Standard Update: Tribal Decks on the Rise

Emma Partlow and Ahren Gauthier Standard

A couple of weeks ago saw the “first” ever Mythic Championship, and what an event it was! History was made as Autumn Burchett took the trophy with Mono-Blue Tempo, and we warned you, the deck is good! Although the Standard meta at the event was predictable for the most part, there were plenty of successful rogue brews. This week, we’re …

Mono-Blue in Standard

Emma Partlow and Ahren Gauthier Standard

Last week, the SCG Dallas Open showed us that Mono-Blue Aggro is a force to be reckoned with. Although Mono-Blue Aggro originated during Ixalan‘s release as a budget deck, it has come strength-to-strength with the addition of Pteramander and Essence Capture. This week, we delve into why Mono-Blue Aggro is one of the best decks in the format, what tools …

First Look at Ravnica Allegiance Standard

Emma Partlow and Ahren Gauthier Standard

With the release of Ravnica Allegiance, Standard has entered a new and exciting age. The format is more popular than it has been in years, due in part to its diversity and budget-friendliness at all levels. Recent SCG events offered us a snapshot of new Standard, and the outcome looks to be positive. This week, we’ll examine various decks from …

Deck of the Week: Pauper Goblins

Ahren Gauthier Pauper

Twenty cards were “downshifted” in rarity to Common with the release of Masters 25. A lot of digital ink and has (and will) be spilled discussing them all, but for our purposes today, I really want to hit the Goblins…er, highlights. First, an honorable mention that isn’t a shift but a very important reprint: Ash Barrens. The lack of true …

Spotlight On: Phyrexian Obliterator

Ahren Gauthier Uncategorized

A long time ago in Magic history, creatures were bad. Really bad. Three mana didn’t get you much compared to…other options available. Take these two rares from Ice Age:     A 2/2 Swampwalk vs. One of the most busted cards in Magic history. Fast forward a few years to Urza’s Destiny and the printing of this absolute monster: I …

Spotlight on: Lotus Cobra

Ahren Gauthier Modern

Lotus Cobra has a fair bit of history attached to it, stretching all the way back to Extended. It was a key ramp piece in Mythic Bant (an Eldrazi Conscription/Sovereigns of Lost Alara combo deck), G/W Traps (Summoning Trap/Emrakul combo), and BUG Control (alongside Grave Titan and Jace, the Mind Sculptor). The key element that it brought to the table is …