The June 15, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 15, 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 15, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Jimmy Wong, now the host of everything, including our first item.

Are You Ready to Take On the Darkness?

  1. Access Magic: Eldritch Moon

Today's Must

  1. Magic Math—Should You Play Two Chandra with Four Oath of Nissa? | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

It's the article we've all been waiting for since Raphaël Lévy won a Grand Prix with two Chandra, Flamecallers that could only be cast via Oath of Nissa. Frank Karsten is basically the community's math teacher, and in this article Karsten uses such phrases as "using a simple hypergeometric distribution," and "conditional probability with land counts and card selection." But don't feel daunted—read on anyway and feel all the smarter for it.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Playing Pauper: Rebels | MTGGoldfish | Jake Stiles

This is how you analyze and show off a new deck in any format, period. It just happens to be that this excellent analysis is of the Rebels Pauper deck. Inside, Stiles has a video deck tech, multiple video matches, plus text analysis, tips for playing and beating the deck, and possible new directions to take the list. It has everything you could possibly want in a deck analysis.

If I could start a slow clap on the internet, I would.

  1. Top 10 Best Cards That Could Have Been in Eternal Masters for Magic: The Gathering! | The Mana Source | Wedge

This was inevitable. We've heard a lot about cards missing from Eternal Masters, and this is that put in video form. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm mad about some missing cards too. No Mulldrifter? What is that?

  1. Top 10 Cards from Eternal Masters We Want to See in Modern | Masters of Modern | Alex Kessler and Ben Bateman

Here's a different twist on the Top 10 Eternal Masters list shtick. Alex and Ben talk about ten cards from Eternal Masters that, if introduced into Modern, they feel would shake up and improve the format. Mana Crypt is probably on that list. Right guys? Right? Anyone?

  1. Eternal Masters Art Review | Gathering Magic | Mike Linnemann

Mike Linnemann reviews the art for Eternal Masters, and the results are fantastic. Am I talking about the article or the art? Only way to find out is to read the article. Or ask me really nicely.

Top 25

  1. Insane Hayne and the Rookie move on up

Alexander Hayne is a lot of things. He's a Pro Tour Champion. A Platinum Pro. The great Canadian hope. A stylish dancer. And now the No. 7-ranked player on the planet after a Top 8 at Grand Prix Prague. Thanks to that fantastic finish, Hayne now counts himself among the Top 10, knocking Joel Larsson to No. 11.

But just as exciting is Oliver Tiu, the current leader for the Rookie of the Year (by a country mile), entering the rankings at No. 25. The wunderkind knocks Kentaro Yamamoto off the rankings and, given his tear this year, isn't likely to go anywhere.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Seth Manfield 91.33 1
2 Owen Turtenwald 79.63 2
3 Steve Rubin 64.63 3
4 Shota Yasooka 63.52 4
5 Luis Scott-Vargas 62.00 5
6 Martin Müller 61.72 6
7 Alexander Hayne 60.22 +8 15
8 Paul Rietzl 60.19 -1 7
9 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 60.08 -1 8
10 Samuel Black 59.74 -1 9
11 Joel Larsson 58.91 -1 10
12 Andrea Mengucci 58.19 +1 13
12 Yuuya Watanabe 58.19 12
14 Mike Sigrist 58.13 -3 11
15 Ondřej Stráský 57.77 +1 16
16 Reid Duke 57.52 -2 14
17 Brad Nelson 56.47 17
18 Jon Finkel 56.44 18
19 Ryoichi Tamada 56.33 +1 20
20 Lukas Blohon 56.27 -1 19
21 Ivan Floch 54.94 +1 22
22 Thiago Saporito 53.80 -1 21
23 Michael Majors 52.36 23
24 Kazuyuki Takimura 50.75 24
25 Oliver Tiu 49.56 NR

Dropped from rankings: Kentaro Yamamoto

What People Are Talking About

  1. Contrary to what MaRo said in his article—EMN previews don't start next week

As Preview Czar, let me tell you what's happening here. Our normal, full-on, every-day-has-new-cards Preview Weeks begin June 27 and run until the full set is revealed July 8. However, as you saw above, we've got Access Magic: Eldritch Moon coming June 20, and I'd expect something special out of that.

Community Spotlight

  1. #OrlandoUnited Charity Event

CoolStuff Games, a Florida-based game retailer that also happens to sponsor Gathering Magic, is holding a charity event to give back to victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The event will be held Saturday, June 25, and you can find more details by following the link above.

Deck of the Day

  1. Standard Temur Traverse

I'll admit, looking through Standard lists for innovation is a little daunting right now, as the metagame is pretty settled while we wait for Eldritch Moon to release whatever horrors it has in store for us.

But that doesn't mean innovation is dead. Magic Online user GBRUNO recently went 5-0 in a Competitive Standard League with a Temur Traverse the Ulvenwald deck that plays a bunch of interesting cards.

First, there are some of the more obvious choices if you're going to build a Temur deck. Tireless Tracker is a format staple, Roast is great removal, Jace, Vryn's Prodigy is a powerful card that helps get delirium, and Sylvan Advocate might be the most-played card in Standard.

But then there's Lightning Axe with no madness cards. Main deck Negate and a pair of Brutal Expulsions, which you don't really see anywhere. Plus, the deck actually goes as deep as playing Wastes just to pack three copies of Thought-Knot Seer.

I have no idea if this deck is good, medium, or poised to break out. All I know is that one player managed to go undefeated with the list, so there has to be something to it.

GBRUNO's Standard Temur Traverse

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