Vintage. Standard. Ixalan Limited. Every tournament format needs to own up to its strengths and weaknesses. This week, Veteran Pro Tour deckbuilder Sam Black puts the game under the microscope and explains exactly what he sees.
Chris Lansdell has never been short of opinions! Today the Magician of Mount Pearl dispenses his wisdom on Search for Azcanta, Merfolk and Dinosaurs in Standard, and much, much more ahead of SCG Washington DC!
Temur Energy helped Gerry Thompson earn a place on the USA's World Magic Cup team in Richmond last weekend! He and Bryan Gottlieb discuss this deck and more on the latest episode of The GAM Podcast!
The narrowness of the Standard metagame has been greatly oversold! Ross Merriam highlights a combo-centric R/W Approach deck from the Top 16 of U.S. Nationals ahead of SCG Cincinnati's Standard Classic!
Jeremy Noell has the latest on the biggest Eternal event of the season, plus lots more in his new Split Second edition!
Jund isn't just for Modern! Ross Merriam highlights a successful Standard list featuring Vraska, Relic Seeker that might provide a change of pace at the SCG Cincinnati Standard Classic!
Gerry Thompson made the finals of U.S. Nationals and his country's World Magic Cup team! Today, watch him play the deck that stopped his run just short of the title: U/B Control!
Temur Energy, Ramunap Red, and U/B Control seem to have a stranglehold on the Standard metagame. Can a tokens strategy break through? Ross Merriam highlights a Top 8 list from the Magic Online PTQ!
Brennan DeCandio is refocusing on Modern! With a vast array of possible decklists, he's looking to the new blood provided by Ixalan. Is Merfolk Branchwalker in his future? Search for Azcanta? SCG Charlotte is for certain!
Gerry Thompson shares his knowledge of the U/B Control deck he played at the World Championship and its prospects for future Standard events!
Second place feels like a punch in the gut. Brad Nelson describes the aftermath of the Team World Championship and what he feels he should've done differently in Standard. Learn from his mistakes at the Standard Classic this Sunday in Charlotte!
Does the narrow Standard metagame at the World Championship have you down? Jim Davis points to Magic Online as the cure for your blues! Three Anointed Procession decks made a PTQ Top 8 there, and he has the breakdown!
Sam Black saw U/B Control emerge as a challenger to Ramunap Red and Temur Energy at the World Championship! But he doesn't think Standard is just a three-deck metagame. Today he outlines ways to take down The Scarab God and friends!
Sultai Energy won SCG Dallas. Temur Energy won the World Championship. Ross Merriam explains why it's better to accept Energy's dominance in Ixalan Standard than fight it...and what you can do to adjust.
Sam Black was one of the 24 players invited to the 2017 Magic World Championship! Today, he takes a dive into his preparation for the event with hot takes, secret strategy, and why control is the best thing in Standard for the first time in years!
While Ixalan previews were going around, competitive Magic players threw a Dinosaur- and Pirate-themed party. But morning has come, and Ari Lax draws lessons from how the hype met reality for next time! What's missing to make these cards good enough?
Shaun McLaren puts his own spin on the Sultai Energy archetype that won the Open in Dallas! Watch him in action ahead of the SCG Charlotte Standard Classic!
Patrick Chapin breaks down the Standard metagame at the World Championship! With just 24 competitors, he expected things to get a little weird...but not this weird! What's the plan if you're bound for SCG Charlotte's Standard Classic?
Two control decks in the Top 4 of the World Championship? That makes for a happy Shaheen Soorani! He shares his control updates, including the decks he's considering taking to U.S. Nationals! What are you taking to SCG Charlotte's Standard Classic?
The Abzan Tokens strategy isn't just for Sam Black anymore! Ari Lax takes a successful Magic Online list into the grinder ahead of the SCG Charlotte Standard Classic! Spoiler alert: This deck is pretty awesome!