The May 26, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 26, 2017

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 May 26, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Memorial Day, a holiday in the United States that happens to be this Monday. We will have new content, but the Daily Magic Update will be taking the day off to try out a new grill. And sleep in.

What to Watch This Weekend (Hint: Modern)

  1. Grand Prix Copenhagen | | 12 a.m. PT/3 a.m. ET/7 a.m. UTC

It's a mad, mad, Modern weekend. Prepare yourself for a million different decks on screen from Copenhagen. If you're in the U.S., just make sure you have a deep pot of coffee.

  1. Baltimore Open | | 7:30 a.m. PT/10:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. UTC

Yo, dawg, I hear you like Modern? (And, hopefully jokes from ten-year-old memes.) How about you watch some Modern while you're watching Modern? Time zones means these two Modern events won't overlap a ton, so if you badly don't want to go outside this weekend, you have options.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The Magic Art of Vincent Proce | TheMagicManSam

I'll never skip a Magic Man Sam video, and "The Art of" videos are some of his best work, especially if you're a fan of the artist in question.

  1. Hunter Pence goes full nerd, opens coffee, comics and games store | Yahoo | Chris Cwik

Finally, a reason to go to Houston. (I can say that, I lived there for seven years.)

Pence is an avid Magic player, so while the article doesn't mention it, there's no doubt Magic is involved in some way.

  1. Entering The Modern Fray | | Brennan DeCandio

Sure, there's a bunch of Modern happening this weekend, but what if you're not up on the format? That's how DeCandio feels after totally nailing Standard, but finding himself unclear what to do in Modern. Follow along as he tries to figure out the format and what he should be playing and trying to beat.

  1. Crushing Baral in 1v1 Commander | ChannelFireball | Joel Larsson

I'm torn. On one hand, I love countering all of the spells and drawing cards. On the other, I love attacking the top deck in a format with something different. This is definitely the latter, as Larsson attacks the format (and attacks life totals) with Surrak Dragonclaw! Those bears aren't going to punch themselves, after all.

  1. How Many Copies of Pull from Tomorrow? | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

Sadly, the answer isn't 4. I want to live in a world where the answer is 4. I mean, realistically, I want to live in a world where the answer is, like, 6–7, but it doesn't work that way.

What People Are Talking About

Oh, boy, yesterday was a whole thing (and into this morning, still). Yesterday, we announced a special invite to the Pro Tour for Amaz, a streamer with a massive following who has been streaming Magic judiciously lately (and playing very well). Some people took issue with it while others, like Braun-Duin, saw the merits. And for a few others, game recognized game and got to work inviting him to a team.

And, yes, for the record, we have issued special invites before. And this same discussion popped up then, including . . .

We also regularly have this conversation (It also turned into a Reddit thread). For what it's worth, I don't think the Magic community complains particularly more than people in general. Magic just happens to be what we're passionate about, so that's where we sink our complaining equity. Fandom generally, I think, also leads to complaining—just watch every sports talk show ever and you'll be shown what complaining really is.

Deck of the Day

  1. Nasilemak's Eldrazi Tron

If Modern is on the menu for this weekend, then the Deck of the Day clearly has to be something awesomely Modern. And one of the very pillars of Modern is a deck that can play a turn-three Karn Liberated. But this deck does so much more—and it does so without producing any colored mana.

Literally every spell in the deck can be cast with colorless mana, and many require it. Where "Tron" decks (decks that utilize Urza's Mine, Urza's Tower, and Urza's Power Plant) used to run green for land searching and Ancient Stirrings, they now mostly just run Eldrazi like Thought-Knot Seer, Matter Reshaper, Reality Smasher, and Endbringer, all powered out early thanks to both the Urza's lands and Eldrazi Temple.

That's what makes this deck so powerful. Its lands tend to tap for more mana, allowing it to easily churn out more powerful spells faster and cast things that would normally be out of reach in a Modern game. And it even gets disruption in the form of Thought-Knot Seer and All Is Dust (plus a little removal action with Dismember and Walking Ballista).

Nasilemak has been racking up Magic Online trophies with this exact list—maybe someone will pick up a real trophy with it this very weekend.

Nasilemak's Eldrazi Tron

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