The July 11, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 11, 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 July 11, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by San Diego Comic-Con news!

San Diego Comic-Con News

  1. Magic: The Gathering is going to be at San Diego Comic-Con! (Held July 21-24.) How, you ask? Well, that's what I'm here for!
  • You can find us at the Hasbro booth, No. 3213
  • James Wyatt, writer of The Art of Magic: The Gathering books, will be hanging out at the VIZ Media booth, No. 2813 (VIZ Media publish the art books). He'll also be doing signings for The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Innistrad at both the VIZ Media booth and on the Hasbro stage. Check out the SDCC schedule as we get closer.
  • Mark Rosewater will be doing Blogatog live (where he answers your questions) on Saturday evening from 6:30–7:30 p.m. in room 7AB.
  • The Wizards of the Coast creative team will be in attendance at SDCC for portfolio reviews. They will be held in the portfolio review area from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus 10 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Advanced sign-up on site is required, but those details will be forthcoming. For anyone interested, watch @Wizards_Magic and @MarkWintersArt for details.
  • We will have exclusive promo cards at SDCC, just like we have in the past. Watch the internet for this news. I can’t say more now, but, once they are revealed, I’ll make sure to include them in the Daily Magic Update.
  • Finally, Jessica Burton will be on hand cosplaying as Liliana with her Zombie minion in the booth for photo ops.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. LoadingReadyRun Eldritch Moon Pre-Prerelease

A whole bunch of fun people got together and had a fun time playing a fun set for fun. If you missed out on all of the, well, fun, you can still check out the replay! Watch a number of popular streamers and content creators go head-to-head with the newest set before the Prerelease even starts this weekend. Watch for The Professor; he was in fine form.

  1. Worcester Open

There was so, so much Legacy action this weekend, it's practically impossible to have taken it all in. But if you still want to, check out the link above or any of the videos on the SCGLive playlist. Spoiler alert—a blue deck won it all (congrats Ed Dimicco!). But more of a spoiler—two non-blue decks made the Top 4 (Goblin Prison and Lands) and another made the Top 8 (Mono-Red Sneak Attack). Check out the Top 32 decklists or the Deck of the Day below for more.

  1. Forgotten Lore: Weatherlight (Part 1: Story) | The Magic Show | Evan Erwin

For anyone curious about the older stories of Magic, these are always a treat. Evan revisits Weatherlight and talks story—the start(ish) of one of the longest, most epic stories Magic has ever told.

Duels News

  1. Magic Duels Developer Insights: Eldritch Moon

We've got some news from the team that brings you Magic Duels. Watch and learn!

Today's Must

  1. Eldritch Moon Limited Set Review: White | ChannelFireball | Reid Duke

Yes, that byline is correct—Reid Duke is subbing for Luis Scott-Vargas for this round of set reviews, as LSV is doing the new dad things. Don't worry, Reid's analysis is just as sharp, and just as helpful as Luis's—albeit with far fewer puns.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Decks Inspired by Eldritch Moon | Gathering Magic | Abe Sargent

Not all deck-building articles have to be bent toward competitive play or even Friday Night Magic. Abe Sargent brews up a number of casual decks inspired by and featuring some fun Eldritch Moon cards that tickled his fancy. And, believe me, his fancy was very tickled.

  1. Eldritch Moon Art | Josu Hernaiz

First-time Magic artist Josu Hernaiz jumped online to show two higher-resolution versions of the art he did for two cards in Eldritch Moon. Both pieces are gorgeous, and, after posting them, Josu jumped on Reddit to answer fan questions.

What People Are Talking About

Matej Zatlkaj, a World Magic Cup Qualifier winner himself, is putting together an early list of WMCQ winners on Reddit and looking for help! It's also cool to get an early look at who will be representing their country when it comes time for the World Magic Cup itself. We'll have a full list on the website when it's ready, but for now, you can check out the early returns here!

Community Spotlight

  1. Kids Build First Magic: The Gathering Decks (Day 1561) |

Clintus is a daily video blogger who broadcasts the adventures of his five-person family doing all the things families do. This weekend, one of those things the family did was learn to play Magic. This is a pretty fun look at how families enjoy and learn Magic together. Plus, the kids are adorably excited about their decks.

And then the family goes and does other things. But before that, adorable Magic learning happens.

Deck of the Day

  1. Goblin Prison—4th-Place at the Worcester Open

Like you, I did a bit of a triple take when I saw the deck name "Goblin Prison" next to Rob Blocher's name. It isn't exactly a widespread archetype, even by Legacy standards, and so it took a bit of searching to uncover what was going on. But when I did, it made a bit more sense.

The deck is, in a way, an ancestor to All-In Red, a deck that used rituals and the sol lands (Ancient Tomb and City of Traitors) to quickly play a moon effect (Blood Moon or Magus of the Moon) or a threat big enough to kill quickly.

This version has the same initial plan—play a lock piece (in this case, the moons are also backed up by Chalice of the Void and Trinisphere)—and then follow-up with a threat that will end the game before the opponent can recover. The difference is that the threats are Goblins.

Now, you might have noticed that Chalice of the Void and Trinisphere don't play well with your typical Goblins—your one- and two-drops. This deck plays none of those. No explosive Goblin Lackey starts here. Instead, the deck plays a suite of sweet Goblins that cost three or more, plus Moggcatcher, which can be used to put Goblins straight into play from your library.

From there, Siege-Gang Commander, Goblin Rabblemaster, and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker clean up.

Rob Blocher's Goblin Prison

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