The July 21, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 21, 2017

By Nicholas Wolfram

Nicholas Wolfram fell promptly in love with tabletop and video games when he was only two years old, and he has been writing about them since he figured out how words worked. Now he puts together words about Magic, which he started playing way back in 2000.

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on July 21, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by a Grand Prix in Japan!

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Kyoto

The latest Grand Prix will be streaming live on twitch.tv/magic from Japan all weekend! The festivities start tomorrow at 10:15 a.m. local time (JST), which is . . . 6:15 p.m. PT today?! Time zones are awesome. Don't miss it!

Today's Must-Read

  1. Return of Red Deck Wins | ChannelFireball | Brian DeMars

Hour of Devastation has brought enough hasty red creatures and efficient burn spells to make this classic deck viable in Standard again. DeMars has some thoughts about what should go into this deck to make it a winner.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Digging for the Breakout Standard Decks of Hour of Devastation | TCGPlayer | Adam Yurchick

With the recent release of Hour of Devastation and the banning of Aetherworks Marvel shortly before that, it's a whole new Standard environment out there. Yurchick throws his opinion into the ring to guess what the emerging metagame might look like this weekend.

  1. Queen City to Kyoto: Standard Musings | StarCityGames.com | Brennan DeCandio

After last weekend's StarCityGames.com Cincinnati Open, DeCandio is excited to continue exploring the current Standard environment in Kyoto. Check out his musings on what he might be playing this weekend.

  1. How to Beat Standard's Top Decks | TCGPlayer | Brian Braun-Duin

BBD reflects on SCG Cincinnati, its top decks, and how to beat those decks.

  1. Deck of the Day: Blue-Red Control | ChannelFireball | Eric Froehlich

Blue-Red Control has been one of the most talked-about decks ever since Hour of Devastation preview season, and we're about to see how much it can pull its weight this weekend in Kyoto.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Grand Prix Kyoto!

Follow all the buzz before the coverage kicks off tonight at 6:15 p.m. PT/9:15 p.m. ET!

Deck of the Day

  1. Blue-Red Control

Kennen Haas took this deck (which differs slightly from the list Froehlich posted today) to 16th place last weekend at SCG Open Cincinnati. Will Blue-Red Control be able to place better this weekend in Kyoto? Will we be seeing more The Locust Gods instead of Gearhulks? We'll find out soon!

Kennen Haas's Blue-Red Control

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