The July 6, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 6, 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 July 6, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by set reviews. So very many set reviews.

Today's Must

  1. Hour of Devastation Set Review: Commons and Uncommons | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Marshall and LSV have the most, um, thorough set review of anyone around—this one clocking in at a shade under 3 hours without even getting to the rares and mythic rares of the set. It's the only time of the year you'll wish your commute was longer.


  1. There are a number of review pieces on Hour of Devastation today. So why not include a bunch of them for your reviewing pleasure?

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Fastest Prerelease Ever – Hour of Devastation Early Exclusive | Windmill Slam (Some adult language, many Irish accents)

What would it look like if you had to use a Magic Online clock at your Hour of Devastation Prerelease? A bit like this, according to the good folks at Windmill Slam.

  1. Paul Jordan's 2017 Pro Tour Hall of Fame Breakdown | Hipsters of the Coast | Paul Jordan

Jordan—occasionally known as MTG Stat Guy—goes about as deep as one can go, offering an interesting analysis of every single one of the candidates compared to the Hall of Fame players who were already elected. If the readership of this column were entirely made of up Hall of Fame voters, this would be today's must.

  1. Hour of Devastation Limited Primer: Prerelease | Mana Deprived | Keith Capstick

This is one of the more compact, effective Prerelease primers I've seen so far, so definitely give this a (quick) read if you plan to Prerelease this weekend. Which you should.

  1. Magic: The Gathering Tournament – FINAL | Games Night

The crew from Yogscast has a Games Night channel where they, well, play games. On this particular night, they played Magic! Hey! You like Magic! That's why you're reading this! Maybe that means you'll like watching them play Magic. Only one way to find out.

Top 25

  1. No Changes

Zero events last weekend, zero changes in the Top 25.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Márcio Carvalho 82.46 1
2 Reid Duke 72.97 2
3 Yuuya Watanabe 72.41 3
4 Shota Yasooka 71.80 4
5 Owen Turtenwald 70.74 5
6 Brad Nelson 62.54 6
7 Kelvin Chew 61.12 7
8 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 60.54 8
9 Seth Manfield 60.44 9
10 Lee Shi Tian 59.50 10
11 Martin Jůza 59.33 11
12 Ken Yukuhiro 55.81 12
13 Steven Rubin 55.71 13
14 Eric Froehlich 55.07 14
15 Gerry Thompson 55.03 15
16 Martin Müller 54.84 16
17 Eduardo Sajgalik 53.64 17
18 Lukas Blohon 53.53 18
19 Oliver Tiu 51.54 19
20 Samuel Pardee 51.19 20
21 Carlos Romão 49.91 21
22 Thiago Saporito 49.50 22
23 Matthew Nass 48.85 23
24 Brian Braun-Duin 48.46 24
25 Donald Smith 48.34 25

Dropped from rankings: None

What People Are Talking About

  1. Wizards of the Coast Officially Participating in Seattle Pride Parade [Picture with Modified Planeswalker Logo]

That we did! And that text on the banner, "Dragons and Elves belong in our worlds, and so do you," wasn't made just for that parade. It's one of our company values statements, and it hangs, along with the rest of our values, in our building's main shared space.

The old "catching someone who F6'd but has an activated ability in play you need them to not respond with." Classic. Caleb Durward vs. Mana Crypt is also pretty entertaining.

Also, he's right. Caleb Durward's stream is a good time. You can check it out at

Deck of the Day

  1. Second Sun Fevered Fog

For some reason, I keep running into this deck on Magic Online—and losing.

Now, to be fair, I've been doing a lot of losing lately in Standard as I try out new things, but this one was especially eye-opening as I went through my "attack with creatures" phase (ew), because I could just never kill them unless the deck faltered.

This four-color deck is reminiscent of the Turbo Fog decks of old, which used Howling Mine (cards that have everyone drawing more cards every turn) effects alongside Fog effects (cards that say "Prevent all combat damage" or some variation thereof). In this case, the Howling Mine is Fevered Visions and the Fog effects are legion—Haze of Pollen, Commencement of Festivities, Encircling Fissure, and even Repel the Abominable. The rest of the deck is made up of sweepers and card draw and the deck's main win condition, Approach of the Second Sun. Note that having Fevered Visions in play speeds up the time by which you'll re-draw your second Sun. It seems Nicol Bolas has a fever, and the only cure is more cowbell Approach of the Second Sun.

Actually, the cure is Negate. And Fragmentize. And Cast Out. Etc., etc. The deck is a bit of a glass cannon, but boy is it effective if all your opponent is trying to do is attack you with creatures. I would actually recommend looking into a transformational sideboard against control decks, or at least playing some number of Sphinx of the Final Word.

This list, by the way, came courtesy @jakejoelmtg, who were kind enough to respond to my call for lists yesterday. And for their generosity, I'll mention that they have a YouTube channel called Jake and Joel are Magic. They publish pretty regularly, and you can check out their stuff here.

Second Sun Fevered Fog

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