Magic: the Gathering

Standard Deckbuilding

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Standard Deckbuilding

  Now that Amonkhet has been released and has had a little time to settle, you might be thinking about building your own deck. You might well have played some standard before, either with a pre-existing deck you found online or with a deck borrowed from a friend, but you’re itching to try it with something you’ve made yourself. You want to be a trendsetter – after all, those online lists were someone’s original creation once. So where do you start? How exactly do you go about making your own deck? Well there’s a lot to it, but it’s a...

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Amonkhet Characters Part 2: Nicol Bolas

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Amonkhet Characters Part 2: Nicol Bolas

Prerelease weekend is behind us and the official set release is tantalisingly close – you’ve played the cards and you know their stories, but there’s so much left unsaid. Amonkhet is still shrouded in mystery and our heroes stand just behind the curtain, with only a faint idea of what’s to come. So we cast our gaze skyward, to the horned monuments that blight the Naktamun skyline. Who is the “Horned One”, anyway? Why is he so important? Well, it turns out that the Horned One – Nicol Bolas, to his friends – is one of the oldest characters in...

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Amonkhet Characters - by Tom Charles

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Amonkhet Characters - by Tom Charles

  With Amonkhet’s release just around the corner, now is the perfect time for a bit of a last-minute refresher on the biggest players on the scene at the moment. After the revolution on Kaladesh, the Gatewatch have made their way to the desert plane of Amonkhet in search of the Elder Dragon Nicol Bolas. Arriving in the heart of a blinding sandstorm, it’s not long before trouble finds them; this time in the form of a horde of the undead. It seems that on Amonkhet, no-one lets death get in the way of a good fight. So what is...

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7 Underrated Cards in Standard

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7 Underrated Cards in Standard

Today I'm looking at some cards that are objectively powerful, efficient, or just fill a role no other card can, but haven't quite made it in the standard meta-game. For some, they're just edged out by other, similar cards that match up against the meta decks slightly better. For others, they're great cards, but not the sort of cards that the popular decks are looking for. If you're not familiar with the 'Meta-Game': I’m talking about the Tier 1 decks that pro players are turning up to big tournaments with, and which aspiring pro players are turning up to local...

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Deck Building for Beginners

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Deck Building for Beginners

For the new player, deck building can be very daunting. There are a lot of explicit rules to abide by, but also a lot of unwritten rules that you'll need to keep in mind if you want your deck to actually work. While I recommend new players start with one of the prebuilt Planeswalker decks, at some point you're going to want to build your own! I'm going to briefly outline some common pitfalls in this article, there will be links to some more articles at the bottom if you want to really understand deck building.   Number of Cards...

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