The July 10, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 10, 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 10, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul Paul.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Vintage Cube #25 – My Final Draft . . . | Paul Cheon

Not final as in "I will never draft again," but final as in "before starting to work at Wizards of the Coast and drafting all the time." We hope to get Paul streaming again in some official capacity, but we're going to let him figure out where the bathroom is first.

  1. Magic: The Gathering Reveal Their SDCC Exclusive | Skewed & Reviewed | Gareth

That Nicol Bolas poster art is enough to get me interested, though the card images shared in the article are smaller than most people can make out without one of those fake television computers that people shout "enhance" at a million times. So let's fix that. Here are the six individual cards for your viewing pleasure.

  1. 2017 Chesley Award Winners

In particular I want to draw your attention to Best Gaming Related Illustration, where Ryan Yee won for Die Young in Kaladesh. The card Yee has called his favorite Magic piece is beautiful, haunting, and now a Chesley Award winner. If you haven't heard me say it before, Chesley Awards are a massive deal in the science fiction/fantasy art world. Congratulations to Ryan Yee!

  1. Modern Ban Watchlist | Masters of Modern | Ben Bateman and Alex Kessler

It's certainly nothing official, but it's fun fodder for discussion. Which, I suppose is the point.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Top Commons and Uncommons in Hour of Devastation Limited | MTG Mint Card | Zen Takahashi

Now that you've had a Prerelease to play with some of these cards, do you agree with Takahashi's assessment? I mostly did a bunch of losing at mine, so I couldn't possibly comment.

  1. Rob Alexander, The Enlightened Artist | Eternal Magic | Fausto de Souza

Good artist interviews are becoming more common these days, but are still pretty rare, so I'm almost always going to bubble up a good one. This one visits with Rob Alexander, one of the longest-tenured Magic artists around.

  1. Commander Banned List Announcement | Commander Rules Committee

No changes. So sayeth the Commander Rules Committee.

Community Spotlight

  1. Jumbo Commander

Nearing a full year making videos, Jumbo Commander is all about, well, Commander. They're currently running through Hour of Devastation cards, and either reviewing them for Commander or doing deck techs with the Legendary ones. You can check out that full playlist here.

What People Are Talking About

Prerelease photos! So many Prerelease photos!

Deck of the Day

  1. Blue-Red Control | Channel Fireball | Joel Larsson

Larsson thinks Hour of Devastation is bringing Blue-Red Control to the next level—and he means that in two different ways. One, the new set brings some new toys, particularly Abrade and Supreme Will. Two, the actual card Hour of Devastation gives the deck a sweeper unlike any the deck has seen before. It might even be the best sweeper in Standard.

So expect this deck to not only continue kicking around in new Standard, but devastating opponents left and right.

Blue-Red Control

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