The February 15, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 15, 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 15, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Siege Modification and the hopes and dreams of Vehicle enthusiasts everywhere.

Today's Must

  1. Art Book Reviews: A Review of Magic Art in 2016 | Gathering Magic | Mike Linnemann

There's a lot going on in this article, but the primary thrust of it is a review of the book The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Kaladesh. Almost no one in the community is as passionate about these things as Linnemann, so if you're curious about the art books, this is a good place to start.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Commander VS: Random Partners! | | Justin Parnell and Stephen Green

This week's Commander VS. challenge: each player is randomly assigned two commanders with the partner mechanic and makes a deck with them! Some make less sense than others, and one even makes a ton of sense (Ludevic and his Opus?), but they all make one thing for sure—fun.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the cheesiest line I've ever written. And that's a high bar to clear.

  1. Straying from Staples with TheMagicManSam | The Command Zone | Josh Lee Kwai and Jimmy Wong

There have been a recent influx of Commander pieces talking about staying away from certain cards that "always" get played in Commander—your Sol Ring, your Kodama's Reach, your Wrath of God—to try to find new, creative ways to solve the same quandaries. TheMagicManSam, he of the awesome art videos, joins The Command Zone to talk about ditching the staples and getting creative.

  1. More Ways to Play Magic: The Gathering In-Store | MTG: Young Mage

Sure, other YouTubers might talk about Elaine Chase's recent article on new ways to play in local game stores, but none of them will be nearly as adorable while doing so. Sorry, Evan Erwin.

Community Spotlight


Since Pro Tour Aether Revolt, The Pantheon—the group of Magic players who, more or less, make up Team D3 Go! and Team Puzzle Quest, including such greats as Jon Finkel and Reid Duke—has started regularly streaming Magic. You can see their calendar of who's streaming and when right here. You're going to be hard-pressed to find a collection of more talented players all playing on one channel for your entertainment and education. For example, Reid Duke will be streaming today at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Magic Mics | Erin Campbell, Evan Erwin, and Reuben Bresler | | 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT

One week after nearly dying of Ebola or something (the flu), Magic Mics returns tonight to talk about all things Magic.

Top 25

  1. Tiu Moves Up. Nelson into the Top 10

While Grand Prix Pittsburgh left the Top 8 in the standings unscathed, there was some jostling throughout the rest of the Top 25.

At the closest to the top we're going to get today, Brad Nelson continues to march upward, moving into the Top 10 players in the world just ahead of Kentaro Yamamoto and No. 11 Alexander Hayne.

A little further down, everyone's kid brother who's better than them at Magic, Oliver Tiu, is now up five spots—the biggest move of the week—to No. 15. The next biggest mover was Matt Nass, who slid up three spots to No. 18.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Márcio Carvalho 84.19 1
2 Shota Yasooka 80.84 2
3 Seth Manfield 80.30 3
4 Owen Turtenwald 79.11 4
5 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 75.88 5
6 Reid Duke 73.17 6
7 Steven Rubin 68.21 7
8 Lukas Blohon 65.94 8
9 Brad Nelson 60.88 +2 11
10 Kentaro Yamamoto 59.07 -1 9
11 Alexander Hayne 58.88 -1 10
12 Ivan Floch 57.48 12
13 Lee Shi Tian 57.03 13
14 Samuel Pardee 56.28 +2 16
15 Oliver Tiu 55.88 +5 20
15 Mike Sigrist 55.88 -1 14
17 Ondřej Stráský 55.80 -2 15
18 Matthew Nass 55.63 +3 21
19 Jiachen Tao 55.00 -2 17
20 Yuuya Watanabe 54.40 -2 18
21 Brian Braun-Duin 53.19 -2 19
22 Pascal Maynard 52.51 +2 24
23 Eduardo Sajgalik 52.46 23
24 Joel Larsson 52.28 -2 22
25 Craig Wescoe 51.27 25

Dropped from rankings: None

What People Are Talking About

  1. [Standard] GP Pittsburgh Report—28th with Mardu Vehicles | Ari Lax

There seems to be a new trend of writing high-level tournament reports on Reddit in r/spikes (a forum dedicated to competitive Magic). First we had the winner of Pro Tour Aether Revolt, now we have Ari Lax, a former Pro Tour winner, writing a tournament report about a Grand Prix in which he went 12-3. Come for the Mardu Vehicles stories, stay for the old-school props and slops ending.

This is in reference to this video done by Maria Bartholdi and published yesterday. If you love art, both Maria's video and April's collection are worth checking out.

Deck of the Day

  1. Siege Modification Combo

Yesterday, Kelvin Chew shared four brews team MTG Mint Card tried out for Pro Tour Aether Revolt that couldn't quite get there. One of the most out-there was a Siege Modification deck that sought to suit up a Consulate Dreadnought as early as turn three to attack with a 10/11 first striker.

Ultimately, the abandoned the deck because Fatal Push is very good against it, as is artifact destruction—but, man, it's really cool. If crashing in with giant Vehicles is your thing, give this one a first, second, and third look.

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