The July 18, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 18, 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 18, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by staying put.

Today's Must

  1. Eldritch Moon Set Guide: Multicolor, Meld, Artifact, Colorless, and Land | TCGPlayer | Pretty much everyone

So, if you missed the first installment of TCGPlayer's new format for set reviews, you're in for something fairly epic in the world of set reviews. Here, six of TCGPlayer's content producers all chime in to give scores to cards, which are then averaged to give you a more holistic view of how good a card might be. It's extensive and thorough, probably the longest of any online. And, as a bonus, it comes with two decklists from TCGPlayer's brew factory to get you started.

While we're on the topic of set reviews, Patrick Chapin is starting his popular review series on today. One drawback—it's Premium, so you have to have paid for it. But if you have, it's well worth the read.

What People Are Talking About

This was the tweet I enjoyed the most about the Prerelease, though when one member of Magic the Amateuring duo tweeted this, I certainly felt a pang of jealousy. But any number of players had fantastic Prerelease experiences. Let's do this again in a few months, yeah?

Nope. There were also no changes to the Commander Banned List.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. MTG Lore: Order of Saint Traft | Seibenlore

The Order of Saint Traft has gotten a lot of press time lately, and Seiben is here to give you the download on just who they are and what they're all about.

  1. Eldritch Moon Set Review | Constructed Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Eric Froehlich

This dropped later on Friday when you mind might have already been in Prerelease mode, so you can be forgiven if you missed it. Or if you just didn't have 3 hours to spare. Either way, with Eldritch Moon set to release this Friday, any time is a good time to see what Efro and Marshall think of the Constructed applications of Eldritch Moon. Any time you can spare 3 hours.

  1. What's the Pick? Eldritch Moon Pack 1 Pick 1 with Huey | ChannelFireball | William Jensen

What to do with all of those prize packs you won over the weekend? Crack them, obviously! Wait, no, sorry. I meant save them and draft them with friends! If you choose the latter option, William Jensen is here to give you a jump-start on the program with first picks from the new set.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Brewing Eldritch Moon | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

SaffronOlive delivers on eight off-the-beaten-path decks ranging from "White Jund" (with no red, black, or green cards in it) to Turbo Emrakul to Prototype Madness, and anything else he could dream up. SaffronOlive is one of the wildest of brewers, so this is the best place to stop for some truly interesting decks.

  1. Commander and Change: Ulrich of the Krallenhorde | Gathering Magic | Mark Wischkaemper

Someone was going to do it. And I'm sure someone built one first, but this is the first published article I've seen on the legendary Werewolf commander being all commander-y. If this is your jam, you're going to need a lot of checklist cards...

Community Spotlight

  1. Hipsters of the Coast

"But wait!" you say. "You feature Hipsters of the Coast regularly. What makes them a community spotlight?"

Well, clearly, disembodied voice, you didn't click the link above. In it, you'll read that Hipsters of the Coast has undergone a redesign as "the first step (of many) toward a new and improved Hipsters community." So stay tuned and watch the site!

Deck of the Day

  1. Pauper Blue-Red Drake Combo

If you follow any of the chatter on today's Banned and Restricted announcement, there wasn't much expected to be banned—with one exception.

There was some chatter that Peregrine Drake, newly made common by Eternal Masters, would get the axe due to its rising popularity and power in Pauper. However, the rise of the Drake is relatively recent, so it survived this time. Whether it survives the next one will be a function of what happens in Pauper in the meantime.

If you're not exactly sure what I'm talking about, the deck list below will give you some clue. With Peregrine Drake, Ghostly Flicker, and either Archaeomancer or Mnemonic Wall, the deck can repeatedly flicker the pair, untapping their lands and getting the flicker effect back. They end up with unlimited mana and, if you throw a Mulldrifter or Sea Gate Oracle in there, unlimited draws. Once they draw their whole deck, they can dump all of the mana into a Rolling Thunder and simply win.

The rest of the deck is a blue-red control shell, packing cheap removal, card draw, and counterspells, in that way reminding many people of the old Splinter Twin deck in Modern. That kind of power in Pauper certainly gives some people pause.

But for now, Drake survives to untap another land.

DedicatedDan's Blue-Red Drake Combo

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