The August 15, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 15, 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 15, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Commander (2017 Edition) reviews. So many reviews.

Today's Must

  1. The Commander 2017 Review | | Sheldon Menery

The godfather of Commander reviews the latest Commander release. That feels like a slam-dunk must read. Sometimes my job isn't that hard.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Top Ten Cards from Commander 2017 | Gathering Magic | Abe Sargent

He may not be the godfather, but Sargent knows his way around 99 cards, and here he picks out his ten favorites from Commander (2017 Edition).

  1. Commander 2017 Set Review | The Brothers War | Ryan and AJ Greene

The Brothers War podcast is, appropriately, two brothers who focus on Commander. This week, in their tenth episode, they cover the legendaries of C17. So if you're looking for some ideas on how to use some of the newest, most legendariest cards from C17, give the bros a listen.

  1. Krenko vs Sram vs Sakashima vs Ezuri EDH / CMDR Gameplay for Magic: The Gathering | MTG Muddstah

If the impending release of Commander (2017 Edition) has you itching to watch some Commander play, MTG Muddstah has a unique approach to showing games on YouTube that makes them pretty easy to follow.

  1. This is 31 | Hipsters of the Coast | Zach Barash

Barash reflects on his life through the lens of Magic, year-by-year and card-by-card.

Also, it made me realize that Hurricane Sandy and getting trapped in Philadelphia was five years ago. Makes one feel old to see the time pass like that.

  1. Pro Tour Hour of Devastation Afterthoughts | MTG Mint Card | Lee Shi Tian

It's a reflective sort of day, apparently, as Lee does his own walk through of recent events, turning what looked like a down Pro Tour into a reflection on how amazing this season was for him and his team.

  1. Points Change Effective August 14, 2017 | Canadian Highlander

This is the first time my decks have escaped unscathed in a points update. Here's to not owning any power!

Top 25

  1. Romão Leaps into Top 25

When just 3 Pro points separate No. 13 from No. 24, you can expect any strong Grand Prix finish to send anyone in that range shooting up the charts—in this case Carlos Romão's Top 8 finish at Grand Prix São Paulo sent him skyrocketing up from No. 25 to No. 13—a whopping twelve-place leap.

Beyond Romão, there were few changes. Javier Dominguez went up three spots and Thiago Saporito and Martin Jůza got slight bumps, while a whole slew of folks stepped back to let those three rise.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 84.05 1
2 Márcio Carvalho 78.19 2
3 Reid Duke 71.43 3
4 Samuel Pardee 66.60 4
5 Yuuya Watanabe 65.64 5
5 Shota Yasooka 65.64 5
7 Brad Nelson 64.81 7
8 Martin Jůza 63.78 +1 9
9 Seth Manfield 63.74 -1 8
10 Owen Turtenwald 59.85 10
11 Kelvin Chew 58.88 11
12 Lee Shi Tian 56.95 12
13 Carlos Romão 54.19 +12 25
14 Javier Dominguez 54.09 +3 17
15 Samuel Black 54.05 -2 13
15 Donald Smith 54.05 -2 13
15 Ken Yukuhiro 54.05 -2 13
18 Steven Rubin 53.16 -2 16
19 Gerry Thompson 53.09 -2 17
19 Martin Müller 53.09 -2 17
21 Thiago Saporito 52.16 +1 22
22 William Jensen 52.12 -2 20
22 Christian Calcano 52.12 -2 20
24 Eduardo Sajgalik 51.16 -2 22
24 Eric Froehlich 51.16 -2 22

Dropped from rankings: None

What People Are Talking About

That would be Caller of the Untamed, by Iain McCaig. Congrats Iain!

And thank you for making this powerful card look so freakin' good.

Deck of the Day

  1. AndyGrey's Jeskai Gift

We've clearly reached the "What if we add another color?" stage of brewing with God-Pharaoh's Gift, now sporting red. Red grants the deck a few things—Cathartic Reunion to fill the graveyard, Insolent Neonate to also fill the graveyard, and a semi-transformational sideboard that lets the deck go all Glorybringer and Chandra, Torch of Defiance on some people.

But there are a few non-red innovations as well. Trophy Mage can helpfully search up Gate to the Afterlife while standing in as a serviceable body (and blocking fodder), and Walking Ballista, previously not seen in this deck, can be played for zero to fill the yard quickly, can just do regular Walking Ballista things, or it can even come back as a 4/4 with God-Pharaoh's Gift, ready to load up with counters.

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