The August 26, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 26, 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 26, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the very model of a Modern Grand Prix weekend.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Indianapolis | ChannelFireball

Live video coverage of the American leg of the Modern Grand Prix weekend starts at 6:15 a.m. PT/9:15 a.m. ET/1:15 p.m. UTC and will be hosted by ChannelFireball on their Twitch channel. That means a coverage team with such ringers as Pro Tour Hall of Famer William Jensen, Hall of Fame member and World Championship competitor Luis Scott-Vargas, and some guy named Marshall Sutcliffe. Modern is a diverse and exciting format at the moment, so if you've never checked out the format before, now seems like a great time. And if you're steeped in the ways of Modern? Well, then I don't really need to convince you.

Today's Musts

  1. Modern Extrabonanza

There's a ton of great Modern content around the web today. Instead of trying to pick and choose just one or two, I figured I'd give you every strong article I could get my keyboard on.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Check in on Modern | Constructed Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Eric Froehlich

Just in time for a weekend full of Modern Grand Prix, Froehlich and Sutcliffe catch you up on all things Modern. Or, like, most things Modern. They really don't spend any time on Cruel Control, despite my many letters, emails, and emoji-laden text messages. Maybe next time.

  1. Conspiracy: Take the Crown eBook | Wizards of the Coast

Watch the Conspiracy: Take the Crown story page for the full eBook of all stories related to Marchesa's recent ascent to the throne.

  1. A Guide to Experiment Kraj Commander / EDH for Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

Experiment Kraj can do a lot of crazy things in Commander. Now you too can do crazy things with a giant purple Ooze Mutant.

  1. MTGGoldfish does Conspiracy: Take the Crown

I couldn't choose just one of the Conspiracy-related articles on MTGGoldfish today, as they both do an excellent job of exploring the set's impact on their respective formats.

On one end, we have a Commander review from Tomer Abramovici. Commander is especially touched by Conspiracy sets, because they're designed with multiplayer in mind, meaning many of the effects scale appropriately. Abramovici explains just which cards will have an impact. He does not explain how to pronounce his name, unfortunately.

On the other end, Islandswamp talks Vintage. There are some surprising cards they think can make an impact on Vintage (and less surprising ones). Dack Fayden had an impact last time, and Islandswamp thinks there might be three times as many impact cards in this set.

  1. Crush of Tentacles—Beyond the Top 8 | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

Is Standard dull? Or are we just not digging deep enough? Chapin and Flores talk about some players who did go deep, and did well.

What People Are Talking About

"It's Conspiracy: Take the Crown Release Day!" said Scrooge. "I haven't missed it! The Spirits will do it all tonight. They can do anything they like. Except survive blocking a 2/2. Hallo, my fine fellow!"

"Hallo!" returned the gamer.

"Do you know the local game store, in the next street over, at the corner?"

"I should hope I did," replied the Modern specialist.

"An intelligent boy!" said Scrooge. "A remarkable boy! Do you know whether they have sold the Conspiracy: Take the Crown display case? Not the box, the whole case!"

"What, the one as big as me?" returned the boy. "It's set up there now!"

"Is it? Go and buy it!"

"I reserved my box weeks ago. You must be joking!"

"No, no!" said Scrooge. "I'm totally serious. Go and buy it and fetch six other gamers so that we might draft! Come back with the product and you can keep what you draft! Come back in 5 minutes and—well, that's a lot of product to carry, so take your time!

And Scrooge was so filled with the spirit of Conspiracy: Take the Crown Release Day that he did draft. But that didn't stop him from crushing everyone after opening Queen Marchesa and declaring himself monarch for all time. Many cards were drawn that day.

I know new sets get people thinking about B&R list, but our next announcement isn't until September 26 with Kaladesh. Will Drake get the axe? Only Heliod and Erik Lauer can really say at this point.

Deck of the Day

  1. Control isn't dead in Modern

At least if you ask OSMANOZGUNEY on Magic Online, you'll find control isn't a lost cause in Modern. He took a blue-black control deck and managed to go 5-0 with it in a Competitive Modern League. The deck is chock full of removal—and a few new Eldritch Moon cards. Liliana, the Last Hope and Collective Brutality highlight a bunch of other Modern sometimes-stars like Jace, Architect of Thought and Cryptic Command. I doubt we'll see a ton of this this weekend, but it would be cool if a few people took notice and stormed to the top of the standings at at least one of the Grand Prix.

Could use more Mulldrifter, though.

OSMANOZGUNEY's Blue-Black Control

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