Rank #1: Why Leyline of the Void is the Most Popular Card in Modern
Why is Leyline of the Void the most popular card in Modern? A certain Arisen Necropolis might tell you, and a certain Phoenix might have gotten in the way.
Rank #2: Some of Our Favorites from Guilds of Ravnica
Guilds of Ravnica continues to wow us! Patrick and Michael continue their takes on Guilds of Ravnica and its many new cards.
Rank #3: Mastering Lich's Mastery
This card is poised to completely warp Standard! It is a draw engine of unprecedented power. Imagine for a moment you were playing a big format and ran Lich's Mastery alongside Nourishing Shoal... The ability to draw cards with little to no incremental mana investment (after the initial six mana investment, of course) is unprecedented!
- Yawgmoth's Will limits access to your graveyard.
- Yawgmoth's Agenda locks you down to one spell per turn
This Legendary Enchantment has no such limitations.Lich's Mastery + Gideon of the Trials
White is a natural pair to Lich's Mastery in Standard. Renewed Faith is one of the most obvious best buddies. It cycles to help you hit land drops early. Later on, you can draw six -- count 'em six -- extra cards for just one card!
Fumigate is also an awesome addition. The ability to gain one life per creature killed takes on new meaning when each of those creatures represents even more card advantage.
But what about Gideon of the Trials?
Is there a particular synergy with this Planeswalker that can also prevent you from losing the game? Yes!
Not only does Gideon rumble (giving your combo-control deck a way to win) but it can protect you from losing the game by losing your Lich's Mastery. Further, it gives you a redundant synergy with Glorious End.
Any two of the three -- Lich's Mastery, Gideon of the Trials, and Glorious End -- are great together!Lich's Mastery + Glorious End
Glorious End + Gideon of the Trials was a combo that never quite hit in Standard. Is it awesome? Probably... But it never quite hit.
What happens when you add a third leg to the stool?
What happens when that third leg has hexproof?
Glorious End is just awesome with Lich's Mastery. Can you just Time Walk your opponent with Lich's Mastery in play? Sure. You can also Fog them, Counterspell them, and generally laugh at them from behind your Legendary Enchantment while they expend resources.
But did you ever think about this?
Cast Glorious End on their Turn Five. Maybe on their upkeep?
Untap and play the Lich's Mastery in your hand!
What if you don't have a Lich's Mastery in your hand... yet? The planned End-Mastery play is a big game, but what might be even more fun is the desperate Glorious End-into-praying-to-draw-Lich's-Mastery. All part of the range.All Kinds of Lich's Mastery Decks
In this episode of Top Level Podcast, Pro Tour Champion Patrick Chapin and Resident Genius Michael J. Flores discuss all manner of builds around and including this seductive six drop.
Black-White, Mardu, and even straight black takes are on the table.
Gifted Aetherborn? Creatureless? A couple of big guys? A ton of lifelinking Knights? Give this one a listen and figure out how you want your BBB3 to go in the coming months.
Rank #4: Doom Whisperer: The Critics Agree!
Patrick and Michael agree in their enthusiasm about Doom Whisperer from Guilds of Ravnica. Great finisher here! Surrounded by many other great cards.
Rank #5: Your Top 8 War of the Spark Questions… Answered!
*Update 7:37pm April 26, 2019*
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Every card in War of the Spark has been revealed! Patrick and Michael brew and riff on many of YOUR burning questions around this powerful new set.
Rank #6: All the Ways to Play (and beat) Field of the Dead
Scapeshift and Field of the Dead make for the runaway best deck in Standard! Learn how to play (and beat) this winning combination in this week's podcast
Rank #7: Everything You Can Do With a Graveyard Marshal
Graveyard Marshal headlines an all-new Zombies deck. Will mono-black aggression be the dark horse at the upcoming Pro Tour? Standard continues to evolve...
Rank #8: Rekindling Phoenix and a Red Potpourri
From Rekindling Phoenix finding a new home in Grixis to Viashino Pyromancer in Wizards beatdown, Standard continues to evolve... and surprise us!
