The January 24, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on January 24, 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 24, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Paul Cheon with the body of a horse. Because . . . I don't know?

Today's Must

  1. Aether Revolt Constructed Set Review: Red | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

We're nearing the end of our nation's most precious resource: LSV-penned set reviews. With just green and artifacts/multicolor remaining, there's only so much time to follow along. You know, until the next set.

So please do. For the children.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Community rallies around family with teen battling brain cancer | WCSH 6 | Chris Facchini

This article and video from a local (Portland, Maine) news station is all kinds of heartwarming. A young boy is battling brain cancer, and it's Magic that makes him smile. It's hard not to feel for the boy and the family, but it's nice to hear about the game bringing him some measure of joy in a difficult time.

  1. Aether Revolt Flavor Review | | John Dale Beety

A treat for flavor aficionados everywhere. Where else will you get lines of text like "Gatherer searching confirms: Yahenni is the only character so far to use 'darling' in flavor text."

  1. Magic: The Gathering Lessons for New Players: Learn How to Draft Better! | Magic the Amateuring | Maria Bartholdi

Intended for newer players—it says so right in the title—this video is a pretty good primer on what you should be looking for when trying to get better at drafting. So if your response to reading this item is either "Drafting is fun, but I'm not very good" or "What is this drafting thing you're talking about," then this video is certainly for you.

  1. From the New Metagame to Commons for Limited | First Strike | Kar Yung Tom, Robert Lombardi, and Vince D'Agostino

First Strike, the most prolific of Magic's two sports-debate style podcasts, returns with its tenth episode, covering everything from the Standard results from the past weekend to the best Limited commons in Aether Revolt to the power of Prereleases to where to get the best donut in Seattle. Well, maybe not that last one. But someone should. I need to know.

What to Watch Tonight

This is certainly something new and different. Will Jonathan has been writing mental preparation articles for ChannelFireball for a bit now, and it looks like he's taking his game onto a stream tonight. If you've enjoyed his articles or are just looking to find a mental edge in your game, check out the stream this evening.

  1. Vintage Super League

But if hot, hot Vintage action is more your speed, the final week of the play-in tournament for Vintage Super League starts tonight at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on

Community Spotlight

  1. We Are Gamers

Billing itself as gamers at heart who love to have fun, We Are Gamers is a relatively new yet well-produced channel that produces videos on board games and video games, yes, but mostly they make videos about Magic. They cover a wide variety of topics—everything from Commander to preview cards to how to art and back to Commander. They cover quite a bit of Commander. Their latest video is a Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder deck tech—which was preceded by an anti-Yidris deck tech. The video you can watch below is their Aether Revolt Top 5 cards (which are mostly Commander cards). The videos are good-natured, emphasize fun, and are easy on the eyes. They're certainly worth taking a look.

What People Are Talking About

I'm going to be honest with you—for the first time in the year I've been doing the Daily Magic Update, I have no idea what something I'm sharing is about. No clue whatsoever. But it was pretty easily the most-liked Magic-related item in my feed, and Luis Scott-Vargas hasn't otherwise tweeted since January 9. So, you get a horse with a Paul Cheon face. You're welcome?

Deck of the Day

  1. Jim Davis's Blue-Black Control

One of the biggest winners from the new Standard is Torrential Gearhulk, which, yes, saw a lot of play in Jeskai Saheeli decks, but also stepped in as the biggest and best thing control decks can do. Jim Davis took that to heart and came packing four of the flashiest Gearhulk and a ton of spells to flash back, finishing in 15th place at the Columbus Open.

The deck played a ton of counterspells and very, very few sorcery-speed threats or answers, even skipping powerful spells like Yahenni's Expertise. Virtually every card in the main deck can answer the Saheeli Rai/Felidar Guardian combo, and anything that doesn't usually garners some kind of card advantage.

While Jeskai Control and Grixis Control battled in the finals of the last Pro Tour, control never really took off in the format. But given how creature- and combo-based the format looks to be, it might just be time for control to make a comeback.

Blue-Black Control

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