Commander 2019, a Modern Grand Prix, and one player already has found themselves with a bye into Day 2 of the next Arena Mythic Championship. This is your week in Magic news.

This Week in Magic

Commander 2019

The full lists for the four Commander 2019 decks have been released. We also got a look at the tokens (and one emblem) from the latest release in the Commander series. The four decks go on sale August 23rd, 2019 and are ready to be played straight from the box.

Pearl Division Core Split Wraps Up

The new structure of the Magic Pro League means that the first division – Pearl – has already completed their play for the season associated with Core 2020. The Top 4 players–Marcio Carvalho, Carlos Romao, Andrew Cuneo, and Autumn Burchett–competed in a modified bracket. The top two players (Carvalho and Romao) would be able to lose once before being eliminated. Cuneo and Burchett, however, only had one loss to give.

There were three different archetypes in the Top 4: Carvalho and Romao both brought Black-White Vampires, while Cuneo brought Boros Feather and Burchett brought Mono-Red. Romao dispatched Carvalho to the lower bracket. There he faced Burchett, who had taken out Cuneo.

Burchett continued their winning ways and handed Carvalho his second loss. That set up a showdown between a former World Champion and a Mythic Champion. The world was more impressive than the myth this time around and Carlos Romao secured his spot in Day 2 of the next Arena Mythic Championship as the Pearl Division Champion!

Watch MPL Weekly – Pearl Division Top 4 from Magic on www.twitch.tv

Carlos Romao’s Vampires

7 Plains (331)
7 Swamp (339)
4 Isolated Chapel
4 Godless Shrine
4 Adanto Vanguard
3 Champion of Dusk
4 Knight of the Ebon Legion
4 Legion Lieutenant
4 Vicious Conquistador
3 Skymarcher Aspirant
2 Sanctum Seeker
1 Vona, Butcher of Magan
4 Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord
1 Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants
2 Legion’s End
2 Mortify
4 Legion’s Landing

Sideboard
2 Legion’s End
4 Duress
2 Despark
1 Ravenous Chupacabra
3 Noxious Grasp
2 Gideon Blackblade
1 Sorin, Vengeful Bloodlord

Grand Prix Minneapolis

MagicFest Minneapolis featured a Modern Grand Prix main event. Hot on the heels of Mythic Championship IV, where Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis dominated the Modern rounds but came up short in the Top 8, there were many questions. Which build of Hogaak was best? Can anything be done to stop the undead menace? How long until the next Banned and Restricted List announcement?

Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis

While the answer to that last question is definitive–it’s August 26th–the other queries feel like their results are set in stone as well. Five variants of Hogaak made the Top 8 of the Grand Prix, with Burn, Humans, and Mono-Red Prowess rounding out the final bracket. Only one non-Hogaak deck made it to the Top 4.

At this point, you can probably guess what happened in the finals. Justin Polchar and his Hogaak deck defeated Jonathan Corzo and his Hogaak deck in two quick games.

Looking Forward

This upcoming week the Emerald Division of the Magic Pro League battles it out to earn a spot in their Top 4. They’ll be playing on Saturday for a chance to qualify directly to Day 2 of Mythic Championship V. Next week brings another Modern Grand Prix at MagicFest Birmingham. Then the week after that is the double main event at MagicFest Las Vegas, featuring both Modern and Modern Horizons Limited. That means there are two major Modern events before the Banned and Restricted List update on August 26th.