The June 20, 2016 update

Posted in ARCHIVES - ARTICLES on June 20, 2016

By Katie Allison

Katie is a copy editor and occasional writer for DailyMTG, as well as a longtime Magic player with a fondness for giant green creatures. She especially loves Commander, despite having the patience of a fruit fly, and might glare at you if your turn takes too long.

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on June 20, 2016. Blake is out of the office today, so it's up to me to let you all know what's going on in the world of Magic! Today's Update is brought to you by the custom Blake costume I bought for just such an occasion. (I think it's working—short hair and some Mulldrifter jokes are key.)

Today's Must

  1. Access Magic: Eldritch Moon, Episode 1 | YouTube

Jimmy Wong and Mark Rosewater sat down for a chat recently, and they revealed something kind of important about what's going down on Innistrad. Today's Magic Story offers more details about the horrifying revelation. Are you ready to see if your predictions were right?

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Running the Gauntlet | StarCityGames.com | Jennifer Long

It turns out that one of the best ways to understand the metagame and predict what your opponents' decks will do is, in fact, to play with a lot of different decks. Jennifer Long lays out some of the lessons she's learned playing archetypes outside her comfort zone, and makes a pretty compelling case for diverse playtesting.

Team EUreka has announced their roster for Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, and unsurprisingly, it's an intimidating lineup. With five Platinum pros and a truckload of household names, it's safe to say they're going to be a force to be reckoned with at the Pro Tour.

 

In further "who's on what team" news, Jacob Wilson demolished a World Magic Cup Qualifier over the weekend to secure a spot on Team Canada! He may be young, but this isn't his first time playing Magic at the highest level, and he isn't showing any signs of slowing down.

  1. Is Eternal Masters a Success? An Analysis of this New/Important Magic: The Gathering Set! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Now that Eternal Masters is finally in our hands, we look to Wedge to answer the question of whether it is successful. By what metric, you ask? You'll just have to watch and find out.

  1. "When you go to Universal Studios but all you want to do is play Magic" | themmcast | Instagram

We've all had times when we've struggled to tear ourselves away from a game of Magic, but on an actual roller coaster? With a dinosaur right next to you? That is true devotion, and I salute you, sir.

  1. Mining Modern—Eternal Command | TCGPlayer | Corbin Hosler

The main downside of creature-heavy decks is that they tend to restrict you to playing spells mostly on your own main phases, lessening your ability to react to your opponent. Well, Corbin has unearthed a strange Modern brew that aims to dodge that restriction with the help of flash creatures and Æther Vials. Sometimes we really can have it all.

Deck of the Day

  1. Naya Midrange

Hey, look! A Standard deck without "Humans," "Company," or "Rite" in the name! David Bollenback piloted this list to second place at the StarCityGames.com Open in Orlando over the weekend, and it's not hard to see where its power comes from. Tireless Tracker, Archangel Avacyn, Dragonlord Atarka, Declaration in Stone—this deck is packed with some of the best Standard-legal cards around. And with such high-powered threats on the board, the two main deck Radiant Flames will have pretty much no downside. Such is the power of Naya.

David Bollenback's Naya Midrange

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