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.
- 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.
- There are a number of review pieces on Hour of Devastation today. So why not include a bunch of them for your reviewing pleasure?
- Hour of Devastation Limited Set Review: Black | Channel Fireball | Luis Scott-Vargas
- Top 10 Commons in Hour of Devastation Draft | Channel Fireball | Mike Sigrist
- Swept Away! | MTG Mint Card | Taufik Indrakesuma (a review of sweepers)
- Hour of Devastation Spoilers: Best of the Rest Set Review – Part 4: Red! | The Mana Source | Wedge
- MTGO Improvements and Favorite HOU cards | Cardhoarder Podcast | Connor O'Donnell, David Murphy, and Nathaniel Buckley-Wright
- Hour of Devastation | The Blue Envelope Podcast | Matteo Orsini Jones, Neil Rigby, Rob Wagner, and Matt Light (Some adult language, many British accents)
- 75 Hours of Non-Stop Devastation | Gathering Magic | Jason Alt
- Top 5 Best Modern Cards from Hour of Devastation for Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor
After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- No Changes
Zero events last weekend, zero changes in the Top 25.
|8||Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa||60.54||8|
|10||Lee Shi Tian||59.50||10|
Dropped from rankings: None
What People Are Talking About
- 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 twitch.tv/calebdmtg.
Deck of the Day
- 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.