The February 14, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 14, 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 14, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Valentine's Day. Because my fiancée threatened my life if it wasn't.

(She didn't really. She's a sweetheart. And she might be reading this.)

Today's Must

  1. Aether Revolt Draft Primer | TCGPlayer | Steve Rubin

This is one of the most thorough Aether Revolt Draft primers out there. There's a video, there are concept and archetype walkthroughs, and even Steve Rubin's smiling face above it all. What more could you want?

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. First Strike #13—From Jeskai Saheeli to the New Nationals | Mana Deprived | Kar Yung Tom, Robert Lombardi, Vince D'Agostino, and Daniel Fournier

Daniel Fournier—he of the Grand Prix Pittsburgh Top 8—joins the scrum to talk about Jeskai Saheeli in Standard. Plus, Nationals, Modern, and the Sunday Pro Tour Qualifier. Also, people arguing for your entertainment. Just like the Valentine's Days I remember.

  1. Standard Power Rankings | ChannelFireball

Removal spells at No. 1 and No. 3, a list not-so-shockingly heavy on black and green cards, and half the list dominated by uncommons. The Top 8 cards keep shifting, but our new No. 1 probably isn't going very far.

  1. Card Flow Dynamics | | Jadine Klomparens

Compared to the last piece of content, this one is a bit closer to the academic side. No real lists, lots of theory, lots of down-in-the-weeds bits. If you're new to the game or just wading into Friday Night Magic, you can probably skip this one. But if you're looking to dive deep into theory behind the game, this might give you a better understanding of card flow throughout the game.

  1. Grand Prix Champion John Asbach Reveals How to Get to GP Top 8 from Day Two | MTG Pro Tutor | Shaun Penrod

John Asbach recently took down Grand Prix San Jose in Aether Revolt Limited, which makes him a perfect profile for Shaun Penrod's MTG Pro Tutor. Plus, he graduated from West Point, which means he's probably way better at push-ups than you are.

  1. A Pauper Primer: Wrapping Up | Gathering Magic | Alex Ullman

The best time to binge a series is when it's finished, so you don't have to wait for any episodes, right?

Well, that makes now the best time to jump in to Alex Ullman's Pauper format primer, as it's the final part (part 5!) of his trip through the format.

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Vintage Super League | | 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET

Tonight, Oliver Tiu, Paul Rietzl, Eric Froehlich, and Randy Buehler have a hot date—with some Vintage. No one's giving out roses, just pain. Tune in with a loved one—just make sure that loved one isn't going to throw things at you afterward because you didn't plan anything else.

What People Are Talking About

This conversation started this morning because—well, because Ari Lax felt like it, I guess. Either way, a number of people chimed in, including Brian Kibler, who started to articulate why the new bracket was instituted (140 characters and all that).

One interesting note when looking at Pro Tour Aether Revolt standings: after talking with several players who made the Top 8 or were merely invested in the outcome, as well as with our scorekeeper when we were trying to figure out who to put in the feature match area (thus, trying to figure out who would/should draw or play), it seems like more players should have played in the final rounds. Whether this is behavior left over from the old system or the new structure didn't incentivize playing in the final rounds correctly, it's something we'll keep an eye on.

  1. Inclusivity in Local Game Stores

So, currently, on Tumblr, there's a wide discussion going on about bullying and discrimination in local game stores. You can see one post as an example here, but there are a ton more, um, strongly worded posts on Tumblr you can find if you look around Magic-related users' posts.

So, let me just say this again because we cannot repeat it enough: Wizards of the Coasts values inclusivity in our gamers—ALL gamers. That means making anyone and everyone feel welcome at local game stores, tournaments, and basically in life. Just be nice—it often is really that simple. Magic is a game, and it's meant to be fun. So have fun.

Deck of the Day

  1. Grixis Tezzeret | ChannelFireball | Reid Duke

With the big three decks in Standard firmly established—Mardu Vehicles, Black-Green Constrictor, and various flavors of Copycat—the search for a deck that can break up those three has begun in earnest. Reid Duke's latest voyage to find such a deck brought him to Grixis Tezzeret, an, as he put it, "aggressively slanted midrange deck" that might be able to squeeze a fourth deck into that tier 1.

It has the markings of a powerful deck. Heart of Kiran, Pia Nalaar, Walking Ballista, Fatal Push, Unlicensed Disintegration, and Scrapheap Scrounger are among the best spells in the format, so the power is definitely there.

Could this deck break out? Is it another angle to attack Standard? Is Tezzeret ready for the big time?

All reasonable questions. Time to find out.

Grixis Tezzeret

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