The August 4, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 4, 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 August 4, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by learning from mistakes.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Minneapolis | | Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. CT/2 p.m. UTC

All right, everyone. You've had a week. Pencils down. Did you solve for Ramunap Red yet? If not, tune in on Saturday and Sunday to see if someone else did your work for you.

  1. Syracuse Open Weekend | | Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. PT/10:30 a.m. CT/2:30 p.m. UTC

You can also check out some hot, hot Modern action this weekend, as SCG visits mighty, mighty Syracuse.

Today's Must

  1. The Hazoret of a Lifetime | MTG Mint Card | Yam Wing Chun

Yam Wing Chun handled and continues to handle the mistake seen 'round the world with grace and joy. After the mistake, coverage reporter Chapman Sim, who knows Yam well, turned to us and said, "He's the happiest guy. He's going to be okay." And, lo and behold, he writes the happiest, most uplifting article you've read in quite a long time.

While you're there, also check out the Top 8 report from Felix Leong.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. You Might Be Doing It Wrong If . . .  | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

An audio checklist of reasons you might be terrible at the game. What could be more fun?

  1. Cooling Off the Red Menace | Gathering Magic | Ali Aintrazi

This one had me at the image of Chill at the top. If only.

Anyway, Aintrazi looks at a bunch of ways to beat Ramunap Red. None of them involve Chill, which is sadly not Standard-legal.

  1. Reaching for Black Lotus – Magic: Shandalar #10 │ ProJared Plays! | ProJared

Yes, #10. ProJared has been cruising through the classic PC Magic game Shandalar, and there are ten videos totaling a bit over 5 hours' worth of gameplay. So what are you doing with your afternoon?

  1. How 'Bout Them Ramunap Ruins? | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

"This is a true golden age of red decks."

Well . . . crap. Flores and Chapin basically gush about how great red aggro decks are now, and it makes my inner (and outer) blue mage sad. But, hey, some people like that sort of thing, so here you are.

What People Are Talking About

Yup, basically what this said. The planeswalkers weren't supposed to go on sale, accidentally did, and then were pulled down. They will still go on sale on August 14. If you did manage to order during this time, your order will still be honored, and it will be shipped on August 14.

This is literally all the information we have to make public at this time. We can say more on September 7. Until then, radio silence. Or we can repeat the same information over and over again. Whatever works for you.

Deck of the Day

  1. White Eldrazi

We've seen red Eldrazi decks, black Eldrazi decks, and now white Eldrazi-fueled decks have started to pop up. Where for art thou, green and blue?

At any rate, beyond the typical Eldrazi squad of Thought-Knot Seer and Matter Reshaper (though note the lack of Reality Smasher), white also grants you the powerful Eldrazi Displacer that happens to be able to fairly neatly keep a Hazoret the Fervent in check.

In fact, you might notice that this deck has a bunch of ways to keep Hazoret from being terribly effective. Stasis Snare, Cast Out, and Declaration in Stone all easily handle the indestructible creature, and Thought-Knot Seer can sometimes grab her before she even enters the battlefield.

Beyond that, the deck is mostly a pile of midrange white creatures. Archangel Avacyn, Selfless Spirit, Thraben Inspector, and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar are all pretty much white staples at this point, and Skysovereign, Consul Flagship gives the deck a way to punch through to planeswalkers as well.

Mirhi's White Eldrazi

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