Lost Caverns of Ixalan: Early Impressions

Mason Clark Modern, Pioneer, Standard

We continued our descent toward the Lost Caverns of Ixalan during the weekend at MagicCon Las Vegas. While we have still only seen a few previews, they point us in some fun directions, so we’re going to look at the potential standouts.  Ojer Axonil, Deepest Might  Now this is an exciting god. Ojer turns all your burn spells into Boros …

Wilds of Eldraine Updated Decks for Standard

Wilds of Eldraine: Updated Decks for Standard

Tom Anderson Standard

I’ve been keeping a close eye on the early Standard decks post-Wilds of Eldraine, and I’m sure I’m not the only one with great expectations. The original Throne of Eldraine was among the most impactful sets ever, immediately reshaping not only Standard but every other format, too.  Wilds of Eldraine doesn’t seem to include must-ban outliers on the level of …

Wilds of Eldraine: Exploring the Fairy Tales

Wilds of Eldraine: Exploring the Fairy Tales

Tom Anderson Magic Story, Standard

Thematic, top-down card designs have become a real highlight of Magic in the past decade with parallels to Greek mythology, cyberpunk and even film noir. As a result, it’s no surprise that Wilds of Eldraine used so many fairy tales as its foundation. This approach has become even more common in the wake of Universes Beyond to try and directly …

Wilds of Eldraine Enchanting Tales Guide

Wilds of Eldraine: The Best Enchanting Tales Cards

Jacob Lackner Commander, Standard

Wilds of Eldraine will deliver plenty of new cards to be excited about when it releases on Sept. 8, but it will also have a bonus sheet called Enchanting Tales. This add-on full of Magic’s most desired enchantments will show up in Draft, Set and Collector boosters, much like we saw with March of the Machine’s Multiverse Legends and The …

Wilds of Eldraine Standard Highlights

Wilds of Eldraine Standard Highlights

Tom Anderson Standard

Smell that fresh cardboard scent in the air? Wilds of Eldraine is rushing toward us, offering Standard players the chance for brand new adventures! Of course, the original Eldraine set was more of a cautionary tale, full of vile villains and bad ends: Oko, Fires of Invention, the Cat–Oven combo, Gilded Goose, Once Upon a Time, Escape to the Wilds, …

What to expect from standard 2024

What to Expect from Standard 2024

Tom Anderson Standard

In what has become an annual tradition, Wizards of the Coast launched an all-out barrage on content creators and Magic pundits like myself by announcing more than a year’s worth of new products in one go. The “Magic at 30” panel at Gen Con used the game’s 30th anniversary to preview major Universes Beyond tie-ins and the return of Modern …

Wilds of Eldraine Early Look

Wilds of Eldraine: Early Look

Chris Cornejo Standard

Wilds of Eldraine is swiftly approaching, and we’re here to fill you in on everything you need to know about the upcoming Standard set before preview season starts! The Story  In our first visit back to the main Magic multiverse since the New Phyrexian invasion, we come to an Eldraine still reeling from the effects of that conflict. A massive  …

The Lord of the Rings Tales of Middle Earth Flavor Check

The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth Flavor Check

Kristen Gregory Standard

For most Magic sets, the proportion of players that care about the flavor of the cards is relatively low compared to those who seek to evaluate them for their gameplay potential — but for Tales of Middle-earth, that’s very much not the case. Lord of the Rings is a cultural classic, and for every Magic player who loves those stories, …

Five The Lord of the Rings Moments We Want on Magic Cards

Five Non-Movie The Lord of the Rings Moments We Want on Magic Cards

Kristen Gregory Standard

Tales of Middle-earth is Magic: the Gathering’s premier The Lord of the Rings expansion set. As a fresh adaptation of the books, it’s not beholden to Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy, and we’re excited to see moments and characters missing from the previous adaptation. Join us as we delve into the lore and get hyped for Tales of Middle-earth moments we …

Deification Across Magic Formats

Deification Across Magic Formats

Tom Anderson Oathbreaker, Pioneer, Standard

Planeswalkers may have lost some potency in the multiverse of Magic, but they did receive one exciting new tool: Deification. Tom explores how this enchantment opens up lots of opportunities across formats to build novel decks. For the most powerful mages in Magic’s Multiverse, planeswalkers sure are taking some L’s lately. First March of the Machine thinned their ranks, and …