The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on April 13, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Humans. We're a pretty great species. The Wheel. Airplanes. Space travel. '80s pop music. The Gitrog Monster. We've invented some amazing stuff. It also happens to be a great Standard deck that everyone is talking about.
Humans, that is. I wish there was an '80s pop music-themed Standard deck.
- The New Standard Metagame and an Aggregate Archetype Gauntlet | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten
What Frank Karsten does is so unique that it's possible he'll make the Daily Magic Update any time he writes something. Karsten is basically the Magic community's math wizard who does all of the calculations for all of us. In this article, he takes the Standard metagame set last weekend and aggregates a testing gauntlet. This article basically establishes level one for the entire environment, so it's meant for the spikiest of spikes.
- Three Shades of Humans | ChannelFireball | Andrea Mengucci
Human decks were the tribe to watch coming out of last weekend. Scratch that. Human decks were the archetype to watch coming out of last weekend. Not merely content with being the best tribe, Humans might be the best deck in the format. But there are a few ways to go with the deck, and Andrea Mengucci breaks down the three paths you can take. If you're a fan of attacking with swarms of small creatures, this is an article you should shine some light on.
Oh, and also...
- Everything Humans | TCGPlayer | Seth Manfield
...probably this one too. The 2015 World Champion has something to say about Humans after playing the deck himself at the StarCityGames.com Open last weekend. Check out his list and advice on the deck going forward. Plus, he throws a little shade at Gryff's Boon. Gryff's Boon knows what it did.
After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These
- Commander VS: Shadows over Innistrad Legends! | StarCityGames.com | Justin Parnell and Stephen Green
All right, the also-rans are Olivia, Mobilized for War; Odric, Lunarch Marshal; and Sigarda, Heron's Grace. The Commander VS. crew has a bit of fun with some of the new legends available to us and kicks off a new season—season three—of the Commander VS. series.
- Limited Resources 332—Shadows over Innistrad Initial Impressions | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas
If you're a Limited player, you have to listen to this analysis of the first pass at Shadows over Innistrad, if for no other reason than the fact that it's a mere 98 minutes long. That's gotta be some sort of record for Limited Resources.
Also, Marshall and Luis know their stuff on Limited. So there's that too.
- Loreweaving: Gisa and Geralf—The Unauthorized Biography | MTGGoldfish | Cid Vale Ferreira
Players have really taken a shine to Gisa and Geralf, and with good reason. The twin necromancers have a fun, complex relationship—plus Zombies. Ferreira walks through what we know about them so far and speculates on whether we'll see more of them in the future.
Hold tight, lovers of Gisa and Geralf. Their story isn't done yet.
- Modern Results from Last Weekend | Gathering Magic | Jarvis Yu
Next, a little bit of Modern for you aficionados. Last weekend was the first set of post-bannings/unbannings results for Modern, and Jarvis Yu is here to break it all down. See what we discovered about Ancestral Vision, Thopter Foundry, and the long-awaited return of Eggs Combo. Because we all wanted that.
- Shadows over Innistrad Art Review | Gathering Magic |Mike Linnemann
One of the game's biggest art fans goes deep on the spooky, intriguing art of Shadows over Innistrad. If you enjoy the game's art, you should read this article. Not much more to it than that.
- StarCityGames.com Opens also do not award Pro Points
Nothing changed in the Top 25 this week. Look for that to change next week after the three Grand Prix happening this weekend in Beijing, Barcelona, and Albuquerque. Especially keep your eye on Barcelona, as its proximity to the Pro Tour (plus video coverage on twitch.tv/magic) shines the spotlight especially bright on it.
|2||Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa||66.56||2|
Dropped from rankings: NONE
- Top 8 Magic | Mike Flores and Brian David-Marshall
One of the longest-running Magic podcasts around, this one is a bit unique in that Flores and David-Marshall tend to record outside and very often stray into discussions on sports, pop culture, television, and comics. But also Magic.
Deck of the Day
Before Rally the Ancestors came to define Standard in the waning months of the format, there was a different Nantuko Husk deck that made some waves at the Pro Tour. That deck—most famously piloted by Christian Calcano—was left behind when people figured you could jam four colors into the deck and just get more out of it. But we don't live in that world any more, and at least one player has returned to the deck's roots with a little help from a new Shadows over Innistrad mythic rare.
The deck is, at its core, all about sacrificing creatures to grab some value. Fleshbag Marauder, Hangarback Walker, Nantuko Husk, and Whirler Rogue all combine in various forms and fashions to get unfair advantages out of sacrifices. Zulaport Cutthroat is an obvious inclusion, but the real all-star is Liliana, Heretical Healer, who can flip basically at will and immediately bring back more value creatures to protect her and gain further advantage.
The new addition is Relentless Dead, because a sacrifice deck's best friend is a creature that can come back from the dead almost at will—and bring other creatures with it.
The deck most often tries to deliver its finishing blow with a Whirler Rogue making Nantuko Husk unblockable and throwing a ton of damage at the opponent—Rogue and Husk together are already 8 damage on their own. This list managed to take Scott McNamera to 3rd place at a StarCityGames.com Invitational Qualifier. Could we see more at Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad in just a week and a half?