The June 6, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 6, 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 June 6, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Alliances, a set so powerful, Force of Will was only the third-best card.

Today's Must

  1. Ranking Every Magic Set Ever, Part 2 | | Danny West

After posting Part 1 last time, I caught a bit of flack on the internets from people who didn't like it. But that article also generated more discussion than anything on the same day.

Plus, today is a bit of a slow day in terms of content. If this article doesn't generate more comments than anything else posted today, I will be shocked. Not shocked enough to pledge to eat anything weird or difficult to chew, but shocked.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. What's in a Name? Commander vs. 1v1 Commander | TCGPlayer | Bruce Richard

Should the name of 1v1 Commander change to differentiate that Spikey format from the (generally regarded as casual but rarely so when pushed) multiplayer Commander format? Bruce makes the case they should.

  1. The Rising Sun: Deckwatch Vol.6 | Hareruya English | Atsushi Ito

A trio of Azorius decks—one each from Standard, Modern, and Legacy—highlight this week's deckwatch. Particularly check out the Modern deck, White-Blue Charbelcher. Yes, Charbelcher. In Modern.

  1. Servants—Amonkhet Lore Lesson | Aether Hub | Seiben

Seiben starts catching up on the Amonkhet story in preparation for the Hour of Devastation story—which starts tomorrow! If you're behind on the story as well, this is a good place to start catching up.

  1. The Problem with Tinkers | Hipsters of the Coast | Zach Barash

Barash draws a parallel between Tinker—one of the most powerful spells ever printed—and Aetherworks Marvel, currently in, you know, Standard.

  1. Modern Is the Best Format | GAM Podcast | Gerry Thompson and Michael Majors

Thompson and—sorry—Pro Tour Champion Gerry Thompson and Majors talk all things Modern, looking back at the Grand Prix from two weeks ago to gush about the format.

  1. MtA Modern Deck Tech: Taking Turns | Learn How to Play Magic: The Gathering (MtG) A Fun New Deck! | Magic the Amateuring | Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff

Want to take all of the turns? Want your opponent to write "F6" on a sheet of paper? Try out this deck for maximum fun—for you. Definitely not for your opponents.

What to Watch Tonight

The trash talking for tonight's Team Draft Super League between Dem Boyz (Alexander Hayne, Mike Sigrist, and Steve Rubin) and Goat Stew (Rich Hoaen, Mike Hron, and Jelger Wiegersma) has reached ancient Egyptian levels. Watch tonight on at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET/midnight UTC. Or just check out this helpful tweet for all the information.

Top 25

  1. The Grand Prix Bump

We had three Grand Prix this weekend, and the bump players got from strong finishes at those events was very real. Two of the winners—Brad Nelson and Lukas Blohon—had big jumps. Nelson (who won Grand Prix Omaha) rose to No. 6 while Blohon (who won Grand Prix Amsterdam) entered the charts at No. 18. Meanwhile, Sam Pardee, who lost to Nelson in the finals of Omaha, also jumped into the rankings at No. 19. Likewise, Martin Jůza, Eric Froehlich, and Oliver Tiu all saw gains this week.

But this also means we saw two more players drop from the rankings. Yuuki Ichikawa and Alexander Hayne couldn't keep their grips on the Top 25 and slid off the rankings. Both will almost certainly be back, but, for now, they're on the outside looking in.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Márcio Carvalho 84.07 1
2 Shota Yasooka 74.10 2
3 Yuuya Watanabe 69.59 3
4 Owen Turtenwald 69.49 4
5 Reid Duke 68.61 5
6 Brad Nelson 64.76 +4 10
7 Seth Manfield 63.81 -1 6
8 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 62.76 -1 7
9 Kelvin Chew 62.04 9
10 Lee Shi Tian 60.41 -2 8
11 Ken Yukuhiro 57.23 11
12 Martin Jůza 56.90 +1 13
13 Gerry Thompson 56.22 -1 12
14 Martin Müller 55.44 14
15 Eric Froehlich 54.56 +2 17
16 Steven Rubin 54.27 -1 15
17 Eduardo Sajgalik 53.71 -1 16
18 Lukas Blohon 53.63 NR
19 Samuel Pardee 50.60 NR
20 Kentaro Yamamoto 50.08 -2 18
21 Oliver Tiu 49.76 +4 25
22 Matthew Nass 49.57 -3 19
23 Carlos Romão 49.18 -2 21
24 Joel Larsson 48.60 -4 20
25 Brian Braun-Duin 48.07 -2 23

Dropped from rankings: Alexander Hayne, Yuuki Ichikawa

Deck of the Day

  1. Lukas Blohon's Black-Green Delirium

There was a time, not that long ago, when Black-Green Delirium—and its ancestor Black-Green Constrictor—was the best deck in the format. This is something of an amalgam between those two decks, sporting the Winding Constrictor packages but also rocking Grim Flayer and Traverse the Ulvenwald.

The deck is clearly back on the radar again, and Blohon used it to win a Grand Prix the same weekend teammate Brad Nelson won with Marvel—so it's not like Blohon didn't have access to that deck. Instead he chose to sleeve up a few bears, a 2/3 for two, and as many Walking Ballistas as he could legally play.

Lukas Blohon's Black-Green Delirium

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