How to Play a Midrange Deck

Michael Rapp Strategy

Welcome back to Card Kingdom for another “How to Play” archetype breakdown. Today, we’ll be focusing on the most popular macro-archetype in current Standard: Midrange. Be sure to check out Tom Anderson’s guide on aggro decks, and be on the lookout for control and combo primers in the future.  What is Midrange? Magic decks exist on a spectrum, with fast, …

Winning in Modern Without a Companion

Michael Rapp Modern

Last week, I covered how each of the companions are succeeding in Modern. But if playing with a companion isn’t something that you’re interested in, I have good news! Ad Nauseam, Eldrazi Tron, and Amulet Titan are all eschewing companions and putting up results regardless. Let’s take a look at what these decks are up to and evaluate why they’ve …

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 …

MTG Mindset: A Winning Mentality

Michael Rapp Strategy

There’s so much more to competitive Magic than what happens on the table. Most of the things holding players back from doing their best are rooted in their mentality about the game. Technical skill is vital to success, but if you’re looking at Magic through the wrong lens, what good does it do?  Today, I’m here to try and build …

Reinventing Grixis Death’s Shadow with Ikoria

Michael Rapp Modern

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is certainly leaving a mark on Modern, as the format is being overrun with new companion cards. Midrange decks need to constantly adapt or risk losing metagame share, and Grixis Death’s Shadow is no exception. It’s rare that a single Standard-legal set can have this much of an impact on a deck like Death’s Shadow, or …

MTG Mindset: Confirmation Bias

Michael Rapp Strategy

Welcome back to MTG Mindset, a series about the skills you need to succeed in competitive Magic. Today, I want to talk about confirmation bias: how to spot it, how it affects your plays, and why you should try your best to remove it from your game. What is Confirmation Bias? The definition of confirmation bias is “the tendency to …

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 …

MTG Mindset: Understanding Variance

Michael Rapp Strategy

Welcome to our new series, MTG Mindset! Many of us (myself included) want to improve as Magic players, but there’s more to that than understanding decks and mategames. Magic is a mental game above all else, and your mindset can often determine the outcome of your matches. The first step of the journey is something that I see a lot …

How to Play Competitive Magic Online

Michael Rapp Community

Times are tough for everyone right now, even more so if you’re a fan of the “gathering” aspect of Magic. If you’re primarily a tabletop Magic player like me, social distancing is putting a damper on your play time. Earlier this week, Tom Anderson wrote a wonderful article on how to play Magic from home, which provides a great introduction …

Modern Horizons is Still Changing Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

During its preview season last summer, Modern Horizons was met with some criticism from players. It was hailed as “Commander Masters,” and players generally felt the set was underpowered for the Modern landscape.  But boy oh boy, were we wrong. Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis quickly landed on the banned list, and several cards — including Bridge from Below and Mox Opal …