Cardsmith Blog

Magic In These Strange Times

With all the concern and action involved around COVID-19, we wanted to make sure your MTG addiction isn't neglected during these trying times. A lot of FNM and game store events have been cancelled and that leaves players with few options to get their Magic fix.

We here at MTGCardsmith want to you to stay safe in the uncertainty of today's reality. Follow all appropriate medical advice and self quarantine when necessary. Public gatherings in a lot of places have been banned or relegated to groupings of less than 10. If you do go out, protect yourself and keep your card collection safe by wearing gloves and sleeving all your cards. If you choose to stay home we've put together some options and ideas for you!

MTG Arena

Wizards of the Coast has added a lot of fun things to Arena, but the one thing they have added since beta testing is the ability to invite friends to play. This is a great way to play MTG with your friends and fellow cardsmiths without leaving the comfort of your own home!


These guys made a fantastic site where you can play any version of Magic with any Magic cards that you might want to play. Want to play Commander? Want to play with the Power Nine? Want to play Weatherlight or Lorwyn? is the place for you. But the cherry on top of the sundae is that you can upload your own Custom Made cards from MTG Cardsmith and play with them! 

How to Upload Custom Cards to

First, go to and create a log in. Most people use their Cardsmith name, but that's not a requirement. Once you've logged in you can begin.

1. Click [Decks]
2. Click [Create Deck]
3. Type in a deck name.
4. Select Custom CCG
5. Click [Create Deck]

6. Click "Add Missing Card"
7. Type in the card's name, paste the image Url, give more information that help us find the card.

8. Type in the card name in the search box
9. Find the card from the result
10. Drag it to your deck.

A couple of tips before loading your Custom Cards.

1. Make sure your card is how you want it to be. We can't just delete cards with mistakes, so if you load 5 different versions of a card, everyone will have to try to sort through and find the correct version.
2. Make sure you put your cards in the Custom CCG category
3. Spelling is important. If you misspell the card name, you might not find it again and if you post the name for others to use, they might not find it at all.

MTG Cardsmith Is Here To Enjoy

We're here and available for you to enjoy and create in this time of stress and anxiety. When you find yourself bored and looking for something to do, we'll be here for you. You can find social interactions in the forums and on the member fueled Disqus card comments. We'll stay open 24 hours a day, no matter where you are in the world, so you can create all the Magic you need!

Brought to you by Corwinnn, Tomigon & Ian_The_Guru!!

Mar 18, 2020 by Corwinnn, & Tomigon

CCC: Super Standard

Okay so normally when I make an article about a new format (Reliquary, Baroque, etc) I’m being completely serious in my endorsement. I try to introduce formats that I can see people going to a Magicfest and sitting down to play. Today however, that’s only sort of true. Today I have for your enjoyment a format created by accident that I think will be incredible fun. It’s called Super Standard and honestly, I’m really excited to play a few matches.

So first off, let me tell you how this format was accidentally invented. At my college a couple friends decided to let me teach them how to play Magic. It’s been great, they’ve gotten into it, we’ve done some Theros sealed. The point, though, is that one of them asked me about Standard and I explained it as “Using the most recent sets.” What came back to me was that they thought I met all recent sets. This meant that they thought that, alongside Eldraine, Commander 2019 was legal in Standard. Thus a new format was born.

You may now be asking, “Well okay but what sets would be legal right now?” A valid question so let’s get into that. Super Standard is a format that allows all recent sets -- defined as all products released in physical form during any standard season. So current legality would be the following: Theros Beyond Death, Magic Game Night 2019, Throne of Eldraine, Commander 2019, Core Set 2020, Modern Horizons, War of the Spark, Ravnica Allegiance, Ultimate Masters, Magic Game Night, and Guilds of Ravnica. The full list of available cards can be found here.

Super Standard is also a rotating format with what I’ve decided to call a Sandwich Rotation. So let’s look at these sets chronologically to explain what that is. Next time Standard is going to rotate is with the release of Zendikar Rising, this means that everything released before War of the Spark will rotate out of Standard, the same is true for Super Standard. For something to be legal in Super Standard there must be a Standard Legal set released before it, once that set rotates out of Super Standard, so does that set. Make sense? Cool, let’s get to the fun bits.

First, a Ban List must, of course, be made. Since there is little to no data on this format that was created last week, the ban list is going to start pretty small. All cards currently banned in Standard are also considered to be banned in Super Standard. The only current additions I’m adding are Sol Ring. Otherwise go nuts. This banned list will be expanded upon if people actually end up playing this format and things start to get broken and abused. If you see something that’s obviously a problem let me know in the comments below.

To round out this article, I’ll share with you guys two brews for the format to get your gears turning.

Mardu Calamity

Esper Control

I’m not really going to explain either deck here since I think the strategies of both are fairly clear. Overall, I think Super Standard is something kind of fun that you and a friend could throw together. I even encourage you guys to proxy these decks since some of the cards can be pretty expensive.

Anyway, that's all for this month, let me know if you have any sweet brews in the comments below. You can find me on twitter @East2Westmtg or email me at As always this has been East2west with CCC, I'll see you guys on the battlefield.

