The August 9, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 9, 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 August 9, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by jet lag. So much jet lag. So if today's Daily Magic Update is actually jibberish scrawled on a wall somewhere by a man stammering about "Distended Mindbender," and not a recap of today's best Magic content, then you know why.

Today's Must(s)

  1. Jund, the Promised End | ChannelFireball | Joel Larsson

You're going to see a lot of Pro Tour analysis and reports this week, but ChannelFireball's slate is always worth noting. This is the most recent article about a deck played by one of their writers (and it's an excellent article and deck—Larsson placed in the Top 16), but they have a number of them. Reid Duke wrote about Red-Green Delirium, Daniel Unwin wrote about Standard Dredge, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa wrote about Black-Green Delirium, and Ben Stark provided a comprehensive Draft guide. Really, all of them are must reads for anyone who cares about the Pro Tour or the decks you'll be playing against at FNM for the next three months.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. MtA Episode 185: Gotta Gotta Get Up to Get Down Under | Magic the Amateuring | Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff

Meghan and Maria recap the Pro Tour, talk about the future of Standard'mrakul, talk lore, and also answer reader's questions. That's a lot in one podcast that's just over an hour. How do they do it? My bet is on performance-enhancing cheese.

  1. Story Time—EMN Edition | Gathering Magic | Mike Linnemann and Ant Tessitore

With story on everyone's mind after Liliana and Gideon teamed up to take down Emrakul in the finals of a Pro Tour, Mike and Ant are right on time with the latest edition of Story Time to talk about Eldritch Moon and a certain tentacle monster.

  1. Podcast 081: Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, Limited Coverage | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive and Chas V

Chas V and SaffronOlive talk, of course, Pro Tour Eldritch Moon. But what's that bit about Limited coverage? Over the weekend, Brian Kibler started a discussion, as he does, about whether or not Limited should be featured on the Pro Tour. Opinions were mixed, but it's likely a discussion you'll see pop up now and again.

  1. Grumpy Old Men in Australia | | Shaheen Soorani

This one was intriguing, as Soorani spends the first part of the article singing the praises of a deck his team didn't play at the Pro Tour. Considering the team ended up on Black-Green Delirium, one of the best-performing decks of the weekend, that's some high praise worth paying attention to.

  1. Modern PPTQ Season | TCGPlayer | Ali Aintrazi

Lost in all of the Pro Tour hype (and it is some pretty justifiable hype) is the fact that it's Modern PPTQ season. While pros were showing off just how awesome a Pro Tour can be, a ton of people are trying to get there. Aintrazi is here to help show you how you can qualify for an RPTQ this season.

Community Spotlight

  1. A Very, Very Condensed History of the Multiverse | Fireside Magic | Seth Weinstein

We've posted this here before, but it's worth noting that it was recently updated with the Eldritch Moon story. This is truly the shortest usable version of a history of Magic's story, so if you've only got 5 minutes to get through all of Magic's 23 years of story, this is the place to go.

What People Are Talking About

Sam Stoddard, author of Latest Developments, lead developer of Eldritch Moon, and all-around smart R&D developer guy, is answering questions on Reddit right about the time this article is posted. So pop on over to the thread for a look inside R&D.

I don't know what I could possibly add to this tweet except to note that the guy tweeting it isn't just some clever Magic player—he works for the Wall Street Journal.

Deck of the Day

  1. Blue-Red Fevered Visions

Pedro Carvalho wins for the most unique deck to have success at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, as he took this Blue-Red Fevered Visions deck to a 9-1 record in Standard. The archetype has been around since Fevered Visions was printed, but it got a nice kick in the pants with Eldritch Moon. Collective Defiance and Incendiary Flow were easy additions, improving the burn suite. Unsubstantiate is a nice tempo play that becomes positively Remand-like with Fevered Visions in play, and Thermo-Alchemist, that Limited standout, actually does a reasonable job blocking a lot of the format's 2-power creatures while throwing quite a bit of burn the opponent's way.

In just the past few days I've played against this deck a ton on Magic Online, so don't be surprised if this under-the radar-winner is the real sleeper hit from the Pro Tour.

Pedro Carvalho's Blue-Red Fevered Visions

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