The April 10, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 10, 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 10, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by a menagerie of preview cards.

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—Vizier of the Menagerie! | The Mana Source | Wedge

It's like Garruk's Horde and Oracle of Mul Daya got together and had a baby, but that baby came out with a Snake head.

  1. Magic: The Gathering, ecco una carta della nuova espansione Amonkhet in anteprima | Wired Italy | Simone "AKirA" Trimarchi

Oketra, the white God, gets its debut in Italian. You can find a rough translation from, as usual, a helpful Redditor. Further down the thread, you can also find Cat puns. Many, many Cat puns.

Oh, and while we're at it, the Invocation version of Oketra looks a little something like this.

The card, in English, is called Censor, and yes, it's a cycling Force Spike. Honestly, that's something I never thought I'd see at two mana. But the day has come. Basically, if you're playing against me for the foreseeable future, I highly suggest keeping an extra mana open.

  1. Amonkhet Exclusive Preview! | | Split Second

It's not quite Sphinx's Revelation, but then, it probably doesn't need to be to be to get control mages salivating. Myself included. Sorry, wiping drool off the keyboard.

  1. Liliana's Mastery | Korean Magic: The Gathering Facebook page

This is an approximately correct translation, and your opponent is going to be having an approximately rough time when it comes to fighting this enchantment, especially in a dedicated Zombie deck.

  1. The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai | Coming Soon

Shocker, this card is going to be playable in Commander. True story.

Unburden yourself for just two mana and draw another card—or, better yet, Unburden your opponent for just three mana. Mind Rot hasn't looked this good since Blightning.

  1. @Grumpherys | Coming Soon

This card is mean. You'll see

  1. First Strike | Mana Deprived | Kar Yung Tom | Coming Soon

Oh, hey, "next Monday" is today! Check out the First Strike podcast tonight to catch two preview cards from Amonkhet.

Synergy of the Day

  1. Discarding for Fun and Profit

Bomat Courier and Bedlam Reveler are already strong cards that see some amount of Standard play (and, in Reveler's case, some amount of Modern play, even). But the benefit has always been on the "draw" side of the ability, with the discard part mostly as a cost. But what if you could make both sides work for you? What if discarding your hand meant pumping your Flameblade Adept sky-high? Or, possibly more frightening, what if it meant giving -1/-1 to each of your opponent's creatures for each card you formerly had in hand?

The three red cards could definitely form the backbone of an aggressive red deck, possibly paired up with madness cards like Fiery Temper. The Archfiend looks like it could go particularly well with Bedlam Reveler in a more midrange or controlling black-red deck that utilizes a ton of spells to keep opponents in check.

Whichever direction you choose, the synergy is very real.

What to Watch This Thursday

  1. The Amonkhet Preview Show |

Looking for the definitive word on Amonkhet before you head to the Prerelease? Watch "The Amonkhet Preview Show" on Thursday, April 13. Mark Rosewater, David Humpherys, and Mark Winters will take you inside the world and cards of Amonkhet, answering questions from channel subscribers.

Hosted by Marshall Sutcliffe, the stream is on starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT/10 p.m. UTC.

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