The July 14, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 14, 2017

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, 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 14, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the release of Hour of Devastation and Draft Weekend! It is the thing that is happening this weekend! Also, these things . . .

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. StarCityGames.com Cincinnati Standard Open | twitch.tv/scglive | Saturday and Sunday starting at 7:30 a.m. PT/10:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. UTC

It's the very first weekend of Hour of Devastation's release, and already we're going to get a look at its effect on Standard. Will, um, Hour of Devastation wreak havoc? Will Abrade catch the broad side of Heart of Kiran? Will Torrential Gearhulks show some Supreme Will? Will I ever run out of rhetorical questions?

  1. Australian Sealed Showdown | twitch.tv/mtgaustream | Sunday? 6 p.m. AEST? I don't know.

What's an AEST? Is that a time zone? Are they . . . 17 hours ahead? So this is actually happening at 1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET/8 a.m. UTC. I think. But bonus points for their offline screen on Twitch being Alliances cards with Balduvian Horde in the middle. Someone has been reading my dream journal.

Anyway, let's just let the Aussies speak for themselves on this one.

So. Many. Decklists.

  1. The Bug Lords of Amonkhet | Massdrop | Ari Lax

Three Gods, three strategies, three decks, zero reasons to not read this article. Well, okay, one—an intense fear of insects. But if that's the case, you have bigger problems.

  1. Fraying Intelligence | Gathering Magic | Ali Aintrazi

Aintrazi just keeps on brewing. Four new lists, four more reasons to brew with Hour of Devastation.

  1. Standard Standard Standard! | StarCityGames.com | Brennan DeCandio

Come on, Brennan! Would it have killed you to add a fifth deck so I could keep this number thing going? It's so aesthetically pleasing to my admittedly strange writing brain.

But, fine, there's almost no overlap between the four decks Aintrazi published and the four DeCandio put forth (minus a similar Sultai deck that's still about 20-cards different). So read them all!

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Resilient Khenra: Bring on the Beatdown! | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

Are you a dog or a cat person? Doesn't matter, because Flores and Chapin are both in today's podcast, highlighting a certain Cat and a Jackal that can bring the pain for just two mana each, but happen to hit harder together.

  1. Hour of Devastation Constructed Set Review: Red | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

"Red is the clear winner here," he says. "This is a great haul," he says. "At least the best cards are mostly control cards," he doesn't say.

  1. Top Commander Cards in Hour of Devastation | MTGOTraders

"But Blake," you say to your computer screen for some reason, "I mostly play Commander, and most of this content is Standard!"

I hear you, random internet person, I hear you.

  1. Modern Revolution: Hour of Devastation | MTG Mint Card | Lee Shi Tian

"But Blake," you say to your computer screen because it worked for the last guy, "I mostly play Modern, and . . ."

Stop right there. Lee Shi Tian's got you covered, too.

Deck of the Day

  1. Temur Delirium

We're starting to get the first results on Magic Online from Hour of Devastation Standard, and we've started to see the newest set sneaking its way into more and more decklists as people get repetitions with the new cards under their belts.

One such belt belongs to Oosunq, who went 5-0 with a Temur Delirium deck that highlights a few Hour of Devastation cards.

First, Abrade is an easy enough inclusion, standing alongside Magma Spray and Harnessed Lightning as the red removal of choice. But then things get a little unexpected. Strategic Planning makes an appearance alongside Grapple with the Past, as the cards are similar but different enough that they're worth playing together.

The real winner, though, is Champion of Wits, which helps fuel graveyard strategies like delirium, is perfect fodder for Elder Deep-Fiend, and even comes back as a card-drawing engine later in the game.

Combined with Traverse the Ulvenwald and Temur mainstays like Glorybringer and Rogue Refiner, Ossunq is certainly on to something that can be developed out from here.

Temur Delirium

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