The September 18, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on September 18, 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 18, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Ixalan Standard speculation.

Today's Must

  1. Don't Look Now but There's a Blue-Black Aggro Control Deck in Standard | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Now that the full Ixalan set has been revealed, metagame speculation can begin. Paulo's first submission is this blue-black Pirate build walking the line between control and aggro. While the deck is embarrassingly missing any Dinosaurs, I guess it might be worth exploring.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Ixalan Pre-Prerelease | LoadingReadyRun

If you missed it this past weekend, check out the Ixalan Pre-Prerelease and start forming your strategies for Prerelease this upcoming weekend. Watch some of your favorite Magic artists, streamers, and creators throw down with what is easily my favorite set we've ever printed.

  1. New Standard, New Decks | StarCityGames.com | Peter Ingram

Paulo covered some thoughts on Blue-Black Pirates above, but Peter has more ideas on the decks we'll be seeing hit tables over the next few months. Unfortunately, like Paulo, he also forgot the Dinosaurs. Get it together, everyone.

  1. Holistic Wisdom: The 7 Best Dinosaurs of Ixalan | MTG Mint Card | Freyalise

There we go! It might not explicitly be about Standard, but it is about Dinosaurs! Although I will say that six of these dinos would look better with a little haste.

  1. Vraska, Relice Seeker in Black-Green Energy | ChannelFireball | Reid Duke

With Kaladesh block still in Standard, it's doubtful we'll see energy leaving the metagame. However, that doesn't mean that Vraska can't raid the decklists and introduce some Pirate sensibility to the strategies.

  1. Top Five Ixalan Top Five Dinosaur Card Lists | Hipsters of the Coast | Rich Stein

Yes. This is what we need: a meta look at the meta-analysis of the Dinosaurs in Ixalan. Rich Stein gets it.

What People Are Talking About

  1. How to be a gracious victor

In a game where community is so important, it's essential to know how to ease the frustration that can often come with losing.

Deck of the Day

  1. Shaun Korb's Ramunap Red

Even after becoming a target as Standard's top deck at Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, Ramunap Red has continued to perform in the format. Over the weekend, Shaun Korb took this build to 1st place at the StarCityGames.com Louisville Open.

Shaun Korb's Ramunap Red

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