The August 16, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 16, 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 16, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by an old friend.

Today's Previews—Adriana 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 toward what's coming down the pipeline over the rest of the day.

Today is Adriana Day,  so expect to see a lot of valor, protection, and battle-tested spells.

  1. The Use and Lineage of Wishes (Exclusive CN2 Spoiler) | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Don't you wish you could grab something powerful from outside the game? MTGGoldfish's exclusive preview has a way.

  1. Custodi Lich | This Is Irish Magic

This Is Irish Magic is a private Facebook group, but by the power of the internet, others have somehow found it! You can see the image here if you aren't Irish. Also if you are.

  1. Desertion CN2 Preview | Warez Gaming | Sean Knowelden

The best way to say "No—and that's mine" is back in Conspiracy: Take the Crown. I hope you weren't trying to make friends...

Also back? Maybe the best multiplayer board wipe in the game.

  1. Protector of the Crown | bigmagic.net

The article is in Japanese (Conspiracy is being released in both Japanese and Simplified Chinese—plus, you know, English), but you can find a translation for the card's abilities on Reddit.

  1. Exclusive Conspiracy: Take the Crown Preview—Phyrexian Arena | Seibenlore

With an appropriate first preview, Seibenlore looks at a reprint that takes a peek at another plane and checks in on a beloved character with an unknown fate.

  1. Exclusive Conspiracy: Take the Crown Preview! | Gerry Thompson | StarCityGames.com

You know when they bring out Gerry, there are some serious tournament applications at stake. StarCityGames.com's card is a re-visitation of an old, old card, with a tweak.

That's all for today, though I will note that you'll probably see something from mtg-jp.com later, as they live in the future (and are scheduled for Aug. 17). Additionally, a European card will pop up somewhere on Twitter (where? That you'll have to figure out) on Aug. 17, which Europe hits before the US does. Additionally, a few of our more prominent YouTube content creators are scheduled for tomorrow as well, but that could happen anywhere from midnight ET tonight on up till midnight PT tomorrow. #whereismypreviewcard. Look for them later!

What People Are Talking About

The timing on this could not be better.

Come one, come all! We'll be seeing more invitations like this popping up over the next few weeks. Details to come, but those with a calendar and an eye to how we've done things in the past might have a guess or two about what's coming.

Deck of the Day

  1. Cody Lingelbach's Green-Blue Crush Control

Finishing juuuuuuust outside the Top 8 in 9th place at Grand Prix Portland was one of the more fun decks to be found in the tournament—Green-Blue Crush Control.

The deck is built around the surge super-spell Crush of Tentacles that resets the board and, when surged, leaves behind an eight-legged friend (who also happens to be an 8/8).

The deck is, at its core, a ramp deck that needs to dump a ton of lands on the battlefield to function, but it's got a few cool tricks up its sleeve.

First up is the use of Elvish Visionary and Oath of Nissa, two permanents that help smooth out draws and stall out opponents—and also happen to get bounced for a positive effect with Crush of Tentacles. Nissa, Vastwood Seer is a pretty good creature/planeswalker to bounce as well.

And the real kicker? You can bounce the board every turn once you have ten lands in play, thanks to Den Protector flipping up, returning Crush, and then bouncing back to your hand again. You didn't need permanents anyway, right?

The deck uses cheap cantrips—like Oath of Nissa and Elvish Visionary, plus Anticipate—to trigger Crush of Tentacles, but for those instances where it needs to cast it on the same turn it hits five mana, there's Sight Beyond Sight. The rebound spell gets played on four mana, and then gets played for free again the following turn, allowing you to turn on surge for Crush of Tentacles.

Part the Waterveil, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Den Protector, and Lumbering Falls represent the deck's non-Octopi win conditions—as if you'll need them.

Cody Lingelbach's Green-Blue Crush Control

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