Core 2021 Draft Guide

Hallie Santo Limited

Drafting a core set isn’t quite the same as drafting any other Magic set. The mechanics are simpler, the themes are less prominent, and there generally aren’t as many unique build-around cards. But that doesn’t make drafting a core set any less challenging, rewarding, or fun. Core set drafts give players an opportunity to work on their fundamentals and practice …

5 New Commanders from Core 2021

Benjamin Wheeler Commander

This upcoming Friday, July 3rd, marks the release of Core 2021 (which you can still preorder now!). And the twentieth core set packs a suite of legendary creatures that tick all my boxes when I’m perusing the previews for my next commander: Cheap to cast Thematic  (Mostly) mono-colored The Wheeler philosophy of Commander is centered on taking advantage of the …

4 Standard Brews for Core 2021

Tom Anderson Standard

Hello readers — and please give a warm welcome to our new friend, Core Set 2021! They’re gonna need that warmth, because it is hard to be a new Standard set right now. Simply put, the new core set is entering one of the most powerful Standard environments ever. It’s not just the per-card power level of a format which …

Top 5 Core Set 2021 Cards for Pioneer

Anthony Lowry Pioneer

Pioneer has changed drastically since the companion rules change earlier this month. Dimir Inverter is still one of the top dogs, but Lotus Breach, Mono-Red, Mono-White, and Mono-Black are all going strong. In fact, the format looks more or less the way it did before Ikoria was released — and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  But now that Core …

The Best Variant Cards in Core Set 2021

Card Kingdom Products

Since the introduction of Collector Boosters with the release of Throne of Eldraine, Magic collectors and art buffs have added some new crown jewels to their collections. Each major expansion brings new borderless and alternate-art cards for us to collect, admire, and add to our decks. Looking for the coolest cards in Core Set 2021? Let’s take a tour through …

Brawl Deck Ideas for Core Set 2021

Mara Katz Brawl

Core Set 2021 is focused on telling the story of Teferi, a recurring character from Magic‘s history. But alongside the memorable moments from Teferi’s life and the people he’s met along the way, the set introduces a number of exciting legendary creatures and Planeswalkers with great Brawl deck-building potential. Here are some examples of what you can build with the legends …

Top 5 Core Set 2021 Cards for Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

With the upcoming release of Core Set 2021, I’m back with my picks for the Top 5 cards in the set Modern. There are a few different criteria that we could use to evaluate these cards: which are the most powerful in a vacuum, or which are most likely to see play? In the end, I felt that talking about …

The Best Reprints in Core Set 2021

Tom Anderson Products

Nothing like the advent of a new spoiler season to remind us how fast 2020 is speeding by! Core Set 2021 is an important one: it’s coming at a time of significant change in competitive Magic, and it’s the last set to release before the next Standard rotation. That makes it something of a signpost for where Wizards of the …

Planeswalkers in Core Set 2021

Michael Rapp Products

Whenever a new set is released, many players look to the new Planeswalkers for deck-building inspiration. That’s not surprising: Planeswalkers are often the flashiest and most powerful cards in a set, so it is only natural to try and maximize their effectiveness.  It’s still reasonably early in Core Set 2021 preview season, with many exciting cards still yet to be …

Core Set 2021

Card Kingdom Products

Each summer, Magic: The Gathering releases a new Core Set to provide an easy entry point for new and returning players. Core Sets are full of reprints of old favorite cards — perhaps even some you might remember if you played years ago. Their draft environments strike a balance between simplicity and complexity, providing a good first experience and plenty …