The June 21, 2016 Update

Posted in ARCHIVES - ARTICLES on June 21, 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 21, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by a sky full of tentacles and doom and one really scared seagull.

Today's Must

  1. How to Defend Yourself Against a Bluff | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Following up on last week's article about convincing your opponent to make the plays you want, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa returns to cover the other side of the equation: calling—and defending against—your opponent's bluffs. Covering everything from philosophy to specific gameplay situations, his advice is applicable to any format, and it's sure to prove helpful even to veteran players.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Drawing Live—Executing the Design of Eldritch Moon | Hipsters of the Coast | Zach Barash

Innistrad and Emrakul both have strong themes and long legacies, and as Zach points out, combining the two without letting one overshadow the other is a real challenge, especially in one small set. But he believes we can do it, and I'm pretty sure he won't be disappointed by the particular blend of horrors coming in Eldritch Moon.

  1. EMN Spoiler: Emrakul, the Promised End | Seibenlore

With Emrakul revealed and preview season revving up, Seibenlore is back at it, combining lore and card previews in video form. Here, he discusses Emrakul, the Promised End and all the interesting ways she'll interact with the cards and mechanics of Shadows over Innistrad.

  1. Podcast 074: Emrakul, the Promised End | MTGGoldfish

The MTGGoldfish crew reacts to Emrakul, the Promised End, and predicts what kind of impact the card will have. Reactions vary widely: "Pretty unbeatable," "Eh, it's not Mindslaver," "The next Siege Rhino," "Not the best creature, period," "Insane in Standard." What do you think? Amazing? Underwhelming? Both?

  1. Peculiar Flavor Roundup—Extraneous Lighthouse Personnel | The Mana Pool | Myke Okuhara

On a significantly lighter note (PAUSE FOR LAUGHTER), Myke Okuhara is doing the extremely important work of adding flavor text to cards that lack it. If you like this kind of thing, make sure to check out the extensive archives, which are somehow actually located at the URL

  1. Back with a Burning Vengeance | Twitch | Luis Scott-Vargas

Forget about Emrakul for a minute—Eternal Masters is out on Magic Online! Everyone is excited to draft beloved cards from years past, and LSV is no exception. Turns out he can put up good results even without actually playing his build-around enchantment, too!

  1. Local Game Store–exclusive preview!

Wouldn't it be awesome if your LGS got to debut a preview card of its very own? Well, it can! Earlier today, the Wizards Play Network pushed out images of two redacted cards, and you can vote on which you'd like to see previewed in full next week. The cards can be found on the Magic: The Gathering tab of participating LGS Facebook pages. So find your local store on Facebook and get to voting—and don't forget to preregister for the Eldritch Moon Prerelease!

What People Are Talking About

  1. Live-tweeting the Eldritch Moon trailer | Tumblr | chandra-nalaar

People are still talking about Emrakul a lot. Tumblr superstar chandra-nalaar live-tweeted her first (and second) viewing of the Eldritch Moon trailer, and she had some feelings about it. Those feelings are now immortalized on the internet, luckily for us.

Deck of the Day

  1. Standard Blue-Red Eldrazi

Remember a few months ago, when Blue-Red Eldrazi decks were everywhere, across multiple formats? You couldn't escape the tidal wave of Eldrazi Mimics, Reality Smashers, and Eldrazi Skyspawners. And then, between the bannings in Modern and the introduction of Shadows over Innistrad to Standard, the cosmic menace seemed to vanish overnight. So imagine my surprise when this list from ZTY went 5-0 in a recent Competitive Standard Constructed League on Magic Online!

Classic Eldrazi linchpins like Drowner of Hope and Thought-Knot Seer are present, but the typical lower end of the curve is notably absent. Instead, this deck aims to control the board while ramping up into Ulamog or Chandra, utilizing a truly disgusting/magnificent (opinions may differ) suite of countermagic—including a main deck Confirm Suspicions!

Thing in the Ice seems like a great addition, not just because all those counterspells will flip it quickly, but thematically as well. A tentacled Horror that wreaks havoc on unsuspecting civilians is certainly Eldrazi-adjacent; the space monster buddy comedy pretty much writes itself.

ZTY's Blue-Red Eldrazi

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