MTG Character Profile: Vivien Reid

Mara Katz Magic Story

The green-aligned Planeswalker Vivien Reid will play a major role in the upcoming Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths. Vivien is relatively new to Magic’s story, so not much is known about her. Let’s take a look at her life up to this point and why she’s the perfect Planeswalker to be our guide on a plane full of gigantic monstrous creatures. …

Top Tools for New MTG Players

Mara Katz Community

Magic has tens of thousands of cards, with new ones coming out every year. When you’re new to the game, it can be hard to figure out which cards you need to build the perfect deck, or which ones are the most useful in your favorite format. Fortunately, there are plenty of online resources to help you brainstorm cards, see …

Bogles Deck Guide

Mara Katz Community, Strategy

Bogles are back in Standard! If you’ve played this archetype in Modern or Pauper, you’re probably either very excited, or already sideboarding against it. If you’re not sure what all the fuss is about, here are the basics of Bogles, including some fun facts and advice from noted Modern Bogles player Maria Bartholdi of Good Luck High Five. A Slippery …

Brewing for Brawl: Calix Enchantress

Mara Katz Brawl

Theros Beyond Death introduces a new Therosian Planeswalker to Magic Story: Calix, Destiny’s Hand. Calix was created by Klothys, the god of destiny, to bring Elspeth back to the Underworld and restore order to Theros. As Klothys’ champion, Calix has a close relationship to the enchantment-based magic that keeps Theros running. His loyalty abilities reflect that, presenting an interesting deck-building …

Theros Beyond Death Brawl Decks

Mara Katz Brawl

The gods of Theros are constantly in conflict. They fight for power and respect from their divine peers, love and worship from the people of Theros, and control over increased spheres of influence. What better way to represent this conflict than with a set of Brawl decks designed to be played against each other? Here is a deck for each …

MTG Character Profile: Elspeth Tirel

Mara Katz Magic Story

This article is part of a series of profiles of major characters in recent Magic sets. Today we’re looking at the life and death of Elspeth Tirel, a knight who fought evil and injustice across the Multiverse. Elspeth, Knight-Errant Elspeth grew up on an unknown plane that had been conquered by the Phyrexians. As a child, she was taken from …

How to Rebuild Your Oko Deck

Mara Katz Brawl, Standard

Oko, Thief of Crowns was recently banned in Standard and Brawl, to the joy of players tired of losing to Simic and Sultai food-based decks. But not everyone is rejoicing. Some players invested heavily in cards for Oko decks and are now disappointed that they can’t use those decks any longer. Fortunately, there are plenty of other uses for Oko …

When to Attack a Planeswalker

Mara Katz Strategy

Planeswalkers have played a powerful role in the Standard metagame for years; since the release of War of the Spark, there are more Planeswalkers in Standard than ever before. Their presence forces players to make an important choice: when is it appropriate to attack the Planeswalker, and when should you attack its controller instead? Attacking a Planeswalker reduces its loyalty …

Best Lands in Magic

Mara Katz Strategy

Choosing lands is one of the hardest steps in building a multicolored deck. Each cycle of multicolored lands comes with different benefits and drawbacks, and evaluating them against each other can be a challenge. In this post, we’ll walk through the multicolored lands available in some popular formats and assess how useful they are. Our goal here is to provide …

Three Casual Pioneer Decklists

Mara Katz Pioneer

The recent announcement of Pioneer has gotten a lot of Magic players excited. It’s a chance to rebuild beloved Standard decks that weren’t powerful enough for Modern, and to update them for a new non-rotating environment. Here are a couple of brews based on my favorite casual decks from past Standard formats. The Locust God The Locust God, which makes …