The August 17, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 17, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, 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 August 17, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Trest. Trest—for all of your unsavory, underhanded needs.

Today's Previews—Leovold Day

In addition to the previews you find on DailyMTG, there are a number of places around the web that will have preview cards themselves. I'll share the ones that have already been posted and point you toward what's coming down the pipeline over the rest of the day.

Today is Leovold Day, so trust no one.

  1. One-Mana Wonder—Conspiracy: Take the Crown Preview | TCGPlayer | Seth Manfield

Let's start with the one everyone will be talking about. I won't spoil it, but if you're paying even halfway attention to cards being previewed today, you've seen this reprint.

  1. "The Commander Conspiracy" (spoiler / preview for Magic: The Gathering) | Tolarian Community College | The Professor, Christine Sprankle, Tristan, and Stephen Murray

Joined by some talented players and some just as talented costumes, Tolarian Community College revealed a wacky piece of Equipment that will have Grizzly Bears at the gate claiming they're Marchesa.

  1. Conspiracy: Take the Crown Preview—Sanctum Prelate | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

This card is good. Like, real good.

I love this, even though I have no idea what's happening. Reddit, that international bastion of people who speak the languages of Magic, has a translation ready for you.

  1. Exclusive Conspiracy: Take the Crown Preview—Exotic Orchard! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Last Conspiracy, we had Reflecting Pool. It only makes sense, then, that this time we'd get the outward-facing Exotic Orchard which, in multiplayer, is probably better than Reflecting Pool anyway! Let's let Wedge tell you all about it. Wedge?

Our EU team ran a cipher competition, and the winner got to preview Keeper of the Keys! That just goes to show you, boys and girls—always solve random puzzles on the internet. Always.

  1. Wizards Play Network

For the second day this week, the Wizards Play Network Facebook app has a preview card. Maybe a third on Friday to complete the pattern?

(There will be a third on Friday to complete the pattern.)

  1. Blue—The Color Wheel Series (and CN2 Preview) | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

I like that the preview card for this video is basically an aside. The Color Wheel series The Command Zone does is about the nature, history, and purpose of each of the colors. This week covers blue. Then, because timing, a non-blue preview card! It is, at least, a very powerful Commander card.

Additionally, a few other amazing, fantastic, handsome people will have previews today. Bruce Richard, he of the Paliano Post fake news, will have a Twitter preview sometime today. Finally, I gave myself a preview card—because it's good to be king—on my own Twitter account, @blakepr. I'll have that up before noon Pacific Time. Oh, and...

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Magic Mics—Preview Card Show | Reuben Bresler, Evan Erwin, and Erin Campbell

I'm sure they'll talk about other things. They always do. But you—yes, YOU—will be turning in to see their exclusive preview card tonight.

Top 25

  1. Rietzl Roars Back

One week after a disappointing finish at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon stopped Rietzl from claiming the end-of-season rewards he was in line for, he started the new season off with a bang, making the Top 8 at Grand Prix Portland and setting himself up nicely for the 2016–2017 season.

Which begs the question for you newcomers—what exactly are you seeing here? A quick lesson: the Top 25 ranks players on their past performance over the last calendar year, so everything from August 16, 2015 until August 16, 2016. So what you see crosses over two Pro Seasons; the 2015–2016 season ended last week in Sydney. Thus, the rankings right now pretty closely match where everyone ended up at the end of last season.

Got it? Great.

Besides Rietzl, there wasn't a ton of movement. Steve Rubin slid up two spots, as did Shota Yasooka, who also did well on the Grand Prix circuit last weekend. Meanwhile, Petr Sochůrek finished second at Grand Prix Rimini, helping him enter the Top 25. Dropping off the rankings are Michael Majors and Andrew Brown. Trading two for one seems like an odd deal for a Top 25, but last week's went to 26 due to ties.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Owen Turtenwald 95.75 1
2 Seth Manfield 88.98 2
3 Lukas Blohon 83.14 3
4 Luis Scott-Vargas 77.19 4
5 Steve Rubin 67.46 +2 7
6 Reid Duke 67.42 -1 5
7 Martin Müller 66.44 -1 6
8 Shota Yasooka 62.62 +3 11
9 Joel Larsson 61.56 -1 8
9 Samuel Pardee 61.56 -1 8
11 Ondřej Stráský 60.58 -1 10
12 Andrea Mengucci 59.67 12
13 Paul Rietzl 57.74 +9 22
14 Mike Sigrist 56.67 -2 12
14 Alexander Hayne 56.67 -2 12
14 Brad Nelson 56.67 -2 12
14 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 56.67 -2 12
14 Oliver Tiu 56.67 -2 12
19 Yuuya Watanabe 55.69 -1 18
19 Samuel Black 55.69 -1 18
21 Petr Sochůrek 54.85 NR
22 Jon Finkel 54.72 -2 20
22 Ryoichi Tamada 54.72 -2 20
24 Ivan Floch 53.78 -1 23
24 Oliver Polak-Rottmann 53.78 -1 23

Dropped from rankings: Andrew Brown and Michael Majors

After All of That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Wizards Are sending me to PAX! | Windmill Slam | Denis Stranjak

We've invited a number of community members to PAX to help share the experience with you at home. Denis Stranjak, he of Windmill Slam, is one of people we invited—and, to let you all know about it, he made this funny video. I'm sure he's very excited for the opportunity. Once he stops throwing up.

  1. Third Time's the Charm | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

When a Hall of Fame Pro, especially one as popular as Luis Scott-Vargas, makes his third Pro Tour Top 8 in a row, you post the tournament report. It's a rule in the content creator's handbook. LSV recounts Pro Tour Eldritch Moon and another ridiculous run to the Top 8.

Deck of the Day

  1. Paul Rietzl's Vintage Spirits

Paul Rietlz might just be the best thing to happen to the Vintage Super League since Lodestone Golem was restricted. Playing a white-blue deck that utilizes some of the most disruptive Spirits in the game—with help from a few Humans and Kor—Reitzl won his playoff match against Eric Froehlich in exciting fashion, using Æther Vial to put Spirit of the Labyrinth in play at instant speed against a Jace, the Mind Sculptor.

Also, note the Tradewind Rider in the sideboard. Where else will you see that old-school gem?

The videos will be up on YouTube later, but you can watch the match in its entirety in the archives for twitch.tv/magic.

Paul Reitzl's Vintage Spirits

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