The September 15, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on September 15, 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 15, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by every Ixalan card coming out in two weeks. All of them!

Today's Must

  1. A Taste of Pirates | MTG Mint Card | Lee Shi Tian

If anyone offers you "a taste of Pirates," you should probably decline politely. Unless it's Lee Shi Tian offering, an Ixalan set is coming out soon . . . and it's hopefully not in person.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Hour of Devastation Sunset Show and Ixalan Previews | Limited Resources | Luis Scott-Vargas and Marshall Sutcliffe

The guys reflect fondly back on Hour of Devastation and look forward to Ixalan in the near and immediate future.

  1. Everywhere Scars: Jace on Ixalan | Gathering Magic | Sam Keeper

Poor Jace has been stranded on Ixalan and is apparently living out his unfortunate fate as a handsome sailor/bodybuilder (at least for now) since he has forgotten his role as a mind mage who does his best to avoid physical activities. Especially fighting. However, his scars and subconscious still hold his history of physical encounters, even if he can't recall them. For those interested in that history, look no further.

  1. Vance's Blasting Cannons in Ramunap Red | ChannelFireball | Mike Sigrist

When a land has a permanent Open Fire attached to it, burn decks are probably going to want it. However, this land flips from a four-cost enchantment. Mike explores whether this will have a slot in Ramunap Red after rotation.

  1. Eternal Formats, Ixalan, and You | | Emma Handy

While everyone talks about what Standard will look like after Ixalan launches, Emma wants to discuss what will be happening with Modern and Legacy.

  1. Second Chances, Second Choices | TCGplayer | Corey Baumeister

It seems as though playing pro-level Magic runs in the family here. Corey reflects on his pro play experiences and his relationship with his brother and fellow pro player Brad Nelson.

  1. Full-Art Basic Lands in Unstable!

These were previewed at HASCON last week, but we're showing them off again in case you missed the reveal because John Avon's art is simply that good.

Top 25

  1. Minor moves

Not a lot of changes this week. Matthew Severa climbed two spots past Samuel Black and Donald Smith to No. 18, and Shota Yasooka crawled past Seth Manfield, breaking his tie with Yuuya Watanabe and landing at No. 7.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 78.06 1
2 Márcio Carvalho 73.48 2
3 Brad Nelson 69.37 3
4 Samuel Pardee 68.74 4
5 Reid Duke 67.22 5
6 Martin Jůza 66.27 6
7 Shota Yasooka 63.85 +1 8
8 Seth Manfield 62.16 -1 7
9 Yuuya Watanabe 61.85 -1 8
10 Owen Turtenwald 58.48 10
11 Steven Rubin 56.43 11
12 Kelvin Chew 54.58 12
13 Carlos Romão 53.53 13
14 William Jensen 53.32 14
15 Lee Shi Tian 52.79 15
16 Corey Baumeister 52.69 16
17 Javier Dominguez 52.21 17
18 Matthew Severa 52.16 +2 20
19 Samuel Black 52.11 -1 18
19 Donald Smith 52.11 -1 18
21 Christian Calcano 50.32 21
22 Ken Yukuhiro 50.11 22
23 Brian Braun-Duin 50.06 23
24 Eric Froehlich 49.43 24
25 Gerry Thompson 49.21 25
25 Martin Müller 49.21 25

Dropped from rankings: None

What People Are Talking About

Angrath's jaunt around the Multiverse has indeed run into a very crummy snag.

Deck of the Day

  1. BigPrads's God-Pharaoh's Gift

Soon, the God-Pharaoh will be giving out a lot more Zombie Dinosaurs than he has in the past, which has recently surpassed laughter as the greatest gift one can give. Until then, this is one of the leading builds for the archetype, as it recently went 5-0 in a Competitive Standard League on Magic Online.

BigPrads's God-Pharaoh's Gift

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