Category: Magic: The Gathering

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doc28ecg

Once Upon a Time: Overrunning Portland with Modern Elves

On the Friday of MagicFest Portland, I watched my teammate Devon (@arbitraryarmor) take down the Standard PTQ with Jund Sacrifice. At some point that afternoon, I jokingly told him that I’d make it back-to-back Team Rankstar wins the next day in the Modern PTQ. My expectations for the weekend were relatively low given how busy I was leading up to the event; with final exams looming over the month, I decided to trust in my experience and sleeve up Elves,

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Year in Arena 2019

A look back on Magic the Gathering Arena in 2019. Including reflection on the sets and patches, the best and worst of the year, and thoughts looking forward into 2020.

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-12-20

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Esports Updates, Theros Previews, Historic Artisan, Top Bo1 Decks

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Eternal
Tchamber5

Backlash Episode 35: What to play (or beat) in the ECQ

This week, GHP returns to talk about the balance changes and what decks to play (or beat) in the ECQ! //iTunes //Soundcloud//Spotify FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @NotoriousGHP @Tchamber5 @TeamRankstar SUPPORT THE CAST: https://www.patreon.com/Backlashpodcast

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-12-13

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Patch 1.03, Friends List, Events, MCVII Results & Decks, Historic Vampires

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Community
Tchamber5

Where in the World is GHP?

Theo, wait no, SHAWN and Tim discuss the most recent adds to the expedition format. //iTunes //Soundcloud//Spotify FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @NotoriousGHP @Tchamber5 @The_Overmaster @TeamRankstar SUPPORT THE CAST: https://www.patreon.com/Backlashpodcast

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-12-06

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Esports Updates, Mythic Championship VII Decks, Sultai Ramp, Izzet Flash, Historic Ramp, Kumena Brawl

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-11-29

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Patch 1.02.01, Historic Pauper, Mythic Historic Gruul Aggro and Azorius Control, and Historic Turkey Brawl

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-11-22

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Patch 1.02.00, Oko Banned (for real this time), Historic Launch, Twitch Rivals Tournament Results and Decks

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Community
Tchamber5

Glimmers Of Genius: SaffronOlive

Favorite Deck?  Mono-Red Prison (aka. Free Win Red), or anything with Panharmonicon Favorite Color (or Color Combo)  Blue, but with other colors. I like drawing cards. Favorite Card?  It’s a tie between Blood Moon and Panharmonicon.  Favorite Format?  Honestly, right now it is Pioneer, although it has been Modern over the past few years. IRL Occupation?  I’m super lucky that Magic is my IRL occupation. I’m the content manager for  www.mtggoldfish.com Age?  35, probably better know as old Team Affiliation?

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-11-15

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: State of the Game, Historic Rollous, Festival of the Fae, Gruul Adventures, Jeskai Fires

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-11-08

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Oko Brawl Ban, Festival of the Fae, Temur Reclamation, Rakdos Aristocrats

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Deck Tech
Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 11/8/2019

Here is a quick recap of the first week of November, including our first article on “Legends of Runetarra”! Eternal Hearthstone Legends of Runeterra Magic: The Gathering Mythgard The Elder Scrolls: Legends Want to support our content? There’s many ways, best of which is directly at our new Patreon, which helps us support our content creators: https://www.patreon.com/rankstar Not your speed? Check out our sponsors here: https://linktr.ee/teamrankstar Don’t forget, you can play your games with your style with Inkedgaming.com. Use code TRS12 at checkout for 12%

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Eternal
Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 11/1

There is a plenty to see, this week in Team Rankstar! We just opened the door to a new title, God’s Unchained, and we are very excited for what the future holds for that game. Check out all of the content we had come out this week and stay tune for more coming up next week! Eternal God’s Unchained Gwent Magic: the Gathering Mythgard The Elder Scrolls: Legends Want to support our content? There’s many ways, best of which is

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-10-25

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Patch 1.01.00, MCV Results, Historic, Bannings, All About Brawl!

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Community
Team Rankstar

Welcome To The Team ewlandon!

