Magic and Mindset

Hallie Santo Uncategorized

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 …

Deck of the Week: Modern Affinity

Hallie Santo Deck of the Week, Modern

Bloodbraid Elf and Jace, the Mind Sculptor were let loose on the Modern landscape this week, and players are still trying to build the best homes for their old friends. “Bloodbraid Elf is a slam-dunk in Jund… but can I play her in Titan Shift?” “Is discarding my own Jace to Disrupting Shoal the best way to counter my opponent’s …

Winston Draft 101

Hallie Santo Limited

This Wednesday is Valentine’s Day, which often means one thing for partnered Magic players: Two-Headed Giant tournaments. But what if you and your sweetie would rather have a low-key night in than go out to the card shop? Fortunately, there are plenty of other fun formats made for two players, including one of our personal favorites, Winston Draft! Winston Draft …

Deck of the Week: Modern Humans

Hallie Santo Deck of the Week, Modern

Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan may be behind us, but Modern is still on many players’ minds. More Modern Grand Prix will be happening around the world this weekend, and overall perceptions of the format have been positive. Modern is as diverse as ever, with decks as disparate as Affinity and Lantern Control coexisting in the metagame. While Lantern Control …

Deck of the Week: Pauper Elves

Hallie Santo Deck of the Week, Pauper

Thanks to all who tuned in to coverage of our two Legacy 1K tournaments last weekend! We’ll still have plenty of Legacy content coming up as GP Seattle approaches, but for now, we’re going to pivot slightly toward Pauper, in anticipation of our upcoming Rags to Riches tournament this weekend. Incidentally, today’s Deck of the Week covers an archetype that’s …

Deck of the Week: Legacy Eldrazi

Hallie Santo Deck of the Week, Legacy, MBH Events

With Grand Prix Seattle just a few months away, many Magic players are beginning to shift their focus to Legacy. A number of Legacy neophytes have been venturing out to our weekly tournaments at Mox Boarding House, and the recent surge in attendance is a testament to both our community’s enthusiasm for the local event and the health of the Legacy …

Team Tournament 101

Hallie Santo Team Events

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 …

Deck of the Week: Pauper Tron

Hallie Santo Deck of the Week, Pauper

Welcome to Deck of the Week: a new feature here on the Card Kingdom Blog! Every Friday, we’ll post a Constructed decklist that should be on your radar for the weekend, whether you’re looking for something fun to sleeve up for Friday Night Magic or fine-tuning your sideboard for a PPTQ or Grand Prix. This weekend, our friend The Professor …

GP Judging with Brook Gardner-Durbin

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Judges are some of the hardest-working members of the Magic community. They build and maintain healthy communities at local game stores, set and enforce equitable tournament policy, and make sure Magic‘s largest events run smoothly. Over the years, I’ve been especially impressed by the judges I know who regularly travel to Grand Prix, where they spend long days overseeing events, …