The February 10, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 10, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for, 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 February 10, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Fish, the only force in the Multiverse more powerful than the Eldrazi. Maybe.

Today's Must

  1. Modern Shouldn't Be a Pro Tour Format | ChannelFireball | Owen Turtenwald

Owen's article today is an extension of a discussion that started as the Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch Top 8 was getting underway, and it's a multilayered discussion with a lot of potential consequences and talking points. Owen doesn't want to do away with Modern—he thinks keeping it around for Grand Prix and the World Championship is great—but he does want to seriously consider removing it as a Pro Tour format, and he tells you why in this article. What do you think?

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch: The Real Rise of the Eldrazi | Masters of Modern | Alex Kessler and Ben Bateman

The Masters of Modern were all over this Pro Tour before it happened, and they're all over it now that it's in the books. Is there a way to beat the Eldrazi? If it's there, these guys sure are going to scour all of Modern for it.

  1. Deck Improvement: Meren of Clan Nel Toth with Alex Kessler | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

Alex Kessler is the special guest on this episode that tackles building with Meren of Clan Nel Toth, discussing tackling problem areas, how to fix them, and Meren's decorating tips for using floating skulls. Maybe not that last one, but they should.

  1. Crapshots Ep319—The Coverage | LoadingReadyRun

It's not every day our coverage folk do guest voice appearances on LoadingReadyRun videos, so for a quick, amusing bit (which is what their Crapshots series is all about) featuring the soothing voices of Marshall Sutcliffe and Rich Hagon, click below.

What People Are Talking About

The Pro Tour Gauntlet starts today! With it you can test-drive the best decks from Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch, including, yes, the Eldrazi decks. Just be glad Merfolk didn't do well at the Pro Tour, because apparently, that might be the cure for the Eldrazi overlords.

You know what the kids like these days? Star Wars references.

@Quick_MTGStat has been busy lately, churning out stats on the Pro Tour, including this cool series on what players did the best in their first X Pro Tours or last X Pro Tours, or any number of ways to look at the data. I imagine (though don't know for sure) that things will get quiet until the next Pro Tour, and then heat up again. But that's just a guess based on the rate of tweets posted by this account. See—statistics!

The Top 25

  1. The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Pro Tours always shake things up in the Top 25 Rankings, and this time is no exception. We have four new entries, a player who gained double-digit spots, one who shot into the Top 10 from not even being on the rankings, and two who very nearly fell off after lackluster Pro Tour performances.

Among the big winners this week are Ivan Floch, who jumped into the Top 10 from nowhere thanks to his second-place finish, Thiago Saporito, who finished 29th at the Pro Tour, and Luis Scott-Vargas, returning to the Top 25 after a prolonged absence thanks to his Top 4 finish.

But, of course, not everything changes. The top two on the list stayed exactly the same, as Owen Turtenwald finished the first half of this campaign as the Mid-Season Master, extending his lead even further over Seth Manfield. Paul Reitzl and Martin Müller also put up strong performances and kept their spots in the Top 10 exactly.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Owen Turtenwald 78.88 1
2 Seth Manfield 68.87 2
3 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 66.29 +1 4
4 Reid Duke 61.70 +4 8
5 Paul Rietzl 61.47 5
6 Alexander Hayne 60.69 +5 11
7 Martin Müller 59.53 7
8 Samuel Black 59.07 -2 6
9 Ivan Floch 58.89 NR
10 Eric Froehlich 58.25 -7 3
11 Mike Sigrist 58.04 -1 10
12 Fabrizio Anteri 56.53 -3 9
13 Thiago Saporito 53.50 +10 23
14 Yuuya Watanabe 53.47 -1 13
15 Joel Larsson 52.68 +6 21
16 Jacob Wilson 52.48 -4 12
17 Ondřej Stráský 52.28 -2 15
18 Brad Nelson 50.27 -4 14
19 Kazuyuki Takimura 49.74 19
20 Martin Dang 49.51 +4 24
21 Jason Chung 49.29 NR
22 Kentaro Yamamoto 48.69 NR
23 Antonio Del Moral León 48.48 -7 16
23 Shahar Shenhar 48.48 -7 16
25 Luis Scott-Vargas 48.32 NR

Dropped from rankings: Craig Wescoe, Lee Shi Tian, Steve Rubin, Shaun McLaren

Community Spotlight

  1. MTG Valkyrie's 100th Episode

MTG Valkyrie may have a smaller subscriber base, but she churns out regular content as fast as anyone out there. She loves to draft and does a draft series with entries quite often. In fact, she just hit her 100th draft on YouTube! Congrats to MTG Valkyrie, and check out her channel if you're a fan of drafting.

Deck of the Day

  1. The Answer to the Eldrazi Might Just Be...Fish?

Early results from the first post-Pro Tour Modern Leagues are coming in, and players are clearly looking to either beat the Eldrazi—or join them. There have been a number of 5-0 finishes playing the otherworldly creatures, but they're not the only creature type flooding over Modern. Merfolk, with their Island-changing capabilities and quick clock, actually seem to be putting up a fight against the Eldrazi, placing multiple players at 5-0 with the fishiest of tribes. WUBY123 here even went so far as to play a Sea's Claim in addition to four Spreading Seas, plus a Psionic Blast for a bit of reach. Also notice the complete lack of Kira, Great Glass-Spinner. When the decks you expect to play against have very little removal, Kira only slows down your clock, and this version is built for speed.

WUBY123's Merfolk—5-0 Modern League

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