Category: Standard

Guilds of Ravnica Specs: the top five standout cards of each color combination that could impact #GRN Standard

I can’t believe that we are just one week away from Return to Return to Return to Return to Ravnica.  The full spoiler is available on the WotC website here.  Now that we’ve seen all of the cards, these are the Guilds of Ravnica…

Wizards continues printing exclusive yet Standard-legal cards in supplemental products.

For better or for worse, Wizards continues to print exclusive Standard-legal cards that can only be obtained by means other than sealed booster packs.  On August 28th, the image and translated text of the Guilds of Ravnica Buy-A-Box promo Impervious Greatwurm was leaked to the…

Evaluating the Competitive Viability of Creatures

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have either heard about or directly experienced the cost-efficiency of The Scarab God.  I mean, this guy does everything.  At just five mana, this beatstick provides indirect damage, deck manipulation, a durable 5/5 body, and an…

[Brawl][Budget] Angrath, the Flame-Chained and his Rakdos Pirates ($18 Paper/4 MTGO Tix)

On March 22, 2018, Senior Magic Designer Gavin Verhey published the rules to the new Brawl format in an article titled “Join the Brawl.”  Gavin describes Brawl as a casual format that has the benefit of being an entry point to the larger Standard Constructed…

Justifying (or Condemning) the Latest Banned Standard Cards: Attune with Aether, Rogue Refiner, Ramunap Ruins, and Rampaging Ferocidon

Yesterday’s Banned & Restricted Announcement was a doozy.  The vast majority of the community expected one to two bans to the Energy deck in some combination of Attune with Aether, Aether Hub, and Rogue Refiner.  However, many players (including professionals) were blindsided by the…

How to Start Playing Magic at the FNM Level

I figured that the title “How to (Intelligently) Netdeck” would be a little too provocative, but that’s basically what we’ll be doing.  With another Banned & Restricted Announcement coming on January 15, 2018, the release of Rivals of Ixalan on January 19, 2018, and the debut…

[Standard] Market Watch: Kopala, Warden of Waves and a U/G “Fish” decklist

  Our irregularly recurring Market Watch segment has returned!  However, since the last segment, Andrew has ditched Star Wars: Destiny entirely to return to Magic: the Gathering.  This time, based upon all currently available information, we are pressing BUY on a speculation (“spec”)  for…