The February 9, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 9, 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 9, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the return of Nationals. Also some other stuff. But mostly, Nationals is back!

What People Are Talking About

Nationals comes back! Everyone cheers! There are some other things in the announcement as well (Grand Prix PTQs, the end of in-store Grand Prix Trials, some more on the World Magic Cup), but Nationals is back! Everyone cheers!

Also, for more on the announcement, check out the interview Hélène Bergeot did with Magic Mics on this very topic, also out this morning:

Yup! This is a true fact and is happening. There will be much singing and dancing in the streets.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Black-Green Delirium Was a Decent Choice for Pro Tour Aether Revolt. Now It's Perfect. | ChannelFireball | Reid Duke

Is it any surprise that Duke finds a black-green-based deck appealing? In this case, he thinks it might be the best choice in Standard due to its success against Vehicles. But perfect? That's a bold claim, Mr. Duke. A bold claim indeed.

  1. The Entire Kaladesh/Aether Revolt Story/Lore Summary for Magic: The Gathering: Part 1! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Wedge catches you up on the Kaladesh story arch, or at least a good portion of it. It does say Part 1, after all.

  1. The New Draft Metagame | Hipsters of the Coast | Brendan McNamara

McNamara looks at the Pro Tour and divines the latest state of Kaladesh/Aether Revolt Draft. And, yes, it does involve a lot of pros saying "I don't know." Just like you would think.

  1. Understanding the Pro Tour Results | Gathering Magic | Kyle Boggemes

You watch the Pro Tour. You read about it. You had T-Shirts made with Lucas Esper Berthoud riding a Heart of Kiran. But do you really understand the Pro Tour? If not, Kyle Boggemes can help.

  1. Five Commander Cards to Stop Playing in Every Single Deck | TCGPlayer | Adam Styborski

Put down that Sol Ring, young man! Young lady, I thought I told you to stop playing with that Kodama's Reach! Stybs tells you to kill your darlings and play something a little more fun.

  1. Paul Cheon's Pro Tour Aether Revolt Vlog | ChannelFireball | Paul Cheon

Now that the Pro Tour has past, Cheon released his "Chlog" (Cheon Vlog—but "vlog" is already a mashup of "video" and "log" so, Cheon video log? Kids these days and their slang) giving a behind-the-scenes look at his Pro Tour experience, interviews with other pros, and unintentionally trolling Ivan Floch about getting 9th on tiebreakers.

  1. Calculating Cheerios | MTG Mint Card | Taufik Indrakesuma

The new kid on the Modern block is a deck full of zero-cost artifacts and a potential turn-two kill. Yeah, turn two. Indrakesuma does the math on how best to construct the deck. Frank Karsten would be proud.

Deck of the Day

  1. Jun Ishihara's Sultai Delirium Control

One of the secret successes of Pro Tour Aether Revolt was the Sultai Delirium Control deck from Jun Ishihara, who finished 8-2 in Standard with the deck. If we listen to Reid Duke, now is a good time for Black-Green Delirium, and if we listen to blue mages everywhere, that deck can only be improved by adding blue cards.

In this case, Ishihara added Glimmer of Genius, Disallow, Overwhelming Denial, and the ever-present Torrential Gearhulk. If you've never cast Grapple with the Past to get back a Torrential Gearhulk to get back a Grapple with the Past, you haven't truly played the grindiest of grinds in Standard.

With Fatal Push; Grasp of Darkness; To the Slaughter; Ishkanah, Grafwidow; and Liliana, the Last Hope, the deck is already stacked against Mardu Vehicles, and the addition of blue cards gives it some edge in the pseudo-mirror.

There's always one deck from the Pro Tour that goes under the radar but blooms in the new metagame afterward. Could this be the control deck we're all looking for?

Jun Ishihara's Sultai Delirium Control

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