The April 21, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 21, 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 21, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the Amonkhet Prerelease, coming at midnight (or tomorrow at a reasonable hour) to a store near you!

Today's Must

  1. The Amonkhet Prerelease Primer | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

You're going to a Prerelease, right? Well, if you live in Japan or Australia or some future place like that, you might have already gone, but otherwise, if you're getting ready to raise some Zombies, build some pyramids, or cycle some cards, PVDDR's got you covered. From the mechanics to over/underrated cards, you'll want to check out this primer before opening up your Prerelease pack.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The Best Decks for Amonkhet Standard | GAM Podcast | Gerry Thompson and Michael Majors

Sure, brews are on the menu, but it's time to get down to business—what decks are going to be the best for Amonkhet Standard? These two have a few ideas, but none of them include Cloudblazer, so I found it difficult to focus.

  1. New Amonkhet Commander Gameplay with NFL Player Cassius Marsh & Mel Li—Game Knights 6 | The Command Zone | Josh Lee Kwai and Jimmy Wong

I feel like I've been hearing about and anticipating this episode of Game Knights for a while. Mel Li is a former member of Magic's creative team and Cassius Marsh is a player for the Seattle Seahawks and a big fan of Commander. The four of them tried out some commanders new to the game in Amonkhet, which made for some interesting deck choices. These are some of the best edited and most entertaining gameplay videos around—who else could make an entire Commander video last just 50 minutes?

  1. If They Tap Out for Drake Haven . . . Kill 'Em! | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

As someone who will be tapping out for Drake Haven a lot, this podcast worries me. Chapin and Flores explore two of the format's more aggressive decks, in Jund Shadow of the Grave and Humans with Always Watching. Time to break out some Renewed Faith!

  1. Brian Braun Reviewin' | Brainstorm Brewery | Corbin Hosler and Jason Alt

Plus ten points for the episode title—how could I not share something with a title like that? Brian Braun-Duin joins the Brewery to help review Amonkhet from Angel of Sanctions all the way to Zenith Seeker.

  1. Top Commons and Uncommons in Amonkhet Limited | MTG Mint Card | Zen Takahashi

Lists, lists, all over the place. Takahashi has lists of the top commons and uncommons in every color for your pre-Prerelease reading (not to be confused with the Pre-Prerelease).

  1. Amonkhet Instant-Speed Tricks | MTGGoldfish | Sameer Merchant

What, you haven't already memorized the entire Amonkhet set? What have you been doing for the last week? Well, lucky for you, Sameer Merchant is going to let you copy off his homework and has provided you with a printable list of all instant-speed tricks in Amonkhet. Make sure you think him, slackers.

  1. Forging the Sands of Amonkhet | Gathering Magic | Ali Aintrazi

You know Aintrazi has brews for days. Here he's feeling a bit like Nissa, as he's got a Bant Superfriends list and a Simic ramp deck for your enjoyment. So, uh, enjoy.

What People Are Talking About

It's that time of the card cycle again, when Japanese Twitter accounts—in this case Hareruya—start spewing decklists via the "somethingWayfinder" tag. It used to be #KenjiWayfinder and such, but this round we're on #HareruyaWayfinder (click on it for more lists). I picked this one as a fun throwback—Canadian Threshold was (I guess you could still play it in Legacy) an old green-blue-red threshold deck (a mechanic where you had to get seven cards in your graveyard to turn on your Nimble Mongoose and Werebear). This mimics that with Enigma Drake and Cryptic Serpent plus a whole bunch of cycling spells.

Deck of the Day

  1. Infinite Menagerie | ChannelFireball | Neal Oliver

I don't even really know what this deck is capable of, but it seems incredible. You really should read Neal's article for a more thorough breakdown, but I'll see what I can do.

The gist of it is to combine these cards:

Samut gives your creatures haste, Vizier lets you cast them off the top of your library (potentially finding more), and Paradox Engine plus Cryptolith Rite turns every spell you cast into a ton of mana.

From there, you can do a ton of things with the mana. Lifecrafter's Bestiary lets you draw more cards or creatures. Duskwatch Recruiter is the best sink for that mana, as it finds you more creatures to keep the chain going. Eventually you dump a ton of creatures on the board, find a Zulaport Cutthroat to go with the single Yahenni, Undying Partisan, and sacrifice your whole board for a big finish.

It may seem like there are a lot of moving parts, but the cool part is that the deck can just play out like a normal aggressive deck, playing creatures and attacking.

So why settle for infinite Cats when you could have an entire menagerie?

Infinite Menagerie

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