The August 9, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 9, 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 9, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Vampires Day! Dracula would be proud. And then he would probably be devoured by the likes of Licia, Sanguine Tribune and Edgar Markov.

Today's Previews

  1. Mirror of the Forebearers | Magic: The Gathering Weibo

No translation needed, just brewing. So very much brewing with this card.

Sometimes organizing previews, like this Cat Day preview, is like herding, well, you know.

  1. Unstable Obelisk | Card of the Day

More Card of the Day Commander staples. Any guesses on the next one?

  1. Olivia Voldaren's Guide to the Best Vampire Commander for Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor and Christine Sprankle

Come for the preview of a new Vampire Commander, stay for the cackling recommendation of an Olivia Voldaren big-mana Commander deck.

Licia, Sanguine Tribune needs a buddy—and this is a pretty good buddy to have.

Goad is still my very favorite sounding keyword. I mean, it's fun to play, too. But mostly to say. Also, the flavor on Disrupt Decorum is excellent—everyone fight! Don't miss Crimson Honor Guard either; players (like myself) who never play their commander must be punished.

  1. Commander VS: Exclusive Commander 2017 Card Preview! | | Justin Parnell, Jeremy Noell, Jonathan Suarez, and Stephen Green

Okay, so I missed International Cat Day and I missed on the flavor of previewing Vampires at night. Hey, it's night somewhere!

But, also, these cards are really cool.

  1. Exclusive Spoiler: Commander 2017 | Eternal Magic | Mateus Nogueira

Dear lord, this is going to do a lot of damage. A lot, a lot of damage.

No, no. Please do eat them all.

  1. Yet to come

Watch for a preview on Twitter from Gavin Verhey (@gavinverhey) around noon PST!

What People Are Talking About—C17 Art!

  1. Everyone's sharing larger images of C17 art—so why don't I share it with you? Seems only reasonable.

Deck of the Day

  1. Tribal Vampires Commander

Choices for quality Vampire commanders have been few and far between. Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter is pretty popular and quite Vampiric, but not tribal in any way. Baron Sengir scores you tons of cool points and does actually say Vampire in its text box, but it's a bit weak. Anowon, the Sage Ruin is cool, but pretty fragile. Garza Zol, Plague Queen also exists.

But Olivia Voldaren is quite Vampiric in her ways, even if she isn't exactly tribal. Tappedout user Ogrenoah created an Olivia Voldaren Commander deck that's all Vampires, all the time. But it could certainly benefit from the more Vampire-centric cards in Commander (2017 Edition). Still, not a bad place to start.

Ogrenoah's Olivia Voldaren

Download Arena Decklist
COMMANDER: Olivia Voldaren
Planeswalker (1)
1 Sorin Markov
99 Cards

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