The February 8, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 8, 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 February 8, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by The Magic Story Podcast, which kicks off today.

Top 25

  1. Everything Changes

Oh boy, here we go.

Pro Tour Aether Revolt changed everything. And I do mean everything.

First of all, we have a new No. 1-ranked player in the world, and it's Portugal's Márcio Carvalho, who not only just finished second in Dublin but is also coming off a second-place finish at the Magic World Championship just a few months back. That knocks Shota Yasooka all the way down to . . . No. 2. Not too precipitous a drop for our previous No. 1.

Carvalho isn't even the biggest gainer. Lee Shi Tian and Jiachen Tao both jumped up eight slots, which is impressive, but still doesn't represent the biggest leap. That belongs to Brad Nelson and Ivan Floch, who went from unrated to Nos. 11 and 12, respectively. Oliver Tiu, Eduard Sajgalik, Pascal Maynard, and Craig Wescoe also entered the rankings from off the list. Sajgalik—who made the Top 8 at Pro Tour Aether Revolt—is making the list for the first time ever despite a long time spent on the Pro Tour.

Also notable is that Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa continues to climb the list, now entering the Top 5 after his Top 8 performance. The way he's been playing, don't be surprised to see him keep rising.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Márcio Carvalho 84.74 +7 8
2 Shota Yasooka 81.62 -1 1
3 Seth Manfield 81.45 -1 2
4 Owen Turtenwald 80.38 -1 3
5 Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 76.63 +2 7
6 Reid Duke 74.07 -2 4
7 Steven Rubin 69.08 -2 5
8 Lukas Blohon 66.99 -2 6
9 Kentaro Yamamoto 59.70 +8 17
10 Alexander Hayne 59.63 +3 13
11 Brad Nelson 58.63 NR
12 Ivan Floch 58.17 NR
13 Shi Tian Lee 57.68 +8 21
14 Mike Sigrist 56.63 -5 9
15 Ondřej Stráský 56.61 -4 11
16 Samuel Pardee 56.10 -4 12
17 Jiachen Tao 55.67 +8 25
18 Yuuya Watanabe 55.14 -8 10
19 Brian Braun-Duin 53.74 -5 14
20 Oliver Tiu 53.63 NR
21 Matthew Nass 53.22 -3 18
22 Joel Larsson 53.10 -6 16
23 Eduardo Sajgalik 52.82 NR
24 Pascal Maynard 52.18 NR
25 Craig Wescoe 51.76 NR

Dropped from rankings: Luis Scott-Vargas, Andrea Mengucci, Ryoichi Tamada, Petr Sochůrek, Samuel Black, and Martin Müller

Today's Must

  1. Commander Gameplay! Yidris, Silas Renn, Titania, and Oona | Game Knights #3 | The Command Zone | Josh Lee Kwai, Jimmy Wong, Josh Kim, and Craig Blanchette

These are some of the slickest, most entertaining Magic videos around, and Game Knights 3 doesn't disappoint. Four players, four super sweet Commander decks, and a dozen asides. The action is clear, explained, and exciting. Plus, at only 43 minutes long, it's shorter than basically every Commander game ever!

And if you want more awesome Commander videos, Commander VS on also has a video today, featuring Commanders from various core sets!

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Mardu Vehicles Deck Guide | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

Frank Karsten kind of accidentally designed the Pro Tour–winning deck. Find out how, how his own tournament went, what makes the deck great, and where Vehicles goes from here.

There's also math. Because Frank Karsten.

  1. Baral vs. Chandra—Lore Lesson | Aether Hub | Seiben

Innnnn this corner, Baral, Chief of Compliance. He's rude, he's blue, and he's secretly a mage! And in this corner, we have Chandra Nalaar, fiery flame-burning renegade woman! Who wins? You dec—actually, Seiben will let you in on the story of these two old foes going toe to toe.

  1. Do You Know Magic: Jace, Part 2 | Gathering Magic | Richard Castle and Seiben

While we're talking about Seiben, why not add in another bit of lore content for today from the man with the voice? Written by Richard Castle, this episode of Do You Know Magic goes back to exploring Jace, his history, and his stylish cloak.

  1. Multicolor Lands | Commanderin' | Phil DeLuca, Sean Whatson, and Nate Burgess

Getting the lands right in a Commander deck can be tricky, but Phil, Sean, and Nate are here to help.

  1. A Pro Tour Call and Magic Shortcuts | MTG Card Market | Hunter Nance

There was a controversial judge call in Round 8 of Pro Tour Aether Revolt that set the internet ablaze. Hunter Nance is here to let you know the ruling was right (it was), but that maybe the rule should change (we'll be looking into it).

  1. White-Blue Azorius Philosophy, Strengths, and Weaknesses: A Magic: The Gathering Color Pie Study! | The Mana Source | Wedge

What does it mean to be an Azorius mage? Is it all about annoying everyone around you, preventing them from doing anything, and then casting Sphinx's Revelation for a billion? Obviously (says the Azorius mage). But it's about so much more than that (though mostly that). Learn all about what it means to pair blue and white cards together in this third video in the color pie pairings series.

Inside R&D

  1. In case you missed it, we went Inside R&D on Aether Revolt during the Pro Tour. Check out three videos on the story, the characters, and the mechanics, well, right here:

Deck of the Day

  1. Hualin Bai's Paradoxical Outcome

Let's get this out of the way: this deck did not do well at the Pro Tour. Sorry, everyone who was calling for it to be on stream at Pro Tour Aether Revolt.

That said, the deck is a blast to play, does something wild, and is clearly a popular idea. So maybe you—yes you!—can make it better.

Because I have magical Pro Tour decklist powers, I can assure you that this is the exact list Hualin Bai played at Pro Tour Aether Revolt. The deck uses a combination of Sram, Senior Edificer and Paradoxical Outcome to turn a bunch of zero-cost artifacts into a ton of cards and, eventually, a win with Aetherflux Reservoir.

There are a bunch of different ways to build the deck, but Sram, Outcome, Aetherflux Reservoir, and Bone Saw/Cathar's Shield make up the core of the deck. From there, Bai went with a number of cards with improvise and some other artifact-centric cards to synergize up and down the chain.

While it didn't work out for Bai, the idea is exciting, and the Sram/Puresteel Paladin deck in Modern shows the deck is just a few cards off from being truly good. Do the tools to make it work exist? Maybe, but you won't know until you try.

Hualin Bai's White-Blue Paradoxical Outcome

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