We are beyond excited to welcome MTG Legacy legend Eric “ewlandon” Landon to Team Rankstar! Whether it be Legacy leagues, figuring out the limited format for a GP or getting more familiar with MTGA, make sure to tune into Eric’s stream here: https://www.twitch.tv/ewlandon Get to know him more here: https://teamrankstar.com/player/ewlandon/

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Community
Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 10/18

Things have been quiet this week at Team Rankstar. After the launch of our new website, many of us have been putting our heads down to work on bigger projects. Expect some cool things coming up before the end of the year! Eternal Gwent Magic: The Gathering Mythgard TEPPEN Don’t forget, you can play your games with your style with Inkedgaming.com. Use code TRS12 at checkout for 12% off your final purchase total! Make sure to follow us on our socials

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-10-18

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Mythic Championship 5, GerryT Interview, Pro Decklists, ELD Constructed

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Community
Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 10/11

We could not be more excited to launch our new website this week! We appreciate all of the support and feedback we have received so far, looking forward to continuing to improve the Rankstar experience! On that note, we are launching a weekly video recap by Whats_Up_Woody, check it out here: Eternal Gwent Magic: the Gathering Mythgard TEPPEN The Elder Scrolls: Legends Don’t forget, you can play your games with your style with Inkedgaming.com. Use code TRS12 at checkout for 12%

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-10-11

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Patch 1.00.02, Emma Handy Interview, Golos Field, Mardu Knights, Azorius Flyers

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Community
Tchamber5

Glimmers Of Genius: Emma Handy

The Facts:  Favorite Deck? Modern Infect Favorite Color (or Color Combo)? Simic Favorite Card? Gitaxian Probe Favorite Format? Mental Magic IRL Occupation? Magic writer, commentator, coach, player.  I write for SCG and Tolarian Community College, do casting for SCG, coach people over the internet, and grind tournaments/Magic online. Age?  27 Team Affiliation? None, as far as I’m aware. Most Notable Achievement (MTG related) Winning the PAX Magic championship earlier this year is probably the biggest thing I’ve won, but that’s

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Community
Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 10/4

We missed last week because Aphelion and Magikarp went to TwitchCon! So we are getting caught up with lots of the happenings over the past two weeks, including some new faces! Community Eternal Gwent Hearthstone Magic: the Gathering Mythgard https://teamrankstar.com/lore-brokers-files-chapter-1/ The Elder Scrolls: Legends Use the code “TRS12” to get 12% off your order on InkedGaming here: http://bit.ly/2WrjhR5 Make sure to follow us on our socials and check out our sponsors: https://linktr.ee/teamrankstar

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-10-04

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Patch 1.01.00, Ally Warfield Interview, Win Every Card Event, Jeskai Superfriends, Esper Dance, Bant Golos, Gruul Smash, Abzan Wolves

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Community
Tchamber5

Glimmers Of Genius: Ally Warfield

The Facts: Favorite Deck of all time: it was UR Twin in Modern Color Combo: BUG/Sultai Card: Leovold, Emissary of Trest  Format: Conceptually, I love Standard even though some Standard formats suck Occupation: School Counselor Age: 23 Team: Team Nova  Most Notable MTG Achievement: Top 4 at GP Indy Tim: First of all, thank you for making time for an interview! Myself and many others at this point have been following your magic career for a while now, and it’s

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-09-27

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Client Release, Throne of Eldraine Release, Play Any Deck Trial, The New Standard, Bant Hero, Torbran Cavalcade

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Community
Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 9/20

We are ready for this weekend’s Arena Rumble! It has been a big undertaking, and we could not be more excited to have it on the horizon! We appreciate everything our sponsors have contributed, plus everyone taking part in the event planning. Good luck to all of the competitors! We have also expanded into TEPPEN recently, and had our first meta breakdown posted this week. Stay tuned for more TEPPEN content soon! Lastly, we just published our Mythgard New Players

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-09-20

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Standard 2020 Event Update, ELD Streamer Event, Throne of Eldraine Previews, and New Decks!

