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It’s summer. There’s not much happening on the Magic front. And I’ve got summer things to do. So I’m giving in and doing a list article. At least the algorithm will be satisfied. And I still have my professional pride preventing me from doing it in a nonanalytical way. The Online Metagame An explainer/disclaimer before I […]

Modern Horizons 2 has been around for a month, and the format has adjusted thoroughly. That’s not to say the dust has settled; just that the world is very different now. Today, we’ll take a look at the directions fair decks are headed, featuring a pair of red one-drops that have already begun to redefine […]

If one alludes to an article, one needs to follow-through. In literature, the principle is known as Chekov’s Gun. Last week, I created expectations for an article about my experiences testing Humans, so this week I have to actually write that article. Which is fortunate; I’ve tested enough that I’m able to discuss the various […]

Starms a-comin’ in. You know, Modern Horizons 2? As usual, though, Modern players aren’t content to just sit around and wait for the new cards. They’re as busy as ever creating, tuning, and tweaking new creations! Today, we’ll look at a couple of notable developments this month: the propagation of tech from UR Prowess and […]

When it was first spoiled, Prismari Command wasn’t particularly exciting to Modern players. But this month, we’re seeing the card on a noticeable uptick, with players registering two to even the full four copies in archetypes as strategically diverse as value, combo, and control. Clearly there’s something to this three-mana instant! Today, we’ll take a […]

It would seem that Wizards is growing impatient. The stated beginning of Modern Horizons 2 previews was next week. However, as part of their announcement of the “Summer of Legend” (which trips my marketing gag reflex), Wizards gave us some early spoilers. Clearly intended to whet player appetites for what is to come, the spoilers were […]

The month after a new set release is always an exciting time in the 5-0 dumps: full of churn, upheaval, and of course, ideas! In these periods, players are far less concerned with identifying metagame direction and innovating solutions to emerging trends; indeed, attempting to do so this early might prove a fool’s errand anyway. […]

Just before Strixhaven dropped, we observed some intriguing developments among Modern’s top decks in Jund Shadow and Omnath piles. While all the talk’s been focused around Clever Lumimancer latelty, with the card showing promise (and also, floundering) depending on the shell, I’d like to remind us all that some players were breaking the mold before […]

By the time you read this, Strixhaven: School of Mages will have been available on MTGO for six days. And some people even have it in paper. Consequently, results are beginning to trickle in which include the new cards. Which means that I can start seeing how well my psychic abilities are developing. And maybe […]

Despite a glitch in the Matrix which led to less data than usual last month, the March dumps nonetheless did betray a grip of Modern movement both among established archetypes and lesser-played brews. Today, we’ll look at a few of the ways two of the format’s premier strategies—Omnath and Jund Shadow—have adjusted to the recent […]

And now, back to our regularly scheduled metagame analysis. Let me just take a look at what’s been winning… oh. MTGO’s reporting system is bugged; there’s been no new data since March 10. Huh. Ok, well, let me just see what’s happening in the community… wait, really? Heliod Company is considered the best deck now? […]

The time after a set release or a major ban is always exciting. The format is in flux, the metagame undefined, and everything seems playable. This is even more true right now, thanks to the ban taking away a metagame pillar. This has in turn renewed interest in Modern, bringing an influx of players and […]

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