The April 7, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 7, 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 April 7, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Innistrad throwbacks.

Today's Must

  1. Why I cosplay from Magic: The Gathering | The Meadery | Christine Sprankle

This tale from Magic's most well-known cosplayer is two parts inspiring, one part depressing. The type of harassment Sprankle describes in her piece is one that's all too prevalent in the gaming world, and one that, simply put, doesn't belong in the Magic community. Or any community.

Magic is a game and a community that should be welcoming and inspiring to everyone. Sprankle's work ever since that first event has helped open up doors for cosplayers and women, and we think she's a wonderful ambassador for both—and for the game as a whole.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Articles about New Modern

There were a number of these today, so let's just group them all together.

There might even be more on top of that, but my fingers are exhausted, so hopefully a mere seven articles will keep you going—until tomorrow, when there will probably be more.

Hey, at least people are excited about Modern again.

  1. MTG—Top 5 Cards from Shadows over Innistrad BEST for Modern for Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

Take one part discussion of the Modern banned list changes, one part talk of Shadows over Innistrad, and you have a perfect intersection of topics to be the most topical of topics.

  1. Against the Odds: The Pingining | MTGGoldfish | Saffron Olive

This Against the Odds holds a dear place in my heart, as I once actually took a Hidetsugu's Second Rite deck to Regionals (back in the day you could qualify for Nationals by doing well in Regional tournaments. Also, we had Nationals tournaments.) and did moderately well with it. That was also my introduction to Sam Black, as he beat me in one of the later rounds.

Anyway, Mr. Olive put together a deck that carefully pings an opponent down to 10, and then drops the hammer. How'd it do? Like I'm going to be the one to tell you.

  1. MTG—Shadows over Innistrad Draft Guide: Best Commons and Uncommons in Each Color! | The Mana Source | Wedge

So you know what to take when your rare is Harness the Storm!

(Um, Wedge, the answer is take Harness the Storm and go really deep.)

  1. SEB! | Snack Time with Mike and Ant | Mike Linnemann and Ant Tessitore

Artist Seb McKinnon, he of Vryn Wingmare, Blind Obedience, and more, joins the podcast to talk, what else, flavor and art.

Community Spotlight

  1. Episode 5: I Stream, You Stream, We All Stream for Ice Cream! | Eyes on the Mise | John Wells and Ian Dixon

A new entry into the Magic podcasting world is Eyes on the Mise. This is only their fifth episode, so they're still getting their legs under them, but it's worth taking a look. This particular episode is about streaming, something we've been spreading the news about as well lately. Right now the topics are pretty scattered, but they're only five episodes in.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Answer Time |Blogatog | Mark Rosewater

Mark Rosewater is going positively bananas answering your questions on Tumblr today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT (2–4 p.m. ET). So if you have a question for Mark, ask away!

So is now a thing, and it will likely help us replace a lot of content that was mostly just words saying what a calendar would show you. Especially helpful for the—well, anyone who plays Magic Online, really.

That is a sweet vest.

Deck of the Day

  1. Modern Eldrazi Tron

Since today seems to be unofficial Modern brewing day, we might as well lean into it.

Yesterday Michael Majors posted a whole bunch of Modern decklists, but the one that caught my eye was the combination of the two decks weeping openly for the loss of theirs—Eldrazi and Tron.

With Eye of Ugin gone, Tron decks lose their best card for holding inevitability in the long game. Eldrazi decks, meanwhile, lose half of their reason for being. Maybe two halves can make a whole? Though the Tron deck is more like 72/75ths or so, so that math doesn't really work out.

Either way, Tron decks love having a ton of colorless mana, and so do Eldrazi decks, so it's a natural pairing. Majors swapped out Eldrazi Mimic for World Breaker to go higher on the curve, plus the deck gets Kozilek's Return to play with.

Who knew that Urza would be teaming up with an interdimensional threat one day to try to take down the Multiverse? For shame, Urza. For shame.

Michael Majors' Eldrazi Tron

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