The May 25, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 25, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, making him the one you should email if you have thoughts on the website, good or less good (or not good). He's a longtime coverage reporter and hasn't turned down a game of Magic in any format ever.

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on May 25, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by an exclusive Daily Magic Update preview card!

Official Eternal Masters Preview

  1. Exclusive Daily Magic Update Preview Card

Today, the Daily Magic Update gets its own preview card, rather than just showing off where all of the others are (though we're still going to do that, too). Why? Because I control the preview plan and I feel like it. That's why.

Also, the card I've got for you today is new art on an old favorite. I present to you, Void:

So what's the story with Void? It was a strong card for Standard not once, but twice, both when it was originally printed and again when it was timeshifted in Time Spiral. You might have even felt its power during a recent Time Spiral flashback draft on Magic Online.

Since then, Void hasn't seen play in older formats (though, now that I squint, it maybe could in Modern), but its real value lies in Commander and Cube, where it can be a powerful sweeper, especially against token strategies or decks with lower curves.

Plus, no robot suits.

Today's EMA Previews

  1. We've got a few preview articles on this here website and a few more elsewhere in the Internets. Here's what we've got so far:

Additionally, watch as the day goes on for previews from Magic Mics, @Adam_Prosak, @Wizards_Magic, and the Korean Magic Facebook page.

Today's Must

  1. 8 Things to Remember from the Modern GP Weekend | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

While we're all a bit caught up in the excitement for Eternal Masters, Frank Karsten is here to remind us that the past Modern Weekend taught us a lot about Modern right now. At least eight things, anyway.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. How Learning to Play Magic: The Gathering Changed My Life | Uproxx | David Pemberton

I missed this a few days ago somehow (previews and whatnot, I'm sure), but it was cool enough to post anyway. Plus, you probably haven't seen it. In this piece, David Pemberton shares how he went from lonely, depressed, and bored to playing Magic and doing something he hadn't done in a long time—smiling.

  1. Titans of Commander VS! | StarCityGames.com | Justin Parnell and Stephen Green

All bets are off as the Commander VS crew ditches the themes and play decks that have previously won Commander VS episodes in the past. Battle!

  1. Road to the 2016 Players' Championship—Season 1 Recap [Magic: the Gathering] | StarCityGames.com

This was a cool one. Check out a quick recap of Season 1 of the StarCityGames.com Open Series.

Top 25

  1. The Grand Prix Giveth and the Grand Prix Taketh Away

It's a pretty simple story this week—do well at one of two Grand Prix, and you rise. Don't do well at a Grand Prix, and someone is there, more than happy to take your place.

This week, Mike Sigrist, Sam Black, and Shota Yasooka turned in strong performances to each climb several spots. Yasooka finished 11-5 in Los Angeles while Sigrist and Black met in the quarterfinals of the Top 8 of Grand Prix Charlotte.

That left a few other plays sliding down or up slightly, but no one dropped out of the Top 25 altogether. Kazuyuki Takimura is the player currently on the Top 25 trap door, but even he is safe for now.

"For now" being the important phrase. There are two more Grand Prix this weekend, in Manchester and Minneapolis, which means we're likely to see more shifts here and there as the Top 25 continues on.

Where we won't likely see any shifts for some time is at the very top of the standings, where Seth Manfield has a stranglehold on the top spot—and Owen Turtenwald's grasp on second place is equally firm. It would take a tectonic shift the size of a Pro Tour to budge either player from their perch, so don't expect there to be much movement between those two until we get to Australia later this year.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Seth Manfield 88.01 1
2 Owen Turtenwald 79.17 2
3 Steve Rubin 66.17 3
4 Fabrizio Anteri 62.67 4
5 Paul Rietzl 61.84 +2 7
5 Shota Yasooka 61.84 +5 10
7 Martin Müller 61.67 -1 6
8 Samuel Black 61.51 +4 12
8 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 61.51 -3 5
10 Luis Scott-Vargas 61.00 -2 8
11 Joel Larsson 60.51 -2 9
12 Mike Sigrist 60.18 +4 16
13 Reid Duke 58.84 -2 11
13 Andrea Mengucci 58.84 +1 14
15 Alexander Hayne 58.67 -2 13
16 Ondřej Stráský 58.34 +1 17
17 Brad Nelson 58.17 -2 15
18 Yuuya Watanabe 55.84 18
19 Lukas Blohon 55.34 19
20 Thiago Saporito 55.17 20
21 Ryoichi Tamada 54.00 +1 22
22 Ivan Floch 53.34 -1 21
22 Jon Finkel 53.34 +2 24
24 Michael Majors 52.84 -1 23
25 Kazuyuki Takimura 51.50 25

Dropped from rankings: None

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Magic Mics

There's always good reason to watch Reuben Bresler, Evan Erwin, and Erin Campbell talk issues of the day, but tonight (starting at 11 p.m. ET) those reasons include an exclusive preview card! The show runs on twitch.tv/magicmics, so I highly suggest tuning in.

Community Spotlight

  1. Young Mage

Young Mage is an awesome video blog aimed at kids and hosted by the Young Mage himself! It's both adorable and informative. Perfect for younger players, but, as the Young Mage himself says, you can be any age and still be a Young Mage.

Deck of the Day

  1. Necropotence is busted

After previewing Hymn to Tourach this morning, I got a little nostalgic. And then I started thinking about Hymn to Tourach pairing with Necropotence to absolutely bury opponents. And then I remembered all that talk about "what makes Necropotence so special" that happened when we previewed it as a mythic rare, and realized we could all use a little history lesson.

The year is 1997, the tournament is Pro Tour Chicago, and the player is Randy Buehler, not yet in the Hall of Fame or masterminding Vintage Super League.

The deck is Necropotence, and the opponents are all dead.

Combining Necropotence and Hymn to Tourach meant you almost always won the card advantage game—by a lot. Adding in Demonic Consultation meant you always had access to Necropotence (or anything else, really).

These three cards were so powerful, you could basically surround them with anything. Drain Life hasn't been a Standard-playable card since. Firestorm has really only been used in reanimator decks, but here it could be used simply because you just had so many extra cards. And Knight of Stromgald and Order of the Ebon Hand are fine creatures, sure, but that's about all they are—fine.

But by the power of The Skull (with some help from Lightning Bolt), this deck was a monster. You can see that, unlike other Necro decks, Randy didn't even bother with Nevinyrral's Disk or Ivory Tower—which were safety nets to keep you from losing to Necropotence itself—and simply relied on the raw power of the three-mana enchantment to get him there.

Respect The Skull.

Randy Buehler's Necropotence—Pro Tour Chicago 1997 Champion

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