The June 6, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 6, 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 6, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Seth Manfield, occasionally good Magic player (when the "occasion" is "whenever he plays Magic.")

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. The World Champ Does It Again!

Is Seth Manfield even real at this point? After his World Championship win last season, people expected him to either 1) continue to play at the highest level of the game or 2) fall back to earth a bit. Instead, Manfield has gone with option 3, "blow everyone out of the water." Currently leading the Player of the Year race, the race for Grand Prix Master (where he's tied), and pretty much anything else he's eligible to be in front of, Manfield is having a historic season. Check out the Top 5 Moments, Manfield's Finals win, and both the Top 8 and Top 32 decklists to get a snapshot of the weekend.

  1. Atlanta Open Weekend

Tom Ross took down another Open (Standard, this time, with Red-White Humans), Gerry Thompson started 16-0, and Merfolk won the Modern Classic. That's a lot of action to pack into one weekend. You can find decklists, deck techs, a metagame breakdown, and player profiles on the Atlanta Open Weekend page, and you can check out the Day Two replay here.

  1. Magic: The Gathering Office Hours: Olivia Voldaren | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

Christine Sprankle, or in this case Olivia Voldaren, stops by office hours to give The Professor notice. And maybe get some Five Guys.

  1. Top 8 Cards Not Seeing Play in Modern | ChannelFireball | Mashi Scanlan

The best of the rest, this is a fun segment where Mashi Scanlan and Paul Cheon dive into a list that's probably better framed as the Top 8 underplayed cards, since they're all too powerful for people not to at least experiment with them. You know, like in college...when you experimented with Bitterblossom in White-Black Tokens. Ah, to be young again.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Five Magical Stories and What I Learned from Them | TCGPlayer | Melissa DeTora

I always enjoy these kinds of articles, and so should you. (Imagine me shaking a fist at you, gritting out "Enjoy iiiiiit." Or maybe someone more imposing.) Here, Melissa shares some stories from her Magic career (five of them, if you're paying attention), and discusses the lessons learned.

  1. Seven Deadly Commanders—Envy | Gathering Magic | Mark Wischkaemper

Do you want to steal things in Commander? How about all of the things? How about all of the things all of the time?

Well that's awfully greedy. But I dig it. So does Mark "I believe it's pronounced Wish-Kemper" Wischkaemper, and he's got a decklist for you.

  1. Standard Tech: Chandra in Green-White, Eldrazi Displacer in Bant Humans, and Thrun in Jund's Sideboard | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

The hunt for tech is never-ending, and PVDDR provides four pieces of innovation to discuss, dissect, and devour.

What People Are Talking About

Grand Prix Costa Rica gave me and plenty of other people travel envy over the weekend. Yeah, there was a Grand Prix. Yeah, it was won by the hottest player on the planet. Yes, Green-White Tokens is starting to dominate. But look at all the travel pictures people were tweeting! Play the game, see the world and all that.

  1. CN2 Puzzle on the back of EMA Tokens

Huh, that seems odd. I wonder what that's all about.

Deck of the Day

  1. Grand Prix Costa Rica Champion

Mere weeks after winning Grand Prix New York with White-Black Control, reigning World Champion Seth Manfield went the other direction and took down Grand Prix Costa Rica with Green-White Tokens, a deck that has solidified itself at the top of the Standard Metagame.

Manfield didn't do much that was fancy with his list. The one Tragic Arrogance is somewhat nonstandard, and the single Declaration in Stone is a nod to other token decks, but otherwise the list is pretty stock, with a few numbers tweaked here and there. If you want to test with or against Green-White Tokens, start here.

Seth Manfield's Green-White Tokens—Winner, GP Costa Rica

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