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"Bontu the Glorified" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

Magic: The Gathering Erratas Companion Rule, Updates Ban List

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.[caption id="attachment_1119878" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The artwork for Syr Konrad, the Grim, from Magic: The Gathering's Throne of Eldraine expansion[...]

Wizards of the Coast Releases May's "State of Arena" Address

Wizards Of The Coast Releases MTG's May 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"

"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"

Opinion: No Pioneer Bans? This Early? – "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"

Yikes! Many Bans in Standard, Others – "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. [caption id="attachment_1119878" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A grim day for Oko Source: Wizards of the Coast[/caption]While the Brawl ban was already known and instituted a good number of days ago in Magic:[...]

Javier Dominguez Wins Mythic Championship V! - "Magic: The Gathering"

How "Arena" Is Treating Me (November Edition) – "Magic: The Gathering"

Hey all! Today, I would like to continue my ongoing monthly segment where I check in on how Magic: The Gathering: Arena is from a player perspective. Before I do that, however, I was given a few confirmed clarifications to my last article, directly from the mouth of  Wizards of the Coast (two points, to […]

"Throne of Eldraine" Collector's Pack Quality is a Problem - "Magic: The Gathering"

Wizards of the Coast Suffers Security Breach – "Magic: The Gathering"

On November 14th, Wizards of the Coast sent out an email blast to users of Magic: The Gathering Online and Magic: The Gathering: Arena, stating that users' data had been compromised in a security breach. According to this email, while much data was breached (including first and last names of users, users' email addresses, and their passwords), […]

Improving "Merciless Rage" - "Magic: The Gathering"

Commander May Be Most Played Format – "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.[caption id="attachment_1076619" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Wizards of the Coast[/caption]According to Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Mark Rosewater in an answer to a question posed on his Tumblr blog[...]

"Magic: The Gathering" Pro Player Censored

"Magic: The Gathering" Pro Player Censored

Last night (Friday night, November 8th) at MagicFest Richmond, professional Magic: The Gathering player Autumn Burchett purportedly was instructed to remove two cards from their deck after the cards were found to have potentially divisive messages written on them. The messages included "No TERFs[…]" and "Trans Rights are Human Rights", which, while to some are […]

Antoine Lagarde takes MagicFest Lyon! - "Magic: The Gathering"

Antoine Lagarde takes MagicFest Lyon! – "Magic: The Gathering"

This gave him the edge needed to get the win.[caption id="attachment_1113281" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Wizards of the Coast[/caption]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[...]

"Sorin, Lord of Innistrad" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

Opinion: Why We Should Support "Magic: The Gathering"

Oko is a likely candidate for a Standard ban given some more time to prove how ridiculous the card is.[caption id="attachment_1080262" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Wizards.com[/caption]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[...]

"Sorin, Lord of Innistrad" Deck Tech - "Magic: The Gathering"

Opinion: Finding My Way Through "Magic: The Gathering: Arena"

Or, "A Love Letter to Magic Esports". A couple of months ago, sometime before I was hired by Bleeding Cool, I never would have guessed that I'd be playing Magic: The Gathering: Arena. I was vehemently opposed to Magic: The Gathering Online and felt very strongly about my stance. How could I even think about paying for digital cards when […]

On the Pioneer Format (and Early Financial Spikes) - "Magic: The Gathering"

On the Pioneer Format (and Early Price 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

"Magic: The Gathering" Bans Cards From Standard, Pauper

Source: Wizards of the Coast[/caption]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"

Javier Dominguez Wins Mythic Championship V! – "Magic: The Gathering"

Source: Wizards of the Coast[/caption]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"

Wizards' October "State Of The Game" For "Magic: The Gathering: Arena"

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"

Mythic Championship V Decklists Publicly Unveiled – "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 - 14Notable players playing Food decks during MCV: Kai Budde, Reid Duke, Gabriel Nassif (Simic Food)[caption id="attachment_1103044" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Wizards of the Coast[/caption] Adventure Many players are also trying their hand at[...]

Stanislav Cifka Returns to "Magic: The Gathering"

Stanislav Cifka, "Hearthstone" Champ, Returns to "Magic: The Gathering"

This coming weekend of October 18th-20th, Magic: The Gathering will host their fifth Mythic Championship tournament. During those three days, 68 players will compete for $750,000 in prizes. Players will be facing off in Long Beach, California at Thunder Studios, via the Magic: The Gathering: Arena interface. And among those 68 players stands 31-year-old Czech former Hearthstone […]

"Magic: The Gathering: Arena" to Make Ban Announcement

"Magic: The Gathering: Arena" To Make Emergency Ban Announcement

Hang onto your hats for the next few weeks, folks – Magic: The Gathering: Arena speculation is about to get a bit hectic. Twitter page @MagicEsports, the account that manages the Twitter page for Magic: The Gathering: Arena, has posted a tweet as of yesterday (October 9th) stating that the next Banned and Restricted List […]

Enjoying Arena, and How You Should Too - "Magic: The Gathering"

"Throne of Eldraine" Released for "Magic: The Gathering: Arena"

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[...]