The April 21, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 21, 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 21, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the confusion wrought by being nine time zones away. Oh, and also this Pro Tour thing.

What to Watch

  1. Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad

I'm not sure I even need to mention this, but it's a thing, it's a thing you should know about, and it's a thing taking place at certain times. These are those times:

Days: April 22–24

Times: 9 a.m. local time (CET), 12 a.m. PT, 3 a.m. ET, 7 a.m. UTC (so if you're in North America, don't plan to sleep much this weekend)

What's happening: We'll kick things off with Shadows over Innistrad Draft and then round out Friday and Saturday with Standard. Sunday is all Standard for the Top 8.

Where can I watch:

Will I see Blake: Possibly. But it's always important to ask.

Today's Must

  1. Command of Etiquette—Fantasy Statements | Hipsters of the Coast | Jess Stirba

Jess is not wrong. We have been planning to address the issue during the Pro Tour. Hélène Bergeot will be addressing the situation Sunday during Pro Tour coverage. We've heard you all. Stay tuned.

After Those, Read Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Alternative Standard Decks | TCGPlayer | Adam Yurchick

So. Many. Decklists! Surely one or some of these will break out this weekend at—say it with me now—Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad. You may notice a theme as we move along here.

  1. Three Anti-Bant and Anti-Humans Lists | ChannelFireball | Caleb Durward

Are we already to the point where we complain about two particular decks for a Standard format that hasn't even crossed the Pro Tour? Possibly. Either way, those decks certainly have targets on their backs as we head to the biggest stage of them all this weekend.

  1. Against the Odds: Triskaidekaphobia | MTGGoldfish | Saffron Olive

Thirteen. 13. XIII. Dreizehn. Treize. Trece. Tretten. Labintatlo. Trzynaście. Tredici. Umikumākolu. Trí déag. Kumi na tatu.


  1. A Guide to Building the Best Bant Company Deck in Standard for Magic: The Gathering! | The Mana Source | Wedge

This seems particularly relevant right before a Pro Tour where Bant Company is likely to be one of the most played decks on the weekend. Learn all you can about the deck, then watch for it in action at that thing this weekend.

What People Are Talking About

Some welcome good news, as Jake Stiles from MTGGoldfish is awake and doing well after suffering from cardiac arrest last Sunday. We, like many in the Magic community, wish Jake a speedy recovery.

  1. Gotta get that Homunculi, Biiiiii

Turns out at least one half of Key and Peele has played Magic (that would be Peele, who used to play quite a bit). There's photographic evidence, they talked about it in their AMA, and there's even a short clip.

So be prepared for a million Key & Peele sketches turned into Magic memes for the foreseeable future.

The Community Super League was announced yesterday, and the response has been incredibly positive. Several of the participants are here at the Pro Tour with me, and they're all buzzing about it. The first episode is April 28, but, in the meantime, you can check out the teaser video below if you haven't already seen it.

Deck of the Day

  1. Nahiri Control

This was a new, pleasant surprise to come out of the Magic Madhouse Pro Series (the Top 16 decks can be viewed here) amid all the Human and Bant Company decks we've mostly seen so far. Nahiri is clearly a powerful planeswalker, and this deck looks to take advantage of the discard ability with both Fiery Impulse and Welcome to the Fold. Throw in the fact that there are actually a number of enchantment cards running around Standard right now, and you've got a powerful deck.

The deck really wants Divination to be legal (to get back with Goblin Dark-Dwellers) and maybe wants something big to grab with Nahiri's ultimate (which, in my limited experience, happens relatively frequently so far). But there's definitely a foundation here. Maybe we want to play black for Read the Bones and Sorin, Grim Nemesis instead. We'd lose Jace and Reflector Mage, but neither card is at its best here.

More investigation is required. But maybe someone will make it work at Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad, which, if you haven't heard, is this weekend.

Charley Lewis's Nahiri Control

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