The August 1, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 1, 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 August 1, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by trying to destroy Ramunap Red at any cost.

Today's Must

  1. Can Red Be Beat? | ChannelFireball | Brian DeMars

First of all: yes. However, if you're looking for a more in-depth answer to the question, Brian is currently exploring the best ways to accomplish it, and he's got some great ideas. But he's not the only one trying to crack the mystery.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The Agony of Defeat | Sarpadian Empires Vol. VIII | Andrew Weisel

What's next for a Gatewatch licking their respective wounds? Weisel goes deep on the lore, reaching into the way-back machine for all the clues you might or might not have picked up on. Only read if you're finished catching up on the Hour of Devastation story.

  1. Adjusting to Ramunap Red | MTG Mint Card | Taufik Indrakesuma

Taufik has some unique insight into how to tackle the two words that are on everyone's lips when they go to discuss the current Standard metagame: "Ramunap Red."

  1. Mardu Vehicles in Kyoto *39th* | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

Taking a slightly different angle on the "destroy Ramunap Red at all costs" discussion, Frank talks about the deck he brought to the Pro Tour, which he actually believes is favored in the Ramunap Red matchup.

  1. Breaking Down the Pro Tour Hour of Devastation Top 8 | | Cedric Phillips

Cedric discusses five different versions of Ramunap Red and a few other decks that may have made it into the Top 8 over the weekend, all of them at least a little bit black.

  1. Playing the Game of Thrones | TCGplayer | Bruce Richard

The monarch has recently emerged from Conspiracy: Take the Crown and entered as a viable mechanic in Eternal formats. Bruce breaks down the significance of the mechanic and, perhaps more importantly, why he loves it.

  1. Abzan Traverse for SCG Syracuse | | Jadine Klomparens

With the Syracuse Open coming up this weekend, Jadine is looking for ways to shake-up the Modern metagame and bring a different archetype into the mix. With a look at how it matches up against every major deck running around in the format right now, she makes a strong case.

What People Are Talking About

  1. This amazing Ajani statue from Prime 1 Studio and artist Gilberto Magno

Despite what you may see in the comments, we absolutely do not endorse selling organs to purchase this statue, however tempting that may be.

Deck of the Day

  1. Samuel Pardee's Black-Green Constrictor

Sure, Pardee might be disappointed that he got 2nd with Black-Green Constrictor, but let's not be too sad for him. His finish qualified him for the World Championship. He was one of just two non-red decks in the Top 8, and he went all the way to the finals. Plus, he lost to Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, who is probably one of the three greatest players of all time and still very much in his prime. (Don't get me started on the whole "Is PVDDR in the Top 2 all-time" debate.)

Samuel Pardee's Black-Green Constrictor

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