The January 13, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on January 13, 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 13, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the Aether Revolt Prerelease!

Today's Must

  1. Making Moves | Wizards of the Coast | Chris Cocks

If you haven't read this announcement yet (it was published yesterday after the Update was posted), I suggest you do. Though it doesn't have too many specifics, it does publicly kick off a renewed effort around our digital space.

A few outlets reported on the posting, including this one from Philip Kollar at Polygon and this one from Matt Miller at Game Informer.

  1. The Aether Revolt Prerelease Primer | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

But if your mood is less "corporate communications" and more "OH YES! THE AETHER REVOLT PRERELEASE IS FINALLY HERE!!" then check out Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa's Prerelease primer. He does some version of this for every set, and they're always really informative and helpful for anyone just this side of "I already know how to play, I want to win me some packs."

Oh, and if you're looking for more prep for the Prerelease, check out The Mana Source's Prerelease Guide or this report from Soh Weng Heng, who played Aether Revolt at the Super Sunday Series, or this visual set review from Limited Resources.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Exclusive Aether Revolt Pre-Prerelease | Windmill Slam | Denis and Oisin

Or maybe your mood is more "My Prerelease doesn't start till tomorrow, I need my fix now!" In that case, gorge yourself on Pre-Prereleases! There is, of course, the LoadingReadyRun Pre-Prerelease, but now there's also the Windmill Slam Pre-Prerelease on a slightly smaller scale, but with way more Irish accents.

  1. Top 10 Aether Revolt Rares/Mythic Rares (+ Top 5 Uncommons!) | Strictly Better MTG | Dev

Okay, now you're all set for the Prerelease. You're rested, you've got a plan, you know what to expect. But what do you do when after you've gorged yourself on prize packs and people want to trade? What cards should you be trying to collect? Dev's here to help his wizards, just like always, offering up the best cards in the set, uncommon and up.

  1. Control Is Back! | | Shaheen Soorani

Thank goodness! Control has been a tough nut to crack lately, what with all of these Emrakuls and Copters and tricksy White-Blue Flash decks running around. Thankfully, Soorani thinks we can return to a saner place where my opponents are left with no cards in hand, no non-land permanents, and no desire to play against me ever again. Just how I like it!

  1. Gifted Aetherborn and the "Fair" Side of Aether Revolt | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

Aether Revolt is quite a bit about crazy combos and wacky inventions—but what if you want to play fair? In that case, the Top Level Podcast team has got just the Aetherborn Vampire for you! And legend. And Mana Leak variant. And just the right Expertise. And, and, and...

  1. Twin 2.0 and the State of Combo in Modern | The Masters of Modern | Ben Bateman and Alex Kessler

Standard is (rightfully so) getting all the press, but Modern had some cards banned too! Pro player and fellow Modern master Corey Burkhart sits down with Bateman and Kessler to discuss those changes and the state of combo in Modern.

Community Spotlight

  1. Sylvan MTG

Started last October, Sylvan MTG is a relatively new website with a simple but effective execution that seems to work well. The site has a humor section, news, and a fun Top 5 section that covers a whole host of Top 5s, including things like Top 5 Un- Cards We Need in a Regular Set and Top 5 Blue Magic Origins Cards (which should probably just be Jace, Vryn's Prodigy five times, but I'm nitpicking).

What People Are Talking About

One last time? I plan to #blameworth at every opportunity. Out of the building, not out of our hearts. Or, probably, our pickup basketball games.

Deck of the Day

  1. Black-Red Control | | Todd Stevens

Todd Stevens's article from a few days ago is the gift that keeps on giving. Today's particular gift is a Black-Red Control deck that might just represent a new direction for control in Standard. Who needs blue anyway? (Me. I do. It's almost pathological.)

The deck looks to maximize Chandra, Torch of Defiance and Liliana, the Last Hope. Now that Smuggler's Copter is no more and Emrakul can't promise any more ends, planeswalkers are back on the menu! Black and red have easily the best removal in Standard right now. Shock, Unlicensed Disintegration, and Grasp of Darkness can all break up the Saheeli Rai and Felidar Guardian combo. Ruinous Path can cover you for a resurgence in planeswalkers, and Collective Defiance can be a Swiss army knife that can do the same, and more.

The real gift, however, is Goblin Dark-Dwellers, a card that hasn't quite seen the play it should considering its power level. I'd like to see some amount of Live Fast or Succumb to Temptation in this list, simply because you sometimes want to be able to cast a proactive Goblin Dark-Dwellers when your opponent has nothing to remove.

From there, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet can still clean up, and Bedlam Reveler can provide some extra fuel as well. It's a brutal deck, but it might be where control in the new Standard is headed.

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