The September 8, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on September 8, 2017

By Nicholas Wolfram

Nicholas Wolfram fell promptly in love with tabletop and video games when he was only two years old, and he has been writing about them since he figured out how words worked. Now he puts together words about Magic, which he started playing way back in 2000.

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on September 8, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Magic: The Gathering Arena, now public to the world, and me, Nicholas Joseph Wolfram (so close, Blake).

Today's Must

  1. Magic: The Gathering Arena World Premiere Stream | twitch.tv/magic | Wizards of the Coast

If you missed it, I'm not sure why you're even still reading this. Go watch the stream! I know it had everything I wanted packed into it: Dinosaurs, Pirates, new Ixalan cards, that dreamy Nate Price guy, and of course the latest digital implementation of Magic: The Gathering. With the full suite of Magic rules!

Actually, even if you have seen it, why not again? And for more information, check out this article from Jeffrey Steefel.

Today's Previews

  1. Lookout's Dispersal | Top Level Podcast | Michael J Flores and Patrick Chapin

I thought Pirates were supposed to hate leaks, but I guess they don't mind as long as it's mana. And not theirs.

  1. Legion Conquistador | Facebook | Magic: The Gathering Taiwan

Here is the card in English, in case you can't read Chinese Traditional:

  1. Search for Azcanta/Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin | StarCityGames.com | Jeremy Noell

Another day, another awesome new transforming Ixalan card. Hey, between this and the other two legendary Ixalan transform lands with colored mana, this is starting to look like a cycle. Hmm . . .

Chupacabras?! Exploration on Ixalan sure is revealing a lot of fantastic Beasts—even if some of them are quite horrifying!

  1. More previews incoming, including tons of Iconic Masters!

There will be a lot of previews coming out of HASCON today, including some from Ixalan and a boatload from Iconic Masters, so stay tuned!

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Opting into Modern |TCGplayer | Seth Manfield

Leave it to Modern players to get most excited about a seventeen-year-old common reprint during a preview season full of Dinosaurs and Pirates.

Although, to be fair, I'm pretty psyched about this, too. As is my Mentor back at the Monastery.

  1. First Look: 7 Intriguing Ixalan Cards for Limited | ChannelFireball | Neal Oliver

Preview season isn't even half over, and Ixalan Limited is already looking like it's going to be a fun, wild environment to play in. Neal has picked seven cards that prove it.

  1. You Got Gravy on My Potatoes | Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolff and Maria Bartholdi

This week, Meghan and Maria discuss Ixalan leaks and previews, gaming language that should probably be left behind, and eating dirty raw potatoes.

Top 25

  1. Baumeister and Severa join the fray

After some great performances at Grand Prix Washington, DC, both Corey Baumeister (who made his third Standard GP Top 8 in a row!) and Matthew Severa have jumped onto the Top 25 list at Nos. 16 and 20, respectively. Well done, gentlemen.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 78.67 1
2 Márcio Carvalho 74.06 2
3 Brad Nelson 69.83 3
4 Samuel Pardee 69.24 +1 5
5 Reid Duke 67.75 -1 4
6 Martin Jůza 66.73 6
7 Seth Manfield 62.63 +2 9
8 Shota Yasooka 61.34 -1 7
8 Yuuya Watanabe 61.34 -1 7
10 Owen Turtenwald 58.92 10
11 Steven Rubin 56.81 11
12 Kelvin Chew 55.02 12
13 Carlos Romão 53.90 +3 16
14 William Jensen 53.71 +1 15
15 Lee Shi Tian 53.22 -2 13
16 Corey Baumeister 52.98 NR
17 Javier Dominguez 52.61 17
18 Samuel Black 52.51 -4 14
18 Donald Smith 52.51 18
20 Matthew Severa 52.49 NR
21 Christian Calcano 50.71 +4 25
22 Ken Yukuhiro 50.51 -4 18
23 Brian Braun-Duin 50.39 -3 20
24 Eric Froehlich 49.81 -3 21
25 Gerry Thompson 49.61 -3 22
26 Martin Müller 49.61 -3 23

Dropped from rankings: Thiago Saporito

What People Are Talking About

  1. Magic: The Gathering Arena

After the big reveal yesterday, the internet is buzzing with first impressions. Let us know what you think, too! Tweet us @MTG_Arena and use #MTGArena.

Deck of the Day

  1. Matt Severa's Mardu Vehicles

In one last hurrah before rotation, Matt piloted Mardu Vehicles to a Grand Prix victory in Washington, DC, last weekend. With a few tweaks, some Hour of Devastation Deserts, and couple sideboard tools, the deck was able to retake its top spot.

Matt Severa's Mardu Vehicles

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