The August 7, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 7, 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 7, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Cats! Today the previews you'll be seeing on DailyMTG and around the web all belong to the Cat deck in Commander (2017 Edition)! It's Cats all the way down today, and every tribe will have its own day this week. So find your comfiest box, paw at a ball of yarn, and run around for no reason at 3 a.m. to celebrate.

Today's Previews

Also destroys the arm rests of couches twice as fast!

Big ramp goes bigger. All the more reason to try to make Force of Savagery work.

  1. Command Tower | Card of the Day

You know how I know people don't look closely at the cards we put on Card of the Day? This card went unnoticed for hours after being posted. Then again, it's probably the least surprising inclusion in the whole bunch.

  1. The Cat with a Rat: Commander 2017 Preview Hungry Lynx | TCGplayer | Bruce Richard

All right, we did it. Previews over. It doesn't get any better than this card for flavor, gameplay, and adorableness. We're done. Time to head home and just buy all the copies of this deck.

(Previews not really done. But. This. Card.)

  1. Commander 2017 Spoilerkarte! [Deutsch] | MagicShibby

It's in German, but German and English share a common linguistic ancestry, so you've probably got this.

(Or just check out the convenient English tweet from Shibby. For the record, the English name is Bloodforged Battle-Axe.)

  1. Commander 2017 – The Nazahn Strut | Commanderin' | Phil DeLuca, Sean Whatson, and Shivam Bhatt

It's now hammer time all the time. I've seen what my cat can do with a stuffed carrot, so I'm positively terrified of what could be done with a hammer.

  1. Commander 2017 Preview: Alms Collector | ChannelFireball | Rachel Agnes

Oh, look, it's our annual "Make Jace, the Mind Sculptor look silly" white card!

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Top Moments of GP Minneapolis | Wizards of the Coast | Hallie Santo

While there were a ton of cool moments (from our first all-female broadcasting team to a pair of brothers making the Top 8), my favorite was seeing Steve Locke—who I played with and against many, many years ago in Iowa—winning the Grand Prix. And not only winning, but not dropping a single match all weekend. Steve's been a steady presence in the Iowa Magic scene for years (the same one that produced Brandon Scheel and Josh McClain, as well as hosting Gerry Thompson for a time), and it's awesome to see him hoist a trophy.

If you want to relive the weekend, and the evolution of Standard, you can catch the full weekend of coverage on our Twitch video archive. Also be sure to browse the Top 8 decklists and the Top 32 decklists. Of note is the non-dominance of Ramunap Red. People clearly came prepared for the darling of the Pro Tour.

  1. Syracuse Open

While Steve Locke was crushing Standard at the Grand Prix, Dan Musser was smashing folks at the SCG Open in Syracuse. Musser took his Eldrazi Tron deck all the way to 1st place in the Modern event, all of which you can relive on the SCG Twitch video archives.

Oh, and you can view the Top 32 decks here.

I hope you didn't miss it, because Maria and Melissa killed it in the booth of Grand Prix Minneapolis. But if you did, you can check out the tale of the tape in our Twitch video archive.

Deck of the Day

  1. Dan Ward's White-Blue Approach

While Steve Locke's Zombies deck was clearly the deck of the tournament, we've seen Zombies before. How about something a little different? Just barely missing the Top 8 was a white-blue control deck that tried to be just good enough to stay alive to cast Approach of the Second Sun—of which the deck plays three copies. Finishing just outside the Top 8 in 10th place, Ward showed that Approach of the Second Sun was a legitimate way to try to end the game.

And note that there were no win conditions in the main deck besides Approach—not even a whiff of a plan B. Just card draw, a few ways to control the game and the board, and three beautiful seven-mana sorceries. The plan clearly got better with fewer control decks in the field, but it was also clearly very strong this weekend.

Dan Ward's White-Blue Approach

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