The January 26, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on January 26, 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 26, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Aether Hub.

Today's Must

  1. Being Correct Vs. Being Right | TCGPlayer | Brian Braun-Duin

This is the type of introspective article that comes along every now and then when a player wants to reflect on how they've improved or gotten worse in recent years. These articles tend to run the gamut from, let's say, stream of conscious rambling all the way up to helpful, insightful pieces that can be applied not just to Magic, but to life. This one is certainly on the helpful, insightful end of the spectrum, and is especially timely in that regard. Here, the World Champ lays out the difference between being correct and being right, and how that has informed his ability to grow and learn as a Magic player.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

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

It's Rishkar's world. We're all just living in it. More accurately, Luis is writing about it, in the penultimate LSV Constructed set review article for Aether Revolt.

  1. Huge Magic News: The Best FNM Promos for Magic: The Gathering in a Long Time Coming Soon! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Yesterday we announced Friday Night Magic promos up through June, and the response to the new ones—mostly Aether Hub—was very positive. Here, Wedge unpacks the news and (rightfully) gushes over that gorgeous-looking Aether Hub.

  1. Everybody Get Up, It's Time to Sram Now | Gathering Magic | Jason Alt

A lot of people are brewing Sram, Senior Edificer Commander decks—myself included—and Alt has his own list and strategy to share.

  1. A Pirate's Life For Me | | Bennie Smith

While we're on the topic of Commander, how about another Aether Revolt legend for the Commander pickings? Bennie Smith has everyone's favorite Pirate and Monkey in this deck list.

  1. Aether Revolt Draft Camp! | ChannelFireball | Pascal Maynard

It's rare during this time for pros to share learnings about the new set, what with a Pro Tour coming up and all, but Maynard does just that in what looks to be part one of a two-parter that examines what he's learned about the format so far. Meanwhile, the only thing I've learned about the format is that I cannot win in it for the life of me.

  1. Where Intellect, Philosophy, And Soul Transect—The Magic The Gathering Content of TheMagicManSam | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

A tribute from one content creator to another, The Professor highlights the work of TheMagicManSam, whose works have appeared here before. If you haven't seen one of Sam's videos, maybe The Professor can convince you that you're missing out.

What to Watch Today

This is already happening, so if you've got the time now or for the next 20 hours or so, Neal Oliver is running a stream extravaganza. Work can wait. 24-hour release streams only come every few months.

What People Are Talking About

It's true, we do always listen. And we like feedback! Except for that crack about my hair that one time. It takes hours to make this look like it took no time at all!

Deck of the Day

  1. Gregory Wiggett's Grixis Improvise

Inspiration comes from many places when a format turns, and this particular bit of inspiration came from a PPTQ at The Games Pit in Wakefield, England. This improvise-focused deck made the Top 8 and turned some heads while doing so, showing off how powerful cards like Herald of Anguish and Maverick Thopterist can be in the right deck.

The deck goes heavy on the cheap artifacts, looking to power out a Herald of Anguish as early as turn four, or an early Maverick Thopterist backed up by Metallic Rebuke.

Interestingly, the deck only dabbles in Tezzeret the Schemer, which makes a certain amount of sense. You have to have a critical mass of artifacts to act as enablers, plus a certain number of payoff cards (as in, cards with improvise), which doesn't leave a ton of room for "other." Tezz certainly has synergy with the rest of the deck, but I can see how it can get pushed low in the numbers game.

Gregory Wiggett's Grixis Improvise

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