What Makes a Healthy Metagame?

What makes a healthy metagame? Just like any organization or society, the answer is one word: Diversity. In Magic, that means deck diversity. Magic: The Gathering is a sprawling game, in the last 27 years it has spawned over 20,000 unique cards, and those cards have translated into diverse strategies that allow players an array of options to win a match against one or more opponents. From the pro-tour to the kitchen table the game carries the promise that “you can win with the cards you’ve bought.” While that statement is a gross simplification of how tournament magic unfolds, I’m going to use it in my definition of what makes the game both engaging, and in particular, fun.

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Snow Mana, Hot or Not?

Thanks to Kaldheim, snow payoff cards entered the format in February 2021. Most of the card pool that cares about snow mana comes from Kaldheim, though Wizards of the Coast has made additions to the snow matters pool through Historic Anthologies. It’s unlikely they will add more snow payoff cards in the near future, but it’s not impossible. Snow lands have many clear upsides and some downsides for playing them. In this article I am going to discuss some of the most played cards that affect or are affected by snow lands and share my opinion about playing them in Gladiator.

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Weekly Meta Analysis – Season 3 Week 7

Week 7 had an interesting set of results, with the usually popular Jeskai Control only having one entry and Boros Aggro having its worst week of results in a while. The variants of Mono-White looked strong, with both Aggro and Death & Taxes putting in a very strong showing, with a combined 14-6 record. Sultai Control was the surprise of the week, putting in several strong results, and showing that control doesn’t always need white to put in a good showing.

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Getting Started

Today, I want to take the next step, and provide a quick and dirty guide on how to get from “I want to try this” to jamming games on the Discord server as quickly as possible. Of course, the easiest way to get a deck together is to go on the Discord, grab a list from a league or weekly tournament, and try it out. However, this may take you a large amount of wild cards, or even worse, gems. If you have the inclination and resources to do that, by all means go for it, and you should be slinging cards in as little as 5 minutes. However, a how-to guide on importing decklists into Arena would be a pretty dry (though mercifully brief) read, so I am presenting this so that you can dive right in with my favorite easy brewing technique. I call it…

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What Makes Gladiator Unique?

For those of you just beginning your quest for Gladiator greatness on MTG Arena, getting started and finding your footing on the blood-soaked sands might be a little tricky, or even intimidating. What makes Gladiator unique? What’s the easiest way to build a deck? What is the metagame like? How much do I need to spend? What resources are there to help me? In the coming weeks I’ll be writing a series of articles that will help increase your baseline understanding of the format, make informed decisions about card choices, and get started having fun playing the best online format Magic: The Gathering has to offer.

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Welcome to Gladiator: Arena Singleton!

Gladiator is a 100-card singleton format on Arena. It’s less comparable to Commander, and more comparable to Canadian Highlander or Arena Cube Constructed.

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State of the Format

There’s been a number of huge updates for our beloved format since the last state of the format.
Key items:
Core 2021, Jumpstart, Historic Anthology 3 released into the metagame.
The creation of the Gladiator Council and the banning of Field of the Dead.
Growth of the Gladiator Discord to over 4,000 players.
Creation of the Gladiator Arena League.

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14 June 2020 | Sunday Slam Tournament Report

The 3rd weekly Sunday Slam occurred this Sunday, June 14th. Through 5 rounds, 8 players came to the top 8. Here are their standings.

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05 June 2020 | Tournament Report

By: Dune Brood Tournament Breakdown On June 5th, 28 Gladiators entered the Arena to battle for the title of the G:AS FNM Champion in a 4 rounds Best of 3. The following 8 champions emerged victorious. 4-0 alternate789 on Azorious Control 4-0 telemach0s on Simic Ramp 3-1 Decontest on Sultai Midrange 3-1 Yesterdaze on Mono…

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Gladiator Data Crunch: The Most Played Cards and Colours in the May 2020 Tournaments

With May coming to a close and not much else to do I thought it would be interesting to see how the competitive meta of Gladiator was shaping up. Specifically, what was being played most at the upper echelons of tournaments. So, I grabbed every deck list that made top 8 in a May tournament (a total of 64) and did some crunching. Looking at the 64 deck lists these are the findings that I thought people would find most interesting.

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