The June 12, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 12, 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 12, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by metamorphosis.

What People Are Talking About

That's certainly a succinct way to put it. This is just one of many tweets about this happening this morning (I'd say a solid 73% of all tweets on the topic are coming from SaffronOlive. Because math.), but if you want a wider community perspective on this article, check out the Reddit thread on the topic.

Rosewater tried to tell you it was going to be a big week! New block structure, the return of core sets, and more make his article the most important you'll read today.

About Magic. I'll entertain that it's possible some article has more importance for the world at large. But not by much.

That would be Micah Dilts, who finished strong on the weekend as well in 26th place with this Scapeshift deck. Impressive on a number of fronts.

Maybe it's just because my Twitter feed is made up of like 80% Magic content creators (and 15% novelty accounts like @NatureIsScary), but there seems to be a ton of excitement for Grand Prix Las Vegas. Channel Fireball is doing more than the normal dog-and-pony-and-goblin show for this Grand Prix, so be sure to check out all the extras they have planned, like, yes, these panels. Also, there's something on there called "Massive Magic" that you might not want to miss.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Charlotte Open |

Todd Stevens, the sharpest-dressed man on the SCG Tour, finally took one down! His weapon of choice was Eldrazi Tron (more on that below), and you can watch every moment of the tournament by checking out the video archives.

  1. Archenemy: Nicol Bolas—EXCLUSIVE Gameplay! | Windmill Slam | Nikki Reilly, Alan Lynch, Oisin Lyons, and Denis Stranjak

The Gang Plays Archenemy!

  1. Updating the Hall of Fame | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Seth (probably better known as SaffronOlive) has a big idea about the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame—drop the "Pro Tour" part.

  1. Bring a Friend, 'Cuz You Won't be Making Any | Channel Fireball | Rachel Agnes

Vial Smasher the Fierce isn't going to win you any fans in a game of 1v1 Commander—but Agnes isn't worried about that. She's here to win. In this article, she shows you why two commanders are better than one, and why one of those should be Vial Smasher the Fierce.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Grand Prix Las Vegas aka Magic: the Conventioning | Hipsters of the Coast | Rich Stein

Stein thinks it might be time we start rethinking how we think about Grand Prix. I think.

  1. GP Vegas Prep School | TurnOneThoughtseize | Ahren and Zach

Get prepared for Grand Prix Las Vegas with Ahren and Zach. It's almost here!

Deck of the Day

  1. Todd Stevens's Eldrazi Tron

This was certainly a breakout performance for the entirely colorless (ish) deck in Modern, as not one but two copies made the Top 8 of the Open, this one piloted by champion Todd Stevens.

It's actually kind of amazing what a well-rounded deck you can put together without producing any non-colorless mana. Walking Ballista provides creature control, Thought-Knot Seer, Chalice of the Void and Relic of Progenitus provide disruption, and the deck can even go over the top with Karn Liberated, Endbringer, and Dismember.

The real star of the deck is Chalice of the Void, almost always set to shut off spells that cost one mana. After that, the deck's mana kicks it into another level. Eldrazi Temple enables fast Thought-Knot Seers, the Urza's lands enable Karns and large Walking Ballistas, and Expedition Map ties it all together in a neat little package.

As for the "ish" above, the deck cheats a little bit on the colorless thing by dipping into Phyrexian mana for a pair of Dismembers, which virtually always cost 4 life in this deck (the "almost" coming from the corner case of Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth being in play).

Todd Stevens's Eldrazi Tron

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