The May 2, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 2, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, 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 May 2, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the Lombardi trophy. Nope, not that one. The one hoisted by Robert Lombardi just yesterday.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. GP Toronto Top 5 Moments | Corbin Hosler and Josh Bennett

There were a lot of cool moments from Grand Prix Toronto this weekend, and if you weren't fortunate enough to catch them all, this article will catch you up on them—including Josh Buitenhuis's 15-0 run in his first Grand Prix, Jon Stern fighting his way onto the Pro Tour, Doug Potter challenging for trophies in both the Grand Prix and the Super Sunday Series, and, of course, Robert Lombardi's win.

  1. Abzan Company Takes Down the Milwaukee Open

Milwaukee was certainly the good land for Joseph Presnell, who won the StarCityGames Modern Open in Milwaukee with Abzan Company, an archetype that placed three decks in the Top 8. In the Standard Classic, run alongside the Open, a bunch of green decks peppered the Top 8, and the Legacy Top 8 was headed by Grixis Delver but also included a true throwback archetype—Slivers!

  1. This Magic: The Gathering wedding had an official tournament and style for miles | Offbeat Bride | Catherine Clark and Lauren Lindley

It's not often Magic makes it into Offbeat Bride.

Okay, it's not really ever. But Sara and Will held a wedding with a Magic theme—and an actual draft at their wedding. Plus, Chandra and Jace were there, defending the wedding cupcakes from all threats in the Multiverse.

  1. MTG - What Magic: The Gathering Does Better Than Other Games | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

The Professor discusses the fostering of community and how Magic is conducive to a social experience unlike any other.

  1. Everything's Going Rite: Top 8 at Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

Snuck in late on Friday evening, Luis Scott-Vargas's tournament report from Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad is still very much worth reading, even if his editor did try to bury it while everyone was at FNM or sleeping.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The #SCGState of Brewing! | StarCityGames | Chris Lansdell

Chris Lansdell combs through the results of the StarCityGames state championship tournaments to dig up the most interesting brews. Therein he finds a Modern Bant Spirits deck, a Modern Pili-Pala Combo list, a Standard Blue-White Eldrazi concoction, plus a Standard use for Sarkhan Unbroken!

  1. Much Abrew About Nothing: Demonic Tentacles | MTGGoldfish | Saffron Olive

Saffron Olive and an interesting brew? Demonic Pact? Crush of Tentacles?! You know you're intrigued. The deck isn't a mystery—others have played it, even at the Pro Tour—but the Much Abrew About Nothing series shows it off against a variety of opponents and explains its strengths and weaknesses.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Maro: Responding to accessibility complaints

There were actually two separate threads on Reddit that popped up on this topic (or adjacent to this topic) over the weekend, the one linked above and one about reprinting Thoughtseize and its ilk. The posts were spurred on by blog posts from Mark Rosewater (here and here) addressing accessibility questions. This led to a lot of discussion about the purpose and character of Modern Masters and Eternal Masters. It's not a new discussion, but it does pop up from time to time, and it is certainly something discussed internally a great deal. And that's all I can really say about that!

Marshall Sutcliffe is a host of the Limited Resources podcast. Luis Scott-Vargas is his cohost and a popular pro Magic player. There are long-running jokes between them about Marshall, bananas, and monkeys (I actually once saw a binder a fan presented to Marshall of every monkey or ape ever printed in Magic—Marshall was quite proud of it). For the Community Super League, the opening credits envisioned Marshall as Stoic Builder.

And now you know everything you need to know about this image.

Deck of the Day

  1. Grand Prix Toronto Champion

While Esper Dragons did make the Top 8 of the latest Pro Tour in the hands of Shota Yasooka, very few people expected the deck to continue to do well. In fact, for most of Grand Prix Toronto, it wasn't doing well.

Midway through the tournament, the coverage team took the temperature of the metagame and looked at the archetypes for the Top 100 players. They saw a list heavy on Green-White Tokens, Bant Company, and Black-Green Aristocrats.

And only a single copy of Esper Dragons.

Well, that single copy won the whole thing. It's difficult to say if it was a fluke or a sign of things to come as the format evolves, but Robert Lombardi did utilize the archetype to fly over Jon Stern, a consummate pro and adept wielder of the real breakout deck of the weekend, Green-White Tokens.

But Lombardi had to defeat several token strategies on the way to the championship, and Virulent Plague is no joke in a metagame infested with Secure the Wastes, Nissa, Voice of Zendikar, and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. I would be terribly shocked if Esper Dragons didn't see a significant uptick now that Lombardi has hoisted his trophy.

Robert Lombardi's Esper Dragons

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