The January 30, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on January 30, 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 30, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by inclusivity. As I've said before, it's one of Wizards of the Coast's top values. All gamers welcome. And you know what? We'll take non-gamers too. We like you anyway.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Prague

The first major Aether Revolt tournament to award Pro Points did not disappoint, as pros from all over the world descended on Prague just prior to the Pro Tour in Dublin. Of the pros you might recognize, Florian Koch, Ivan Floch, and Hall of Famer Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa all made the Top 8—but it was Yusuf Kemal Vefa from Turkey who walked away with the trophy. No slouch himself, Vefa has been the Turkish National Champion five times and has been on-and-off the Pro Tour for some time. And now, he can call himself Grand Prix Champion as well.

You can read all the coverage from the weekend, watch replays of all the action on Twitch, or catch a quick recap with the Top 5 Moments, by Frank Karsten.

  1. Richmond Open

If Walking Ballista was the darling of last week, Saheeli Rai and Felidar Guardian pushed back this week. Three copies of the combo deck made the Top 8, and the finals featured two of them. The rest of the Top 8 comprised two Black-Green Delirium decks, one Black-Green Aggro deck, and a Jeskai Control list. You can watch replays of the weekend on or check out the Top 32 decklists and several deck techs on the main tournament page.

  1. Jeskai Saheeli at SCG Columbus—7th | Mana Deprived | Daniel Fournier

You won't get a tournament report from the winner of SCG Richmond yet, but this is pretty close. Daniel Fournier played a very similar deck (only off by a few cards) the previous weekend and finished 7th. You can read his report, pretend it ends with "and then I won the tournament," and it's basically the same thing.

  1. Aether Revolt Constructed Set Review: Colorless and Multicolored | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

And with that, we say goodbye to another batch of pun-filled set reviews from Luis Scott-Vargas. It's a sad time when they end, but a joyous time as we celebrate having the full set review completed. A lot of mixed emotions here.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Your 2017–18 Pro Tour Teams | Hipsters of the Coast | Rich Stein

This is the most complete look at the Pro Tour team rosters I've seen so far, and it's worth giving it a read for that reason alone. Stein looks at the teams, then tackles gender issues in Magic.

  1. Inventor Societies of Kaladesh—League of Aeronauts and MORE! | SeibenLore

If you liked Part 1 of SeibenLore's look at the inventor societies of Kaladesh, well, then chances are pretty good you'll like Part 2. If you're into lore and you missed Part 1, well, now seems like a good time to go back and check that out. Sometimes, it really is that simple.

  1. Aether Revolt Cubing | Gathering Magic | Abe Sargent

Aether Revolt is full of powerful, interesting cards—which is basically the definition of a card that goes in a cube. Abe Sargent fills up his cube with Aether Revolt cards and walks through what goes in and what comes out.

  1. Attacking Constructed: New Deck Building Concepts | | Jeff Hoogland

Hoogland revisits his old brews and sees what deck building lessons he can glean from their success.

What People Are Talking About

Paul Jordan, once known as the MTGStatGuy, tweeted some of the first Pro Tour team stats we've seen over the weekend. We'll get a lot more at the Pro Tour, but if you head to Jordan's feed on January 27, you can see a whole bevy of them. This will be the first Pro Tour with teams, and this new dimension is going to take some digesting. What better way to help it go down than lots of statistics? Everyone loves statistics!

Deck of the Day

  1. Dylan Donegan's Jeskai Saheeli

Dylan Donegan updated the Jeskai combo/control deck (only 3 Felidar Guardians!) and walked away with the trophy in Richmond this weekend.

You can see an extra week's worth of tweaking in the deck. The lack of a fourth Guardian, the Oath of Jace but not Oath of Chandra, the pair of Fumigates (which are fantastic versus black-green), and even the emphasis on Needle Spires over Wandering Fumarole (better against Gideon tokens) show Donegan has been toying with the deck.

The question now, of course, is how this will play out with relation to the Pro Tour. Will this style of deck take hold among the best in the world as well? Or will they come to Dublin this weekend prepared to fight it? We'll find out in four short days, but, in the meanwhile, this looks to be the top dog in the format.

Jeskai Saheeli

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