All Pioneer Articles

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.

Brothers’ War Top 10

Ruckman and Servotoken take a look at their top picks from the new set!

Metagame Breakdown Nov 16th, 2022

Join Darthjacen for a breakdown of this week’s top Pioneer decks and the meta shifts that were seen in recent events including some new faces

Mono-Blue Spirits Deck Guide

Darthjacen takes a look at Pioneer’s premire tempo deck and how it fits into the format as a whole

Metagame Breakdown November 9th, 2022

Join Darthjacen for a breakdown of this week’s top Pioneer decks and the meta shifts that were seen in recent events including some new faces

Obosh Red Deck Guide

Darthjacen takes a look at how to pilot Mono Red through today’s meta-game like a pro

Metagame Breakdown November 2nd, 2022

Join Darthjacen for a breakdown of this week’s top Pioneer decks and the meta shifts that were seen in recent events including some new faces

Golgari Elves Deck Guide

Darthjacen breaks down one of pioneer’s premier tribal decks in Golgari Elves

Mono-White Midrange Deck Guide

Darthjacen dives right into Mono-White Midrange and sees how this latest Karn pile takes down some of the top decks of Pioneer

Magic, But Cheaper: Bushwacker on a Budget

ServoToken breaks down an even more budget-friendly version of Atarka Red – which might just be the best budget-adjacent deck in the format as it is.

Gruul Boat Deck Guide

Bailey (BCS8995) reveals his own sideboard guide and provides a in-depth overview of Gruul Vehicles

You Suck at Sideboarding

IslandGoSAMe thinks you suck at sideboarding, and uses some existing English words and some new ones to try to help you improve your games two and three

Metagame Breakdown October 12th

Join Darthjacen as he breaks down some of the meta shifts that took place before this week’s uneventful banned and restricted announcement

Charting a Course: Deja Vu All Over Again

Arinceo compares and contrasts the weeks leading up to Winota, Joiner of Force’s ban and the most recent weeks of Pioneer competitive play in this edition of his data-driven series.

Metagame Breakdown October 5th

Join Darthjacen for a breakdown of this week’s top Pioneer decks and the meta shifts that were seen in recent events

Izzet Creativity Deck Guide

DarthJacen breaks down the latest iteration of Indomitable Creativity deck, featuring Worldspine Wurm as the big payoff.

Bant Spirits Deck Guide

Join Darthjacen as he breaks down the best tempo deck in Pioneer: Bant Spirits. Can this tempo deck take down the likes of Rakdos Midrange and Karn Devotion or will it simply ghost the metagame and fall back into the middle tiers?

Pioneer Meta Guide: September 28

DarthJacen breaks down some of the meta shifts that took place this week – notably, the inclusion of an S+ Tier, which we have never used before, for Rakdos Midrange

Abzan Greasefang Deck Guide

DarthJacen breaks down two versions of Abzan Greasefang, which has somewhat recently overtaken all other variants of the archetype to represent the strongest home for Parhelion II in Pioneer.

The History of Green Devotion

Anthony Dolce looks back on the entire evolution of Green Devotion in Pioneer, from its humble beginnings as a stompy deck to its current state of looping an infinite combo.

Rakdos Sacrifice Guide

DarthJacen breaks down Pioneer’s oldest way to invalidate combat and count up to 20, one at a time.

An Elf’s Tale

ServoToken goes all-in this week discussing Elves in Pioneer and the different archetypes that are emerging with some new tools from Dominaria United.

A Letter from the Publisher (Sept.2022)

Hello! It is with great joy and humility that I find myself in the position to write to you all today. As you may have seen elsewhere already, there are some big changes happening within our sphere here, and i’m looking forward to the opportunity to give you all the run down. Here at Playing…

Izzet Pyromancer Deck Guide

DarthJacen breaks down Pioneer’s new Izzet deck, full of cheap threats, interaction and a stream of card filtering and cantrips.

Explosive Impacts!

Briger joins us this week for his new series, Explosive Impacts and shares the top three cards from each set in the Ravnica Block

Play Dumb Decks, Win Dumb Prizes: Fog

In September’s edition of “Play Dumb Decks, Win Dumb Prizes”, Ricky introduces the deck that just may lose you all your friends in Turbo-Fog.

The Return of Tribal

IslandGoSAMe shows what new tribal decks might just have their time in the limelight in the Post-DMU Pioneer

Niv to Light Deck Guide

DarthJacen breaks down Pioneer’s long-standing toolbox deck that has been a scourge on the format’s midrange players from the beginning.

August Meta Snapshot

Ruckman covers the changes over the last month of Tier Lists in August’s Meta Snapshot.

Omnath’s Dominarian Domain

Michael Schwander imagines a new version of our known Omnath piles using some of the new cards from DMU.

Jund Sacrifice Deck Guide

DarthJacen dives into the newest iteration of Jund Food – a variant closer to Rakdos Sacrifice than ever and seems to have staying power.

The Defiler Cycle: Infinite Combos in Each Color

Kevin Finkle explores the Phrexian Defilers from Dominaria United! Getting whacky with some brews, he shows off the weirdness they bring to the table, showcasing new infinite combos in every color!

Boros Heroic Deck Guide

DarthJacen breaks down one of the best aggro decks in Pioneer and provides a matchup and sideboard guide based on the current meta.