The April 20, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 20, 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 20, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by going into a cool, iconic Prerelease blind.

Today's Musts

  1. Amonkhet First Look: What We Learned at the Pre-Prerelease | TCGPlayer | Adam Styborski

This is one of the most thorough "prepare for the Prerelease" articles I've ever read. We've got lessons from the Pre-Prerelease, lessons from Steve Rubin on the mechanics and themes, a spreadsheet listing all of the combat tricks, and tips and tricks for building your first Sealed deck. It's got it all, basically. So I guess we're done here. Everyone go home.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Netdecks and Chill | | Emma Handy

This article packs more decks than basically any I've seen before—and all for Amonkhet Standard. There are Humans decks and tokens decks and Winding Constrictor decks and like eight different kinds of aggressive red-white decks.

  1. I hope you like Travis Sowers!

Because if you do, then there is a ton of him talking about Amonkhet on the internet today. The shorter piece is the latest episode from the Men from MODO, in which he and David Savill review Amonkhet for a mere 2 hours. But wait! There's more . . . Travis Sowers! He joined Neal Oliver on stream yesterday to review Amonkhet for a total of a bit over 6 hours. You can check out the bulk of the stream in this video, but the reviewing mostly started here.

  1. Full Art of Vizier of the Menagerie | Victor Adame

The full-art releases continue with Victor Adame releasing the large version of his gorgeous Vizier of the Menagerie.

  1. Commander Review: Amonkhet Part 2 (Red, Green, Colorless, Multicolor, Lands) | MTGGoldfish | Tomer Abramovici

We talked about Part 1 yesterday, so you already know what's going on here. Yes, I'm assuming you never miss a single Daily Update. Because why would you hurt my feelings like that?

  1. Puppers, Poison, and Presentations. A Conversation with VorthosMike | Eyes on the Mise | Ian Dixon and John Wells

As you might have heard, or as Mike Linnemann might have tweeted at you, the Magic Art Show is totally happening at Las Vegas. But before that, Linnemann joined Dixon and Wells on Eyes on the Mise to talk about the art show—and dogs. Because they're adorable.

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.

What People Are Talking About

That's the idea! For our 25th anniversary we're going to be doing a lot of looking backward and looking forward. The idea of reliving that old-school world of going into a Prerelease blind was one of my favorite ideas, and it was cool to incorporate it into HASCON. (Not sure what this is about? Check out this article.)

Hmm, what could this cryptic symbol mean? What could it mean?!

Deck of the Day

  1. New Horizons

I've seen a few variations on this deck, but the coolest deck I've seen so far to come out of Amonkhet looks to win in one exciting turn where it cycles through possibly its entire deck. It centers around these cards:

The idea is that if you can get to seven cards in hand and a New Perspectives in play, you can cycle through your entire deck, or at least much of it. From there, Vizier of Tumbling Sands and Shefet Monitor can provide you with some extra mana, Weirding Wood can make Vizier even more potent, and Shadow of the Grave can let you refill once you've run out of cycling cards.

From there, it's basically your choice how you want to win. Do you want to Drake Haven? Go for it. How about Approach of the Second Sun? Risky, but it's also a single-card win condition.

The fun part is that the deck actually has some play to it. Shefet Monitor can grab Deserts, which means it can grab a Sunscorched Desert at instant speed to break up the CopyCat combo. Against aggressive decks, Renewed Faith and Haze of Pollen can keep you alive until you win on turn five or six. And the bevy of cyclers means finding New Perspectives isn't that hard.

The deck is a bit of a glass cannon, but man is it fun.

Below you'll find Frank Karsten's decklist from his article on ChannelFireball yesterday, but I would also check out the list on Reddit by Tyler Hill.

New Perspectives Combo

Download Arena Decklist

Latest Daily Magic Update Articles


November 28, 2017

The November 28, 2017 Update by, Katie Allison

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on November 28, 2017. And one big thing you should know is that this will be the last Daily Magic Update ever! Don'...

Learn More


November 27, 2017

The November 27, 2017 Update by, Katie Allison

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on November 27, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Grand Prix Lyon! With the World Magic Cup so close, the t...

Learn More



Daily Magic Update Archive

Consult the archives for more articles!

See All