The June 13, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 13, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

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The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on June 13, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Clay Spicklemire, sixteen-year-old Grand Prix Champion.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Prague Top 5 Moments | Wizards of the Coast | Tobi Henke

For anyone who loves Legacy, Grand Prix Prague was certainly an event to remember—which is what the introduction to this very article says, so you know it must be true (or that Tobi and I like the same clichés). The Top 5 moments is filled with crazy plays you can only make in Legacy (Dismember your own Thought-Knot Seer to disrupt your Storm opponent?), plus one of the most impressive final turns in the finals of the Grand Prix.

Oh, and if you want a more visual experience, the entire tournament is archived on, and highlights can be viewed here.

  1. Grand Prix Columbus Top 5 Moments | Wizards of the Coast | Corbin Hosler

You get two, yes, two Grand Prix summaries for the price of, well, two. Or one. Or 50. They're free.

This one contains the race for the World Championship (more on that later), Jarvis Yu tilling the land, and the victory of a sixteen-year-old wunderkind. Add that to the list of things a sixteen-year-old is better at than I am.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The Little Things (or, Don't Ping the Marsh Flitter) | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

This one surprised me, and in a good way. I'm used to featuring SaffronOlive on here, but most of his articles are fun and creative brews, budget decks, or video reviews of new sets. It's rare for him to wade into strategy waters. But today he does, and he does it well. In this feature, Mr. Olive (Do we all know that's not his real name? It's like "The Professor" or "Wedge," but it's less obvious, so I thought I'd point that out.) discusses how much the little things can matter in Magic and how you can get better at tackling and mastering all the little things, with a bonus example from Enter the Battlefield.

  1. What Momir Basic Taught Me about Competitive Magic | | Jennifer Long

"Momir Basic" and "competitive" are not two words often written in the same headline, but Jennifer Long not only combined them, but managed to write a terrifically effective article about the lessons Momir Basic can impart on even the Spikiest of Spikes. There are lessons for everyone in here, so read on.

  1. Eternal Masters Draft Guide: Best Commons and Uncommons in Each Color and Archetype! | The Mana Source | Wedge

With his hair starting to grow back, Wedge discusses the best commons and uncommons to draft in Eternal Masters. What does that have to do with his hair growing back? Absolutely nothing, but I'm already missing completely shaved Wedge.

  1. Is it worth it to buy Eternal Masters for Magic: The Gathering? | Tolarian Community College | The Professor


I mean, the set is awesome to draft and has a bunch of sweet cards. But I may be biased. So click on the link above and get the unbiased skivvy from The Professor.

  1. An Introduction to No Banned List Modern | TCGPlayer | Melissa DeTora

Hey, I'm not one to shy away from weird formats (my love of Canadian Highlander probably highlights that), and this one has picked up a little bit of steam. Now, the format can't be sanctioned (obviously), but enough people seemed to be enjoying it that it was picked up by the Community Super League the other week. Melissa goes through the ins and outs of a brutally fast format.

What People Are Talking About

Okay, so by "people" I mostly mean Randy was talking about this a lot this weekend, but it was something I wanted to point out nonetheless. The Grand Prix Master slot is one of the most hotly contested World Championship slots right now, and it keeps going back and forth. Prior to this weekend, Seth Manfield was leading the group after his last Grand Prix win. Now, he's been jumped by Brian Braun-Duin (BBD), Tomoharu Saito, and Reid Duke, all of whom picked up points at Grand Prix this weekend. And, funnily enough, the race might not be over when the Grand Prix season is over. If there's a tie, one of the tiebreakers is Pro Points—which means that we could see the Grand Prix Masters slot decided at a Pro Tour.

Stay tuned.

  1. #saitodecklistchallenge

Speaking of Tomoharu Saito...

All the rage with the decklist photo–inclined these days is the Saito decklist challenge. Saito himself likes to take unique photos of his decklists, and others are following suit. Get creative and take the Saito decklist challenge.

Deck of the Day

  1. Sixteen-year-old Spicklemire Infects Columbus

While Grand Prix Prague got the press for being on stream, the coolest story of the weekend for me was Clay Spicklemire—all of sixteen years old—winning Grand Prix Columbus with Infect.

The way the deck works is that it plays and protects a cheap creature with infect—Glistener Elf, Blighted Agent, or Inkmoth Nexus—and then pumps it to high-heaven with some spells that were never meant to interact with Infect. So Invigorate is basically a free pump spell (because their life total rarely mattes), Berserk is often a finisher, and Become Immense counts most of the way to 10 on its own. Combined with Daze, Force of Will, Spell Pierce, and Vines of Vastwood, the deck is actually quite disruptive and backed by a quick clock.

In the end, however, it wasn't Infect damage that won Spicklemire the crown at Grand Prix Columbus, it was 22 points of regular-old trample damage. That, I suppose, is one way to do it.

Clay Spicklemire's Infect—Winner, Grand Prix Columbus

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