All Pioneer Articles

Izzet Gearhulk Guide

Darthjacen breaks down the side boarding plan for everyone’s favorite creative robot.

Boros Pia Deck Guide

Darren “ServoToken” shares the in-depth secrets of his Thopter Token siblings.

Izzet Drakes Sideboard Guide

Darren breaks down the most popular matchups for one of the hottest upcoming Pioneer decks – Izzet Drakes

Mono White Humans Sideboard Guide

Ben “ILOVEAZORIUS” joins us to share their own personal sideboard guide after their recent succenss with Mono-White Humans

Bringing Niv to Light

Cris “Iglooboi” breaks down the Niv to Light deck he took to the Top 8 of a Pioneer NRG 10k, including sideboard choices and flex slots.

Boros Convoke Deck Guide

IslandGoSAMe shares his personal sideboard guide for the newest deck on the block, Boros Convoke

Dimir Rogues Deck Guide

Karnage has proven that rogues is not just limited to standard’s past and now is sharing his secrets with us all.

Neoform Atraxa Deck Guide

Tedaboy breaks down his successful Neoform Atraxa build and shares his detailed sideboard guide.

The Spoilers March On

Christian “Sir EPIC” takes a look at the March of the Machines cards and mechanics that have been spoiled so far and how they might impact Pioneer.

Reid Duke Wins the Pioneer Pro Tour

Darren highlight’s Reid Duke’s path to winning the Pioneer Pro Tour – the first Pro Tour since 2018 – on Izzet Creativity.

Pioneer Pro Tour: Day One Recap

The PlayingPioneer Team breaks down the meta data and standings from Day One of the Pioneer Pro Tour. Decklists included!

Pioneer Spice From The Pro Tour

rose-emoji shares every deck registered at the Pioneer Pro Tour that is at least spicier than black pepper.

Open Decklist Events

PVDDR joins us again for another strategy guide with this week providing insight on what changes when playing in open decklist events.

Pioneer Deck Difficulty Ratings

PVDDR covers some things that he and the team have learned in testing for the Pro Tour in terms of deck difficulty.

Bant Humans Deck Guide

Darthjacen covers one of his favorite decks and all of its many tools. Company bolsters Thalia and Reflector Mage in Bant Humans!

Why your Brew Sucks

In this new series, DarthJacen goes over some tips and tricks on things that your brew may be missing to take it to the next level.

Izzet Drakes Deck Guide

DarthJacen covers the best Phoenix-Alternative, the graveyard resilient Izzet Drakes!

Azorius Control Deck Guide

DarthJacen breaks down the more recent 80-card version of Azorius Control, which is better tuned to counter the current meta than its 60-card counterpart.

So… You Wanna Beat Rakdos?

SCG Champ Vinny V takes us through some of the best ways to tackle our Rakdos problem in Pioneer right now!

Magic, but Cheaper: Angels

ServoToken breaks down Pioneer’s premier life gain deck that raises your life total without raising the price.

Sideboarding in Pioneer

PVDDR joins us again, but this time to go over the ins and outs of Sideboarding in Pioneer

Returning to Paper Play

PVDDR comes to us to share the tricks and tips to returning to paper magic

PVDDR On Pioneer

In PVDDR’s debut article for PlayingPioneer, he goes over some competitive tips, Pioneer’s top decks and shares his pick for the best deck in the format right now.

Lotus Field Deck Guide

DarthJacen breaks down Pioneer’s longest-standing combo menace in Lotus Field/Hidden Strings Combo.

Rakdos Midrange Deck Guide

DarthJacen breaks down Pioneer’s premier midrange deck, which has answers for every permanent and threats to boot. Sideboard guide inside!

Selesnya Angels Deck Guide

Darthjacen takes a look at Pioneer’s premier life-gain deck and learns just how easy it is to get to 27 life

Deck Tech: Selesnya Auras

Michael Letsch shares his Dreamhack Atlanta Regional Championship Top 8 deck and goes over his playtesting and decision-making.