The June 19, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 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 June 19, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Supreme Will's artist, Alayna Danner, whose first Magic card she's done art for was revealed over the weekend. I'll take twelve, please.

Today's Previews

  1. EXCLUSIVE!!! Hour of Devastation Preview Card: Pride Sovereign | Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolf and Maria Bartholdi

After a weekend full of previews, there are just a handful today, including Mark Rosewater's on DailyMTG. Meghan and Maria have a card of their own and it's purrrrrrfect. 

  1. Others to watch for later today

Before going to sleep (depending on where you live), you may see one card coming out of China and one or two others out of Europe from DreamHack Sweden and local DailyMTG pages in European languages, as they live in the future.

Oh, and to celebrate my upcoming wedding, I've given myself (@blakepr) a preview card today as well that, I believe, will become a Commander staple.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Vegas Weekend Highlights | Wizards of the Coast | Meghan Wolff and Marc Calderaro

Did you miss Grand Prix Las Vegas? Heck, did you go to or watch it all? You still probably missed a ton of stuff. This article can't pick out everything, but it did pick out some of the most fun, interesting, and unique stories from the weekend. My Commander prowess was somehow not included, but the article is still great.

  1. Hour of Devastation Weekend Spoilers (Invocations, Dreamstealer, Sunset Pyramid, and More!) | Strictly Better MTG | Dev

Dev runs, not walks, through as many weekend previews as he possibly can, including Invocations.

  1. Announcement Week and Weekend Recap | Wizards of the Coast | Blake Rasmussen

It's the height of hubris to include an article by me from my own website, but this one is actually super useful after the firehose of information we sent your way last week and over the weekend. I swear I won't make a habit of it.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Grand Prix Las Vegas Wrap-Up | Hipsters of the Coast | Rich Stein

Apparently today is recap day. Stein recaps Las Vegas and looks ahead to what it means for future Magic events.

Hopefully it means another massive Grand Prix in Las Vegas two years from now.

  1. Dismantling Adages Throughout Magic | Emma Handy |

If this were a clickbait article, it would read "Emma Handy totally DESTROYS everything you know about Magic: The Gathering!" Since it's not, we can just tell you that it's about getting past some common phrases players take as gospel in Magic, like "Always Bolt the Bird," and "Never concede until you're dead."

  1. Standard Power Rankings: A New Format | Channel Fireball

Oketra's Monument on the list of best cards in Standard? This is a format I'm interested in. If it's something that interests you, we're also starting to see results come in from Magic Online.

What People Are Talking About

There were so many things I could have included from this weekend, but I'll just let Channel Fireball wrap it up. I only got to experience part of it, but Grand Prix Las Vegas was an event a lot of people will never forget.

Deck of the Day

  1. Mani Davoudi's Affinity

Congratulations to Mani Davoudi, who rounded off a massive Las Vegas weekend by winning the Modern portion of the tournament. Affinity never dies, it just lays in wait until enough people forget about it, then pounces.

Mani Davoudi's Affinity

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