The May 12, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 12, 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 12, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Pro Tour Amonkhet. Why are you even reading this when there's Pro Tour coverage afoot!

What To Watch This Today

  1. Pro Tour Amonkhet | | 9 a.m. local time (CT)/7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET/2 p.m. UTC

It's here! Will we see new strategies? Updated versions of known ones? What kind of drafts will dominate? Will anyone open an Invocation on camera? Who would win in a pun-off, Luis Scott-Vargas or Rich Hagon? How many glories will be brought? Did I really just re-use my blurb from yesterday? Will anyone notice? And, most importantly, who will win it all?

You know what to do. I know I'll be watching during work today. I just won't have to be discrete about it.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Top 5 Things I'd Like to See at Pro Tour Amonkhet | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

We can only hope that these things happen at the Pro Tour. Fingers crossed.

  1. An Inside Look at Testing for Pro Tour Amonkhet | TCGPlayer | Seth Manfield

Seth Manfield takes you inside his Pro Tour testing and shows off what he thinks the Top 5 decks in Standard will be. How correct will he be, he asks, hypothetically?

  1. One Mission, One Shot, One Kill: A PTQ Victory Story | MTG Card Market | Dylan Donegan

Dylan Donegan isn't at the Pro Tour this weekend, but he'll be at one coming up soon thanks to his Pro Tour Qualifier victory with Mardu Vehicles. Donegan runs through his tournament plus makes a few bold predictions for this Pro Tour based on his read of the metagame.

  1. Getting Familiar with Kefnet the Mindful | Top Level Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores

Tricksy god has tricksy things going for it, and Chapin and Flores lay out the path to enlightenment when Kefnet is around.

  1. Tuning the Second Best Deck | Ancestral Recall | Mike Flores and Roman Fusco

Might as well continue with Flores Fridays as this pair discusses when bringing the second-best deck to a tournament can actually be correct. Might that bear out at this Pro Tour? Who knows; I can only ask so many hypotheticals about a tournament currently going on.

What People Are Talking About

  1. A Really Disciplined Pick

We're only a bit into the first day, and already Twitch Clips is paying off with some cool moments. Check out this pick from Martin Jůza that blew the commentators' minds—in the most disciplined way possible.

This is touching. Brad Nelson's family is there to offer support for the Pro Tour. Well, Corey Baumeister is there to compete. His parents? Mostly to pose with Brad Nelson look-alikes (I'll admit, I did a double-take).

Watch for more on this family over the weekend as part of Pro Tour coverage.

And now Mark Rosewater feels forever justified.

Deck of the Day

  1. Mardu Vehicles by Moleria

Here it is, everyone: level zero for Pro Tour Amonkhet. You either need to play it or beat it, and plenty of players will be trying to do both this weekend.

You know it, you love it, or you hate it, but it is public enemy No. 1 this weekend—but will it stand atop the heap when the end of Sunday rolls around?

Mardu Vehicles

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