The July 14, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 14, 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 14, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame. It's voting season, so get ready to see nothing but tweets about who people are voting for, what criteria is best/stupid, and how some people are trying to game the system.

Today's Must

  1. Eldritch Moon Set Review: Commons and Uncommons | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Owen Turtenwald

Just in time for your Prerelease and clocking in at a scant 5 hours, 3 minutes, and 47 seconds (but they're an important 47 seconds)—your Limited Resources commons and uncommons review! If you want to be prepared for diving into Eldritch Moon Limited—and we mean really prepared, like, take the afternoon off and draw yourself a bath prepared—then Marshall and Owen have tons of content ready for you.

What People Are Talking About

It's Hall of Fame voting season! Yuuya Watanabe and Owen Turtenwald are the frontrunners, but there are plenty of other people garnering support. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #MTGHOF—and believe me, this will garner plenty of conversation. And articles. And arguments. And counterarguments...

  1. Where's The Professor?

Remember the old Where's Waldo books? Of course you do. I did one like three weeks ago (Wizard, how did you lose your staff?!). Well, someone on Reddit posted an image asking you to find The Professor in a Grand Prix crowd. And when one person did, another Redditor photoshopped The Professor into another image with the same challenge. Here's hoping this becomes a thing.

So You're Going to a Prerelease?

  1. Sameer Merchant does the good work | MTGGoldfish

Sameer Merchant is like a spreadsheet-providing angel when it comes time for Prereleases, and this time he has two handy references for your studying needs. First up, Eldritch Moon Instant-Speed Tricks, an article featuring all of the, um, instant-speed tricks from the latest set. Some things are just self-explanatory. For example, his second article, Eldritch Moon Removal which details (with emphasis on details)—well, you know.

  1. Eldritch Moon with Sam Stoddard | Commanderin' | Phil DeLuca, Nate Burgess, and Sean Whatson

Sam Stoddard, the lead developer of Eldritch Moon, stops by the Commanderin' podcast to talk about Urza's Saga.

Kidding. He's obviously here to talk about Eldritch Moon and to provide some advice for your Prerelease. This is part one of a two-part interview.

  1. Eldritch Moon Release Notes | JudgeCast | CJ Shrader, Bryan Prillaman, and Jess Dunks

Speaking of Prereleases, the JudgeCast crew got together and recorded a podcast about all of the new rules and stuff that came with Eldritch Moon. For the judge or technically minded player.

After All of That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Top 5 Eldritch Moon Pauper Cards for Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

As The Professor's intro says, Pauper is so hot right now. I'm paraphrasing. At any rate, he covers the Top 5 Pauper cards and seems genuinely excited about them.

And while you're on his channel, you might as well also check out the Magic the Amateuring video podcast on new mechanics and interactions featuring Judge Rob.

  1. Innistrad Art Book: A Review and Interview | Gathering Magic | Mike Linnemann

Few people in the community care about art as much as Mike Linnemann, so it's appropriate that he grabbed an interview with one of the people behind The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Innistrad, James Wyatt. Anyone who loves art, Innistrad, or James Wyatt (and who doesn't love James?) should check out this interview/review.

  1. Ten Bold Predictions for Eldritch Moon | | Jim Davis

"Bold" may be a bit, um, bold for some of these predictions, but Jim Davis is taking a hard stance on everything from Gisela, the Broken Blade and Eldritch Evolution being overhyped to Spirits possibly being underhyped. The word "Faeries" was used in conjunction with Spirits, so you know he's serious. Or hyperbolic. Or seriously hyperbolic.

  1. Eldritch Moon Commander Review | | Sheldon Menery

Always expected, never unwelcome, Sheldon "The Godfather of Commander" Menery shares his reviews of tons of Eldritch Moon cards for Commander. You won't find a more complete Commander review.

Community Spotlight

  1. Canadian Highlander Staples

Alex Steacy, of LoadingReadyRun fame, tweeted out a link yesterday that lead to a database of staples for Canadian Highlander. Given the increased interest in the format after being featured on Community Super League, this is a pretty good starting place for anyone looking to build a deck. Though the lack of Mulldrifter on this list is disturbing.

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