mana

Mason Clark Standard, Strategy

I want to let you in on a secret. There’s one aspect of Magic: The Gathering that defines everything we do in the game, but we don’t think or talk about it as much as we should. I’m not talking about mulliganing, sideboarding, or card advantage — I’m talking about mana. Lands are some of the most impactful cards in …

MTG Keywords Explained: Suspend

Card Kingdom Strategy

One of the most important skills to master in Magic is mana efficiency. Using as much of your available mana as possible each turn will allow you to have a big impact on the game, and it’ll serve you well in future turns. There are a number of abilities in Magic that allow you to maximize your mana efficiency — …

MTG Keywords Explained: Ripple

Card Kingdom Strategy

Last week in this series, we covered storm: a mechanic that allows you to copy spells and often win the game with them. But storm isn’t the only keyword that allows you to copy spells. This week, we’re learning about a little-known mechanic called ripple! What is Ripple? Ripple is a triggered ability that goes off when a card with …

5 Ways to Improve Your Magic Gameplay in 2021

Mason Clark Strategy

We are winding down on the year, and the various formats have settled down in place as we wait on Kaldheim spoiler season to kick into full gear. With all of that in mind, I decided today we should focus on some bigger picture topics. Often, in these articles, I am writing about short term gains and what’s currently happening. …

MTG Keywords Explained: Storm

Card Kingdom Strategy

We’ve covered dozens of Magic: The Gathering mechanics in this series this year. Over the past several months, we’ve helped new players understand the building blocks of Magic and the latest additions to the game’s lexicon. We even gave a lesson on banding! As we ring in the new year, we wanted to cover another Magic keyword that many new …

MTG Keywords Explained: Landwalk

Card Kingdom Strategy

Many Magic: The Gathering players feel a strong affinity for specific colors: white, blue, black, red, and green. Perhaps you identify with one of these colors and load your decks up with your favorite basic lands. (If you’re new to the game and still trying to figure out which color is right for you, check out our article here!) But …

MTG Keywords Explained: Crew

Card Kingdom Strategy

Earlier in this series, we talked a bit about artifacts and their ability to buff your creatures in combat. Artifacts in Magic represent a variety of different objects in the Multiverse, from weapons and armor to trinkets and treasures. Some artifacts even represent cars, airships, and other vehicles that can get your creatures across the red zone. Like equipment, vehicles …

MTG Keywords Explained: Defender

Card Kingdom Strategy

A game of Magic: The Gathering ends when you reduce your opponents’ life total from 20 to 0. And, consequently, many games of Magic are won and lost based on creature combat. But sometimes the best offense is a good defense. If you like to play a slower and more defensive game, there’s a certain type of creature that might …