The February 3, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 3, 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 3, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the 32 teams at Pro Tour Aether Revolt. Tune in to the team-oriented action all weekend!

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Pro Tour Aether Revolt

The first day of the Pro Tour has already started, and the action won't stop until the end of the weekend. Don't miss a moment of the excitement as the top Magic players in the world duke it out to see who takes the prize! Catch it all on

Today's Must

  1. How to Identify the Best Deck After the Pro Tour | ChannelFireball | Mike Sigrist

Mike posits that the best deck at a Pro Tour may not even make the Top 8. Sound ridiculous? Well, give him a chance to explain his reasoning and how you can apply it after this weekend to decide whether his atypical stance has any merit.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. What to Expect at Pro Tour Aether Revolt | TCG Player | Seth Manfield

After spending last week in Prague playing Standard constantly, Seth has some ideas about which archetypes will be the most popular this weekend.

  1. Having Some Fun with Trophy Mage | MTG Mint Card | Chapman Sim

Fans of trinkets and treasures immediately zeroed in on Trophy Mage during the Aether Revolt previews, and Chapman has some thoughts on how to turn that enthusiasm into effective Standard tech.

  1. Improvisational Dramedy | | Ross Merriam

Ross reconciles his dour history with Ornithopter long enough to acknowledge its value in an improvise deck.

  1. BIG Robots | ChannelFireball | Brian DeMars

Brian 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. A Cursed Standard Deck and Rishkar Commander | | Bennie Smith

Bennie laments not being able to lift the curse on his Mono-Green Hydra deck. He goes on to comfort himself by designing a Rishkar, Peema Renegade Commander deck focused on a theme of +1/+1 counters mattering. But will this deck be cursed, too? Garruk may have some thoughts on the issue.

What People Are Talking About

  1. #PTAER!

With the first day of the latest Pro Tour underway, everyone is trying to figure out which team will rise to the top and which decks they'll be piloting. Join in on the speculation and analysis now using #PTAER!

Deck of the Day

  1. Yusuf Kemal Vefa's Green-White Aether Revolt Draft

With an outstanding 2 Sram, Senior Edificers and 1 Aerial Modification, you'd likely expect Yusuf's 1st-place Draft deck from Grand Prix Prague to be replete with Vehicles—but you'd be wrong. He didn't play a single one. Instead, Yusuf took the top spot by relying on his steady curve of strong creatures to overwhelm his opponent, while using Sram to gain extra value from his Aura-based removal and enhancement.

Yusuf Kemal Vefa's Green-White Draft

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