The July 20, 2016 Update

Posted in Event Coverage on July 20, 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 20, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Deploy the Gatewatch. That's Deploy the Gatewatch, for all of your Eldrazi hunting needs!

Today's Musts

  1. Magic Math: Deploy the Gatewatch | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

I love a good Frank Karsten math article. If you aren't aware, the Hall of Fame pro literally has a Ph.D. in this kind of thing, so when he throws weird looking equations up on the screen, just trust that they're correct. Today he tackles Superfriends and just how likely you are to get the most out of Deploy the Gatewatch.

  1. Superfriends—EDH Archetypes | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

Deploy the Gatewatch gets printed, and suddenly The Command Zone looks at the Superfriends archetype? And it's on the same day Frank Karsten does the math for it? Coincidence? Probably, but it does make it a banner day for Deploy the Gatewatch.

Superfriends is an archetype that uses as many planeswalkers as possible, so Jimmy and Josh walk through building a deck jam-packed with planeswalkers for Commander.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Fact or Fiction: Eldritch Moon Release Week Edition! | | Ross Merriam and Todd Stevens

There's another one of these (Fact or Fictions, that is) on Premium as well (featuring Brad Nelson and Todd Anderson) if you have access, but if not, this one asks the same questions of some pretty game gamers as well. Asking questions like "Will emerge win this weekend?" or "Will aggressive decks rule the start of the season?" or "Where are my keys?" the crew gets to the heart of what's going on in Standard.

  1. Living Splendidly in Standard | TCGPlayer | Conley Woods

There's a lot of talk about Splendid Reclamation as being potentially busted—but most people are eyeing it for Modern or other older formats. Standard is a tougher format to break. But Conley Woods is going to try anyway! He's got three different Standard brews using Splendid Reclamation to great effect. But busted? Guess we'll see.

  1. Spike Pit—Stay Mad, Bro | PureMTGO | Kyle Lewis

Kyle Lewis has fond memories of madness. And of Vampires. So, obviously, when those two joined forces in Shadows over Innistrad, he was rarin' to go. And then the deck didn't quite get there. But now, with Eldritch Moon, Lewis thinks it just might, and he's got the standouts, the synergies, and, of course, a deck list for your perusal.

  1. Holistic Wisdom: Top 10 Constructed Cards in EMN | MTGMintCard | Freyalise

Let's see, Top X list? Check. Set review–like? Check. Controversial choices? Check. I think we might have the perfect release week article here!

The Top 25

  1. Prereleases...

...don't award Pro Points. So even though William Jensen did really well at his Prereleases, he, like everyone else on this list, goes nowhere up or down this week.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Seth Manfield 90.70 1
2 Owen Turtenwald 79.06 2
3 Steve Rubin 67.06 3
4 Shota Yasooka 63.03 4
5 Luis Scott-Vargas 61.62 5
6 Martin Müller 61.36 6
7 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 60.54 7
8 Alexander Hayne 59.67 8
9 Paul Rietzl 59.57 9
10 Samuel Black 59.08 10
11 Yuuya Watanabe 58.57 11
12 Joel Larsson 58.31 12
13 Andrea Mengucci 57.95 13
14 Mike Sigrist 57.37 14
15 Ondřej Stráský 57.19 15
16 Reid Duke 57.03 16
17 Jon Finkel 56.11 17
18 Ryoichi Tamada 56.08 18
19 Lukas Blohon 55.88 19
20 Brad Nelson 55.83 20
21 Ivan Floch 54.42 21
22 Pascal Maynard 53.39 22
23 Thiago Saporito 53.29 23
24 Lee Shi Tian 53.08 24
25 Michael Majors 52.18 25

Dropped from rankings: none

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Magic Mics

Tonight. 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. Evan Erwin. Erin Campbell. Reuben Bresler. Magic. Discussion. Declarative sentences. Hyperbole. Microphones.

What People Are Talking About

  1. We had a patient in our hospital all weekend with Magic cards on his side table. One of our nurses anonymously gave them this note and a bunch of packs of the new set.

This was awesome and that anonymous nurse was awesome.

Decks of the Day

  1. A Match to Remember

Last night Eric Froehlich and Luis Scott-Vargas, two of the best players on the planet, played one of the best matches in the history of the Vintage Super League. Both players were playing similar Jeskai Mentor decks (Monastery Mentor and Young Pyromancer serving as the key win conditions), and the matches were ones worth playing again and again.

For one, both players put on a clinic in both taking strong lines of play, and just playing fast. But that wasn't the highlight—and there were several highlights. There was an insane comeback in the first game where the announcers basically were calling the game before fortunes reversed. Then there was the absurd second game where there were approximately a million tokens on the board and a billion triggers any time anyone played a spell.

It was an epic match, and certainly one worth reliving.

Eric Froehlich's Jeskai Mentor

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Luis Scott-Vargas' Jeskai Mentor

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