The June 21, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 21, 2017

By Nicholas Wolfram

Nicholas Wolfram fell promptly in love with tabletop and video games when he was only two years old, and he has been writing about them since he figured out how words worked. Now he puts together words about Magic, which he started playing way back in 2000.

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on June 21, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the new reign of Nicholas Wolfram! I hope to remain just and fair as I preside over the Daily Magic Update until Blake comes back (may his return come quickly and may my Updates be found worthy).

Now on to previews!

Today's Previews

  1. Hostile Desert | Chinese Social Media

For those who can't read the text here, Hostile Desert can tap for colorless mana. For the cost of two generic mana and exiling a land card from your graveyard, it can also become a 3/4 Elemental creature until end of turn. Creature lands are always welcome in my decks, and I'm sure The Gitrog Monster will be happy to share leftovers with this guy.

  1. Driven // Despair | Ars Technica UK | Kyle Chapman

I'm a big fan of double strike, so I am going to squeeze as much value out of this as humanly possible and drive my opponents to despair with some double strike shenanigans (even if it requires me to jam this into a red-white deck).

  1. Angel of Condemnation | TCGPlayer | Seth Manfield

Need to flicker something? My boy here has got you. Need to Oblivion Ring? He got you. Need to attack with a flier before you do either? He. Got. You.

  1. Unesh, Criosphinx Sovereign | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

Finally, a Sphinx tribal commander. And not only that, but four-fifths of Fact or Fiction every time a Sphinx (including Unesh) enters the battlefield!

  1. Reason // Believe | bigmagic.net

This preview is in Japanese, but thankfully there's a helpful translation in the Reddit thread.

  1. What Else to Watch for Today

This isn't all that you'll be seeing today. Keep an eye on our social media accounts in the east and on DreamHack's public outlets for some more delicious Hour of Devastation previews.

What People Are Talking About

  1. MaRo discusses the amount of care and attention his team is funneling into next year's Dominaria set

Our long-awaited return to Dominaria is not something we approached lightly.

Gamers Helping Gamers

  1. Meet the 2017 Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship Winners | Fetchland | Briand David-Marshall

Gamers Helping Gamers is a fantastic non-profit founded by a bunch of Magic gamers in 2012 that awards college scholarships to young adult players each year. BDM is happy to announce this year's winners: August Peterson and Autumn Cook. Congratulations!

Deck of the Day

  1. Theau Mery's Modern Mono-White Hatebears

Theau was able to pilot this deck to a 2nd-place finish at Grand Prix Las Vegas over the weekend, which was no small feat. Packed with numerous disruptive two-cost white creatures (such as Thalia, Guardian of Thraben), this deck also brought some Thraben Inspectors in from Standard to help draw more cards to restrict the opponent with some of white's most potent weenies.

Theau Mery's Mono-White Hatebears

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