The July 24, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 24, 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 24, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Unstable, and all the information Mark Rosewater unleashed on the world this past weekend.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Mark Rosewater talks Unstable at San Diego Comic-Con

Mark Rosewater talked many things Unstable at San Diego Comic-Con, revealing a few key points to look forward to.

  • The set will be draftable and, while it will have humor and be silver-bordered, will still represent modern Magic set and world design.
  • There will be really cool lands in the set with full-art. Really cool. Cooler than that.
  • There will also be foil tokens in the set. Maybe some of them will be . . .
  • Squirrels! There are Squirrels in the set!
  • The set has five allied-color factions. They are called:
    • Order of the Widget (white-blue)
    • Agents of S.N.E.A.K. (blue-black)
    • League of Dastardly Doom (black-red)
    • Goblin Explosioneers (red-green)
    • Crossbreed Labs (white-green)
  • Contraptions will be a part of this set, including a new version of Steamflogger Boss you can see here.
  • Yes, there will be a planeswalker in the set.

Also, Dana Fischer was there and continues to be adorable.

  1. Top Stories of Grand Prix Kyoto 2017 | Wizards of the Coast | Chapman Sim

If it wasn't for Rosewater spilling some Unstable beans, this would easily have topped my list. William Jensen went back-to-back on Grand Prix victories (after a team win in Cleveland) with a spicy Draft deck that you can see below. Oh, some other important things happened, too, but mostly Huey set himself up as de facto "the guy on a roll" for Pro Tour Hour of Devastation.

You can relive Grand Prix Kyoto (and Riley Knight) on our Twitch channel archive for anything you missed.

  1. Top Stories of Grand Prix Toronto | Wizards of the Coast | Corbin Hosler

Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, the locals were storming the castle, some pros were hitting some important milestones, and William Jensen couldn't win this particular Grand Prix, because he was busy winning a different one.

  1. Atlanta Open Weekend

Meanwhile again (there was a lot to watch this past weekend), Tom Ross, Jody Keith, and Todd Stevens were storming the castle in Atlanta, defeating all comers on their way to a team trophy. You can check out theirs (and other trios) decklists here, and if you've just got all sorts of time on your hands, you can watch their triumph unfold on the SCG Twitch archive.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. A Million-Dollar Pro Tour | TCGPlayer | Seth Manfield

Manfield breaks down last week's big Organized Play news, including the (all caps) MILLION-DOLLAR PRO TOUR.

  1. Up Close with Magic: The Gathering's Must-Have SDCC Exclusives | Nerdist | Kyle Hill

Nerdist gets all detailed with the SDCC promos plus the poster. They're quite attractive up close and personal.

Community Spotlight

I missed this last week, but we can't let a milestone like this go uncelebrated. Congrats, Aether Hub.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Magic Coverage Needs More Riley Knight!

Good news! He'll be at Pro Tour Hour of Devastation this weekend!

  1. Magic Bracket Round 2 starts TODAY!

The Magic Bracket, for those of you who aren't familiar, is a single-elimination, 1v1 bracket pitting every Magic card ever printed against a random other card, letting players vote by whatever stipulation they'd like until the bracket whittles itself down. We've been through one round, which means every card in Magic faced one other card, and half of them were eliminated. It's fun, it's weird, and it's great fodder for internet discussions. And we all love arguing on the internet.

Deck of the Day

  1. William Jensen's Grand Prix Kyoto–Winning Draft Deck

And this is the list with which William Jensen took down a second Grand Prix in a row, a cycling and -1/-1 counters deck that could positively go off with Archfiend of Ifnir. Black-green was a bit under-appreciated in Amonkhet Draft, because it wasn't the fastest of the color combinations—but with Hour of Devastation in the mix, it became quite powerful in its own right, and helped Jensen secure yet another trophy on his massive mantle.

William Jensen's Grand Prix Kyoto–Winning Draft Deck

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