The April 13, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 13, 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 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.

Today's Must

  1. 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.

Humans Are People Too

  1. 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...

  1. 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 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

  1. Commander VS: Shadows over Innistrad Legends! | | Justin Parnell and Stephen Green

It's an Innistrad Commander brawl! The Gitrog Monster battles—who cares? Some other things? It's The Gitrog Monster!

All right, the also-rans are Olivia, Mobilized for WarOdric, 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Top 25

  1. 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 shines the spotlight especially bright on it.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Owen Turtenwald 83.86 1
2 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 66.56 2
3 Seth Manfield 65.49 3
4 Paul Rietzl 63.16 4
5 Martin Müller 63.04 5
6 Reid Duke 61.27 6
7 Alexander Hayne 59.89 7
8 Samuel Black 58.46 8
9 Mike Sigrist 56.71 9
10 Fabrizio Anteri 56.04 10
11 Ivan Floch 55.24 11
12 Ondřej Stráský 54.19 12
13 Eric Froehlich 54.06 13
14 Thiago Saporito 53.92 14
15 Jacob Wilson 52.54 15
16 Joel Larsson 52.51 16
17 Martin Dang 52.29 17
18 Ryoichi Tamada 51.80 18
19 Yuuya Watanabe 50.16 19
20 Brad Nelson 49.81 20
21 Jason Chung 49.56 21
22 William Jensen 49.27 22
23 Kentaro Yamamoto 48.89 23
24 Ben Stark 47.92 24
25 Kazuyuki Takimura 47.77 25

Dropped from rankings: NONE

Community Spotlight

  1. 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

  1. Black-Blue Aristocrats

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 Invitational Qualifier. Could we see more at Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad in just a week and a half?

Scott McNamera's Blue-Black Aristocrats

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