The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on April 15, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the weekend. So much to do, so much to watch.
- Ross VS. Majors: Mono-White Humans VS. Bant Company | StarCityGames.com | Ross Merriam and Michael Majors
Just in time for the weekend, Merriam and Majors replay the finals of the StarCityGames.com Standard Open from last weekend. Did the best deck win? Should you play either deck going forward? Could the video's intro be any more exciting?
After that, Read, Watch, or Listen to These
- Hand-Me-Down Drafts | The Girlfriend Bracket | Erin Campbell, Hallie Santo, Katie Neal, and Kriz Schultz
A lot of great topics in this week's edition of The Girlfriend Bracket—Standard, Blue-White Tron, the restructuring of the judge program, a radical idea for keeping stores clean, and talk about Enter the Battlefield.
- Are You Always Watching? | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin
Always Watching kicks off a conversation about Standard for Flores and Chapin. White decks are currently top dogs in Standard, and Always Watching is one of about 50 reasons why, so listen as these two delve into why it matters and what direction Always Watching can take the format.
- Crapshots Ep338—The Board | LoadingReadyRun
If Magic were a nature documentary where Kavu roamed the Badlands seeking prey.
What to Watch This Weekend
The first Grand Prix after the release of Shadows over Innistrad takes place this weekend, and the pros will be out in full force for this one. With the Pro Tour taking place in nearby Madrid one week later, Barcelona is going to be ground zero for the latest in Shadows over Innistrad Limited tech. You'll be able to watch all of the action on twitch.tv/magic starting on Saturday at 2 p.m. local time—that's 5 a.m. for those of you on the West Coast, 8 a.m. for you East Coasters, and noon UTC. Sunday coverage starts at 10 a.m. local/1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET/8 a.m. UTC.
For those of you who want to see some Constructed action, the StarCityGames.com Invitational will feature both Standard and Modern. On the line? An invitation to the end of the year Players' Championship, a Pro Tour invitation, and a bunch of other prizes.
But what you want to know about is coverage. It's already started! The tournament started at noon ET today—yes, on Friday—with Day One on twitch.tv/SCGlive. Saturday the tournament starts at 9 a.m., and the Top 8 starts Sunday at 10 a.m.
As if a Grand Prix and an Invitational weren't enough, we've also got the Magic Madhouse Pro Series, featuring Standard, streaming this weekend. Streaming on twitch.tv/magicmadhouse, the action starts on Saturday at 11 a.m. London time (3 a.m. PT/6 a.m. ET). Set your alarms!
So You Want To Work for Wizards of the Coast
- Positions open in the UK and Russia
Actually, there are positions open all over the place that you can always find here, but I wanted to highlight two in particular because they're global positions that work on the same team I do. We have community coordinator positions open in both the United Kingdom and Russia. What do community coordinators do? Well, they do a lot of what I'm doing right now—talking to and interacting with fans of the game. I'm not a community coordinator myself, but I work with a bunch of them from all around the world, and they're basically the coolest people around. One of them even wrote a super great post on Tumblr about becoming a community team member!
- The Blue Envelope Podcast | Matteo Orsini Jones, Neil Rigby, and Rob Wagner
I'll overlook the rhyming introduction to point out that this podcast is little known in the United States, but probably shouldn't be. Helmed by three longtime Magic players and pros and chock full of fantastic British accents, this crew is entertaining (minus attempting to rhyme "that" with basically everything) and informative. Their latest is a look back at historic Pro Tour Paris from 1997 and a look forward to cracking packs with Shadows over Innistrad, plus a segment called "Trash for Treasure."
Deck of the Day
Mono-white attacking decks are a longtime staple of Magic that are only occasionally good. Often it takes an overpowered set of creatures—think Figure of Destiny and Ranger of Eos—or some kind of excellent disruption—your Mana Tithes and Armageddons or Cataclysms—to get the job done.
Or sometimes all it takes is a Gryff's Boon.
Kellen Pastore finished second at the StarCityGames.com Open with this list last weekend, taking advantage of the best color in Standard by sleeving up 19 Plains and a bunch of small creatures. The deck can be brutally fast—it has eleven one-drop 2-power creatures—and can go wide very effectively with a number of pump effects ranging from Thalia's Lieutenant to Always Watching. Add in incredibly efficient, effective removal, and you have a machine capable of mowing down anyone unprepared.
These kinds of decks tend to do well early in a format. But as Standard evolves to compensate for the presence of this deck, it will certainly have to find a way to push through any number of sweepers and larger creatures that will surely try to block its path.