The May 5, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 5, 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 May 5, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by a weekend full of Grand Prix. Three of them, to be exact.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Richmond | | 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UTC

It's here! We finally have the first high-level tournaments featuring Amonkhet Limited this weekend. There are three Grand Prix, but it's Richmond that will be streamed on I'm sure I'm supposed to make some kind of clever reference to Trials here, but I'm just way too excited to finally see these cards in action.

Also, I couldn't come up with anything clever to reference the Trials.

A Bunch of Standard Decks

  1. There were enough people posting Standard lists that I thought we'd just share a bunch of them. I'm generous like that.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Let's See New Standard of Amonkhet | Hareruya English | Michael Bonde

Bonde looks to the Standard metagame and reviews new decks rising out of the ashes of old Standard. Though there's no Panharmonicon deck. He probably just didn't want to give away tech before the Pro Tour.

  1. Breaking Glory-Bound Initiate | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

Sure, the podcast is about an aggressive red-white deck featuring Glory-Bound Initiate and Always Watching, but what other podcast gives you a bonus song from Patrick Chapin? No other podcast, that's what. It's everything you didn't know you wanted.

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

I really enjoy these Top 10 videos from Nizzahon that look back at the most successful cards of a particular creature type in pro play. It's a really weird mix of flavor, nostalgia, and Spikiness that somehow works. Like, spoiler alert, unassuming River Boa being No. 2 on the list or, still a spoiler alert, Ophidian clocking in at No. 9. There are more recent cards on this list (in fact, they make up the bulk of the list), but if I keep just listing off fun ones, that sort of defeats the point of watching the video. So do that instead of reading my words.

  1. Commander Ban List Updates with Sheldon Menery | Commanderin' | Phil DeLuca and Sean Whatson

No, not that ban list, the one that added Leovold, Emissary of Trest but shed Protean Hulk to green decks everywhere. Sheldon, known as the Godfather of Commander, talks through the decision and what it means for Commander. Also for the cards I now need to shoehorn into all my green decks.

  1. Siggy's Top 5 | ChannelFireball | Mike Sigrist

You won't get some of what he's talking about if you don't pay attention to the Pro Tour, but if you do, there's a ton of fun lists in here, from his Top 5 decks he's played to his top first impressions of other pros.

  1. Vintage 101: Post-Gush Power Nine | MTGGoldfish | Islandswamp

And now for our once-quarterly check in with Vintage. Islandswamp (that's Mr. Islandswamp to you) examines Vintage after Gush and Gitaxian Probe were restricted. The good news? You still get to play with a bunch of power and broken cards.

What People Are Talking About

  1. PSA: Just a reminder that tomorrow is the first FNM of May and May's promo is the first good/playable one of the year!

Sometimes the internet does my work for me.

Deck of the Day

  1. Antoniocfa's Four Color No-Cat

Want to know the reason why the Copy Cat deck was so strong? It was because the combo was almost an incidental way to win. Often the deck could grind through everything with planeswalkers, creatures, and some Oaths.

Well, Antoniocfa took the deck's Plan B (which was more of a plan A2, if we're honest) and ran with it to a 5-0 finish in a Competitive Magic Online Standard League.

Seriously, look at the deck below and find the differences. They basically swapped out 4 Felidar Guardian for a Cast Out, 2 Blossoming Defense, and an extra Glorybringer. Everything else might as well have been in the deck prior.

The deck is, very nearly, a four-color Superfriends deck, packing nine copies of four planeswalkers. Worth noting? Despite the combo going away, Saheeli Rai is actually the only planeswalker Antoniocfa played four copies of. The scry ability is very strong with Nissa, Steward of Elements, and the copy ability is still very good with Rogue Refiner, Servant of the Conduit, and, yes, Glorybringer.

So if you had Copy Cat all ready to go for Amonkhet Standard, I wouldn't take it apart just yet. There's definitely life in those 71 cards yet.

Antoniocfa's Four Color No-Cat

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