The January 25, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on January 25, 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 25, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by ChannelFireball's Standard Power Rankings—but only because a certain Snake is at the top.

Standard Series

  1. Between February 13 and April 16, stores will be running a series of fun Standard tournaments with some cool prizes.

At participating stores, if you play in six Standard events during this window of time, you can receive a special land promo card (see below) from a Standard-legal set. Additionally, participating stores will receive three exclusive playmats featuring Amonkhet art that they can use to reward players for sportsmanship, helping new players, innovative deck building, or other positive effects on the store and community. Any Standard event run during this period—including casual events, Friday Night Magic, and PPTQs—will count toward your six events.

Prairie Stream, Sunken Hollow, Smoldering Marsh, Cinder Glade and Canopy Vista, using normal frame but Masterpiece Series art. Images are mockups of final cards.

Check with your local store to see if they're running the promotion.

Today's Must

  1. Standard Brew Blitz | | Chris Lansdell

So. Many. Decks. Seriously, there are so very many decks in this article, I can't particularly capture the volume of new brews Lansdell has bequeathed to us. If you're looking for Standard inspiration, look no further.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. All Hail the Snek Dek | Magic the Amateuring | Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff

Prerelease; yada, yada, yada; Draft synergies; yada, yada, yada. But Winding Constrictor?! Come on. That. Card. And, just because they can, Meghan and Maria throw in a little Flavor Text Theatre.

  1. Meddling Ajani | Gathering Magic | Jay Kirkman

Kirkman takes the Ajani Planeswalker Deck and turns it into a lean, mean, fighting machine. He does exactly what the deck is meant for—he tries it out, upgrades a few cards, changes a few things to fit his play style, and goes forth with a fun deck I'd gladly battle with at Friday Night Magic.

  1. Evaluating New Mechanics—Kaladesh Block | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

This is the first in what the Command Zone crew says will be a series of episodes that looks at new set mechanics and how they fit into Commander—because it would be weird if the crew looked at how cards fit into, say, Legacy.

  1. Green-White Tokens in Aether Revolt Standard—4th Place | MTG Card Market | Hunter Nance

As you might have guessed from the title, Hunter Nance finished in 4th place last weekend at the Open, piloting the only Green-White Tokens deck into the Top 8 before being run over by a Black-Green Walking Ballista deck. He reviews what worked, what didn't, and how he sees the deck positioned going forward.

Top 25

  1. Release Events Don't Award Pro Points

No changes because there haven't been any pro-level events. But with two Grand Prix taking place this weekend and a Pro Tour the following weekend, expect some pretty titanic shifts in the coming weeks.

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 4
5 Steven Rubin 73.10 5
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 9
10 Ondřej Stráský 57.11 10
11 Mike Sigrist 56.72 11
12 Samuel Pardee 56.71 12
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 18
19 Alexander Hayne 52.72 19
19 Andrea Mengucci 52.72 19
21 Lee Shi Tian 51.93 21
22 Martin Müller 51.70 22
23 Samuel Black 51.12 23
24 Petr Sochůrek 50.93 24
25 Oliver Tiu 49.72 25

Community Spotlight

  1. Masters of Magic

A new Magic-focused website arises—and it looks pretty. Masters of Magic is a United Kingdom–based site that only very recently entered the arena. It bills itself as "Community, Creativity, and Cards" and features just a few articles at its start. You should check out the article announcing its arrival, as well as the PPTQ coverage article that initially caught my eye.

What People Are Talking About

Another team is revealed! One Hall of Fame pro, one pro with multiple Pro Tour Top 8s, a Magic Online Champion, and multiple Gold-level pros is certainly a roster a lot of teams would take in a heartbeat.

10. Aether Revolt Card Obsolescence Chart

Everyone loves an obsolescence chart!

No, seriously, this thing is pretty popular. It shows off cards in Aether Revolt that are strictly better versions of already existing, but similar, cards. It's a sad day when your Lunges and Fists of the Anvils are no longer the best versions of themselves. Or a happy day. I'm honestly not really sure.

Deck of the Day

  1. Daniel Phelps's White-Black Eldrazi

While the Standard Open got all the press last weekend, there was also a Standard Classic held at the Columbus Open Weekend. While the metagame was similar, a few different decks did emerge.

Finishing in 7th place in the Classic was a mostly colorless Eldrazi build that utilizes some of the colorless—or nearly so—artifacts from Kaladesh and Aether Revolt to round out its arsenal. Walking Ballista of course makes an appearance, as does Scrapheap Scrounger, which combos nicely with Eternal Scourge. Grasp of Darkness and Transgress the Mind (and Walking Ballista) inoculate the deck against the Saheeli Rai-Felidar Guardian combo, and a bevy of special lands means it always has something to do with its mana.

The Eldrazi may seem like a long time ago, but they're still very much legal and kicking in Standard, and very much looking to process your opponents for lunch.

White-Black Eldrazi

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