The July 27, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 27, 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 27, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the Vintage Super League not actually being a thing to watch last night. First error I've ever made in my entire life. I swear. Even if my fiancée would disagree.

Today's Must

  1. Commander VS: Beneath the Eldritch Moon | | Justin Parnell and Stephen Green

I've come to look forward to these videos whenever a new set releases. Sure, people can talk about what legends will be good in Commander, but the Commander Vs. crew puts their mana where their mouth is by brewing, building, and playing with the new cards. All four decks are flavorful and fun, and if you enjoy Commander, then this video is certainly a must for today.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. New Pro Tour Rules Announced for PT Eldritch Moon | ChannelFireball | Matt Sperling

Yesterday an email went out to all Pro Tour Eldritch Moon competitors signaling two changes to how the tournament is run—electronic decklist submissions (and an earlier deadline) and a few anti-scouting measures. The changes came out of a dialogue with a group of pros we've been working with for a few months now. Matt Sperling is one of those pros and, in this article, he details the thought process and discussion that helped lead to these new rules.

  1. Listener Questions! | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

You questioned. They listened. Then they answered. Some of the questions. Some podcasts know how to keep things under an hour, and this hour of Commander questions answered is worth listening to.

  1. Déjà Vu | TCGPlayer | Seth Manfield

With the Pro Tour approaching, the World's No. 1 player has his eyes on the results from the past weekend. Last time the weeks leading up to the Pro Tour had Bant Company as the top deck—i.e. last Pro Tour—Manfield made the Top 8. Coincidence? No way to know until Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, but I wouldn't bet against the hottest player on the planet.

  1. Melissa Li Says Magic: The Gathering Is Making Huge Gender Strides | The Establishment | Katie Tandy

The article shifts the focus of the interview a bit from what the whole is really about, but this is a worthwhile read. It's essentially an interview with Mel Li, one of the forces behind our creative team, about life at Wizards of the Coast, making Magic, and, yes, gender diversity in the worlds, both real and fictional, of Magic.

  1. 5 Odd Creature Types in Magic: The Gathering | SeibenMTG

For all of your trivia needs.

  1. Arena of the Planeswalkers: Shadows over Innistrad Review | MTGGoldfish | Brad Minnigh

Something a little different for you board game fans. Arena of the Planeswalkers is a Magic-themed board game that recently released the Shadows over Innistrad expansion, complete with playable figures of Sorin, Nahiri, and both sides of Alinn Kord. Brad Minnigh reviews it, but anything that lets you replay Sorin versus Nahiri has got my vote.

Top 25

  1. The calm before the storm

There were no tournaments that awarded Pro points this past weekend, so, appropriately, there are no changes.

But that's the last time we'll be saying this before the end of the season. This weekend features three Grand Prix, and the following weekend at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon we'll see a bounty of points awarded, causing virtually everyone to rise and fall. By how much, of course, is up to them.

One note, next week, look for the Top 25 on Thursday rather than Wednesday, as time shifts in Australia are going to cause a few delays on our end.

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 People Are Talking About

  1. Create a token

This came up yesterday when we revealed the Friday Night Magic promo version of Rise from the Tides that had the phrase "Create a token," which is new terminology for putting a token into the battlefield that is making its full debut in Kaladesh. Mark Rosewater clarified what was going on in the post above.

Decks of the Day

  1. White-Black Angel Control

I made mention of this deck on Monday, but it still reverberates with me as one of the coolest things to see on camera at the Open in Columbus, so I'm running with it to get it unstuck from my head.

Ronnie Ritner made the Top 8 of the event with an updated take on White-Black control that utilizes a ton of Eldritch Moon cards, the most exciting of which is the meld pair of Bruna, the Fading Light and Gisela, the Broken Blade. Multiple times over the weekend we saw the pair meld into Brisela, Voice of Nightmares and dominate the board.

But the real key might have been Thalia's Lancers, which allowed Ritner to tutor up the right legend for the job, including Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Archangel Avacyn, and Linvala, the Preserver. In fact, the deck played no non-legendary creatures beside the Lancers. It even ran one Geier Reach Sanitarium to search up if it needed a land!

Beyond that, Liliana, the Last Hope, Blessed Alliance, and Collective Brutality all made appearances, giving this deck a decidedly Eldritch Moon flavor.

The one weakness of the deck looked to possibly be Spell Queller and Reflector Mage, which make four-drop creatures look a little awkward at times. That might be helped a bit by moving Transgress the Mind into the main over Duress, allowing you to pick either of the two ubiquitous creatures (or Collected Company) out of your opponent's hand before melding together your awesome Eldrazi Angel.

Ronnie Ritner's White-Black Angel Control

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