The May 16, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 16, 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 16, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Announcement Day. Happy Announcement Day!

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Noorlander's New Legacy | Wizards of the Coast

Fan favorite Gerry Thompson came this close to winning the Magic Online Championship, but in the end, Niels Noorlander exceeded expectations and took the crown. Check out all of the text coverage and decklists at the link above, or check the archives for full video coverage of the weekend.

  1. Indianapolis Open Weekend

It was a big weekend for Modern, as, in addition to the Magic Online Championship featuring the format, the Open honed in on Modern. The result? An incredibly diverse format. Check out the Top 32 decklists here, and take note that the Top 8 is virtually seven or eight different archetypes, depending on how you look at Green-Blue Infect and Green-Black Infect. If you go to the Top 16, only Red-Green Tron and Jund show up as repeats. Plus, one intrepid player finished 16th with Slivers. Slivers!

But the winner was Peter Ingram with Jeskai Control, utilizing the new Modern tech of Nahiri, the Harbinger in a Jeskai shell that's able to search up Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. Interestingly, Ingram didn't lean on Ancestral Vision (only two in the sideboard), and virtually no one did well with Thopter Foundry/Sword of the Meek.

  1. The Worst Magic: The Gathering Cards Ever Printed—Episode 11! | The Mana Source | Wedge

What did Takeno's Cavalry ever do to you, Wedge? What?!

Then again, what did it ever do for you either? Nothing. That makes sense. Carry on.

  1. Free for everyone! EVERY Magic: The Gathering product and accessory GRADE EVER! | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

Well this is extensive. You can click the video link above for the explanation straight from The Professor, but the gist is simple—The Professor reviews Magic-related products. If you want every review he's ever given, you can have it all in one place now. That place is Specifically, that place is the report card found here. It's incredibly polished and definitely worth your time if you follow The Professor's product grading.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The 4 Reasons You Won't 3-0 Your Next Draft | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

The headline is a touch click-baity—and I love it. The article is about four mistakes that can cost you in your next draft, and how to overcome them. But that's kind of a long title, so I'm good with this one.

  1. 11 Inexpensive Ways to Improve Magic Coverage | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

The title is a bit misleading, since some of these are quite expensive to implement—as the author himself has said—but if you get past the title and just think of it as "11 Ways to Improve Magic Coverage," then you've got a piece that has generated quite a bit of discussion. All good food for thought.

What People Are Talking About

You might have heard, we announced a few things today. Like, six things, including the next two major sets and all of our supplemental products between now and 2017. Which is the future. We're showing you the future. We're basically time travelers.

That's another thing we're doing. Though we've used the ligature Æ—the A and E combined into one letter—since basically the beginning of the game, the juice isn't worth the squeeze, as the saying goes. Basically, it caused way more issues than it was worth (particularly in translation), so we've axed it, making font and grammar nerds all over the world rejoice (or at least many of us in Renton).

Deck of the Day

  1. Modern Slivers

Sure, I could have chosen one of the decks that won a tournament this weekend, or one of the decks from the Magic Online Championship.

But Slivers.

Sure, it hasn't been a viable archetype since Crystalline Sliver and Force of Will joined hands.

But Slivers.

And sure, this is really just an Æther Vial/Collected Company deck that even has a sideboard packed with twelve more Slivers.

But Slivers.

Adam Bowman finished 16th this past weekend at the Modern Open in Indianapolis, and he did it in style. Packing three of the best cards for tribal decks anywhere—Cavern of Souls, Æther Vial, and Collected Company—Bowman simply ran people over with the raw synergy of Slivers. No disruption, almost no protection (just Spellskite and Diffusion Sliver), and no removal that isn't also a Sliver.

That's how you Sliver.

Adam Bowman's Slivers

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