Cycling in Commander and Brawl

Mara Katz Brawl, Commander

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is packed with exciting new mechanics, but the mechanic that’s made the biggest splash is a returning one: cycling. Cycling lets you discard cards you can’t use in order to draw different ones. Ikoria has introduced not only cards with unusually cheap cycling costs, but also some interesting payoffs for cycling that can have consequences above …

Companions in Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

Companions are making a splash in Modern just as they are everywhere else. “Splash” is probably even an understatement; Lurrus is nothing short of dominant in the format. But the dreamy feline isn’t the only companion making noise. I took a look at the data from MTGO Challenges, Prelims, and Super Qualifiers over the last ten days to find how …

Ikoria Ability Counters

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Keyword abilities have existed since Magic: The Gathering‘s inception. If you’ve played the game enough, you’re likely familiar with terms like “trample,” “lifelink,” and “deathtouch.” Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths introduced a new twist on the keyword abilities we know and love. While creatures in Magic still have keyword abilities natively, they can also gain those abilities via ability counters. Like …

Card Kingdom’s Favorite Cards from Ikoria

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We’ve spent the past month playing with Ikoria on MTG Arena — diving into the draft queues, brewing up new Brawl decks, and working our way up the Standard ladder, with or without companions. As fun as it’s been, there’s nothing like shuffling up a fresh deck of cards or laying out draft picks on your kitchen table. Now, you …

3 Rogue Decks for Ikoria Standard

Tom Anderson Standard

We’re somehow into May now, and I’ve found myself writing more and more about Ikoria Standard in recent weeks. We’re at what I’d call the “mature” end of the format, with the largest and deepest card pool possible all on the table to tinker with until the Ravnica sets and M20 rotate out in a couple months.  With so much …

Companions in Standard

Chantelle Campbell Standard

Editor’s Note, June 1, 2020: Wizards of the Coast has announced a change to the companion mechanic. Companions may no longer be cast from the sideboard; instead, players must pay 3 mana of any color to put a companion from their sideboard into their hand. Since the release of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, companions have been shoehorned into every deck …

Ikoria Draft Guide

Hallie Santo Limited

Ikoria drafts went live on MTG Arena last week, and with it, we have several new ways to play. Many Magic players are excited to sink their teeth into this format, especially in the long-awaited player draft queues. But players may also find Ikoria a bit more complicated than other recent sets. Multicolor draft formats force us to answer hard …

Companion in Commander and Brawl

Mara Katz Brawl, Commander

Editor’s note: On June 1, 2020, Wizards of the Coast announced a change to the companion mechanic. Companions may no longer be cast from the sideboard; instead, players must pay 3 mana of any color to put a companion from their sideboard into their hand. The Commander Rules Committee has clarified that “[c]ompanion will operate in Commander similarly to other …

Ikoria in Brawl

Tom Anderson Brawl

Hop in, magicians — we’re going Brawling!  If there’s one thing Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths has in abundance, it’s cool legendary creatures to build around! The Apex cycle opens up powerful three-color options, and the various companions can be used as your Brawl commander even if you don’t meet their special deck-building requirements. The various legendary humans and new Planeswalkers …

Top 5 Ikoria Cards for Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

At long last, it’s time for more new cards! Ikoria: Lair of the Behemoths is now available on digital Magic platforms and preselling at CardKingdom.com, which means we can start planning out what we want to plan in our favorite formats. As with any other set, the first thing I did was look to see which cards would make a …