The May 17, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 17, 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 17, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Modern, the format de weekend at Grand Prix Los Angeles (I'll be there!) and Grand Prix Charlotte (I won't be there!).

Today's Must

  1. How About That Modern? | | Ross Merriam

With not one but two Modern Grand Prix this weekend (Los Angeles and Charlotte, natch), a lot of writers are turning their attention to the most modern of non-rotating formats. In this piece, Ross Merriam attempts to piece together the craziness that is Modern right now, where up is down, top is bottom, and somehow Mulldrifter isn't the best card in the format. I don't get it, either.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. How to Lose in Modern | ChannelFireball | Brian Braun-Duin

The Modern train keeps rolling, but this time BBD is telling you what didn't work in Modern and why. Probably need more Mulldrifter.

  1. Artist Spotlight: Christopher Moeller | Pucatrade | PucaSkip

Here's one for you art fans out there. Christopher Moeller—artist on such cards as Lightning Bolt, Pernicious Deed, the original Meddling Mage, Pestermite, Sower of Temptations, Umezawa's Jitte, and, recently, Just the Wind—sat down to talk process, art direction, and building a 100% Christopher Moeller deck.

Also, fun fact, Pucatrade has articles! True story!

  1. Top 10 Cards You Need To Be Reminded Exist (Take 2) | Gathering Magic | Abe Sargent

I mean, I don't ever remember Arboria exists, and my job is to know basically all of the things about Magic. Now to pick up my copy so I can do my favorite thing in Magic more often—draw cards and pass the turn.

All About Announcement Day

  1. HUGE MTG News: Kaladesh Set Announcement, Aether Revolt, Commander (2016 Edition), and more! | The Mana Source | Wedge

One of the hardest-working content producers in Magic, Wedge cranked out a video to cover all of the many announcements we unleashed upon the internet yesterday. Wedge might have nearly passed out from excitement—but it's excitement we can all get behind. (True story: people around Wizards of the Coast were actually walking around wishing each other "Happy Announcement Day" yesterday, like it was Thanksgiving or something.)

  1. Fact or Fiction: Unpacking the May 2016 Release Announcements | TCGPlayer

TCGPlayer was on top of all the announcement hoopla as well. They don't gush nearly as much as Wedge, but they do burn through all the news in a scant 4 minutes, plus there's a handy text summary of the video summarizing the text we released yesterday.

And if that still isn't enough of people talking about Announcement Day, a few of podcasts covered the announcement as well, including:

What People Are Talking About

  1. Who is the artist of the image of Saheeli Rai?

This was one of the more popular questions we received on our Tumblr. A few others:

Q: Are the cards in the Planeswalker Decks Standard-legal?

A: Yes, they are legal in Standard.

Q: Is the packaging of the new Bundle going to be different from the Fat Packs?

A: Yes, but only in minor variations. It is not dramatically different.

Q: Are the promo Planes released for Planechase included in Planechase Anthologies?

A: Yes! Every Plane previously released will be in Planechase Anthologies.

Q: Blake, how do you keep your hair looking so much like you just got out of bed? Is that styled, or are you just lazy?

A: Lazy.

(Okay, that last one may not have actually been asked. But I know you've wanted to know.)

  1. Tumblr takes to Kaladesh

There were way too many cool posts, theories, fan arts, and baseless speculations to pick just one Tumblr post, so I'll share a few of my favorites. But it's probably worth just checking out anything tagged with Kaladesh.

Some of the best, most fun, or most interesting:

Community Spotlight

  1. Magic: The Gathering Legendary Compendium | Chorocojo

This is really cool, especially for fans of either Magic lore or Commander. This website lists every legendary card printed (so far as I can tell) and then tells you a bit about that person/place/thing's past. And by a bit, I mean sometimes quite a bit. The entries on a lot of the Weatherlight/Urza's Saga-era legends are hundreds of words long. Very thorough and certainly worth a look.

Deck of the Day

  1. Modern Death and Taxes

Let's stick with Modern here and check out a deck that's definitely flying under the radar, but one that I know I've lost to plenty enough to respect it—Death and Taxes. Long a Legacy staple, it's an archetype that uses disruptive creatures to keep opponents on the back foot long enough to kill them with said creatures. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is a mainstay of the archetype, as is Flickerwisp. Beyond that, Tidehollow Sculler is discard on a 2/2 body, and Leonin Arbiter punishes fetch lands—which basically everyone else plays.

But the real twist to this deck is the Eldrazi component. Four Eldrazi Temples help to power out Wasteland Strangler, Thought-Knot Seer, and Eldrazi Displacer, and add a ton of synergy to the deck. Imaging casting Tidehollow Sculler on turn two and following it up with a Wasteland Strangler to kill a creature (binning the card you exile with Tidehollow Sculler), and then casting Flickerwisp on the Sculler to take another card? Or on the Strangler after casting another Sculler?

Now picture doing all of that repeatedly with Eldrazi Displacer.

Add in Æther Vial to power out multiple disruptive creatures per turn, and you have a pretty scary deck ready to annoy opponents everywhere.

BOT_Chris's Death and Taxes—5-0 Modern League

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