The August 10, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 10, 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 10, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Wizards Day! Clearly, the best of the four days. If I don't need to explain to you why that's true, you'll certainly enjoy the Deck of the Day today.

Today's Previews

  1. Lightning Greaves | Card of the Day

I still think it's wild which older cards became Commander staples after the format took off. Sol Ring was a bit of a gimme, as it's super powerful, but Lightning Greaves was just a mediocre (at the time) Equipment from the block that introduced Equipment. Now it's in most decks that care about casting and protecting their commander.

  1. 『統率者(2017年版)』先行プレビュー!! | Enndal Games

Kheru Mind-Eater is basically Vampire Nightveil Specter with menace instead of flying, which is great. Why play your own cards, when you can play everyone else's? (You can see an English version here.)

  1. VISION DE L'AVENIR – Carte Exclusive Commander 2017 – Colosse Lancebourrasque | Magic C'est Chic !

My favorite part of this video might have been the fact that the French word for Cat is Chat, though I'm not even sure why that amused me so much.

At any rate, if you speak French, enjoy this video. It looks informative. Probably. But if not, you can check out a translated image here. And, yes, Galecaster Colossus is the correct English name.

  1. Превью новой карты Magic: The Gathering. Commander |

The article is Russian, but the card image is in English. There's a political joke in there (I even wrote one), but I'm going to just move on.

Kindred Dominance is the name, and killing many things is its game. It's basically "Choose your own Crux of Fate."

  1. Everybody's Indestructible!? 統率者2017年先行プレビュー KaiGuyMTG |

It's got English subtitles! And it's just generally an awesome video. I highly recommend watching it, and not just for the card.

This is quite the reprint, and a reminder that Marchesa is a Wizard!

  1. 『統率者(2017年版)』先行プレビュー 《門の魔道士》 | Cardshop Serra

The card's name is Portal Mage in English, but otherwise this translation is pretty much correct.

  1. Yet to Come

We've also got Twitter previews coming from Mark Rosewater (@maro254) and—what's this? I have a second preview card coming today (@blakepr)? And it's a Wizard? Why would I get a second preview card . . . ?

Also watch for the Commander Rules Committee to publish previews on their Twitter and website.

Oh, and Alex Kessler (@Kesswylie) has a preview card for one of the best reasons I've ever given someone a preview card (short of Brian Kibler previewing Bonfire of the Damned)

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Birmingham | | Saturday and Sunday, 2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET/9 a.m. UTC

Doing this a touch early, because time zones. Rich Hagon, Steven Leeming, Neil Rigby, Riley Knight, Simon Görtzen, Marijn Lybaert, and Tobi Henke lead the coverage charge as we return to Modern this weekend. So don't forget to set your alarms for some early morning coverage in the US or some evening coverage in the Asia-Pacific region. Maybe. Does anyone really understand time zones?

Deck of the Day

  1. My Azami, Lady of Scrolls Deck

I very often pick decks I personally enjoy for this spot, but almost never choose one of my own decks (Panharmonicon notwithstanding). But of my twelve Commander decks, I have exactly one tribal deck and it just so happens to be Wizards, and it happens to be my pride and joy. And on the Spikey end of things.

The deck is almost entirely foiled out (curse you Seventh Edition Sky Diamond!), but that's not why I enjoy it. Okay, that's not entirely why I enjoy it. I enjoy it because it draws all of the cards.

Azami, Lady of Scrolls is obviously the culprit, and it's not difficult to redraw a hand of seven cards quickly and easily. From there, you can win immediately with Mind Over Matter, which combines with Azami to cycle through your entire deck, and Laboratory Maniac, which combines with an empty library to just win.

But that's far from my favorite way to win. Jushi Apprentice is an underappreciated card in Commander, but it's often my win condition. Flipping it is trivial, and often times I'll activate the flipped Apprentice to draw ten cards at the end of someone's (last) turn, then draw another 25 or so, then use Mind Over Matter to generate enough mana and untap the Apprentice and start making opponents draw 60 cards at a time. It happens almost as easily as Laboratory Maniac, but the table tends to be less angry about it and more appreciative of the ingenuity.

Also, sometimes you just win with a horde of Master of Waves tokens, especially copied by Phyrexian Metamorph.

I'll admit, some of the cards are in this deck simply because I have them in foil. Meloku the Clouded Mirror isn't really what this deck wants to do, for example, but she's friends with Azami, Lady of Scrolls, so I let it pass.

Plus, who doesn't love drawing 60 cards at a time?

Blake Rasmussen's Azami, Lady of Scrolls

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