The February 2, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 2, 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 2, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Walking Ballista, a mobile murder machine.

Today's Must

  1. Magic: The Gathering expands its Twitch presence to 36 Pro Tour and other events in 2017 | Venture Beat | Jason Wilson

If you haven't already heard, we're greatly expanding our presence on Twitch this year. We want everyone to experience the intensity of as many competitive Magic events as possible, whether they're able to travel to the event or not. With an extra 22 events coming to Twitch this year compared to last year, it looks like that will become reality!

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Beyond the Game: Understanding Other Skills in Magic | TCG Player | Brian Braun-Duin

BBD shines a light on skills that he sees as essential to performing well at Magic that don't get enough discussion. He believes there is a lot more to being "good at Magic" than just piloting a game well. And as one of the world's top players, he's probably right.

  1. Holistic Wisdom: Top 7 Standard Decks to Watch | MTG Mint Card | Freyalise

With Pro Tour Aether Revolt starting tomorrow, everyone is buzzing about which decks will rise to the Top 8 and which will crash early. Freyalise weighs in on seven archetypes she thinks are strong enough to snuff out the competition.

  1. Walking Ballista Is the Most Important Card in Standard | ChannelFireball | Andrea Mengucci

Not content to just make bold predictions, Andrea would rather hit us with a bold declaration: Walking Ballista is the card that will have the greatest impact on the Standard metagame in the coming months.

  1. Mechanized Production | | Matt Higgs

It's inevitable: each new card with an alternate win condition brings a new wave of brewers trying to break the game with it. With Aether Revolt, we have Mechanized Production trying to make eight identical artifacts and begin a turn with one of them enchanted. Matt offers a few different ways to make this happen in mono-blue, Esper, and Bant.

  1. The Top 8 Standard Decks You Haven't Seen | TCG Player | Adam Yurchik

Adam joins the prediction party with eight new decks that he thinks may still have the chance to take the top spot this weekend at Pro Tour Aether Revolt in Dublin.

  1. End of SeibenLore—Start of Something New! | Aether Hub | SeibenLore

Relax, Vorthoses! SeibenLore isn't really ending; it's expanding! The channel will now be functioning as Aether Hub, with a focus that expands beyond (but still includes) Magic lore videos.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Card Kingdom tells all

Popular Seattle and online Magic retailer Card Kingdom was the focus of some suspicion from seller and YouTuber Alpha Investments after he noticed the store buying his sealed Commander products on eBay. In response, Card Kingdom made the following behind-the-scenes exposé into their business practices, which will absolutely shock . . . no one, probably. Turns out they just needed more singles.

Deck of the Day

  1. John Asbach's Blue-Black Aether Revolt Draft

Tezzeret's Touch is not a Draft all-star. Not only is it two colors, but it's also an Aura, which are generally harder to squeeze value out of in Limited. However, John managed to put the card to work for him during Grand Prix San Jose's Top 8 last weekend and clinch first place. Backed by one of Aether Revolt's strongest Limited rares, Aethersphere Harvester, John brought his own touch to the game and dominated the competition.

John Asbach's Blue-Black Draft

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