Nicholas Wolfram fell promptly in love with tabletop and video games when he was only two years old, and he has been writing about them since he figured out how words worked. Now he puts together words about Magic, which he started playing way back in 2000.
The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on June 21, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the new reign of Nicholas Wolfram! I hope to remain just and fair as I preside over the Daily Magic Update until Blake comes back (may his return come quickly and may my Updates be found worthy).
For those who can't read the text here, Hostile Desert can tap for colorless mana. For the cost of two generic mana and exiling a land card from your graveyard, it can also become a 3/4 Elemental creature until end of turn. Creature lands are always welcome in my decks, and I'm sure The Gitrog Monster will be happy to share leftovers with this guy.
I'm a big fan of double strike, so I am going to squeeze as much value out of this as humanly possible and drive my opponents to despair with some double strike shenanigans (even if it requires me to jam this into a red-white deck).
Gamers Helping Gamers is a fantastic non-profit founded by a bunch of Magic gamers in 2012 that awards college scholarships to young adult players each year. BDM is happy to announce this year's winners: August Peterson and Autumn Cook. Congratulations!
Theau was able to pilot this deck to a 2nd-place finish at Grand Prix Las Vegas over the weekend, which was no small feat. Packed with numerous disruptive two-cost white creatures (such as Thalia, Guardian of Thraben), this deck also brought some Thraben Inspectors in from Standard to help draw more cards to restrict the opponent with some of white's most potent weenies.