The August 8, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 8, 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 8, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Dragons Day (not to be confused with Day of the Dragons)! We've got a few straggling Cat cards up this morning, plus one Cat Dragon, but otherwise, it's firebreathers all the way down.

Today's Previews

Left over from Cat Day, Leonin Arbiter is here to make every fetch land activation even more painful.

Well that picture is amazing. Another Cat Day holdover, Kindred Summons as it's called is actually part of a cycle. You can get an accurate translation here.

  1. Carta exclusiva mundial de Magic: The Gathering—Commander 2017 | Hobby Consolas | Jesús Delgado

This translation is correct, and even includes the correct English name for the card! High fives all around!

This one got out of sync with the day a bit, but, hey, preview Vampire Wizard.

  1. Sol Ring | Card of the Day

It's back. Of course it's back.

Come for the previews, stay for the -1/-1 counters deck. But also stay for the preview cards, because they're at the end of the podcast.

  1. Previews yet to come

Well, I've got a preview card. That's @blakepr. No, it's not Mulldrifter or Cloudblazer, before anyone starts guessing. My card is a completely new card.

Also watch for a bevy of Dragon cards from @wizards_magic. Yes, a bevy. There's also a leftover Cat card you might see coming out of our Asia-Pacific region. Plus we've got cards coming from The Command Zone and The Mana Source! Don't forget to hashtag your preview demands polite requests #whereismypreviewcard!

What People Are Talking About

There was a weird conversation that arose this morning with the startling revelation (read: rather obvious reveal) that Sol Ring was being reprinted in Commander (2017 Edition). Mostly a couple pros chimed in on Sol Ring being the biggest turnoff from the format. But Wedge has got it. Most Commander players I've met (plus myself) enjoy the card, but if your playgroup doesn't, that's okay too!

Top 25

  1. Things Simmer

After the upheaval of the Pro Tour, this week's changes in the Top 25 were minor after Grand Prix Minneapolis. Brad Nelson leapfrogged two spots while Steve Rubin bounced up five. And that's it. No one fell off, no one else switched places, and Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa was still No. 1 for the second week in a row.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 84.18 1
2 Márcio Carvalho 80.22 2
3 Reid Duke 73.29 3
4 Samuel Pardee 68.33 4
5 Yuuya Watanabe 67.34 5
5 Shota Yasooka 67.34 5
7 Brad Nelson 66.39 +2 9
8 Seth Manfield 65.37 -1 7
9 Martin Jůza 63.38 -1 8
10 Owen Turtenwald 61.40 10
11 Kelvin Chew 60.41 11
12 Lee Shi Tian 58.43 12
13 Samuel Black 55.46 13
13 Donald Smith 55.46 13
13 Ken Yukuhiro 55.46 13
16 Steven Rubin 54.49 +5 21
17 Javier Dominguez 54.47 -1 16
17 Gerry Thompson 54.47 -1 16
17 Martin Müller 54.47 -1 16
20 Christian Calcano 53.48 -1 19
20 William Jensen 53.48 -1 19
22 Thiago Saporito 52.49 -1 21
22 Eric Froehlich 52.49 -1 21
22 Eduardo Sajgalik 52.49 -1 21
25 Carlos Romão 51.50 25

Dropped from rankings: None

Deck of the Day

  1. Scion of the Ur-Dragon

Today is Dragon Day, so why not a Dragon Deck? Created by a Tappedout user going by the name Kevinpetsca, this Scion of the Ur-Dragon deck looks to use its commander as a toolbox to Dragon all over people. It's also capable of some pretty quick kills, often using Moltensteel Dragon to pump it sky-high, and then Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon, or it can play controlling with any number of dangerous dragons. If Dragons get you going, this is a good place to start getting ideas for upgrading your Dragon Commander 2017 deck.

Kevinpetsca's Scion of the Ur-Dragon

Download Arena Decklist
COMMANDER: Scion of the Ur-Dragon
Planeswalker (2)
1 Sarkhan Unbroken 1 Sarkhan Vol
Enchantment (1)
1 Wheel of Sun and Moon
99 Cards

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