The July 12, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 12, 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 12, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by our friends over at Dungeons & Dragons, who have a fun new toy for us to play with.

Today's Must

  1. Plane Shift: Innistrad | Dragon+

Our friends over at Dungeons & Dragons will have a treat for everyone later today as they release Plane Shift: Innistrad, a supplement for The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Innistrad designed to help you take the world details and story seeds contained in that book and turn it into a D&D campaign. It's Dungeons & Dragons meets Magic: The Gathering, and it's just as awesome as it sounds. They’re on a slightly different publish schedule, so watch for it on Dragon+ later today.

If you're new to the world of D&D, you can stay up to date on this and other D&D news at Dragon+, which you can visit at the link above or by downloading the app from iTunes or Google Play.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Allosaurus Evolution | Gathering Magic | A.E. Marling

Someone was bound to do it. There was a ton of talk after Eldritch Evolution was previewed about Allosaurus Rider letting you power out a Griselbrand as early as turn two. A.E. Marling went ahead and built a shell that could do just that, plus more. This is definitely a strong starting point if you want to evolve some dinosaurs in Modern.

  1. Magic: The Gathering Office Hours—Garruk Wildspeaker | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

Graham Stark of LoadingReadyRun guest stars as Garruk and visits The Professor for some office hours. Which is too bad for The Professor—Garruk has never hunted professor before. (It's not that hard.)

  1. Eldritch Moon Video Set Review: Black (Part 2) | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

The set reviews are starting to roll in, so expect to see a lot of them over this week and next. This is the second video review from MTGGoldfish, the first debuting yesterday. With multicolor and black down, they've still got quite a few to go.

  1. Drawing Live—Common Removal in Eldritch Moon | Hipsters of the Coast | Zach Barash

Barash examines the common removal in Eldritch Moon. Which is exactly what it says in the title. So you don't really need me, do you?

  1. Eldritch Aggression | PureMTGO | Anthony Davis

Every set brings new options for Pauper, but Anthony Davis believes Eldritch Moon has brought some especially hard-hitting aggressive cards that can slot into the format's fastest strategies.

Want more Pauper? The ever-reliable Alex Ullman has his take on Eldritch Moon on Gathering Magic today as well.

  1. History of Creatures in Limited | | Matthew Watkins

This is an interesting project. Watkins has assembled a lot of data about creatures in Limited from sets dating back to Invasion, with a ton of info on size, abilities, color, and more. This post isn't the end game (he says there will be an article), so view it through that lens. Interesting stuff for data and history (of the game) buffs.

What People Are Talking About When They Talk About Art

  1. Guardian of Pilgrims—Eldritch Moon | Noah Bradley

Noah Bradley shared his final art and initial sketches of Guardian of Pilgrims from Eldritch Moon.

  1. More Magic Art—Eldritch Moon | Howard Lyon

This was posted last Friday, but a Tumblr user re-posted a lot of the content today, so I'm counting it. Plus, for the art fiends out there, this is candy. Here, Howard Lyon shows off his sketches, final images, and progress gifs for Harmless Offering, Grapple with the Past, and Sigarda's Aid.

Deck of the Day

  1. Standard (Non-Human) White-Blue Aggro

With a number of powerful Spirits cards being released with Eldritch Moon, could this be a precursor to what those decks will look like once Spell Queller the set is legal?

Kevin Jones took this list—which borrows some elements of the White-Blue Humans decks but drops the tribal aspect for a few more reactive spells and some fliers—to second place at the Classic in Worcester last weekend, only losing out to Mike Sigrist in the finals.

The deck utilizes fliers such as Bygone Bishop, Eldrazi Skyspawner, Rattlechains, and Archangel Avacyn while packing powerful spells like Stasis Snare and Ojutai's Command. The deck is much, much less all-in than Humans. It even has some minor tribal synergies built in—notice that Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit is, appropriately, a Spirit. That means Rattlechains works perfectly well with the little Anafenza. And with more Spirits about to be loosed upon the Multiverse, it's a safe bet there will be a deck much

Kevin Jones's White-Blue Aggro

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