The April 27, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on April 27, 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 27, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by a slow news week. Not much happening here. Can't imagine what we'll talk about today.

What People Are Talking About

There were a lot (a lot, a lot) of things I could have used to represent yesterday's late news. There's the massive thread on Reddit that, as of this writing, has 2,395 comments in it. There's this message from Aaron Forsythe on Twitter thanking everyone for the reasonable discourse. But Craig's tweet made me laugh. And on days like this, that counts for a lot.

So about that pizza joke partway through yesterday's announcement. The joke stemmed from someone sending R&D a pizza with "Ban Felidar Guardian" written in the box. While that wasn't the straw that broke this particular camel's back, it was delicious.

(But, seriously, don't send us stuff every time you want something banned or unbanned. Not even pizza. Not even Hawaiian pizza, the best pizza of all pizzas.)

Hot Takes on Yesterday's News

  1. Bans Make Her Dance—Standard Bannings, MTGO Problems & More! | Magic Mics | Reuben Bresler, Evan Erwin, and Erin Campbell

The hottest of takes likely belongs to a pair of live shows last night, including Magic Mics who just happened to have their regular show on the night of the big news. These three know how to talk, so listen to them set the scene and then dive deep into this announcement. Like, deep, deep.

  1. Emergency Felidar Guardian Ban! | ManaDeprived | Kar Yung Tom, Robert Lombardi, and Bryan Gottlieb

The second such live show, the First Strike podcast, jumped online for a 30-ish minute reaction to the news. They called it Double Strike, which I thought was clever.

  1. HUGE NEWS—FELIDAR GUARDIAN GONE!!! Cat Combo BANNED | Aether Hub | Seibenlore

And Seiben gets a trophy for one of the first produced videos to hit the web, topped with the triumphant "Ladies and gentlemen, we got 'em!"

  1. Felidar Guardian Is Banned | ChannelFireball | Matt Sperling

Matt Sperling is a pretty nimble keyboard warrior, so he has the first take up on a major site. It will certainly not be the last.

  1. Felidar Guardian Banned in Standard Effective April 28, 2017 | Hipsters of the Coast | Rich Stein

This hot take is a bit more newsy, letting you know what happened (we banned Felidar Guardian on a day that wasn't Monday) and giving a short history lesson on Standard and out-of-cycle bans.

After All of That, Read, Watch or Listen to These

  1. Amonkhet Gods EDH/Commander Deck Tech Spotlight for Magic: The Gathering! | The Mana Source | Wedge

In part one of two, Wedge looks at what it takes to have one of the Amonkhet Gods lead the charge in your Commander deck. Just be careful having Oketra lead your Cat deck. She's only like, half Cat, or a quarter Cat—whatever percentage of your body your head is, that's how much Cat she is.

  1. What Is Magic League | MTG: Young Mage | The Rhino

The exasperated sigh and fall onto his bed is awesome and basically how I came home every day at that age, but I'm also a fan of the giant visage of Chris Tulach, our program specialist here at Wizards. He's the one primarily responsible for things like Standard Showdown, Open House, and, yes, Magic League. But, mostly, this video is actually super informative about Magic League, a quick-and-easy in-store program that starts soon for Amonkhet.

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

Constructed set reviews start anew, though they clearly have a new bent and a new Standard to fit into. LSV kicks off his Constructed reviews with white, a color that has received a ton of new toys to play with.

And if you want even more set reviews, Ali Aintrazi continues his series on Gathering Magic with red today.

Deck of the Day

  1. Temur No-Tower

We've started getting decklists from Magic Online, and while those lists are for an environment that no longer exists in the same form, there were still some interesting lists that could certainly have a place going forward—especially this Temur list from Magic Online player Scappie that skimps on Temur's formerly pet card, Dynavolt Tower.

The deck looks much the same as the Temur Tower deck (which is still a defensible choice in Standard)—there are counterspells, red removal, card advantage, and Attune with Aether. But instead of Dynavolt Tower—which gets a bit worse if everyone is packing Manglehorn—Scappie made some Amonkhet additions and leaned on a Standard stalwart in Tireless Tracker.

The new Amonkhet cards include Kefnet the Mindful, Censor, Essence Scatter, Pull from Tomorrow, and a single Nissa, Steward of Elements. And if you're sensing a theme here, it is definitely "draw more cards and counter more spells." If you're losing the repeatable damage of Dynavolt Tower, replacing it with "get more cards" is certainly a route to go.

Temur No-Tower

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