The May 5, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 5, 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 5, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Startled Awake. Because we should just all accept that it's SaffronOlive's world and we're just playing in it.

Today's Must

  1. Against the Odds: Startling Jeskai | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Can you mill people out in Standard? Surprisingly, the answer seems to be…yes?

Is that right? Did this deck actually work? Huh. Cool. Well, stock up on Epitaph Golems now, because you know this deck will be everywhere on Magic Online starting pretty much now. That's the SaffronOlive effect.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Modern Flashback Series: Time Spiral Colors | PureMTGO | Vincent Borchardt

Modern Flashback Drafts returned to Magic Online this week with Time Spiral, one of the most fun—yet dense—Draft formats ever. There is a lot going on in this set (a lot, a lot), so a primer is pretty necessary for anyone who didn't play it the first time around. Heck, it was one of my most-drafted formats, and I still could use a primer.

Worth it. I mean, Mystical Teachings is a thing you can draft around.

  1. Limited Resources 335—Heuristics | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Don't know what "heuristics" means? Well, according to Merriam-Webster, it means "the study or practice of heuristic procedure." Hmm, that doesn't help at all. It's probably this other definition then: "using experience to learn and improve."

That seems more likely. So, Marshall and LSV talk about ways to learn and improve from experience. That makes way more sense.

  1. MTG – Top 10 Best Standard Cards to Buy for EDH/Commander Right Now – Magic: The Gathering! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Wedge is back with his sick voice, and somehow it lends him an air of even more gravitas. Here he runs through the ten best cards for Commander currently in Standard. We all know the best Commander card is Mulldrifter, but it's not Standard legal, so I can get behind this list.

  1. Mining Modern—The Emrakul Deck | TCGPlayer | Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler makes his debut on TCGPlayer with a brew I know he's been fine-tuning for a while—one that has about eight different ways to get Emrakul, the Aeons Torn into play as fast as possible. Like, lightning fast, but without all that Goryo's Vengeance nonsense. No, Corbin is getting Emrakul into play the old-fashioned way—Windbrisk Heights. Also Quicksilver Amulet. And Summoning Trap. Or Mosswort Bridge. Or just casting it. That too.

What People Are Talking About

  1. We're Nate Holt and Shawn Kornhauser - Makers of Enter the Battlefield. Ask us anything!

Nate and Shawn dropped by Reddit for a while yesterday to answer a bunch of questions, including the incredibly important question from Brian Kibler: "Why didn't you interview meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee? :P"

Not joking. That's currently the top question.

Is Green-White Tokens simply the best deck in Standard? We've got another Grand Prix coming up this weekend (Grand Prix New York City, which is actually in beautiful Secaucus, New Jersey), showcasing Standard, which will help answer that question. Now where did I leave those Virulent Plagues...

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Community Super League

If you missed last week's debut of Community Super League—well, first, why? I mean, have you seen the opening credits? That's got to have you a little curious. You can always catch up with the playlist on YouTube. Or you can just buckle in tonight and enjoy week 2 on at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET. It's okay if you didn't see the first week. It doesn't work like that. Tune in, have a good time, and then make funny pictures out of the opening. It's just the best way to enjoy it.

The format is Innistrad Plane Constructed, which means players can use any cards from the plane of Innistrad, which includes the sets Innistrad, Dark Ascension, Avacyn Restored, and Shadows over Innistrad. But don't take my word for it—listen to this disembodied voice!

Community Spotlight

  1. Ancestral Recall | Japaneli | Eli Kaplan

This video series is packed full of a ton of history put together painstakingly by Eli Kaplan, a longtime Magic writer and player. Each playlist on his channel features a retrospective on a specific block or sets, like Tempest Block Retrospective or Original Mirrodin Block Retrospective. The subscriber base is small, but Eli puts out videos fairly regularly, and there is clearly quite a bit of time and research put into the retrospectives.

Deck of the Day

  1. Red-Green Tokens

While Brian Braun-Duin and others are claiming Green-White Tokens is the best deck in Standard, Magic Online player Mario91234 decided Red-Green Tokens was the way to go, finally finding a use for Arlinn Kord.

Arlinn Kord takes the place of Gideon in the planeswalker scheme of things with the transition to red (even pumping out 2/2 tokens), but we gain a few other toys as well. Pia and Kiran Nalaar is just a great Magic card, and combined with Hangarback Walker, there's a ton to throw around.

But there are other sacrifice effects built in as well. Evolutionary Leap can turn half a Dragon Fodder into a real creature (or a Loam Dryad), Fiery Conclusion can kill just about anything, and everyone's favorite spooky land, Westvale Abbey, can throw an entire board at your opponent at a moment's notice.

So is this better than Green-White Tokens? Probably not. Secure the Wastes is a real draw to white, and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is, all things considered, probably more powerful than Arlinn Kord. Atarka's Command is certainly a draw to token strategies, but in the sideboard here, it's probably not the primary reason to play this deck. Still, it's another tokens/Nissa strategy with a nice finish to back it up.

Mario91234's Red-Green Tokens

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