This year's World Championships saw a lot of consensus on what the best decks to play in Standard were - but the outliers were very interesting as far as what they say about the continuing dynamic nature of the Standard format.
Hot off of a Top Four finish at the Magic World Championships, Sam Black takes you for a ride along with his Mono-White Devotion deck from that tournament as he puts it through its paces.
Magic Origins has quietly shaken up the settled Modern metagame, so Todd Anderson and Tom "The Boss" Ross explore some of the format's new vistas to prepare for Modern's return to the Open Series this weekend at #SCGCIN!
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.
With the Season Three Invitational in the books, Todd looks back at the decisions that brought him there - and at the broader state of Magic as a whole, both real-life and digital, to see where improvements are necessary if Magic is to thrive.
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...
Want to get aggressive for #SCGCIN this weekend? Pro Tour Champion Ari Lax runs an unusual deck he uncovered in his #MTGChamps testing through its paces for the consideration of Modern aficionados everywhere!
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!
While we may have a month still to wait before Battle for Zendikar arrives on shelves, it's not too soon to "gather your Allies" and battle in Modern.
With the World Championships in the books, Adrian Sullivan pores over the data in order to figure out where the Standard metagame is going next... and examines recent Modern trends in order to figure out what to play at #SCGCIN this weekend!
With his first Invitational Top Eight now in the bag, Gerard Fabiano looks back at the decks he played and the Legacy format as a whole - and then looks forward to a new Standard thanks to Battle for Zendikar!
What is a dedicated control mage to do with the new Battle for Zendikar spoilers? Rejoice, that's what, as control aficionados are about to enter a realm of great mana for their control decks!
Bennie Smith recounts his recent Standard exploits by looking at the many flavors of Hangarback Walker decks he's tried out recently, and he looks forward to Battle for Zendikar Standard by starting to draft new decks off of the few spoiled cards seen so far!
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?