The January 11, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on January 11, 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 January 11, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by World Champion Brian Braun-Duin's big move up the Top 25.

Today's Must

  1. Aether Revolt Limited Primer: What We Learned from the Pre-Prerelease | TCGPlayer | Adam Styborski

Styborski applies all of the lessons of the LoadingReadyRun Pre-Prerelease in a strong article all about playing at your own Prerelease. It even includes a handy-dandy instant-speed tricks list so you can expect the unexpected when you play this weekend.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Standard Brews with Aether Revolt | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

Karsten doesn't waste any time exploring new Standard. He's got decklists revolving around Start Your Engines, Sram's Expertise, Saheeli Rai, and Metallic Mimic plus Animation Module. That last one is my favorite of the bunch, and makes the Deck of the Day below.

  1. Aether Revolt Standard Decks | | Todd Stevens

Stevens also has his take on new Standard, featuring a new version of Aetherworks Marvel, Red-White Vehicles, some control, a smattering of Metalwork Colossus, and even a white-blue ramp deck. You read that last part correctly. White. Blue. Ramp.

  1. Aether Revolt Limited Set Review: Black | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

LSV's much-beloved set review series continues with black in Limited. Pun topics include choking, insects, gifts, and, um, salvaging.

  1. What decks will be good after the bannings? (Aether Revolt Standard Discussion) | Strictly Better MTG | Dev

What's up, his Wizards? Dev looks past the bannings to try and figure out what decks and strategies will emerge in the new Standard.

  1. Aether Revolt review: Magic's new set is powerful—if you can crack its puzzles | Ars Technica UK | Kyle Chapman

In which Ars Technica reviews the good, the bad, and the ugly from Aether Revolt, and gives it a literal seal of approval. Really, they have one of those, and they gave it this set. Next up, getting the seal of approval from Good Housekeeping. The Gremlins keep sabotaging that one.

Top 25

  1. Grand Prix Louisville Leaves Its Mark

The big news out of Grand Prix Louisville this weekend was the Top 8 match between Brian Braun-Duin and Reid Duke. Duke came out on top—and on top of the Grand Prix—but both players moved up the rankings in strong ways. The reigning World Champion (that would be Braun-Duin) leapt up six spots to No. 18. Duke doesn't have that far to rise, but the one-spot bump to No. 4 has him 5 points above No. 5 Steve Rubin.

Remember last year when Braun-Duin made the World Championship on the back of his stellar Grand Prix performances? This year's starting off much the same, and you probably shouldn't expect any drop off from the champ.

Also making bigger moves this week are Alexander Hayne, up four spots to No. 19, and rookie of the Year Oliver Tiu, knocking out the irreplaceable Paul Rietzl to get back into the Top 25.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Shota Yasooka 84.91 1
2 Seth Manfield 84.67 2
3 Owen Turtenwald 80.66 3
4 Reid Duke 78.30 +1 5
5 Steven Rubin 73.10 -1 4
6 Lukas Blohon 69.48 6
7 Márcio Carvalho 62.14 7
8 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 57.72 8
9 Yuuya Watanabe 57.12 +1 10
10 Ondřej Stráský 57.11 -1 9
11 Mike Sigrist 56.72 +1 12
12 Samuel Pardee 56.71 -1 11
13 Luis Scott-Vargas 56.29 13
14 Joel Larsson 55.71 14
15 Kentaro Yamamoto 54.73 15
16 Matthew Nass 53.93 16
17 Ryoichi Tamada 53.52 17
18 Brian Braun-Duin 53.14 +6 24
19 Alexander Hayne 52.72 +4 23
19 Andrea Mengucci 52.72 -1 18
21 Lee Shi Tian 51.93 -1 20
22 Martin Müller 51.70 -3 19
23 Samuel Black 51.12 -2 21
24 Petr Sochůrek 50.93 -2 22
25 Oliver Tiu 49.72 NR

Dropped from rankings: Paul Rietzl

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Magic Mics | Reuben Bresler, Evan Erwin, and Erin Campbell

11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. You. Evan. Erin. Reuben. Mics. Magic. Discussion. Twitch. Topics. Laughter. Dinosaurs, maybe.

Tune in to tonight for a spirited Magic discussion.

What People Are Talking About

Legacy Cube is back on Magic Online today, and with it comes the regular discussion about what should or should not be in the cube. Changes were minimal this time, though I share Paul Cheon's sadness over Mystic Confluence. You can check out the full Legacy Cube list here.

Deck of the Day

  1. Mimic Engine Combo | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

There's a lot going on here, as you might expect from Certified Math Genius Frank Karsten. Your best bet is to read his article about everything going on in this beauty, but I'll try to break it down by complexity levels.

  • Level 1: The deck utilizes Elves (for Metallic Mimic) and a +1/+1 counters theme to give it a reasonable beatdown angle. It's very possible to simply run over your opponent with ever-growing creatures.
  • Level 2: Metallic Mimic can name Servo in concert with Animation Module to create as many 2/2s as you have mana for each turn. All you need to do is trigger Animation Module once—it will create a Servo, which will get a +1/+1 counter, triggering Animation Module again, and so on, and so on, until you have no more mana left.
  • Level 3: Paradox Engine infinite combo! This one involves a lot of moving pieces, so I recommend reading Karsten's explanation. Suffice to say, it works, and when it does, it's quite beautiful. Johnnies and Jennies everywhere will approve.

Mimic Engine Combo

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