The April 20, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 20, 2016

By Chris Peeler and Alison Luhrs

Before we begin today's Update, we need to make an important apology. Earlier today, we posted a comic referencing the recent Grand Prix in Houston, comparing changes in the Standard format to a variety of disasters. In light of the tragic flooding in Houston, we deeply apologize for our insensitivity in posting the comic. We have removed it from DailyMTG. Although this doesn't excuse our mistake, the comic was created well in advance and scheduled to automatically publish. We are working to ensure a more timely response to current events in the future. Our hearts are with everyone in the Houston area who has been impacted by this disaster.


The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on April 20, 2016. Blake is traveling to Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad in Madrid, so community managers Chris and Alison will be updating you today. With that in mind, today's Update is brought to you by the big bags of off-brand cereal on the bottom shelves of grocery stores—it's not quite what you were expecting, but good in a pinch.

Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Enter the Nate-Ifield Feat. Nate Holt | Magic the Amateuring

Hold onto your butts and E N T E R T H E B A T T L E F I E L D. Nate Holt (of Walking the Planes fame and Wizarding infamy) and Shawn Kornhauser are premiering their new documentary on Netflix next week! In this episode, Nate gives Meghan and Maria some insight into what it takes to make a feature-length documentary and what you can expect to see in the movie.

  1. She is free...but at what cost | Ruriiran

Fans have been speculating all over the place about what kickstarted Nahiri's volatile feelings toward her old BFF, Sorin. Fanartist Ruriiran summarized their theory in an adorably straightforward comic.

  1. Modern Rules Problems—Madness | Magic Judge Articles | Nathan Long

You know what's really maddening? Figuring out what in the gosh-dang you can do with a madness trigger in Shadows over Innistrad Standard. Nathan Long gives a rundown of different rules interactions with the tricky mechanic. Spoiler: In addition to being unable to kick a single Eldrazi drone off of a cliff, Jace also has a hard time with madness spells and four cards in your graveyard. It's okay little Jace buddy, you'll get 'em next time.

  1. Top 10 Lands in EDH | The Command Zone | Josh Lee Kwai and Jimmy Wong

Lands are an often-overlooked part of the Commander deck-building experience (especially ones that don't directly fix your mana). If you're community manager Chris, this will become blatantly apparent when you fail to draw the third Mountain in your Zirilan of the Claw deck and some gosh-dang jerk named Blake Blaine "Blart" steamrolls you with Roon of the Hidden Realm for the second time in one day. Unlike Chris, Josh and Jimmy don't have any chips on their shoulders and instead provide always-fabulous insight on the lands your decks can use to really hum.

Top 25

  1. Ch-ch-ch-changes!

The results from the Grand Prix are in! Owen Turtenwald remains on top, but the rankings saw large shakeups further down the list. Especially notable are the performances of Ryoichi Tamada, William Jensen, and Kentaro Yamamoto, who jumped up five spots each.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Owen Turtenwald 82.28 1
2 Seth Manfield 66.76 +1 3
3 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 65.10 -1 2
4 Martin Müller 63.07 +1 5
5 Paul Rietzl 62.47 -1 4
6 Fabrizio Anteri 61.07 +4 10
7 Reid Duke 60.91 -1 6
8 Alexander Hayne 60.39 -1 7
9 Samuel Black 57.65 -1 8
10 Mike Sigrist 56.61 -1 9
11 Ivan Floch 53.80 11
12 Thiago Saporito 53.51 +2 14
13 Ryoichi Tamada 53.10 +5 18
14 Ondřej Stráský 52.58 -2 12
15 Martin Dang 52.03 +2 17
16 Eric Froehlich 52.02 -3 13
17 William Jensen 51.91 +5 22
18 Kentaro Yamamoto 51.39 +5 23
19 Jacob Wilson 50.99 -4 15
20 Joel Larsson 50.87 -4 16
21 Jason Chung 50.10 21
22 Yuuya Watanabe 49.47 -3 19
23 Brad Nelson 48.06 -3 20
24 Kazuyuki Takimura 47.99 +1 25
25 Ben Stark 46.21 -1 24

Dropped from rankings: NONE

What People Are Talking About

Hélène Bergeot, Director of Global Organized Play, announced that the Draft packs featured in this weekend's Pro Tour will be sleeved. Double-faced cards present logistical challenges for organized play, and this solution will be in place for this event. Hélène and the Organized Play team will review the results of this plan and evaluate what will be done at future Pro-level events. This will not change the fact that you won't see Archangel Avacyn passed very often this weekend.

  1. Predictions for the Pro Tour | Reddit

Will Bant Company continue its dominance in the new Standard format? What flavor of Humans deck will make it far? Will our eternal lord, The Gitrog Monster, (praise be to its unyielding hunger) make an appearance on camera? Follow the Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad coverage on our Twitch channel beginning at 7 a.m. UTC on April 22 to find out!

Deck of the Day

  1. Standard Jund Midrange

Good ol' Jund makes an appearance in Standard with a suite of efficient creatures, removal spells, and burn. The extra spice on top is a coalition of not-super-friends in the form of Chandra, Flamecaller, Ob Nixilis Reignited, and Arlinn Kord. Oh, and there's a giant cult-inspiring toad beast in there too? Long may The Gitrog Monster reign and provide us with delicious value!

Darryl Donaldson's Jund

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