The August 15, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 15, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, 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 15, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Conspiracy: Take the Crown. Previews start today!

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. A Meeting of Mages: Peeking into the Planeswalker Summit | Wizards of the Coast | Meghan Wolff

Popular cosplayer MJ Scott (@moxymtg on Twitter) organized a massive cosplayer summit at Grand Prix Portland. Read on to see what happened (hint: there was a lot of posing for photos).

  1. StarCityGames.com Syracuse Open

Modern was the main name of the game on the plains of—New York. Okay, I could only keep that going so long, but there was a lot of Modern going on in Syracuse while the Grand Prix handled Standard. Ross Merriam won the whole thing with Dredge (uh, spoiler alert?), but the Top 32 decklists offer a variety of interesting strategies, and the play-by-play is worth watching if you have a few hours.

  1. Top 5 Grand Prix Moments

Both Rimini and Portland highlighted their Top 5 Moments, as we do. Frank Karsten's highlights from Rimini includes some tech, the rise of a new Standard powerhouse, and the top stories of the weekend. Over in Portland, Marc Calderaro and Meghan Wolff covered adorable kittens, tough-looking cosplayers, and the second generation of Magic Micks.

Today's Previews—Marchesa Day

In addition to the previews you find on DailyMTG, there are a number of places around the web that will have preview cards themselves. I'll share the ones that have already been posted and point you too what's coming down the pipeline over the rest of the day.

Today is Marchesa Day, so expect to see a lot of dark machinations and disruptions to others' plans going on.

  1. Nobody Expects | Gathering Magic | Ben Friedman

How long have we all been sitting on this title? Check out this spicy reprint set for Conspiracy: Take the Crown. Queen Marchesa would be proud.

  1. Conspiracy format page

Finally, a small nugget on the Conspiracy format page shows off one of the common "draft matters" cards in the set—Custodi Peacekeeper.

Additionally, watch for previews only Marchesa could love (okay, and a whole slew of Conspiracy fans) on the Wizards of the Coast Twitter account! Also check your local game store's Facebook page for the Magic: The Gathering app. You might be in for a surprise there! As an example, here's the one from Face to Face Games.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Revisiting Wizards' Pledge to Increase Transparency Seven Months Later | Hipsters of the Coast | Rich Stein

Seven months ago, as part of our belief that we hadn't communicated well enough with the community on a number of major decisions, we said we would be as transparent as we possibly could. Stein takes this moment to check in and see how we're doing in that area.

What People Are Talking About

All hail the queen!

Expect to see a lot of Conspiracy: Take the Crown tweets this week.

This weekend was also Eldritch Moon Game Day, and players from around the world celebrated their successes and sweet brews. They also seemed especially thankful to a lot of great community content creators.

Deck of the Day

  1. Cat Pact

Like this isn't going to be the same deck that everyone features today. Sure, Bant Company had a heck of a weekend (taking six of the Top 8 spots in Grand Prix Rimini and another three in Portland), but no one had a better weekend than Chris Botelho.

Botelho came with that deck your buddy went 3-1 with at FNM that one time, tuned it, souped it up, and wrecked the field at Grand Prix Portland, where he was the first overall seed in the Top 8 before falling in the quarterfinals. The deck? Lovingly called "Cat Pact," it's a Demonic Pact-Harmless Offering deck.

The deck is essentially a Grixis control deck that looks to use Demonic Pact as both an advantage engine and a combo finish. Once Demonic Pact has only one option left, donating it to your opponent with Harmless Offering causes them to lose the game on their next upkeep. The deck also plays a suite of Oaths—Jace's and Chandra's—to protect Demonic Pact from Dromoka's Command, but the rest of the deck is made up of control elements, ways to mitigate Demonic Pact, and some tutors to find the combo elements.

The deck looks to be the real deal (I took it for a spin on Magic Online while the Top 8 was going on), so don't be surprised if more people than your funny friend decide to bring this or something like it to an FNM near you.

Chris Botelho's Grixis Cat Pact

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