The July 28, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on July 28, 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 28, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by more Pro Tour action, coming to you live from Japan all weekend!

Today's Must-Watch

  1. Pro Tour Hour of Devastation

Whether you missed the action yesterday and want to catch up or are looking for live coverage over the rest of the weekend, this is the place to find all of the amazing and up-to-date footage of the most decisive professional Magic event of the season!

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Why I'm Playing Mono-Red at the Pro Tour | TCGplayer | Seth Manfield

Seth is currently undefeated in the Pro Tour and has been kind enough to share the rationale behind his deck choice. Naturally, he is playing what has likely been the most talked-about deck leading up to the Pro Tour and, coincidentally, the most-played deck at the Pro Tour.

  1. My Pro Tour Deck | TCGplayer | Brian Braun-Duin

Of course, with the most-played deck archetype at the Pro Tour, Seth isn't the only one running Mono-Red Aggro. BBD also has some insight as to why he chose the deck as his companion to Kyoto.

  1. Metagame Predictions for Pro Tour Hour of Devastation | MTG Mint Card | Lee Shi Tian

Lee analyzes and makes his predictions about this weekend's metagame, culminating in a pretty awesome flowchart of all the major decks.

  1. The Draft Analyst: Kentaro Yamamoto, Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, Day One | | Ryan Saxe

There has been plenty of Pro Tour Standard discussion, but Limited is also an essential part of the experience. Ryan takes a look at Kentaro's Draft experience to analyze the current environment, which, if you haven't tried it yet, is very diverse and fun!

  1. How to Choose a Deck for a Magic: The Gathering Tournament | ChannelFireball | Brian DeMars

While you may be a little late for Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, Brian's advice is sure to come in handy for a future tournament if you've been thinking about jumping into the competition.

  1. Pro Tour Insider with Ben Seck | Limited Resources | Luis Scott-Vargas, Marshall Sutcliffe, and Ben Seck

LSV and Marshall come through with the insider perspective on pro play once again thanks to the company of Ben Seck.

  1. The Top 8 Big-Mana Planeswalkers | ChannelFireball | Franke Lepore

Eight might seem like a strange place to cut off a top rankings list, but that's because the list already includes every planeswalker ever printed that costs more than six mana. And coincidentally, half of these are from the current block (thanks, Planeswalker Decks!).

What People Are Talking About

  1. Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, obviously

The latest Pro Tour is in full swing in Japan. Join the conversation before it's over!

Deck of the Day

  1. Mono-Red Aggro

This is the deck to beat this weekend. In fact, even this deck is tooled to beat this deck with 3 Chandra's Defeats in the sideboard. This is Magic Online user D00mwake's take on a build, which he took to a 5-0 victory in a recent Competitive Standard Constructed League.

D00mwake's Undefeated Mono-Red Aggro

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