The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on July 18, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by purposefully destroying my Twitter feed for 24 hours.
Continuing yesterday's discussion on FNM promos, we have two pieces of content today that encapsulate much of the discussion on both sides. Here they are, with no further comment from me. Because my Twitter feed can't handle it.
- Organized Play Changes – A Store's Perspective | TCGPlayer | Corbin Hosler
- Fail Night Magic | Tolarian Community College | The Professor
What You Might Have Missed This Weekend
- Standard: Do What You Want To | ChannelFireball | Brian DeMars
After reviewing the results of this past weekend's StarCityGames.com Open, DeMars is happy to report that you can pretty much do whatever you want to do in Standard. He then goes over the pros and cons of doing many of those things.
- Top 8 Decks from the First Tournament of Hour of Devastation Standard! | Strictly Better MTG | Dev
Dev rewinds and reviews the Top 8 decks from this past weekend's StarCityGames.com Open. His constant surprise over the first-place deck is worth watching alone.
- My Roommate Is a Planeswalker: Sweet Dreams | SSN 2, Ep. 3 | Magic the Gathering & MtG Comedy | Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolff and Maria Bartholdi
And now for your daily dose of Magic-themed comedy.
Okay, it's a bit less than a daily dose. So savor it when you can.
- The How and Where for Sightseeing in Kyoto | Hareruya English | Shuhei Nakamura
Interest in this one is going to be limited to around, oh, 400 or so players, but I thought this was a fun, interesting look at Shuhei's hometown. Plus, I'm going there next week, so this is an easy way for me to bookmark this article.
Sometimes it's not all about you, okay? Sometimes I need to do something for Blake. Like link to useful Pro Tour travel articles and talk about myself in the third person.
- [MTG] The Pro Tour Hall of Fame: A Flawed and Complicated System | TCGPlayer | Denis Stranjak
Stranjak gives a pretty good overview of the Hall of Fame, the various discussions around it, the controversies, and the changes it has undergone or should undergo.
What to Watch Tonight
- Team Draft Super League | twitch.com/magic | 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET/midnight UTC
Our intrepid heroes tonight—well, at least four of them—are drafting from Japan. I have no idea what time it is over there, but this probably isn't pleasant for them. Show a little support and watch tonight.
- No changes
We're getting close to that time of year when everything changes—but not yet. For now, we have no changes due to no events awarding Pro Points. We'll get there.
|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
Here's a bit more information:
Every week after the HOU story finale for five weeks, we'll have the Magic Story Podcast on Wednesdays featuring Alison Luhrs and myself. The first four weeks will be C17 podcasts, with each one talking about one of the C17 tribes. The fifth and final week will switch gears and start talking about Ixalan and the adventure that takes place there. We'll talk about characters, what it means to be those types of creatures in Magic, and more.
Deck of the Day
Placing sixth playing Ahn-Crop Crasher is nothing to sneeze at, and Jonathan Job certainly crashed the Top 8 of the StarCityGames.com Open last weekend with a red and colorless beatdown deck.
They key to this list might have been that it went a bit bigger. Sure, it played Soul-Scar Mage (with only six spells in the main deck) and Falkenrath Gorger, but it also played Chandra, Torch of Defiance and Reality Smasher and Thought-Knot Seer.
The real fun of the deck, however, is not letting your opponent block, no matter what they have defending their life total. Crasher sneaks past something for a turn, as does Earthshaker Khenra (sometimes). Eldrazi Obligator pulls something to your side, where it's obviously not blocking, and Glorybringer simply kills something out of the way.
This deck is definitely a player, which means one thing: mono-red is back on the menu, boys!