The April 3, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 3, 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 April 3, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the start of Amonkhet previews! Perhaps I can interest you in this fantastic trailer? I've seen it a few times, and it still gives me chills.

Today's Tomorrow's Previews

  1. Every day for the next two weeks, I'll be sharing all of the non-DailyMTG previews you can find around the web in this space. There aren't any today (the first Monday is usually reserved for just Daily previews), but they pick up in earnest tomorrow and as the week goes on. Tomorrow (meaning starting as early as midnight tonight), you can find previews from the following:

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Top 5 Moments from Grand Prix San Antonio | Corbin Hosler

This Grand Prix felt more interesting than most, and the Top 5 moments delivers on the awesomeness that was this weekend. From No. 8 below to an upset in the finals, this Grand Prix had a bit for everyone. If you want to relive any of it, the replays are available on our Twitch channel.

  1. A First Look at Amonkhet | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

PVDDR covers the Invocations, the mechanics, the story, and the new cards revealed so far for Amonkhet, with a bonus Top 8 list for the Invocations he likes the most—spoiler alert, Force of Will is not on that list.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. How to Evaluate Amonkhet | MTG Mint Card | Anthony Lee

Previews start today, and with that, hundreds of thousands of words on the internet analyzing each and every card. Lee puts some constraints on how to look at cards in the Standard environment, and what kinds of cards with what kinds of effects might make a splash.

  1. Thankful for Preview Season | | Chris Lansdell

We are too, Chris. We are too.

  1. Deck Evolutions: Modern Storm | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Much of the original cast from the Modern Storm deck has been banned into oblivion, but the deck keeps on ticking. Somehow.

Community Spotlight


Sorry I haven't shared this before. They have content every few days and some strong articles, so I really should have shared this site earlier. Sorry.

What People Are Talking About

We all know the real winner of Grand Prix San Antonio.

Bonfire of the Damned is the gift that keeps on giving. This video isn't quite on par with the classic, but it's got to be at least No. 2 on the Bonfire of the Damned playlist.

Deck of the Day

  1. Gregory Orange's White-Blue Control

With nods to the Affinity and Jund decks played by his teammates on the winning Grand Prix San Antonio team, Gregory Orange's White-Blue Control was the "breakout" deck of the weekend. Versions of it were played on a number of top-performing teams, and it saw a good deal of camera time this weekend.

I use the quotes because it's hard to be a breakout deck in Team Unified formats, as the constraints of the format often push decks in directions they may not otherwise go. For example, note that the winning configuration covered all five colors separately (white-blue and black-red-green) plus artifacts (Affinity), so there was no chance of overlap.

But there was some interesting technology that definitely will see some play moving forward. Condemn is interesting against Death's Shadow decks, where it can be used to remove another creature while incidentally shrinking, or even killing, a Death's Shadow. In fact, as was pointed out on stream, a single Condemn gets rid of two attacking Death's Shadows, no matter what.

Gregory Orange's White-Blue Control

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