The April 17, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 17, 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 17, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by many congratulations. Well, two. But that's a lot for the Update.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Magic: The GatheringAmonkhet PrePrerelease | LoadingReadyRun

Nothing will prepare you more for your own Prerelease than 8 hours of hot, hot Pre-Prerelease action. I mean, it's not the 10 hours that my turn on the Kaladesh Pre-Prerelease clocked in at, but that's probably the best for your productivity this week.

  1. The Magic Art of John Avon: Perspective | TheMagicManSam

As always, if you love art—particularly if you love the art of John Avon—you should watch this 9-minute video from YouTube's pre-eminent Magic art video making guy.

  1. Top 15 Cards from the Last Day of Amonkhet Previews! | Strictly Better MTG | Dev

Still digesting the last few previews from Friday? Dev too. So he takes a look at the final day of previews and ranks the 15 best of the rest.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Brewing Amonkhet | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

It wouldn't be a new set without a mountain of brews from SaffronOlive. From Zombies to cycling to aristocrats to Fling, there's a bit of everything in this article. Except Panharmonicon. That might be a sin I cannot forgive him for.

  1. Draftaholics Adds Amonkhet

I always enjoy this little game—you pick one of two cards, that helps rank all the cards in the set, and you can see how those cards rank in the set as a whole. It's fun, it's simple, it's a touch addictive, and it actually provides a ton of data on Amonkhet Limited impressions. Wins all around.

  1. Amonkhet Superlatives | Hipsters of the Coast | Rich Stein

In high school, I was voted "Most likely to cure cancer." While I guess there's technically still time, the odds are looking increasingly slim, unless Wizards of the Coast opens a cancer research division. What I'm saying is, high school superlatives are fun but not particularly binding. Similarly, these Amonkhet superlatives are pretty entertaining and worth your time, even if none of them cure cancer.

What People Are Talking About

Full previews always yield more art reveals and process shots. This one was particularly great. Plus, Sparring Mummy is just a great piece all around.

Congratulations All Around

Congratulations, Wedge! Here's to hitting 200,000.

Congratulations to Tiago Saporito, who won the Magic Online Open Championship Series Open just this past weekend.

Deck of the Day

  1. Empty Hand of the Gods | ChannelFireball | Zvi Mowshowitz

During previews, one of the synergies we discussed was that of Noose Constrictor, Honored Hydra, and Fiery Temper mimicking the old power found in Wild Mongrel, Roar of the Wurm, and, well, also Fiery Temper. Over the weekend, renowned deck builder Zvi Mowshowitz put pen to paper and concocted the following hard-hitting decklist.

For more information on the deck, you should really read his description and primer. But if you just need some incentive to build along these lines, check out this ultra-aggressive decklist from a master.

Zvi Mowshowitz's Empty Hand of the Gods

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