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Community
Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 9/13

Mythgard Closed Beta came out this week and Team Rankstar was all over it! We are incredibly honored to be able to participate in the launch to the extent that we did, and have things in store for the Open Beta launch as well! Not to mention, our Arena Rumble event has been going off with a bang, and we are very excited for the finals coming up soon! We have a lot more events being announced in the coming

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-09-13

This week’s Magic the Gathering Arena news including: Standard 2020 Decks, Throne of Eldraine Previews, Mastery Pass Countdown

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Community
Team Rankstar

This Week in Team Rankstar 9/6

Some really exciting things have been happening in the CCG world this past week! Aphelion and Magikarp had the pleasure of spending time with Direwolf Digital at PAX this weekend, getting some awesome info as well as spoilers for the upcoming set 7: “The Flame of Xulta”! Also, several new MTG sets were announced, cataloguing what we can expect next year, as well as plenty of spoilers for the upcoming “Throne of Eldraine” set! In MTG news, Stoneforge Mystic was

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Magic: The Gathering
warlordhank

This Week in Arena 2019-09-06

Throne of Eldraine Previews, Brawl on Arena, Historic, Red Deck Wins The News Throne of Eldraine Preview Season The preview season for Throne of Eldraine officially kicked off this week bringing us several interesting cards and new mechanics, the most interesting of which is the Adventure mechanic. With this mechanic, you can cast the card from your hand as the Adventure card. In the case of Lovestruck Beast, The Adventure spell is Heart’s Desire, which is a Sorcery that creates

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Competitive
Tchamber5

Stoneforge Unbanned: U/W Mages Rejoice

All I have to say is don’t let your memes be dreams I guess. I’m not sure how many times I tweeted with the hashtag #freeSFM, but it happened at least once a month for a long time.  I mentioned in my two previous articles that  the modern format needed a change, and I assumed that The R&D team would simply ban Hogaak, and let the format go from there. What we got was, well….more than that:  PIC HOGAAK BAN 

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Competitive
Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 8/30

It has been a very nice end of the month here at Team Ransktar, with the announcement of our newest Hearthstone tournament: Brawlers of Uldum! On top of that, we have our Rankstar Arena Rumble just around the corner next month, and we could not be more excited for these events. Be sure to preregister as they will likely fill up! If you make it to PAX West this weekend, be sure to drop by the Inked Gaming booth for

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Magic: The Gathering
trsprosody

Omniscience Draft! – Winning on Turn 1 in Core Set 2020

Omniscience draft isn’t magic. You start with 3 cards and the format removes mana cost, which is perhaps the most essential and defining quality that Magic has. Past Omnisicence drafts, especially Dominaria, enabled turn 1 kills, which are perhaps the dumbest thing that can happen in Magic. And one of the funnest things I’ve ever done on Magic Arena. Because veiled within the dumbness of the format is a curious and refreshing awesomeness. A “what if” that bears fruit. For

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Community
Aphelion

This Week In Team Rankstar 8/23

We are excited to be partnering with Inked Gaming and Akquire for our “Customize The Way You Play” giveaway! On top of that, we have a new Wild Meta Snapshot out this week, plus plenty of other articles to fill up your weekend. Community Eternal Gwent Hearthstone Magic: The Gathering Mythgard The Elder Scrolls: Legends Underlords Use the code “TRS12” to get 12% off your order on InkedGaming here: http://bit.ly/2WrjhR5 Make sure to follow us on our socials and check out

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Competitive
Tchamber5

Modern Gets Frosty: Two Snow Decks I Am In Love With

Hey everyone! My name is Tim, otherwise known Tchamber5 in the queues! Today, I wanted to talk about some decks that are not only super sweet, but that I think will be very competitively viable after the Banned and restricted announcement on the 26th of August. What decks could I be talking about? Snow decks of course! I have been really impressed with the subtly excellent synergies that were released with Modern Horizons. Namely, there are a few key pay-off

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Magic: The Gathering
cardcounterchris

Argh! Thar be Pirates!

The M20 meta has been dominated by non-interactive lists such as Scapeshift and Nexus.  Other popular decks are Green/x midrange decks looking to drop large creatures and Planeswalkers.  Aggro isn’t completely dead, but mono white has fallen in favor of Vampires, which is a solid list with some powerful cards, but also utilizes some weaker cards for synergies (territory that aggro rarely treads).  Mono red isn’t a terrible choice but isn’t the menace it once was.  With all of this

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Competitive
Jt Nickel

6-2 at MCQW with Bant Scapeshift!

