The May 4, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 4, 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 May 4, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by burritos. Because I'm hungry.

Today's Must

  1. A New Kind of Pick Order for Shadows over Innistrad Draft | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

Frank Karsten doesn't do anything halfway, and this article is a shining example of that maxim. Moving away from the simple "X card is better than Y" formula, Karsten provides a comprehensive look at the tiers of cards in the set and what situations push you in what directions. There's less math than usual for a Frank Karsten article, though, so calculators not needed.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Sweet Brews #31 | PureMTGO | Shane Garvey

Shane digs up some interesting decks from Magic Online, including a Standard blue-white fliers deck (yes, Thunderclap Wyvern is involved), Allies going nuts in Modern, and an Abzan Slivers deck that can kill in a frenzy of damage.

  1. MTG - Shadows over Innistrad Art and Story: Magic: The Gathering Lore - Part 1! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Wedge is here with the tl;dr version of the Shadows over Innistrad story so far—and also his crazy sick voice.

  1. MtA Episode 171: Moon Archeologist| Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolff and Maria Bartholdi

Meghan and Maria welcome YouTuber ProJared, he of the game reviews and jokes and videos and whatnot, to discuss, what else, Magic. Plus, the Community Super League, Grand Prix Toronto, and sandwiches. At least I imagine there are sandwiches. I'm kind of hungry.

Top 25

  1. Mike Sigrist Leapfrogs Three

Mike Sigrist, last season's Player of the Year, was the lone mover this week, jumping three spots after his 15th-place finish at Grand Prix Toronto. It doesn't look like much, but when the point totals are this tight (Sigrist is ahead of No. 18 Lukas Blohon by a mere .04 points), a 15th-place finish looks pretty good.

The rest of the Top 25 was quiet, as the only others who saw any movement were the three Sigrist jumped. But with another Grand Prix this weekend, don't expect them to stay quiet for very long.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Seth Manfield 84.07 1
2 Owen Turtenwald 81.07 2
3 Steve Rubin 68.07 3
4 Fabrizio Anteri 63.84 4
5 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 63.26 5
6 Paul Rietzl 62.87 6
7 Martin Müller 62.84 7
8 Joel Larsson 60.47 8
9 Reid Duke 60.46 9
10 Brad Nelson 60.28 10
11 Luis Scott-Vargas 60.24 11
12 Andrea Mengucci 59.63 12
13 Samuel Black 58.68 13
14 Alexander Hayne 58.46 14
14 Shota Yasooka 58.46 +1 15
16 Ondřej Stráský 58.27 16
17 Mike Sigrist 56.69 +3 20
18 Lukas Blohon 56.65 -1 17
19 Thiago Saporito 55.86 -1 18
20 Ivan Floch 55.06 -1 19
21 Yuuya Watanabe 53.87 21
22 Ryoichi Tamada 53.83 22
23 Jon Finkel 53.44 23
24 Kentaro Yamamoto 51.46 24
25 Martin Dang 50.85 25

Dropped from rankings: NONE

What People Are Talking About


No, the Paliano Post is not something official (no, not even in an "It's a conspiracy!" kind of way), but Bruce Richards—a writer for this here website and probably the biggest fan of Conspiracy on the planet—has been tweeting what he calls the Paliano Post with dispatches from the world of Conspiracy. If you're a fan and want to see something another true fan is pouring his heart into, you can follow Bruce on Twitter.

  1. Magic Art: Winners of the Chesley Awards, 1999–Present

Here's another way to appreciate Magic art—the list of all Magic art that has ever been up for Chesley Awards, which are awarded by the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists and are an Official Big Deal.

Though, as great as the art is on Ertai, Wizard Adept, all I still can see is a Baldwin with dyed hair.

Community Spotlight

  1. Gen Doukeshi—audio versions of Magic Story

Gen Doukeshi has, since the start of Shadows over Innistrad, been recording Magic Story pieces in audio form. Their latest is pretty entertaining, as they recorded "Games," the quirky Gisa and Geralf piece by Alison Luhrs.

Grand Prix Madrid Update

  1. Venue Change for Grand Prix Madrid

The venue for Grand Prix Madrid, taking place December 2-4, is being changed in order to accommodate a potentially larger turnout. The Grand Prix will now take place at the Madrid Arena. The address can be found below:

Pabellón Multiusos I. Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo (Madrid Arena)

Avenida Principal, 14
28011, Madrid, Spain

The main event maximum capacity for Grand Prix Madrid will be 2,000, with additional seating set aside for side events during that weekend.

In the event any players have been impacted by this change, they may contact with inquiries.

Grand Prix Madrid's main event is hosted by Mind Sports International. The format for the main event is Standard Constructed. More info on Grand Prix Madrid will be available as we get closer to the event.

Deck of the Day

  1. Cryptolith/Displacer Combo

What is "it" exactly? Why, it's the three-card infinite-life-loss combo in Standard people have talked about since Eldrazi Displacer was previewed. And all it took was Cryptolith Rites to make it happen.

So the basic combo of the deck is Zulaport Cutthroat, Brood Monitor, and Eldrazi Displacer. With those three in play, you can sacrifice three Scions to generate three colorless mana (and get three Cutthroat triggers), use that mana to blink the Monitor with Displacer, and get three more Scions for your trouble. You then use those Scions to start the loop all over again. Repeat until your opponent dies.

Duskwatch Recruiter can even help find combo pieces, and Catacomb Sifter, if it's in play instead of Zulaport Cutthroat, can let you scry through your entire library to find the piece you need next.

Magic Online player Romanmy actually managed to string all of that together into a deck with Cryptolith Rite and Collected Company and go 5-0 in a Standard Competitive League. Now, I'm not sure if that's Seth Manfield's name online or not, but he wrote today on TCGPlayer about taking the deck—pretty close to the exact list—to Grand Prix Toronto and doing well with it.

The deck borrows a few bits from the successful Black-Green Aristocrats deck from Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad, and works in the combo and some colorless mana as well.

Romanmy's Cryptolith Combo

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