The May 19, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 19, 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 19, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by "Dear Lord, So Much Modern."

Seriously. There's almost too much to list. But we're going to try to get as much as possible, because this feels like a binge reading situation.

Today's Musts Modern

  1. Even More Modern

You wanted more Modern content? Well, the internet delivered. Here's what's available online today. And keep in mind Modern Weekend is this weekend, with Grand Prix Los Angeles and Grand Prix Charlotte!

Also, has some premium (read: not free) content on Modern as well, if that's the way you roll, from Ari Lax, Todd Anderson, and the Tom Ross/Brad Nelson duo.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. 3 Tips for Effective Discourse re: Women in Magic: The Gathering | Athena Huey

Following up the unfortunate conversations that sprung out of the Women in Magic Panel, Athena Huey discusses three ways to have a positive conversation about women in Magic.

  1. Against the Odds: Zada's Partisan Investigation | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Let's be clear, this week's deck—a Zada, Hedron Grinder and Silverfur Partisan mashup—isn't good. But it is amazing at doing amazing things. Did he break the format? Heck no. Is the deck a wild blast anyway? Heck yes.

  1. MTG Lore: Dack Fayden | SeibenMTG

Just ahead of Eternal Masters previews, Seiben takes a break from Shadows over Innistrad story to talk about one of Vintage's most powerful Planeswalkers—Dack Fayden. The greatest thief in the Multiverse (or is it Greatest Thief in the Multiverse?) has the gift of psychometry. What is psychometry? Well, that's what this video is for.

  1. Limited Resources 337—Shadows over Innistrad Sealed Deck | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Limited Resources is moving to a regular weekly publishing schedule, publishing new content at 7 a.m. ET on Thursdays. It'll be interesting to see how they find the time to post 8-hour podcasts on a weekly basis now. (Fear not, this one is only an hour long.)

  1. The MTG Ethicist—Communication and Time to Kill | ChannelFireball | Matt Sperling

The third installment of the MTG Ethicist is up and available for your pontificating. In this series, Matt Sperling presents ethical questions from readers and answers how he believes they should be handled. It's basically "how to not be a jerk in competitive situations."

  1. Magic: The Gathering Art—A Review of the Prints of Noah Bradley | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

The Professor talks Magic art, specifically from Noah Bradley. And the Professor is a fan, to say the least.

What to Watch

  1. Community Super League

Tonight's Community Super League is a Brewer's Challenge Draft, where a bunch of cards were nominated on Twitter and the CSL members then drafted what card they would build around. You can view the whole list on the new CSL website,, but Marshall Sutcliffe chose Hedron Alignment. That's all I'm saying.

Catch all of the fun tonight at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on

Deck of the Day

  1. The Modern Deck to Beat

We've actually pointed out this deck before as "new and interesting," but it's now gone past that and might just be the defining deck of this weekend.

But, you rightfully point out, isn't Jeskai Control a longstanding mainstay of the format? What's new about it?

Glad you asked, hypothetical voice in my head! You see, everything changed when Nahiri, the Harbinger was printed. These days, Jeskai Control decks are still playing all of the hits—Snapcaster Mage, Lightning Bolt, Mana Leak, Path to Exile, Serum Visions—and sprinkling in four copies of Nahiri, the Harbinger and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. Those five slots give the deck—which is otherwise prone to not being able to finish a game quickly—a very easy way to win: play Nahiri, protect her for two turns, bring Emrakul into play. Profit.

The fact that Nahiri is just fine until she ultimates, looting through dead cards, makes this a pretty painless way to finish the game. And this weekend, it's going to have a big target on its back—or it's going to run rampant.

Also of note, in the list below, Indianapolis Modern Open Champion Peter Ingram played just two copies of newly unbanned Ancestral Vision in his sideboard. The card is clearly powerful, but people seem to have come to the conclusion that it's too slow for many matchups in Modern, relegating it to the sideboard only.

Peter Ingram's Jeskai Control

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