Modern Infect Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Modern

Long gone are the days where turn one Glistener Elf was among the scariest starts in Modern… or so we thought. Since the banning of Gitaxian Probe, we’ve seen blips on the radar from Blighted Agent and friends when Scale Up and Teferi, Time Raveler were printed, but neither allowed consistent success. However, in the back half of 2019, Infect …

Modern Matchup Guide: Urza vs. Death’s Shadow

Michael Rapp Modern

The Modern metagame may not move nearly as fast as Standard, but if you look closely, you can see how the top deck evolve. The Urza decks are a great example of this: In the past year, Urza has been a Whir of Invention-based combo/prison deck, a Paradoxical Outcome combo deck, and (currently) a Simic midrange deck that uses Oko …

Modern and Pioneer Metagame Update

Michael Rapp Modern, Pioneer

As the end of 2019 approaches, we’ve seen a lot in Magic over the year in Modern, and a brand-new format emerge in Pioneer. We were lucky enough to get a bevy of events this last weekend to pull data from: the StarCityGames Invitational, a Modern MTGO PTQ, a Modern MTGO Challenge, two Modern PTQs at GP Sao Paulo, a …

My Mythic Championship VI Experience

Michael Rapp Community

Walking around the tournament halls at MagicFest Richmond last weekend, I heard people talking about the Mythic Championship happening next door like it was some distant event. A number of players have only seen the Mythic Championship on stream, or maybe they’ve taken a stroll through the tournament hall between rounds at a Grand Prix. Today, I’m here to share my …

Sultai Pioneer Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Pioneer

By now, you’re probably familiar with Magic’s newest format, Pioneer. (If you haven’t heard of it or need a refresher, check out our intro article.) We’re here today to talk about one of my favorite decks to emerge in Pioneer thus far: Sultai Midrange. Sultai is your classic midrange deck, featuring a suite of interaction, flush with versatile and adaptable …

Modern Match-Up Guide: Burn vs. Death’s Shadow

Michael Rapp Modern

Modern is home to so many interesting and unique decks and strategies from Mill, to Urza decks, to Tron, and even Bogles. Today, I want to talk about my favorite match-up in all of Modern: Grixis Death’s Shadow vs. Burn. This match-up looks incredibly easy and straightforward, but once you experience it from either side, you’ll find the games are quite …

Modern Urza Deck Guide

Michael Rapp Modern

Since the release of Modern Horizons, Urza, Lord High Artificer has been one of the most impactful cards in Modern, spawning several new decks. With so many variants to choose from, it can be tough to decide which one to play. My goal today is to lay out a number of those variants and explain what they do so you …

How to Mulligan

Michael Rapp Strategy

Deciding when to mulligan is one of the hardest skills to develop in Magic. I, like everyone else, have found myself scratching my head and wondering if I have a functional hand whenever I look at seven cards. I have found the single biggest factor in determining if a starting hand is keepable or if I should mulligan is not …

Deck Guide: Modern Jund Death’s Shadow

Michael Rapp Modern

Many of you may know me from my previous work on both Grixis and Mardu Death’s Shadow.  Having already written about both of those decks, I figured it was time to break down the latest Death’s Shadow archetype: Jund Shadow. Traverse Shadow was a deck you might remember Josh Utter-Leyton championing during the infancy of Death’s Shadow development. Matt Nass recently …

Top 5 Throne of Eldraine Cards for Modern

Michael Rapp Modern

There are few times in the year more exciting than Magic spoiler season. Luckily, with Throne of Eldraine coming up, we have an onslaught of new cards to play with. From the flashiest mythic rares built for Commander, all the way down to the commons that give the Limited environment its own feel and personality, every card serves a purpose. …