The April 29, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 29, 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 29, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Brain in a Jar.

Brain in a Jar—for every Johnny's pipe dream (and some on the Pro Tour!), Brain in a Jar has a solution. Brain in a Jar.

Today's Must

  1. Community Super League Week 1

The Community Super League debuted last night, and it was everything you could have hoped it would be. I mean, just the opening credits alone are worth it, but when you throw in a Professor vs. Wedge grudge match (minus the grudge), Paul Cheon talking trash after thrashing Kenji Egashira, and commentary from (nearly) every one of them.

If you missed it last night, you can check out all of the videos right here:

We're Not Done with The Pro Tour Yet

  1. Single Card Spotlight

We've still got content coming out of Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad (Hey, a lot happened. Look for even more next week!). The latest batch is something new we're trying called Single Card Spotlight, where we highlight specific cards that made the weekend—both in Standard and Draft (and, yes, Luis Scott-Vargas talks about Fevered Visions—in Draft).

Check out the full playlist below.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Rejected Brews from #PTSOI Testing: BW, Jar Fog, and Seasons Past Jar | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

These are some of my favorite articles to come out of the Pro Tour—rejected brews.

When Pros test for a Pro Tour, there are a ton of decks and ideas that are tried, tested, and discarded for any number of reasons. They may not be right for the Pro Tour—but they might be right for a local tournament, for a later iteration of Standard, or just for fun. I mean, there are multiple Brain in a Jar lists in this article. Multiple!

  1. Tour De Farce | The Girlfriend Bracket | Erin Campbell, Hallie Santo, Katie Neal, and Kriz Schultz

There's a lot to talk about this week, and The Girlfriend Bracket dives right in. Topics include States tournaments, Gaby Spartz in the coverage booth, the Pro Tour Top 8, Enter the Battlefield, Magic conventions, and a host of controversial topics. It's a lot to fit into an hour, but somehow they manage. Our next entry could take note...

  1. Limited Resources 334—The Big Picture with Noah Weil | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Only a small part of my motivation for sharing this link is because Noah Weil once helped me out with a traffic ticket. The other part is that this podcast is a mere 90 minutes, practically jaunty by Limited Resources standards. Plus, the topic—planning out the turns of the game—is one a lot of players struggle with. Because we can't all see the future.

If we could, I never would have gotten that ticket in the first place.

  1. Cementing Card Advantage—An Interview with Brian Weissman | TCGPlayer | Cody Neff

This was a cool surprise. Brian Weissman was one of the original innovators of Magic, pioneering the concept of card advantage through a deck that was so advanced for its time, it was simply known as The Deck. We haven't heard much from him in quite some time, but Weissman randomly popped up on TCGPlayer today in this interview by Cody Neff. Old-school players (and Old School players) will love the blast from the past—and newer players can still learn a lot from the concepts he helped pioneer.

Seriously unexpected and a seriously cool feature.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Toronto

Following hot on the heels of Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad, Grand Prix Toronto helps usher in the next evolution of a wide-open Standard format. Eight archetypes made the Top 8 of the Pro Tour, and several more lurked just behind—so what will come to define the format? Toronto might have answers. It definitely has poutine.

Coverage starts Saturday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET/5 p.m. UTC on

  1. Milwaukee Open

If Modern is more your forte, the Milwaukee Open features two days of hot, hot Modern action straight from Milwaukee (which is Algonquin for "the good land").

Coverage starts at 8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET/3:30 p.m. UTC on

What People Are Talking About

Well that's adorable.

  1. Planeswalkers as Celebrity Chefs

Speaking of adorable, we haven't visited with Tumblr in a while, and given the laughter I heard from our community team while making these, I figured they were worth sharing. Because, I mean, Guy Fieri is Xenagos. He just is.

Why celebrity chefs? This came up because, as we shared yesterday, Magic Pro David Williams is going to be on Master Chef. Because his life is just that unbelievable.

Deck of the Day

  1. Grixis Control

No one—and by "no one" I mean literally one other player—brought Grixis Control to Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad. But the brave player who did (okay, one of the two), Oliver Tiu, finished in the Top 16 with it and went 8-2 in the Standard portion—the same Standard record as most of the Top 8 competitors.

Tiu is an up-and-comer who will be spotlighted next week in an article by Brian David-Marshal, but his 13th-place finish (spooky!) is no fluke—and neither is this deck. We saw a lot of these cards in the best decks over the weekend—Oliver just played them in a different configuration than most. Chandra, Flamecaller and Fiery Impulse are keys to the Goggles Ramp deck, and Goblin Dark-Dwellers came out of that sideboard. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Read the Bones, Transgress the Mind, Ultimate Price, Grasp of Darkness, and Ruinous Path were all staples of the various black-based decks that made the Top 8, and Jace, Vryn's Prodigy is still a Jace.

You'll note that the deck is really a black-red deck splashing for Jace in the main and Dragonlord Silumgar in the sideboard. Silumgar, especially, seems great out of the board against decks that try to win with planeswalkers—which are becoming more common.

Plus, it's the only deck that really gets to play Kolaghan's Command to its full effect. Jace and Kolaghan's Command are going to be friends for a long time, and this deck takes full advantage of that.

Oliver Tiu's Grixis Control

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