The April 19, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 19, 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 19, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the Amonkhet Prerelease. Are you signed up for yours?

Today's Musts

  1. Nissa, Steward of Elements | Howard Lyon

Check out this beautiful time-lapse video of Howard Lyon's Nissa, Steward of Elements painting, where he goes from outline to fully finished piece in the span of about 5 minutes. I'm fairly certain it took him longer than that in real life, so this is pretty fun to watch. Mesmerizing, in fact.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

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

I'll probably keep reminding everyone about LSV's set reviews now and then as the week goes on, but you really should be on these by now. I mean, his very first entry in this one is on Ancient Crab, and he actually says "I'd be pretty crabby if my aggro deck ended up with one of these." How can you turn that down?

  1. The Amonkhet Flavor Review | | John Dale Beety

Amonkhet is a bit of a top-down set (meaning it was designed flavorfully), so the set is positively dripping with flavor. John dives in deep to explore the story found on the cards, checks out the new artists in the set, and reviews the flavor of many, many cards.

  1. MTG Top 10: Cats | Aether Hub | Nizzahon

My fiancée would probably disown me if I didn't include a Magic video about Cats in the update, but this one also just happens to be a fun look at the best Cats in Magic's history. Nizzahon actually based this list on high-level tournament results, so there's a bit of a Spike bent to it. But they're all still fuzzy and adorable. Mostly.

  1. Amonkhet Commander Set Review | Commander's Brew | Sean Tabares and Andy Hull

Two talking heads (that would be Tabares and Hull) review Amonkhet for the world of Commander. It clocks in at an astounding 2 hours, so it is quite thorough.

  1. Commander Review: Amonkhet Part 1 (Mechanics, White, Blue, Black) | MTGGoldfish | Tomer Abramovici

Want more Commander reviews of Amonkhet? Tomer's got you covered, starting with the mechanics and working his way through the color pie. I love reading these things, because the angles are always ones I don't tend to think of right away. Trial of Knowledge with Brago, King Eternal? Drake Haven with Nekusar, the Mindrazer and Wheel of Fortune? Be still my beating heart.

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What People Are Talking About

  1. Worthy Commons | Sarpadian Empires Vol. VIII

Andrew Weisel of Sarpadian Empires Vol. VIII (the Tumblr, not the card) is one of the more popular and prolific Magic Tumblr users, and his worthy offering today is a brief highlight of common cards from each color that will do more than pull their weight come the Prerelease this weekend.

Access Magic

  1. Access Magic Amonkhet—Episode 2

Want to learn about the Trial of Strength? Pump some iron with Maria Bartholdi and Gavin Verhey in this video that tells you more.

Deck of the Day

  1. Zombies! | ChannelFireball | Reid Duke

With both Shadows over Innistrad and Amonkhet bringing a bevy of Zombies, the undead have rarely felt more playable in Standard. Reid goes straight for the throat with two different takes on the archetype—one completely mono-black and the other touching on blue for Prized Amalgam. Today we'll look at the mono-black version, as it pushes the creature type Zombie to the forefront (though check out his article for both lists).

The deck hits hard and fast and gets to play multiple Zombie "lords," which Diregraf Colossus loosely could be called as well. The deck is brutal and straightforward—play Zombies, make Zombies bigger, play more Zombies. Maybe eat some brains.

Reid Duke's Zombies

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