The April 25, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 25, 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 25, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by an extra-large Daily Update. You didn't order it, but I served it up anyway. Enjoy.

I said enjoy! Now get to it.

Today's Must

  1. Channel LSV—Amonkhet Draft | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

That was fast! These Draft videos normally lag by at least a few days, but ChannelFireball grabbed a recording of what might be the first Magic Online draft of Amonkhet, as LSV was itching to get in there. Since there's such scant actual drafting experience out there right now, this is one of your first looks at one of the game's best players playing the latest set. That's so many adjectives!

But LSV wasn't the only one! Just the first to get the video up. Seth Manfield also jumped in right away and posted his video pretty freakin' quick on TCGPlayer as well. Check it out here.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Modern Amonkhet Set Review | Masters of Modern | Ben Bateman and Alex Kessler

Does Amonkhet hit for Modern? What tools does the new set bring for an old format? Does Ben Bateman have better hair than you? These questions (mostly) answered within.

  1. Black Lotus | Push & Pull | Steven Belledin

Belledin talks about recreating the iconic Black Lotus for Eternal Weekend. Sounds like a low-pressure, no-big-deal assignment.

  1. AKH Limited—Land Count and Main Deck Cyclers | MTG Card Market | Justin Robb

As people start to figure out the Amonkhet Limited format (it's on Magic Online now), the question for many players has become "How many lands do I play?" Cycling changes the math a little bit, as does embalm, so there are arguments for anywhere from fifteen to nineteen, depending on the deck. Robb breaks it down while also looking at narrow cycling cards you should or should not play every time.

A Sampling of B&R Reactions

  1. Farewell Top, We Hardly Knew Ye | ChannelFireball | Brian DeMars

I kind of feel like we knew Top pretty well. But, hold on, let me activate Top to check.

ChannelFireball didn't stop there. Bob Huang thinks Deathrite Shaman is next and Andrea Mengucci wasn't a fan of the bans at all.

  1. HUGE MTG News: B&R Announcement, Ixalan, Iconic Masters, Commander 2017, and more! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Wedge doesn't stop with just the B&R announcement. He's got Ixalan, HASCON, Iconic Masters, and more all jammed into a 10-minute video. Basically, if it happened within the past week-ish, it's in here.

  1. No Bans in Standard, Top Banned in Legacy, Mentor Nerfed in Vintage (Discussion) | Strictly Better MTG | Dev

Dev (and his cat) react to the banned and restricted announcement from yesterday. It's a pretty even-handed discussion of the internet's thoughts around the announcement, and you can count Dev among those who didn't think anything was being banned this time around.

  1. Amonkhet Prerelease, B&R Updates, Iconic Masters | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive, ChasV, and Richard

The focus isn't necessarily the B&R, but the MTGGoldfish crew definitely gave the announcement its due. B&R discussion starts around 16 minutes in, but don't sleep on the Amonkhet Prerelease talk at the start.

Top 25

  1. Prereleases Don't Award Pro Points

Hence, no changes.

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

This happened too! I once built a Leovold, Emissary of Trest deck. In my very first game I cast it and followed up with a Day's Undoing. I explained what it did to my opponents, everyone sighed—and conceded. I cackled a little bit, but it was hardly fun. So I get it. My Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder deck will miss Leovold, but I get it.

I would actually just generally recommend checking out Aaron Forsythe's Twitter feed from yesterday, as he added some comments to his B&R article to answer some (many) questions some (many) people had.

Including this as a bit of a public service announcement. It's catching some people, so we're looking at some solutions for a different interface. Stay tuned.

Deck of the Day

  1. Red-White Exert Aggro | Emma Handy |

People are mostly viewing exert as a bonus ability—something to trigger now and then to really get people. But what if you built around it? Emma Handy tried her, um, hand at that the other day and came up with an aggressive red-white deck that not only included Always Watching (exert's best friend), but also Battlefield Scavenger as a sort of exert looting lord.

The deck itself is pretty straight forward—play efficient creatures, play Always Watching, exert said creatures. The deck gets under Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and goes over him with Glorybringer. Against Copy Cat, you just hit too hard and too fast for them to set up early, and Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Stasis Snare, and Cast Out offer cleanup if needed.

But if all else fails, just remember ABE: Always. Be. Exerting.

Red-White Exert Aggro

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