The May 19, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on May 19, 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 19, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by so much Magic to watch this weekend.

What to Watch This Weekend

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

With Pro Tour Amonkhet in the books, Standard looks to evolve at Grand Prix Montreal (and Grand Prix Santiago, though that isn't streaming). Now that pros have a defined metagame to attack, we could see a lot of innovation coming into the weekend.

Or maybe Zombies will just eat everyone's brains. That could happen too.

  1. Louisville Open Weekend | | 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. UTC

It's one-third Standard, one-third Modern, one-third Legacy, and 110% awesome. It's a Team Constructed weekend where only part of the team will have their brains eaten (although, if any team brought Zombies in every format, they would win all the imaginary internet points I have to give).

Today's Must (If You Can)

  1. I've Waited 16 Years to Write This | | Gerry Thompson (Premium subscription required)

I usually stay away from linking to content behind a paywall, because not everyone can access it. But I very much wanted to highlight this for those who are able to read it. Gerry Thompson's long-awaited Pro Tour championship report is reason enough to go this way. Read it if you can.

If you can't, I can offer you a tournament report from the other end of the standings, where Ben Friedman reflects on misses and losses on Gathering Magic.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Team CFB Fire Limited Meeting: Commons and Uncommons | Channel Fireball | Paul Cheon

Listen in as Channel Fireball Fire discusses their valuations of Amonkhet's commons and uncommons. Spoiler alert: Gust Walker is a strong Magic card.

  1. Amonkhet Flavor Text and Card Names with AE Marling | Commanderin' | Phil DeLuca, Sean Whatson, and Shivam Bhatt

Writing flavor text and card names is a little-known side of the creation of a Magic card, but AE Marling is here to shed some light on the process.

Hmm, Shed Light. That's not a terrible card name.

  1. Hardship = Opportunity | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Losing sucks. Marshall and LSV talk about how you can turn that frown upside down and make losing useful. And in just under an hour!

  1. Standard Happiness | TriHards | Brian Tibbets, Matt Hurley, and Sean Secrease

Standard revitalized? Standard reborn? Standard reawakened? The TriHards think so, and cover that, plus the news of the week, all in a tight 46 minutes.

What People Are Talking About

  1. [MTGO] Commander ban list change coming after May 24 downtime

There's a lot of speculation about what new cards will be hit as 1v1 Commander hits its stride, but most people seem to think the Baral, Chief of Compliance/Polymorph deck will be hit in some way. For those who aren't aware, the most dominant deck in the format—by a wide margin—is a mono-blue deck filled with counterspells, card draw, and tutors to find Polymorph, which can then turn Baral into Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. You can see the announcement from the Magic Online team here.

You should do this thing. The Elesh Norn looks amazing, and the process of getting there is just as incredible.

And while you're at it, check out this amazing Nicol Bolas cosplay in progress.

Deck of the Day

  1. Patrick Dickmann's Jund Gods

A unique—and successful—deck from the Pro Tour you probably didn't hear much about was Patrick Dickmann's Jund Gods. This aggressive deck is, at its core, a Red-Green Energy deck splashing black for a pair of removal spells and some sideboard cards. Plus, there are Gods.

Two of them, to be exact. Hazoret the Fervent and Rhonas the Indomitable team up to crush removal, other creatures, and, of course, life totals. Rhonas is laughably easy to turn on in this deck, with Heart of Kiran, Longtusk Cub, Hazoret, Bristling Hydra, and Glorybringer all meeting the criteria. Heck, Blossoming Defense can do it in a pinch as well.

Hazoret is a bit harder, but not by much, as the deck's low curve enables a nearly empty hand with ease. And even if Hazoret isn't attacking, the direct damage she throws around is the kind of reach this sort of deck loves.

So if you want to Jund some people out this weekend, Dickmann's list is a good place to start.

Patrick Dickmann's Jund Gods

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