How to Improve at Magic: The Gathering

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We’ve all had a lot more time to ourselves these past few months, and many of us have been taking that time to focus on self-improvement. Maybe you’re trying to cook more often, start exercising, or establish a better daily routine. Or, perhaps, you want to devote more time to your hobbies and develop new skills. Magic: The Gathering offers …

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 …

Top 10 Theros Cards at Worlds

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It’s taken quite a few weeks to gauge the impact of Theros Beyond Death on Standard. Magic’s most popular competitive format took a backseat to Pioneer in the week’s following Theros’s release due to a trio of highly-publicized Regional Player’s Tours. But last weekend, at the Magic World Championship in Hawaii, we saw long-forgotten strategies surge back to the forefront …

Theros Beyond Death Draft Guide

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Theros Beyond Death releases this weekend, which means it’s time to draft! Whether you’re heading to MagicFest New Jersey, playing in your local game store’s Draft Weekend events, or just jamming games on MTG Arena, there are tons of opportunities to draft Magic’s newest set. If you’re feeling a bit adrift in Theros’s Underworld, we have some tips to help …

Pioneer: Cards to Watch

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Pioneer is Magic’s newest Constructed format, and it’s been the talk of the Magic community this week. It’s a non-rotating format whose card pool extends back through Return to Ravnica, one of the first sets released after the creation of the Modern format. Return to Ravnica also came out during a time of unprecedented player growth in Magic (I myself …

Throne of Eldraine Draft Guide

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It’s every Limited player’s favorite time of the year: time to learn a new draft format! Throne of Eldraine drafts are live on both MTG Arena and Magic Online, and Draft Weekend kicks off at local game stores tomorrow. If you have yet to draft Throne of Eldraine yourself – or if you’re still trying to wrap your head around …

Breaking Through with Ally Warfield

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Ally Warfield is one of the Magic community’s rising stars. She’s a member of Team Nova, a content creator, and one of the Magic Twittersphere’s most prolific personalities. And now, with a Top 4 finish at MagicFest Indianapolis under her belt, she’ll soon be a Mythic Championship competitor. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Ally about her whirlwind …

Ravnica Allegiance Limited Primer

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It’s hard to believe that it’s only been three weeks since the release of Ravnica Allegiance. For many of us, it’s felt like far longer. Thanks to MTG Arena, we’ve been able to draft Ravnica Allegiance since January 18th, so we’ve had more time than usual to evaluate the format. If you’re just diving in to Ravnica Allegiance draft or …

Guilds of Ravnica Prerelease Preview

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Prereleases for Guilds of Ravnica start tonight at midnight, and Magic players across the globe will be choosing one of five guilds to represent for the weekend. While many of us have deep affinities for our chosen guilds, others will want to evaluate each of the guilds’ mechanics and choose their prerelease pack accordingly. For those of you in the …

Magic and Mindset

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Learning to play Magic represents a huge turning point in my life. I had just graduated from college and moved thousands of miles away from home, and I needed a way to connect with people in my new city. Magic helped me find friends and feel like part of a community for the first time in my life; it even …