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"Bontu the Glorified" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"
This rule change, which affects the mechanics of the Companion mechanic from Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, comes after an extreme influx of Companion cards used as such in Standard, Legacy, and other big-name competitive formats. The artwork for Syr Konrad, the Grim, from Magic: The Gathering's Throne of Eldraine expansion Illustrated by Anna Steinbauer. Wizards of the Coast[...]
Wizards of the Coast Releases May's "State of Arena" Address
Dubbed the Arena Open, this two-day event will cost 4,000 gems or 20,000 gold to enter and consist of Best-of-Three games of Standard Constructed Players will play until they achieve either seven wins or three losses on Day One, and if they've won seven games they move onto Day Two On that day, players will continue[...]
"Klothys, God of Destiny" Card Revealed - "Magic: The Gathering"
I'm really digging that! What do you think? Is Klothys going to impact Magic: The Gathering's Standard format as much as Deathrite Shaman did when it was in Standard? Is Klothys up there with Xenagos in Commander? Let us know what your thoughts are! Well, I'm back, everyone! After a massive bout dealing with Nicol Bolas, I'm[...]
On the Pioneer Format (and Early Financial Spikes) - "Magic: The Gathering"
Far from it, as the most recent Standard bannings show I think this may be a further grasp at customer/consumer retention, which I can't exactly fault Wizards of the Coast for, but I'm of the opinion that they can do this in a better fashion with the tools they already had. What do you think? Should Wizards of[...]
"Bontu the Glorified" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"
The additions are as follows: Standard: Oko, Thief of Crowns is banned. Once Upon a Time is banned. Veil of Summer is banned. Brawl: Oko, Thief of Crowns is banned. Legacy: Wrenn and Six is banned. Vintage: Narset, Parter of Veils is restricted. A grim day for Oko Source: Wizards of the Coast While the Brawl ban was already known and instituted a good number of days ago in Magic: The Gathering: Arena, all[...]
Improving "Merciless Rage" - "Magic: The Gathering"
In news which may absolutely floor a ton of Magic: The Gathering players while being completely predictable to a good many others, Commander may be the most played Magic format. Source: Wizards of the Coast According to Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Mark Rosewater in an answer to a question posed on his Tumblr blog Blogatog, data suggests that[...]
Antoine Lagarde takes MagicFest Lyon! - "Magic: The Gathering"
This gave him the edge needed to get the win. Source: Wizards of the Coast Finally, in Game Three, Lagarde managed to cast both the aforementioned Nissa and a copy of Oko, Thief of Crowns in the same turn which let Lagarde break parity to the point of victory. It's clear that Oko, Thief of Crowns is a[...]
"Sorin, Lord of Innistrad" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"
Oko is a likely candidate for a Standard ban given some more time to prove how ridiculous the card is. Source: Of these examples that you originally gave, Hogaak has been dealt with, W6 doesn't necessarily need to be dealt with, and Oko is probably on its way out come November 18th The counterbalance to poor[...]
On the Pioneer Format (and Early Financial Spikes) - "Magic: The Gathering"
Keep this in mind because it's important for data later in this article. Pioneer has been created as a bridge between Modern and Standard, just as Modern was created as a bridge between Legacy and Standard seven years ago The Modern format was created when Return to Ravnica came out, so it makes sense that Pioneer[...]
"Magic: The Gathering" Bans Cards From Standard, Pauper
Source: Wizards of the Coast Hot on the heels of Mythic Championship V, despite not being won by a deck that used it (Javier Dominguez was using Gruul Aggro, may I remind you), Field of the Dead has been banned from Standard I'm not entirely sure what this will mean for any players on Magic: The Gathering:[...]
Javier Dominguez Wins Mythic Championship V! - "Magic: The Gathering"
Source: Wizards of the Coast Despite the win with Gruul Aggro by Javier Dominguez, because decks running Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and Field of the Dead were so prevalent in this past weekend's Mythic Championship today it has been decided by Wizards that Field of the Dead is now banned in the Standard format This decision was actually[...]
Enjoying Arena, and How You Should Too - "Magic: The Gathering"
Despite its reputation as a "lesser" form of Commander, Brawl has been a highly-anticipated feature in Magic: The Gathering: Arena due to its status as a fresh format (especially compared to Standard, which is still being plagued by Golos and Field of the Dead for however long – though those cards are being eyed for an[...]
"Oathbreaker" Ban List Updated - "Magic: The Gathering"
Oko is also running the risk of being banned, but not nearly as high as the last archetype we discussed. Number of decks between Simic Food and Bant Food – 14 Notable players playing Food decks during MCV: Kai Budde, Reid Duke, Gabriel Nassif (Simic Food) Source: Wizards of the Coast Adventure Many players are also trying their hand at the Adventure archetype brought[...]
Enjoying Arena, and How You Should Too - "Magic: The Gathering"
What this means, in essence, is that players will be able to play Magic on the interface using every card available in Standard (including the cards newly-released today for Throne of Eldraine!), and practice for twelve games (until October 1st) before taking part in another event (starting on October 6th) During that event (need I remind[...]
"Magic: The Gathering Arena" Planning New Innovations for 2020
The format will be Standard, and teams who best two of three of the players from the opposing team will go on to advance to the next round. The full rules for this league are here Magic: The Gathering: Arena players from any qualifying school can sign up for this league using this link You have[...]
Enjoying Arena, and How You Should Too - "Magic: The Gathering"
I apologize for the misinformation. Source: Wizards of the Coast However, the bright side about this is that there's still plenty of time to prepare for not only the event where players can temporarily use every card in Standard to their best potential but also for the event where players will compete (with their own cards) for[...]
Wizards of the Coast Publishes "State" of "Arena" - "Magic: The Gathering"
The biggest one, known as the "Giant Opportunity", temporarily adds all four copies of all cards in Standard to each player's inventory Each player has until September 25th to use these cards in an event – if they win this particular event with twelve wins and no more than one loss, they win the cards[...]
Throne of Eldraine art
Throne of Eldraine will release to Magic: The Gathering: Arena a day earlier, on September 26th, marking a new Standard rotation. …And there was much rejoicing Throne of Eldraine, Magic: The Gathering's 82nd expansion set, has been fully revealed at long last, and with it, its tokens and a release notes document In the document (featured[...]
Playing In A New Golden Age of "Magic: The Gathering"
This sort of echoes every so often, such as in Minneapolis earlier this year, where a Mardu build defeated a meta filled with Hogaak decks. Anyhow, my friend Holden and I went out and recreated these decks as best as we could and played in a Friday Night Magic standard event My friend piloted a Naya[...]