The August 22, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 22, 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 22, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by tokens. Not just any tokens—new tokens.

A Token Item

  1. Conspiracy: Take the Crown Tokens

Before we launch into the news of the day, we have one more Conspiracy treat for you—all of the tokens!

You're already scrolling down, so I won't try to say anything clever (do I ever?). Just enjoy.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. New Jersey Invitational Weekend

If you missed this event, I'm sorry. Really, condolences. It had a bit of everything—interesting Standard decks, even more interesting Modern decks, and runs to the top by some of the game's best. Only, ultimately, they fell short, as newcomer Liam Lonergan—who qualified for the event by winning a Modern Invitational Qualifier with Modern Elves, his deck of choice and the one that grabbed the crown for him. That Elves deck, by the way? It went completely undefeated on the weekend.

  1. MTG Lore: Daretti and Grenzo | Seibenlore

Learn more about the newest destructive duo that everyone loves to be a little terrified of. Or really terrified of, if you're actually from Paliano. Curious who these two are? Seiben has some background for you.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Goading for Gold | Sarpadian Empires Vol. VIII | Andrew Weisel

It's a goad gilding as Weisel sings the praises of the most quietly powerful mechanic in Conspiracy: Take the Crown. And if you don't agree? Well, then why don't you come over here and do something about it?!

  1. Conspiracy: Take the Crown and the Evolving Vintage Metagame | So Many Insane Plays | Steve Menendian and Kevin Cron

Conspiracy: Take the Crown has a bit for everyone—including Vintage Players. Kevin Cron and Vintage mastermind Steve Menendian look through the set to find Vintage playables before looking into recent results to see how the metagame has been changing, including updates from Eldritch Moon and its impact on the format.

  1. Easter Eggs Galore | Gathering Magic | Mike Linnemann

Short but fun, this piece looks at the art of Expropriate and the references contained therein. There are a ton of them, so it makes for a fun little game of I spy. Don't scroll down to the end until you've already found them all.

  1. Mining Modern—Splendid Valakut | TCGPlayer | Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is quietly putting out some of the most interesting Modern content online right now. Sitting somewhere between whacky fun and Spikey goodness, Hosler brews up interesting Modern decks every week, then releases them into the wild. This week features a deck built around dredging your library into your graveyard, followed by casting Splendid Reclamation to win with a bunch of Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle triggers. It's weird and odd, but it just might work—assuming graveyard hate isn't prevalent.

Community Spotlight

  1. 9 Questions

You might know her as a streamer or as the one behind the awesome videos for Community Super League, but did you also know Elantris (real name: Athena) has a YouTube channel? It's not all Magic content, but she has started a video series called "9 Questions" that, appropriately, asks nine questions of some known Magic players and personalities. The first three videos visit with Jon Finkel, Brian David-Marshall, and Ari Lax. Check out the videos, starting with Finkel, below.

What People Are Talking About

  1. What are the chances of "mechanic E" standing for "engineer" and it assembles contraptions? | Blogatog | Mark Rosewater

Rosewater answers this question (again) every which way he knows how. But since we're coming up on Kaladesh in just a few weeks, let's just make sure everyone sees this.

Zero. The chances are zero. Click the link above if you want to see Mark say that eight other ways.

Deck of the Day

  1. Liam Lonergan's Modern Elves

Raise your hand if you thought Elves was going to go undefeated on the weekend and win the Season 2 Invitational?

Put your hand down, Liam.

Actually, even Liam Lonergan probably didn't see this one coming. Sure, Elves has been his pet deck for a while, but winning the Invitational through such ringers as Michael Majors and Brad Nelson (both Platinum pros) is quite a feat.

And Lonergan and his Elves impressed all weekend, often swinging for more than 20 damage in one hit, thanks in large part to Ezuri, Renegade Leader. The deck is capable of going wide, but it's also capable of going big, making it difficult for any deck to reign in without some kind of mass removal—which is currently in short supply in Modern.

Congratulations to Liam Lonergan and his Elves for winning the Invitational!

Liam Longergan's Modern Elves

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