The August 10, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 10, 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 10, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by a sneaky preview card.

Today's Must

  1. 2016 World Championship Profiles

"It's a title that everyone would recognize and it would be with me forever."

We've kicked off a series of short video interviews with competitors at the 2016 World Championship that we'll be rolling out here and there. The first three videos—Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Luis Scott-Vargas, and Steve Rubin—are all posted on YouTube. More to come!

Top 25

  1. The 2015–2016 Season comes to a close

With the curtain down on Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, we close the book on the 2015–2016 Pro Season. It's the one time of year where the rankings (which track performance over the past calendar year rather than the current season) match up with the Pro Season point totals. And, as usual, there was a ton of movement up and down the rankings.

Let's start with the up. Thanks to an uncharacteristically poor showing from Seth Manfield and a characteristic performance from Owen Turtenwald, the two giants swapped places at the very summit of a Top 25 they have come to dominate all year. This has a ton of implications, including giving Turtenwald the Player of the Year title, but also kicking Manfield off the team for the United States at the World Magic Cup.

Just behind them, Lukas Blohon and Reid Duke, finishing 1st and 7th respectively, were the biggest gainers on the week, with Blohon jumping to No. 3 and Duke returning to his previous lofty heights at No. 5. Meanwhile, Luis Scott-Vargas—who earned his third Top 8 in a row—only moved up one spot, as he was already pretty highly ranked to begin with.

The next biggest gainer was Brad Nelson, who went from No. 20 to No. 12 after finishing 19th. It was, oddly enough, his performance in Limited that vaulted the Constructed ringer to those heights.

We also had four players enter the rankings thanks to stellar performances in Sydney. Samuel Pardee finished 3rd and now finds himself in the Top 10. Oliver Tiu locked up Rookie of the Year and Constructed Master and pulled into the rankings at 12th place. Andrew Brown, after standing well outside the rankings, jumped in tied for No. 23 after another Pro Tour Top 8. And Oliver Polak-Rottmann turned a 21st-place finish into a spot just inside the rankings.

But, of course, all of these gainers meant there had to be some losers. Paul Rietzl appropriately dropped 13 spots after losing his last four matches to miss out on a ton of possible season-end rewards. Shota Yasooka and Sam Black likewise tumbled after lackluster Pro Tours.

We also had a few casualties of the list. Lee Shi Tian, Thiago Saporito, and Pascal Maynard all fell off the list. Still, they had strong seasons, so don't be surprised if they're back soon.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Owen Turtenwald 98.00 +1 2
2 Seth Manfield 88.00 -1 1
3 Lukas Blohon 81.00 +16 19
4 Luis Scott-Vargas 79.00 +1 5
5 Reid Duke 69.00 +10 15
6 Martin Müller 68.00 6
7 Steve Rubin 67.00 -4 3
8 Samuel Pardee 63.00 NR
8 Joel Larsson 63.00 +2 10
10 Ondřej Stráský 62.00 +4 14
11 Shota Yasooka 60.00 -7 4
12 Mike Sigrist 58.00 +4 16
12 Alexander Hayne 58.00 -4 8
12 Brad Nelson 58.00 +8 20
12 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 58.00 -5 7
12 Andrea Mengucci 58.00 +1 13
12 Oliver Tiu 58.00 NR
18 Yuuya Watanabe 57.00 -6 12
18 Samuel Black 57.00 -7 11
20 Jon Finkel 56.00 -2 18
20 Ryoichi Tamada 56.00 -3 17
22 Paul Rietzl 55.00 -13 9
23 Oliver Polak-Rottmann 53.00 NR
23 Ivan Floch 53.00 -2 21
23 Andrew Brown 53.00 NR
23 Michael Majors 53.00 +2 25

Dropped from rankings: Pascal Maynard, Thiago Saporito, and Lee Shi Tian

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. A Pick Order List for Eldritch Moon Draft | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

The parade of revealed Pro Tour tech continues as Frank Karsten runs through Team EUreka's Draft pick order for Eldritch Moon. The list is comprehensive, and he even ranks the various archetypes for your pleasure.

  1. Chaos Draft | Gathering Magic | Mike Linneman

Chaos Draft is a beloved casual format, but that doesn't mean you can't dissect it and break it down like the Zapruder film. Here, Linneman discusses the top 10 sets to open for Chaos Drafting, and what each brings to the table. The discussion of weird cross-block synergies is really fun and a whole barrel of "I hadn't thought of that!"

  1. Temur Emerge Pro Tour Standard Deck Tech for Magic: The Gathering! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Wedge covers and reviews Owen Turtenwald's Temur Emerge/Turbo Emrakul list from Pro Tour Eldritch Moon. Hey, if Owen had a video with fancy graphics explaining the deck, I'd post it here. In lieu of that, Wedge covers one of the strangest looking—and most powerful—decks to emerge from the Pro Tour. This is also, according to Wedge, the first of a number of deck techs on Pro Tour decks, so stay tuned to his channel for more if this is your cup of tea.

And if you want more on this deck, you can also check out Gerry Thompson's gameplay video on

  1. Magic: The Gathering Eldritch Moon with Marshall Sutcliffe!—Ziggy vs Ryan Draft Grudge [Sponsored] | ZiggyD Gaming | ZiggyD

Two streamers and YouTube personalities from Australia battle on video while Marshall Sutcliffe berates commentates on their less than professional play. Come for the funny concept, stay for the Australian accents. Or maybe vice versa.

  1. Playing Pauper: Izzet Drake | MTGGoldfish | Jake Stiles

The Pauper community is still buzzing about Izzet Drake, so Jake Stiles chose "join them" and tried it out himself. Does this mean I have to put down my beloved Izzet Tron and try this out too?

It's worth noting that, according to Magic Online Leagues data gathered by Shane Garvey on PureMTGO, Izzet Drake isn't that far ahead on metagame share.

What People Are Talking About

Yup. Sneaky preview card today. From Reddit to Tumblr to Twitter, people are throwing out some early reactions. If you haven't already, you can see the new card—Kaya, Ghost Assassin—as part of today's Magic Story.

By the way, don't search for "Kaya" on Tumblr. Tumblr seems to be obsessed with some actress with that first name who I've never heard of because I'm old. Chances are, she is not able to hunt ghosts, so it might not be what you're looking for.

Deck of the Day

  1. Legendary Naya in the Magic Online Pro Tour Gauntlet

One of the coolest decks to come out of the Pro Tour was Nick Ball's Legendary Naya deck that utilizes Thalia's Lancers and a suite of sweet legendary Dragons and Angels to overpower opponents. The deck isn't subtle—it's basically a collection of removal and creatures—but the list just oozes epic flavor.

Dragonlord Dromoka and Sigarda, Heron's Grace battling side-by-side? Thalia's Lancers calling on a corrupted Bruna, the Fading Light? Actually melding Bruna and Gisela into Brisela, Voice of Nightmares?

You can keep your fancy emerge creatures and Read the Bones. This epic Naya deck just smashes with some of the coolest creatures around.

Nick Ball's Legendary Naya

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