The October 3, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on October 3, 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 October 3, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by "Free Fallin'." Not officially or anything. I've just got that song stuck in my head today is all.

Today's Must

  1. The Greatest Season | Hareruya English | Sebastian Pozzo

Very quietly, Sebastian Pozzo's 2016–2017 season was the best Constructed season of anyone on the Pro Tour. No player had a better overall Constructed record than he did, earning him the title of Constructed Master and a trip to the World Championship (coming this weekend) one season after he wasn't even a Pro Tour regular. That's right, Pozzo went from not even being Silver to the World freakin' Championship.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. What's the Pick? Ixalan Pack 1 Pick 1 with BenS | ChannelFireball | Ben Stark

Stark often has a unique—but successful—way of looking at Limited. See if you can match wits with him and try to guess which cards he would select first out of an Ixalan draft.

  1. Drafting Ixalan with Pros | Hareruya English | Jeremy Dezani

But maybe you're not satisfied with the wisdom of a single Ben Stark? If so, can I interest you in an article with four—yes, four—pros making their case for first picks?

  1. #SockOff2017 | Magic the Amateuring | Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff

Two coverage veterans—Marshall Sutcliffe and Tim Willoughby—join the 'cast basically to pass the time in their hotel rooms between Grand Prix Providence and the World Championship. They talk Ixalan Limited as well as the best bluff possibly in the history of bluffs.

  1. Exploring New Decks in Ixalan Standard | MTG Mint Card | Zen Takahashi

Zen Takahashi (possibly the most fun name to say in Magic) covers three new decks that show promise for new Standard. And every single one of them has green cards in it. Hmmm . . .

  1. Angry, Angry Dinos! | | Sheldon Menery

It was only a matter of time until Sheldon broke out a new Dinosaur Commander deck. See how he chose to go about it, all the while making growling noises in your head.

  1. Why Ben Affleck Is the Best Batman, Magic: The Gathering Movie | The John Campea Show | John Campea

Campea, who runs a mid-size YouTube channel dedicated to movies and television, dips his toes into the Magic world by looking at what happened to the rumored Magic movie. Head to about the 5-minute mark to hear the discussion on the Magic movie.

There's also some nonsense about Ben Affleck being the best Batman. Dude, Michael Keaton is still alive. Don't say that stuff out loud.

What to Watch Tonight

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

It's Tuesday, so it must be Vintage Super League. Old cards, veteran players, and oblique references to strategies that no longer exist are all on the table tonight on

Top 25

  1. Jůza Moves into the Top 3

Martin Jůza, in the year he finally picked up enough votes—and results—for the Hall of Fame, is having one heck of a season. So much so that he's very quietly moved into the Top 3 after his team displaced Reid Duke's squad in the finals of Grand Prix Providence. Due to that performance—and many more over the past year—Jůza leapt over Duke (and Brad Nelson and Samuel Pardee).

Further down the list, Brian Braun-Duin positively leapt up six places for the biggest gain of the week, while Gerry Thompson fell out of his tie for No. 25 and drops off the charts.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 75.77 1
2 Márcio Carvalho 72.30 2
3 Martin Jůza 70.54 +3 6
4 Reid Duke 70.22 +1 5
5 Brad Nelson 68.68 -2 3
6 Samuel Pardee 66.88 -2 4
7 Shota Yasooka 66.02 7
8 Yuuya Watanabe 64.02 +1 9
9 Owen Turtenwald 61.81 +1 10
10 Seth Manfield 61.41 -2 8
11 Kelvin Chew 57.94 +1 12
12 William Jensen 56.87 +2 14
13 Lee Shi Tian 56.21 +3 16
14 Steven Rubin 55.00 -3 11
15 Carlos Romão 52.13 -2 13
16 Brian Braun-Duin 51.79 +6 22
17 Javier Dominguez 51.73 +1 18
18 Donald Smith 51.60 +1 19
19 Corey Baumeister 51.58 -4 15
20 Matthew Severa 50.92 -3 17
21 Martin Müller 50.73 +4 25
22 Samuel Black 50.60 -3 19
23 Christian Calcano 48.87 -2 21
24 Ken Yukuhiro 48.60 -1 23
25 Eric Froehlich 48.00 -1 24

Dropped from rankings: Gerry Thompson

Deck of the Day

  1. SaffronOlive's Blue-Black Pirate God

Seth (probably better known as SaffronOlive) took one of his brews—in this case a blue-black Pirates deck featuring The Scarab God—to 5-0 in a Competitive Standard League. Naturally, the internet greatly enjoyed this, but is he on to something?

The deck clearly has a lot of powerful cards and even bears some resemblance to the Blue-Black Reanimator deck that was doing well online before the rotation. It has the most disruptive Pirates—Kitesail Freebooter and Siren Stormtamer—plus what might be the best card in Standard, The Scarab God. And both of those Pirates happen to be very enticing targets for The Scarab God (and for Liliana, Death's Majesty).

Plus, the deck has new darling Hostage Taker, which seems to be the most popular card from Ixalan so far—and reanimating that is positively ridiculous.

Blue-Black Pirate God

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