The June 1, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 1, 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 June 1, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Eternal Masters, because that's pretty much all anyone wanted to write about today.

Today's Must

  1. How to Playtest Properly | | Michael Majors

Playtesting isn't something a lot of people need to do, but those who do don't often do it well. Michael Majors, one of the best-performing players on the Pro Tour this season, lays down the fundamentals of playtesting. If you're a little lost on why your latest brew seemed so good in testing, only to fall flat on its face, Majors might have the answer.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Breaking Down Eternal Masters Limited | TCGPlayer | Seth Manfield

If you're looking forward to drafting Eternal Masters, Seth Manfield is here to make sure you can make the most of it by crushing the competition with superior knowledge. Because knowing is half the—what's that? We can't use that phrase?

Okay, how about: Having knowledge in your head is approximately 50% of the contest!

  1. Max Kahn: Everything You Need to Know About Eternal Masters | Nerd Rage Gaming | Max Kahn

When Max Kahn, a level 2 judge, says "everything," he means "all of the rules things." This article dives deep into the many different abilities and key words for Eternal Masters, plus a few card-specific rules.

The question he doesn't answer: Why is there no Mulldrifter in this set? Some things are just too hurtful to discuss publicly.

  1. Eternal Masters Set Review | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

Commander definitely didn't get left out of the cold in Eternal Masters, so Josh and Jimmy made a video about their favorite cards in the set. The format-specific set review is a staple of modern Magic content production, so enjoy this pristine example.

Also, Maelstrom Wanderer is greater than all.

  1. Commander VS: Pauper Edition! | | Justin Parnell and Stephen Green

Commander, Pauper? Does that even? But how does it? But what about?

Okay, so the gist of it is that your commander is an uncommon card, and the rest of your deck is made up of commons. In light of all of the new toys brought by Eternal Masters, the timing of this video is pretty great.

  1. 100: A Surprise + Special Return Guest for Episode 100! | MTG Pro Tutor | Shaun Penrod

When content creators collide, they form Captai...some really solid content. Go behind the camera of Tolarian Community College as Penrod interviews The Professor himself for the 100th episode of MTG Pro Tutor.

Top 25

  1. A shuffle here, a shuffle there

This week's big mover is Luis Scott-Vargas, who jumps up five spots. The North American Hall of Fame Pro (as if you needed to be told who he was), is having a fantastic 2016, and since the rankings trail a year, he's only going to continue moving up the rankings as 2015 results fall off. Other risers include Yuuwa Watanabe, who just nabbed a Grand Prix Top 8, and Shota Yasooka, who is now fourth in the rankings.

Oh, and Seth Manfield and Owen Turtenwald still lead the field by a country mile, though Owen's Grand Prix Top 8 from this past weekend helped narrow the gap.

A note about Fabrizio Anteri: He was disqualified from an event this past weekend for deck manipulation. He will remain on the Top 25 rankings for the time being. If he is suspended (and please keep in mind, there is an investigation that still needs to happen), we'll re-evaluate at that time.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Seth Manfield 87.22 1
2 Owen Turtenwald 80.45 2
3 Steve Rubin 65.45 3
4 Shota Yasooka 64.22 +2 6
5 Luis Scott-Vargas 62.53 +5 10
6 Fabrizio Anteri 62.22 -2 4
6 Martin Müller 62.22 +1 7
8 Paul Rietzl 61.06 -3 5
9 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 60.83 9
10 Samuel Black 60.68 -2 8
11 Joel Larsson 59.76 11
12 Mike Sigrist 59.21 12
13 Andrea Mengucci 58.53 +1 14
14 Reid Duke 58.22 -1 13
15 Yuuya Watanabe 58.06 +3 18
16 Alexander Hayne 57.99 -1 15
17 Ondřej Stráský 57.60 -1 16
18 Brad Nelson 57.37 -1 17
19 Lukas Blohon 55.84 19
20 Ryoichi Tamada 55.69 +1 21
21 Jon Finkel 54.92 +2 23
22 Thiago Saporito 54.53 -2 20
23 Ivan Floch 52.68 -1 22
24 Michael Majors 52.61 24
25 Kazuyuki Takimura 51.15 25

Dropped from rankings: None

What People Are Talking About

Hall of Fame great Raphaël Lévy won Grand Prix Manchester over the weekend with a slightly updated take on Green-White Tokens playing Chandra, Flamecaller. Except he did it without playing a single red source of mana. And won the tournament. Oath of Nissa is a heck of a card, though the whole deal still left fellow Hall of Fame pro Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa perplexed.

  1. Top 5: Art of Eternal Masters | Sarpadian Empires Vol. VIII | Andrew Weisel

There's a lot of talk about the new art for Eternal Masters, and this is just one such Tumblr post dedicated to it. Others look at Wasteland, Control Magic and some friends, and a Steve Argyle post on what he pitched for Nevinyrral's Disk.

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Magic Mics | Evan Erwin, Reuben Bresler, and Erin Campbell

The Mics, they are so magic. Tune in tonight as the Magic Mics crew tackles the issues of the day, like—well, honestly it's been kind of quiet this week. I mean, besides the disqualification scandal, Eternal Masters being fully previewed, two Grand Prix, and Lévy winning with a deck with no red mana for his Chandra, Flamecallers. So nothing much.

Tune in tonight at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on to see them, I don't know, twiddle their thumbs or something.

Deck of the Day

  1. No-Red, Chandra-Infused, Green-White Tokens

Confused by the title? Me too. And I wrote it.

But here's the gist of it: Raphaël Lévy, member of the Pro Tour Hall of Fame and multiple-Grand Prix champion, won another Grand Prix. He did it with Green-White Tokens, a pretty stock archetype considered by many to be the best in Standard. His lands produced only green, white, and colorless mana.

And his deck contained two copies of Chandra, Flamecaller. A red card.

So how in the world does all of that make sense? Easy. Lévy took an Oath. Four of them, even.

Oath of Nissa.

There's not that much to say about the rest of the deck, but Oath of Nissa does allow you to play off-color planeswalkers—we've just never seen anyone do it and succeed at a Grand Prix–level. Until now.

The rest of the deck wasn't particularly splashy, but it did open the door to the possibility that it is feasible to "splash" a planeswalker or two off of just Oath of Nissa. The proof is in the trophy.

Raphaël Lévy's Green-White Tokens

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