The May 8, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 8, 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 8, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by called shots, both fulfilled and unfulfilled.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

In a weekend of incredible performances (we'll get to those in a moment), Martin Jůza's called shot (this tweet was prior to the Top 8) was pretty high up there. Jůza was caught by Saito and then immediately broke the tie by making it all the way to the finals of Grand Prix Bologna.

  1. Top Moments of . . .

Missed something from one of the weekend's three Grand Prix? Here are quick rundowns of what you need to know from each.

If you want to relive any of Grand Prix Richmond, you can also check out our Twitch videos page for replays of Day One and Day Two. I mean, how could you possibly miss moments like Nathaniel Smith using an Austere Command Invocation to blow up Gideon's Intervention to allow himself to cast Approach of the Second Sun—for the second time?

  1. History of the Banhammer, Pt 1 | The Mana Pool | Chewie and the Dorks

The Mana Pool dives deep into all the history of the Magic B&R lists. Like, all of them. At least deep enough for the first part of a multi-part podcast. Check it out for some perspective on what these announcements mean in the larger scheme of things.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Rich Stein breaks down the Pro Tour | Hipsters of the Coast

Two articles from Rich Stein today are worth checking out. First, he breaks down how players received their invites to the Pro Tour, complete with colorful charts. And I know how much you all love colorful charts. Then, he kicks off a rolling preview of the Team Series as it stands for Pro Tour Amonkhet, starting with team No. 32 and working his way up . . . to No. 29. The article promises the rest of the series will continue this afternoon and the rest of the week.

  1. More Brewing Insanity in Amonkhet Standard | | Chris Lansdell

As usal, Lansdell has some off-the-wall ideas for making Standard march to the sound of whatever drumbeat is going off in his head at the time.

  1. The Command Center—Bontu the Glorified | MTGCardMarket | Troy Bishop

Come for the Commander deck featuring Bontu the Glorified, stay for the story about a Glorious End victory (which, oddly, comes at the beginning).

Community Spotlight


You know those cool videos I'm often highlighting by TheMagicManSam? Well, the person behind those videos created his own website to share his content. It's mostly his videos right now, but he also has an article on there about collaborating with other creators that sparked some chatter between other content creators of the weekend. You can also learn interesting facts about the Magic Man himself, like that he's a PhD student in Italian Studies or that he plays guitar. Because of course he does.

What People Are Talking About

This turned into a whole conversation yesterday that started with Ben Stark—one of the best Limited players in the world, by the way—advocating for Limited bannings and basically everyone else, um, not.

Stores started running the Amonkhet Standard Series this weekend, and people are clearly having fun with it. I have no idea how good this deck is, but it seems like a blast—and a 3-0 performance good for a few Showdown boosters is nothing to sneeze at.

Deck of the Day

  1. Blue-Red Mindful Control

Zayoh, who piloted the below list to a 5-0 record in a Magic Online Standard Competitive League, is just the latest to find success with a mostly blue control deck that only touches on red for some cheap removal.

In this case, Magma Spray and Harnessed Lightning are all you need, as the rest of the deck fills up with counterspells (Censor, Disallow, Essence Scatter, and Void Shatter), card draw (Glimmer of Genius, Pull from Tomorrow, and Kefnet the Mindful), plus the super versatile Commit // Memory and control-daddy Torrential Gearhulk.

And that's it, that's the full deck. Control what's cast, prune the board with cheap removal, and finish things off with Kefnet and Torrential Gearhulk. It's a simple but effective plan that's almost certain to show up in some capacity at Pro Tour Amonkhet this weekend.

Blue-Red Mindful Control

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