The June 3, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 3, 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 3, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Mulldrifter. It was only a matter of time.

Today's Must

  1. Twitch Plays Grixis: A GP Minneapolis Report | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

I've noticed something interesting in Magic content lately—a distinct dearth of detailed tournament reports. LSV doesn't go round by round, but he does go pretty deep, and it's one of the more satisfying tournament reports I've read in a while. Do recommend, would read again.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. GW Tokens and Cheating in Magic | GAM Podcast | Gerry Thompson, Andrew Brown, and Michael Majors

The second episode of the GAM Podcast hits its stride as the three discuss both Grands Prix (yeah, it's technically Grands Prix), the power of Green-White Tokens, and, of course, Fabrizio Anteri's cheating scandal.

  1. Ross VS. Majors: White-Black Control VS. Four-Color Rite | | Ross Merriam and Michael Majors

Speaking of Michael Majors, his (free) work on is quite the boon to you, the reader. It's going to be rare that I won't share something like this from the Platinum pro, especially when he keeps churning out great content. Today's (second) entry is a versus video covering White-Black Control against Four-Color Rite, certainly one of the defining matchups of Standard that doesn't involve Green-White Tokens. Watch and learn.

  1. Izzet Time to Go Rogue? | Top Level Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores

Featuring the deck of the day from, um, today (see below), Chapin and Flores talk going rogue with two new blue-red brews that succeeded last weekend.

  1. Triple Lorwyn Articles

We've got a few articles on this week's Modern Flashback format, Triple Lorwyn, possibly the best format ever created, because it has Mulldrifter at common. Common!

First up, Xger (probably not their real name) writes Into the Past Wilds: Modern Flashback Week #17—Triple Lorwyn on PureMTGO. On that very same website, Joshua Claytor also covered A Year of Modern Flashbacks: Lorwyn. Meanwhile, SaffronOlive (definitely not his real name) penned Rough Drafts: Triple Lorwyn on MTGGoldfish.

Meanwhile, you can find me awkwardly splashing Mulldrifter into every deck I draft. Every. Single. One.

  1. Magic the PROthering: Gerry Thompson | Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolff and Maria Bartholdi

While each episode of Magic the PROthering is its own special little snowflake, this one is especially special, because the guest—one Mr. Gerald Thompson—happened to spend some time in R&D in addition to tearing through the pro circuit. He's one of the few players to see both sides of the wall, so it's a welcome insight to the inner workings of Wizards of the Coast—and of Gerry Thompson.

What People Are Talking About

Even if I hadn't had this tweeted at me half a dozen times, I would have pushed this. This is some cosplay art at the very top of its game. If you haven't read "I Am Avacyn," do so now. Those chills you feel, right down the back of your spine? These photos only enhance them.

LoadingReadyRun ran a pre-Prerelease for Shadows over Innistrad the week before the Prerelease (hence, pre-pre), and the people did rejoice. They rejoiced so hard that we're doing it again! The crew is also letting the Internet chime in on who should be part of the event. My guess is they'll vote for Planey McPlaneface, because that's how the Internet works.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Atlanta Open Weekend

The Open Series returns this week in Atlanta with Standard in the spotlight. Coverage on begins at 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT, helmed by Chris VanMeter and Andrew Boswell.

Deck of the Day

  1. Blue-Red Ulamog Control

There were variations on this deck as far back as Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad, where a few intrepid players played Mono-Blue Ramp decks that utilized Drowner of Hope and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger on top of a plethora of counterspells. Now, with red added to the deck, suddenly we have a contender as Matthew Hunt made the Top 8 of Grand Prix Manchester with the list below.

The deck plays much like the old Blue-Red Tron decks that use burn and counterspells to control the board juuuust long enough to start slamming some Eldrazi. Hedron Archive helps out (and can immediately cast Spatial Contortion) going big, and Mage-Ring Network and Shrine of the Forsaken Gods make for some decent backdoor ramp.

The deck seems like it might be the real deal, as it shores up some of the weaknesses of the ramp decks while still getting to go bigger than just about anything.

Matthew Hunt's Blue-Red Ulamog Control—Top 8, GP Manchester

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