The May 27, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 27, 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 27, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Eternal Masters, now fully previewed and available for your viewing in the Card Image Gallery.

(Note: there will be no Daily Magic Update on Monday, May 30, as our office will be closed for Memorial Day.)

Today's Must

  1. Prison | | Adrian Sullivan

No, Adrian Sullivan has not been sentenced to a penitentiary (at least not that I'm aware of...). Instead, he explores an archetype that doesn't much exist in Standard these days, but is alive and well in older formats. And with the newly re-worded Winter Orb, a renewed interest in Prison-style decks is bound to happen.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Goblin Dark-Dwellers in Modern and Beyond! | Top Level Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores

Patrick Chapin started hot with his Modern take on Goblin Dark-Dwellers in a Grixis shell. We've already seen it in Standard, but in Modern it gets to use Ancestral Vision and Boom // Bust to get really nasty.

  1. Vintage 101: White Weenies and More! | MTGGoldfish | Islandswamp

Don't be surprised to see more Vintage and Legacy content over the next few weeks as we get closer to the release of Eternal Masters. Today's entrance, from Islandswamp, is part of a series of Vintage 101 articles that tries to give people easy mental ways into a format that can be difficult to get into from an "owning some of the rarest pieces of Magic in existence" standpoint.

  1. The Top 5 Legacy Decks | ChannelFireball | Brian Braun-Duin

Oh hey! Look, more Legacy content. This time in handy list form, ripe for arguing. Unleash the Internet! Tell him why your favorite deck is actually better than one of these. Do it.

Also, while you're on ChannelFireball, you might as well check out Andrea Mengucci playing Legacy Miracles as well. Spoiler alert: it's one of BBD's Top 5.

For even more Legacy action, check out Gerry Thompson's "How to Play Legacy" on It's behind a paywall, so if you don't have Premium, you won't be able to access it. But if you do, there's much learning to be had.

  1. Eternal Ice | Gathering Magic | Carlos Gutierrez

Something weird, and chilly, is happening in Vintage these days—and it involves a Standard-legal card. Carlos Gutierrez has the frosty details on how this two-drop is transforming Vintage.

  1. Eternal Masters Spoilers | The Mana Source | Wedge

Having trouble parsing the full Card Image Gallery for Eternal Masters? Not sure what to pay attention to amidst all the noise? Wedge tells you what's important (and what blows his frickin' mind) with this playlist of videos breaking down all the Eternal Masters hype.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Spielraum RPTQ

A store in Vienna, Austria, will be streaming their RPTQ this weekend on on Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. CEST/2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET. But it's not just any random RPTQ—this one will be streamed in English and hosted by Mateij Zatlkaj, semi-, maybe-retired former Platinum Pro. With no other major Magic events being streamed this weekend, this is where to go to get your Magic streaming fix.

What People Are Talking About

For those who saw this tweet and others like it and thought, ever so eloquently, "Huh?" The gist of what went on is that the rumor (which we actually tried debunking around the time we announced Eternal Masters) that there would be a new format announced when the set was revealed reared its head again. Given the upheaval that rumors of a new format would cause, we squashed it. We're not doing it. You'll just have to suffice with Standard, Modern, Vintage, Legacy, Commander, Pauper, Momir Basic, Cube, Draft, Sealed, Team Unified Constructed, Team Booster Draft, Team Sealed Deck, Standard Singleton, and the odd game of (not officially supported) Canadian Highlander. But no more!

Fans of Pauper would do well to check out SaffronOlive's Twitter feed from this morning, as he ran through the Card Image Gallery and picked out the cards that are being printed at common for the first time. Eternal Masters could signal some titanic shifts in the Pauper metagame, so it's worth paying attention to each of the cards shifted down in rarity.

Deck of the Day

  1. Legacy Miracles

Legacy Miracles is the de-facto control deck of Legacy, mixing a healthy dose of library manipulation with powerful control spells and a near-lock: Counterbalance plus Sensei's Divining Top.

How does the deck work? Why is it called "Miracles"? What is Predict? Why does it not play Mulldrifter, the best blue creature ever printed?

Whoa there. Great questions all. Let's take them one at a time.

The deck is, at its core, a Sensei's Divining Top deck. The fetch lands, Brainstorm, Predict, and Terminus all try to take advantage of the one-mana artifact. The deck's central goal is trying to assemble Counterbalance plus Sensei's Divining Top, which lets them counter and outmaneuver almost anything the opponent can do, short of uncounterable spells.

It's called Miracles because the deck used to (and occasionally still does) play more cards with the miracle ability than just Terminus. Entreat the Angels is sometimes used as a win condition instead of Monastery Mentor, and early versions of the deck even went so far as to play Temporal Mastery. The twist on Time Walk fell out of favor quickly, but Terminus is a staple (acting as almost a better Swords to Plowshares) and Entreat is often used to overwhelm the board all at once. This deck can play more miracles thanks to Brainstorm and Sensei's Divining Top setting up the top of the library as well as anything can (plus Ponder and Jace).

Predict is a spell that rewards you for knowing the top of a player's library. Which this deck can do.

As for Mulldrifter, one thing this deck does is try to hit all of the important casting costs in its deck so that it can semi-reliably counter just about anything with Counterbalance. Five is really only important for Force of Will in Legacy (and occasionally Reality Smasher), so there isn't a huge premium paid to that casting cost. The deck has, in the past, played things like Sower of Temptation just to get a four-drop, but as four-drops have become less important, Jace, the Mind Sculptor has been the only one left at that casting cost. Instead, one, two, and three are the key casting costs to hit, and this deck does that well.

Brian Braun-Duin's Legacy Miracles

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