The April 12, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 12, 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 12, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Zombie Sphinx.

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. Zombie Sphinx Time! Amonkhet 先行プレビュー – KaiGuyMTG |

Yes, it's a video in Japanese, but there are subtitles. Genius!

But in case subtitles aren't your thing, you can skip the line and go straight to a community translation, which is spot on.

Oh, and that Zombie Sphinx token? It looks a little something like this:

Also behold, Bontu the Glorified in Invocation form!

Now this is how you do a translation! This is also very much how you do a red sweeper that you're happy to main deck all day long.

So, I may have gotten a little bit of a taste for trolling pros with previews in Modern Masters 2017 Edition. Someday I may stop. That day is not today.

The real treat is the puzzle you have to solve to get the preview card. It's like Mark Rosewater is some kind of riddle-based being. Whatever those might be called.

  1. Magic Mics | | Evan Erwin, Reuben Bresler, and Erin Campbell | 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT/3 a.m. UTC | Coming Soon

That's a lot of introductory text to tell you that Magic Mics has more preview cards coming during tonight's show. Come for the preview cards, stay for Evan getting really excited about something.

Top 25

  1. Nass and Pardee's Big Move

Team tournaments are good to Matt Nass and Sam Pardee. Often seen teaming together, the pair made the biggest moves of the week after a stellar Grand Prix Mexico City, and now both find themselves in the Top 15—Pardee up nine spots and Nass up seven. The only other player to jump up this week was Martin Jůza, who has also put up some strong results as of late.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Márcio Carvalho 86.74 1
2 Owen Turtenwald 78.73 2
3 Shota Yasooka 76.48 3
4 Reid Duke 72.86 4
5 Seth Manfield 71.98 5
6 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 70.74 6
7 Steven Rubin 61.11 7
8 Lee Shi Tian 59.74 8
9 Brad Nelson 58.74 9
10 Joel Larsson 58.61 10
11 Lukas Blohon 58.35 11
12 Matthew Nass 55.86 +7 19
13 Alexander Hayne 55.74 -1 12
14 Kentaro Yamamoto 54.99 -1 13
15 Samuel Pardee 54.61 +9 24
16 Ondřej Stráský 54.23 -2 14
17 Oliver Tiu 53.74 -2 15
18 Eduardo Sajgalik 53.49 -2 16
19 Ivan Floch 52.86 -2 17
20 Petr Sochůrek 52.74 -2 18
21 Jiachen Tao 51.49 -1 20
22 Martin Jůza 51.36 +3 25
22 Yuuya Watanabe 51.36 -1 21
24 Brian Braun-Duin 50.74 -1 23
25 Mike Sigrist 50.74 -3 22

Dropped from rankings: None

Synergy of the Day

  1. Perfect Information

When I saw the synergy between these two powerhouses, I'll admit, I got a little tingly. These two synergize so well, I keep uncovering new ways they work together.

Let's start simple. The Vizier lets you look at the top of your library at any time. That, in turn, lets you know if your Nissa will hit if you use her zero ability. If not, you can plus her to scry.

Now, scrying, in turn, will help you churn creatures to the top of your library to cast them with Vizier of the Menagerie.

Sometimes, however, you'll hit lands on top of your library. No problem! Vizier of the Menagerie actually wants you to have a bunch of mana in play so that you can cast multiple creatures from the top of your library, and Nissa is pretty good at putting lands into play from the top of your library, no matter what her loyalty is at.

Now get brewing!

Fan-Submitted Synergy

  1. Crewing Dreadnoughts with Gods

I received a fan-submitted synergy from @donr484 that seemed worth sharing. Though his aim was looking at Commander (or other older formats), there's a Standard gem in there too!

Consulate Dreadnought is intentionally very difficult to crew—but not for a God! Rhonas only needs the help of one single power to get the Dreadnought fired up, something that should be relatively easy. Turn one Consulate Dreadnought, turn two literally any creature with at least 1 power, turn three Rhonas, and you're attacking with a 7/11 on your third turn. Live the dream, people. It's a beautiful dream.

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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