It's pretty simple to check a deck out and understand it, right? Aggro, control, combo. What's so complicated? Well, competitive Magic, for one thing! Jadine explains how the Pro Tour opened her eyes in this brilliant write up!
Some players have a motto for constructing Commander decks: "Just build it!" But for some, it's not enough to "just build it." Sheldon Menery shares how to think about thinking about 100-card lists!
Some successful players have gone on record as saying it's not necessarily correct to put a Noble Hierarch in its place on turn 1! Ross Merriam is an old school mage who disagrees! He talks about Magic mechanics and Modern Humans this week!
Jadine Klomparens has been a midrange mage most of the time lately, but that all changed in Philadelphia! Read about the epiphany that taught her that there's more than one way to define Magic's middle child!
Pro Tour Champion Ari Lax sees a lot of decks in the new Standard, but there are a lot of archetypes already falling out of favor. Most of them are aggro decks. For excellent guidance on how to construct decks like Tom Ross and Paul Rietzl, this is your stop!
You can't control what's on top of your deck most of the time, but the truth is much more interesting than that! Up your play for SCG Columbus this weekend!
A lot of the time, explosive Modern decks can just win on the backs of their own power, but that isn't always the case! Join Pro Tour Champion Ari Lax for a look at how you can do some simple tricks at SCG Columbus to keep your wins coming!
There's another type of control in Magic that we usually don't think about: self control! Collins Mullen explains how to master the art of always playing the best form of control when you're playing tournament Magic!
As a better-late-than-never Festivus present to you all, Ross Merriam airs grievances including tournament etiquette, inefficient playing mechanics, and full-art lands. Bring the popcorn and the pitchforks!
Emma Handy finishes Modern's family tree with the unusual lands of the format, from Spire of Industry to Snow-Covered Islands, ahead of SCG Columbus!
Playing Magic without a plan is asking to lose. Jadine Klomparens shows the importance of making sure your plays are consistent with each other...and when it's important to change plans anyway.
With Magic approaching its 25th anniversary, much of the professional game has yet to be figured out. Ari Lax is on a quest to remake the way pros like him prepare, and today he shares his points of focus.
"Practice makes perfect." "No, perfect practice makes perfect." Sam Black brings up the platitudes only to sweep them away as he gives you no-nonsense playtesting advice!
In strategic standoffs, usually the player who blinks first loses. Jadine Klomparens' latest theory examines what it means to "blink" in a game of Magic...and when it's right to do so anyway!
Temur Energy is jam-packed with quality cards, but that doesn't mean they all have to stay in the maindeck for Game 2! Emma Handy offers a step-by-step process for deciding whether a "good" card should stay or go in a matchup.
So 2017 is almost in the rearview mirror. It's time to make goals for 2018. But are you setting goals that will help you get where you want to go in Magic? Brad Nelson has one goal you should avoid and four you should make!
Learning to cast removal on the opponent's end step has long been seen as a sign of growth as a Magic player. But why is this correct? Jadine Klomparens examines the thinking behind the play...and why the thinking is sometimes wrong!
That's a mighty bold title from the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Famer! But don't be too surprised if the game designer and leading theorist has you nodding along by the end. He just hopes Wizards of the Coast has figured all this out by now...
Emma Handy contemplates a Constructed conundrum: when does a maindeck of more than 60 cards make sense?
Ryan Saxe discusses how to maximize drafting for your own preferences. We all have our biases. Why not put yours to work?