For Brad Nelson, Grand Prix Montreal felt like a day at the office...which sure isn't why he's spent his life playing Magic! Standard seems sick again already, and Brad's putting on his pharmacist coat to write some prescriptions!
Modern is a strange place to be attacking and blocking when a one-mana 13/13 is running wild! So what's the solution? The Modern master himself has a number of ideas for SCG Baltimore!
With a critical card amputated from Standard just two days before SCG Atlanta, it's no surprise Mardu Vehicles won! Jim Davis explains why calls for another ban are misguided and highlights the crucial pressure point that could shrink Gideon, Ally of Zendikar's metagame share!
Emma Handy serves up a slice of the grinder life from one of the most tumultuous weeks in tournament Magic's history as she traces her team's deckbuilding journey from Four-Color Saheeli to her well-earned Top 32 finish with Jeskai Control at SCG Atlanta!
Should Felidar Guardian have been banned in Standard? Ross Merriam thinks that's just a surface symptom of a deeper problem! As he explores what Standard means for different groups of players, he questions whether a "one-size-fits-all" approach benefits Friday Night Magic and the Pro Tour.
Of the three most commonly played Constructed formats, only Legacy saw a change to its banned list! What does Jim Davis think about facing Felidar Guardian and Saheeli Rai at SCG Atlanta? Should Death's Shadow have stuck around? And did Sensei's Divining Top deserve its fate? Get Jim's take and vote in his polls!
With all the cards of Amonkhet known, Ross Merriam is Magically armed and dangerous! Get his update of Four-Color Saheeli and learn what he thinks could combat that Standard standout!
Felidar Guardian is like Schrodinger's Cat: will it be "alive" or banned in the new Standard? Brad Nelson explains the numerous theories for how we got in this mess and offers Standard brews for both realities...and several others!
Standard is due for a shake-up, and Amonkhet is poised to deliver! See where Sam Black thinks the metagame might go, from cycling bringing back control to a critical mass of one-drops sparking Mono-Red Aggro!
What's "the problem" with Standard? Well, part of it is that there's never just one problem! Danny West has seen most of it before, and today he lays out some new solutions to the multi-headed monster of formats!
Can Burn win SCG Worcester? How good is Glorybringer? What do the cycling duals mean that people aren't considering? Pro Tour Champion Ari Lax cannot keep it to just new cards or old cards this week! What a time to be a mage!
Amonkhet Standard will be something we haven't seen in a while: seven sets big! Adrian Sullivan has your reminder of what came before and how this larger Standard card pool will affect the way you build and play!
Where have all the good decks gone and where are all the bans? Todd Anderson has had it with Felidar Guardian in Standard! He reveals how he'd hotfix the format and why he's left holding out for a hero in Amonkhet! And is Death's Shadow too good for Modern? Help us, Todd!
Gerry isn't really interested in the complaining; he's interested in understand the tools he has to work with now. So is Mardu Vehicles the best deck? What are its weaknesses? What are its next evolutions? Does this list without Heart of Kiran make any sense? Gerry talks shop!
Blame is always easier said than proved, and Ross Merriam is not convinced that SaffronOlive's recent piece on planeswalkers is the correct perspective to take on the future of Standard Magic. In this excellent series of counterpoints, Ross gives his take on the merits of Magic's mascots.
Between the Cat Pack of Four-Color Saheeli and the stop-for-nobody aggression of Mardu Vehicles, it's tough out there in Standard, but Jadine Klomparens has the keys to help you fight the good fight!
No news is good news a lot of the time, but was it this time? Sam Black isn't interested in taking a hard stance because he sees both sides of a very complex and difficult equation! Read Sam's excellent reasoning on the hot topic of the week! Which side of these issues are you on?
Count Pro Tour Champion Shaun McLaren among those not thrilled with Monday's silent no-ban drama! If the Standard format isn't going to change, how is it going to get better? Shaun has some things he needs to get off his chest this week!
Don't call it a Death's Shadow article! GerryT gives his take on the Modern decks he fears most going into SCG Dallas, starting with the tempo-taking Merfolk deck and going through a list of increasingly dangerous (and increasingly surprising) archetypes!
Felidar Guardian never should've been printed as-is. But should it be banned in Standard? Brad Nelson examines why certain decks have become oppressive in Standards past, the fraught implications of a possible ban, and whether another villain is lurking behind the scenes!