The June 23, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on June 23, 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 23, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Sliver Queen, the first tournament-legal creature to publicly welcome the five-color rainbow of Magic into her heart with pride.

Today's Previews

  1. Resilient Khenra | Cardshop Serra

日本語のプリビューか。すごいですね! Er . . . For those of you who have no idea what any of this says, I'd like to introduce Resilient Khenra:

Resilient Khenra
Creature – Jackal Wizard
When Resilient Khenra enters the battlefield, you may have target creature get +X/+X until end of turn, where X is Resilient Khenra's power.
Eternalize 4GG

And for the curious, here's what the eternalized token looks like in English and Japanese:

  1. Proven Combatant and Sinuous Striker | Snack Time with Mike and Ant| Mike Linnemann and Ant Tessitore

More eternalize creatures! Proven Combatant is about as vanilla as we can go with the mechanic, but Sinuous Striker strikes me as another great example of the surprising flexibility that eternalize offered the design team.

  1. Doomfall | Top Level Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Michael J Flores

I can't wait to first-pick this during as many drafts as I can so that I don't have to have it played against me.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. 5 Little Tricks of Team Draft | MTG Mint Card | Lee Shi Tian

If you've been following Team Draft Super League, you have likely been harboring a burgeoning interest in Team Draft. This is the perfect time for such an interest, too, with Team Limited showing up this weekend at both Grand Prix Sydney and Grand Prix Cleveland. If you need some advice on the difference between regular Draft and Team Draft, Lee has it.

  1. Ben Stark, More Level-Ups, New Block Structure, and HOU Mechanics | Limited Resources | Marshal Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

I'd love to tell you more about the episode, but . . . the title kind of says it all. There's a lot of ground covered here, so make sure you tune in!

  1. Magic the Amateuring: LIVE from Las Vegas! | Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolff and Maria Bartholdi

Graham Stark of LoadingReadyRun and Wizards's own Melissa DeTora join Meghan and Maria in front of a live studio audience for this latest episode of MtA.

  1. Vintage 101: It's Devastation Time! | MTG Goldfish | Islandswamp

With almost 25 years of Magic cards supporting it, Vintage is a format that doesn't get shaken up terribly often. But if there's one thing that the format loves, it's more hate cards, and the destruction-themed Hour of Devastation has already shown us plenty of those. Islandswamp brings evaluations of those along with some more supportive cards we've revealed.

  1. Hour of Devastation full-art basic lands

You may have already seen these elsewhere, but for those of you who haven't, take a look at the full-art basic lands from Hour of Devastation!

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Cleveland will be streaming live on our Twitch channel

Streaming will start Saturday at 10:30 a.m. local time (ET)/7:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. UTC. Don't miss the Team Draft action!

What People Are Talking About

As is tradition during preview season, the community is fervently debating how good many of the new cards actually are. To me, this seems like a very "Blake Rasmussen" card, which usually means it's pretty good and that I won't want to play against him when he has it.

Deck of the Day

  1. Mono-Red Eldrazi Burn

Between the Aetherworks Marvel banning just going into effect and the release of Hour of Devastation coming in a few weeks, we're in for a bit of a "Wild West" of Standard for the next month or so. Appropriately, The_Gunslingers managed to pilot an archetype we haven't seen much of lately through this new environment to a 5-0 victory during a recent Standard Magic Online League.

Mono-Red Eldrazi Burn by The_Gunslingers

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