The July 7, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 7, 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 7, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the Hour of Devastation Prerelease and all the comprehensive guides.

Prerelease Prep

  1. Hour of Devastation Prerelease Guide: Everything You Need to Know! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Everything I need to know? All right, everyone, wrap it up. We're done here. You can go home now.

  1. The Hour of Devastation Prerelease Primer | Channel Fireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Paulo's made a habit of these, and he only gets better with each one. Skip at your peril—your Prerelease opponent may very well have read it and soaked up all the knowledge found within.

  1. Hour of Devastation: Underrated and Overrated Cards for Prerelease | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Underrated: Nicol Bolas. Overrated: Nicol Bolas. Nicol Bolas is all the things.

Except overrated.

  1. The Comprehensive Hour of Devastation Prerelease Guide! | Strictly Better MTG | Dev

Dev covers each color, the cards you should look for, and the ones you'd be lucky to open.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Hour of Devastation Is the Best of the Bunch | Top Level Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores

This spell is devastating, and Chapin and Flores count all the reasons why—and one of them rhymes with "Pourential Earhulk."

  1. Top 10: Hour of Devastation Bombs! | Aether Hub | Nizzahon Magic

These are the cards you want to open in your Prerelease this weekend. Though, let's be honest—we all want to open Nicol Bolas.

  1. Commander Review: Hour of Devastation Part 1 (White, Blue, Black) | MTGGoldfish | Tomer Abramovici

I got a number of great ideas from this article—no doubt you will too.

  1. Hour of Devastation Limited Set Review: Green | Channel Fireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

LSV concludes his review of the five colors in Hour of Devastation, though he hasn't quite gotten to artifacts, lands, and multicolor cards. So if you lay out your Prerelease pool and have no idea what to do with any of those cards, blame Luis.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Hour of Devastation Cards | Magic Online Tumblr


Deck of the Day

  1. Zombie Emerge

Another deck that was overshadowed by Aetherworks Marvel making a comeback, the blue-red Zombie Emerge deck (fueled by Fevered Visions) has started making its presence felt again.

For those not familiar, the deck utilizes the Stitchwings from Innistrad to power out Prized Amalgams and provide food for Elder Deep-Fiends. Cathartic Reunion and Tormenting Voice drop cards in the graveyard while providing fuel for later. Fiery Temper serves as the deck's Lightning Bolt, since you always have discard outlets.

Fevered Visions is the engine that makes it all go, providing extra cards to pitch, extra damage, and free wins versus control decks. It also goes really well with Elder Deep-Fiend tapping down lands during their upkeep. It's difficult to get rid of cards in your hand when your lands are all tapped down.

The kicker is that the deck probably gets to use Kozilek's Return better than any other deck. One, it drops it neatly into the graveyard at will. And two, Elder Deep-Fiend makes frequent appearances thanks to all the card draw. And, finally, the Sanctum of Ugins mean you get a relatively steady stream of Eldrazi.

My favorite part of this deck is the story it tells. A Tormenting Voice maddens you, you experience Fevered Visions, and, suddenly, you get the idea to reanimate the dead. But they bring more dead with them, maybe more than you intended. And all that reanimating catches the attention of an Elder Deep-Fiend, who, depending on its temperament, burns everything down. Then . . . you do it again.

I have no idea how that story starts if you're having a Cathartic Reunion.

RodixSK's Zombie Emerge

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