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 …

Draws and Determining a Winner

Frank Chafe Strategy

You’re facing off against your opponent in an all too intense match of Magic: The Gathering, and time gets called signaling the end of the round. The match is tied one game apiece, and you hear the judge say, “Ladies and gentlemen, that is time in the round. You have five additional turns with which to resolve your match.” Many …

12 Tips for your First GP

Frank Chafe Strategy

With GP Vegas on the horizon, I’d like to talk a bit about GP’s and how you can prepare for them. Oftentimes, going to a Grand Prix is an experience – you’ll carpool out to a tournament with some of your closest friends and spend every night playing Magic in your hotel room until the wee hours. And as fun as …