The February 21, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 21, 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 21, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by fruit zombies. Fruit zombies everywhere.

Today's Must

  1. Jon Finkel Analyzes Some Booster Drafts | Pantheon Magic | Jon Finkel

Besides having the most casual title ever, this is also a cool feature you should be taking advantage of if you're a drafting fan. Jon Finkel, one of the greatest drafters of all-time, will actually analyze your draft for you if you ask really nicely. The link above goes to some drafts he's already analyzed, and you can readily see he doesn't pull any punches ("Man he is just all over the place . . . hate the pick," he says like four picks into his first draft). The tweet below tells you how to participate, but if you aren't ready to have Jonny Magic tell you how your draft went wrong (or right!), you can just watch him analyze other drafts first.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Modern Masters 2017 Edition & Amonkhet Spoilers: Full-Art Basic Lands, Griselbrand, God Art, and more! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Wedge covers every inch of yesterday's news, from packaging to art and everything in between. It's a good source for the summary.

  1. Drapht Around the World: The Czech Republic | TCGPlayer | Raphaël Lévy

Hall of Fame pro and name-pun enthusiast Raphaël Lévy continues his series showing off communities all around the world—by drafting with them. The video is fun, slick, and does a good job of showing off Magic as a common language no matter where you are.

  1. Amonkhet—Trial of the Five Gods | Aether Hub | SeibenLore

SeibenLore looks to wrap up what we know so far about Amonkhet. There's very little about fruit zombies, however.

  1. Demon Midrange | MTG Card Market | Justin Robb

Justin Robb was at Pro Tour Aether Revolt, but he has no interest in talking about his deck. Instead, he wants to tell you about the Demon Midrange deck played by Shintaro Ishimura—a five-color Woodland Wanderer/Herald of Anguish brew that defies almost all logic or analysis. But Robb is going to try anyway. See what's going on with this wild Standard deck.

  1. Improvising a New Standard | ChannelFireball | Josh Silvestri

A blue-red improvise-fueled deck won a PPTQ hosted by ChannelFireball last Sunday, and Silvestri dives into the how and the why of the deck, trying to discern if it's the one to break through the Big Three currently sitting atop Standard.

  1. From Real Content to Modern's Future | First Strike | Kar Yung Tom, Doug Potter, and Bryan Gottlieb

Fresh off a Grand Prix Top 8, Gerry Thompson joins the First Strike crew to talk about his deck, about Modern and Standard, and answer various Pro Tour–centric questions. Like, what are pajama parties like at Brad Nelson's house? And is Brian Braun-Duin as good a dancer as we all suspect?

What to Watch Tonight

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

Four more players enter the fray. Which four? Time for a helpful tweet!

What People Are Talking About

  1. Who Wore It Best: Zombie Produce Edition | Tumblr | Sarpadian Empires Vol. VIII

There was a lot of chatter that sprung out of the fantastic Chris Rallis Liliana art revealed yesterday, but one of my favorites was the fruit zombie comparisons between her and Tasigur.

What Liliana art you might ask? Oh, in this article we showed off a bunch of new packaging and art. Then, later in the day, we tweeted this:

Deck of the Day

  1. Jason Simard's Mono-White Eldrazi and Taxes

Jason Simard made the Top 8 of Grand Prix Vancouver with a disruptive white Modern deck that squeezes the opponent's resources with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Leonin Arbiter backed by Ghost Quarters. Throw in a few Eldrazi Temples and Thought-Knot Seers, and you get peak disruption without ever touching on Modern favorites Thoughtseize or Inquisition of Kozilek.

For a purely mono-white deck, Simard's deck does a fantastic job of making it difficult for the opponent to play their deck optimally. And when faced with another creature deck, blinking Blade Splicers with Flickerwisp, Restoration Angel, and Eldrazi Displacer often gets the job done.

Jason Simard's Mono-White Eldrazi and Taxes

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