The June 16, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 16, 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 16, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Canadian Highlander. Today is your day, oh most Canadian of formats.

Today's Must

  1. Priorities | Gathering Magic | Emma Handy

As Handy states to begin her piece, Magic is a game of resource management, but prioritizing certain resources over others can be a tricky endeavor. Handy is here to provide an insightful look at how to balance those items and how and when to switch gears.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. How to Mulligan: Vancouver Edition, Part 2 | ChannelFireball | Pascal Maynard

Maynard continues his series on mulligans, moving on to principles for keeping or mulling in Standard and Limited. Oddly enough, "I'd rather die than mulligan" doesn't seem to be an option.

  1. Against the Odds: Werewolves | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

We're about to move into Eldritch Moon season, so this video is pretty timely. Here, SaffronOlive ventures into Modern with a Werewolves deck sure to make you howl. And its success is transformational. Maybe it's time to give the lycanthropes another look in Modern.

  1. When Story Dictates Design (Shadows over Zendikar) | MTG Color Pie

This lengthy post dives into the interplay between story and design, and how the former can dictate the latter, using Battle for Zendikar and Shadows over Innistrad as examples. It's certainly worth reading for players who intersect somewhere between Vorthos and a love of game design.

  1. Our New Avacyn? | Seibenlore

Add this one to the pile of Eldritch Moon theories—will we get a new Avacyn? Or something very much like her? Seiben thinks so.

  1. Battle for Zendikar—A Retrospective Review | Gathering Magic | Neale Talbot

Before we move on to Eldritch Moon, Talbot takes a moment to review Battle for Zendikar with the wisdom of hindsight and actually having all of the information. Wait, isn't this the internet? I don't think measured, considered opinions belong here. Where are my snap judgments?

What People Are Talking About

  1. to donate a portion of this weekend's Orlando Open to Equality Florida

Along with CoolStuffGames, is using its position in the community to do some good in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shootings.

Yesterday, Pro Tour Champion and all-around stellar Magic player Craig Wescoe got people talking by offering to do something a little different—exactly what it says above. No idea if this will catch on or if people will utilize this service, but the fact that it's even an option has people chatting and asking those very same questions.

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Community Super League does Canadian Highlander

I've been told there is at least one Mulldrifter in tonight's decklists for Canadian Highlander, so I can get properly hyped. You can too by watching the video below and checking out some of the online resources for the format. Canadian Highlander really is a blast to play, but if you don't believe me, just tune in this evening at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on and watch what the CSL does with it.

Deck of the Day

  1. Modern Abzan Tokens

Tokens has long been a fringe strategy in Modern, typically in a black-white shell that would lean on discard for disruption and token creators like Bitterblossom and Lingering Souls.

But 1stTurnNegator had a different notion of tokens on Magic Online that led them to 5-0 a Modern League—they added green and stopped waiting around.

This version of the strategy leans heavily on mana-producing one-drops, packing ten of them— four Birds of Paradises, four Noble Hierarchs, and a pair of Avacyn's Pilgrims—in order to power out a quick Nissa, Voice of Zendikar or Spectral Procession, and then follow it up with a variety of pump effects. Sorin, Solemn Visitor and Nissa both produce tokens and make them bigger, while a full playset of Gavony Townships let you pump the team turn after turns.

The variety of pump effects also means you can put those mana creatures to good work once they've accelerated you sufficiently.

Notable for its absence is Bitterblossom, which is just too slow and grindy for this version of the deck. Instead, the two-drop of choice is Raise the Alarm, which gives two tokens right now, instead of having to wait two turns.


1stTurnNegator's Abzan Tokens

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