The World Championships is Magic's largest stage and its hardest tournament. Even getting into the event is a serious accomplishment, but Brad Nelson didn't want to rest on his laurels when there were twenty-three other mages standing between him and the title.
Tom "The Boss" Ross has had a long string of great finishes at the Invitational, and he came prepared to Infect his opponents this past weekend at the Season Three Invitational in Somerset. But not everything went as planned...
The World Championships this past weekend was really the pinnacle of this Standard format, and Patrick "The Innovator" Chapin is here to explore all the twists and nuanced turns of the event's top-performing decklists.
The World Championships is the year's hardest tournament, and this year there were especially huge swings as Sam Black went from fourteenth place to fourth with one timely 4-0 in Standard. He shares his thoughts on the event and its formats inside.
With Grixis decks of various stripes constituting several of Modern's best decks, GerryT takes Grixis Control out for a spin to see how powerful Jace, Vryn's Prodigy is in the format!
With the StarCityGames Open returning to the Modern format this weekend in Cincinnati, BBD and Tom Ross playtest some of the format's more intriguing decks by exploring the Merfolk versus Grixis Control matchup!
So close and yet so far, Pro Tour Champion Shaun McLaren looks back at his result from this year's World Championships and unpacks why he picked the decks he played for both Standard and Modern.
While Worlds could have gone better for Ari, there's still a lot he learned over a momentous weekend of Magic and he's here to share his thoughts on multiple formats and how things will be shaken up by new rotations and the Vancouver Mulligan rule.
GerryT and two friends played Grixis Control to a combined 24-5 record in the Legacy portion of the Season Three Invitational, and as far as he's concerned he's found the best deck to play in all of Legacy!
Data is the best way to figure out a trend, so today Chas Andres answers the question of how prerelease foils have been valued as they have changed over time by digging deep into the data and slicing it as thin as it takes until he gets his answer.
Join Todd and BBD as they battle Standard with their Invitational weapons of choice, with Managorger Hydra leading the charge in Abzan Aggro as it goes up against Stormbreath and friends in G/R Dragons!
Everything old is new again if you just wait long enough in this Standard metagame. The red-blue artifact deck returns, taking down Magic Online's Standard Championships with a base-red deck full of burn and Ensoul Artifacts rather than the Pro Tour's blue-based shell.
We have seen Gurmag Angler break out in both Modern and Legacy at this point, but does it have a home in Standard? Jim Davis believes so, and he has a potent Sultai deck to prove it!
We may not know very much yet about Battle For Zendikar, but we do already know that the mana we can access in this new Standard format will look very different than it does today. Ross Merriam breaks it down to get a sense of what lies ahead for us.
The inability of white to field a credible Devotion deck has been a long-running joke for this past year of Standard, but it finally got its moment to shine at the World Championships by getting Sam Black into the elimination rounds.
Experimenting with different cards in different formats is how we find new decks. As important as it is to remember to polish your experiments into fully-crafted decks before taking them to a major competition, remember this as well: nothing ventured, nothing gained.
We've seen Hangarback Walker start to dominate everywhere else, what about Jeskai? Better yet, what about Jeskai Ascendancy? Double the untaps means double the fun, after all...
For this week's exploration into the Do Over Project, Sheldon Menery Embraces the Chaos once again and transforms his signature Commander, Kresh the Bloodbraided, into a whole new experience via a brand-new deck.
It's been quite a while since we've seen U/W Control at the top of the standings in Modern, but this weekend saw not one but two strong finishes for the archetype as it begins making its resurgence.
With Standard having come around full-circle, it should come as no surprise that Mark Nestico wants to circle back to one of his old favorites too - if this format really is all about Hangarback Walkers, shouldn't Kolaghan's Commands (and thus Mardu) be king?
Matt Higgs loves to take all sorts of weird cards and staple them together, and today's weirdness is a melding of the minds between two very different things: The Great Aurora and... Dreadwaters?
Sean McKeown visits to help a reader's friend not quit Magic by fixing her Brago, King Eternal deck - and if you've ever wanted to write for Star City Games, you should definitely check this article out!
It's been a while since we've seen Mono-Red do well in Standard, but new additions to compensate for the changes to the rest of the format might offer the deck a new lease on life now that the metagame is not fixated solely on attacking it out of existence.
While Anthony had high hopes for the Season Three Invitational and took some big risks in order to try and capitalize on the state of the Legacy format, there are lessons to be learned even when things don't quite go your way - and those lessons can thankfully be shared.
Commander is all about exploratory deckbuilding in a fun, flavorful format, and Abe takes that to heart while continuing to explore non-legendary creatures filling in that Commander's role by building a new deck around a crazy axe murderer.