The June 28, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 28, 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 28, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by previews, previews, previews, get your previews here!

Today's Previews

Throughout preview season, I'll use this space to highlight the day's previews that can't be found on DailyMTG. Worried you might miss something? We'll make sure to have it here.

  1. Magic Mics

Tune in tonight—yes, tonight—to catch a special Tuesday edition of Magic Mics starting at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT where the crew will have a preview card to share with you, the audience. Come for the sweet preview (and it is sweet), stay for banter about the issues of the day on

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Modern White-Blue Lark | TCGPlayer | Ali Aintrazi

I'll admit, there were other deserving articles for this slot. Alex Ullman has a great look at the new Pauper metagame on Gathering Magic. Ross Merriam grades Shadows over Innistrad on And SaffronOlive explores the Possibility Storm, um, possibilities, on MTGGoldfish.

But Mulldrifter.

Reveillark decks were some of the most powerful Standard decks in their day, competing directly with (and often losing to) the Faerie decks that saw Bitterblossom and Ancestral Vision banned for a time in Modern. So why not explore 'Lark in a Modern metagame that seems wide open? It's a value deck with a combo finish that gets to play a lot of the best control cards in the format. Color me interested.

  1. MtA Episode 179: A Melding of Minds | Magic the Amateuring | Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolf

I'm not sure what to make of "the worst thing" Maria has ever said on the show, but you have to be curious, right? Sure, they talk meld and other less gross mechanics—but what could possibly be the worst thing? Only way to find out is to listen to the whole thing.

  1. The Mana Source Reviews Eldritch Moon Previews

This is your semi-regular reminder that, during preview season, The Mana Source churns out videos approximately every 15 minutes (give or take) detailing what cards have been previewed. You can view the full playlist by clicking above, or check out his latest below.

What People Are Talking About

A dangerously awesome-looking Thalia was on full display yesterday after @ElaineChase revealed her card, and Magali Villeneuve—Thalia's artist—showed off the full art to great applause. Internet applause, but still.

  1. Emmie's Angels

A number of players pointed out this cool symmetry among Bruna, Gisela, and Brisela, but Tumblr-er MTGBrother gives it to us succinctly. Check out the flavor text on Bruna and Gisela as well as the title of their melded side. Quite creepy and cool.

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Vintage Super League

Week 5 of the Vintage Super League starts tonight at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on, and slots in nicely right before Magic Mics. It's like Magic's version of must-see TV, except with fewer attempts to make Chris D'Elia a star.

Deck of the Day

  1. Pauper Elves

Did I miss a memo somewhere? Did the meeting of the great Pauper minds forget to include me on their mailing list? I've been playing Elves in Pauper for quite a while (it's one of three decks I have built), and suddenly they're popping up all over the place. Pauper Constructed League churned out no fewer than four lists at 5-0 in yesterday's decklist update. Is Elvish Vanguard the reason for the resurgence? Or some other metagame factor? Or is it just a coincidence that we happened to catch a bunch of these on the same day?

For those who don't know, the deck is almost straightforward. Almost. Nominally, you play a bunch of Elves and they make each other stronger. But then there's Distant Melody. By splashing blue, the deck can play this spell that can completely restock your hand for just four mana. And with all the mana Elves the deck plays, you can also get away with an absurdly low land count.

The list below is from JudahBenHur on Magic Online—only because I like the singleton Viridian Longbow—but all of the lists from that 5-0 update seem like solid bets.

JudahBenHur's Pauper Elves

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