Three players were disqualified at Pro Tour Ixalan, and while Ari Lax wasn't sad to see one of them go, the other two hold lessons for all tournament players! Get Ari Lax's "rules" for knowing the Magic Tournament Rules!
Todd Anderson and Ross Merriam square off in a wide-ranging Fact or Fiction! Was the Pro Tour metagame a delight or a disappointment? Is the Modern Humans deck for real? And will Deathrite Shaman help win SCG Baltimore? Cast your Vote!
The Todds are at odds in Standard on VS! Todd Stevens pilots an intriguing R/U Artificers rogue deck against Todd Anderson's more traditional Ramunap Red list! How rogue can you go at Grand Prix Atlanta!
Patrick Chapin played W/R Approach to a Day 2 finish at Pro Tour Ixalan, but it wasn't all sweetness and light in Albuquerque. In between all the tech, this one just might make you hurt.
Sam Black eventually played the same deck at Pro Tour Ixalan that Mike Sigrist used to make the Top 8. That's not the whole story, of course! Get Sam's insights into the decks left behind along the way...decks that may still hold a kernel of greatness!
The first nuclear test took place in New Mexico, and Chas Andres is here to monitor the fallout from Albuquerque! What "budget" deck in the Pro Tour Top 8 won't stay that way for long, and which no-shows should be treated as if they're radioactive?
However many people think Standard has a three-deck (or fewer!) metagame, Gerry Thompson is preparing for many, many more. Check out his extended gauntlet ahead of Pro Tour Ixalan!
Only the decklist-keepers at Pro Tour Ixalan know what the metagame will look like at first, but guessing at it is crucial for participants! Brad Nelson reveals his perceived levels for the event and predictions!
Pro Tour Ixalan is here! Watch Todd Stevens and Esper Tokens square off against the Albuquerque-bound Brad Nelson and Four-Color Energy!
Yeah, you're going to see Ramunap Red and Temur Energy at the Pro Tour this weekend. But that's not all you're going to see! Todd Anderson has put the work into finding the sleeping giants that will be on Standard's doorstep soon at Grand Prix Atlanta!
Yeah, yeah, we've seen the Temur Energy deck and the red aggro deck. Those are easy shots to call. What we want is some predictions with some power behind them! Jim Davis is giving us just that! We're on our way to the Pro Tour with Grand Prix Atlanta just beyond!
So the Pro Tour is happening well after a set release. Big deal. That can't possibly make a difference in how it shapes out, right? Wrong. Ross Merriam explains why this PT is going to be a different animal entirely and why it's going to change everyone's strategy for Grand Prix Atlanta.
It seems like every color combination has gotten a shot at the Modern big time at some point. So why hasn't this one, especially with the help of Thoughtseize and friends, not made it to the top of the standings? The answer is simple, and Stevens wouldn't be surprised if someone found it at SCG Regionals.
The Pro Tour is practically here, and somehow, the Sultai Energy archetype that won the first weekend on the new SCG Tour is already being slept on. And are players so tired of Mardu Vehicles that they've forgotten it can kick your teeth in? Brad and Todd provide due respect to these very dangerous decks!
Over/Under returns! Ari Lax and Todd Anderson face down five numerical conundrums and make their call: Over or Under? They seem to be largely in agreement, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be correct. That's why you get to weigh in!
It's not as if Shaun McLaren needs an excuse to turn to his beloved Jeskai deck in Modern, but the rise of the Humans archetype sure is convenient! And then he has to go talk about Human Eldrazi decks right before SCG Regionals...
Ross Merriam explores his love of combo decks through an intriguing turn he took at SCG Washington DC! It didn't turn out the way he wanted, but the complexities were beautiful...
Ari Lax's Modern Matchup Guide was an immensely popular article, but with SCG Regionals on the horizon, it's due for a facelift! Learn which matchups have changed and how thanks to printings from Vizier of Remedies to Unclaimed Territory!
Magic players often trick themselves into thinking they're being rational when they're not! Chas Andres discusses the error of fundamental attribution, how to avoid it in yourself, and how to use it to your advantage!
With GP Atlanta two weekends away, mastery of Standard is the ticket to the Pro Tour! Watch Tom "The Boss" Ross wield Sultai Energy against Todd Anderson and Abzan Tokens!