The February 1, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 1, 2017

By Nicholas Wolfram

Nicholas Wolfram fell promptly in love with tabletop and video games when he was only two years old, and he has been writing about them since he figured out how words worked. Now he puts together words about Magic, which he started playing way back in 2000.

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on February 1, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by a special message from Blake Rasmussen.

A Message from Blake Rasmussen

  1. What's going on with Magic Story

Hey, everyone—this is Blake, your friendly neighborhood Daily Magic Update scribe and content manager for this here website. While Nick is handling the Update for most of this week, I wanted to drop in with this note to let you know what's going on with Magic Story and our creative content in the coming weeks.

You might have noticed that today's story seemed a fitting conclusion to the Aether Revolt story. And that's because it is. What you may not know is that the first Amonkhet story doesn't start until March 29—seven weeks from now. So what gives?

What gives is that we're trying something new. Magic Story has become much like a television or Netflix "season," in that the blocks are, more and more, story arcs start to finish, with fewer stories that don't play into the overall narrative. Much like a television season, there's a definite beginning and end to that set or block's arc. Given that, we're trying to give a little breathing room to these arcs and, between them, switching to different kinds of creative content. But we still want to give all of the Vorthoses out there awesome creative content. Prior to the Aether Revolt story, you saw, admittedly, a less-than-ideal attempt at that. So we're going to try something better.

For the six of the next seven weeks (more on that in a moment), we're debuting the Magic Story Podcast, a podcast that visits with the people responsible for making the worlds we love and visit every time we play Magic. Each week we'll have a new podcast on Wednesdays with me, Blake, as the host. But mostly you'll hear from the actually creative people. Doug Beyer, Mel Li, and James Wyatt are all headliners for the first three weeks. After that, we'll take a one-week break for Modern Masters 2017 Edition previews (the week of February 27) before coming back to three more weeks of podcasts.

And, yes, if you follow me on Twitter, this is what I was asking about a few weeks ago. I really do listen to you wonderful, wonderful people.

I want to stress that this is something we're trying out. If it goes well, and you all enjoy the content, we'll be back with more. If you don't, we'll regroup and go another direction. But I've already recorded the first three of these, and I really do think you'll enjoy a peek behind the curtain of the Magic creative team. As always, please feel free to share feedback on Twitter @blakepr.

I now return you to your normally scheduled Daily Magic Update.

Today's Must

  1. The Pro Tour Watch List | StarCityGames.com | Chris Lansdell

Chris puts on his prognostication cap as he offers up some predictions on what will be hitting the table this weekend at Pro Tour Aether Revolt (and what will be leaving the table disappointed).

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The Future is Now—The Team Series Comes to Magic | TCG Player | Corbin Hosler

Corbin can barely contain his excitement for the future of Magic as our new Team Series brings the game to a new frontier in e-sports. But excitement is not meant to be contained anyway! The future is looking bright, and this weekend is a big chance for it to shine.

  1. Aether Revolt Draft Camp! Part 2 | Channel Fireball | Pascal Maynard

Pascal returns to finish the Aether Revolt Draft review he started last week. This time, he dives into the enemy color pairs of Aether Revolt Draft.

  1. GP San Jose Pajama Party | Magic the Amateuring | Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff

Maria and Meghan join their friend Ben Seck to discuss Aether Revolt Limited and celebrate Grand Prix San Jose.

  1. Commander: Yahenni, Undying Partisan | ChannelFireball | Eric Levine

Yahenni has quickly become the most popular Aetherborn among the Magic fandom (sorry, Gonti). And of course, with legendary popularity comes legendary brewing in the form of Commander decks. Eric has some great thoughts on what to do with the most darling Vampire of Kaladesh.

  1. Standard for Pro Tour Aether Revolt and Modern for SCG Regionals | StarCityGames.com | Todd Stevens

Todd analyzes what we've seen so far of the new Aether Revolt Standard and extrapolates what we may be seeing moving forward. Then, he moves on to discuss his deck preference for Modern at the upcoming StarCityGames.com Regionals and why it will be Eldrazi (again).

  1. Four Card Pairs to Brew with Aether Revolt | Channel Fireball | Neal Oliver

Neil looks beyond Copycat at what Johnnys and Jennys may be playing in Aether Revolt Standard over the next few months.

  1. A Dream Broken, the Future Begins | MTG Card Market | Brennan DeCandio

Brennan reflects on his loss at SCG Open Richmond last weekend and how he sees Standard developing based on his experiences.

Top 25

  1. Changes!

Alexander Hayne made a strong surge upward to No. 13, and Brian Braun-Duin also made a significant rise to No. 14 after a solid performance at Grand Prix Prague.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Shota Yasooka 82.93 1
2 Seth Manfield 81.76 2
3 Owen Turtenwald 77.42 3
4 Reid Duke 76.02 4
5 Steven Rubin 70.89 5
6 Lukas Blohon 66.80 6
7 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 61.80 +1 8
8 Márcio Carvalho 60.75 -1 7
9 Mike Sigrist 57.80 +2 11
10 Yuuya Watanabe 55.23 -1 9
11 Ondřej Stráský 55.06 -1 10
12 Samuel Pardee 54.63 12
13 Alexander Hayne 53.80 +6 19
14 Brian Braun-Duin 53.75 +4 18
15 Luis Scott-Vargas 53.67 -2 13
16 Joel Larsson 53.63 -2 14
17 Kentaro Yamamoto 53.14 -2 15
18 Matthew Nass 52.45 -2 16
19 Andrea Mengucci 51.80 19
20 Ryoichi Tamada 51.67 -3 17
21 Lee Shi Tian 51.27 21
22 Petr Sochůrek 50.27 +2 24
23 Samuel Black 50.23 23
24 Martin Müller 49.45 -2 22
25 Jiachen Tao 49.40 NR

Dropped from rankings: Oliver Tiu

What People Are Talking About

  1. This Avacyn stained-glass window is a wonderful demonstration of the master craftsmanship that we see from our talented fans!

Deck of the Day

  1. Maxwell Paustian's Black-Green Delirium

Taking 6th place at the Richmond Open last weekend, Maxwell was the top player not running a Saheeli Rai Copycat deck at the event. Instead, he ran an updated version of last season's popular Black-Green Delirium archetype, switching out Ishkanah, Grafwidow and the now-banned Emrakul, the Promised End for some +1/+1 counter love in the form of Walking Ballista; Rishkar, Peema Renegade; and Winding Constrictor. This will be an archetype to look out for.

Maxwell Paustian's Black-Green Delirium

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