The September 28, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on September 28, 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 September 28, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by people playing Magic for the first time.

Today's Must

  1. People Play Magic: The Gathering for the First Time | Buzzfeed Video

A bit ago, we sent a few fine Wizards of the Coast folks down to Buzzfeed offices to teach them how to play Magic. This is what happened when people stopped being polite and started getting real.

Actually, everyone was very polite. Watch the video, it's great, Buzzfeed-y fun.

Today's Set Reviews

  1. Ixalan Constructed Set Review: Blue | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

There's a whole "if there's a blue tempo deck" thread running through this article—so maybe someone should try to make a blue tempo deck?

  1. Ixalan Standard Set Review: Red | Gathering Magic | Ali Aintrazi

I'm digging the format of these Gathering Magic set reviews. They're clean and easy to read, which, when you spend the first 2 hours of your morning doing nothing but reading Magic content, that's a big deal. Is that just me?

  1. So Many Insane Plays Podcast Episode 71: Ixalan Set Review and VSL Updates | So Many Insane Plays | Kevin Cron and Steve Menendian

It's rare that a new card breaks into the Old Cards Club that is Vintage, but the SMIP crew (I'm calling them that from now on) gives it a look regardless. I mean, if Slash Panther can be a thing in Vintage, even for a short while, who knows what else might break through.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. MTG Arena: No Trading, Closed Beta Starts in November | Hipsters of the Coast | David McCoy

If you missed yesterday's MTG Arena stream, well, it was the middle of the day on a Wednesday, so that happens. But it's certainly worth checking out if MTG Arena interests you. Which it should. Because it's interesting. McCoy has provided a short recap with the highlights of the information that came out of the stream. But to watch the full thing, all you have to do is scroll down slightly and click on this handy-dandy video thing below.

  1. My Favorite Ixalan Limited Archetype | MTG Mint Card | Martin Dang

Pirates. It's Pirates. They're awesome and tricky and hard to draft. That's what Papa Dang is for. He'll guide you through drafting the swarthiest of Ixalan tribes.

  1. Most Annoying Cards In EDH | The Command Zone | Josh Lee Kwai and Jimmy Wong

Humility is my jam—but I get it. But at least we can all agree that Rhystic Study is annoying as all get out.

  1. Grand Prix Providence Team Power Rankings | ChannelFireball | Matt Sperling

There's a lot of good-natured roasting in here, but also a bit of a preview of this weekend's Grand Prix Providence. This whole article is Sperling at his purest and best, which, if you've read him before, should tell you whether you're interested in something like this. If you haven't, here's one such passage to set the tone of what to expect:

"Big Jon Finkel can still play and share Onion articles as good as anyone and Pikula is so dialed in for this event that he gave his wife a 24 hour reprieve from blasting death metal music when the set came out on MTGO."

  1. Commander 2017 and Gavin Verhey, part 2 | Commanderin' | Phil DeLuca, Sean Whatson, and Shivam Bhatt

In which our hosts continue their conversation with the one-and-only Gavin Verhey about all things Commander (2017 Edition).

What People Are Talking About

  1. Is the Immortal Sun the Mirari?

There's a bit of speculation going around the Vorthos community that maybe, maybe the Immortal Sun Vraska and Jace and Nicol Bolas and basically everyone are looking for could actually be the Mirari reshaped/remade/retconned/whatevered. I honestly have no idea if that's true, but the theory seems to be catching on. Abzan Ascendancy on Tumblr also has a succinct point/counterpoint on why it could or could not be the Mirari.

Deck of the Day

  1. Ixalan Standard Magic Online Competitive League 5-0 lists

When I saw this morning's updates for 5-0 decklists on Magic Online, I couldn't pick just one. You see, over the past few days, as players have worked to collect new cards, the results for Constructed Leagues have looked a bit like old Standard with just a few cards here or there added. Apparently, collections and testing have caught up, because four of today's five decks are interesting. So let's look at them all.

First up, Approach of the Second Sun.

Roxzorr's Approach of the Second Sun

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While the deck is a holdover from previous Standard, it got some serious upgrades, plus a new/old card added to its repertoire. Search for Azcanta is the new hotness, setting the deck up in the early game, churning through cards in the late game, and getting to the second Approach even faster once flipped. This enchantment will very likely be a staple of the archetype. Similarly, Opt is a cheap, effective addition to the deck. Settle the Wreckage, meanwhile, is a strong new addition to the deck's sweeper suite.

In the new/old upgrade realm, the deck has incorporated Farm // Market as a removal spell/draw spell hybrid. Additionally, Gideon of the Trials joins the team as a way to control the board and provide a secondary win condition. It also helps that the card can be pretty difficult for some decks to beat Game 1.

Our second option is actually Dinosaurs! The tribe was definitely pushed, so it's no surprise to see it rearing its ginormous head. Two versions of the deck went 5-0 in this pass, but we'll take a look at the most concentrated, almost fully Ixalan version from TurkeyTurkey.

TurkeyTurkey's Red-Green Dinosaurs

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The current approach to Dinosaurs looks like it ignores white in favor of a streamlined mana base. It's not like it loses much—there are fourteen Dinosaurs in the deck, plus two cards that make Dinosaurs cheaper. Throw in Savage Stomp and Commune with Dinosaurs, and this is as close as you're going to get to a full-on Dinosaur theme deck in Standard. Samut, the Tested is an interesting inclusion, as, yes, double strike is awesome on a Dinosaur. But note that Samut's -2 ability can be used to enrage a Ripjaw Raptor as well.

Finally, we have a Winding Constrictor deck from Chiralane that heavily leans on Ixalan cards.

Chiralane's Black-Green Dinosaur Constrictor

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At its core, this is a Winding Constrictor deck with the normal trappings—Rishkar, Peema Renegade; Walking Ballista; and Verdurous Gearhulk. But then the Ixalan starts and makes things interesting.

The deck packs not just Ripjaw Raptor, which is just a good rate, but also Ranging Raptor to grab a bunch of lands. And, of course, the best way to do that is Walking Ballista, which improves significantly when paired with Winding Constrictor and Ripjaw Raptor.

Oh, and did you notice Savage Stomp adds two +1/+1 counters to whatever it targets if Constrictor is in play? Neat.

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