The April 7, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 7, 2017

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, 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 7, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by cycling, which makes everything better.

Today's Previews

Every day until the full set is revealed on April 14, I'll be sharing all the non-DailyMTG previews you can find around the web in this space. Here are today's:

  1. Exclusive Amonkhet Preview: Angel of Sanctions | TCGPlayer | Craig Wescoe

Well this seems powerful. Twice. It was always a minor tragedy when your Fiend Hunter died—with this Angel, you just get to bring him back for more.

  1. Amonkhet Previews | Snack Time | Ant Tessitore and Mike Linnemann

As is often the case, Snack Time gets a sneak peek at some lovely art and flavor that comes through on a trio of commons. As is always the case, they do a marvelous job digging into that art and flavor here.

  1. Magic: The Gathering: Las Nuevas Mecánicas De Amonkhet Y Carta Exclusiva | IGN Spain

The name of the card is Approach of the Second Sun and the text is essentially what you can find here, just templated more formally (though not by much).

Now get out there and start brewing with your new alternate win condition.

  1. Amonkhet Brings New Perspectives | Top Level Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores

My new perspective is that I will probably try to build around this far more than I should.

  1. Amonkhet spoiler: Poor Gideon . . . | Ars Technica UK | Kyle Chapman

Man, who would have guessed that there's be a dark underbelly to Nicol Bolas world?

Clearly not Gideon.

  1. @mtgaaron | Coming Soon

I rarely see R&D members enjoy themselves more than when they pick out a card for Aaron Forsythe to preview. Stay tuned to see what they gave him this time.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. StarCityGames.com Worcester Open | twitch.tv/scgtour | Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m. ET

It still blows my mind that Worcester is pronounced as "Wooster." I may never get over it.

Oh, yeah, also, they're streaming Legacy. So that's happening. Enjoy!

What People Are Talking About

It's true. This is basically the theme of Amonkhet previews—"cycling for one makes everything so much better."

Let's see if we can assign band genres to today's preview cards:

  • Cruel Reality: metalcore
  • Bounty of the Luxa: lounge singers
  • Approach of the Second Sun: '90s alternative
  • Dissenter's Deliverance: high school garage band that took a politics class once
  • Supply Caravan: Australian soft rock
  • Winged Shepherd: '80s pop (mostly ballads)
  • Nimble-Blade Khenra: punk rock, but, like, kind of obsessed with anime
  • Angel of Sanctions: symphonic power metal
  • New Perspectives: '80s synth band

Synergy of the Day

  1. Key to So Many Snakes

We've gotten to know one Snake-based deck that uses +1/+1 counters, but it might be time for one that uses -1/-1 counters.

With these two cards on the table, every time you cycle a card you not only shrink your opponent's army, but get a 1/1 deathtouch Snake for each creature they control. Every time you cycle.

But there's another way that also lets you trigger Hapatra's first ability—Key to the City. It might have been fashioned for another city on another world, but the Key works just as well on Amonkhet, where you can discard a card to get Hapatra through to start throwing -1/-1 counters on things and making Snakes. And when the Archfiend shows up later on? Boom—every Key to the City activation also shrinks their entire team, makes a bunch of Snakes, and continues to get Hapatra through.

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