Rank #9: Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Rules the Skies
Nicol Bolas, the Ravager rocked the Week 1 Classic! With 3 copies played in 3 different decks, Magic's biggest bad guy repped in multiple archetypes, too.
Rank #10: Wild About Wildgrowth Walker
Wildgrowth Walker contributed to one of our favorite decks of the week! Check out our take on Sultai Midrange + all the innovations of an evolving Standard!
Rank #11: Palace Jailer Wins the Pro Tour!
Palace Jailer made two of the Top 4 Legacy decks at the Pro Tour... including the winning Death & Taxes! Find out what makes this card so special (and more)
Rank #12: Racing with Tempest Djinn
A good place to think about this most respected of Djinn is the Revised misprint, Serendib Efreet. Serendib Efreet was a 3/4 flying creature for U2 (blue, despite the card frame)... With a drawback!
Serendib Efreet saw play in a variety of decks, and fast multicolored aggressive mages would often dip into blue to play it. Again, despite the self-inflicted damage.
Dominaria's Djinn is much harder to cast, sure. That is a lot of blue pips in the top-right!
But, the payoff is also much greater. In a deck with, say, twenty-five Islands, Tempest Djinn's floor is a Serendib Efreet with no drawback. Each and every incremental Island will make it a faster and faster racer.Tempest Djinn is Like the World's Greatest Rishadan Airship (in the right deck) Unlike Rishadan Airship, Tempest Djinn can block
In its era, Rishadan Airship was one of the most important creatures played in the Blue Skies archetype.
Rishadan Airship was not great in very many other decks; it could not block consistently, and even when it could block, it would probably die. But offense-wise? Blue Skies was one of the best decks in Masques Block Constructed + was a favorite of some of the best Hall of Famers in Standard.
Tempest Djinn is like a more flexible Rishadan Airship. Again assuming an Islands-heavy (if not Islands-only) mana base, Tempest Djinn presents the same offense as Rishadan Airship -- at least -- but can also block. Not only that: It can block and often survive!
This flexibility is one of the most important aspects of Tempest Djinn. You can tap out for it on turn three, Skies-style to race... Or you can tap out for it on turn three to block a Red Deck's 3/2 attackers.
Or -- get this -- you can tap out for Tempest Djinn, block... And then back over itself (and generally for four damage).Tempest Djinn will Redefine Blue in Standard
Patrick made a deck.
Mike is wild about it.
Check out how our intrepid duo thinks Tempest Djinn will be played in Standard right here!
Rank #13: Serra the Benevolent from Modern Horizons (and even more Modern)
Serra the Benevolent from Modern Horizons is anything but benevolent... For the opponent! Part Crusade, part Serra Angel, part Worship; all great!
Rank #14: So Much Ravnica Allegiance Standard
Ravnica Allegiane Standard is in full swing! Check out the emerging adventures of Pteramander, Light Up the Stage, a resurgent Hostage Taker, and more!
Rank #15: Breaking Hydroid Krasis
Hydroid Krasis is the top Mythic Rare from Ravnica Allegiance so far. Learn where -- and more importantly how -- to play this mighty Jellyfish Hydra Beast.
Rank #16: Play More Thief of Sanity
Whether a powerhouse sideboard card for Wilderness Reclamation or coming down on turn two with Llanowar Elves, now is the time to play Thief of Sanity!
Rank #17: Wild About Wilderness Reclamation
Wilderness Reclamation is the scariest card in Ravnica Allegiance. It's better than a ton of historical Staples + great with... Just listen to the podcast!
Rank #18: Kraul Harpooner - Evolutions and Synergies
Kraul Harpooner is one of the most underrated cards in the current Standard. It can be a tempo-swinging game-winner on turn two; or steal the initiative against combo. Learn its secrets here!
Rank #19: Skewer the Critics (and other spectacular Spectacles)
Skewer the Critics & Light Up the Stage are making waves in both Standard and Modern decks... And the new set hasn't even been released yet! Find out why.
Rank #20: Is Experimental Frenzy the New Necropotence?
Learn what makes Experimental Frenzy one of the most exciting new cards from Guilds of Ravnica!