The August 29, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 29, 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 29, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by previews! Today we're getting a bunch of previews from around the world as geocaching starts hitting its stride.

Today's Previews

So here's the deal with previews, because this season is weird, even by recent standards. Yesterday, obviously, we released a ton of cards from the leak, and people seemed to like seeing them all not in shaky, cell-phone-while-running-from-the-law quality. Over the next few days (depending on where in the world you are), you'll start to see a bunch of cards—mostly uncommons—coming out alongside the geocaching event. Then, watch for some more news on Friday on this very website, followed by PAX getting just a couple previews over the weekend. Then the party starts in earnest on Monday (Sept. 4), when you'll get previews every day from all around the web until the full set is revealed Sept. 15.

  1. Découvrez en exclusivité une des cartes Magic de l'édition Ixalan (celle avec des pirates et des dinosaures) | Journal du Geek | Fabio

Deadeye Plunderers make their own Treasure and get bigger the more Treasure you have. There can't possibly be anything to do with that.

  1. Magic: The Gathering – Wir Zeigen Euch Die Neue Karte „Urwurzel Gewässer" | IGN Deutschland | Sebastian Ossowski

Deeproot Waters is a gorgeous way to make reams and reams of hexproof Merfolk. You can catch the translation here.

A Pirate's life for he!

  1. Call to the Feast

I love that someone translated this as "Invite the Party." It does indeed create three 1/1 Vampire tokens with lifelink. And also, apparently, is a party.

  1. Belligerent Brontodon

This translation is useful and all, but this comment really captures the spirit.

Deathless Ancients. They don't die. Get it?

And for those of you who don't speak Italian, here's the full translation:

Deathless Ancient
Creature – Vampire Knight
Tap three untapped Vampires you control: Return Deathless Ancient from your graveyard to your hand.

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Team Draft Super League | | 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET/midnight UTC

It's Dem Boyz (Mike Sigrist, Alexander Hayne, and Steve Rubin) versus the Peach Garden Oath (William Jensen, Reid Duke, and Owen Turtenwald) in the finals of the Team Draft Super League. Both teams have put on a clinic this season, but only one trio can walk away as champions with reams and reams of bragging rights. Seriously, it could keep Owen in amusing, boastful tweets for days.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to the Content About New Ixalan Cards

  1. In which a number of content creators react to all of the cards officially released yesterday

Ixalan Daily Spoilers – August 28, 2017 | Mythics and Mechanics | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

SO MANY Ixalan Previews/Spoilers!!! | Strictly Better MTG | Dev

Ixalan Spoilers: Jace, Cunning Castaway; Kopala, Warden of Waves; Goring Ceratops; and more! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Top 25

  1. Movers and Shakers

+8: William Jensen positively bounds up the standings after finishing 12-3 at Grand Prix Indianapolis.

+5: Brian Braun-Duin is still basking in the glow of his recent Grand Prix success, plus an 11-4 finish in Indy.

+2: Steven Rubin, Samuel Black, and Martin Jůza all got slight bumps from Grand Prix performances. Rubin and Jůza both finished in the Top 8 of Indy and Metz, respectively, and Black matched Braun-Duin's 11-4 in Indy.

-2, -1: Pretty much everyone else who dropped did so from others leapfrogging them rather than any particular poor performance. No one dropped out of the Top 25 this week, though Thiago Saporito and Christian Calcano are right on the floor.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 80.88 1
2 Márcio Carvalho 76.17 2
3 Brad Nelson 70.47 3
4 Reid Duke 69.68 4
5 Samuel Pardee 68.04 5
6 Martin Jůza 67.40 +2 8
7 Yuuya Watanabe 63.11 -1 6
7 Shota Yasooka 63.11 -1 6
9 Seth Manfield 61.32 9
10 Owen Turtenwald 60.54 10
11 Steven Rubin 58.19 +2 13
12 Kelvin Chew 56.61 -1 11
13 Lee Shi Tian 54.76 -1 12
14 Samuel Black 53.97 +2 16
15 William Jensen 53.12 +8 23
16 Carlos Romão 52.26 -2 14
17 Javier Dominguez 52.04 -2 15
18 Donald Smith 51.97 -2 16
18 Ken Yukuhiro 51.97 -2 16
20 Brian Braun-Duin 51.62 +5 25
21 Eric Froehlich 51.19 -2 19
22 Gerry Thompson 51.04 -2 20
22 Martin Müller 51.04 -2 20
24 Thiago Saporito 50.19 -2 22
25 Christian Calcano 50.12 -2 23

Dropped from rankings: None

What People Are Talking About

  1. A ton of full-art reveals!

With dozens of cards officially acknowledged yesterday, that meant artists who created the pieces for those cards were able to show off their work (or, in Mike Linnemann's case, fans could promote the art)! I tried to collect as many as I could in one place, though I'm sure I missed some. Enjoy what's here and watch for more art reveals as previews roll on.

Deck of the Day

  1. Modern Merfolk

Admittedly, I had to dig deep to find this deck, as Merfolk hasn't been particularly successful in Modern as of late. But could that change with Ixalan? We've already started to see Merfolk revealed with the set, and Kopala, Warden of Waves looks especially enticing.

Ostensibly a Kira, Great Glass-Spinner replacement with a more relevant creature type and a slightly less robust protection ability (it does let you target your own Merfolk, should it come to that), it may not be the savior Merfolk needs—but it's certainly one it'll take. As for whether there are more Merfolk coming that might shake things up? Well, you'll have to stay tuned.

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