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.
- 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
|14||Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa||56.67||-2||12|
Dropped from rankings: Andrew Brown and Michael Majors
After All of That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These
- 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.
- 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
- 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.