The April 11, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 11, 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 April 11, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Thing in the Ice. If The Gitrog Monster got a day, Thing in the Ice definitely gets one too.

Today's Musts

  1. Standard Snapshot: First Look at Shadows over Innistrad | Gathering Magic | Nick Vigabol

Curious what Standard looks like after this weekend, but don't want to wade through all of the pesky words and videos? Try a chart! Or twelve! Just in case you needed visual representation that white cards had a pretty good weekend.

  1. This Is That: Shadows over Innistrad with Dave Humpherys | Jake Stiles | MTGGoldfish

Jake Stiles's "This is That" series tries to establish a level set for a new expansion by comparing new cards to older ones, showing off functional reprints, and categorizing the changes. This one is a bit special, as Dave Humpherys, lead developer for Shadows over Innistrad, stopped by to offer some insight into this one. This article is great for game designers, aspiring game designers, and people who just love delving deep into the minds of R&D.

  1. Nahiri Naya In Baltimore | TCGPlayer | Jadine Klomparens

One of the more unique creations to come out of the Open in Baltimore this weekend was the Naya deck featuring Nahiri, the Harbinger brought by Jadine Klomparens. Three-color decks were rare, but Jadine bravely brought Nahiri and friends to the table.

  1. Judges Announce New Level Changes

This morning, judges announced they were changing how the judge level system works. Check it out if you're a judge or if you're curious how judges manage their level system.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. StarCityGames.com Baltimore Open

The first major tournament of the new Standard season took place this weekend, and there was a ton new to see. There was a Thing in the Ice being thawed out by the raw power of Pyromancer's Goggles (see today's Deck of the Day), there were Humans aplenty, Eldrazi, and the occasional Dragon. You can check out the Top 64 deck lists here, or check out the Day One broadcast or the Day Two broadcast.

Ultimately, it was won by Jim Davis and his Bant Company deck, proving that Collected Company is still a very real card. Whether or not that's what the Pro Tour will look like in two weeks is an open question.

  1. Magic: The Gathering Office Hours—Jace Beleren | Tolarian Community College | The Professor and Jimmy Wong

Another in the series of Office Hours videos from The Professor where he talks to one of Magic's main Planeswalkers, but this one features The Command Zone's Jimmy Wong as Jace! It's like one of those crossover TV episodes, like when the Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers inexplicably got together. Like no one would have ever off-handedly mentioned that they lived in a world where giant robots occasionally fight giant monsters before the crossover episode.

What People Are Talking About

Enter the Battlefield, a documentary about Magic by the guys from Walking the Planes (Nate Holt and Shawn Kornhauser), drops at the end of this month! On Netflix! We screened a version of the film back at PAX to a select few, but since then the crew has still been busy working on it and finalizing the version you'll all get to see starting April 25! Check out the announcement for more details.

Standard wasn't the only new game in town this weekend, as Modern received a facelift as well and, as intended, the Eldrazi Winter has finally thawed. A variety of decks returned. In Baltimore, at the StarCityGames.com Classic, Scapeshift took the crown with a variety of decks on its heels, though very few of them utilizing newly unbanned Ancestral Vision or Sword of the Meek.

However, the other significant Modern tournament of the weekend, the Face To Face Games Modern Sunday Showdown, featured a heavy dose of both Thopter Gifts and Grixis Control—both doing well and each utilizing Sword of the Meek and Ancestral Vision, respectively.

Paul Jordan, he who holds many Magic stats, has been posting some charts on win rates among notable pros lately, using the hashtag #mtgcharts. So far a few have been posted, but more will likely be coming in the run up to Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad. It's a fun follow for stat-heads everywhere. Or for Pros looking for statistical evidence of when they're good or when they suck.

Deck of the Day

  1. Thing in the Ice wear some pretty nice Goggles

Sure, the real deck of the StarCityGames.com Baltimore Open was probably White-Blue Humans, which put three copies in the Top 8 (plus a Mono-White Humans list) and was the most-played Day Two deck, but let's face it, the talk of the weekend was Todd Anderson's Blue-Red Control deck featuring Thing in the Ice and Pyromancer's Goggles, for pretty much the Johnny/Jenny dream.

Anderson bounced and burned his way to the Top 8 before ultimately losing in the semifinals to Kellen Pastore.

The deck's main goal is to utilize its two headlining cards to turn the tides quickly. Thing in the Ice resets a board and acts as a quick clock, while Pyromancer's Goggles can deal with multiple creatures via Lightning Axe and Fall of the Titans or draw tons of cards with Magmatic Insight and Tormenting Voice. The deck sets up and then turns the corner quite quickly, making it a formidable weapon in a new metagame.

But don't take my word for it (or do, I'm a pretty smart guy sometimes). Anderson did a video deck tech during the tournament for anyone curious about why he built what he built (plus a pretty amusing story about how Fall of the Titans made the deck).

Todd Anderson's Blue-Red Control

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