The January 27, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on January 27, 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 27, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by so much fantastic content today, I couldn't include it all. Good on you, Magic content creators. Good on you.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Grand Prix Prague Incident

As I'm writing this, I have as much information as the rest of the internet. Apparently there was a fire in the catering area of the venue today. No players or event staff were injured, but the venue was evacuated. The Grand Prix will go on as scheduled. For any more updates, we suggest following Tournament Center (the Grand Prix organizers) on Twitter and Facebook.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Prague

The first Grand Prix of the Aether Revolt season kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. local time (CET)/2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET/10 a.m. UTC and features Aether Revolt Limited. There will be plenty of pros in attendance trying to flex their Limited muscles before the Pro Tour starts next week, so set an early alarm, tune in, and check it out on

  1. Richmond Open

Week two of the new Standard Season is happening in Richmond this weekend, as Matthias Hunt and Ryan Overturf host two days of Standard competition starting on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT. Last week we saw the Open set the level for new Standard, this week we'll get one last look at the format prior to the Pro Tour. Check it out on

Today's Must

  1. Pick Order List for Aether Revolt | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

This type of content usually doesn't come out until after the Pro Tour, but Frank Karsten is giving away all his Aether Revolt Limited secrets by giving you a full pick order list. Wondering which cards are best? What you should pick over Daring Demolition? The article has both a visual list and a searchable drop-down list.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Art in Focus—Spire of Industry by John Avon | Original Magic Art | Josh Krause and John Avon

Dive deep into the work behind Spire of Industry directly from John Avon. He shows off early drafts, talks about his process, and shows how you too can be one of the best artists in the industry. Okay, maybe not that last part, but it's still super helpful anyway.

  1. Developing Aether Revolt with Ben Hayes | Commanderin' | Phil DeLuca, Sean Whatson, and Nate Burgess

Aether Revolt lead developer Ben Hayes stops by to talk to the Commanderin' crew about, well, Aether Revolt and Commander. Learn about legends, tune in for the top effects, and stay for the epic sorceries.

And if that's your cup of tea, also check out the Mana Source's Aether Revolt Commander spotlight right about here:

  1. Back to Back | MTG Card Market | Brennan DeCandio

If you're interested in watching this week's Open, maybe take a moment to read about last week's Open from the guy who won it all—his second Open win in a row.

  1. Sick Beats | The Girlfriend Bracket | Erin Campbell, Hallie Santo, Katie Neal, and Kriz Schultz

The women of The Girlfriend Bracket break down last weekend's SCG Open just in time for this week's. Plus, they ask, should political clothing be worn at events?

  1. Aether Revolt First Impressions | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Right in time for our first weekend of Limited Grand Prix, the men of Limited Resources give us their first impressions of the format. Spoiler alert: Marshall likes some of the value cards.

  1. Walking Ballista: The Best Card in Aether Revolt? | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

Yes. Moving on.

Wait, there's more to it than that? Okay, Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores explain. And they're quite good at explaining these sorts of things.

Deck of the Day

  1. All the Combos | Numot Gaming | Case Kiyonga

Case Kiyonga dares to ask "What if, instead of having one infinite combo, we could build a deck with multiple?" And then does it.

The deck below has multiple unbounded combos, from Saheeli Rai and Felidar Guardian to Panharmonicon and two Felidar Guardians to Panharmonicon, Whirler Virtuoso, and Gonti's Aether Heart. Plus it gets to play Aetherworks Marvel again, like it's going out of style.

Check out Kiyonga's article for more details, but I can't possibly recommend this wacky, combo-filled deck enough, especially since Panharmonicon plus Rogue Refiner feels about 50% as good as Cloudblazer-Panharmonicon. That's a good feeling.

All the Combos

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