The April 18, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 18, 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 18, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by nineteen years of Christopher Moeller.

Today's Musts

  1. Magical | The Art of Christopher Moeller | Christopher Moeller

A fond farewell to Christopher Moeller, who is retiring from Magic art after nineteen fantastic, beautiful years. He's off to create even more art elsewhere, and we wish him the best in the world. We'll remember you fondly with Umezawa's Jitte–wielding Voidmage Prodigies and Sower of Temptations stealing Siege-Gang Commanders.

Watch his video below or for a deeper dive, check out the interview with Moeller from Mike Linnemann at Gathering Magic.

  1. Amonkhet Limited Set Review: White | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

The LSV set reviews have become as much a part of preview season as the actual previews, so we're doubling up on "musts" today. Get your fill of ratings, knowledge, and, yes, Cat puns.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Amonkhet Set Review: Commons and Uncommons | Limited Resources | Luis Scott-Vargas and Marshall Sutcliffe

Haven't gotten enough of LSV rating cards? How about he does it in audio form? Here, he walks you through all the set's commons and uncommons in just a touch over 4 hours. Oh, and Marshall is there too.

  1. The New Player's Guide to Drafting Magic: The Gathering Cards | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

The Professor does an overview of how to get into drafting for the first time. If you've never drafted before, want to entice someone to draft, or haven't drafted in a long time, this is a good overview of how the whole thing works.

Magic Player Profile Survey

  1. Want to influence how we make Magic?

What do you want as a Magic fan? How can we better serve what you're looking for as a gamer? You can let us know directly with this new survey we've put out that's currently active and waiting for your feedback.

Although we're already well aware of your feelings on Sensei's Divining Top, so you can leave that part out.

Community Spotlight


DEX Army, the primarily Brazilian squad captained by Willy Edel, launched their new website last month with an Amonkhet Invocation preview. They've now started to build on that with more content (in English), starting with the Amonkhet Set Review—White from Márcio Carvalho.

Top 25

  1. No Changes

No events means no changes. Moving on.

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 12
13 Alexander Hayne 55.74 13
14 Kentaro Yamamoto 54.99 14
15 Samuel Pardee 54.61 15
16 Ondřej Stráský 54.23 16
17 Oliver Tiu 53.74 17
18 Eduardo Sajgalik 53.49 18
19 Ivan Floch 52.86 19
20 Petr Sochůrek 52.74 20
21 Jiachen Tao 51.49 21
22 Martin Jůza 51.36 22
23 Yuuya Watanabe 51.36 23
24 Brian Braun-Duin 50.74 24
25 Mike Sigrist 50.74 25

Dropped from rankings: None

What People Are Talking About

I can always count on Seth (probably better known as SaffronOlive) to be the first to react to an announcement via Twitter, giving me a safe place to find someone talking about our announcements first thing. Thanks, Saffron!

So, yeah, you should probably check out all of the Organized Play news from Hélène Bergeot, complete with a touch of information about the fall set!

Those sure do seem like the easy choices—but are they the correct ones? I'll never tell . . .

. . . Actually, eventually I will tell. That's kind of my job. But not yet. We'll get there.

Deck of the Day

  1. Hellbent Jund Combo | | Chris Lansdell

There has been a lot of talk about the interaction between Shadow of the Grave, Noose Constrictor, and Flameblade Adept, but Landsdell went further than talk and put together an aggressive Jund deck that has a ton of ways to get your hand empty, and a bunch of ways to take advantage of that.

For one, Lupine Prototype has been waiting for a deck like this since it was first assembled by Ludevic. Then Bloodrage Brawler, Hazoret the Fervent, and Flameblade Adept came along and things started coming together for the Wolf Construct.

Lansdell included two primary ways to refill your hand once you've gone down the discard hole—Ghirapur Orrery, which should almost always be active in this deck, and Shadow of the Grave, which combos nicely with all the cards that require you to discard cards.

Hellbent Jund Combo

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