The July 25, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 25, 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 25, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Thalia's Lancers, who bring everything legendary right to your doorstep.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Columbus Open

The first weekend of Standard is always an interesting one. With not everyone able to get their hands on all of the cards just yet, and testing often in its early stages, the format can sometimes look a lot like the last format. And this one had its share of holdovers—Bant Company was easily the most popular/powerful choice, thanks largely to Spell Queller—but it also had a few innovations. Check out the Deck of the Day for two such decks. And then check out SCGLive's Twitch page for the replays.

  1. A Magic: The Gathering Addict Moves to China | Ars Technica | James Hsu

Over the weekend, Ars Technica published an excerpt from a book by James Hsu. The excerpt details his time in China, taking time away from the game, and then coming back to it. It's an interesting memoir from a highly invested player.

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

If Modern is your thing, as it certainly is for The Professor, then check out the Eldritch Moon cards he thinks will make an impact.

Today's Must

  1. Eldritch Moon Week 1: What We Learned | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Spell Queller is a powerful Magic card. Thanks for coming everyone! Don't forget to tip your writer!

SaffronOlive offers a little bit more information than that in the way of SCG Open analysis, so go ahead and click the link above, even though I spoiled the thesis statement of 80% of the tournament-related articles for the next week.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Progress | Hipsters of the Coast | Rich Stein

It's difficult for me to say anything even approaching neutrality on this, as Stein is commenting on a Vice article about female representation in Magic that, um, could have been a touch more up to date. Stein instead delves into progress that has been made and areas that can still be improved.

  1. Magic Math: Lupine Prototype | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

You know I'm a sucker for Frank Karsten math articles, and in this one he tries to answer the question of whether Lupine Prototype is worthy of Modern Affinity by building a simulation to goldfish ten million games of Magic. Because that's what Frank Karsten does for his craft.

  1. Eldritch Moon Cube Review | Gathering Magic | Usman Jamil

As someone who recently built a new cube, this article interests me. And since I'm writing this and determining what gets put on this website, I get my way. Yes, the power has gone to my head.

But it's also just a good article for Cube aficionados out there. Determining what cards enter and exit a cube with every new set release is a tough decision, but Jamil is here to give a bit of guidance on what in Eldritch Moon is worthy.

What People Are Talking About

You probably saw a number of these kinds of tweets over the weekend, as pros are starting to make their journeys to Australia to test, play in Grand Prix Sydney, and get ready for Pro Tour Eldritch Moon. I chose this one to highlight that because, as a bonus, you get Joel Larsson's gorgeous mug staring back at you.

That's high praise coming from Ben Stark, one of the best drafters in the world and a guy who will certainly pull no punches when it comes to how he feels about certain Draft sets.

Decks of the Day

  1. Sultai Control

I know Bant Company was the deck of the weekend, taking up some stupid percentage of the metagame and the top tables and winning the whole thing. But we don't care about that. I mean, we do, but not today. Today, we have Ali Aintrazi.

Managing to maneuver himself all the way to second place, Aintrazi played a Sultai Control deck that leveraged a number of key points in the—oh, who am I kidding. It cast Emrakul, the Promised End. On camera. A few times. Yes, we could talk about all of the interesting choices he made in deck building—a few Oaths, Ishkanah, Grafwidow, Scour the Laboratory—but, really, the deck was made to last and stall and build up its graveyard until the Promised End came.

Ali, we salute you and brewers like you, making the rest of us dream of casting Emrakul.

Speaking of living the dream, also check out the White-Black Angels deck that Ronnie Rittner used to meld Brusela on camera multiple times over the weekend. He finished in 8th place, even!

Ali Aintrazi's Sultai Control—2nd Place, SCG Columbus

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