The July 18, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 18, 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 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.

  1. Organized Play Changes – A Store's Perspective | TCGPlayer | Corbin Hosler
  1. Fail Night Magic | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Standard: Do What You Want To | ChannelFireball | Brian DeMars

After reviewing the results of this past weekend's 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.

  1. 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 Open. His constant surprise over the first-place deck is worth watching alone.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. [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

  1. Team Draft Super League | | 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.

Top 25

  1. 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.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Márcio Carvalho 82.46 1
2 Reid Duke 72.97 2
3 Yuuya Watanabe 72.41 3
4 Shota Yasooka 71.80 4
5 Owen Turtenwald 70.74 5
6 Brad Nelson 62.54 6
7 Kelvin Chew 61.12 7
8 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 60.54 8
9 Seth Manfield 60.44 9
10 Lee Shi Tian 59.50 10
11 Martin Jůza 59.33 11
12 Ken Yukuhiro 55.81 12
13 Steven Rubin 55.71 13
14 Eric Froehlich 55.07 14
15 Gerry Thompson 55.03 15
16 Martin Müller 54.84 16
17 Eduardo Sajgalik 53.64 17
18 Lukas Blohon 53.53 18
19 Oliver Tiu 51.54 19
20 Samuel Pardee 51.19 20
21 Carlos Romão 49.91 21
22 Thiago Saporito 49.50 22
23 Matthew Nass 48.85 23
24 Brian Braun-Duin 48.46 24
25 Donald Smith 48.34 25

Dropped from rankings: None

What People Are Talking About

  1. [Vorthos] After HOU Story Finale, Five Magic Story Podcasts Covering Commander 2017 Lore!

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

  1. Jonathan Job's Mono-Red Aggro

Placing sixth playing Ahn-Crop Crasher is nothing to sneeze at, and Jonathan Job certainly crashed the Top 8 of the Open last weekend with a red and colorless beatdown deck.

The Crasher was just one odd duck in the deck, as Eldrazi Obligator made an appearance, along with Kari Zev, Skyship Raider and a slew of Deserts.

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!

Mono Red Aggro

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