The June 1, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 1, 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 June 1, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the internet. It giveth, it taketh away, and it has uplifting videos of dogs.

Today's Must

  1. Amonkhet Archetype Draft Guide | Channel Fireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

You've drafted the set a bunch. You have solid pick orders, you know the format is aggressive, and you know never to pass Glorybringer. But you still can't quite put it all together? PVDDR's got you covered, with a look at the strengths and weaknesses of every archetype, from the decks he wants to play to those he very much doesn't.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Tokens with Temmet, Part 2 | | Matt Higgs

Higgs is going deep with Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun—in Standard! I opened this article mostly expecting a Commander piece, but Higgs has some intriguing options for busting Temmet and his token pals through in Standard.

  1. The Other Game of Magic | MTG Card Market | Kevin Jones

There aren't many articles on the topic of branding yourself in the Magic world, so this piece from (recent Grand Prix Champion) Kevin Jones is especially intriguing reading.

  1. Wheel of Time in Modern | Channel Fireball | Marcus Ewaldh

Another new Channel Fireball writer appears! Ewaldh may not be a household name, but the deck he's showing off today is incredible. There's been a mono-blue taking-turns deck with As Foretold and Restore Balance floating around on the fringes of the format for a bit, but Ewaldh swaps in red for a certain fiery planeswalker and takes off from there.

  1. Tackling Amonkhet Sealed | MTG Mint Card | Eduardo Sajgalik

Got an RPTQ coming up? Sajgalik's got you covered with a guide to Amonkhet Sealed. "Open Glorybringer" is not among his advice.

  1. Winning a PPTQ with Temur Aetherworks | Gathering Magic | Kyle Boggemes

Boggemes made some techy changes to Temur Aetherworks to push it (more) over the edge, but I'm really pointing this article out for the strategies that can beat Aetherworks. Boggemes has some advice plus two lists that can do the trick.

What People Are Talking About

  1. In Defense of Ice Age (RE: Danny West's SCG ranking of all magic sets)

The other day I said Danny West's ranking of sets was a must-read, and a number of people took issue with that. Generally speaking, I don't think something is a must-read if I agree with it—I think it's a must read if it's 1) very useful or 2) people are going to talk about it a bit, even debate over it. Which they did! The article got 60 comments (granted, like three of those are mine), and it spawned this thread defending Ice Age (as I defended Alliances).

Deck of the Day

  1. Sam Black's Abzan Tokens

There's not much I can say about this deck that Sam Black couldn't tell you a million times better. So listen to him talk about it!

I will note that Sam has continued to tinker with it and has another version available on the Premium side of SCG, so the actual decklist he plays at Grand Prix Omaha this weekend could vary!

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