Mar 15, 2020 by East2West

MTG Cardsmith Expansion: Future Site

Since 2011, MTG Cardsmith has grown from a simple idea into a thriving custom card community with over 80,000 members, creating over 25,000 cards each month! As the creator and founder it has been my pleasure and privilege to serve the community for nearly 9 years, adding new features, hosting amazing contests, and joining the community in shared moments. Today marks a major step in the MTG Cardsmith journey - a new team with additional resources is stepping up to continue building and expanding the site! Some of you may have already met Ian_The_Guru, the new admin for the site and the forums. Welcome Ian!

In preparation, we will be taking the site offline for a few hours over the next couple of days in order to perform some final server maintenance. Thank you for your patience at this time.

As for myself, I'm moving over to focus on my professional and family life, but will remain a community member of the site. I look forward to watching what the new group does with the site and know they have some interesting things in store ahead. Thank you all for joining me on the journey so far, it's been a pleasure and a gift.

Mar 06, 2020 by MTG Cardsmith

In Like A Lion...


In Like A Lion...

In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb

by Lorie Hill

March roars in like a lion. So fierce, The wind so cold, It seems to pierce.

The month rolls on And Spring draws near, And March goes out Like a lamb so dear.

Will You Roar or Will You Bleat?

March is synonymous with Lions and Lambs, thanks in large part to Lorie Hill's poem. Because of that, we're going to be on the lookout for your best Beast, Cat and Sheep inspired cards! Show us your creative creations for a chance to get a Feature!

Featured Cardsmiths

This month we found two more incredible Cardsmiths to feature... spookoops & CnBCustoms!

spookoops is the first of our two Featured Cardsmiths this month. spookoops is one of many Cardsmiths who hail from Japan, and this month we hope you'll take a peek at some of the fantastic cards this Cardsmith has crafted since joining us in 2018! We posted five below so you could check them out!

Although you can't look at his oldest card and tell, CnBCustoms has been cardsmithing for a very long time, even before myself and Tomigon! He has been quietly making cards for years and we wanted to say thanks by giving him one of this month's Featured Cardsmith spots! Here are five cards to give you a feel for some of the cards CnBCustoms has been crafting. Give them a look!

Each month we're excited to highlight a few Cardsmiths that have helped make MTGCardsmith the best interactive online Card Creator. We hope you'll take some time to check out their creations!

Mar 01, 2020 by Corwinnn, & Tomigon

CCC: Villainy 101

A brutal warlord burns the countryside, leaving not even a single survivor to tell the tale of their destruction. A scheming advisor quietly laces a cup with poison, passing it off to a servant he's already paid off. A powerful judge of the high court sentences all before him to death, their pleas of rightful innocence fall on deaf ears. A grizzled outlander gathers the ancient and angry magic of the forest to topple the gleaming towers of a city, regardless of the lives existing within.

Take those images, and translate them into magic terms. In order, if I did my job right, you should see Red, Blue, White, and Green. Today I'd like to talk to you all about a really stupid bias that Magic seems to have about Black.

Throughout Magic history, black has always been the color of villains. Most Black aligned characters end up villains. For context, let's break it down by the numbers. Out of all legendary creatures and planeswalkers ever printed, here are the number of each that are villains. (Multicolor count for each color) (Characters with uncertain standing/stories not counted)

W - 24

U - 48

B - 93

R - 49

G - 30

Look at these numbers, it's not even close! Black has almost 100 villains among their printed legendary cards. Next, let's look at the Color Pie, specifically one supplied by Wizards themselves during the You Make the Card Event back in 2013.

This is genuinely a ridiculous wheel to me. Given, it is a little outdated, but I think this is still how most people see the colors. Black should not be the inherent "evil" color because let's face it, that's not what the cards represent functionally or flavorfully. Evil is subjective, Black doesn't do anything inherently evil, it just wants to win at any cost. This can be framed so many ways instead of as a villain! Imagine a roguish thief sacrificing themself to save their friends and to defeat the true villain. Winning at any cost, including the self. An inherently Black trait shown by cards that let you pay life!

And, just for gravy, villains would be way more interesting if they came in all colors. As I attempted to show at the start of the article, all the other colors have villainous traits within them.

White cares only about the good of the many, it sees the laws as absolute and unbending.

Blue is logical, it doesn't see emotions or personal conflicts as important.

Red is chaotic and destructive, the consequences of its actions don't matter as long as it's having fun

Green wants to reclaim society. Tearing down all facets of civilization without caring about casualties.

I implore you all, as people creating cards of our own, branch out with your antagonists. Black is fine to include, I'm not saying don't, but maybe think about how to make monocolor villains in the other colors. Or hey, maybe even try making a Black-aligned hero once in a while.

That's all for this month, let me know what you think about the color pie and it's characters in the comments below. You can find me on twitter @East2Westmtg or email me at As always this has been East2west with CCC, I'll see you guys on the battlefield.

Feb 16, 2020 by East2West
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