This past weekend, MTG: Arena held a Mythic Championship Qualifier Weekend (further referred as MCQW) which was comprised of all players who finished top 1,000 during the War of the Spark season (past 3 months) in either Constructed or Limited. I was able to play in this event after qualifying in June through Constructed playing mostly Bant Ramp, but today I’d like to talk about the deck I went 6-2 with this weekend, almost making day 2: Bant Scapeshift. About

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Community
Aphelion

This week in Team Rankstar 8/16

We have had several new content producers putting things out with Team Rankstar this week! Ace_of_plats, the113lift and others who are working on new projects. On top of that, we announced a new MTGA tournament series to look forward to! We are also very excited to post an updated TESL Meta Snapshot for the post Masters Series Meta! Eternal Gwent Hearthstone Magic: the Gathering Mythgard The Elder Scrolls: Legends Use the code “TRS12” to get 12% off your order on

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Competitive
Flake

Five Rotation-Proof Decks

Magic’s Standard meta exists in an environment that is in annual flux. As new sets are introduced, older expansions are pushed out the back door. Standard rotation ensures the meta has a scheduled expiry, keeping things relatively fresh. Though many popular cards will soon vanish from the format, the decks they populated are not necessarily doomed to disappear. Here are five rotation proof decks you can count on. Izzet Phoenix Izzet hit a sweet spot during the Ravnica block, scoring

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Competitive
Tchamber5

Modern Monday: Breaking Down U/W Control!

I Played in an MCQ last weekend. It’s the first time that I have played competitive paper magic in a long time, and I had a blast, though I have some musings about the format.  Modern is in a really weird spot right now. It’s being dominated by some completely insane decks. Hogaak is the true menace of the format, the likes that I have not seen in a long time. Even though there have been bannings in the format

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Guide
markthius

EZ Guide: Mono Red lvl II

This week’s EZ guide is level two of mono aggro red. Building on level one’s deck, this build uses the Steam-Kin, Experimental Frenzy, Chandra combo. Full Deck List: https://aetherhub.com/Deck/Public/145736

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Community
Josh Sampson

Rankstar’s Arena Rumble

Team Rankstar, in partnership with GamerSensei.com, is hosting a month-long Magic the Gathering: Arena tournament series with over $1600 in prizes! Here is are specifics of this series and what is to come! Dates, Times, & Signup Links Rankstar Arena Rumble Qualifier #1: September 6th 6:00 PM (PDT) SIGNUP LINK: https://battlefy.com/team-rankstar/rankstar-arena-rumble-qualifier-1/5d5198dbbb53bf0ea4c6594b/inf Rankstar Arena Rumble Qualifier #2: September 13th 6:00 PM (CEST) SIGNUP LINK: https://battlefy.com/team-rankstar/rankstar-arena-rumble-qualifier-2/5d51a28ba80938378342072e/info Rankstar Arena Rumble Qualifier #3: September 20th 6:00 PM (EDT) SIGNUP LINK: https://battlefy.com/team-rankstar/rankstar-arena-rumble-qualifier-3/5d51a312b3d2c63affcaeae4/info Rankstar Arena Rumble

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Community
Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 8/9

An exciting week for the CCG realm! Hearthstone got a new expansion, Gwent got a huge balance patch, several of our members received the opportunity to play the new CCG Causa. Top that off with MercurioBlue joining Team Rankstar and a Trail Stories with our very own Magikarp, there is a lot to sink your teeth into this week in Team Rankstar! Community Eternal Gwent Hearthstone Magic: the Gathering Mythgard The Elder Scrolls: Legends Use the code “TRS12” to get

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Competitive
Flake

Five Cards We Mill Miss Upon Rotation

Standard Rotation looms, and cards are slated to disappear with the release of Throne of Eldraine. Though there are a slew of cards we won’t shed a single tear for, there are some favourites that we will be sad to see go. Here are five cards that we’ll be lighting a candle for when Standard Rotation occurs. TREASURE MAP Once upon a meta, control archetypes didn’t have search and dig options to cycle through their decks with ease and frequency.

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