The August 14, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 14, 2017

By Blake Rasmussen

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The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on August 14, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by exploring our world.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Top Stories of Grand Prix Birmingham 2017 | Wizards of the Coast | Tobi Henke

There was a ton of Modern action this past weekend, so there's a chance you might have missed some of it. Fret not, Modern fan. Tobi Henke wrapped the Birmingham weekend up into a nice little package of five things to know. But if you want to go in even deeper, you can just rewatch the entire weekend's streamed coverage on our Twitch videos page.

  1. Top Stories of Grand Prix São Paulo | Wizards of the Coast | Chapman Sim

Birmingham wasn't the only Grand Prix taking place this weekend, as São Paulo also played host to a Modern event. This one wasn't streamed, but you can catch up on the event with the top stories, Top 8 decks, and 9th–32nd decklists.

  1. Richmond Open Weekend |

And if that somehow wasn't enough Modern for you, had an Open featuring the format as well! Kazu Negri won the whole thing with Blue-Red Gifts Storm, and you can check out the Top 32 decklists here or rewatch the weekend on their Twitch videos page.

  1. Tolarian Community College: 4 Years, 250,000 Subscribers, and a Real Office | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

Congratulations to The Professor on four years and a new office.

  1. Which Commander 2017 Deck Is the BEST? | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

Which Commander (2017 Edition) deck is best for you? If you've got an hour to spare, Jimmy and Josh have the ins and outs, ups and downs, and basically everything you need to know about these four decks.

If you want even more about the set, Rachel Agnes at ChannelFireball goes card-by-card to review the set as well.

Also, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Much Abrew: Hollow One Aggro (Standard) | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Hollow One was already gaining some traction thanks to its uses in Modern, but now we've got an aggressive Red-Green Madness–style deck in Standard to push it even further. Holding the Key to the City never looked so good.

  1. Top 5 Coolest Decks in Hour of Devastation Standard | TCGplayer | Strictly Better MTG | Dev

Strictly Better MTG takes its talents to TCGplayer, where it talks about five cool decks in Standard right now: Black-Red Control, Grixis Colossus, Four-Color Ramp, Eldrazi Vampires, and Naya Humans.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Flavor Hits of Commander (2017 Edition) | Archive Trap Mini | Jay Annelli

The flavor of C17 is on point, and Jay has his picks for the best of the bunch.

I love the flood of shared full art that accompanies every new release, and Commander 2017 seems to have more than its fair share of artists sharing their work. Kindred Summons happens to look great and is powerful to boot.

Deck of the Day

  1. Loïc Le Briand's Burn

Congratulations to the Grand Prix Birmingham champion, Loïc Le Briand, who expertly piloted a Shrine of Burning Rage–fueled burn deck to a trophy.

Shrine, of course, is the big innovation, where most players have Eidolon of the Great Revel. Le Briand recognized the rise of big decks—Eldrazi Tron, mostly—and cut the Eidolon in favor of a card that's significantly more powerful against those decks and decks that pack the full 4 Fatal Push. Whether it gets adapted going forward, we'll see, but this was certainly the best finish Burn has seen in some time at the Grand Prix level.

Loïc Le Briand's Burn

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